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President Obama’s State of the Union Address on Immigration

In his seventh State of the Union speech on January 20, 2015, President Barack Obama said that Congress cannot afford to be “refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix” and stated that he will veto any effort to roll back his executive order, announced last November, to provide relief to millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.  Stating that “it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,”

President Obama asked the Republican-controlled Congress not to end funding for the Department of Homeland Security.  This largely referred to legislation passed in the House tied to the funding of DHS, which expires on February 28, 2015, and would end a 2012 program granting temporary legal protection to hundreds of thousands of children of illegal immigrants. The bill also would block President Obama’s executive order granting similar protections to many of the parents of those children. 

The House-passed bill is not expected to survive in the Senate, where the votes appear to be more closely divided and Democrats may have enough votes to filibuster it.  President Obama, in his speech, left immigration reform up to lawmakers to propose and negotiate new spending legislation.

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Minnie Fu, Jackson Lewis, Immigration Litigation Lawyer, Employment VISA Applications attorney
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Minnie Fu is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-related visas and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations.

Ms. Fu has twenty years of experience in employment-based immigration matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, developing corporate immigration policies and procedures for best practices, and strategic corporate planning for international personnel employment by...

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Sean G. Hanagan, Jackson Lewis, business immigration lawyer, employment eligibility verification attorney
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Sean G. Hanagan is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Working with human resources professionals and in-house counsel, he helps employers develop business solutions and policies for the hire and movement of international staff. Mr. Hanagan advises on I-9 employment eligibility verification, E-Verify and social security issues, and on best practices to avoid hiring-related discrimination. He defends companies subject to government audits and investigations, and guides employers through the process of securing employment visas for critical foreign staff. Mr. Hanagan speaks regularly before employer organizations and writes on workplace law subjects.

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  • Assuring immigration benefits compliance by advising on DHS post-approval site visits and public access files for visa petitions, and training employers’ staff on proper records maintenance
  • Conducting I-9 internal audits and developing Social Security No-Match notification procedures and policies for employers
  • Creating and implementing employee I-9 verification procedures and programs that meet ICE and civil rights requirements
  • Representing employers under immigration investigations, civil I-9 audits, or who have been subject to ICE worksite operations
  • Negotiating with ICE on behalf of corporate clients to reduce or avoid costly fines and federal contract debarment
  • Conducting internal reviews of potential violations of employee verification policies and immigration laws, and formulating action plans to ensure legal compliance
  • Reviewing the verification processes of clients’ contractors and temporary worker providers
  • Developing employee recruiting and hiring strategies to minimize visa cap implications and maximize potential use of cap exemptions and alternative avenues to the H-1B category
  • Counseling employers on international transfers and travel strategies for executives, managers, engineers, scientists, chemists, athletes, and specialized and key employees, including advice regarding security issues that may affect entry to the United States
  • Preparing and filing temporary employment visa petitions, including among others E, I, J, H, L, O, P, R and TN visas
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William J. Manning, Jackson Lewis, Employment Immigration Lawyer, Visa Strategies Attorney
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William J. Manning is a Principal in the White Plains, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has been advising both U.S. and foreign employers with regard to immigration matters since 1986. Mr. Manning established the Jackson Lewis Immigration practice in 1998.

Mr. Manning’s practice covers all aspects of employment-based immigration into the United States. He works closely with employers to structure their immigration programs and develop long-term visa strategies for key employees. He has extensive experience in...

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Kevin Lashus is a Principal of the Austin, Texas, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice is focused on corporate employment verification compliance and inbound business immigration.

Mr. Lashus has experience in providing uniquely tailored advice to assist clients in developing comprehensive employment authorization and immigration-related compliance systems—including full-scale or localized IMAGE and E-Verify implementation protocols. Given his public-sector background—first as a Texas Assistant Attorney General, then as...

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