[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There has been an extraordinary level of important immigration news surfacing over the past week or so, much of which can have a direct effect on anyone attempting to navigate the U.S. immigration system.  For 35 years, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth has been helping immigrants work and live in the United States.  Our immigration attorneys are always examining and reacting to changes in immigration law, big and small.  Whether you are seeking a temporary visa or green card, we offer free immigration consultations.  Call our offices today at 888-517-9888!

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Regarding California's Sanctuary Law

California's Sanctuary law which prevents, under most circumstances, local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration officials will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Trump administration appeal.  A district court judge originally ruled that the California law did not impede federal immigration authorities from their duties.  A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit panel agreed with the district judge.  California argued that the sanctuary law was implemented as a way to build trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement. See the full news story here.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Warns About Furloughs

Due to budget shortfalls arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, USCIS announced to its employees that furloughs could begin on July 20th.  The action could affect around 13,000 government workers, more than two of every three agency workers.  This could potentially affect visa and green card applications.  USCIS offices only recently began reopening after an extended closure due to the pandemic.  USCIS has asked the U.S. Congress for $1.2 billion in emergency funding. See the full news story here.

Trump Administration Pushes Restrictions to Legal Immigration

Emergency border closures due to Covid-19 have prevented many asylum seekers from entering the U.S.  A new proposal from the Trump administration would seek to extend many of those rules after the threat of the global pandemic has receded.  The rule would raise the standard of proof required for asylum seekers to have their day in court.  Other restrictions include a rule to prevent undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students from receiving Covid-19 relief funds and possible restrictions on the H-1B visa program. See the full news story here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]