Immigration

  • May 22, 2018

    Couples Can't Win Injunction In Deportation Suit, Gov't Says

    The federal government fought a bid Monday from a group of married couples to protect their noncitizen spouses from future deportation and detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, arguing that the agency has ultimate discretionary authority to enforce removal proceedings.

  • May 22, 2018

    Transgender Woman From Mexico Granted Asylum

    An immigration judge on Tuesday granted asylum to a transgender woman who feared returning to her native Mexico should she be deported, announced Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, the firm that represented her pro bono.

  • May 22, 2018

    ICE Chief Pushes For Clamp Down On Border Crossings

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas Homan urged Congress on Tuesday to adopt stricter enforcement policies to discourage unauthorized border crossings, echoing U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent assertion of a “zero-tolerance” policy at the border.

  • May 22, 2018

    USCIS Urges Justices Not To Consider Visa Petition Review

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday not to review the Ninth Circuit’s holding that a Taiwanese engineer didn’t qualify for a statutory exception that would allow him to apply for lawful permanent resident status, arguing that the appeals court properly applied U.S. immigration law.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ala. Sues Over Census Counting Unauthorized Immigrants

    The state of Alabama sued the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau on Monday over the federal government’s policy of including immigrants unauthorized to be in the United States as part of census tallies, alleging that the policy violates the Constitution.

  • May 22, 2018

    Judge, Atty Didn't Tell Deportee Of Relief, Justices Told

    A green card holder urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to review his case alleging that he was unlawfully deported after both his lawyer and an immigration judge failed to inform him of all the relief he could seek, arguing that it has major implications for both removal proceedings and criminal prosecutions for illegal re-entry.

  • May 21, 2018

    BALCA Affirms H-2B Labor Cert Denial For Construction Co.

    A Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals judge on Friday affirmed the denial of eight temporary worker visas to a Nebraska-based stone construction company after agreeing that it failed to clearly show why the workers were necessary.

  • May 21, 2018

    Sessions Case Closure Ruling May Clog Deportation Pipeline

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered immigration judges not to close administrative proceedings in immigration cases without issuing decisions on the matters, a move that immigration experts have largely denounced as eliminating a crucial tool of docket management and prosecutorial discretion.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Gets Inside And Outside Support In DOJ Sanctuary Suit

    The fight between the federal government and California over “sanctuary” laws escalated Friday when the state’s legislators, joined by municipalities both within and outside the Golden State, defended its right to enact immigration policies that best serve its communities.

  • May 21, 2018

    Prostitution Ring Warrants Woman's Deportation, BIA Finds

    Prostitution and engaging in the business of prostitution is an aggravated felony making a Chinese woman deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Board of Immigration Appeals said on Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Immigration Orgs Say Ex-Worker Embezzled $1M Or More

    Two Houston nonprofit organizations that aid immigrant communities have sued a former employee, alleging she and her husband misused a corporate credit card and money orders in a scheme to embezzle as much as $1 million or more.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-Notre Dame Coach Settles Daily Beast Suit Over RNC Talk

    Longtime Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz settled his defamation lawsuit against The Daily Beast Co. in Florida federal court on Monday after the online publication agreed to apologize for a 2016 article that suggested he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention.

  • May 18, 2018

    Justices Urged To Spurn Mexican Man's Appeal Of Removal

    The Trump administration on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up a Mexican man's appeal of a Fifth Circuit decision rejecting his argument that a state drug conviction did not make him removable under federal law relating to controlled substances.

  • May 18, 2018

    No Warrant Needed For IPhone Border Probe, 4th Circ. Says

    The Fourth Circuit found Customs and Border Protection agents' reasonable suspicion of a man caught with a suitcase full of weapons parts trying to board a plane was enough to justify the forensic analysis of his iPhone, finding that no warrant was needed since the search was technically at the border.

  • May 18, 2018

    Foreign Detainees Have Right To Bond Hearings, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Friday told a Manhattan federal judge that foreigners detained by immigration authorities for six months or more have a constitutional right to bond hearings, arguing that Second Circuit law demands it.

  • May 18, 2018

    Calif. Judge Urged To Block Suit Over 'Sanctuary' Policies

    A number of immigrant advocacy groups have urged a California federal judge to consider the “tragic state” of immigration detention centers in light of the U.S. Department of Justice’s suit challenging statutes in California that allegedly obstruct federal immigration law enforcement.

  • May 18, 2018

    Sanctuary Cities May Win Big With High Court Gaming Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that struck down federal restrictions on sports betting turned on states' rights in a way that could have ripple effects in the ongoing debate over so-called sanctuary cities, attorneys say. 

  • May 18, 2018

    Farm Subsidy, Welfare Bill Tanks Over Immigration Issues

    A conservative revolt over immigration and Democratic opposition to food stamp work requirements drove the U.S. House of Representatives’ effort to pass a five-year reauthorization of farm policy into the dirt Friday.

  • May 18, 2018

    Sessions Limits How Immigration Judges Can Close Cases

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday ordered that immigration judges may not close administrative proceedings in immigration cases without issuing decisions on the matters, ending a tool that had been used during an era of expanding dockets in part to focus limited judicial resources on cases deemed more pressing.

  • May 17, 2018

    NYC Atty Threatening To Call ICE Faces Complaint From Pols

    The man who was filmed screaming at employees of a New York City restaurant for speaking Spanish, then later identified as a complex commercial and insurance coverage attorney, is facing a formal complaint filed in the state court system’s Departmental Disciplinary Committee.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Is The Attempt To Rescind DACA Lawful?

    Steven Gordon

    A D.C. federal court recently invalidated the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, highlighting two important issues about the limits of judicial review over such policy changes, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • F-1 Visa Holders Changing To H-1B Face New Risks

    Xavier Francis

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap petitions. While this move affects many stakeholders, F-1 visa holders may be exposed to more collateral harm in the long run unless policy changes are made, says Xavier Francis of Erickson Immigration Group.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.