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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Republican leadership announces “principles” for immigration reform, but few details

Finally, the Republican leadership has at last signaled what it is for instead of repeatedly telling the American people what it is against. Yesterday, the Republican leadership of the House, John Boehner from Ohio,  issued a one-page outline of immigration reform principles that it proposes be enacted to “reform” the current immigration system. The provisions include […]

US taxpayers spend over $2 billion a year to meet “quota” for detaining immigrants

Each year about 400,000 people are placed in immigration detention. Some will spend a few days and others could spend years in immigration detention facilities. We pay over $2 billion a year to detain 34,000 immigrants each day. Between 2009 and 2011, more than 50% of these detainees did not have a criminal history. Why are […]

I-9 non-compliance fine reduced from $311,300 to $88,700

A small restaurant in Rochester, NY was found to have 283 I-9 form violations and faced a maximum penalty of $311,300.00 Because of its small size, the absence of illegal workers, and lack of previous violations, ICE  reduced its proposed fine by 15%, but also requested a 10% enhancement because of the employer’s alleged bad faith and […]

Can My Employer Fire Me While I’m on Pregnancy Leave?

It seems like common sense that an employer should not be able to terminate an employee who misses work due to pregnancy.  Unfortunately, common sense does not always find its way into the law.  And, even in cases where the law does provide protection, employers don’t always follow the law.   So, if you are pregnant […]

E-Verify Hits Half Million Employer Mark

This week USCIS proudly announced that 500,000 employers have signed up to use the E-Verify system. Currently, E-verify — an electronic employment eligibility verification system – is primarily a voluntary program. Employers use E-Verify to check their workers’ eligibility to be employed in the United States. Proposals to make E-Verify  permanent and mandatory for all employers have […]

Ohio Is Pro-Immigrant

Since 2011, the Welcome Dayton program has worked to encourage immigrants to bring their skills and talents to Ohio. The program’s initiatives include: Promoting English literacy Setting up programs to assist non-English speakers Educating the public about the positive effect of immigration on the city’s economy Using media and other programs to shatter stereotypes and […]

The Unemployment Review Commission Said I Was Terminated Without “Just Cause”

I cannot tell you how many of our phone calls from potential clients begin with this declaration.  Let’s just say, it’s a lot.  The next question is always: can I sue my employer for wrongful discharge because I was terminated without “just cause?” Unfortunately, the answer is too often: “probably not.”  You see, Ohio is an “employment […]

EB-5 Investor Green Card backlog for China in 2014?

The U.S. Department of State has indicated that if the demand for EB-5 visas continues at its current pace, a cut-off date may need to be established for China late in FY 2014. China currently accounts for about 80% of the total number of EB-5 visas being used. (The Department of State made the same […]

Is Immigration Reform Still Possible with 2014 Being an Election Year?

Is Immigration Reform Still Possible in an Election Year? House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor both have indicated that they would like to see the US immigration laws rewritten in 2014. But with Congressional elections scheduled for November, is it even possible that such a re-write would pass the House? Some writers […]

Same Sex Marriage Cases at Columbus, OH immigration office

Since July 2013, USCIS has been processing same-sex marriage cases. Two weeks ago, the first same-sex marriage case that I have handled was approved by the Columbus, Ohio USCIS office. I was impressed with the local offices handling of the case. Actually, the case was handled just like all other marriage cases. The interview questions […]

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