Immigration Blog

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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Obama’s focus on high-priority removal cases not amnesty

  The Obama administration announced its plans to focus on the removal of high-priority cases such as convicted felons, known gang members and those with egregious immigration violations. The Administration has noted that while the focus will be on deporting high-risk individuals, the policy does not grant amnesty to others. Specific consideration will be considered for veterans, minors and the elderly, pregnant women, those with serious health conditions, among others. Read the new policy memo […]

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Border Crossing Made Easier and Faster!

  Take a look at my article that was just published by the International Law Quarterly where I discuss traveler programs that can improve your travel experience abroad and address efforts by DHS and TSA to encourage international visitors and workers to the U.S. Read it here, at page 46.

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USCIS Transformation

DHS has published the first of many regulations to streamline its processing of  benefit requests. The regualtions eliminate the need for  outdated paper forms and encourage users to file online. You can comment at uscis.gov until October 28, 2011. The new regulation is planned to take effect November 28, 2011.

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E-Verify and driver’s licenses!

 RIDE (“Records and Information for DMVs) has been introduced as another antifraud measure of E-Verify, online employment eligibility program. Mississippi was the first state to adopt RIDE, and so far over 25,000 driver’s licenses have been validated. Look out for Florida to join the RIDE! See this link for more info.

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