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House Hearing Examines Enforcement of US Immigration Law; Armed Services Chair, Air Force Nominee Oppose CR; Trump Administration Calls on Jurisdictions to Enforce Immigration Requirements; Trump Administration Appeals Federal Court Ruling on Immigration Executive Order

Legislative Activity House Hearing Examines Enforcement of US Immigration Law On Tuesday, March 28, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing titled “Restoring Enforcement of our Nation’s Immigration Laws” that featured the following witnesses: The Honorable Thomas Hodgson, Sheriff, Bristol County, Massachusetts; Jessica Vaughn, Director of Policy Studies, Center for … Continue Reading

Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress; President Trump Names Boeing Executive as Deputy Defense Secretary; Federal Courts Stay Implementation of Revised Travel Ban

Legislative Activity Administration Transmits FY 2017 Supplemental Funding Request to Congress This week, the Trump Administration provided Congress with its supplemental appropriations request for the remainder of FY 2017.  The supplemental requests an additional $3 billion in funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including funds for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) infrastructure and border … Continue Reading

President Trump Signs Updated Executive Order on Travel to the US; DHS Secretary Condemns Attacks on Jewish Institutions

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings: On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing titled “Vows for Visas: Investigating K-1 Fiance Fraud.” On Wednesday, March 15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has scheduled a business meeting to consider the nomination of the Honorable Elaine Duke to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. … Continue Reading

House Panel to Consider Proposed Changes to Investor Visa Program

Legislative Activity House Panel to Consider Proposed Changes to Investor Visa Program This week, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to consider changes to the EB-5 investor visa program proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The EB-5 program is designed to bolster the U.S. economy … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on a Short-Term CR and Possibly Overriding the JASTA Veto; Washington Hosts the AGOA Summit This Week

President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly last week, giving his final speech to the Assembly. He also participated in the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum events in New York City. The White House released a fact sheet last Wednesday on U.S.-Africa cooperation with respect to trade and investment during the Obama … Continue Reading

President Obama To Address the U.N. General Assembly and Participate in Refugee- and Africa-Focused Events in New York City; The U.S. Congress Focuses on North Korea, Iran, South Sudan and the South China Sea, Apart From Funding the U.S. Government

U.S. President Barack Obama is in New York City for his speech to the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) this week, as well as attend the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees and the U.S.-Africa Business Forum.  Secretary of the U.S. Department of State John Kerry is also in New York City this week, meeting on the margins of … Continue Reading

Congress Focuses on Iran, Syria, North Korea and Cyber Security, as well as Funding the Federal Government and Possibly Reconciling the Defense Authorization Measure; President Obama to Meet with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

Last week, President Barack Obama returned to Washington early Friday morning from his Asia-Pacific trip, as the U.S. Congress advanced S. 2040, Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), to his desk.  President Obama honored the victims of the 9/11 attack Sunday morning in a ceremony at the Pentagon. North Korea reportedly conducted its fifth … Continue Reading

President Obama Hosts the Nordic Leaders Summit; Senate NDAA Committee Markup Ahead, While Full Senate Attempts (Again) to Pass the MTB Reform Bill

Vice President Joe Biden hosted the U.S.-Caribbean and Central American Energy Summit last week, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to addressing energy security concerns in the Western Hemisphere.  President Barack Obama will host the Nordic Leaders Summit in Washington on Friday to deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation and affirm the U.S. commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade and the … Continue Reading

Senate Panel Examines EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas

Legislative Activity Senate Panel Examines EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “The Distortion of EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas: Time to End the Abuse.”  The EB-5 program is designed to bolster the U.S. economy by incentivizing investment from foreigners in exchange for legal permanent residence.  … Continue Reading

What Does the President’s Executive Order on Immigration Mean for Your Company?

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced the signing of an executive order that will have significant implications for the country’s immigration system. As a result, employers need to begin to consider how changes in employment eligibility verification and worksite enforcement, immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, and employment-based immigration provisions will impact their businesses. Squire Patton … Continue Reading

Senator Reid to Conclude Debate on Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill; Speaker Boehner says Bipartisan Senate Bill Dead on Arrival

Legislative Activity Senate This week Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to conclude the debate and amendment process on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) and bring the bill to a final vote on the Senate floor before Congress departs for the Fourth of July recess. Cloture votes are … Continue Reading

Senate Initiates Debate on Immigration Reform Act; House Gang of Seven Continues to Draft Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill

Legislative Activity Senate The Senate initiated its debate on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act last week. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) invoked cloture on a motion to proceed and began accepting amendments to the bill on Tuesday, June 11. Last Wednesday, June 12 the process got bogged down with … Continue Reading

Senator Reid Filed Cloture on Immigration Reform Bill; House Bipartisan Gang of Eight is Now Gang of Seven – Final Drafting of Bill Underway

Legislative Activity Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed to debate on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) last Thursday, and the Senate will vote on the motion on Tuesday, June 11.  Majority Leader Reid plans to allow an open amendment process and up … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Votes Immigration Reform Bill Out of Committee; House Gang of Eight Agrees in Principle to Bipartisan Bill but no Bill is Introduced

Legislative Activity Senate The Senate Judiciary Committee voted the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) out of committee on May 22 by a vote of 13-5. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expects to open Senate floor debate the week of Monday, June 10, and plans to hold a vote three … Continue Reading
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