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Immigration status ruled irrelevant in wage and hour disputes

In a case that could impact workers in Pennsylvania and across the United States, a federal court in New York has ruled that employees are not required to produce immigration documents when suing employers over wage and hour disputes. This is significant because employers will no longer be able to defend themselves by alleging a worker is an illegal immigrant.

Appeals court strikes down unconstitutional law

Pennsylvania immigrant fathers may be interested to learn about a decision in a recent case by a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the existing way that fathers and mothers have been treated differently in determining whether their children can claim citizenship rights is unconstitutional.

Immigrants may soon be released from detention facilities

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson announced on July 13 that the release of women and children from immigrant detention centers in Pennsylvania and Texas was set to begin. The agency has come under fire from Democratic legislators, attorneys and immigration advocates over conditions at the three centers. The number of detainees in the centers swelled in 2014 when thousands of women and children were detained after being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. The families had entered the United States after fleeing dangerous conditions in Central America.

Changes to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program

Employers in Pennsylvania who have hired foreign employees through the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program could be affected by a recent decision by the Administrative Appeals Office. Although AAO decisions are generally limited to the case at hand, the AAO does issue rare decisions that set precedents for future cases. One such ruling was recently issued that will affect employers' ability to move H-1B workers.

DHS addressing detention policy for immigrant families

As immigrant families in many states wonder about how public policies will be handled by the federal government in the near future, the Obama administration has moved to ease conditions for those who are still being detained after the 2014 surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. The crisis involved the influx of high numbers of individuals seeking asylum. Detention facilities in Pennsylvania and other states were opened to house those flooding into the country. However, activists and officials have expressed concern because the conditions in such facilities are often viewed as unsafe.

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