Immigration Law

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee |

On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

The ruling held that a federal law prohibiting states from issuing professional licenses to noncitizens who are unlawfully present does not apply to law licenses issued by the state judiciary.

The applicant, Cesar Vargas, was brought to the United States at age 5 and graduated from the City University of New York School of Law.

The ruling was in issued in the case of, In the Matter of the Application of Cesar Adrian Vargas for Admission to the Bar of the State of New York (Attorney Registration No. 5088943), No. 2013-10725, 2015 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4587 (June 3, 2015) [enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers].

ICE Reaches $2.25 Million Settlement with Apple Orchard

On June 2, 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a $2.25 million settlement with an apple orchard in Washington state over allegations that it hired nearly one thousand employees without authorization to work in the United States.

While ICE did not release a copy of the settlement, a press release stated that the company, Broetje Orchards, LLC, continued to employ workers without employment authorization even after the violations were discovered during an audit.

Justice Department Reaches $320,000 Settlement with Farm Labor Contractor

On May 27, 2015, the Department of Justice reached a $320,000 settlement with a California farm labor contractor over allegations that it required lawful permanent residents to produce documents not required of U.S. citizen employees.

The company, Luis Esparza Services, Inc., is also required to provide eleven days of back pay to a worker who was improperly denied employment despite having valid work authorization. 

The settlement is the largest civil penalty ever imposed for violating the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Attorneys Advised to Warn Clients About Scammers Outside Consulate in Ciudad Juarez

The Texas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association is advising attorneys to warn their clients not to pay money to any individuals seeking to collect fees outside the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

According to the advisal, scammers claiming to work for the consulate often wear official looking badges and tell applicants waiting in line that they need to make additional photocopies, take extra passport photos, or receive “entry badges” in order to access the consulate.

In one instance, a scammer reportedly charged an applicant $80 to cross a bridge to the consulate’s medical facility prior to an examination.

Bender's Immigration Bulletin

[This is an excerpt from the July 1, 2015, issue of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.]

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