Two Honduran Nationals Indicted for Scheme to Facilitate Employment of Undocumented Immigrants in the Construction Industry

Posted on May 9th, 2018
Yesterday, an attorney for the US government announced that it had charged two Honduran nationals with crimes related to immigration. The government charged Fanny Melina Zelaya-Mendez with three counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The government also charged Roger Omar Zelaya-Mendez with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of unlawfully re-entering the US after being deported. According to the government, the Zelaya-Mendezes established shell companies that provided construction companies with workers who were undocumented…… Read More »

Labor Dept. Says Michigan Contractor Must Pay $102,808 Over H-2B Workers

Posted on Apr 19th, 2018
On Monday, the Department of Labor said it found Metropolitan Concrete Corp., a Michigan contractor, had misrepresented 15 employees as landscapers, rather than cement masons or concrete finishers. Further, the Labor Department found that the company failed to pay for job-related costs (like travel expenses), failed to supply employees with the equipment and tools needed to work, and made impermissible deductions by withholding (for housing expenses) part of the employees’ earnings. The Labor Department stated that the company's failure to…… Read More »

Va. Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Banned Sanctuary Policies

Posted on Apr 14th, 2018
Earlier this week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the establishment of “sanctuary” policies in the state. The bill included the text that “[n]o locality shall adopt any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws.” The governor explained his decision to veto the bill, stating that [The bill] imposes an unnecessary and divisive requirement upon localities regarding the enforcement of federal immigration laws. This legislation would force local law enforcement…… Read More »

Married Couples Have Accused the US of Unlawfully Detaining and Attempting to Deport Certain Spouses Seeking Green Cards

Posted on Apr 14th, 2018
This week, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit contesting what it alleges is a Trump administration pattern of detaining certain illegal immigrants who seek permanent residence based on their marriage to a US citizen. More specifically, the ACLU alleges that immigration officials have been illegally detaining and seeking to remove non-citizen spouses who both have final orders of removal and who are seeking permanent residence. The lawsuit centers on regulations US Citizenship and Immigration Services promulgated in 2016,…… Read More »

32-Year-Old Ghanaian National Convicted for Lying on Immigration Forms

Posted on Jan 24th, 2018
A 32-year-old Ghanaian national who possesses US permanent residence was convicted in federal court this week in connection with making false statements on an immigration application. The Ghanaian was convicted of one count of willfully and knowingly making false statements; one count of making false statements under oath relative to naturalization, citizenship or alien registry; and one count of unlawful attempted procurement of citizenship or naturalization.The crimes for which the Ghanaian was convicted will garner potentially stiff punishments. He will--in…… Read More »

Applying, to Immigration Law, Lessons Learned in the Financial Markets

Posted on Jan 24th, 2018
The stock market is booming and one legendary investor predicts, "If you’re holding cash, you’re going to feel pretty stupid." Many will make money, get overconfident, and lose it. It has happened this way for hundreds of years. Who or what is to blame for the cycle of booms and busts? No matter the answer, the cycle that is fascinating to read about, at least when what you read does not hit too close to home. It is also fascinating…… Read More »

H-2A and H-2B Program Changes: Which Nation’s Nationals May Participate

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2018
Each year, with the concurrence of the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security determines which countries may participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant worker programs. On January 18, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a list of countries whose nationals may begin their participation in the programs. These are programs that allow foreign nationals to work in the United States in temporary or seasonal jobs. The H-2A program is for agricultural positions, while the H-2B is for non-agricultural…… Read More »

The Lawyerless Company That Claims to Help Foreign Nationals Is Not Allowed to Provide Legal Advice: Here Is Why That Matters

Posted on Jan 18th, 2018
Laws prohibit non-lawyers from providing legal advice to immigrants and others. These rules are sensible; after all, matters of the law are frequently high-stakes affairs, sometimes they are literally life-death or bankruptcy-causing. Many of these matters cannot be re-done if they are done incorrectly the first time. Sure, there are some narrow exceptions to the rules that non-lawyers may not provide legal advice. However, the companies that offer to handle a family’s or an individual’s immigration case do not believe…… Read More »

Twenty Reasons Why You Should Not Hire a Non-Lawyer/Non-Law Firm to Do Your Immigration Work

Posted on Jan 9th, 2018
There are some non-law firm internet-based businesses that offer immigration-law services. They offer them to individuals and families whose main concern is price. One such bedroom or backroom business now is offering its services to businesses. But, historically, businesses have not been the targets of these operators because businesses are too shrewd to get ensnared, too prudent to get ensnared, too farsighted to get trapped by temptation short-term money savings. Over the coming weeks and months, we will be your…… Read More »

You May Be Over-Respecting the Government’s Adjudications: Consular Officers

Posted on Dec 27th, 2017
It is important to have respect for the government, but it is also important not to have too much respect for the government or to treat their immigration findings or rulings like gospel. Moderation is what is called for. This moderation is important whether you standing in front of a consular officer’s window at an embassy or you are sitting at your desk reading an adverse letter from the government regarding an application or petition you filed. The specific focus of…… Read More »
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