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Workers on employment visas afraid to report work-related injuries

There has been a huge push in the last few decades towards improving working conditions and making them safer for workers. With newer health codes and even new laws that protect whistleblowers, it would seem that at this day in age, few employees should ever fear losing their job if they report unsafe working conditions.

Immigration reform said to be just on the horizon

With most of the nation's attention firmly focused on the current gay-rights cases facing the U.S. Supreme Court this month, few attention is being paid to an equally important matter that could affect millions of immigrants in the United States. We're talking of course about immigration laws; and with the Obama Administration continuing to press forward on the matter, immigration reform could occur within a few months.

US senators introduce immigration reform bill to increase H-1B visas

Newspaper accounts and the blogosphere are rife with commentary on bipartisan proposals for immigration reform that are being considered on Capitol Hill. The commentary seems to change hourly, although the legislative process is likely to take some time as the proposals are debated and marked up in coming weeks.

Officials say that immigration reform may be possible

Immigration reform has been bandied around for some time. Last year saw various battles in the courts over state laws on immigration. The Obama administration has made policy changes in immigration enforcement, as this blog has discussed.

Report: spending on immigration enforcement tops all federal law enforcement

In late December, this blog reported that federal immigration officials had audited more than 3,000 companies for I-9 compliance in enforcing business immigration laws. Those I-9 compliance audits were part of a policy change in recent years in how the government generally conducts workplace immigration enforcement, according to a report issued Monday by a non-partisan Washington think tank, the Migration Policy Institute.

ICE employment verification I-9 audits rise in 2012

Immigration reform has been a hot topic in the media this year. Immigration policy issues have also grabbed headlines, as stories have arisen over the Deferred Action program for young immigrants and the federal immigration policy in deportation and removal proceedings known as prosecutorial discretion.

Stem Jobs Act meets resistance on Capitol Hill

The first post-election bill addressing potential immigration reform has been stalled in the United States Senate. The measure started in the House and was aimed at allowing immigrants with science and tech degrees taken from American universities to seek a visa to remain in the country after graduation. However, the House bill did not seek to increase overall visas under immigration law.

Charter schools benefit from EB-5 investment visa program

The EB-5 investor's visa program has received a fair amount of interest in recent years. Developers turned to the program as a source of financing when the U.S. economy went into doldrums. Not long ago, this blog reported that Congress extended the program, shortly before the law was set to sunset.

Microsoft asks Congress to add more H-1B visas to cap--with higher fees

There can be little dispute that efforts to achieve meaningful immigration reform in Congress have been stalling. Commentators and immigration advocates have proposed modifications to U.S. immigration law to create more H-1B visas in recent years. Another hot-button topic has been visas for people who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Undocumented immigrant law school grad's case heard in Florida high court

A Florida law student jumped through all the hoops before being allowed to sit for the Florida bar examination. He got through law school and applied to sit for the bar. He disclosed that he was an undocumented immigrant, and even received a waiver to sit for the bar exam. That waiver was needed due to a 2008 Florida law that requires bar exam applicants to show proof of residency or citizenship.

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