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Kathleen Campbell Walker
El Paso, Texas
Past President and General Counsel- American Immigration Lawyers Assoc.; Shareholder Cox Smith Matthews law firm
Interests: Immigration and International Trade Law; Border Security; Languages; Travel; Showing Horses; and Fly Fishing
Recent Activity
On December 3, Governor Perry signed an Executive Order mandating the use of E-Verify by: 1. All State Agencies under the “Direction” of the Office of the Governor. 2. All Contractors and their Subcontractors during a contract term with such agencies as to work performed under the contract. The Executive... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
On December 3, our current Texas Attorney General and Governor to be in January, Gregg Abbott, announced that the State of Texas would lead a parade of 17 states (Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, and North... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
Deferred Action Programs for the Undocumented Under the President’s Executive Action, eligible undocumented immigrants will have the opportunity to request temporary relief from deportation, if they come they apply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and pass criminal and national security background checks and pay a fee. They will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
The true scope of the President’s Executive Action Announcement on November 20 will only be revealed in the following months. Numerous questions remain and the programs could be replaced by legislative action next year. If not, the application process and changes announced will be implemented at the earliest in 180... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
Tomorrow evening on November 20 at 8 pm eastern, President Obama will announce the scope of his executive and agency action initiative related to immigration policy reform and then travel to Las Vegas to attend a meeting at Del Sol High School in support of the announcement. So, it seems... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
Download 20140701_USCIS Stamp On September 22, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice to the public after their blog posting in the Beacon on September 16 that employers should be aware that on July 1, 2014 USCIS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped using... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
Good news! The international contract is awarded to your company, the deadlines are tight, but the increase in business will be critically important to the company’s financial success. Whether the sale is for services or goods, a recurrent conundrum is whether an actual visa approving “work” will be required. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Immigration in Focus
The rule will expand the border zone enough to allow laser visa/BBBCC holders to travel on highway I-10 from Tucson, Arizona to Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas without obtaining an I-94 (if the visit is for 30 days or less). Remember that Mexican citizens with just a... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 16, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
67 Senators tonight found the political will to vote in favor of cloture to allow S.744 regarding comprehensive immigration reform to proceed to a vote possibly this week. Of course, if the bill passes, there is still a long way to go as the House struggles with the immigration hydra.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
On June 18, 2013, Senator Vitter’s amendment (Vitter 1228) Download Vitter1228 to the Senate Immigration Reform bill (S.744) was fortunately defeated by a vote of 36-58. Senator Vitter’s goal was to prohibit temporary grants of legal status or citizenship to anyone unlawfully present in the U.S. until the Secretary of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
Today, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) submitted a final rule to the Federal Register, which will extend the “border zone” from 25 miles from the U.S. /Mexico border in the State of New Mexico to 55 miles. The proposed rule on this expansion was published in the August 9, 2012... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
It seems innocuous – an anachronistic paper form being replaced by an electronic process. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will start a money saving and security enhancing project to end the issuance of the paper I-94 (arrival/departure) record at air and sea ports (not land) in a staged process starting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
The Senate summary issued today of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (BSEOIM) is an intricate, complex, and bold proposal. (See attached) It provides for some radical changes to our dysfunctional immigration system. The Gang of Eight should be congratulated for having the intestinal fortitude... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
USCIS clarified on April 9 with a Federal Register Notice that the new Form I-9 must be used as of MAY 7, 2013. The summary language from the notice is posted below: SUMMARY: On March 8, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
United States and Citizenship Services (USCIS) has posted contradictory information on the exact date that the new I-9 form (Rev. 03/08/13)N must be used. The revision date is referenced on the lower left hand corner of the form. The Federal Register notice indicates that prior versions of the form can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new version of the Form I-9 today, March 8, 2013. The Form I-9 is required to be used by employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of new hires. When is it effective? March 8, 2013. Yes, employers hiring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
In my January 2, 2013 blog entry, I discussed the announcement by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about a change for certain immediate relatives that would help spouses and parents of U.S. Citizens reduce the time of separation due to the processing of waivers of unlawful presence. Please refer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
The automatic spending cutback ("sequestration") is scheduled to take place March 1, 2013, at 11:59 EST. Notices to employees subject to furloughs will go out with a possible start date of approximately 30 days from now. The Department of State (DOS) has warned that sequestration will result in diminished consular... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
Has the goal of immigration reform for our current dysfunctional system truly met its match in the constantly changing condition precedent of “Border Security?” The Secure Border goal has been a consistent roadblock thrown up against any form of immigration reform moving forward on the hill since 2007. Let’s face... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
Secretary Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was again under the microscope during the February 13 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Comprehensive Immigration Reform regarding the attainment of the elusive undefined goal of “border security.” The goal that continues to muck up efforts to achieve immigration reform. From... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
Due predominantly to the Republicans poor showing in the recent election and the strength of the Hispanic vote, it appears that immigration reform legislation is on more than just life support. We have the bipartisan Senate principles announced on the 28th, the bipartisan business I-Squared Act of 2013 to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
On January 2, 2013, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that allows certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the U.S. to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver from within the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at Immigration in Focus
The Diversity Visa (DV) program is a congressionally-mandated annual program that allows up to 55,000 applicants from nations that are historically under-represented in terms of migration to the United States (U.S.) to qualify each year for immigrant visas. The program, which is administered by the Department of State (DOS), is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Immigration in Focus
Wednesday, August 15, is the first day that a person may apply for deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a stakeholder call on August 14 in which the forms and process were outlined. USCIS has posted detailed information... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Immigration in Focus
Contrary to the normal interpretation of the word, “expire,” the current Form I-9 (OMB-0047) with a revision date of 8/7/09Y and an expiration date of 8/31/12 will not expire on August 31. On August 13, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on its website for employer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Immigration in Focus