Immigration Blog

Yearly Archives from 2011

South Carolina Joins Arizona and Alabama on the Immigration Hot Seat

The Department of Justice has filed suit against the state of South Carolina for its “Illegal Immigration and Reform Act”, which was passed in June 2011. The law would require all employers to use E-Verify, and allow law enforcement to question those at traffic stops who may be “suspected” of being in the country illegally. The DOJ states that some sections of the law “are unconstitutional and interfere with the federal government’s authority to enforce […]

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New EADs and Certificates of Citizenship

New and improved Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Certificates of Citizenship being released starting Oct. 30 – These enhanced documents come with features that will improve document security and prevent fraud and tampering. Read the press release here.

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PA the Latest to Initiate Immigration Reform

Pennsylvania is the latest state to drive immigration enforcement through a proposed bill which would take away the business licenses of employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants. Read the article here.

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USCIS Announces “Entrepreneur in Residence” Program

A new USCIS Foreign “Entrepreneur in Residence” program is aimed at capitalizing on foreign entrrpreneurship to promote job creation and facilitate the process of EB-5 (foreing investors), EB-2 (advanced degree / exceptional ability)  and L-1B (intra company transferee)  visa applications.  To read the press release, click here.

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ICE Arrests Over 2,900 Convicted Criminal Aliens

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a nationwide 7 day “Cross Check” enforcement operation and as a result, arrested 2,901 convicted criminal aliens. Almost half of those arrested had multiple convictions, nearly 1,900 had committed felony crimes, 42 were gang members and 151 were convicted sex offenders. The first ICE “Cross Check” was carried out in 2009 in 37 states. Since then, thousands of arrests have been made. Read the ICE press release here for more […]

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AL Upholds Strictest Immigration Law to Date

The 115-page order upheld most of the sections in HB 56, including those that allow the “reasonable suspicion” searches during traffic stops and require public schools to check the status of incoming students.  Sections blocked included those that make it illegal to transport or harbor illegal immigrants and one which prevents illegal immigrants from enrolling in public universities. For more info read the opinion here.

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