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LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORTS INCREASED EFFORTS TO DEPORT FOREIGN NATIONALS WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed a significant increase in resources to find and deport foreign nationals with criminal records.  According…

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2011 COUNTRY CONDITIONS REPORTS RELEASED

On May 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of State issued a Fact Sheet announcing the  release of the 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices to Congress.  The reports, which…

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USCIS NYC DISTRICT INSTITUTES THE “Z” TICKET FOR MULTIPLE CASE INQUIRIES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ New York City District Office has announced its introduction of the “Z” ticket to help provide better customer service to individuals with matters pending in…

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DOJ FILES SUIT ALLEGING UNLAWFUL POLICE ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES IN MARICOPA COUNTY

On May 10, 2012, the United States Department of Justice announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Arpaio, alleging discriminatory…

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ICE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF SECURE COMMUNITIES PROGRAM IN MASSACHUSETTES AND NEW YORK

The New York Times reported on May 11, 2012 that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced its to extend the Secure Communities fingerprinting program across Massachusetts and New York….

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JUNE 2012 VISA BULLETIN LISTS EB-2 CATEGORY UNAVILABLE FOR INDIA AND CHINA

The U.S. Department of State released the June 2012 Visa Bulletin, which now lists the EB-2 employment based immigrant visa category as “Unavailable” for citizens of Mainland China and India. …

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DHS EXPANDS LIST OF STEM DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR EXTENDED OPT

On May 11, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the decision to expand the list of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – degree programs that…

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WASHINGTON BASED HERB GROWER FINE $1 MILLION IN CRIMINAL FINES FOR KNOWINGLY HIRING AND CONCEALING ILLEGAL WORKERS DURING AN I-9 AUDIT

On May 4, 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that HerbCo International, Inc., a Washington based supplier of organic herbs, was sentenced to pay $1 million in criminal fines…

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U.S. & CANADIAN GOVERNMENT STRIVE TO INCREASE NEXUS MEMBERSHIP

On May 8, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced their plan to make the NEXUS program a more attractive and streamlined…

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REPORTS OF MORE I-9 RAIDS – NOT JUST AN IMMIGRATION ISSUE

On May 2, 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Homeland Security is continuing its efforts to find and punish I-9 violators.  As reported in the article,…

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