Will House Republicans Accept the Senate Proposal for Immigration Reform?

By Nolan Rappaport In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Former House Judiciary Committee counsel Nolan Rappaport goes through the recent bipartisan Senate proposal for immigration reform and discusses its pluses, minuses, and prospects in the House of Representatives. Excerpt: The Time is Right for Comprehensive...

Ask Lambda Legal: Immigration Reform is an LGBT Issue

By Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal Q: Why are LGBT groups working on immigration issues and what does the recent debate about Comprehensive Immigration Reform have to do with the rights of LGBT individuals and families? We often hear that our immigration system is broken. But too few people understand how...

Excerpts From the April 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

H1-B Filings: USCIS Anticipates Use of Lottery; Temporary Modification of Premium Processing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on March 15, 2013, that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap on Monday, April 1, 2013. Cases will be considered accepted on...

State Net Capitol Journal: States, Localities Wary of Immigration Reform Costs

By Lou Cannon States and local governments with heavy concentrations of illegal immigrants have long clamored for comprehensive federal immigration reform. But with such reform on the doorstep, many of these states and localities are complaining that they are in line to bear the brunt of the costs...

State Net Capitol Journal: States, Localities Wary of Immigration Reform Costs

By Lou Cannon \ States and local governments with heavy concentrations of illegal immigrants have long clamored for comprehensive federal immigration reform. But with such reform on the doorstep, many of these states and localities are complaining that they are in line to bear the brunt of the costs...

Excerpts From the July 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Begins Implementing Decision on DOMA On Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DHS would immediately begin to implement the Supreme Court decision invalidating section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement, Napolitano said that the provision...

State Net Capitol Journal: Immigration Overhaul Could Boost State Coffers

As the U.S. House of Representatives was debating last week whether to grant citizenship to the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants as part of an overhaul of U.S. immigration law, a left-leaning think tank released the results of a study indicating that move would boost state and...

State Net Capitol Journal: Immigration Overhaul Could Boost State Coffers

As the U.S. House of Representatives was debating last week whether to grant citizenship to the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants as part of an overhaul of U.S. immigration law, a left-leaning think tank released the results of a study indicating that move would boost state and...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

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...