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US Supreme Court Blocks Administration’s Attempt to Revoke DACA Program, Opening The Door to Applicants

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In a major victory for immigrants, in late June, the US Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, blocking the administration’s plans to open up the potential deportation of an estimated 700,000 “DREAMers” who have been in the US since they were children, many… Read More »

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In Spite of Losing in Court, The Administration Continues to Impose H-1B Visa Restrictions, With International Students as The Next Target, In Order to Appease Those Calling for A Halt to All Immigration

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In spite of the courts continually ruling that the administration is blatantly violating immigration laws via its policies on H-1B petitions, in May, the Trump administration announced that it would likely propose another set of immigration restrictions on H-1B visas for foreign-born engineers and scientists, as well as visas for foreign students, arguing that… Read More »

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Court Holds That ICE Continues to Violate Flores Settlement by Deporting Children

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In spite of a recent decision made by a federal district court judge that deportation orders under the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program do not change the government’s obligation to make efforts to unite immigrant children with relatives in the United States while their immigration cases are underway under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, Immigration… Read More »

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A Look at Police Use of Excessive Force & Courts Granting Qualified Immunity During Arrest

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

News headlines during the month of May have been dominated by the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, inciting a number of protests around the country over excessive use of force by police. While it is unusual for police officers… Read More »

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North Carolina Supreme Court Rules That Death Row Inmates Can Present Evidence Establishing That Race Was a Factor in Their Sentencing

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In June, the North Carolina Supreme Court made an extremely important decision that will affect a number of criminal defendants and inmates on death row. Specifically, in a case where two defendants were provided with hearings to present evidence that the prosecutors not only purposely excluded African-Americans from their juries, but that racism negatively… Read More »

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Prosecuting & Defending Against Coronavirus Crimes in North Carolina

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As the coronavirus reaches epic proportions, with the U.S. losing more than 8,400 people as of April 4, criminal penalties related to exposure are also becoming more severe. What started as fairly minor violations related to state stay at home orders, including North Carolina’s, has moved into prosecutors now prosecuting individuals exposing others to… Read More »

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Federal Judges Find That US Citizenship and Immigration Services Regularly Illegally Denying H-1B Petitions in Series of Four Decisions

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After a federal judge made a significant decision limiting the ability for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny H-1B petitions by claiming that a position does not qualify as a specialty occupation, in three new court cases decided between March and April, federal judges once again decided that the agency unlawfully denied… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Immigrants’ Rights to Challenge Deportation Orders in Lower Courts

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made an important decision that will ultimately make it easier for immigrants to challenge deportation decisions, even if they have a criminal record. In consolidating two important immigration cases, Guerrero-Lasprilla v. Barr and Ovalles v. Barr, the Court looked at whether the lower courts (i.e. courts of appeals) are… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Deport Green Card Holders for Old Criminal Convictions

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In late April, The US Supreme Court ruled to uphold a lower court’s decision making a legal permanent resident ineligible to have his deportation canceled under a US law that allows legal permanent residents to do so if they have been living continuously in the US for at least seven years as long as… Read More »

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Federal Judge Rules Against US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Opening The Door for More Employers to Successfully File H-1B Visa Petitions

By Hauter Law Firm, PC |

In March, a federal judge made a significant decision limiting the ability for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to deny H-1B petitions by claiming that a position does not qualify as a specialty occupation, which will effectively allow more employers to enable foreign professionals to obtain temporary visas to work in specialty occupations,… Read More »

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