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DHS Changes Enforcement Emphasis

On April 30, the Department of Homeland Security announcement changing worksite immigration enforcement. The new DHS guidelines focus on criminal prosecutions of employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers. In 2008, large-scale raids resulted in more than 6,000 arrests, only 135 of whom were employers. In recent years DHS launched raids based on tips that an  Read more→

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Key Unions Support Immigration Reform

John Sweeney, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Joe T. Hansen, leader of Change to Win, have agreed today to support an overhaul of the immigration system. The development gives President Obama significant support among unions as he pushes immigration reform. The two groups endorsed legalizing the status of undocumented immigrants already in the United States  Read more→

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Administration Pledges to Fix Immigration

The New York Times reported on April 9 that the Obama administration has reiterated its intention to tackle comprehensive immigration reform this year. Recent statements from Speaker Nany Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid have also signaled their support. Some observers had assumed that the promise President Obama made during his campaign to reform the dysfunctional  Read more→

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H-1B Filings Tank

WASHINGTON, DC – On April 7 USCIS advised that, during the initial filing window for H-1Bs, it has not received even half the number of petitions to reach the 65,000 cap. "This indicates that H-1B filings really do reflect the realities of the marketplace," said Charles H. Kuck, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association  Read more→

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WASHINGTON, DC – On April 7 USCIS advised that, during the initial filing window for H-1Bs, it has not received even half the number of petitions to reach the 65,000 cap. "This indicates that H-1B filings really do reflect the realities of the marketplace," said Charles H. Kuck, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association  Read more→

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GAO: ‘287(g) is DOA’

A Government Accounting Office (GAO) report on ICE’s 287(g) program (coinciding with a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing), confirms what community groups and local law enforcement authorities have long alledged, the 287(g) local policing program doesn’t work.

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Rhode Island: Suit Over Detainee Death

new_york_times:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/us/10brfs-SUITOVERDETA_BRF.htmlThe New York Times reports that the widow and children of a Chinese man who died of cancer in immigration custody last summer filed suit in federal court in Providence, Rhode Island charging that detention center guards broke his spine days before his death, then taunted him as he screamed in agony. Defendants, include Immigration  Read more→

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Government Contract Employers Ordered to Use E-Verify

On June 6 an Executive Order was issued providing that all federal agencies and departments that enter into contracts with contract employers use the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) electronic employment eligibility verification (E-Verify) system to verify the employment eligibility "of all persons hired during the contract term by the contractor to perform employment duties  Read more→

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