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July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice or...

Duane Morris Alert: EB-2 Visas For China and India Move 5 Months and Other Immigration Law Updates

July Visa Bulletin; EB-2 for China and India Move Five Months After months without significant movement in the employment-based immigrant visa preference categories, the July 2011 Visa Bulletin announced a five-month jump for the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals. Those with priority dates...

Ruling Over Pennsylvania Town's Immigration Law Vacated

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) A federal appeals court has vacated its ruling that declared a northeastern Pennsylvania city's illegal immigration law to be unconstitutional, setting the stage for a new round of arguments. The move by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday was...

CA3 on Preemption: Lozano v. City of Hazleton

"This case is before us on remand from the United States Supreme Court. The City of Hazleton previously appealed the District Court‟s judgment permanently enjoining enforcement of two Hazleton ordinances that attempt to prohibit employment of unauthorized aliens and preclude them from renting housing...

Hazleton, Farmers Branch Petition USSC for Writs of Certiorari

"A city in Pennsylvania and one in Texas have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are allowed to enact legislation preventing those illegally living in the country from renting property in their cities — and in the Pennsylvania city's case, from working there too...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Municipalities Seek Review of Immigration Ordinances at Supreme Court | In late October, the cities of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, and Farmers Branch, Texas, filed petitions at the Supreme Court asking the Justices to review federal appellate court decisions striking down local laws targeting undocumented...

Supreme Court Declines Immigration Cases

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration. The court decided against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which were seeking to overturn...

Judge Orders Hazleton to Pay $1.4M in Legal Fees, Costs - Lozano v. City of Hazleton

"The city of Hazleton must pay nearly $1.4 million to civil rights attorneys who thwarted the city's immigration law in federal court, U.S. Judge James Munley ruled Tuesday . Munley of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Scranton awarded about half of the $2.84 million...