Immigration

  • February 17, 2017

    High Court To Assess Noncitizen Rights In Shooting Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in a suit involving a border patrol agent accused of fatally shooting a Mexican teenager, in a case that raises questions about the constitutional protections that can be extended to noncitizens.

  • February 17, 2017

    Trainer Rips Leading Questions At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    A trainer who, along with a baseball agent, is accused of helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States objected Thursday to the government’s alleged use of leading questions during direct examinations of its witnesses during trial.

  • February 17, 2017

    Trump Admin. Floated Using Nat’l Guard To Find Immigrants

    Amid reports of ramped-up immigration raids around the country, a leaked memo shows the Trump administration at one point considered using members of the National Guard to round up deportable immigrants, although the White House denied such a plan was in the works.

  • February 17, 2017

    Justice Thomas Unlikely To Recuse Despite Wife's Politics

    While the desire expressed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife to organize pro-President Donald J. Trump activists may raise shouts for the conservative judge's disqualification in the event of a high court review of a Trump executive order, ethics experts said: Don't waste your breath.

  • February 17, 2017

    DHS Watchdog Vows Close Watch On Border Wall Project

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security watchdog vowed Thursday to keep a close eye on President Donald Trump’s planned multibillion-dollar southern border wall project, pointing to “very poor” historic performance by the agency in similar projects.

  • February 17, 2017

    Tribes Won't Be Bullied On Border Wall, Ariz. Lawmaker Says

    Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., on Thursday praised a National Congress of American Indians resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border unless tribes agree to the project, saying the resolution shows Native Americans “will not be bullied” by the administration.

  • February 17, 2017

    16 AGs Urge Court To Keep Trump Immigration Ban Blocked

    A coalition of 16 state attorneys general led by Massachusetts and Illinois weighed in Thursday in support of New York’s suit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries as unconstitutional, urging the federal court to extend an injunction preventing the administration from implementing the ban.

  • February 17, 2017

    Govt. Doctored Gang ‘Confession,’ Detained DREAMer Says

    The federal government tried to doctor a statement by a 23-year-old “DREAMer” who was taken into custody by immigration officials last week to make it read like a confession for gang involvement, the man’s attorneys alleged Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    High Court Urged To Rule On Latest 'Crime Of Violence' Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court should take up a Sixth Circuit ruling that a federal statute defining a “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague, but delay review until the justices decide another deportation case examining the same question, the federal government said this week.

  • February 16, 2017

    Witness Accused Of Misconduct At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Signals are exchanged silently throughout baseball games, between catchers and pitchers and coaches and players around the diamond, but the suggestion that a ballplayer was receiving signals while testifying in the player smuggling trial of an agent and trainer raised tensions in a Miami courtroom Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Slams 9th Circ. As Court In ‘Chaos,’ ‘Turmoil’

    President Donald Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday as a court in “chaos” and “turmoil,” claiming at a news conference that the court has been overturned by the Supreme Court “at a record number,” a record that’s actually held by the Sixth Circuit, according to a recent Politifact study.

  • February 16, 2017

    Ex-DOJ Immigration Head: Travel Order Case A 'Close Call'

    Leon Fresco, the former head of the government’s Office of Immigration Litigation, dove into a range of hot-button topics in recent discussions with Law360, saying it was a “close call” whether the current version of the president’s travel ban would be able survive court review.

  • February 16, 2017

    9th Circ. Pauses Immigration Ban Suit At Trump's Request

    Ninth Circuit Chief Justice Sidney R. Thomas late Thursday agreed to pause en banc proceedings over President Donald Trump’s challenge of an order blocking the implementation of his immigration ban after the administration requested a freeze on the proceedings as it preps a new executive order.

  • February 16, 2017

    Senate Bill Will Target Trump's Sanctuary City Order

    A group of senators is taking aim at President Donald Trump’s executive action targeting internal immigration enforcement that would pull funds from so-called sanctuary cities, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced on Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Nomination Hearings To Kick Off In March

    Opening statements in a hearing on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on March 20, with questioning of the associate justice-designate commencing the following day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Couple Fights SEC's $65M Penalty Bid In EB-5 Fraud Row

    A husband and wife facing allegations that they misappropriated the bulk of $26.9 million raised in an EB-5 immigrant investor program urged a California federal court on Wednesday not to listen to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recommendation that they be ordered to pay an “excessive” $65.7 million penalty.

  • February 16, 2017

    Reps. Oppose Extra Layer Of Screening At Canada Border

    Six Northern Border Caucus members have cautioned U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly against a proposal in President Donald Trump’s immigration ban that calls for additional screening for U.S.-bound travelers, saying any new security measures along the Canadian border should be coordinated between the two countries.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Picks Former US Attorney Acosta To Lead DOL

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped law school dean R. Alexander Acosta — a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, one-time National Labor Relations Board member and the first Hispanic to ascend to the top of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division — to serve as secretary of labor. 

  • February 16, 2017

    KPMG Exec Says Immigration Reform Concerns Developers

    While there are signs the real estate upturn may continue through 2017, developers face a new set of questions and challenges under the Trump administration, one of which is how immigration policy might affect the construction labor workforce, Gregory L. Williams, a real estate-focused partner at KPMG, told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • February 15, 2017

    Texas AG Backs Trump Immigration Ban In 9th Circ.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threw his support behind President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on Wednesday when he urged the Ninth Circuit to reconsider last week’s decision upholding a block on the executive order, citing the president’s powers to protect national security.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What's Next For Trump's Travel Ban?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Following last week's decision from the Ninth Circuit, which left intact a district court’s nationwide block of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the administration has stated it is exploring all options. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP discuss what the administration may do in response.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Trump’s Immigration Orders: A Pillar For Future Policy?

    Christopher L. Thomas

    At first blush, President Donald Trump's initial immigration executive orders appeared to cover issues related to illegal immigration and the building of his border wall. But on a closer look, these orders appear to be the key building blocks associated with the Trump administration’s immigration strategy, say Christopher Thomas and Phillip Pemberton of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • A Politically Feasible Approach To H-1B Reform

    Brandon Meyer

    Legislation aimed at reforming the H-1B visa program recently proposed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., includes disgraceful efforts to benefit companies in her district at the expense of the rest of the country. However, once such efforts are stripped out, her bill represents a major step forward in modernizing the United States’ employment-based immigration system, says Brandon Meyer of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.