Dallas Immigration lawyer | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2012 – As part of its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is recruiting business experts for a new tactical team to help the organization improve its immigrant entrepreneur policies and practices. President Obama wants to make it easier to start a U.S. company and attract world-class leaders to grow their businesses here, and sees immigrant entrepreneurs as a means to stimulating economic growth and creativity. “It’s a novel challenge – getting government to create policies without a law change – that actually help business through attracting foreign […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2012 – A recent study of the role immigration plays in the American job market revealed that incremental changes to the country’s immigration policy could have a profound impact on the economy through U.S. job growth and innovation. The study, prepared by Agnes Scott College economics professor Madeline Zavodny, did a state-by-state comparison looking at where immigrants are and what their impact is on the number of jobs held by U.S. natives. Researchers found that immigrants with advanced degrees from U.S. universities have a large positive impact on the number of jobs for […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2011 – A new United States Citizenship and Immigration Service program places entrepreneurs and industry experts together with key USCIS personnel and in a position to help shape American immigration policy regarding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs, and skilled foreign workers within the framework of current immigrant law. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the “Entrepreneurs in Residence” Initiative in October 2011 at the White House Jobs Council’s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session in Pittsburgh. According to Director Mayorkas, the initiative will provide opportunities for USCIS to gain much needed insight in areas important […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2011 – A recent White House Jobs Council Interim Report issued in October, 2011 calls for more skilled immigrants as a key component to economic recovery in the United States. Citing Google, Intel, Yahoo! and Home Depot as successful American companies started by immigrants that employ hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, the report queried whether the next great companies will be started by entrepreneurial talent that came to America to study but found a more welcoming business environment in China or South Korea, places that compete with the U.S. It reasoned that […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2011 – Entities that are seeking approval as Regional Centers under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program can communicate directly with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators to address issues and answer questions as part of the application process, USCIS recently announced. This is the first of a series of USCIS improvements to its EB-5 processing. The goal is part of USCIS’ plan to expedite the EB-5 process to spur new jobs and investments by foreign nationals who want to invest in Regional Center projects. As background, the EB-5 program permits […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2011 – An Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation has resulted in a five count indictment of current and former managers of a Houston restaurant chain. Begun as an audit of Houston’s Mambo Seafood restaurants’ I-9 Employment Eligibility documentation, the ICE investigation lead to the detention of 33 undocumented workers and the seizure of numerous corporate documents in 2009. The indictments handed down in June 2011 allege a conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to reside illegally in the U.S. and to harbor aliens. To bolster its investigation, ICE obtained the cooperation of a […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2011 – In August 2011 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) abruptly terminated its Memorandum of Agreement with participating states, deciding that an agreement is not necessary to allow the Secure Communities Program to start or to operate in any jurisdiction. ICE determined that when state or local authorities voluntarily submit fingerprint information to the federal authorities after booking a person for a crime, no agreement is legally needed to share it with another government entity. “In a telling reversal, and rather than addressing state and local complaints regarding the Secure Communities […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2011 – When an alien is arrested without a warrant, immigration officers are not required to advise the person arrested of the right to counsel or the right to remain silent. So holds the Board of Immigration Appeals in Matter of E-R-M-F & A-R-M decided in August 2011. Only after ICE files its Notice to Appear (“NTA”) with the Immigration Court do the customary advisories of the right to remain silent and right to counsel come into play. But an arrest without warrant under this decision leaves statements made in a subsequent interrogation […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2011 – The Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced worksite enforcement efforts and its electronic I-9 regulations have raised several issues since their inception, but a new lawsuit raises questions about employers’ private data. “Now more than ever, employers considering a software vendor for paperless I-9 and E-Verify processing must perform their due diligence,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc., a background check company, struck a five year deal with USVerify, Inc. in June 2006, where USVerify would provide electronic I-9 and E-Verify […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has released information about its upcoming electronic, account-based system that foreign nationals will use to apply for U.S. immigration benefits. The first release of the new system will occur in December 2011 for those applicants filing standalone applications to extend or change their nonimmigration status. Applicants include those filing to extend, change or reinstate their nonimmigrant B, F, J, or M visa classification. USCIS advises that the program will initially be voluntary, so applicants will be able to choose the existing paper-based system, or […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2011 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed major changes to the rules to its EB-5 visa program, which provides green cards to foreign investors who invest money in the United States. USCIS says the changes would significantly decrease the intake and review process for some applicants. Foreign investors seeking to obtain a green card through the EB-5 program must invest $500,000 and create at least 10 jobs in a qualified investment or a regional center with high unemployment rates. The U.S. grants 10,000 immigrant visas through the program every year. The […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2011 – The Obama administration issued an executive order in June that aims to entice overseas investors to invest or expand in the U.S. The administration will set up a new office, called SelectUSA, whose main duty is to speed up the approval process for investors looking to operate in the U.S. The administration believes that decreased processing times will encourage new overseas investment. The initiative is the first ever major federal effort designed to attract and win new business investments in the United States. Foreign direct investments to the U.S. fell to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 30, 2011 – Tens of thousands of immigrants who were selected as eligible to apply for an immigrant visa and ultimately qualify to immigrate to the U.S. may now not be able to after the State Department announced that it was voiding the results of the 2012 Diversity Visa Lottery. A State Department official told reporters that a computer error had occurred, causing 90 percent of the winners to be selected from the first two days of applications, rather than from the entire batch of applications from the 30-day registration period. Because of this […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted Haitians living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) an 18-month extension, allowing them to live here until Jan. 22, 2013. It had previously been set to expire in July. The program gives temporary legal status to foreign nationals whose homeland has sustained a crisis, such as civil war or environmental disaster. Haiti sustained massive amounts of damage after a massive earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. “In the extended aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, the United States has remained fully […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2011 – Despite being one of the most-discussed issues in contemporary politics, immigration reform has been at a relative standstill at the federal level for almost a decade. But two former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service General Counsels argue that the executive branch of the government can actually implement change without waiting for Congress to pass a bill. Bo Cooper, Esq. and Paul Virtue, Esq., both former INS General Counsels, recently stated that law enforcement authority to use discretion in investigations and prosecutions is not just possible; it is “fundamental to the American […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2011 – San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey has announced that he will release illegal immigrants who are believed to have committed low-level crimes instead of jailing them and turning them over to federal authorities. Hennessey declared his distaste for the Secure Communities program run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an op-ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle last month. Local law enforcement, which use the Secure Communities program, send the fingerprints of arrested criminal suspects to ICE to check them against federal immigration databases. A match can result in commencement of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2011 – In April, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the 35th annual report to Congress on the state of human rights around the world. The yearly report details the legal status of human rights in more than 190 countries around the world. Clinton said that the State Department was “particularly disturbed” by three growing trends in 2010, which included crackdowns on civil society activists; violations against the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly through limited Internet freedoms; and the repression of vulnerable minorities. She expressed disappointment that Venezuela and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2011 – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released its annual report regarding naturalization in the U.S. for the 2010 year. The data shows that naturalization has declined by approximately 426,000 since 2008. The total number of persons naturalized has also consistently declined since 2008 from every region of the world except for Africa. USCIS opines that the declining rates do not suggest a historical trend, but that the 2008 rates were caused by a surge due to an impending filing fee increase for naturalization applications, and the current figures reflect […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2011 – A new Government Accountability Office report found that U.S. agencies and Canadian agencies are not routinely sharing intelligence nor routinely engaging in other cooperative efforts necessary to protect the northern border between the U.S. and Canada. The border between the U.S. and Canada stretches out for roughly 4,000 miles through farmland, mountains and lakes, leaving large areas unwatched that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls a “higher” terrorist threat, according to the report. The report said that due to the limited law enforcement coverage in “vast stretches” of the northern […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – One of the safest large cities in the United States may go under the spotlight as the governor of a budget-stricken state goes on the offensive against illegal immigration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry stated in early January that he believes immigration enforcement is a duty of both state officials and federal authority, mirroring Arizona’s controversial stance on the issue. Meanwhile, the city of El Paso, Tex. – which sits right on the Texas border with Mexico – ranks as the safest large city in the United States due to the mutual […]


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