Legislation and Policy

The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries.

The Rumors Are False. There is No Expansion of Travel Ban to Other Countries. "Fake news" has been circulating that the travel ban and visa revocations have been or will be expanded to other countries.  In response to these rumors, the Department of State (DOS) recently told the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that  there are NO current plans to add other countries to travel ban o...
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Trump Travel Ban Update for Immigrants and Their Employers – January 31, 2017

The recent Executive Order (E.O.) banning visas and travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven countries has caused turmoil and distress for immigrants, their families, and their employers or businesses.   The E.O. also imposes other restrictions that could affect immigrants from other countries as well.  We are constantly monitoring the situation and expect changes to the implementation of the orde...
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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration American Immigration Council explains the two Executive Orders related to immigration signed by the President today: “Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, Preside...
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New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap. Is Your Job Eligible?

New & Improved USCIS Rules Will Let More Employers Bypass the H-1B Visa Cap.  Is Your Job Eligible? Starting January 17, 2017, more employers can apply for new H-1B employees regardless of the H-1B annual quota now that the USCIS has clarified and modified the H-1B cap exemption rules. Cap exemption has been around for many years but it has been a murky mess for many employers whose petitions...
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Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males

Government dismantles the NSEERS, a post 9/11 registry program that mostly targeted Muslim males Statement from the American Immigration Council on the End of NSEERS December 22, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track noncitizen men from predominantly Muslim countries. The registry, known as the Nation...
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EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended

EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker immigration programs temporarily extended Congress has temporarily extended the EB-5, Conrad 30, and Special Immigrant Religious Worker programs until April 28, 2017.  As explained in an American Immigration Council article, these three programs are: The EB-5 program: The immigrant investor program, known as EB-5, was created in 1990 to...
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Texas Independent School District Pays $140,000 to Settle Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

Texas Independent School District Pays $140,000 to Settle Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim The Aldine Independent School District located in Aldine, Texas recently settled a Justice Department claim,  resolving allegations that the district discriminated against work-authorized non-citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).   The district is the ninth largest scho...
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Ann Badmus Discusses Sanctuary Cities on Talk Radio

Here's my recent radio interview with Chris Saucedo WBAP News Talk Radio in Dallas.  Interesting and lively discussion about immigration law and so-called "sanctuary cities." I'd love to hear what you think about sanctuary cities and current direction of immigration. Feel free to post your comments below.  
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How to get your immigration records from the government

How to get your immigration records from the government You may want or need a copy of your immigration records from the government for many reasons.  Whatever the purpose, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access that information, regardless of your immigration status.  However, FOIA does allow the government to withhold some records from disclosure so you might not re...
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What’s My Status? Immigration Lawyers Bombarded With Questions Following Trump Win

In the wake of the election, immigration lawyers are getting tons of calls and emails from clients worried about the potential impact on their immigration status.  Eye Opener TV reported on this story and interviewed me for my take on what, if anything, can we expect to happen with immigration policy and law. Read the article and check out the video for details.
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