Motel 6, ICE Connection Raises Consumer Protection Concerns

Motel 6 faces allegations from the Washington attorney general that employees of the national budget chain handed over private guest information to U.S. immigration authorities from 2015 through 2017. Specifically, Attorney General Bob Ferguson alleges the employee provided U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents with the names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers …

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USCIS Shores Up L-1 Visa Proxy Petitioner Policy

In a policy memorandum clarifying proxy votes used to establish requisite entity control for L-1 visa petitioners, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implements Buy American, Hire American policies. Buy American, Hire American encompasses the approach Trump Administration officials bring to both immigrant and nonimmigrant policies. In a December 29 release, USCIS officials provided guidance …

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New York, Cali Govs Maneuver to Protect Immigrants

The governors of New York and California– Andrew Cuomo and Jerry Brown– granted pardons to immigrants facing deportation as a means of throwing a roadblock in front of federal removal efforts. The pardons, which the governors issued to immigrants with revoked legal immigration status due to criminal convictions, hardens the divide between state protection and …

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USCIS Updates CAA Citizenship Rule; Suspends Havana Operations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updates rules around consular certificate documentation counted as evidence of Cuban citizenship and suspends Havana operations. The changes involve policy under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA) as well as the transfer of Havana field operations to the USCIS field office in Mexico City. Where the policy change is concerned, …

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USCIS Touts Transparency with Electronic Reading Room

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the opening of the agency’s updated Electronic Reading Room, a result of a renewed commitment to transparency. Within the updated Electronic Reading Room, interested parties gain access to leader and policymaker insights with the availability of policy documents and external correspondence sent to and received from leadership. Visitors …

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Canadian Industry Reaps Benefits from U.S. Immigration Policy

Canadian business delivering high-skilled products and services gain an edge in terms of filling jobs with qualified workers as the implementation of U.S. immigration policy hinders the hiring foreign workers. The benefit to Canada comes as a result of increased hurdles around visa requirements– specifically the H-1B visa programs. “While much attention has been paid …

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TPS Re-Registration Open for Honduran, Nicaraguan Nationals

Re-registration for current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries under both Honduras’ and Nicaragua designations remains open through February of next year. Re-registration procedures for each country include the option for employment authorization documentation (EAD) renewal. On a procedural level, TPS beneficiaries submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Those individuals interested in work authorization …

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