Gen. Kelly’s Aide to Be Nominated for DHS Secretary Position

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen, longtime aide to Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, will be nominated to be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the White House announced Oct. 11. In a statement on WhiteHouse.gov, the administration said of Nielsen: Ms. Nielsen has extensive professional experience in the […]

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Company Fined Whopping $95 Million for Hiring Illegal Workers

Asplundh Tree Experts of Philadelphia has agreed to pay a fine of $95 million for hiring illegal workers and openly accepting false documents to do so, even after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had audited the company and ordered the workers terminated, many of whom were soon thereafter rehired under different names. The fine […]

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Trump Ends DACA Program But Leaves It in Place for Six Months

Speaking on behalf of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the end of the Obama-era program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — which allowed undocumented aliens who arrived here as children to stay, work and study without fear of deportation. Sessions called DACA a constitutional “overreach” that had to […]

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New Form I-9 to Be Issued in July

A new version of the Form I-9, dated 07/17/2017 N, will become mandatory on Sept. 17, 2017, replacing the version dated 11/22/2016 N, which may continue to be used until Sept. 16, 2017. The International Entrepreneur Rule was published in the Federal Register by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Aug. 31, 2016, as a proposed rule […]

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Revised Form I-9 to Debut within 90 Days

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in late August approved revisions to the federal Employment Verification Form I-9 and gave the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 90 days to release the new form. The note sent to USCIS by OMB reads: USCIS will, within 90 days, update the I-9 system in order to reflect […]

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I-9 Fines to Jump Upward Along with Other Federal Penalties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published final rules that will raise monetary penalties for Form I-9 and H-1B violations dramatically beginning Aug. 1. The penalty structure for I-9 violations will rise from $110-to-$1,100 per instance to $216-to-$2,156. H-1B application violation fines will go from $1,000 per to […]

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Cities, Counties File Legal Brief to Unblock Obama’s Stalled Immigration Plan

President Obama’s plan to provide legal status and even work permits for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants has been blocked by a federal judge in Texas since February, but yesterday a consortium of 73 cities and counties in 27 states filed a legal brief asking an appeals court to lift the sanction. The signature gathering […]

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Hotel Chain Gets Whopper Fine After I-9 Audit: $2 Million!

Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The Sinclair Services Company subsidiary, […]

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Obama Orders DHS to Move Alone on Immigration Reform

Failing, so far at least, to persuade Congress to pass his vision of immigration reform, President Obama has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “conduct a review of practices” to ensure “we are carrying out these policies in the most humane way possible,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News this past week […]

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