Business Owners: Immigration Isn’t Black and White

August 17, 2015 – In The News
Vegas Inc.

Carolyn Richmond was featured in the Vegas Inc. article “Business Owners: Immigration Isn’t Black and White.” Full text can be found in the August 17, 2015, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The congressional standstill on immigration policy in the U.S. has left many business owners in the restaurant industry frustrated. This is especially true for Las Vegas, where food service is a major local economic driver.

It doesn't help that immigration challenges vary regionally, said Carolyn Richmond.

“For instance, tech-dependent regions are particularly vulnerable to changes in visa laws and limits,” she said. “Cities such as Miami, New York and Los Angeles have very different concerns.”

Compliance with U.S. immigration laws also varies from state to state, Carolyn said, “and often depends on the sophistication of the business. The I-9 form was recently revised and expanded. While not generally complicated, it can be cumbersome for already-overburdened managers.”