130 miles from Austin, immigration court decides fate of thousands

By Philip Jankowski – American-Statesman Staff PEARSALL — A Central Texas welder named Jorge Lozada-Castillo sat in a small courtroom holding headphones to his ears as he listened to the Spanish translation of a judge’s decision. No, the judge decided, he wouldn’t be...

9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump’s New Travel Ban

Law360, New York (March 9, 2017, 4: 16 PM EST) — On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order replacing the original order signed Jan. 27, 2017, which temporarily banned travel to the United States by foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya,...

Peru: New Immigration Framework in Full Effect

Effective March 1, 2017, Peruvian Legislative Decree 1350 repealed and replaced the prior immigration legal framework in Peru. The previous “Aliens Law” and its amendments had been in effect for over 26 years. There are two items of particular note within the new Legislative...

Trump’s New Ban Leaves Few Spots for Refugees, Even the Hunted

By FRANCES ROBLES and KIRK SEMPLE SAN SALVADOR — Veronica picked up some modeling clay, molded it into little human figures with her hands — and then dug holes into the sculpture’s face. “Look,” said Veronica, 9, showing off the creation to her aunt. “That’s how Mamá ended up.”...

Owner of Los Angeles immigration advocacy business sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for immigration fraud

LOS ANGELES – The owner and operator of a Los Angeles-based business known as the Coalición Latinoamericana Internacional (CLI) was sentenced Wednesday to five years and two months in state prison after pleading guilty to felony charges involving grand theft, attempted perjury,...

H-1B visa rule change sparks fear of skilled-worker shortage

By David A. Arnott The Trump administration has suspended expedited processing of H-1B visa applications, starting April 3, saying the move could last as long as six months. Under current rules, applications for H-1B visas, which are intended for skilled foreign workers and are...

New Executive Order Significantly Modifies Previous Travel Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order replacing the original order signed on January 27, 2017, which temporarily banned travel to the United States by foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In litigation challenging...

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Excludes Iraqis

By GLENN THRUSH WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his executive order banning migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, removing citizens from Iraq from the original travel embargo and scrapping a provision that explicitly protected religious...

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Beginning April 3, 2017

Late Friday afternoon the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that beginning April 3, 2017 premium processing will be suspended for all H-1B petitions. Premium Processing is a filing option for certain immigration petitions that allows the case to be...

ICE nabs young ‘dreamer’ applicant after she speaks out at a news conference

About two weeks ago, Daniela Vargas hid in the bedroom closet of her Jackson, Miss., home after watching immigration officials handcuff her father in the family’s driveway. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the 22-year-old’s father and brother, Argentines who...
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