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New York Becomes 13th State to Legalize Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

On June 17, 2019, the New York State Senate passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (also known as the Green Light Bill), that grants noncommercial driver’s licenses and learner’s permits to undocumented immigrants.  The bill passed with just one more vote than the minimum required, 33 to 29, and was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Read More

The Hidden Danger of Restaurants

Whether you work behind the scenes in the kitchen or you’re having a nice dinner out with your family, restaurants have always been places where people can come together and enjoy a good meal. However, making your medium-rare steak or cup of clam chowder takes many steps to prevent injuries in the kitchen, and injuries Read More

When Bicycle Couriers Get Hurt in New York City

Being a bike courier is a popular job in big cities like New York, where packages, food, and other items are on a tight delivery schedule. Also, being able to avoid street traffic is a huge advantage for bikers. But it comes with its own set of dangers as well, especially on the streets of Read More

Unless Granted Parole, Detained Immigrants Ineligible for Release on Bond

On April 16, 2019, the Attorney General issued a crucial decision that impacts detained immigrants and their ability to be released from detention on a bond. The decision that is currently in effect has altered two matters, which are as follows: Overruling of Matter of X-K-. The respondent in this matter is a citizen of Read More

New Spending Bill May Double H-2B Workers

A new piece of legislation is causing a lot of conversation and controversy in Congress. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced the “Prioritizing Help to Business Act” to help states with low unemployment during busy seasons. This bill proposes a huge change to the H-2B program, which offers permits to allow foreign nationals to temporarily work Read More

New Order to Reopen Petitions from Young Immigrants Seeking Protection Under Special Immigrant Juvenile Program

On April 9, 2019, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York finalized his March 15 judgement order. Judge Koeltl determined that the Department of Homeland Security’s unspoken policy of denying Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status petitions for those over the age of 18 was in violation of the law.  As Read More

Salt Bae Sued by Waiters Fired After Asking How Tip Pool Was Allocated

The Internet sensation known as Salt Bae is in hot water after his former employees went public with complaints about their purported unlawful treatment at one of his restaurants. Nusret Gökçe, a.k.a. Salt Bae, is a famous Turkish chef and an Instagram hit. However popular he may be on Instagram, it doesn’t translate to real-life Read More

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Government’s Authority to Detain Immigrants

Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, ET AL. v. Preap ET AL.   On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the government’s authority to detain immigrants at any time after their release from local or state custody — including individuals that have already completed prison terms — for criminal convictions potentially years ago. The Read More

How Negligent or Inadequate Security Can Cause Harm at Public Events

Whether you’re catching a foul ball at Yankee Stadium or raging at a Bruce Springsteen concert, when you go out to an event, you trust that you’re in a controlled and safe environment. However, that is not always the case. When security at these events is lax, the potential for injuries increases. Venues have a Read More

DHS Implements New Way to Conduct H-1B Lottery

If you are curious about the status of the H-1B visa—a popular work visa that is valid for three years and can be renewed for another three—under President Trump’s administration, here is the latest news.  Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) receives an immense number of applications for this work visa.  American Read More

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