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
A Mexican national living in Texarkana, Arkansas, has been arrested by federal officials for selling illegal U.S. non-immigrant work visas. Jesus Martinez-Rubio, age 44, was arrested in June 2020 and charged in the Texarkana Division of the Western District of Arkansas. » Read More
Employers across the country flooded the U.S. Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway System at the stroke of midnight on January 2, 2020.
The reason? To enter a random selection process—a lottery, of sorts—with the hope of being randomly selected to hire foreign unskilled and skilled workers to travel to the United States for a temporary duration, to assist U.S. » Read More
On November 15, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended the regulations that govern the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker certifications. Changes have been made to the DOL’s labor market test that is conducted to assess the availability of the American workers for the required job position. » Read More
After a period of uncertainty, the Trump Administration extended Temporary Protected Status, or “TPS,” to certain Somalis living in the United States. The extension granted them the right to live in the United States until at least March of 2020, at which point the U.S. » Read More
Agriculture and Construction Industries are Concerned About Labor Shortages
Despite lower unemployment across the country, agriculture and construction companies continue to face vacant positions, and are arguing for increased immigrant labor. For example, in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, there is greater demand for construction work, but there are approximately 38,000 unfilled position in the industry. » Read More
Congressional Republicans broke for the Memorial Day recess amid a heated debate within the party about whether to provide a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants who benefit from DACA, a program that shields from deportation approximately 800,000 people who entered the United States as children. » Read More
On Monday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson, James Schwab, announced his resignation, stating that he did not “want to perpetuate misleading facts” posited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other government officials.
Schwab’s resignation was sparked by statements from the Department of Justice, which claimed about 800 undocumented immigrants evaded ICE sweeps because the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, announced the raids the day before they were set to begin. » Read More