Search form

Amy L. Peck Blog Posts

See all

  • Supreme Court: Gender-Based Distinctions in Immigration Law Violate Equal Protection

    A federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers seeking to transmit birthright citizenship to their non-marital children born outside the U.S. violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Sessions v. Morales-Santana, No. 15-1191 (June 12, 2017). Please go to our publications page...… Continue Reading
    June 15, 2017
  • Travel Ban Case on Fast Track at Supreme Court

    Expectations are that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide soon whether to stay the injunctions blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Meanwhile, the President has issued a Memorandum meant to amend and clarify the revised travel ban executive order. The President declared that the 90-day travel ban and the 120-day ban on refugee admissions would...… Continue Reading
    June 15, 2017
  • Ninth Circuit Blocks Travel Ban

    Joining the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and using President Donald Trump’s tweets to support its decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hawaii v. Trump has continued to block the revised travel ban. Unlike the Fourth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit did not rule on constitutional grounds. The unanimous three-judge panel ruled on statutory...… Continue Reading
    June 13, 2017
  • Extreme Vetting, Consulates, and New Form

    In a series of cables sent in mid-March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had ordered Consulates abroad to begin preparing for “extreme vetting.” Then, the court in Hawaii v. Trump enjoined the President’s revised travel ban, and Tillerson issued another cable that suspended enforcement on the six countries in the Executive Order: Iran, Libya, Somalia,...… Continue Reading
    June 8, 2017
  • Visa Options For Athletes

    In these days of “extreme vetting,” entering the United States as a business visitor (B visa or Visa Waiver status, with an ESTA approval) can have its hazards – especially for athletes who need to enter the United States quickly and have no time to spare. [Link to blog on extreme vetting: ] Earlier this...… Continue Reading The post Visa Options For Athletes appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
    June 7, 2017
  • State Department Proposes Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants

    To evaluate terrorism or national security-related ineligibilities of visa applicants, the Department of State has requested emergency review and public comment on a new rule on the collection of additional information from some visa applicants. The proposed rule would “institutionalize” and expand Secretary Rex Tillerson’s “extreme vetting” directive. The new or expanded areas of inquiry...… Continue Reading
    May 4, 2017
  • What Happens IF There is a Government Shutdown?

    If Congress cannot pass a funding bill by April 27, 2017, only “essential” government workers will continue to work as of May 1 and immigration processes will be affected. Department of Labor: H Petitions and PERMs DOL workers are not classified as “essential” workers: iCERT visa portal system will be inaccessible; Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) … Continue Reading
    April 27, 2017
  • Federal Court Blocks Portion of Trump’s Executive Order Denying Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities

    Once again, a U.S. District Court has blocked part of one of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders – the January 25th EO “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”.  In explaining the purpose of that EO, President Trump stated “[s]anctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt … Continue Reading
    April 26, 2017
  • What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises

    What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises… Continue Reading
    April 4, 2017
  • State Department Orders ‘Extreme Vetting’

    State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson has directed all consular chiefs to determine which populations of visa applicants should be subject to additional “extreme” vetting.  The March 15 direction is in response to President Donald Trump’s March 6 “Travel Ban” Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum on “extreme vetting.” The Memo directed the U.S. Attorney General and … Continue Reading
    March 24, 2017