ICE Is Now Targeting Parents Who Paid to Smuggle Their Kids Into the United States

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced a new initiative to detain and prosecute parents who paid to smuggle their kids across the border. The initiative has been condemned by numerous advocacy groups for immigrant children including the American Academy of Pediatrics. Immigration agents have begun interrogating children who cross the border unaccompanied to find out who their sponsors …

Proposed Legislation Would Increase EB-5 Visa Availability and Change Minimum Investment Requirements

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A bill proposed by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has been heralded by real estate experts and other industries that rely on EB-5 investors. If passed, the spouse and children of an EB-5 visa holder would no longer count toward the annual visa cap of 10,000, which would increase the number of investors who qualify for EB-5 visas. The bill also …

USCIS Denied My I-829 Petition—What Should I Do? Atlanta Employment Visa Attorney Has the Answer

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The EB-5 visa program gives foreign entrepreneurs the opportunity to obtain green cards if they make a qualifying investment in a new commercial enterprise or a regional center. It is important to remember, though, that the process does not end when USCIS approves your EB-5 visa petition; you still have to submit an I-829 petition to remove the conditions of …

Cellphone Snooping Device Designed for Counter-Terrorism Now Being Used to Target Immigrants

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Federal investigators and local law enforcement agencies are now using cellphone snooping devices to find illegal immigrants. These cell-site simulator devices mimic cellphone towers. When phones connect to the device—which can be mounted on a police vehicle—it downloads information such as a history of numbers dialed and connected, the identification numbers of phones, and private messages. Civil rights activists have …

EB-5 Visa Program Extended through September Despite Calls for Reform

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The EB-5 visa program allows foreign entrepreneurs and their families to become lawful permanent residents in the United States if they make a qualifying investment in a U.S. enterprise. On April 28, despite a flurry of proposals to reform the EB-5 program, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill that extended the program in its current form through September. As many …

Texas Becomes First State to criminalize a Law Enforcement Officer’s failure to Honor ICE “Detainer Requests”

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When Immigration and Customs Enforcement suspects that a person is an undocumented immigrant, it can issue a “detainer request” to law enforcement officers, which is essentially a request to hold the person in a local jail until ICE officers can arrive. The purpose of this procedure is to remove undocumented immigrants who have committed criminal offenses from the country, but …

Trump Signs “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order—Another Empty Bag of Promises on Immigration Reform

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On April 18, President Trump signed an executive order that initiated a government-wide review to bolster the “Hire American” and “Buy American” directives. According to Market Watch, the review process will last 220 days and may lead to new legislation and additional executive orders that target immigration reform.   The reality is, however, that he order itself is a big nothing.  …

What Is The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017?

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The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017 (H.R.392) was introduced by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Jan. 10, 2017. The bill proposes several amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act that would have profound impacts on U.S. employment visa regulations. If passed, H.R.392 would eliminate the per-country cap on the number of employment-based immigrants, and it would increase the …

Congress to Consider Multiple Bills That Would Reform the H-1B Visa Program – Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Insights

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Multiple bills have been proposed in the Senate and House that would dramatically reform the H-1B visa program. According to MSN, these bills are intended to prevent U.S. companies from abusing the H-1B visa program and to encourage businesses to hire U.S. citizens rather than immigrants. If you own a business and you employ H-1B or L-1 workers, it is …

What Is the CARRP? Atlanta Immigration Lawyer Explains

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CARRP is the acronym for the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program. If you are a U.S. immigrant with Middle Eastern, South Asian, Arab or Muslim heritage, then it is important that you educate yourself about CARRP, because the program could put your application for a green card, naturalization, and other immigration forms in an indefinite holding pattern. Have you …