Immigration Law

    • 25 Aug 2017

    Immigrants Needed to Bolster Midwest Economy: Report

    Chicago Council, Aug. 24, 2017 - "The leisure and hospitality sector is a crucial part of the Midwest economy. Its vitality increasingly depends on immigrant workers and entrepreneurs, as US-born workers—with increasingly higher levels of education and shifting professional interests—seek work outside an industry that often requires long, demanding hours at relatively low hourly wages. Immigrants are...
    • 24 Aug 2017

    Back-to-School Reminder: Plyler v. Doe is the Law

    IDRA, Aug. 28, 2017 - "As a new school year begins, this alert is a reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children. See IDRA's eBook on Supporting Immigrant Students' Rights to Attend Public Schools (in English-Spanish) and our one-page bilingual flier and share them with others. This alert is a reminder that public schools, by law, must serve all children...
    • 22 Aug 2017

    White House Insiders Float Plan to Trade Tougher Border Rules for Keeping DACA

    Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Aug. 22, 2017 - "Donald Trump’s top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president’s campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers. The White House officials want Trump to strike an ambitious deal with Congress...
    • 22 Aug 2017

    It's Who You Know...

    Ronald Brownstein, CNN, Aug. 22, 2017 - "As President Donald Trump's trip to Arizona is certain to demonstrate, immigration remains one of the most polarizing issues in American politics. But the central political fault line around the dispute follows a surprising path. The paradox of this emotional debate is that generally the states and communities with the fewest immigrants are pushing to reduce immigration...
    • 22 Aug 2017

    ICE Seeks Return of Children to Immigration Jail

    Laura Benshoff, WHYY, Newsworks, Aug. 21, 2017 - "On a video-conferencing screen at an immigration court in York County Prison, a 4-year-old boy appears, sitting in a white plastic chair next to his mother. Wearing a suit, he colors a piece of paper intently, while attorneys in a room 50 miles away argue over his case. He can't be there in person, because he and his mother are detained in the Berks Family...
    • 21 Aug 2017

    How Democrats Gave Us Trump’s Immigration Nightmare

    Clio Chang, New Republic, Aug. 17, 2017 - "[If] the Trump administration is exceptionally hostile towards immigrants, he is building upon an anti-immigrant, enforcement-first framework that was implemented over the past few decades not only by conservative presidents like George W. Bush, but also by liberal ones like Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Trump’s all-out assault on immigrants has cast into sharp relief...
    • 16 Aug 2017

    No Tax Refund to GEO Group for Immigration Jails: GEO Group v. Hegar

    GEO Group v. Hegar, Aug. 10, 2017 - "The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) sued Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas, and Ken Paxton, Attorney General of the State of Texas, (collectively, the Comptroller) seeking a refund of sales tax imposed on GEO’s use of gas and electricity in detention facilities. GEO asserted that it was entitled to the sales tax exemption for residential use under Section...
    • 16 Aug 2017

    Halfway Through, Trump Coming Up Empty on Travel Ban

    NBC News, Aug. 14, 2017 - "President Donald Trump’s travel ban hits its halfway mark this week, and experts say the administration does not have much to show for it. After several court setbacks, the Supreme Court allowed the administration to reinstate most of the ban, which runs for a total of 90 days. There is scant evidence the ban is strengthening national security or laying the foundation for more long...
    • 14 Aug 2017

    Local Immigration Enforcement and Arrests of the Hispanic Population

    Michael Coon, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Aug. 2017 - "Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was added to the INA by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), allows the federal government to enter into voluntary partnerships with state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration law. Upon entering these agreements, law...
    • 10 Aug 2017

    Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls Conference Out of Texas

    Hispanic National Bar Association, Aug. 10, 2017 - "The Hispanic National Bar Association announced today that it is pulling its 2020 Corporate Counsel Conference from El Paso, Texas in response to the Texas state government’s passage of Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”). Dubbed an “anti-sanctuary” law, SB4 forces local law enforcement to act as de facto immigration enforcement officers and gives...
    • 10 Aug 2017

    Three-Year-Old Immigrant Child Released After Two Years in Immigration Jail

    Katie Shepherd, Aug. 9, 2017 - "An immigration judge ordered the immediate release of a three-year-old immigrant child and his mother from a detention center in rural Pennsylvania on Monday, stating that it was one of the most sympathetic cases for release he had encountered in his career. The child’s release marks what will hopefully be a positive turn for immigrant minors, who are required to be freed as...
    • 7 Aug 2017

    Cyrus Mehta: RAISE Act Will Hurt Immigrants, Americans and America

    Cyrus Mehta, Aug. 6, 2017 - "Last week, President Trump lent full throated support towards the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act ( RAISE Act ), which will dramatically alter the immigration system in the United States the way we know it. Although this bill, proposed by Republican Senators Cotton and Purdue has little chance of moving through Congress, it has drawn significant attention as it...
    • 2 Aug 2017

    Expert: GOP Immigration Bill Will 'Be Very Hard to Get Through Congress'

    David J. Lynch, Financial Times, Aug. 2, 2017 - "Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed legislation that would dramatically reshape legal immigration to the US, slashing annual admissions in half and prioritising education and skills rather than family ties in deciding who can enter the country. The proposal “will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars,” said...
    • 2 Aug 2017

    Senators Cotton & Perdue Flank Pres. Trump in Introducing 'Merit-Based' Immigration Bill

    Washington Post, Aug. 2, 2017 - "President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels over a decade, a goal Trump endorsed on the campaign trail that would represent a profound change to U.S. immigration policies that have been in place for half a century. Trump appeared with Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified...
    • 2 Aug 2017

    Refugees Fill Employment Vacuum in California Poultry Industry

    Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2017 - "Refugees have increasingly become vital workers in an industry with high turnover. And the growing unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East and elsewhere have readily supplied them in places like the Central Valley. The refugee and immigrant populations ”certainly have been a significant part, an integral part of our workforce for decades,” said Tom Super...
    • 2 Aug 2017

    Expert: Immigration Enforcement Targets 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Under Trump

    John Bacon, USA Today, Aug. 1, 2017 - "An Ohio mother of four who has lived in the U.S. for 17 years faced deportation Tuesday, nine days after a routine traffic stop that led authorities to discover her undocumented status. Beatriz Morelos Casillas, 37, her husband and their children live in Painesville, 30 miles northeast of Cleveland. Casillas was stopped on her way home from her factory job, then arrested for...
    • 31 Jul 2017

    ICE Announces 18 New 287(g) Agreements in Texas

    ICE, July 31, 2017 - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formally announced the signing of 18 new 287(g) agreements throughout the state of Texas at an event in Grapevine today attended by Acting ICE Director Tom Homan and sheriffs from each of the 18 counties. The 287(g) program allows state or local law enforcement entities to request to enter into a partnership with ICE for delegated immigration...
    • 31 Jul 2017

    Why Central American Asylum-Seekers Are Avoiding the Charlotte Immigration Court

    Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, July 30, 2017 - "Migrants running from gangs do not easily fit into the classic categories for asylum, which offers protection to people fearing persecution based on race, religion, nationality or politics. Yet in some courts, artful lawyers have won for people from Central America by crafting cases to fit a fifth, more loosely defined category of persecution in the law, against...
    • 28 Jul 2017

    Will H-2A Visa Workers Save California Wines?

    Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 2017 - "Many grape growers consider H2A’s bureaucratic hurdles insurmountable: Those include costly fees, piles of paperwork and the requirement to provide government-inspected housing to workers. It’s a burden that many smaller-scale vintners insist they simply cannot bear. But as labor grows ever scarcer, will they have a choice? For vineyard workers...
    • 27 Jul 2017

    Deported Connecticut Army Veteran Gains U.S. Citizenship, Reunites With Family

    Peggy McCarthy, New Haven Register, July 24, 2017 - "Arnold Giammarco, the Army and National Guard veteran deported to Italy nearly five years ago, is back home in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. ... Giammarco landed at JFK Airport on July 16, nine days after he becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in a military ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. Giammarco originally had applied for citizenship in 1982...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    ICE Agent: In Trump Era, Contempt Toward Immigrants 'Rampant' in Agency

    Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, July 24, 2017 - “We used to look at things through the totality of the circumstances when it came to a removal order—that’s out the window,” the agent told me the other day. “I don’t know that there’s that appreciation of the entire realm of what we’re doing. It’s not just the person we’re removing. It’s their entire family...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Another Victory in Detroit Suspension Clause Habeas; Prelim. Injunction Granted in Hamama v. Adducci

    Hamama v. Adducci, July 24, 2017 - "In their motion for a preliminary injunction, Petitioners ask this Court to halt temporarily their deportation to Iraq, until they can make their case in the immigration courts that their removal is legally prohibited. The grounds that they will urge in those courts and, if necessary, in the federal courts of appeals will be that returning them to the lawlessness and senseless...
    • 25 Jul 2017

    Cyrus Mehta on Trump’s H-2B Visa Conflict: How We Can Take Advantage Of It To Gain Broader Immigration Reform

    Cyrus Mehta, July 24, 2017 - "On July 19, 2017, the Trump administration increased the H-2B cap from 66,000 to 81,000 by promulgating a final rule . H-2B visas are annually capped at 66,000 under the law. Due to an increase in demand of essential workers to serve landscapers, hotels, restaurants and seafood processors each year, the H-2B cap gets hit earlier each year. Congress provided for a one time increase...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Angelo Paparelli - The Known and Unknown Future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program at USCIS and the USCIS Ombudsman

    Angelo Paparelli, July 23, 2017 - "Memes, apocrypha, obfuscation, head feints, hand-wringing, and supposition: These are the misleading and unreliable stuff of the Interweb. To a great extent, alas, they also infect the EB-5 ecospace. This article will avoid conjecture and look at the few hard facts we know about Trump Administration appointees and the positions they will hold, while encouraging EB-5 stakeholders...
    • 24 Jul 2017

    Is the U.S. in Danger of Losing Immigrant Entrepreneurs? - Wharton Podcast

    Wharton Podcast, July 21, 2017 - "A decision by the Trump administration to delay and possibly rescind an Obama-era rule could cause the U.S. to fall behind other countries in attracting immigrant entrepreneurs who bring investments and create jobs, experts say. The so-called International Entrepreneur Rule that the Obama administration introduced in August 2016 aimed to grant parole visas for up to five years...