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Huff Post Trump Got His Wall, After All

Trump Got His Wall, After All

Huff Post • 24TH NOV 2019

A small, dedicated crew of hardliners has put up bureaucratic barriers that are far harder to overcome than any hunk of concrete on the southern border. In the two years and 308 days that Donald Trump has been president, his administration has constructed barriers to immigration through subtle administrative shifts. Among immigration lawyers, the cumulative effect of these procedural changes is known as the invisible wall.​ Rachel Morris of Huff Post spoke with David Spaulding, who worked as an investigator for the fraud unit in Philadelphia from 2006 until 2019, about these barriers. [Read Now]

Rolling Stones Can Neil Young Ever Become a U.S. Citizen

Can Neil Young Ever Become a U.S. Citizen?

Rolling Stone • 13TH NOV 2019

Admitting to marijuana use in the Trump era seems to be a crime akin to murder. In early 1966, Neil Young was riding in a 1953 Pontiac hearse with Buffalo Springfield bandmate Bruce Palmer when he crossed the U.S. border illegally for the first time. Two years later, Young would be arrested in an infamous drug bust alongside Eric Clapton, Jim Messina, Richie Furay and others in Topanga Canyon. Can the Hall of Famer ever become a U.S. citizen? Angie Martoccio spoke with Jonathan Grode, an immigration lawyer, for his input. [Read Now]

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Fate of DACA in the Hands of the Supreme Court

NBC 10 Philadelphia • 12TH NOV 2019

The fate of more than 800,000 young people known as Dreamers is now in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. DACA supporters rallied in Washington D.C on Tuesday as they waited to learn if beneficiaries will be forced to leave the country. NBC10's Lauren Mayk spoke to Jonathan Grode, an attorney representing DACA recipients and businesses that have hired them. Grode is working with businesses on contingency plans in case those companies lose the workers they depend on. [Watch Now]

Collecting DNA of detained immigrants is unethical

Collecting DNA of Detained Immigrants is Unethical 

The Temple News • 15TH OCT 2019

The U.S. Government plans to collect DNA of detained immigrants for an F.B.I. database. Jonathan Grode, Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director and Managing Partner, weighs in. Read more on ​The Temple News website. [Read More]

U.S. Employer Challenges USCIS “Not a Specialty Occupation” H-1B Petition Denial Disregarding Employer’s Evidence of Specific Specialty Degree Requirement

PS Lifestyle LLC v. USCIS, et al., Case 1:19-cv-0096 (D.D.C., filed Apr. 4, 2019) 


Brian Halliday of Green and Spiegel's Midwest served as co-counsel in PS Lifestyle LLC v. USCIS. This case challenged unlawful agency denials of employment based petitions. Read more on American Immigration Council's website. [Read More]

Drivetime with Sarah McInerney

Drivetime with Sarah McInerney 

BROADCAST • 16:30 • 18TH JUL 2019

Keran Byrne Sarah spoke to Keran Byrne, the wife of Keith Byrne, the 37-year-old Irishman from Fermoy in County Cork was arrested in a raid by US Immigration and Enforcement while on his way to work. [Listen Now]

A visa shortage means worker woes in Colorado mountains

A visa shortage means worker woes in Colorado's mountains 

VAIL • For nearly 20 years, Glen Ellison, a landscape contractor in Eagle, sponsored 35 workers, many from one city in Mexico, to create some of the most spectacular lawns surrounding the high-end homes of the Vail Valley. [Read More]


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October 27, 2017- Jonathan Grode shares a sneak peak to his Human Resources Professional Associations (HRPA) 2018 Conference presentation, where he will be providing insight to the Trump Presidency. 

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All PHL detainees released; huge airport crowd protests Trump's immigration order 

All migrants detained overnight at Philadelphia International Airport under President Trump’s executive order banning certain refugees and immigrants from entering the country were released Sunday, as continued protests drew thousands of demonstrators and opprobrium from a growing list of elected officials. [Read More]
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Tearful Reunion as Syrian Family Denied Entry to Philadelphia Returns to United States, Plans to Make Home in Lehigh Valley

Duration: 2:41

After a grueling 16-hour trip that took them by land from Damascus to Beirut and then onto a flight bound for Abu Dhabi, the Asali family finally reunited with relatives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Monday morning. [Read More]

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Syrian family turned away at Philly airport returning to U.S. 

A Syrian family turned away at Philadelphia International Airport last week is crossing the Atlantic once again and should enter the United States Monday morning. [Read More]

Syrian Christian family, visas in hand, turned back at airport

Duration: 1:18

Watch as practice director Jonathan Grode steps in to help two families who were denied entry into the United States because of President Donald Trump's newly signed executive order. [Read More]

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Allentown family 'ecstatic' as Syrian relatives headed back to U.S.

Attorneys (including Practice Director Jonathan Grode) for an Allentown family whose six Syrian relatives were denied entry to the United States at Philadelphia International Airport more than a week ago say the relatives are expected to arrive Monday in New York. [Read More]

Jonathan Grode Interviewed by NBC10 News on Trump Ban

Duration: 3:09

A hearing began on Tuesday night to consider whether or not to reinstate Donald Trump’s immigration measure. People have been rushing to get into the United States while President Trump’s immigration order is still on hold. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk has the latest from the Philadelphia International Airport.


Duration: 7:18

Watch as Gov. Tom Wolf denounce President Trump's executive order that restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries.