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Mar 22, 2023

Health Care Immigration: Alleviating the U.S. Nursing Shortage

The nursing shortage has been a persistent problem in the United States for decades, with experts predicting it will only worsen in the coming years. Many factors contribute to the nursing shortage, including an aging population, the retirement of experienced nurses, and an increasing demand for healthcare services. » Read More

Mar 08, 2023

Butler County Takes a Stand: Reverses Sanctuary Policy to Improve Public Safety

The Butler County, Pennsylvania, prison board recently voted unanimously to reverse policies that had prevented county prison officers from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to remove deportable inmates. The new policy requires the prison warden to provide ICE with a list of inmates each week, grant ICE officers access to the prison to interview inmates, give ICE “adequate notice” of criminal noncitizen releases and transfers, and honor ICE detainers. » Read More

Mar 01, 2023

Good News for American Businesses: H1-B Denial Rates Plummet Under Biden Write

The H-1B visa program has been the subject of intense scrutiny and controversy over the past few years with high denial rates causing significant challenges for companies seeking to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. However, the H-1B visa landscape has experienced a dramatic shift under the Biden administration. » Read More

Feb 15, 2023

House GOP Takes Extreme Position on Asylum, Exposing Internal Party Rifts

With a new, albeit slight, majority in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party recently approved a rules package which will send a controversial immigration bill to the floor for a vote. The Border Safety and Security Act of 2023 seeks to upend the American immigration system and create new restrictions for those seeking asylum in the United States.  » Read More

Feb 08, 2023

Pennsylvanian Immigration Detention Center Shuts Down, Raising Questions

Immigration advocates are celebrating the news that the Berks County Residential Center, an immigration detention facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania, has officially closed its doors. The closure results from the fifth immigration prison contract to end under the Biden administration. Advocates maintain the closure signals a larger trend that immigration prisons do not need to exist, while others believe the facilities are necessary for effective enforcement of immigration law.  » Read More

Feb 01, 2023

DOJ Settles Immigration Discrimination Claim Against Minnesota-Based Staffing Agency

A recent announcement from the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reports that a Minnesota-based staffing agency has settled allegations of discrimination against noncitizen workers. The settlement involves the resolution of allegations that the chain violated the law in the manner it verified its employees’ employment authorization. » Read More

Jan 25, 2023

Former PennDOT Employee Charged in Illegal Licensing Scheme that Targeted Immigrants

A former employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”) has been accused of dozens of felony and misdemeanor charges arising from a scheme in which the employee allegedly assisted driver’s license applicants in exchange for financial payment. According to reports, the employee targeted non-English-speaking applicants and coerced them into paying cash for the answers of the knowledge portion of the exam. » Read More