Department of Labor Announces Increased Scrutiny of Employment-Based Immigration Programs

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently announced a more aggressive enforcement policy directed at employment-based nonimmigrant visa programs, stating that they will more “vigorously” enforce all laws within its jurisdiction and take civil and criminal referral actions...

Face of ‘Dreamers’ takes deportation fight to court

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Tristan Smith Atlanta (CNN) Jessica Colotl became a poster child for immigrant rights activists when a traffic violation on her college campus landed her behind bars. Her battle to fight deportation after her 2010 arrest made her a face of the...

Lawyers convention leaves Texas over state’s new immigration law

By Julian Aguilar June 07, 2017 A 15,000-member association of attorneys and law professors said on Wednesday that it is relocating its 2018 convention out of Texas in response to the state legislature passing Senate Bill 4, a sweeping and controversial immigration enforcement...

House passes bill to allow some border and customs job applicants to skip polygraph test

By Maria Sacchetti June 07, 2017 The House voted 282 to 137 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to waive a mandatory lie-detector test for applicants from law enforcement or the military, raising alarms that the move will weaken...

If We Are Deported, Who Benefits?

By Jessica Colotl June 08, 2017 Until a few weeks ago, I was working as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in a suburb of Atlanta. I was saving money for law school and hoped to practice as an immigration attorney. Then, my world came crashing down: I was told that the U.S....

Visa Shortage Spurs Vacancies, for Jobs, at a Tourist Getaway

By MIRIAM JORDAN JUNE 8, 2017 Mackinac Island has a permanent population of about 500 people and just as many horses, but no cars. From May to October, the picturesque Michigan getaway relies on about 3,000 workers to power its economic engine: summer tourism. Historically, up to...

White House Working to Overhaul High-Tech Visa Rules

BIG PLAYBOOK SCOOP — BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE DISCUSSIONS ABOUT NEW HIGH-TECH VISA RULES (with Morning Shift’s Ted Hesson) — The White House has been quietly working with the Justice Department on overhauling the H-1B program to better adhere to the administration...

Indian IT Companies Sharply Cut H-1B Dependence

BENGALURU: There was a sharp decline in the use of H-1B visas by Indian IT companies in Barack Obama’s last year as US president, indicating that Donald Trump may only be accelerating an ongoing trend. The top seven India-based IT companies received only 9,356 new H-1B visas in...

Labor Secretary Signals Scrutiny Of Visa Program Abuse

The head of the U.S. Department of Labor signaled Tuesday that the agency will be taking a tough stance on visa abuse and hinted at an increased utilization of criminal referrals, while the department noted that updates may be on the horizon for an application used for H-1B...

US Secretary Of Labor Protects Americans, Directs Agencies to Aggressively Confront Visa Program Fraud and Abuse

WASHINGTON – After a thorough review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s foreign worker visa programs, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and...
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