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ICE Posing as Local Police to Avoid Warrant Requirements & Arrest Immigrants

By Dysart Willis |

There have been recent reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents purposely misidentifying themselves as local police, members of narcotics squads, or  using other disguises, including here in North Carolina, in order to pursue and detain immigrants throughout the community without first obtaining valid warrants. While ICE has indicated that it is within… Read More »

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Upcoming USCIS Furloughs Expected to Shut Down Legal Immigration. If You Are Facing an Immigration Issue, Speak with an Immigration Attorney Right Away, Before They Do

By Dysart Willis |

Upcoming USCIS furloughs, which could bring legal immigration to a halt, make it clear that if you are currently facing obstacles when it comes to immigration issues, such as visa or green card applications, it would behoove you to speak with an immigration lawyer as soon as possible in order to ensure that they… Read More »

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Immigration Law Update: Trump Violates Supreme Court Order by Refusing to Process DACA Applicants & Rumors Circulate of More Changes On H-1B Visas

By Dysart Willis |

Following the US Supreme Court’s decision blocking the Trump administration’s attempt to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in August, the Trump administration made several decisions that will also have an impact on immigration law, including refusing to process any new DACA applicants and limiting renewals to one year instead of… Read More »

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Appeals Court Rules That Administration’s “Third Country Asylum Rule” Effectively Barring Immigrants from Central America Is Illegal

By Dysart Willis |

In July, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals or the Ninth Circuit struck down the administration’s 2019 Interim Final Rule barring immigrants seeking asylum from entering the US if they failed to first apply for protection from persecution or torture “where it was available in at least one third country outside… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Attempt to Revoke DACA Program, Opening The Door to Applicants

By Dysart Willis |

In a major victory for immigrants, in late June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, blocking the administration’s plans to open up the potential deportation of an estimated 700,000 “DREAMers” who have been in the US since they were children, many… Read More »

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In Spite of Losing in Court, The Administration Continues to Impose H-1B Visa Restrictions, With International Students as The Next Target, In Order to Appease Those Calling for A Halt to All Immigration

By Dysart Willis |

In spite of the courts continually ruling that the administration is blatantly violating immigration laws via its policies on H-1B petitions, in May, the Trump administration announced that it would likely propose another set of immigration restrictions on H-1B visas for foreign-born engineers and scientists, as well as visas for foreign students, arguing that… Read More »

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Court Holds That ICE Continues to Violate Flores Settlement by Deporting Children

By Dysart Willis |

In spite of a recent decision made by a federal district court judge that deportation orders under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program do not change the government’s obligation to make efforts to unite immigrant children with relatives in the United States while their immigration cases are underway under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, Immigration… Read More »

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Federal Judges Find That US Citizenship and Immigration Services Regularly Illegally Denying H-1B Petitions in Series of Four Decisions

By Dysart Willis |

After a federal judge made a significant decision limiting the ability for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny H-1B petitions by claiming that a position does not qualify as a specialty occupation, in three new court cases decided between March and April, federal judges once again decided that the agency unlawfully denied… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Immigrants’ Rights to Challenge Deportation Orders in Lower Courts

By Dysart Willis |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made an important decision that will ultimately make it easier for immigrants to challenge deportation decisions, even if they have a criminal record. In consolidating two important immigration cases, Guerrero-Lasprilla v. Barr and Ovalles v. Barr, the Court looked at whether the lower courts (i.e. courts of appeals) are… Read More »

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Federal Judge Rules Against US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Opening The Door for More Employers to Successfully File H-1B Visa Petitions

By Dysart Willis |

In March, a federal judge made a significant decision limiting the ability for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny H-1B petitions by claiming that a position does not qualify as a specialty occupation, which will effectively allow more employers to enable foreign professionals to obtain temporary visas to work in specialty occupations,… Read More »

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