SGG 2018 Year in Review




14 December 2018

Increase in Number of I-9 Audits by ICE

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 any employer can be audited … Continued

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14 December 2018

Court Order Temporarily Halts Termination of TPS

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 which was set to terminate … Continued

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14 December 2018

USCIS Issues Revised Guidance on Unlawful Presence for Students and Exchange Visitors

On August 9, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final policy memorandum revising the rules for calculating unlawful presence for those in student F (student), J (exchange visitor), and M (vocational student) nonimmigrant status and their dependents while in the United States. Most non-immigrant visa holders are admitted until a certain date, … Continued

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14 December 2018

SGG Fights Recent Changes to Asylum Policies

In August 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals issued a decision that allowed a woman to seek asylum based on the years of extreme domestic violence she suffered. That violence rose to the level of persecution, and it was on account of her membership in a particular social group of married Guatemalan women who were … Continued

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14 December 2018

Detention of Minors: The lasting impact of Flores v. Reno

Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced a so-called “zero tolerance” policy on illegal entry into the United States, requiring the criminal prosecution of all individuals who enter the United States without authorization.  The results of this draconian policy were cruel and severe.  Thousands of children were forcibly separated from parents with no thought given … Continued

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14 December 2018

Obtaining a Waiver to the Trump Travel Ban

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 waiver may be granted to … Continued

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14 December 2018

USCIS Intensifies Focus on Denaturalization

Many people think that once they obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization, their status as a U.S. citizen can never be lost.  It will come as a surprise to some to learn that U.S. citizenship can in fact be taken away or revoked by the government under certain circumstances. And the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services … Continued

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18 December 2018

SGG Client Earns National Recognition – And a Green Card

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 El Salvador’s civil war, reuniting … Continued

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