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OSC Stresses Need to Comply with Federal E-Verify Requirements Regardless of Potential State Conflicts

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) used a case involving the apparent conflict between federal E-Verify rules and a Missouri state law to reiterate some general guidelines regarding employer compliance with the antidiscrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

President Trump Signs Second “Travel Ban” Executive Order; Hawaii and Maryland Federal Courts Block Ban Temporarily; DOJ Expected to Appeal

On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new “Travel Ban” Executive Order with an effective date of March 16, 2017. The order revoked a previous executive order signed on January 27, 2017, which was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The new order suspends entry for nationals of six countries under a "temporary pause." The order exempts permanent residents and valid visa holders as of certain dates and times, and provides for case-by-case discretionary waivers. The order also suspends refugee travel to the United States for 120 days for those not previously admitted, subject to waivers in certain circumstances.

DOJ Appeals Injunction of President's New Executive Order Banning Nationals from Certain Countries

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has appealed one of the two federal court injunctions issued in response to President Trump's revised travel ban executive order. This executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (the “Order”), was to take effect on March 16, 2017. The implications of the Order are described here.

E-Verify Records Will Soon Be Purged

This is a reminder that, as of March 31, 2017, employers will not have access to E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2006.

Construction One-Minute Read: Trump Administration Increases Resources to Crack Down on Employers for I-9 Compliance

As part of his first-week initiatives, President Trump turned his focus toward immigration. These initiatives included dramatically expanding the resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump's New Travel and Refugee Ban

Executive Summary: On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was to take effect today, March 16, 2017. The new EO explicitly revokes President Trump’s earlier EO travel ban issued January 27, 2017. Although the new EO was more specific and narrowly drafted to address the judicial concerns that led to the first EO being blocked by federal courts and the Ninth Circuit, on March 15, 2017, a Federal judge in Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order blocking the Trump administration from enforcing or implementing two sections of the new EO: the travel ban on nationals of Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen (Section 2) and 120-day suspension on all refugee entries (Section 6).

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

In the most stinging legal rebuke yet to President Trump’s efforts to bar certain immigrants from reaching the country’s shores, a federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday ordered the president’s second travel ban be temporarily blocked on a national basis. Characterizing the second travel ban as plainly motivated by religious discriminatory animus against Muslims, District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson granted the state of Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order, and set into motion the latest chapter of the continuing legal battle over the president’s immigration policies.

BREAKING: Hawaii District Court Applies the Brakes to Second Version of President Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking implementation of key portions of the second version of the executive order (EO) issued by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States by nationals of six designated countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. President Trump issued the revised EO on March 6, 2017 in an effort to avoid the issues that had led a district court in Washington state to order an injunction against the original EO.

Revised Travel Ban Blocked

Late on March 15, Judge Derrick Watson of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide injunction blocking the revised travel ban Executive Order that was scheduled to take effect on March 16. In addition, on March 16, Maryland U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, in a less sweeping order, granted a nationwide injunction blocking the 90-day travel ban on nationals from the six listed countries.

Immigration: Waiting in Line at a U.S. Consulate Abroad

A much overlooked suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program could create visa processing headaches for companies employing foreign nationals. On March 6, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Secretary of State to suspend the visa Interview Waiver Program (IWP), effective March 16, 2017 (repeating the intent of the President’s much–publicized January 27 order, which had also suspended the IWP). None of the Department of Homeland Security’s 39 FAQs on the March 6 order discuss the IWP suspension. So, what happened; and what are the implications?