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Author: Jeff MacArthur

  • E-Verify may expand to include driver's data for checking worker status

    On May 26, 2011, the Obama administration proposed plans to add driver’s license data to the E-Verify System to determine whether this will help companies better identify people who can legally work in the U.S.  This is a further step in the administration’s ongoing effort to make illegal workers a key part of its immigration enforcement policy. […]
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  • With Electronic System for Travel Authorization in Place, Program Risks Still Need to be Addressed

    Despite implementation of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and other enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), recent reviews of the program have identified areas of weakness that poseU.S. law enforcement or other security risks. The VWP was developed as a way to promote travel to the U.S. The program allows business and leisure travelers from approved member […]
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  • USCIS Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing Aimed at Job Creation

    Last week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced three fundamental changes to the way it processes applications for the Immigrant Investor Program, commonly referred to as the EB-5 Program. The changes are designed to improve the intake and review process for immigrant investors. Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990. The goal of this […]
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  • Immigration Court Problems Addressed in Senate Judiciary Hearing

    The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center commended Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for conducting a hearing last Wednesday to address the challenges U.S. immigration courts face in providing efficient and fair justice for immigrants. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Leahy is searching for ways to improve a system that needs attention.  The […]
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  • Supreme Court Upholds Law Penalizing Illegal Immigrant Hiring

    On Thursday, May 26, 2011, The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law that imposes penalties on businesses that hire illegal workers with the loss or suspension of their business licenses. By a 5-3 vote, the court said current federal immigration law gives states the authority to penalize employers. The court’s decision hinged on a provision in the […]
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  • Several States Push Aside Immigration Bills as Legislative Session Draws to Close

    As state legislative sessions draw to a close for the year, controversial and potentially costly immigration enforcement bills have either failed to pass or are being delayed in Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Michigan. Following passage of Arizona’s immigration law (SB 1070) last summer, states across the U.S. began writing similar, ‘get tough’ enforcement legislation.  However, lessons learned from […]
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  • Senators Reintroduces Federal DREAM Act

    Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Harry Reid (D-NV) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (known as the DREAM Act) on May 11, 2011.  The bill outlines a pathway for thousands of undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools to gain legal immigrant status. The DREAM Act was originally introduced […]
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  • Obama Administration Outlines 21st Century Immigration Law Reform Plan

    On May 1, 2011, The White House released its plan, “Building a 21st Century Immigration System.” The document outlines immigration law reform aimed at meeting the country’s economic and national security needs while perpetuating America’s history as a nation of immigrants. Since being elected, President Obama has advanced immigration enforcement with: Resources to better secure U.S. […]
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  • Trusted Traveler Programs Reach Million Member Milestone

    On May 5, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that its Trusted Traveler Programs reached a total of one million members. The programs—four in total named NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST and Global Entry—expedite entry at U.S. ports for pre-approved, low risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks. Approved commercial truck drivers (FAST), air, sea […]
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  • Georgia’s Governor Signs Arizona-Style Immigration Enforcement Law

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed one of the nation’s toughest immigration measures into law at the state Capitol in Atlanta on Friday, May 13, 2011. The law, which is being compared to controversial laws in Arizona and Utah, passed both houses of the Georgia Legislature with overwhelming majorities and is expected to take effect on […]
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