On August 20, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security provided a brief update to the court on its effort to repeal H-4 EADs. The DHS update indicated it still intends to proceed with publication of the H4 EAD repeal rule, but no timeline was given. The repeal rule was scheduled to be published back in June 2018, but now not even a timeline is provided. For now, no rule is in sight to repeal H4 EAD until at least late September or October.
The Trump administration announced today that it reached a new trade agreement with Mexico, setting in motion a chain of events that may eventually end NAFTA, and in turn, work authorization in TN status. The White House appears split on whether the new agreement will proceed if Canada does not agree to the deal. Although Trump indicated it is possible to proceed without Canada, U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer informed reporters later that every effort will be made to include Canada, and Mexican leaders have said that Canada must be included. Lighthizer also cautioned that no decision has been made about NAFTA but the White House planned to send Congress a letter by Friday that formally starts a 90-day process for changing NAFTA.
ILG will provide further updates on these and other topics as they become available.