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November 20, 2014 | Permalink
In a decision with potentially broad applicability to sponsoring employers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned USCIS’s denial of an L-1B visa petition and criticized the agency’s inconsistent adjudication of L-1B specialized knowledge cases. read more
October 20, 2014 | Permalink
It is well known by now that tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have arrived at our southwestern border in recent months — a total of 68,541 in FY 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This represents an increase of 77 percent over last year’s total of 38,759. read more
September 18, 2014 | Permalink
As readers of this blog are well aware, the United States is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with the arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing abuse and violence in Central America. Many of these children may be eligible for asylum or other immigration relief in the United States, but with no right to court-appointed counsel in immigration proceedings, and with a severe shortage of non-profit legal services organizations available to provide representation, the future is bleak for these children unless pro bono attorneys step in. read more
July 28, 2014 | Permalink
The growing humanitarian crisis at our southern border, where thousands of children from Central America are showing up alone after making a treacherous, 2,000-mile journey, is just the latest manifestation of a long-standing pattern of migration from Latin America to the United States. The causes are numerous, including poverty, unemployment, corruption, ineffective government institutions, and gang violence fueled by the drug trade, among other reasons. Such a complex problem with multiple causes must necessarily be addressed through a multi-pronged approach. From our perspective as practitioners of employment-based immigration law, we would like to suggest that, in addition to other initiatives aimed specifically at the current crisis, creating an effective guest worker program for lower-skilled workers could play an important role in curbing further unauthorized migration to the United States, including the migration of unaccompanied minors. read more