AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Dream Act of 2021; Calls on Congress to Take Action on This and Other Necessary Immigration Legislation

AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Dream Act of 2021; Calls on Congress to Take Action on This and Other Necessary Immigration Legislation

American Immigration Lawyers Association Building in Washington DC – Washington DC / USA – November 26th, 2019 (Shutterstock) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the introduction of the Dream Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The Dream Act of 2021 would […]

DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Selection Final Rule

DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Selection Final Rule

On Jan. 7, USCIS announced the H-1B Selection final rule, which amended the regulations governing the process by which USCIS selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. To give USCIS more time to develop, test, and implement the modifications to the H-1B registration system and selection process, DHS is delaying the effective date of […]

National Office of New Americans Act Introduced in Congress, Endorsed by NPNA

National Office of New Americans Act Introduced in Congress, Endorsed by NPNA

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Office of New American Act was introduced in Congress by Representatives Grace Meng (NY), Pramila Jayapal (WA) and Jesús “Chuy” García (IL) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Mazie Hirono (HI) in the U.S. Senate. The National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a leading national coalition of […]

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

Biden’s Immigration Changes too Late for Grandfather Deported on Inauguration Day

U.S. President Joe Biden at the Inauguration ceremony. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. , Jan. 20, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – As U.S. President Joe Biden took the oath of office last Wednesday, Felipe Ortega sat in a van handcuffed and chained at the waist and […]

What You Need to Know About Biden’s Deportation Moratorium

What You Need to Know About Biden’s Deportation Moratorium

Border Patrol observes a bittersweet reunion through the US-Mexico fence between DACA recipients and parents who’ve been deported. – Nogales, Ariz. / US – June 11, 2013 (Shutterstock) By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigrant Impact In a blow to the Biden administration, a federal judge in Texas has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not to enforce its […]

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

Mayorkas to Balance Calls to Abolish ICE With Securing Borders

By Shaun Courtney, Bloomberg Government President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Homeland Security Department faces a delicate balancing act between immigration advocates calling for an overhaul of deportation policy and law enforcement groups that favor strong borders. Biden’s nominee, Alejandro Mayorkas, is a former prosecutor backed by the country’s largest police union. As deputy […]

What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes to the H-1B Registration Process

What You Need to Know About the Latest Changes to the H-1B Registration Process

By Leslie Dellon, Immigration Impact The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule changing the way U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects the registrations of U.S. employers that want to file H-1B petitions subject to the annual “cap.” The end result could dramatically reduce the number of recent foreign graduates who […]

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

Starting in January, we will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card”), with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action. LPRs file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when their Green Cards expire […]

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Legalizing Marijuana, Once a Pipe Dream on Capitol Hill, Takes an Important Step Forward

Protesters rally in support of the legalization of marijuana in front of The White House in Washington DC on April 2, 2016 (Shutterstock) By Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, The Conversation In early December, the House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The bill sought to decriminalize marijuana nationally […]

Refugee Resettlement Organizations Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

Refugee Resettlement Organizations Win Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

Baltimore, MD – The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled against a Trump administration executive order requiring state and local governments to issue explicit consent in order to continue refugee resettlement in their jurisdictions. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, along with two other resettlement agencies, filed a complaint challenging the executive order in November 2019 and […]