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Mar 17, 2013

New federal I-9 form applies to all: Use required by May 7

The Department of Homeland Security published a new form for verifying employment eligibility on March 8, and every business in America needs to pay attention. “This affects every U.S. employer,” said Christine Mehfoud, an immigration lawyer in Richmond. Form I-9 is one of the standard forms that an employer asks a new employee to complete […]

Feb 20, 2013

High Court narrows scope of previous ruling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court says there can be no retroactive application of its ruling that lawyers have to tell their clients if pleading guilty to a crime could cause their deportation. The high court’s 7-2 ruling came Wednesday in the case of Roselva Chaidez. The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that immigrants have […]

Feb 7, 2013

Senators see path to immigrants’ legalization

WASHINGTON — Illegal immigrants might face around a 10-year wait to become legal permanent U.S. residents under sweeping immigration overhaul legislation taking shape in the Senate, negotiators said Thursday. That’s shorter than some current wait times though longer than some advocates might like. Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey […]

Jan 28, 2013

Senators reach agreement on immigration reform

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or “guest” […]

Jan 11, 2013

Immigration overhaul Chamber’s top priority

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the “door to the American dream must always remain open” as he announced a broad coalition of business, labor, faith organizations, law enforcement and ethnic groups intent on overhauling the nation’s immigration system. Tom Donohue outlined his priorities for immigration legislation and […]

Oct 18, 2012

Renewed call for student visa checks

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer is urging immediate passage of his bi-partisan legislation to increase oversight of the student visa program. His push comes after a Bangladesh native was arrested Wednesday after trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan. The suspect was in the U.S. on a student visa. Schumer said […]

Oct 12, 2012

Court asks if pot possession spurs deportation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At oral arguments this week, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court grilled attorneys arguing over whether a permanent resident caught with just enough marijuana to roll a few cigarettes committed an “aggravated felony” that rendered him automatically deportable under federal law. The case, Moncrieffe v. Holder, involves Adrian Moncrieffe, a Jamaican-born […]

Aug 15, 2012

U.S. government launches new immigration program

WASHINGTON — Young illegal immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits. Homeland Security announced the details Tuesday of what documents illegal immigrants would need to prove that they are eligible for the Obama […]

Aug 14, 2012

Mistaken immigration detention lawsuit OK: Second Circuit

The government could be sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act for mistakenly detaining a U.S. citizen as an alien subject to deportation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled in reversing a dismissal, Liranzo v. U.S., no. 11-61 (Aug. 9). The plaintiff was born in the Dominican Republic but obtained […]

Aug 9, 2012

Appeals court backs high court on Arizona’s SB1070

PHOENIX — A federal appeals court has sided with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to throw out major parts of Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants. A two-page ruling Wednesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed the high court’s June 25 ruling on Arizona’s SB1070 law. The Supreme Court struck down provisions […]

Aug 8, 2012

Telesca enjoys welcoming new citizens

Swearing in new citizens is always special for U.S. District Judge Michael A. Telesca, but once a year he gets to step back in time and welcome them on the nation’s birthday at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford. For at least the last 15 years, Judge Telesca has been performing naturalization ceremonies […]

Aug 2, 2012

Immigrants big business for prison companies

MIAMI — The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation’s largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns. The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for […]

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