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8 February 2019

SGG in the News

On February 1, 2019, Nora Phillips, a lawyer at the forefront of providing legal services to asylum seekers and deportees in Tijuana, was detained and deported by Mexican authorities for reasons that the Mexican government has yet to specify.  At 11:30AM, when the call went out to immigration attorneys in ... Read More

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24 January 2019

Ninth Circuit Rejects Collateral Attack on Removal Orders

Amy Lenhert

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently published a decision upholding convictions for illegal reentry after removal despite the fact that the defendants were no longer removable as charged in their administrative proceedings. USA v. Martinez-Hernandez involves two men, Jose and Oscar, who entered the United States without ... Read More

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18 December 2018

SGG Client Earns National Recognition – And a Green Card

Susan Pilcher

SGG was privileged in 2018 to have assisted Salvadoran poet Javier Zamora with securing permanent U.S. residence after having migrated to this country illegally, alone, at the age of 9.   Mr. Zamora’s poetry has earned sustained national acclaim for its moving exploration of his experiences escaping the violent aftermath of ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Obtaining a Waiver to the Trump Travel Ban

David Strashnoy

On June 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of Travel Ban 3.0 in its consideration of Trump v. Hawaii. Travel Ban 3.0 indefinitely restricts and/or suspends travel of individuals from the following countries to the United States: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. A ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Court Order Temporarily Halts Termination of TPS

Amy Lenhert

On October 3, 2018, a federal judge in Northern California issued an order temporarily halting the government’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua. TPS for these countries is set to terminate on various dates in 2018 and 2019; the earliest being Sudan ... Read More

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14 December 2018

Increase in Number of I-9 Audits by ICE

Michele Franchett

At a recent meeting with Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in connection with a client’s I-9 audit, SGG attorneys asked the agent why there seemed to be a rash of audits targeting smaller employers.  The agent’s response to us was that ICE wants employers to know ... Read More

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16 November 2018

H-1B cap electronic pre-registration on Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda Released by the Department of Homeland Security

Kathleen Grzegorek

The Department of Homeland Security has released its Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda. One notable agenda item involves the pre-registration of H-1B petitions filed subject to the H-1B cap.  A pre-registration system would require an H-1B Petitioner to register its intent to submit a petition for an individual beneficiary in advance ... Read More

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15 November 2018

SGG Client H-1B Petition Approved!!!

We are very excited to receive word that one of our client’s H-1B petition was approved this week. Our client was also very excited about this news and sent us a very heartfelt message;   “Kathy,   This is incredible news! I would like to express my deepest appreciation to ... Read More

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25 October 2018

Public Benefits and “Public Charge” – What Do They Mean for Immigrants?

Michele Franchett

Clients sometimes ask whether there could be adverse immigration consequences as a result of their receiving various forms of public benefits.  Lately there has been confusion and misinformation circulating around this issue – in large part due to the leaking of documents that revealed the administration’s plan to change the ... Read More

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16 October 2018

2018 AILA & IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum

Lincoln Stone

SGG attorneys Lincoln Stone and  Michele Franchett will be speaking at the 2018 AILA & IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum, October 30, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago in Chicago, IL. Click here for full schedule of events.    

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