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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2017 – The Trump administration released a statement of immigration principles that includes “performance metrics” for judges in immigration cases. As part of a list of immigration policies which the president wants to implement, the administration said it would push to reduce the backlog of pending immigration court cases, including the hiring of 370 additional immigration judges and 1,000 additional U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, along with support personnel. But the President’s plan would also establish “performance metrics” for judges in immigration cases. The Justice Department, which runs immigration courts through […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2017 – Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm, the largest business immigration law firm in Charlotte and one of the largest in the Southeast, marks its 20th anniversary in October. The Firm represents businesses and individuals worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies and other large, mid-sized and small companies in the U.S. and in most countries throughout the world. Managing Partner Steven H. (“Steve”) Garfinkel founded the Firm in 1997. The Firm grew over the years in parallel with Charlotte’s (and the Carolinas’) expansion and development as an international business hub. Garfinkel Immigration provides expert legal […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2017 – Just recently, Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia), standing alongside President Donald J. Trump, indicated there may possibly be new legislation in the making, the RAISE Act. The Act’s intention is to set limits on legal immigration and use a system that rates skills and merit and not family ties. According to Trump, speaking about the Bill’s possibilities, it could be “the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.” The RAISE Act is not likely to positively affect the U.S. economy. What it would likely do […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2017 – President Trump has taken action to change the H-1B program, which allows U.S. employers to petition for highly skilled foreign workers to work in specialty occupations. The President issued a “Buy American and Hire American” executive order on April 18, 2017, directing the Attorney General and the Secretaries of Labor, State and Homeland Security to make suggestions for changes to the H-1B program that would ensure that H-1B visas go to the most highly paid and highly skilled foreign workers. The stated goal of the “Hire American” portion of the order […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2017 – Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm is pleased to welcome Kyle Knapp as a new Partner in the Firm. Kyle joins Steven H. Garfinkel, Meredith W. Barnette, and Hannah F. Little as partners at one of the largest business immigration law firms in the Southeastern U.S. Kyle graduated from The Ohio State University (summa cum laude) and Capital University Law School (magna cum laude). He has practiced immigration law since 1998, first with a large firm in Columbus and then with a boutique firm in Chicago. He represents employers with immigration compliance issues […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2017 – California’s Attorney General X. Becerra and 19 other states’ attorneys general wrote to President Trump asking him to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. The attorneys general urged Trump to keep the program, and offered to help him defend it in court. In their letter to the president, the state officials urged him to ignore a request from Texas and nine other states asking for DACA to be rescinded. The program protects “Dreamers” — people who came to the United […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2017 – On July 20, 2017, a bipartisan bill to extend the Dream Act was introduced in the Senate. This bill outlines new path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The current administration is unlikely to support this legislation. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the bill and are asking the White House to endorse it. While many politicians support making Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program benefits permanent, and have supported previous changes as far back as 2001, any […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2017 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced new policies to implement executive orders from President Trump on immigration enforcement. A February 21, 2017 memorandum states that Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers will take enforcement action against any removable aliens they come into contact with while executing their normal responsibilities. In adhering to the executive orders, no categories of removable aliens will be exempt from enforcement. In addition, the ICE policy calls for prioritizing the removal of aliens who have been involved in criminal or fraudulent activity. The logistics of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2017 – In May 2017, Texas passed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), banning sanctuary cities and prohibiting elected officials from refusing to comply with the ban. The law does not come into effect until September 1, 2017. Senate Bill 4 (SB4) penalizes law enforcement officials, such as constables, sheriffs, police chiefs and other local leaders that do not co-operate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities or ban rank-and-file officers from asking about immigration status. Those in law enforcement have concerns that the bill forces them to focus on immigration violations rather than […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a list of 116 EB-5 Regional Centers that have had their participation in the Immigrant Investor Program terminated. As of June 5, 2017, there were 859 Regional Centers approved by USCIS. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program provides a path to permanent residence for certain eligible immigrant investors. To be eligible, immigrant investors must invest $1 million or more in a U.S. business that will eventually employ 10 or more American workers, directly or indirectly. The investment threshold is lowered to $500,000 if the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H1B applications for the 2018 fiscal year beginning April 3, 2017 and ending April 7, 2017. The H1B cap was reached April 7, 2017. On April 11 a computer generated program selected the designated number of petitions to reach the cap. Also on April 3, 2017 announcements were made by USCIS relating to new measures to prevent and report H1B fraud. It is anticipated that the H1B program may become tougher with higher wages and implement quota limits, but nothing has been […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, the Justice Department announced the official filing of federal lawsuits in its controversial pursuit to fight fraud related to the B-5 immigrant visa program. Across the U.S. multiple government investigations are being conducted into potential fraudulent activity associated with purchasing real estate by foreign nationals. The lawsuits allege that in schemes aimed at obtaining “Green Cards” millions of dollars have been collected from foreign investors and later either returned back to them or stolen from them, instead of investing the money in the U.S. economy. These […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2017 – Cities and counties in Texas are planning legal action against a new state law, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), banning sanctuary cities. “Texas SB4 faces a slew of legal challenges, some filed and others being developed,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Regardless of what courts may later do, the impact of SB4 on the undocumented immigrant communities throughout Texas is already being felt. Individuals fear reporting crimes and see little benefit in volunteering to testify. The same individuals also fear racial […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2017 – President Trump’s executive order titled “Buy American, Hire American” calls for changes to the Labor Condition Application (LCA) system. Those changes, if passed into law, would mean, that foreign workers would be paid the equivalent to U.S. workers. “Although the premise for this executive order is a sound one, it remains to be seen if the free market system is able to handle it,” said Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. There is no direction in the order, suggesting only the brightest and best foreign workers would make equivalent salaries nor does […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2017 – With the everсhanging political landscape the immigration rules and regulations of the U.S. are getting more and more complex. This makes the process of obtaining an immigrant visa and essentially moving to the United States of America very challenging. Moreover, due to the constant altering of the same rules and their inherent complexity, it is quite simple to violate the immigration law and at times unintentionally. That is why immigration fraud attorneys at Joseph Potashnik & Associates offer their services of legal representation to clients investigated or accused of immigration-related […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declared that enough H-1B petitions had been received to meet the annual cap of 65,000 for the 2018 fiscal year. The agency also said that the “Master’s cap” of 20,000 additional spots for foreign nationals holding advanced degrees, had been met as well. The H-1B program is used by U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in occupations requiring specialized knowledge, and the program is under increased scrutiny. On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order calling for a complete review of the program, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2017 – A 16-year-old teen referred for secondary inspection at a U.S. border crossing died after drinking liquid methamphetamine. This case involves a Tijuana teen, referred for secondary inspection at the San Ysidro border crossing in 2013, who died after taking four sips of liquid meth that he was carrying in his backpack. The young man was referred to secondary inspection due his fast speech and nervous behavior. When questioned by two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers, he indicated the liquid was apple juice. The agents told the teen to drink […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2017 – President Trump’s second travel ban, on face value, is not unconstitutional. However, the ban does encourage discrimination. Two federal courts, one in Maryland and the other in Hawaii halted President Trump’s second executive order implementing the travel ban. The second travel ban removed exclusions in the first executive order originally applicable to permanent residents and U.S. citizens from seven Muslim majority countries and also stopped processing refugees from those countries. “The second travel ban was not, on its face, unconstitutional,” indicated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “However, it has a significant […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2017 – The Obama Administration and many members of Congress have long sought comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the status of some 11 million undocumented persons now living in the United States. Whether they have an ally in the White House under the Trump Administration remains an open question. President Trump has sent mixed signals, speaking out against the danger of illegal immigration during his address to a joint session of Congress, but suggesting in a private meeting with television anchors that he would be open to a reform bill that provided a […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2017 – The parents of a 14-month-old toddler filed a wrongful lawsuit against an Austin dentist alleging there was no reason their child needed dental work based on x-rays produced for court. According to the medical examiner, the young child died from complications due to the anesthesia given during her treatment. She was at the dental office to have two cavities filled when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. She died later that day. The child’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming the anesthesiologist, the dentist, the dental practice […]


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