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Jun 18, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Attorney General Expands Eligibility for Asylum; Employment to Be Authorized for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crimes; Biden to Continue Family Reunification Efforts

A.G. Rules in Favor of Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland rescinded a Trump-era decision that had made it much more difficult for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence to apply for asylum in the United States. » Read More

Jun 17, 2021

U.S. Faces Worker Shortage: Chamber of Commerce Says Ramping Up Immigration Can Resolve This

In March of this year, the U.S. saw a record high of 8.1 million job openings. Many businesses are now struggling to find workers as they reopen and return to their normal operations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has openly called out to Washington to make way for more foreign workers to enter the country. » Read More

Jun 15, 2021

New York-Based Pharmaceutical Company Slapped with $220,000 Civil Penalty for Discriminatory Hiring Practices

On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that after investigation, it had reached a settlement with LNK International, Inc. (LNK), a New York-based company that manufactures over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, regarding discriminatory hiring practices. This settlement was reached to resolve the DOJ’s claim that LNK violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against work-authorized non-U.S. » Read More

Jun 10, 2021

Ohio-Based Landscaping Company to Pay $36,000 in Back Wages, $40,000 in H-2B Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that Alvarado Landscaping of Lorain, Ohio, violated a federal requirement of paying their H-2B temporary workers for their international transportation and meal expenses. The DOL said the landscaping company must pay $36,000 in back wages and $40,000 in H-2B penalties. » Read More

May 27, 2021

Biden Administration Lifts Rule to Narrow H-1B Definition of “Specialty Occupation”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has formally removed the rule that would have redefined the H-1B specialty occupations. The rule was also set to restrict the off-site replacement of H-1B employees and increase employer compliance requirements.

On May 20, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a statement confirming that the DHS has removed the Interim Final Rule issued in October 2020, which has since been vacated by a federal district court. » Read More

May 21, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Organizations Sue to Stop High Wage-Based Visa System; Biden Administration Drops Health Insurance Mandate for New Immigrants; White House to Admit Small Number of Vulnerable Immigrants into United States

Lawsuit Filed to Block H-1B Visa Wage Priority Rule

On Monday, multiple organizations filed an action in a Washington, D.C., federal court to block the implementation of a wage-based rule that would replace the H-1B visa lottery system – designated for high-skilled foreign workers – with a program that favored higher-paid positions. » Read More

May 14, 2021

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Congressional Reps Propose Increased Health Care for Immigrants; Fear of Undocumented Immigration Drops Significantly in New Jersey; New Wage Requirements Delayed For Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

New Bill Proposed to Make Health Care Coverage More Accessible to Immigrants

Several House Democrats have introduced a new bill aimed at making health care benefits more accessible to immigrants in the United States. One of the bill’s main sponsors, Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, stated that “we must finally guarantee health care to everyone as a human right – regardless of immigration status, income, employment, or anything else.” » Read More

May 13, 2021

Immigrant Workers’ Rights – May Day Rally Held in Allentown

Make the Road Pennsylvania’s Allentown chapter organized the May Day rally advocating immigrant workers’ rights – emphasizing undocumented workers. Along with demanding minimum pay and labor rights for undocumented workers, advocates urged the Biden administration to grant citizenship to the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. » Read More

May 11, 2021

Quarryville Business Owner Indicted for Operating Undocumented Worker Conspiracy and Extensive Tax Fraud

Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams has announced the arrest and indictment of Pennsylvania residents Miguel Morales, 48, of Quarryville; Jose Morales, 39, of Quarryville; Oscar Carrillo-Perez, 35, of West Grove; and Santiago Garcia-Ramirez, 44, of Landenberg. Morales was indicted for conspiring to transport and transporting undocumented workers and making false statements. » Read More