If there was any hope in passing comprehensive immigration reform before the end of the year, such hope is lost. On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner repeated his opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill and pledged that the House would never vote on it. "I'll make clear we have no intention ever of going to conference on the Senate bill." While immigration reform advocates were cautiously optimistic reform would occur before the end of the year, only 15 working days are left for the House to take the issue up. Boehner's comment seems to be the nail in the coffin for immigration reform in 2013.
Brown Signs Trust Act
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law known as The Trust Act (AB 4). The Trust Act limits the state's cooperation with a federal program known as Secure Communities that allows the Department of Homeland Security to check fingerprints taken by local law enforcement and screen them for their immigration status.
California Legislature Sends Indocumented Immigrant Driver's License Bill to Gov. Jerry Brown
The following was written by Jeremy B. White and appeared in The Sacramento Bee
In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, the California Assembly sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses.
The 55-19 vote moved California a signature away from putting into law a measure immigrant advocates have sought fruitlessly for years, with past attempts thwarted by legislative vote and gubernatorial veto.
Pro-immigration report: 73 percent of state farm jobs held by non-citizens
The following was written by Raju Chebium and appeared in The Salinas Californian
California agriculture would suffer unless Congress overhauls the immigration system, the Obama administration said Monday in a renewed push to lobby for a Senate-approved measure that has the support of the Golden State’s farm lobby.
Urgent – Tell Your Representative That The House Needs To Pass Immigration Reform Legislation in July
With this week’s strong bipartisan 68-32 vote in the Senate passing immigration reform legislation attention now shifts to the House of Representatives.
With the House of Representatives moving toward a potential debate and vote on this issue in July, NOW is the critical time to let your Congressman know you support the House moving on immigration reform legislation.
Farm Labor Contractors Now Required to Post Human Trafficking Notices
Effective April 1, 2013, SB1193 (Civil Code Section 52.6) now requires farm labor contractors and many other businesses to post a notice concerning human trafficking.
Politicians have been looking for ways to address the human trafficking problem. According to the Office of the Attorney General, there is an estimated 20.9 million human trafficking victims globally with the United States being a top destination. California is one of the top 4 destination states for human trafficking considering its large boarder and significant immigration population.
Opportunities for Employers to Shine
Unlawful Presence Waivers and Immigration Deferral
The Saqui Law Group has always told its clients,
“If you are not talking to your workers…someone else is.” Be the source of the information and let us help in scripting Town Hall Meetings.
On January 3, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives. The new rule is designed to “significantly reduce the length of time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives.” (78 FR 536) The rule allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens to request provisional unlawful presence waivers prior to departing from the U.S. for the consular office that is processing their immigration visa applications. In order to obtain a provisional unlawful presence waiver, the applicant must first meet three requirements.
Obama Administration Proposes Change to Legal Status Applications
Illegal immigrants that have family members who are American citizens may have an easier time applying for permanent legal residency. The Obama administration is proposing an administrative change which is intended to reduce the time illegal immigrants would have to spend away from their families while they are applying for legal status. The Department of Homeland Security will post for public comment about the proposed changes.
Arizona Immigration Law That Punishes Businesses for Hiring Illegal Immigrants Upheld
The United States Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision ruled to uphold an Arizona law today that punishes businesses hiring illegal immigrants. Opponents of the law, including the Obama administration, argue that the state law steps on the traditional federal oversight over immigration matters.
Social Security Mismatch AND IMMIGRATION 2011: Where Do We Go From Here?
Frequently Asked Questions on All Things Social Security
Bringing you the latest updates on: Immigration Reform,“IRS Desktop Audit Raids”, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) techniques, Notices of Inspection (“NOI’s”) and the rescission of the “Safe Harbor” regulation.
What Does It Mean For Employers Now That The “No-Match” Rule Was Rescinded?
In 2007 the Department of Homeland Security issued a “no-match rule”, under which, the receipt of a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) would have been sufficient to establish the requisite knowledge (i.e., “constructive knowledge”) of undocumented status for employer liability under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) unless the employer followed specific procedures set forth in the rule (the “safe harbor” provisions).
Effective November 6, 2009, the 2007 DHS “no match rule” was rescinded.
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