Immigration Law

    • 3 Oct 2013

    Online Application for DV-2015 Visa Lottery (DS-5501)

    OMB Control Number: 1405-0153 Form: DS-5501 Expires: 08/31/2016 Estimated Burden: 30 minutes
    • 19 Dec 2013

    American Citizen Sues Feds, Hospital for Invasive Body Cavity Searches at Border

    The facts are appalling : A slight, 54-year-old American woman was strip-searched, then subjected to repeated X-rays, rectal and vaginal probes by CBP and the University Medical Center in El Paso for six hours. Finding nothing, CBP released her without any apology . The hospital billed her $5,000 for 'services.' Needless to say, she is suing CBP and the hospital .
    • 1 Sep 2017

    Denver Mayor Signs Immigration Ordinance: "We do not do the work of ICE."

    Jon Murray, Denver Post, Aug. 31, 2017 - "Denver’s new immigration measures aim to resist federal enforcement in several ways, but Denver Police Chief Robert White summarized them bluntly at signing ceremony Thursday. “We do not do the work of ICE,” he said, referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a comment that prompted wild applause inside Denver’s city hall from the...
    • 17 Feb 2017

    American Soldiers Sue DoD Over MAVNI SNAFU - Tiwari v. Mattis

    Tiwari et al. v. Mattis, No. 17-CV-242, W.D. Wa., Feb. 16, 2017 - "This action challenges unconstitutional national origin discrimination imposed by Department of Defense (DoD) guidance memoranda that summarily deny Plaintiffs -- who are all naturalized U.S. citizens -- the ability to apply for security clearances until after the term of their initial military enlistment, thereby crippling their military careers...
    • 7 Oct 2013

    Given I-130 Delays, Is the K-3 Visa a Good Work-Around?

    "The Form I-130 petition is used to sponsor a spouse, minor child or parent of a US citizen who is outside the US. In the recent past, such an I-130 petition filed with the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services on behalf of an immediate relative got approved in about 3-4 months. The case was then sent to the National Visa Center, a clearing house for the consular posts of the Department of State. One...
    • 6 May 2013

    Transformation of a Town Underscores Immigrants’ Impact

    "While there is considerable debate about whether increased immigration depresses wages on the low end of the pay scale, most experts say allowing more new immigrants and offering a more secure legal footing for workers who are currently in the country illegally would bring the nation broad economic gains. “We need more legal immigration,” said Diana Furchtgott-Roth, an economist at the conservative Manhattan...
    • 30 Sep 2013

    2015 DV Lottery Opens October 1, 2013

    "The U.S. diversity (DV) immigrant visa lottery for fiscal year 2015 opens on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and will remain open for entries until November 2, 2013. This year, the U.S. government has 50,000 immigrant visas available through the DV lottery and subsequent DV visa application process. As in previous years, the Department of State (DOS) will select about 100,000 entries as “winners” and then...
    • 15 Oct 2011

    Farmers Fear E-Verify Could Devastate American Agriculture

    "E-Verify's opponents contend the system will destroy agribusiness by driving up costs, shrinking the workforce, and wreaking havoc on food production. When Hollabaugh hears a legislator say E-Verify will save American jobs for Americans, "I just want to throttle him," she said. "There are no domestic workers who want to do this work." Although farmhands do menial labor, she said...
    • 19 May 2012

    MAVNI Reinstated!

    Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI , writes: "Attached is the MAVNI reauthorization letter . Please note that TPS holders are eligible for MAVNI, and that Portuguese and Haitian Creole have been added to the language list, as well as French, if the person holds citizenship in an 'African country.' Under this program, a TPS or U visa holder (among others) can go straight to US citizen, skipping...
    • 24 Apr 2013

    Is DACA Illegal? A Dallas Court Says, 'Maybe' (UPDATED)

    "A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama’s deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Dallas today put off his own decision on whether to grant the request for a preliminary injunction by 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs agents. He asked both sides to file additional arguments no later than May...
    • 20 Jun 2014

    Afghan SIV Program Update

    "The Department of State’s authority to issue Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) to Afghan nationals under section 602(b) of the Afghan Allies Protection Act of 2009, as amended, is limited to 3,000 visas for Afghan principal applicants in Fiscal Year 2014. We expect that these visas will all be issued by July 2014. We welcome action by Congress to extend this program. We are making arrangements to quickly resume...
    • 13 Feb 2012

    Local Sierra Club opposes South Florida immigration detention center

    "The Broward Group of the Sierra Club last week announced its opposition to the federal immigration detention center set to be built in the South Florida town of Southwest Ranches . The group “passed a resolution opposing construction of a 1,500 bed for-profit detention facility by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in the Town of Southwest Ranches in western Broward County,” according...
    • 5 May 2010

    LexisNexis® Emerging Issues Law Community Podcast featuring Dan Kowalski of the Fowler Law Firm on the Arizona immigration law

    On this edition, Dan Kowalski discusses the Arizona immigration law, the practical, legal and political issues it presents, and lawsuits filed challenging the law. Mr. Kowalski is an immigration lawyer with the Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas and is online editor of Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- Daily Edition. Copyright© 2010 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. (Please visit the site to view this audio...
    • 31 Jul 2013

    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 the administration’s deportation policies. The letter, released Monday and signed by Reps. Mike Honda (D-Calif...
    • 2 Oct 2015

    Navy Recruiting Under MAVNI

    US Navy MAVNI Facebook Community, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Thank you for your interest in the US Navy’s Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. Please read the COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1133.13A Instruction: http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/Graphic-Elements/Directives-Pages/Effective-Directives/1133.13A%20Military%20Accessions%20Vital%20to%20the%20National%20Interest%20(MAVNI)%20Pilo.pdf to determine...
    • 17 Feb 2015

    New Data Show Child Migrant Crisis Began Before DACA

    "Newly available data—analyzed in this study for the first time—show that the massive increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) began before DACA was even announced in June 2012. Without knowledge of the program, the children who came to the border in early 2012 could not have been motivated by DACA. In fact, fewer UACs entered illegally in the 3 months after DACA than the 3 months before it. ...
    • 26 Nov 2012

    Immigration by Chance: Save the DV Green Card Lottery

    " The annual 55,000 green-card DV lottery -- which I've criticized as a program "[relying] on casino-style randomness as the basis to sprinkle green cards on a lucky few " -- now upon further reflection seems to me as a category worth saving." - Angelo A. Paparelli, Nov. 25, 2012 .
    • 9 Dec 2012

    Army Sgt. from Nepal (Naturalized via MAVNI) Named 'Soldier of the Year'

    USCIS, Dec. 7, 2012 : "Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, SGT Saral K. Shrestha knew he wanted a military career from the time he was a small boy. Watching shows about the military on television, he dreamed of life as a soldier. As a young man, Shrestha's mother urged him to pursue higher education in the United States. At age 17, he applied for a visa and left his home to study in a new land. "It was...
    • 11 Feb 2013

    SEC Sues Chicago EB-5 Regional Center, Anshoo Sethi: Massive Fraud Alleged

    "The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges and an asset freeze against an individual living in Illinois and two companies behind an investment scheme defrauding foreign investors seeking profitable returns and a legal path to U.S. residency through a federal visa program." - SEC, Feb. 8, 2013 . "The SEC alleges that Anshoo R. Sethi created A Chicago Convention Center (ACCC) and...
    • 17 Jan 2017

    Is Trump’s Proposed Scrapping of the H-1B Lottery in Favor of the Highest Wage Such A Good Idea? - Cyrus D. Mehta and Sophia Genovese-Halvorson

    Cyrus D. Mehta and Sophia Genovese-Halvorson, Jan. 17, 2017 - "Employers have already begun preparing for the upcoming H-1B visa lottery season. The annual H-1B cap is limited to 65,000 visas per year for applicants with bachelor’s degrees, and an additional 20,000 for those with master’s degrees from US universities. The filing period begins on April 1, 2017. H-1B petitions received during the first...
    • 21 Dec 2013

    Should Employees Provide Phone Numbers, Email Addresses on Form I-9?

    "The federal government’s updated employment verification Form I-9, which went into use on May 7, 2013 , includes two new optional fields in Section 1 calling for the new hire’s personal e-mail address and telephone number. The fields are at the beginning of the new Form. New employees routinely complete these additional fields. And why not? After all, this is a government form and there are spaces...
    • 11 Aug 2015

    Immigrant of the Day: Google's New CEO, Sundar Pichai

    "Google's creation of Alphabet shouldn't have a major impact on the average Google user, but one thing is changing in Mountain View: Google has a new CEO, Sundar Pichai. Here are a few things everyone should know about him." - PC Magazine, Aug. 11, 2015 .
    • 27 Apr 2014

    Deported Vietnam Veteran Dies Impoverished in Mexico

    "Hector Barrios died this week. It’s okay if you’ve never heard of him. You have no reason to know who he is. The short version: Hector was a decorated U.S. veteran who died abroad, impoverished and estranged from the country he loved and served, with none of the benefits entitled to him as a veteran. Barrios was born in Tijuana, Mexico. In 1961, at the age of 18, he moved to the United States...
    • 15 Apr 2012

    Welcome to America! (Never Mind the Pepper Spray)

    Dismaying video footage of Canadian citizen Desiderio Fortunato being pepper-sprayed by (former) CBP officer Joel Helle on March 2, 2009 at the Pacific Highway Crossing. Mr. Fortunato's 'crime?' Asking Officer Helle to say 'please.' Helle was subsequently convicted of harassment ("for choking and threatening to kill a Canadian driver, while off duty, in a road rage incident") and has left...
    • 18 Aug 2014

    The Consequences of 1924: For Greg Siskind and Many Others, It's Personal

    "I get so tired of hearing from anti-immigrants that their relatives came over the legal way. The vast majority of people who say this have no idea what it took to come to the US, but up until 1924, virtually anyone who wanted to immigrate to America and could afford the ticket could come. That changed dramatically when the 1924 immigration law took effect and set strict quotas on who could enter the US. The law...