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Mergers and Acquistions: Effectively Navigating I-9 Compliance Issues

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Corporate mergers and acquisitions are typically complex and expensive transactions. While financial matters typically comprise the core of an acquiring company’s due diligence efforts during a merger or acquisition,...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules That State Law Does Not Authorize Officials to Honor ICE Detainers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 24, 2017, in the case Lunn v. Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that state and local officials are not authorized to arrest immigrants based on civil immigration detainers issued by...more

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

With the Administration’s plan to build a huge wall along the United States-Mexican border stalled without funding and with waning support, the White House has increasingly shifted its immigration enforcement to employers....more

Immigration Enforcement Costing Millions of Dollars for Local Governments

While President Trump has vowed to strongly enforce the southern border and deportation laws in the United States, states and counties have been picking up sizable portions of the costs for doing so....more

Employers Must Soon Use Yet Another New I-9 Form - New Document Could Be Liability Trap For Unsuspecting Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

It might seem like just yesterday that employers were told that they needed to use a new version of the Form I-9, the document verifying the identity of new hires to ensure they are authorized to work in the United States....more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Panda Express—the world’s leading Chinese fast food chain—agreed to settle a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.  Panda Express was fined $400,000...more

Criminal Attorney’s Ineffective Representation Results in Defendant’s Definite Deportation

Jae Lee was born in South Korea and lawfully moved to the United States when he was 13 years old. He was a “lawful permanent resident” or a “green card holder” and never naturalized to become a United States Citizen. In...more

CBP: Over 50,000,000 Nonimmigrants Entered the United States Last Year. Less than 2% Overstayed Their Welcome.

A much-anticipated (at least by immigration lawyers) report was recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, dubbed the “2016 US Entry/Exit Overstay Report,” looks at U.S. Customs & Border...more

Trump Administration’s DHS FY2018 Budget Request, Increase on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Funding

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recently released and highlights proposed funding increases across the DHS, including U.S. Customs and Border...more

Protecting Your Company and Your Employees During an ICE Raid

by Stoel Rives LLP on

In light of the current administration’s approach to immigration enforcement, it is important that employers understand their legal rights and responsibilities when faced with potential raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs...more

AG Healey Issues Guidance to Schools and Health Care Providers on Immigration Enforcement Issues

In the wake of several executive orders on immigration, ICE—the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration laws—has ramped up enforcement activities. As a result, local public school districts and...more

ABA Urges DHS To Review Standards On Border Searches Of Lawyers’ Electronic Devices

by King & Spalding on

In a May 5, 2017 letter to the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), American Bar Association (“ABA”) President Linda Klein urged DHS to revise directives issued in 2009 to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and...more

What California Bills Survived the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed recently, this was a significant week in the California Legislature, as the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees decided the fate of hundreds of bills in announcing which bills made it off the...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

What to Do When ICE Comes Knocking

The Trump administration’s tough rhetoric and early aggressive actions on immigration promise a period of increased worksite enforcement. With the administration’s strong statements against illegal immigration and abuses of...more

DHS Opens Office For Crime Victims Of Alleged Illegal Immigrants

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Secretary John Kelly of the DHS has announced the establishment of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE). The Office will enable victims or witnesses of crime allegedly perpetrated by illegal aliens...more

Department of Homeland Security Launches Immigration Victims Office

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). This office acknowledges and serves the needs...more

Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

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