Immigration Law

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ICE Cannot Hold Criminal Defendant Who Made Bail, Judge Finds
Posted on 1 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Andrew Denney, New York Law Journal, Dec. 28, 2017 - "The government “simply cannot have it both ways” and keep an immigrant who faces criminal charges but who made bail in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal... Read More

Tags: bond , boutin , bail , irizarry , DHS , DOJ , ICE

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

DHS to Enhance Security for Visa Waiver Program| On August 6, 2015, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the implementation of new security measures for noncitizens seeking to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver... Read More

SoCal Staffing Agency Settles I-9 Case with DOJ for $200K
Posted on 10 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Oct. 6, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement with CitiStaff Solutions Inc., and CitiStaff Management Group Inc. (collectively CitiStaff), companies that provide staffing services in the greater Los... Read More

USCIS, DOJ Join Forces on Immigration - MOU (May 11, 2018)(UPDATED)
Posted on 11 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 11, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (PDF, 2.00 MB) that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse... Read More

Excerpts from the May 15, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 3 May 2013 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

Interim Final Rule Issued on H-2B Prevailing Wages On April 24, 2013, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security jointly published an interim final rule establishing a new method of calculating prevailing wages under the H-2B program... Read More

DOJ OIG Report: Nepotism at EOIR
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Federal investigators found rampant nepotism in recent years within the agency that oversees U.S. immigration courts, including three top officials who used their positions to help relatives land paid internships. In a report this week , Justice... Read More

Tags: nepotism , report , eoir , oig , DOJ

DOJ OLC Memo: DHS Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others
Posted on 21 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed policy to prioritize the removal of certain aliens unlawfully present in the United States would be a permissible exercise of DHS’s discretion to enforce the immigration laws. The Department... Read More

DOJ settles citizenship discrimination claim against Penn. employer
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with S.W.J.J. Inc., or Sernak Farms, based in Weatherly, Penn., to settle allegations that Sernak engaged in discrimination on the basis of citizenship status... Read More

DOJ Files OCAHO Complaint: Document Abuse
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Rose Acre Farms Inc., a major U.S. egg producer based in Seymour, Ind., alleging that Rose Acre engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against work-authorized non... Read More

Advance Copy of DOJ Final Rule: Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/19/2016 - "This rule revises the Department of Justice’s (Department’s) regulations implementing a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) concerning... Read More

DOJ OPR Takes 'Administrative Action' With IJ Montante After Complaint
Posted on 31 Oct 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

From Kerry Bretz : "Dear Mr. Bretz: In a letter to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) dated June 20, 2013, you alleged that Immigration Judge (IJ) Philip J. Montante, Jr. demonstrated bias and prejudice while presiding over Malter of... Read More

Name Change: OSC Now IER
Posted on 20 Jan 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Jan. 18, 2017 - "Please note that as of January 18, 2017, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has been renamed the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER). The Immigrant and Employee Rights... Read More

DOJ Final Rule: Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment
Posted on 2 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to adjust for inflation certain civil monetary penalties assessed under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The adjusted penalties are calculated according to a statutory... Read More

Justice Department Issues Negative Report on EOIR Management of BIA, Immigration Courts
Posted on 1 Nov 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The OIG found that immigration court performance reports are incomplete and overstate the actual accomplishments of these courts. These flaws in EOIR’s performance reporting preclude the Department from accurately assessing the courts’... Read More

Tags: report , bia , eoir , oig , DOJ