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Aug 17, 2021

Texans, Especially Farm Groups, Call on Biden to Secure Borders and Strictly Enforce U.S. Immigration Laws

Since the Biden administration came into office, Texas has faced an influx of illegal immigrants followed by a wave of crimes. Many states and national agricultural organizations have written to the Biden administration requesting immediate action to enforce immigration laws.

The Texas Department of Agriculture, 50 other states, and national organizations wrote to the Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture, and Interior as follows: “The current situation should not be accepted by you or any American,” they wrote. » Read More

Aug 13, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Court Allows NJ to Restrict Police Cooperation with Immigration Officials; Pathway to Permanent Residence Included with Senate Budget Resolution; Biden Orders ICE Officer Not to Detain Crime Victims, Those Assisting Police

Federal Court Upholds New Jersey Attorney General’s Ban on Providing Information to Federal Agencies

On Monday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals – which retains jurisdiction over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware – upheld the 2018 directive of former New Jersey Attorney General Gubrir Grewal to limit local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration agencies. » Read More

Aug 06, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bipartisan Call for Border Oversight; Number of Immigration Children in Detention Doubles; Biden Introduces New Policy to Protect Afghans Who Helped U.S. During the War

Calls for Creation of Executive Position to Oversee Border Policy

In a bipartisan effort to address increasing immigration to the United States in recent months, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Texas Democratic Congressional Representative Henry Cuellar have asked the Biden administration to create a new executive position that will specifically oversee U.S./Mexico » Read More

Jul 30, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Driver’s Licenses Skyrocket; White House Seeks Speedier Processing at Border and With Asylum Cases; COVID Restrictions to Continue at U.S. Border

New Jersey Sees Dramatic Increase in Driver’s Licenses after Permitting Undocumented Individuals to Apply

The state of New Jersey has seen a more than 60% increase in new driver’s licenses issued since May 1, as the new state law took effect law that permitted residents to obtain licenses regardless of immigration status. » Read More

May 06, 2021

150 Unaccompanied Children from Southern Border Arrived in Pennsylvania

Approximately 150 unaccompanied children found at the southern U.S. border have arrived in northwestern Pennsylvania. They will be housed in a dormitory at Pennsylvania International Academy. Governors of Iowa and Nebraska refused to house the refugee children.

The children arrived on the night of April 13 at Erie International Airport where the U.S. » Read More

May 04, 2021

‘90-Day Fiancé’ – The K-1 Fiancé Visa in the United States

“90 Day Fiancé,” one of the popular shows on the TLC network, shows the journey of romance through the culture clashes and mainly the tedious process through the American immigration system. Showcasing the love story between an American citizen and a foreign national, the show portrays their journey, highlighting thought-provoking elements of comedy, shocking revelations, and skepticism. » Read More

Apr 16, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Applications for Employment Authorization Now Online for Students; Biden Reaches Deal To Stem Immigration at Border; Central American Countries Agree to Anti-Corruption Plan

F-1 Students Seeking Employment Authorization Can File Online

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that F-1 students seeking Optional Practical Training – more commonly known as “OPT” – will be able to file their Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online through their account with USCIS. » Read More

Apr 09, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Visa Processing Resumes for Thousands of Foreign Workers; Report Finds Severe Overcrowding at Immigration Detention Centers; No Immigration Enforcement at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Processing to Recommence

The U.S. Department of State has announced new visa processing procedures after President Biden allowed the expiration of visa restrictions that had barred entry for numerous temporary workers. These included multinational managers and executives, specialty occupation employees, non-agricultural laborers (including landscapers, camp counselors, resort employees), au pairs, and exchange students, and many others. » Read More

Dec 26, 2018

Government Shutdown Impact on Immigration

Norris McLaughlin’s Immigration Group notes the impact of the partial government shutdown on the U.S. Immigration System as follows:

Form I-9 and E-Verify

E-Verify expired as a result of the government shutdown.  Employers will not have access to E-Verify to initiate new employee verifications, resolve non-confirmations, and verify employment authorization.  » Read More

Oct 17, 2018

Legal Marijuana “Next Door” in Canada Off Limits Here in the United States

Today, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use with the enactment of Canadian House Government Bill C-45. Pretty nice, right? Yes, it is. But citizens of Canada who travel to the United States under employment-based non-immigrant visas, visitor visas, and those seeking lawful permanent residency must be on notice: just because you can legally possess and distribute marijuana in Canada does not excuse you from the archaic and complex Immigration & Nationality Act (the “INA”). » Read More