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Aug 21, 2023

Lawsuit threatens Biden immigration policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trial this week will shine a spotlight on a key part of President Joe Biden's immigration policy. Under the humanitarian parole program, the U.S. allows up to 30,000 people monthly from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The program started for Venezuelans in fall 2022 was expanded in January. People taking part must have a financial sponsor in the U.S. and can then stay f[...]

Jul 25, 2023

US sues Texas over Rio Grande barrier

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department is suing Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over a floating barrier that the state placed on the Rio Grande to stop migrants from entering the U.S. The lawsuit filed Monday asks a court to force Texas to remove a line of bright orange, wrecking ball-sized buoys that the Biden administration says raises humanitarian and environmental concerns. The buoys [...]

Mar 29, 2023

Another effort to make NC sheriffs aid ICE approved by House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s sheriffs would be required to help federal agents who are interested in picking up jail inmates they believe are in the country illegally in legislation approved by the state House on Tuesday. The 71-44 affirmative vote marks a key step in yet another effort by Republicans at the General […]

Mar 28, 2023

Supreme Court skeptical of man who offered adult adoptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed inclined Monday to rule against a man convicted of violating immigration law for offering adult adoptions he falsely claimed would lead to citizenship. Attorneys for Helaman Hansen told the justices during approximately 90 minutes of arguments that the law he was convicted of violating was too broad. But […]

Jul 6, 2022

Appeals arguments set on immigrants brought to US as kids

By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Immigrant advocates gathered at a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Wednesday in the hope of saving an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of people brought into the U.S. as children. A federal judge in Texas last year declared the Deferred Action […]

Apr 28, 2022

Alien child can seek waiver of removal despite parent’s death 

By Nicholas A. Hurston  The Board of Immigration Appeals, or BIA, erred when it found a petitioner ineligible for waiver of removal because his U.S. citizen father was no longer living, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.  In an opinion written by Judge Toby J. Heytens and joined by Judges Julius N. […]

Mar 7, 2022

4th Circuit: No rubber-stamp of asylum rejection 

A Guatemalan man seeking asylum will get a review of his case because an immigration judge applied an improper standard when determining whether the man reasonably feared persecution or torture if he were sent back to his home country, a unanimous 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has ruled in a case of first […]

Oct 20, 2020

Supreme Court to hear case over border wall funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico. The high court has previously allowed construction to continue, even after a federal appeals court ruled in June that the administration had […]

Jun 10, 2020

State judges can’t break the ICE holds

  State judges don’t have the power to order the release of detainees being held by local law enforcement pursuant to an agreement with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the North Carolina Supreme Court has unanimously ruled. Luis Lopez and Carlos Chavez were arrested in Mecklenburg County in 2017. At the time, the sheriff’s […]

Jun 8, 2020

Winston-Salem attorney’s client wins U.S. Supreme Court case

  A Winston-Salem attorney’s battle to keep one of her clients from being removed from the country will continue after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the client’s favor that reinforces the government’s obligations to avoid deporting people to countries where they could suffer torture. Helen Parsonage of Elliot Morgan Parsonage represents […]

Apr 24, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court sides with government in immigration case

The Supreme Court is making it harder for noncitizens who are authorized to live permanently in the United States to argue they should be allowed to stay in the country if they’ve committed crimes. The decision Thursday split the court 5-4 along ideological lines. The decision came in the case of Andre Barton, a Jamaican […]

Jan 16, 2020

Immigration implications when employing an international workforce

By Melissa Azallion (Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series on business immigration strategies in today’s immigration climate.) Proactively staying apprised of immigration regulations and upcoming changes can help employers in assisting their existing international employees with the task of properly managing immigration issues. Employers with a thorough knowledge and unders[...]

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