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Administrative and Legal Update for April 23, 2009

April 23, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

E-Verify and Federal Contractors 

On April 17, the administration announced that it was postponing until June 30, implementation of a requirement that companies awarded federal contracts use the E-Verify electronic employment verification system. The rule requiring the use of E-Verify was first published on Nov. 14, 2008, and went into effect on Jan 19, 2009. The delay will give the new administration time to evaluate the regulation issued just prior to the Bush administration’s departure.  A notice was posted in the Federal Register by the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Supreme Court Rules on Treatment of Immigrants While Appealing Deportation 

An appeal of a deportation order, if it even gets into the federal courts, may take years.  In many cases, immigrants are deported before their appeals have run their course.  The Courts of Appeals have come down differently on whether and by what standards immigrants should receive stays of deportation during their appeals process.  The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on the issue.  The Court decided that judges should consider the consequences of deportation when considering a stay of deportation for an individual appealing a deportation order. 

Under the Court’s ruling, while it will be possible to have deportation delayed, the Court set new standards that will make it harder for some immigrants to obtain a delay while their cases are being considered.  You can read more information on this Press Release from the National Immigrant Justice Center.

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