The comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate in June has hit a roadblock in the House of Representatives. Any momentum gained by the bill’s passage amid bipartisan support in the Senate appears to have faded. House Speaker John Beohner has vowed not to bring the bill up for a vote unless it receives support from a majority of the Republican members, a threshold that appears increasingly unlikely. Though most members in the House insist they support immigration reform, many members would prefer that the House pass its own legislation and do so on its own schedule.

One possible road forward is for the House to pass smaller pieces of legislation, one at a time. Many House Republicans view securing the border as a prerequisite for passing any other immigration provisions. If the House could first pass a bill dealing with border security, it may be able to capture enough momentum to push other measures through. This would allow House Republicans to present legislation to create a temporary work program for the agricultural industry, increase the number of visas for high-skilled labor, and mandate that employers verify the legal status of their workers, all while avoiding a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

Despite warnings of what a failure to act on immigration reform could mean for the Republican party, many House Republicans come from districts where a path to citizenship is unpopular and where a political challenge is unlikely. Avoiding a comprehensive bill that includes a path to citizenship is the safest political move for many members, and approaching reform through piecemeal legislation is their best alternative.

The strong aversion to the comprehensive bill by House members and the option to proceed with piecemeal legislation presents the strong possibility that the Senate bill will slowly die. The bill will likely languish in the lower chamber until it fades away.

 

Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is dedicated in its advocacy and community involvement efforts towards achieving effective comprehensive immigration policy reform. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.

USCIS is announcing its latest customer service enhancement to E-Verify that will allow direct notification to employees. Currently, if there is a record mismatch that needs to be resolved before the employee can be confirmed as work authorized, a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) is issued to the employer, who must then contact the affected employee. Now, with this new enhancement, if an employee voluntarily provides his or her email address on the Form I-9, E-Verify will notify the employee of a TNC at the same time it notifies the employer. TNCs occur when information an employer provides to E-Verify about an employee does not match the data found in either U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Social Security Administration records.

This latest enhancement to E-Verify is made possible by a recent revision to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, used to verify the identity and employment authorization of persons hired for work in the United States. The revised Form I-9 allows employees to voluntarily provide their email address. If a TNC is received, employees who have provided their email address will be directly notified of the TNC by USCIS. Providing an email address is completely voluntary and employers are still required to notify all employees when there is a mismatch of information and a TNC is received.

In addition to providing the initial notice of a TNC, E-Verify will send reminder emails to employees if no action to resolve the TNC has occurred within four days of a decision to contest and to notify them about the possible need to update a Social Security or Department of Homeland Security record.

This latest customer service enhancement to E-Verify is part of our ongoing efforts to highlight employee rights and responsibilities by providing employees with knowledge about their verification status.

 

Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is highly experienced in working with employment-based visas, adjustment of status, green cards, and PERM labor certification. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on July 3, 2013, the implementation of Phase II of the Entry/Exit information system, a commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.

Under Phase II, DHS and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will expand the exchange of biographic entry data collected on third-country nationals (those who are neither citizens of Canada nor of the United States), permanent residents of Canada who are not U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents of the United States who are not Canadian citizens, to all automated land ports of entry at the common border, including all major land border crossings.

A coordinated Entry/Exit information system will facilitate exchanges of entry information such that an entry into country becomes and exit from the other. It will help the U.S. and Canada identify persons who potentially overstay their lawful period of admission; better monitor the departure of persons subject to removal orders; and verify that residency requirements are being met by applicants for continued eligibility in immigration programs.

The process of collecting and sharing information will be done in accordance with each country’s privacy laws and policies and consistent with the Action Plan, Joint Statement of Privacy Principles, and an Annex to the Statement of Mutual Understanding on Information Sharing agreed to by DHS and the CBSA.

The U.S. and Canada have issued appropriate privacy documents for Phase II, including Privacy Impact Assessments and updated System of Record Notices. Information on these documents is available on CBP.gov and CBSA-ASFC.gc.ca.

On February 4, 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama released the Beyond the Border Declaration, articulating a shared vision in which our countries work together to address threats at the earliest point possible while facilitating the legitimate movement of people, goods and services across our shared border. The Action Plan, released in December 2011, outlines the specific steps our countries intend to take to achieve the security and economic competitiveness goals outlined in the Beyond the Border Declaration.

 

Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is an immigration law firm in Houston, Texas. For over 15 years, our firm has successfully represented corporate clients across the United States in their efforts to bring foreign workers and business professionals to the United States. Reddy & Neumann, P.C. is dedicated in its advocacy and community involvement efforts towards achieving effective comprehensive immigration policy reform. From filing, through approval, and on to appeal, we do everything possible to ensure that your company can bring the best and brightest in the world to the United States.