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Immigration

Fewer ICE raids means more employer scrutiny

10/21/2021
The Biden administration recently announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would end its longstanding practice of raiding workplaces to sweep up and deport undocumented workers. On its face, that sounds like a major change in immigration policy that might take the heat off employers. It won’t.

DHS halting raids to detain undocumented workers

10/14/2021
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will focus on identifying and removing undocumented immigrants who pose “a threat to our national security, public safety and border security.” They will also shift their focus to employers.

Remote inspection of I-9 docs extended through Dec. 31

09/02/2021
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has extended covid-related rules that let employers remotely examine new employees’ work eligibility documents instead of physically reviewing them.

DACA overturned, current permit holders can remain

07/29/2021
A federal court has ruled that the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was established illegally. If you employ people who hold DACA work permits, the ruling could affect your staff members.

Prepare for the end of virtual I-9 verification

06/17/2021
If your organization has been taking advantage of the relaxed COVID-era rule to verify new hires’ I-9 documents via electronic means, start planning now to perform an in-person review of all those documents.

First Friday in April: A little of this, a little of that and a serving of humble pie

04/02/2021
Let’s look at what’s payroll-related in President Biden’s infrastructure plan, among other issues (but first, the all-important designated hitter debate continues).

Executive order reinstates DACA

01/26/2021
An executive order issued Jan. 20 means immigrants with work permits obtained through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are temporarily safe from deportation.

With DACA restored, prep for more applicants

12/17/2020
U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis reversed a Department of Homeland Security policy that allowed current DACA certificate holders to renew their DACA status but prohibited new applications. The order cleared the way for an estimated 300,000 potentially eligible individuals to apply for protection.

DACA upheld in federal court

12/08/2020
Some 640,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children are safe from deportation and eligible to apply for work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a federal court in New York ruled that the Trump administration lacked the authority to end the program in 2017.

Federal court overturns Trump administration’s H-1B restrictions

12/08/2020
A federal court on Dec. 1 struck down Trump administration rules that would have restricted employers’ ability to bring highly skilled foreign nationals to work in the United States using H-1B visas.