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Judge Halts Trump Administration’s Plan to Remove Temporary Protected Status Designations

On Oct. 3, a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end Temporary Protected Status for more than 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. This preliminary injunction will allow the merits of the case in Ramos v. Nielsen to be considered—whether these immigrants face irreparable harm if the designation is eliminated. Some of these immigrants have spent decades in the United States under the TPS designation. Read the rest of entry »

Administration to Issue 15,000 More H-2B Visas

On Friday, June 1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would provide an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for non-agricultural seasonal workers. Earlier this year, Congress included a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill that allowed for DHS to increase the number of H-2B visas above the 66,000 statutory cap. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Weighs in on Immigration Debate

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring the immigration debate to the floor through an open and unlimited amendment process that could subject senators on both sides of the aisle to politically tough votes. Through this process, a 60-vote threshold will be required for passage of any proposal.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Joins Letter to Congress Outlining Immigration Priorities for Construction Industry

On Feb. 5, 2018, ABC joined the Associated General Contractors, National Association of Home Builders and the Leading Builders of America in sending a letter to Republican and Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to express support for broad, bipartisan reform to the U.S. immigration system and recommend policies that would help address the workforce needs of construction industry employers.   Read the rest of entry »

New DOL Procedures for Processing H-2B Visa Applications Announced

On Jan. 22, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published new procedures for processing H-2B visa applications following this year’s significant increase in labor certification bids. Due to the spike in applications filed on Jan. 1, 2018, the DOL Employment and Training Administration’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification will now process these applications in order of the time of day they were received to “better reflect the sequential order in which employers filed applications.” Read the rest of entry »

U.S. Government Ends Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. The designation, which was granted after two destructive earthquakes in 2001, will terminate in 18 months on Sept. 9, 2019. Last year, the Trump administration announced it is terminating TPS designations for Haitians on July 22, 2019, and for Nicaraguans on Jan. 5, 2019.
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Construction Organizations Tell Congress to Continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Designations

On Nov. 7, ABC joined Associated General Contractors, the Leading Builders of America and the National Association of Home Builders in a letter to Congressional leaders expressing the construction industry’s concerns regarding the upcoming decisions related to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras. The letter urged Congress to take legislative action to ensure that TPS holders can remain and continue to work legally in this country.  Read the rest of entry »

ABC Signs On to Coalition Letter Supporting Bill to Improve the E-Verify System

On Sept. 29, ABC joined the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC) in support of H.R. 3711, the Legal Workforce Act. H.R. 3711, which would mandate an improved E-Verify program on all employers and for all new hires.   Read the rest of entry »

Anticipated Immigration Changes Require Employer Diligence

ABC’s General Counsel, Littler Mendelson P.C. produced a podcast that details anticipated changes to immigration policy under the Trump administration and discusses employer compliance. The podcast specifically addresses I-9 and visa requirements, potential for an increase in ICE audits and worksite visits, and more. Read the rest of entry »

Citizenship and Immigration Services to Require Using Updated Form in September

On Sept. 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employers to use the revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9. Read the rest of entry »
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