Immigration

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump's Remarks Again Haunt Him In Sanctuary City Ruling

    In blocking an executive order provision aimed at barring sanctuary cities from receiving federal funds, a judge once again pointed to President Donald Trump’s own past statements, continuing a pattern of the president’s rhetorical flourishes showing up to bite him in court.

  • April 28, 2017

    Idaho Man To Pay Feds $8M For EB-5 Investment Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Friday that an Idaho man has agreed to pay the federal government nearly $8 million for allegedly misappropriating money from Chinese investors for personal use instead of investing it in the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

  • April 28, 2017

    DHS Policy Limits Privacy Rights Of Foreigners In US

    The Department of Homeland Security issued new policy guidance Thursday that limits the privacy rights of immigrants and nonimmigrant foreigners in light of President Donald Trump's executive order excluding anyone other than U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act.

  • April 28, 2017

    Ga. Law Aims To Slash Funds For Sanctuary Campuses

    As part of a growing movement against so-called sanctuary campuses across several states, Georgia will slash funding to any private university protecting unauthorized immigrants, according to a law signed Thursday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Workplace Deaths In Mass. Hit 10-Year High, Report Finds

    The rate of workplace fatalities in Massachusetts hit a 10-year high in 2016, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the state Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health said in a report released Thursday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Migrant Workers’ Appeal Over Pay Survives At 4th Circ.

    An appeal brought by a putative class of migrant workers who allege the U.S. Department of Labor violated its own regulations by allowing seasonal employers to challenge a prevailing wage requirement will continue, according to an order issued by the Fourth Circuit.

  • April 28, 2017

    Congress Passes Government Funding Band-Aid

    Congress has passed a short-term government funding resolution, sending a one-week federal funding extension to the president’s desk and potentially avoiding a government shutdown at midnight.

  • April 27, 2017

    Agricultural Facility Co. Faulted For I-9 Violations

    A company that builds agricultural facilities neglected to properly finish I-9 forms for 82 workers, a judge with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer ruled in a decision published Thursday, although he put off issuing a penalty amount.

  • April 27, 2017

    H-1B Crystal Ball: Lottery, Wage Changes Could Be Afoot

    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order targeting H-1B visas was light on detail, but experts predict changes could be on the horizon for the visa program’s lottery system, along with prevailing wage updates or modifications to other immigrant work rules.

  • April 27, 2017

    Senate Approves Acosta As Trump's Labor Chief

    Law school dean Alexander Acosta, a former member of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Labor Relations Board during the George W. Bush administration, was confirmed Thursday to serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor.

  • April 27, 2017

    Pakistani Restaurant Owner Admits To Immigration, Tax Fraud

    A Pakistani national who runs a chain of Boston-area restaurants pled guilty in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to tax and insurance fraud at his 11 eateries, also admitting that he had committed visa and immigration fraud in an unlawful bid to remain in the United States.

  • April 27, 2017

    Restaurateur Gets 2 Years For Tax Fraud, Undocumented Staff

    A Northern California restaurant owner was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to recruiting undocumented Thai immigrants to work for minimal wages and committing tax fraud by hiding more than $400,000 in foreign bank accounts, the Department of Justice announced.

  • April 27, 2017

    Immigrant's Plea Influenced By Fake Atty, Fla. Court Says

    A Florida state appeals court has given a Romanian woman another shot at contesting a plea that she says she entered in an ill-advised move recommended by a man who falsely represented himself as a practicing immigration attorney.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump Open To NAFTA Talks After Reported Withdrawal Threat

    President Donald Trump vowed to conduct a sincere renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement late Wednesday, capping off a tumultuous 12-hour period during which the White House was reportedly close to triggering a complete withdrawal from the trilateral accord.

  • April 26, 2017

    Gov't Faces Pushback From Justices On Citizenship-Stripping

    An attorney for the federal government faced sharp questioning at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices weighed whether naturalized citizens can lose their citizenship due to an “immaterial” false statement made during the application process, with the chief justice worrying about the potential for “prosecutorial abuse.”

  • April 26, 2017

    After 100 Days, Immigration Changes Will Be Up To Congress

    President Donald Trump has taken a variety of actions seen as a "sea change" for immigration policy during his first 100 days in office, and that approach is likely to continue, but experts told Law360 lasting change will depend on congressional action.

  • April 26, 2017

    4th Circ. Nixes Federal Felony Determination For Panamanian

    A Panamanian native’s burglary charge under Virginia state law is not equivalent to a federal aggravated felony that would subject him to deportation under the nation’s immigration laws, the Fourth Circuit determined Tuesday.

  • April 26, 2017

    DHS Opens Office To Report On Immigrants' Alleged Crimes

    The Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday that it has opened a new office aimed at reporting and keeping track of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants, although data doesn’t suggest a higher correlation between immigrants and crimes.

  • April 26, 2017

    BIA Clarifies How To 'Peek' At Immigrant Convicts' Records

    Immigration judges trying to determine whether immigrants have committed crimes making them subject to deportation may “peek” at a foreign-born individual’s conviction record only as part of determining what facts must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to juries, the Board of Immigration Appeals has held.

  • April 26, 2017

    Rights Watchdog Urges Feds To Rethink ICE At Courthouses

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has urged the federal government to rethink sending U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to state and local courthouses, noting that in one recent case, ICE agents arrested a woman right after she obtained a protective order against her alleged abuser.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • In Congress: A Major Fiscal Deadline

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    The current continuing resolution expires at midnight on April 28, leaving Congress very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. Complicating things are reports that the White House may also be pressuring House leadership to schedule a vote this week on a new version of the health care “repeal and replace” bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.