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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the president, the state officials urged him to ignore a request from Texas and nine other states asking for DACA to be rescinded.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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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2017 – Immigration enforcement, including deportations, is not a new process. Previous administrations and the current Trump administration had the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implement immigration laws that help enhance public safety and border security. Interestingly, the issue with deportation, aside from the human rights violations, is not solely the act of removing an illegal individual from the United States the instant they are apprehended. If an illegal immigrant is given a bond hearing but does not make bond because they do not have the funds to do so, the United […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2017 – Lost in the focus generated by the legal challenges filed against President Trump’s executive order affecting individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries are U.S. employers’ real concerns about filling temporary professional positions for upcoming fiscal year 2018 under the H-1B program, under the new Administration. “U.S. employers are again gearing up to prepare for what is expected to be a large volume of H-1B petitions and file them on or shortly after April 1, 2017,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Employers will […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2017 – On January 27, the President issued an executive order banning admission to the United States from seven Muslim majority countries. In summary, the order suspended all refugee admissions for 120-days and cut the total number of refugees permitted to be admitted down to 50,000 for 2017. The number of refugees that were originally to be accepted was set at 110,000. Another section of the executive order suspended Syrian admissions until the President felt that it was in the national interest to reconsider it and that sufficient changes have been made to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2017 – The Employment Eligibility Verification form, referred to as Form I-9, has been revised by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-9 requirements were put in place in 1986 when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed. The Act bans employers from hiring U.S. citizens and others for work in the United States without verifying their employment authorization and identity. The latest revised version of Form I-9 (dated November 14, 2016) must be in place and was to be in use by January 22, 2017. In the meantime, […]


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