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Coming Supreme Court Case to Impact Immigration Treatment of Colorado Convictions

January 28, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Noncitizens with certain criminal convictions may be inadmissible to the U.S., deportable from the U.S., or unable to obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization. The categories of criminal convictions which cause immigration problems have grown over time, sometimes through new laws written...

Update to DMV Appointment Scheduling

September 26, 2014|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

Contributed by Jennaweh Leyba, Associate Attorney The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (SB251) provides an opportunity for some undocumented immigrants living in the United States to obtain a driver’s license. However, due in part to the incredibly high demand and limited resources for...

What’s in your wallet? Unintended Consequences of Secure Communities for United States Citizens

January 24, 2012|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Many immigrants subject themselves to the immigration process to finally arrive to the day when they can take an oath of citizenship and be done with dealing with immigration agencies.  However, the New York Times recently reported on several incidents where Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Obama Administration’s Pressure on Employers Criticized by Left and Right

March 30, 2011|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal describes audits conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as "silent raids."  ICE audits have increased dramatically under the Obama administration as reported in 2009 by the New York Times.  In April, 2009, the Obama administration...

The House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Panel Schedules a Hearing on E-Verify; Many Businesses Strongly Opposed

February 11, 2011|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

As reported recently in the Washington Post, nationwide implementation of E-Verify is on the agenda of several House Republicans in the first session of the 112th Congress.  E-Verify is an electronic system that allows employers to run the information of potential employees through federal...

Ski Industry Worries that Anti-Immigrant Bills Would Hurt Business

February 11, 2011|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Colorado's ski industry stands to suffer if the state enacts Arizona-style anti-immigrant bills.  Colorado Ski Country, U.S.A., Inc., an association representing 22 Colorado ski resorts, said in a recent report that Mexico and Brazil have become two of the leading countries from which skiers come...

Do Local Immigration Regulations Boost Local Economies? Study Suggests the Opposite.

August 5, 2010|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

With the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070 and surrounding immigration issues in general, a common topic of conversation has become what role local governments have in enforcing immigration law and which parts must be left to the federal government. Setting aside the arguments about...

State E-Verify Laws Stirring Controversy

August 1, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Although not as prevalent in recent headlines as Arizona's SB1070, the Legal Arizona Worker's Act (LAWA) is also attracting attention and debate.  LAWA requires all businesses in the state to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of newly hired employees.  If using E-Verify, an...

Sanctions Shift to Employers

July 23, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Under President Barack Obama's administration, immigration enforcement in the workplace has largely targeted employers rather than workers, a significant shift from the tenure of George W. Bush when fines were scarce and workplace arrests more common. Nationally, Immigration and Customs...

Foreign Workers and Employers Requirements

July 7, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Last week, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to the Legal Arizona Workers Act, an Arizona state law prohibiting employers from knowingly or intentionally employing an unauthorized immigrant.   The petitioners allege that the Arizona statute is unlawful because it is...

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