1. Labor Shortage Concerns a Bigger Problem for U.S. Agriculture Sector

    The food and agriculture sector of the United States is facing a looming shortage of workers. This was a concern even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe, and the shortage of laborers has worsened with time. Routinely, the labor department has noticed a demand for laborers that is higher than the number of visas allotted under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Agricultural Workforce Coalition (AWC), READ MORE READ MORE

  2. Department of State Adds Gender Options on Passport, Medical Certification No Longer Required

    On the final day of Pride Month – an annual celebration for the LGBTQ community – the Department of State (“the Department”) announced that transgender Americans will be able to change the sex marker more easily on their United States passports. The Department has promised to unveil more gender-inclusive changes to passport applications in the future. The United States will be joining a host of other countries READ MORE READ MORE

  3. Notarios Publicos and Notaries Are Not Authorized, Legal Professionals

    Many immigrants often require legal professionals’ help to either request an immigration benefit or maintain lawful status. Desperate immigrants who are unable to afford attorney fees fall prey to the infamous notary fraud. However, unscrupulous notaries or immigration consultants have become a severe problem for immigrants throughout the United States. Victims of such scams are typically undocumented immigrants with limited English-speaking skills and no knowledge of the READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Department of Justice Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim with Texas-Based Industrial Contractor

    On June 15, 2021, the Department of Justice announced that it had reached a settlement with Tecon Services Inc. (Tecon), an industrial fireproofing, painting, and insulation contractor from Texas. A naturalized U.S. citizen of Venezuelan origin raised an immigration-related discrimination complaint with the Civil Rights Division, claiming Tecon refused to accept her U.S. passport for verification of U.S. citizenship. The Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim The Department’s investigation revealed READ MORE READ MORE

  5. Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Immigrant Detainees Moved to Unknown Locations While Advocates Block NJ Turnpike to Request Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Workers; Supreme Court Denies Bond Hearings for Some Detained Immigrants

    Immigrant Detainees in Newark Transferred, Protestors Demand Pandemic Relief for NJ Undocumented Workers Immigration was a big issue this week in New Jersey. First, as the state government continues to consider a bill ending the detention of immigrants in New Jersey, a group of around 30 immigrant detainees in Newark was transferred to an unknown location. Several of these people were men who had in fact been READ MORE READ MORE