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Is 2014 The Year For Immigration Reform?

Last year saw renewed efforts at a comprehensive immigration reform bill with the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), a bill that...more

SAFE Released Ground Breaking Draft Rules Regarding Cross-Border Security

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange of the PRC (“SAFE”) released the consultation draft of the Foreign Exchange Administration Rules on Cross border Security together with the draft operation guidelines (the “Draft...more

Discussion on Immigration Reform Revived

On January 30, 2014, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released a set of broad “standards” for immigration reform. Issued in draft form, the standards would allow many undocumented immigrants to live legally...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

House GOP Discusses immigration and Border Security at Retreat - At the House GOP’s annual retreat on January 30-31, the caucus debated a broad set of immigration and border security principles drafted by House...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency Reauthorization - On Tuesday, October 22, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced the first ever Federal Emergency Management...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Impact of Government Shutdown on DHS - Despite the government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) retained more staff than other agencies because much of its operations...more

Is Immigration Reform Over Now That the Government is Shut Down? NO!

While the government shut-down is a big distraction from other issues, the push for immigration reform continues. A new bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives, H.R. 15, "The Border Security, Economic...more

How Immigration Reform Could Help Create Jobs

Immigration reform is a hot button issue these days, though it seems to have been pushed to the back-burner for the time being. Nonetheless, immigration reform is likely to continue to an issue of national debate for the...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nomination Hearings Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Thomas Carper (D-DE) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-OK) continue to criticize the...more

Immigration Reform: What Will Happen to the “Path to Citizenship” Campaign?

Immigration reform seems to be more uncertain than ever. As we recently reported, proposed legislation seeks to amend the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act to allow a large percentage of...more

CBSA Transforms Client Outreach

The Canada Border Services Agency quietly used the summer snooze period to quietly float a transformation of client outreach to importers that were paying attention. In its Customs Notice 13-017, it notified the importing...more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As a senior partner of a New York City immigration law firm I was pleased to see the U.S. Senate pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) on June 26, 2013. It is the first bill in a generation aimed at...more

House Immigration Vote Tentatively Set for October

At a Racine, WI town hall meeting, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) announced the House’s pending plan to vote on important immigration legislation in the fall. Since the June passing of the Senate...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Changes Coming in Family-based Immigration?

Senate Bill No. 744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, is now being considered by the House of Representatives, and will...more

The New Merit-Based Point System for Immigration Proposed by S. 744

Senate Bill No. 744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, and passed by the Senate in late June, paving the way for further...more

Senate Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Proceeding To A Full Vote On Border Security Amendment To Immigration Reform Bill

On June 24, 2013, the Senate passed by a vote of 67-27 a motion to invoke cloture on the border security amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform package. ...more

On the Politics of Immigration Reform

The media loves to attach political labels to often complex issues. Such monikers allow the press to create and define highly charged terms ("pro-life"; "pro-choice"; "pro-gun"; "anti-gun", etc.). The exercise is also useful...more

Border Security: A Key Focus of Debate on Immigration Reform

Even though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called for an end to debate on the S. 744 immigration reform bill, there is sure to be further debate in the House on the topic of enhanced border security, a legal predicate...more

Capital Thinking Updates - June 24, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Immigration Reform 2013—Update

In the February/March 2013 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, we outlined the respective proposals for immigration reform put forward by both the President and a bipartisan group of eight senators. We also noted that...more

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators on Tuesday (April 16, 2013) introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, an 844-page bill that aims to bolster border security and...more

Government Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Contract Dispute

On April 24, 2013, the United States agreed to settle a breach of contract lawsuit, International Industrial Park, Inc. v. United States, Case No. 09-691C, stipulating to the entry of final judgment and to payment of...more

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013

The first major immigration proposal in several years contains sweeping changes, with the president potentially signing a version by mid-June....more

Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

In 2007, when a bipartisan group of senators and then President Bush tried to pass major immigration reform legislation, vocal opposition to the effort doomed the bill and any real attempt at reform since. The 2012 election...more

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