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Continuing Resolution Extends Key Immigration Programs Through December 16

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On December 11, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the U.S. Senate in passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 16. Of interest to those of us who are interested in immigration, this will extend funding for the EB5, Conrad 30 J Waiver Program, Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religions Worker Programs, and E-Verify for the duration of the continuing resolution.

Guidance on Checking Veracity of Form I-551 Without Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws

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The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) for the Department of Justice (DOJ) provided an interesting Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) to an immigration attorney who requested an advisory opinion on how her client should seek to comply with the requirements of section 274a of the INA (relating to not employing aliens who lack employment authorization) without violating 274b (prohibitions on discriminatory conduct in employment-related matters).

House Passes Legislation to Improve VWP Security

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On December 8, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 by a margin of 407-19. In order to become law, the bill would need to be passed by the Senate and signed by the President. However, given the broad bipartisan support, it seems quite likely that something similar to H.R. 158 will reach the President’s desk in the near future.

2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Rand Paul

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I think that Paul is a tremendous Senator and one of the strongest advocates for small government conservatism. Furthermore, he arguably strikes the best balance between immigration enforcement and immigration reform in the field. However, while his is a voice makes the Republican field stronger, I have too many questions about his support for Israel and his foreign policy views in general to consider voting for him for President.

2016 Presidential Candidate Profile: Ben Carson

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Carson had an indisputably remarkable career in medicine. However, despite the voting fast approaching, Carson has developed little in the way of concrete policy proposals or in showing that he has a command of the issues facing this country today befitting of a top Republican candidate for President. For all of his virtues, I cannot recommend supporting him in a strong primary field that also contains many more qualified candidates.

DHS Issues Guide for Filing DHS-Related Complaints

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The DHS published a guide on how to file a complaint with the DHS in April of 2015. Any person dealing with the DHS should study this document carefully. For this post, I will provide a summary of where the guide discusses complaint procedures that should be of interest for those dealing with the DHS in the immigration context. I will include the pages in the guide on which information for filing the specific complaint may be found.

Senator James Lankford's "Federal Fumbles" Covers Example of ICE Waste

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For years, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released an annual “Government Wastebook.” Each addition was free to download from the Senator’s website and took a humorous look at some of the more absurd ways that the federal government wastes our tax money and fails at its responsibilities. Senator Coburn retired in 2014. Fortunately, Republican Senator James Lankford, who succeeded Senator Coburn in a special election, has continued Senator Coburn’s annual tradition.

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