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Immigration

  • July 16, 2018

    Feds Can't Remove Reunited Immigrant Families For Now

    A California federal judge on Monday temporarily barred the Trump administration from deporting immigrant adults who are part of a class action of individuals recently reunited with their children after immigration agents separated them at the border.

  • July 16, 2018

    Executive Order Boosts Fears Of Politically Influenced ALJs

    An executive order signed last week by President Donald Trump eliminating the competitive examination and selection procedures for appointing administrative law judges has heightened concerns that both the ALJ hiring process and decisions made by the judges will be unduly influenced by politics, legal experts said Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    Honduran Can't Be Deported Until She's Reunited With Child

    A Texas federal judge told the government Friday to halt the deportation of a Honduran woman until she is reunited with her daughter, as required by a court order in a separate class action preventing the United States from removing immigrants whose children were taken from them by authorities at the border. 

  • July 16, 2018

    Feds Must Pay Attys' Fees After Delaying Obama-Era Rule

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Friday determined that the Trump administration should pay attorneys' fees to several organizations that successfully challenged its bid to delay an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, but not at the market rates the lawyers sought.

  • July 13, 2018

    New USCIS Guidance Makes Immigration Denials Easier

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adjudicators looking over applications for immigration benefits will soon have broader discretion to deny them outright, according to a memo issued Friday describing a policy shift that immigration attorneys called “extremely punitive” and “devastating to employers.”

  • July 13, 2018

    NY Court Urged Not To Toss Census Citizenship Question Suit

    A New York federal court should deny the Trump administration’s bid to dismiss a suit that challenges the addition of a question to the 2020 census asking whether individuals are U.S. citizens, several organizations have argued.

  • July 13, 2018

    USCIS Policy May Push Business Immigration Attys To Litigate

    Business immigration practitioners may need to brush up on their litigation skills in light of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recent memo that would potentially leave rejected visa applicants to face removal proceedings in immigration court immediately upon denial, attorneys said.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ill. Says Feds Can't Deny Funds Over Sanctuary State Law

    The state of Illinois accused the federal government Thursday of illegally withholding $6.5 million in funding for local law enforcement over an alleged state "sanctuary" law, saying the statute invalidating nonjudicial immigration detainers does not conflict with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

  • July 13, 2018

    Separated Immigrants Want Feds To Pay For Mental Health

    Three immigrant mothers who were recently separated from their children at the border by federal authorities sued the Trump administration in California federal court Thursday, seeking to represent a putative class of families allegedly in need of mental health services because of the federal government’s actions.

  • July 13, 2018

    Vt. Ski Resort Owners To Pay $2.1M In EB-5 Fraud Case

    Two former ski resort owners have agreed to pay $2.1 million to Vermont for their involvement in an alleged scheme to defraud EB-5 visa holders who invested millions of dollars in the state's Jay Peak ski resort, Vermont's attorney general announced on Thursday.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ethiopian Diplomat Arrested On Visa Fraud Charges

    An Ethiopian diplomat based in Los Angeles was arrested Thursday on charges that she falsely claimed several of her relatives as immediate family members to qualify them for nonimmigrant diplomatic visas.

  • July 12, 2018

    Latino Voters Ask To Fight Ala. 2020 Census Rule Challenge

    A civil rights group urged an Alabama federal court Thursday to allow a group of voters in states with high Latino populations to fight Alabama's challenge to a 2020 census policy of including unauthorized immigrants as part of census tallies, arguing the voters have an interest in ensuring their states are fairly represented in Congress.

  • July 12, 2018

    'Racial Animus' May Be Behind TPS Cancellation, Groups Say

    A group of immigrants and nonprofits told a federal court Thursday that the Trump administration acted in a discriminatory and unconstitutional fashion when it canceled temporary protective status for immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti.

  • July 12, 2018

    USCIS Sets New Guide For Asylum Bids After Sessions Ruling

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday released a 10-page set of guidelines for its officers to follow when processing asylum and refugee claims following U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move last month to narrow the circumstances that certain foreign nationals may use in their petitions.

  • July 12, 2018

    Feds Reunite 57 Immigrant Children With Parents

    The Trump administration said Thursday that it had reunited all eligible immigrant children younger than 5 with their parents, complying with a California federal court’s order halting the government’s policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border several days late.

  • July 12, 2018

    CEO Who Defrauded EB-5 Investors Hit With $4M Default

    The chief executive officer of a Pasadena, California, company must fork over $4 million to a group of Chinese investors who sought EB-5 visas, after a federal court on Wednesday found that he intentionally defrauded the investors and caused them to lose $500,000 each and their chances of obtaining green cards.

  • July 12, 2018

    4 New Business Immigration Regulations You Should Know

    The Trump administration has made waves in business immigration this year with prolific regulatory changes, tightening visa requirements for foreign STEM students and H-1B skilled worker visa holders, issuing guidance that would broaden U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' enforcement capabilities and moving to rescind a startup visa program. Here, Law360 examines the agency rules and policies that have had the most impact.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Destination Ireland — Issues To Consider Before Relocating

    John Gill

    Over the past 18 months, companies have discussed the opportunities that exist for moving part of their global operations to Ireland in the context of Brexit. Inevitably as part of these discussions, the ability to relocate key employees comes into focus. John Gill of Matheson examines some of the key issues people and corporations need to consider when relocating to Ireland, including right to reside, tax and practical relocation issues.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Opinion

    Centrist Analysis Of Justice Kennedy's Retirement Is Flawed

    Gordon Renneisen

    In telling Democrats and progressives not to melt down over the prospect of President Trump appointing another U.S. Supreme Court justice following Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the centrists make four main arguments. None of them are convincing, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Considering The Uncertain Future Of The EB-5 Program

    Bruce Meyerson

    After multiple extensions, the EB-5 visa program is set to expire on Sept. 30. The uncertainty of the program's future and proposed changes to minimum threshold investments have led developers to increase their fundraising efforts prior to the deadline, and they may cut back on use of EB-5 funds going forward, say Bruce Meyerson and David Coombs of Goulston & Storrs PC.