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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...

Congress Considers Bills Targeting Notarios, Other Immigration Scammers

"Congress might address the issue as part of proposed immigration reforms that could expand protections against con-artists offering help to those seeking citizenship. “This is a foreseeable problem,” said Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, who introduced a bill that calls for a fine and...

Tech Still Hopeful on CIR

"Much of Washington believes a potential military strike and a debt ceiling debacle have swallowed chances this year for immigration reform. Not tech. Silicon Valley and its D.C. representatives still envision that legislation can creep through before momentum fades. Congressional calendars be damned...

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Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part I)

"[I]n a series of interviews with The Hill over the past two months, Democratic and Republican negotiators said the group’s failure stemmed from divisions among Democrats over strategy and policy, as well as Boehner’s refusal to put his weight behind the bill and help steer it through...

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

"[A]s the weeks dragged on, it became clear to members of the group that the proposal would sink if it were introduced without a firm commitment from Boehner to push it forward. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Boehner in June, and many lawmakers emerged cautiously optimistic...

Why immigration is a major issue for women

"On the House side, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D.-Calif., formed a Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, whose members have been delivering speeches and sending colleagues letters about women and immigration. Politically, both immigrants and women have shown their voting power...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Struggles To Find Balance In Flood Insurance Reform

By Rich Ehisen | When Lynne Kampel bought her small home on Long Island in 1990, its location across the road from Randall Bay's inlet waters, only blocks from the famed Nautical Mile, was a real selling point. So was its price tag, a steal at just $105,000, which made ponying up the monthly mortgage...

State Net Capitol Journal: Voting Rights Bill Introduced In Congress

A bill introduced in Congress last month would require four southern states to once again obtain federal preapproval before making any changes to their voting laws by replacing parts of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. The bill modernizes the formula in the forty...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Passes Food Industry Overhaul

Just when it looked as if no legislation of any consequence would ever make it through the partisan gridlock in Washington, the 113th Congress approved three significant, bipartisan measures in three months, the latest a five-year farm bill passed last week that will impact everything from farm subsidies...

If Congress Balks, White House Poised to Act on Immigration

Two stories on this topic from the Washington Post 4-10-14 and the Los Angeles Times 4-9-14 . Stay tuned!

Eight Things Obama Can Do on Immigration Without Congress: Peter Schey

"The following proposed administrative changes are within the power of the Administration to adopt, would result in cost-savings to DHS, and would legalize either temporarily or permanently several million immigrants, many of whom are already “in the system” with applications pending...

White House Asks Congress for $3.7 Billion for Border Surge

"[T]oday the President is requesting a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation focused on: Deterrence , including increased detainment and removal of adults with children and increased immigration court capacity to speed cases Enforcement , including enhanced interdiction and prosecution...

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...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Congress on Cybersecurity: Recent Bill Limits Liability

By Gerard G. Pecht , Peter A. Stokes , Mark Thomas Oakes , Utsav Mathur and Geraldine W. Young In the days leading up to its August 2014 recess, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a number of bills aimed at strengthening cybersecurity. Those measures include H.R. 3696—known as the National...

Artesia: 'Far Worse' Than Imagined

"Based on hundreds of interviews with these detained families that our expert lawyers have conducted, AILA has concluded that Artesia is a due process failure and a humanitarian disaster that cannot be fixed and must be closed immediately. Attorneys with long histories of representing clients at...

Fraud By Insurance Agent Requires Jail – Insurance Agent Used Diverted Premium to Fund Campaign for Congress

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal made clear that although Congressmen may write the law they are not above the law. Former Arizona Congressman Richard Renzi learned this lesson the hard way when he was convicted by a jury on charges of conspiracy, honest-services fraud, extortion, money laundering,...

Can Congress Strip DAPA/DACA User Fees From USCIS?

Angelo A. Paparelli explains: "[A] dispute has arisen among Republicans about whether Congress has the power to prohibit USCIS from processing deferred action cases by starving the agency of funds. The House Appropriations Committee maintained in a statement that the Congress is powerless to...

Squaring the Immigration Circle: New Hope for an Old System - Endelman & Mehta

" The Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 153) (“I-Squared” Act) was introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL), Coons (D-DE), Flake (R-AZ), and Blumenthal (D-CT). When partisan rancor is the norm in Congress, the I-Squared Act is genuinely bipartisan, and...

DHS Head Asks For Key Reforms of EB-5 Program

"U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked lawmakers this week to consider several key changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program, according to a letter obtained by Law360, as the program is eyed for reauthorization before it expires this fall. In the letter to high...

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Sheriffs, Police, Cities Oppose Funding Cuts Tied to So-Called 'Sanctuary Cities'

Recent letters to Congress from the Major Counties Sheriffs Association , the National Fraternal Order of Police and the National League of Cities opposing proposed 'grant penalties' related to so-called 'sanctuary cities.'

Expert: Congress Will Probably Renew EB-5 Investor Visa Program

Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, Sept. 21, 2015 - "Getting an EB-5 visa might get a little bit harder, though, depending on what Congress decides to do next. [ Cornell law professor and LexisNexis expert author Stephen] Yale-Loehr thinks there’s not enough time for Congress to make major changes...

DOL Apologizes for H-2B Slowdown, Blames Congress

DOL, Jan. 11, 2016 - "The Department's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this public service announcement to employers who participate in the H-2B temporary nonagricultural visa program. We have received a number of inquiries and correspondence concerning recent changes...

Groups Urge EB-5 Investor Visa Program Reform - Letter to Congress

IIUSA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Roundtable, EB-5 Investment Coalition, and American Immigration Lawyers Association, July 5, 2016 - "IIUSA joined leading EB-5 trade associations/coalitions ( U.S. Chamber of Commerce , Real Estate Roundtable , EB-5 Investment Coalition , and American...