California residents may have heard about the immigrant families that have been held at the three family immigration detention facilities in Pennsylvania and Texas. For months, immigration attorneys and advocates have urged the Obama administration to release mothers and children from the facilities and end the practice of family detention altogether. On July 13, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that ICE would start releasing women and children from the detention centers after reviewing their cases.
According to a recent ruling by the Administrative Appeals Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, if an employee on an H-1B visa is moved to a new location by the employer, that employer must file a new labor condition application. This decision came as a result of a situation in which an employee who was hired to work in a particular metropolitan statistical area in Southern California was supposed to be transferred after two months to a different work site in another MSA.
Fathers in California may now have an easier time conferring citizenship onto their children who were born in foreign countries. On July 8, a federal appeals court decided that a law that treats mothers and fathers of foreign-born children differently was unconstitutional. Immigration attorneys have noted that the law, which directly discriminates against petitioners based on their gender, may eventually be revisited by the Supreme Court.