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Ninth Circuit holds that ICE may detain without bond hearing only those taken into custody promptly after release from criminal custody

In Preap v. Johnson (08/04/2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that, only noncitizens with criminal convictions who are taken into immigration custody “promptly” after release from criminal custody may be detained without a bond hearing. The Court held that the mandatory detention provisions under of INA §236(c) do not


Questions raised over Melania Trump’s immigration history

Melania Trump’s immigration history is under scrutiny since the publication of a series of photos by the NY Post last week. The pictures appear to show Mrs. Trump working as a model in the United States in 1995, which contradicts both her and her husband’s statements that she came to the U.S. in 1996. It


Employer ordered to pay $42K for violating H1-B visa program

In July of 2015, an employee, Shona Mead, filed a complaint against her U.S. employer, S3J Electronics Acquisition Corporation with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). According to Ms. Mead, her employer did not complete a bona fide termination of her employment, did not pay the required wage, and inaccurately determined and described the Labor


USCIS extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

On July 8, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of the designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eighteen months from September 10, 2016 through March 9, 2018. There is a 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 8, 2016 through September 6, 2016. The extension allows currently