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President Biden to Face Trump’s 11th Hour Immigration Rules

In a flurry of activity before leaving office January 20, the Trump Administration implemented or extended changes to U.S. immigration policy that will likely be overturned by the incoming administration of President Joe Biden.  Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Rule The Department of Labor reissued a Wage Level Rule that will increase the minimum wage… [Read More]

COVID-19 Takes Life of Immigrant Pulmonologist

Born in El Salvador, Carlos Araujo-Preza came to the US in 1994 study at Staten Island University Hospital in New York and Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Araujo-Preza moved to Houston, Texas to work as a pulmonologist and owned the Woodlands Lung Center. As a respiratory specialist, Dr. Araujo-Preza was critical to his community’s… [Read More]

Potential Penalties for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

The hiring of undocumented immigrants, whether purposeful or not, is illegal. The I-9 process was implemented in 1986 to help combat this practice and to provide protections to both US workers and lawfully authorized non-US workers. However, over time, the “bite” of the I-9 audit has dissipated as the government focused less on this issue and… [Read More]

U.S. Dept of State Issues Guidelines for Travel Ban Exemptions

In early June, President Trump issued successive executive orders suspending entry to the U.S. for individuals holding H-1B, L and J-1 visas “who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during economic recovery”. Even though these Proclamations had built-in exceptions for those who were seeking entry for the “national interest” of the United States,… [Read More]

Profiles in Immigration – Robust Recruitment and Retention Foster Innovation at Global Engineering Firm

“Learn and Teach.” That simple philosophy is one of the tenets of Structural Group, Inc.’s company culture and can be found throughout the organization. The philosophy, along with a company culture that values teamwork, engagement and innovation, has helped Structural Group become a leading provider of specialty construction and repair and maintenance services. Hiring Practices… [Read More]