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  1. ICE MEMO: Fugitive Enforcement Operations

  2. Statement From Secretary Kelly On Recent ICE Enforcement Actions

    by , 02-13-2017 at 03:05 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Release Date: February 13, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON – Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

    ICE officers in the Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio and New York City areas of responsibility arrested more than 680 individuals who pose a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.

    ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years.

    The focus of these enforcement operations is consistent with the routine, targeted arrests carried out by ICE’s Fugitive Operations teams on a daily basis.
    President Trump has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our Department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally.

    I commend the heroic efforts of the dedicated officers of ICE’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations and those who provided assistance from ICE Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as cooperating state and local law enforcement agencies. These professionals put their lives on the line to protect our communities and country. There is no greater calling that to serve and protect our nation – a mission that the men and women of ICE perform with professionalism and courage every single day.
  3. If immigration ban goes to Supreme Court, Trump is shoo-in to win. By Nolan Rappaport

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    Two states challenged President Donald Trump’s executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, in a U.S. District Court. The District Court preliminarily ruled in their favor and temporarily enjoined enforcement of the order.

    The government appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and filed a motion for an emergency stay to reinstate the order while its appeal from the District Court’s decision proceeds.

    The court denied the government’s motion because it was not convinced that the government is likely to prevail on the states’ due process claim when the case is adjudicated on its merits. The court reserved consideration, however, on the states’ religious discrimination claim until the merits of the appeal have been fully briefed.

    I have found no merit in the States arguments in support of either of those claims.

    Read more at --

    Published originally by The Hill

    About the author.
    Nolan Rappaport
    was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an Executive Branch Immigration Law Expert for three years; he subsequently served as the immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. He also has been a policy advisor for the DHS Office of Information Sharing and Collaboration under a contract with TKC Communications, and he has been in private practice as an immigration lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson.

  4. IER Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Levy Restaurants

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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    The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), formerly known as the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, reached a settlement agreement with Levy Premium Foodservice Limited Partnership d/b/a Levy Restaurants. The settlement resolves the investigation of a charge filed by the charging party, a lawful permanent resident, against Levy’s Barclay Center restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, alleging discrimination in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

    The IER concluded that Levy discriminated against two lawful permanent residents by improperly reverifying their employment eligibility because of their immigration status. It also determined that Levy improperly required them to present specific types of documents to re-establish their employment eligibility and suspended the charging party when he was unable to present such a document.

    The anti-discrimination provision of the INA prohibits employers from subjecting employees to unnecessary documentary demands based on the employee’s citizenship, immigration status or national origin.

    Levy cooperated throughout the investigation, quickly reinstated the charging party, and restored his lost wages and leave benefits. Under the settlement, Levy must pay a civil penalty of $2,500 to the United States, undergo IER-provided training on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA, and be subject for one year to IER monitoring and reporting requirements – providing the I-9 forms of all non-U.S. employees hired during this period of time to IER for review as to whether Levy Restaurants is abiding by the law.

    This settlement demonstrates the need for employers to be careful as to the presentation of documentation by employees. Employers may not demand the presentation of certain documents, such as a green card. Rather, it is up to each individual employee to choose document(s) that are listed on the List of Acceptable documents.

    by , 02-13-2017 at 09:38 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    There are a lot of rumors surrounding President Trump's Executive Orders. Below is MU Law's list of Facts and Fictions. Please note that this list is as of this morning, but that things are changing quickly.

    FACT: In late January, President Trump issued an Executive Order banning entry to the US for individuals from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. The travel ban included all individuals from the seven listed countries holding a US visa, but did not include green card holders or dual nationals.

    FICTION: President Trump is planning to add countries to the list in the travel ban. On February 3, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a statement indicating the US Department of State had contacted AILA and said that there was no plan to add to the list of banned countries.

    FACT: On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Federal Judge in the state of Washington issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping the enforcement of the travel ban. The US Department of State reinstated previously cancelled visas allowing individuals from the banned countries to travel to the US.

    FICTION: The travel ban has been struck down and will not be reinstated. The TRO issued by the Judge is temporary and lasts only while the case against the travel ban is going through the court system. Many Federal Judges have been issuing rulings on the travel ban and these rulings conflict with each other. I
    t is unknown whether the case will go before the US Supreme Court or whether the President will issue a revised Executive Order.

    FACT: President Trump may change the way the H-1B cap cases are allocated. The President, by Executive Order, can change the manner in which the H-1B cap works from a straight lottery to a preference system. Should this change take place, it is likely that the preference system would favor those with advanced degrees, higher wages, and shortage skills.

    FICTION: President Trump is planning to or has already eliminated H-1Bs visas. The President, on his own, cannot cancel the H-1B visa program. H-1Bs were created by an Act of Congress and it would take an Act of Congress to cancel H-1Bs completely.

    FACT: There will likely be greater requirements for H-1B employers. Most recent proposals from Congressional Representatives and from the President include additional burdens and restrictions on H-1B employers. These restrictions include: paying higher wages to H-1B employees, documenting the employer has tried to recruit US workers before filing the H-1B, more site visits, and expansion of e-verify.

    FICTION: President Trump has eliminated the H-4 EAD. The H-4 EAD program was created in a regulation. At this time, the President has made no formal indication that he plans to rescind the H-4 EAD regulations.

    FACT: President Trump may be planning to cancel DACA, the program allowing undocumented immigrants, brought to the US as children, to obtain a stay of deportation and work authorization. DACA was created by an Executive Order of President Obama. A draft Executive Order of President Trump eliminating DACA has been circulated. At this time, DACA remains in effect.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at and You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    Updated 02-14-2017 at 08:32 AM by CMusillo

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