Fair Play

By Delisa Bressler, Partner Life’s not always fair. There’s nothing like two decades of immigration law practice to hammer that home. Even so, while we know life’s circumstances are not always fair, we do expect a certain sense of fair play in U.S. government...

US judge opens door for thousands to apply for asylum

SEATTLE — A federal judge in Seattle opened the door Thursday for thousands of immigrants to apply for asylum, finding that the Department of Homeland Security has routinely failed to notify them of a deadline for filing their applications. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez...

DHS proposal would penalize immigrants who use tax credit

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would penalize immigrants for accepting almost any form of public benefit, including a popular tax credit. Under a draft proposal first reported by The Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security would...

DHS weighs major change to H-1B foreign tech worker visa program

By Franco Ordonez, Star-Telegram WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security is considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions, according to two U.S. sources briefed on the proposal. The measure potentially could stop hundreds of thousands of...

Attorney general, DHS secretary tie NYC terror attack to ‘failures’ in immigration system

By Geneva Sands and Matt Seyler, ABC News Attorney General Jeff Sessions invoked this week’s terror attack in New York City to criticize United States immigration policy at a Baltimore press conference Tuesday. “As yesterday’s New York events showed, in the starkest terms,...

Court Overturns Delay of International Entrepreneur Rule

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begin implementation of the Obama-era “International Entrepreneur Rule,” which created an option for certain foreign entrepreneurs to enter the...

DHS announces progress in enforcing immigration laws, protecting Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its end-of-year immigration enforcement numbers, the results of a year-long return to enforcing the law, upholding the integrity of our lawful immigration system, and keeping America safe. In Fiscal...

US Immigration Enforcement Agency Seeks to Double in Size by 2033

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is considering a hiring surge that would more than double the agency’s size in the coming six years to nearly 46,000 employees, surpassing previously published estimates, according to a government contracting-related document...

Six ways the Trump administration cracked down on immigration

President Donald Trump has made good on many campaign promises for a crackdown on immigration and the acceptance of refugees in the U.S. Some of the biggest decisions: Trump is phasing out an Obama-era program that gives renewable permits to young immigrants brought to the U.S....

TPS Terminated for Nicaragua; TPS Holders Should Review Alternate Immigration Options

On November 6, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation would be terminated for Nicaragua, effective January 5, 2019.  Since January 5, 1999, the TPS designation allowed certain Nicaraguans with continuous...
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