Comment: South Carolina In Focus
Today's Immigration Daily carries various items of interest, including an article on South Carolina's "Greatness" (as relating to its participation in the anti-DACA/DAPA lawsuit); and an article on FINRA Rule 2040 as a guide to better EB-5 Practices. Also find USCIS' message on updated edition of Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker.

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Article: South Carolina's Greatness, Tested. By Allen C. Ladd

Article: Can FINRA Rule 2040 be a guide to better EB-5 Practices? By Peyman Attari

Article: I-9 Compliance and the Gig Workforce. By John Fay

Blogging: Hotel Executive Convicted of Employing Undocumented Worker. By Bruce Buchanan

News: USCIS Message - Updated Edition of Form I-140 Posted Today

News: CBP, DHS General Notice on Expansion of Global Entry Eligibility to All Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany

News: USCIS Announcement on TPS Registration Deadline for Yemen

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