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Jan 14, 2021

Study Says 69% of Undocumented Immigrant Workers Hold Essential Jobs to Fight COVID

A new study released by the pro-immigrant reform group, FWD.us, shows that more than two-thirds of undocumented immigrant workers have frontline jobs considered essential to the U.S. fight against COVID-19. According to the 2019 American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that 69% of undocumented immigrant workers hold jobs that are deemed essential. » Read More

Jan 05, 2021

Mixed-Status Families to Finally Receive Stimulus Checks

Last week, Congress passed the $900 billion coronavirus relief package that was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 27, 2020. In this package, the U.S. government will allow mixed-status households to receive stimulus checks. In mixed-status families, at least one member of the household must have a Social Security number (SSN). » Read More

Oct 09, 2020

Ninth Circuit Allows the End of Temporary Protected Status

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of a federal judge that had preserved Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua. The Circuit Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) had acted within the limits of its authority to end TPS. » Read More

Oct 04, 2018

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Trump TPS Terminations

Yesterday, a federal district court entered a nationwide order stopping the Trump Administration’s recent decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 300,000 immigrants in the United States from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan.  This order is temporary and only offers protection from deportation for the TPS beneficiaries until the federal case challenging TPS termination is decided. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis and Landscaping Companies Hit Hard by Visa Rules

TPS Extended for Somalis in the United States

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

May 15, 2018

Raymond Lahoud Interviewed by New Jersey Business Magazine

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was recently interviewed by New Jersey Business, a publication of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.  The resulting article, “Immigration Law Issues: Strict enforcement of immigration law is impacting New Jersey employers,” discusses how New Jersey businesses are affected by current issues in immigration law, affected businesses within New Jersey, such as the importance of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification  Form; the H-1B Work Visa; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Temporary Protected Status (TPS); discrimination in the workplace; and the impact on higher education. » Read More

May 11, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Those Crossing Border to Be Charged with Federal Crimes and Home Care Industry to be Deeply Impacted by Limits on Immigration

Justice Department to Charge Those Crossing U.S. Border with Federal Crimes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would immediately detain individuals crossing the U.S. border without documentation and charge them with crimes in federal court.  Sessions further stated that families would not be spared, indicating that if “you’re smuggling a child, we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law.  » Read More

May 07, 2018

Trump Administration Terminates TPS for Honduras: Thousands in New Jersey to Lose Deportation Protection and Work Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced Friday the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Secretary Nielsen delayed the termination for 18 months to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to prepare for departure to Honduras.  » Read More