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White House Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push

"President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million [unauthorized] immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week...

Small Changes Could Make Big Difference for Immigrants

"As Congress prepares for what is expected to be a contentious debate over immigration reform, with issues like the DREAM Act and what kind of reforms constitute "amnesty" expected to be at the forefront, immigration lawyers say addressing lesser-known and arcane policies could be just...

A Tech Industry View of the Newly Elected: 2013’s Most Relevant State & Federal Legislation

Free Webinar Jan. 31st : – Immigration reform is a top priority for the Obama administration, and the 113th Congress is made up of the largest class of Latino members ever. Will this be the year for CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform?) Mr. Kowalski, Editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin...

Treatise Editor Cited on Reform Efforts

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr , senior editor of Immigration Law & Procedure , was quoted recently on the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: “Immigration reform, like tax and Social Security reform, is very complex,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law expert and professor...

5 Reasons Immigration Reform Might Actually Pass

"[T]he months since the election have seen a number unexpected developments that indicate a bill may have more momentum than its backers initially hoped. Everything comes with the caveat that it’s still early and there’s plenty that could go wrong in the months before a final draft of...

5 Things To Watch As CIR Moves Forward

"Bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are closing in on a deal to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, and leaders in both parties want it to happen. As Congress comes back into session, lawmakers will be ironing out lingering details — but that’s not all that could happen...

Growers, Orchard and Dairy Owners Worry About Fate of Immigration Bills

"For northern Michigan fruit grower Pat McGuire, the most potent symbol of the immigration debate isn't grainy television footage showing people slipping furtively across the U.S.-Mexican border. Instead, it's plump red cherries and crisp apples rotting on the ground because there aren't...

A Tale of Two Typos

"As members of Congress struggle to reconcile their opposing views on immigration reform, rapid-firing amendments and counter-amendments across the aisle, we all should remember the successes and failures of our last immigration law overhaul in 1996. If the current attempt at reform succeeds, legislative...

Dream 9 Get Support Of 35 Congress Members, With Letters To Obama Asking For Release

"The “Dream 9” have found support in Congress. A letter signed by 33 Congress members asks President Barack Obama to use his authority to release from detention nine undocumented immigrants who entered the country through a legal port of entry at Nogales, as a form of protest against...

Congress Considers Bills Targeting Notarios, Other Immigration Scammers

"Congress might address the issue as part of proposed immigration reforms that could expand protections against con-artists offering help to those seeking citizenship. “This is a foreseeable problem,” said Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, who introduced a bill that calls for a fine and...

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before momentum fades. Congressional calendars be damned...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his weight behind the bill and help steer it through...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

"[A]s the weeks dragged on, it became clear to members of the group that the proposal would sink if it were introduced without a firm commitment from Boehner to push it forward. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Boehner in June, and many lawmakers emerged cautiously optimistic...

Why immigration is a major issue for women

"On the House side, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D.-Calif., formed a Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, whose members have been delivering speeches and sending colleagues letters about women and immigration. Politically, both immigrants and women have shown their voting power...

If Congress Balks, White House Poised to Act on Immigration

Two stories on this topic from the Washington Post 4-10-14 and the Los Angeles Times 4-9-14 . Stay tuned!

Eight Things Obama Can Do on Immigration Without Congress: Peter Schey

"The following proposed administrative changes are within the power of the Administration to adopt, would result in cost-savings to DHS, and would legalize either temporarily or permanently several million immigrants, many of whom are already “in the system” with applications pending...

White House Asks Congress for $3.7 Billion for Border Surge

"[T]oday the President is requesting a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation focused on: Deterrence , including increased detainment and removal of adults with children and increased immigration court capacity to speed cases Enforcement , including enhanced interdiction and prosecution...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

Artesia: 'Far Worse' Than Imagined

"Based on hundreds of interviews with these detained families that our expert lawyers have conducted, AILA has concluded that Artesia is a due process failure and a humanitarian disaster that cannot be fixed and must be closed immediately. Attorneys with long histories of representing clients at...

Can Congress Strip DAPA/DACA User Fees From USCIS?

Angelo A. Paparelli explains: "[A] dispute has arisen among Republicans about whether Congress has the power to prohibit USCIS from processing deferred action cases by starving the agency of funds. The House Appropriations Committee maintained in a statement that the Congress is powerless to...

Squaring the Immigration Circle: New Hope for an Old System - Endelman & Mehta

" The Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 153) (“I-Squared” Act) was introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), Coons (D-DE), Flake (R-AZ), and Blumenthal (D-CT). When partisan rancor is the norm in Congress, the I-Squared Act is genuinely bipartisan, and...

DHS Head Asks For Key Reforms of EB-5 Program

"U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked lawmakers this week to consider several key changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program, according to a letter obtained by Law360, as the program is eyed for reauthorization before it expires this fall. In the letter to high...

Sheriffs, Police, Cities Oppose Funding Cuts Tied to So-Called 'Sanctuary Cities'

Recent letters to Congress from the Major Counties Sheriffs Association , the National Fraternal Order of Police and the National League of Cities opposing proposed 'grant penalties' related to so-called 'sanctuary cities.'

Expert: Congress Will Probably Renew EB-5 Investor Visa Program

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, Sept. 21, 2015 - "Getting an EB-5 visa might get a little bit harder, though, depending on what Congress decides to do next. [ Cornell law professor and LexisNexis expert author Stephen] Yale-Loehr thinks there’s not enough time for Congress to make major changes...

DOL Apologizes for H-2B Slowdown, Blames Congress

DOL, Jan. 11, 2016 - "The Department's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this public service announcement to employers who participate in the H-2B temporary nonagricultural visa program. We have received a number of inquiries and correspondence concerning recent changes...