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Immigration

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.

Biden to order DACA protections reinstated

11/19/2020
It’s a reality of contemporary presidential politics that enacting a new administration’s agenda often relies on executive orders, not legislation. Among the first items on President-Elect Joe Biden’s to-do list: Rescinding a Trump administration executive order that attempted to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

H-1B visa restrictions cost U.S. employers billions

11/10/2020
The Trump administration’s initial crackdown on hiring skilled immigrants using H-1B visas probably cost Fortune 500 employers more than $100 billion, according to research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Spate of lawsuits aim to stop Trump’s H-1B visa restrictions

10/29/2020
Business and technology industry interests have launched a litigation blitz to halt the Trump administration’s sweeping overhaul of the H-1B visa system, announced in October.

Trump administration rewrites H-1B visa rule

10/08/2020
The Department of Homeland Security has announced an interim final rule that will restrict employers’ ability to bring highly skilled foreign nationals to work in the United States using H-1B visas.

Presidential campaign: Where Trump, Biden differ on HR issues

09/10/2020
President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden disagree on most issues affecting America’s workplaces. Here is a breakdown of where they stand.

I-9 ‘virtual verification’ extended to Sept. 19

08/20/2020
If you’ve been taking advantage of the loosened rules to remotely review (through video, email, etc.) your new hires’ identity and work authorization documents for I-9 purposes, you can continue to do so until at least Sept. 19.