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Court blocks 2 provisions of immigration law

All information below courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser.

A federal appeals court Thursday blocked two sections of Alabama’s immigration law, which is known as HB 56, in­cluding one that had been par tially enjoined by a U.S. Dis­trict Judge in Montgomery.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined Section 27 of the law, which forbids Alabama courts to enforce contracts be­tween unlawfully present aliens and parties who know their immigration status.

The appellate court also blocked Section 30 of the law, which forbids state and local agencies from doing business with undocumented aliens.

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High School Valedictorian Daniela Pelaez and sister get a 2-year deportation stay

Daniela Pelaez

Daniela Pelaez is seen above in an undated video still.

All information below courtesy of the Miami Herald.

WASHINGTON — Daniela Pelaez, the North Miami Senior High School valedictorian threatened with deportation and the new poster teen of the DREAM Act movement, is in Washington, D.C. this week.

She’ll be meeting with U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Rubio’s office invited her to Washington last week. Pelaez is scheduled to appear at a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with Nelson and Wilson.

Pelaez learned Tuesday that she’ll be able to stay in the United States for two more years without fear of deportation. The news came just days after a massive rally at her school propelled her case to the national stage.

The question remains: What does Pelaez’s case mean for the DREAM Act? And will lawmakers such as Rubio, who’ve called for Republicans to moderate their language on immigration policy, change their minds about it?
Her lawyer said both Pelaez and her sister, Dayana, were given a deferred action for two years, meaning federal immigration authorities will not carry out any deportation order during that time.

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Indonesian immigrant avoids deportation, seeks refuge at Highland Park church

large_Supporters of Saul Timisela sing during vigil--Indonesian Immigrant

HIGHLAND PARK — Saul Timisela was ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Newark early Thursday morning to be deported.

Instead, the Indonesian Christian took sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park, where the Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale is trying to save all at-risk Indonesian refugees who fled their country to escape religious persecution more than a decade ago.

Timisela may have felt safe given ICE’s historical reticence to raid churches where illegal aliens are being harbored. But at the same time, he was sorry to say goodbye to his wife of 10 years — another Indonesian Christian now in hiding because she has overstayed her visa and does not have an open case with the immigration agency.

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Alabama immigration law arguments to be heard today by federal appeals court panel

Tamitha Villareal

Tamitha Villareal (shown above) gets ready to lead a march of protesters of the new immigration law in Athens, AL.

ATLANTA, Georgia — The law that put Alabama in the middle of a national debate over immigration goes before a federal appeals court in Atlanta today, pitting Alabama against the U.S. Justice Department and a coalition of civil rights groups.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear 30 minutes of arguments – 15 minutes per side – by lawyers for the Justice Department and the State of Alabama. Two of the judges were appointed by Democratic presidents and one by a Republican.

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Opponents of immigration bill rally at Ga. Capitol

Immigration Protesters

Students, educators and lawmakers plan to gather at the Georgia Capitol to protest legislative proposals that would ban illegal immigrant students from state colleges and universities.

The ACLU of Georgia, the Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights oppose Senate Bill 458.

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Court ruling could prompt more deportation reviews

aliens being deported

A federal appeals court’s decision to delay the deportation of seven illegal immigrants until the Obama administration re-evaluates their cases could encourage thousands of other illegal immigrants to seek similar rulings and could open the door to uncomfortable questions about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S, experts said.

The seven people whose deportations the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals halted have no criminal records, but they were ordered deported before the administration announced a new discretion policy last summer.

Last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided to review about 300,000 pending deportation cases and put immigrants with criminal records or who pose a threat to national security at the front of the line for deportation. The rest would be allowed to stay indefinitely.

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USCIS Hosts Entrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit

All information taken from USCIS’s news release.  For more information, please click on the link at left.

Agency kicks off effort to ensure that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs are clear and consistent, and better reflect today’s business realities

Foreign Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas hosted an Information Summit today at the NASA Research Park in Moffett Field, Calif., to launch the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) Initiative.

“Today USCIS gained invaluable insights from prominent entrepreneurs and industry leaders on immigration issues critical to our nation’s economic prosperity,” said Director Mayorkas. “The introduction of expert views from the private and public sectors will help us ensure that our policies and processes fully realize the immigration laws’ potential to grow our economy and create American jobs.”


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Cap Count for H-2B Non-immigrants (Non-Agricultural Workers)–What you need to know

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All information below taken from this link.   Please click on the underlined text at left for more information.

The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.

To qualify for H-2B nonimmigrant classification:

    • The employer must establish that its need for the prospective worker’s services or labor is temporary, regardless of whether the underlying job can be described as permanent or temporary. The employer’s need is considered temporary if it is a one-time occurrence, a seasonal need, a peak-load need, or an intermittent need.
    • The employer must demonstrate that there are not sufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.
    • The employer must show that the employment of H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
  • Generally, a single, valid temporary labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or, in the case where the workers will be employed on Guam, from the Governor of Guam, must be submitted with the H-2B petition. (Exception: an employer is not required to submit a temporary labor certification with its petition if it is requesting H-2B employment in a position for which the DOL does not require the filing of a temporary labor certification application).

Please note:  There are exemptions to the cap.  Persons under the following categories do not count toward the H-2B cap:

1. Any existing H-2B workers (or their spouses and children) who extends his/her stay;

2.  Any fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, or supervisors of fish roe processing; or

3.  Workers performing labor in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and/or Guam.

Any unused/non-issued visas that remain at the end of the first half of the year are made available to employers seeking to hire such temporary non-immigrant workers during the second half of the year.


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Secure Communities Program coming to Baltimore on Wednesday

Secure Communities

A controversial program that lets U.S. immigration officials check the citizenship status of people who have been arrested is being expanded to include Baltimore despite objections from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and immigrant advocates.

The Secure Communities program, which began in 2008 and is being phased in nationwide, lets federal immigration officials review fingerprints collected when people are booked. The review will start in Baltimore and Montgomery County on Wednesday, according to a Department of Homeland Security letter obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

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US Labor Department announces final rule on H-2B foreign labor certification program


All information below taken from the OPA News Release of February 10, 2012


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and its Wage and Hour Division today announced a final rule to improve the H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker program. The rule, to be published in the Feb. 21 edition of the Federal Register, includes changes to several aspects of the program to ensure that U.S. workers receive greater access to jobs and strengthens worker protections.

The final rule creates a national registry for all H-2B job postings and increases the amount of time during which U.S. workers must be recruited. The rule also requires the rehiring of former employees when available.

In addition, H-2B program benefits such as transportation costs and wages will be extended to U.S. workers performing substantially the same work as H-2B workers. Worker protections also will be strengthened by enhanced transparency throughout the employment process.

The rule will be effective on April 23.


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Materials, including fact sheets, are available at and