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Author Archives: Morris Deutsch

Eight Families Swept up in Immigration Raids Released, While 30 Other Mothers Issue Plea for Freedom

Two mothers from Honduras and six from El Salvador, along with their children, were finally released from family detention centers in the past several days. These families were among those swept up in immigration raids in early January after the Obama Administration claimed their legal avenues had been exhausted. When the families rounded up in […]

Government Restricts Use of Visa Waiver Program to Enter the U.S.

In a move to tighten security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has cancelled the eligibility of certain foreigners to enter the U.S. without first obtaining a visa from an American Consulate: the restrictions apply to persons with connections to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.   There are currently 38 Visa Waiver countries that as of […]

Update: Supreme Court grants Certiorari in Texas v. USA

1/20/2016 The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Texas v. USA, and will rule on the legality of the centerpiece of President Obama’s program to lift the threat of deportation and to provide temporary work permits to an estimated 4 million undocumented individuals in the middle of a Presidential election year.  The case involves a challenge to the […]

USCIS Proposes Easing and Clarifying Rules for H-1B Workers and Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a rule, called “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers,” that would change certain aspects of employment-based visa programs. USCIS is also proposing regulatory “to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of […]

The U.S. Immigration Bar Rightfully Condemns Bigoted, Discriminatory Rhetoric

Source: American Immigration Lawyers Association (Doc. 15120860) Central to the mission of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the promotion of justice and advocacy for fair and reasonable immigration laws. AILA condemns any proposal that would treat someone differently based upon nationality or religion. Bigotry and discrimination are anathema to the principles upon which […]

What We Should Know About the Vetting Process for Syrian Refugees

Certain politicians are trying to block the United States from participating in our international obligation to accept refugees, if they happen to be Muslim or from Syria.  While I understand and agree that we must protect our peoples’ security,  why don’t we at least discuss the topic rationally and with accurate information? Bryan Naylor of […]

Jewish Group Advocates For and Provides Assistance to Muslims from Syria

HIAS, formerly Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.  Support this group, which fosters much-needed understanding […]

50,000 Foreign-Born STEM Workers May Be Forced Home

An article in U.S. News & World Report reveals that as many as 50,000 workers in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields may be forced to leave the United States early next year, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acts soon to reissue a rule that extends the optional practical training (OPT) […]

New Procedure for Determining When to File Adjustment of Status

USCIS has sent out an alert that the State Department’s Visa Bulletin has changed as of October 2015.   Due to a long-existing shortage of Immigrant Visas, the backlog for some immigration categories results in a multi-year delay, for example 10 years for EB-2 Indians and more for EB-3 Indians.  When an application is filed in an […]

Federal Prosecutors Drop Criminal Case Based on Evidence Seized from Laptop

Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal case against Jae Shik Kim, a Korean businessman, who was charged with violating economic sanctions based on evidence seized from his laptop. On August 11, 2015, prosecutors told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that they would not pursue the criminal case or challenge an order […]

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