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Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Ian R. Macdonald and Jamie R. Adams Featured in SHRM Online

Jamie R. Adams and Ian R. Macdonald recently published an article in SHRM Online titled, “Immigration Rechecks May Violate the NLRA.” The article discusses I-9 rechecks and the potential for violations of federal labor law, as organizations must satisfy their obligations to comply with both the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and … Continue Reading

Guidance for Employers in Age of Increased Immigration Enforcement

Greenberg Traurig’s Nataliya Rymer, of counsel, and Jordi Bayer, associate, recently authored a New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) article, “Guidance for Employers in Age of Increased Immigration Enforcement,” which discusses the uptick in immigration enforcement activity by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This uptick includes worksite visits, which are in line with the stated policy of increased enforcement by the … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Laura Reiff Presented on Capitol Hill – Briefing on Immigration with Law Enforcement and Business Leaders

Laura Reiff provided a briefing on Capitol Hill to new members and staff of the 115th Congress on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Laura discussed the impact on the business of immigration and the need for policy reforms. Please visit the National Immigration Forum for additional information.… Continue Reading

The Logic of Immigration Policy Reform – It’s about People and That’s why the Policy is so Difficult

Immigration Policy is broken.  We all agree.  How should we fix it and why haven’t we been able to fix it over the last two decades?   There is a multifaceted answer to this question, but Congress has been unable to agree on how to deal with the policy changes.  We have had numerous attempts and … Continue Reading

The Current State of the Visa Waiver Program and Recent Developments within the European Union

Since the enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which contained significant changes to the United States’ Visa Waiver Program (VWP) with the inclusion of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, there has been considerable concern—and uncertainty—about the impact the new law will have on individuals who have … Continue Reading

House Judiciary Committee to Consider Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will consider H.R.5203, the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016.  The bill is authored by Representative Randy Forbes of Virginia. The bill’s purpose is to enhance security procedures for the processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.  We provide a sectional summary of the bill below. Section 2 of … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Decision Leaves Injunction on Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Program in Place

A Tuesday, May 26, 2015, decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an injunction on implementation of the Obama Administration’s expanded Deferred Action Program, part of the President’s Executive Action on immigration announced in November 2014. The Deferred Action portion of the President’s policy is designed to allow millions of individuals residing … Continue Reading

First Senate Bill Introduced to Address Legal / High-Skilled Immigration Reform

Earlier this week, Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake and Blumenthal introduced S. 153 the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (I-Squared). This bi-partisan bill marks the first positive immigration legislation introduced in the 114th Congress. It is also a solid bi-partisan piece of legislation. Please see a link to the official Senate press release. Here … Continue Reading

17 States Pull the Trigger and File an Action in Federal Court to Enjoin the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action Program

The Texas Attorney General was joined by 16 other States in asking a Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas to strike down as unconstitutional the Obama Administration’s Deferred Action program. They are also seeking injunctive relief. It appears that the plaintiffs are targeting that portion of the Administration’s Executive Actions that impact the undocumented foreign … Continue Reading

Join Us for a Webinar – Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Now What?

Please join Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice for a webinar entitled “Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Now What?” Due to the nature of this development, GT will offer two opportunities to participate in this webinar. Friday, November 21st | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Monday, November 24th | 1:00 – 2:30pm ET Topics include: … Continue Reading

President’s Executive Action on Immigration – Content and Preliminary Analysis of What it Means for Businesses and Compliance

On November 20, 2014, President Obama released the long-anticipated “Executive Action” on immigration reform. See here, here and here. We will also post additional materials made available. Late last summer, the President had postponed the release of such action until after the mid-term elections. Despite the cries of overreaching and lack of authority by the … Continue Reading

The President’s Administration Extends Temporary Protected Status to Nicaragua and Honduras

The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security announced last week that he will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible nationals of Nicaragua and Honduras for an additional 18 months. The extension is effective from January 6, 2015 through July 5, 2016. In general terms, the TPS designation may be extended to a foreign country by the … Continue Reading

What is Next for Immigration Reform?

On September 6, 2014, the White House announced that President Obama would not entertain executive action on immigration reform until after the 2014 midterm elections, a fact subsequently supported by the President’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press. This comes just over two months after the President’s initial June 30th promise to utilize executive action … Continue Reading

White House Delays Administrative Action for Immigration Reform

On Saturday, September 6th, the White House announced the decision to postpone any administrative action until after the November elections. We did believe that such a delay could be precipitated by the political tensions between the parties and the upcoming elections. Greenberg Traurig will continue to monitor the developments coming from the White House and … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Plans to Advance Immigration Reform Through Executive Action

Citing Congressional inaction on long-standing efforts to pass immigration reform, President Obama announced, on June 30th, his intention to use executive authority to make potentially far-reaching changes to the nation’s immigration system. Speaking one year after the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that has failed to elicit a vote in the U.S. … Continue Reading

Immigration Reform Efforts are Still Alive

Despite the recent resignation announcement of the House Majority Leader, immigration reform is still very much alive. As reported by Greenberg Traurig just this week, the call to reform the country’s immigration system is louder than ever on and off The Hill. Immigration reform continues to garner strong and vocal support by CEOs, industry leaders … Continue Reading

Reasons for the House to Move Forward on Immigration Reform – Rebutting Common Excuses

Weeks of ups and downs and high points and low points in the Immigration Reform debate have left the stakeholder community wondering how next to proceed. Last week, Washington Post opinion writer George Will crystalized the issues raised by House Republicans, and addressed the reasons not to move forward. See article here and key items … Continue Reading

Tips for Resolving Issues I-94 Issues under the Electronic CBP System

CBP has automated the I-94 and I-94W process for all travelers applying for admission at U.S. ports of entry. Consequently, nonimmigrants arriving at an air or sea U.S. Port of Entry no longer receive a paper I-94 card from the CBP inspector. CBP provides each nonimmigrant with an admission stamp that is annotated with date … Continue Reading

Essential Worker Immigration Coalition Releases Reaction to House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform

The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (“EWIC”), co-chaired by Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration & Compliance Practice Co-Chair Laura Reiff, issued the below reaction to the release of Republican standards for immigration reform following the annual House Republican retreat held this week.  Reaction to the Release of the Republican Standards: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS KEY PRIORITY FOR THE … Continue Reading

The President Calls on Congress to Pass Immigration Reform This Year During State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, the President of the United States delivered his 5th State of the Union address, during which he stated:  “If we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” He reiterated his commitment … Continue Reading

There is Still Time for Immigration Reform

As we begin the second half of the 113th Congress, the question of whether immigration reform is possible is in the forefront of the Obama Administration and federal legislators’ minds. The political environment is tense. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is distrustful of the White House and its agencies. The issues surrounding healthcare reform, the … Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Confirms Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security

On December 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jeh C. Johnson, the former general counsel of the Pentagon, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a resounding 78-16 vote. (As reported earlier, the confirmation of Alejandro Mayorkas to become DHS Deputy Secretary is also expected to move forward after a Senate committee … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Report Highlighting the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

On October 29, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released “Immigration Reform: Implications for Growth, Budget and Housing,”* a policy report highlighting the potential impact of immigration reform on economic revitalization. Specifically, the BPC’s assessment indicates that immigration reform could significantly increase the number of young, working-age people in the U.S., leading to greater economic … Continue Reading
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