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How to Manage an ICE Site Visit

On August 7, 2019, more than 600 agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided several companies across Mississippi. With the help of the local district attorney’s office, these raids resulted in the arrests of approximately 680 undocumented workers.1 Federal prosecutors involved described the investigation as “the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history.”2 In response to this raid, Acting Director of ICE Matt Albence stated, “These are not new laws, nor is the enforcement of them new.”3 Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, added, “If we find you have violated federal criminal law, we are coming for you.”

New Public Charge Rule Seen as Latest Effort to Tighten Legal Immigration

Having focused on enforcement and illegal immigration, the Trump Administration has recently turned to legal immigration. The new Public Charge rule which will go into effect on October 15, 2019, absent court action, will make it harder for some foreign nationals to obtain green cards or even to secure or extend temporary non-immigrant status. What has been something that primarily affected family-based immigration may now affect some employers and their employees as well. Any workers with a family of four and an income of less than $64,000 (or 250% of the federal poverty guidelines) could be subject to the Public Charge Rule.

H-1B Electronic Registration Fee Expected

Employers have paid about $7 billion in H-1B fees over the past 10 years. Now, a new fee is coming – the electronic registration fee.

Will Mississippi Employers Face Charges After Massive ICE Raid?

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out what's being called the largest statewide workplace enforcement action in the nation's history in arresting 680 undocumented workers at several Mississippi food processing plants last week. ICE also seized records from the companies that employed these workers.

Congress Questions DHS on Immigration Processing Delays

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship asked the Department of Homeland Security to account for the delays in immigration processing at a hearing on July 16, 2019.

Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ?

California SB 206 would allow college-level student-athletes in California to market their name, image, and likeness without affecting their amateur status. How may the new law, which is in the final phases of approval, affect international student-athletes?

The New Normal: Sustained Rise in Worksite Immigration Raids

Six hundred and eighty workers from seven poultry processing plants across Mississippi were arrested by ICE in what was the largest workplace raid in a decade. Raids of this size require complex logistics and months of preparation. This raid has been in the planning stages for a year. “Sources close to the Department of Homeland Security said they recognized that the optics were difficult following the El Paso shooting. But preparation for the operation had been underway, with hundreds of government operatives flown in days ago.”

Requests for Evidence and Visa Denials Continue to Climb in 2019

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued updated data confirming that requests for evidence (RFE) and denials continue to climb for most commonly used nonimmigrant visas. The rate of RFEs and denials for fiscal year (FY) 2019, especially when compared to statistics from FY 2015, illustrate the contrast in how cases are being adjudicated in light of President Trump’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order.

Visa Ruling Places New Shipping Burden on Farmers

American farmers face new hurdles transporting their produce after an administrative law judge’s decision tightened restrictions on the agricultural labor force.

USCIS Revising, Updating Naturalization Test

USCIS is on its way to revising and updating the Naturalization Test. It will start with a pilot test involving about 1,400 volunteers this fall, then a second field testing pilot in spring 2020.