Implementation of Executive Order 13780 by the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security

In his article for Business in Savannah, immigration attorney Mills Fleming provides a primer for navigating the recent travel ban orders.

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President Obama’s executive order on immigration: Part 2 of 2

Sarah Lamar continues her discussion on President Obama’s executive order on immigration in Part 2 of this two-part series for the Savannah Morning News. In Part 2, she explores the elements of the new immigration plan that relate to businesses and high-skilled workers in particular.

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President Obama’s executive order on immigration: Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of this two-part column, attorney Sarah Lamar reviews the provisions of President Obama’s new immigration plan, which will allow up to 5 million undocumented aliens to remain and work in the United States by deferring their deportations for three years at a time.

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An Overview of Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

When President Obama announced his executive order on immigration in November 2014, the broad outline he presented raised many questions. This article by attorney Sarah Lamar is an overview of a two-part series in Savannah Morning News, detailing the upcoming changes and how they could impact businesses.

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New Immigration Laws Affect Local Employers

Sarah Lamar discusses the impact of new immigration legislation on area employers.

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Federal, State Immigration Law Reform: What Employers Need to Know

On September 21, 2011, the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives approved a proposed bill that would mandate the use of E-Verify for all new hires in the U.S. The bill will now go to the full House of Representatives for a vote, but a date has not been determined. The proposed bill is the latest in a series of state and federal attempts to create a solution to immigration and employment concerns across the nation.

Georgia already has a mandatory E-Verify law, House Bill 87. Every public employer and most private employers will eventually be required to use E-Verify to determine the work authorization of new employees. Georgia employers with 500 or more employees will be required to use E-Verify starting January 1, 2012; employers with 100 to 499 employees will be required to use it starting July 1, 2012; and, employers with 10 to 99 employees will be required to use the program starting July 1, 2013.

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Georgia Immigration Reform Effective July 1

By T. Mills Fleming, published on June 1, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

When Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 87 into law earlier this month, he helped shape the ongoing national debate about immigration reform and affected the way Georgia employers can be prosecuted for knowingly hiring undocumented residents.

The new legislation officially takes effect on July 1 at which time Georgia will become the third state in the U.S. to pass its own immigration reform measures. Although immigration enforcement is typically the responsibility of federal authorities, many states argue that the federal government has not done enough to secure our nation’s borders and to protect America from the financial burden of a seemingly endless sea of illegal immigration. Alabama and South Carolina are considering similar immigration bills that could pass later this year.

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Immigration Officials Increase I-9 Audits and Enforcement on Employers

By T. Mills Fleming, published on February 24, 2010, in Business in Savannah.

Immigration law may not be at the forefront of the political landscape, but that doesn’t mean you should be lulled into a false sense of security.

On the contrary, immigration officials lately have begun conducting more Form I-9 audits and have refocused their prosecution on employers rather than illegal immigrants. Employers who do not carefully check their employees’ identity and eligibility status could face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $1,100 per violation because a false statement on an I-9 form is considered felony perjury.

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Foreign Nationals: Patriot Act Brings Changes to Working in U.S.

By T. Mills Fleming, published in the Savannah Morning News on February 9, 2003.

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