Immigration

  • March 16, 2015

    Immigration Executive Actions An Ethical Minefield For Attys

    As the future of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hangs on legal wrangling in Texas, experts say immigration lawyers must be cautious about counseling on benefits that do not yet exist while also preparing for the ethical challenges those reforms will create when and if they come into effect.

  • March 13, 2015

    Film Co. Hits NBA Player With $45M Suit Over EB-5 Funding

    A Georgia-based production studio launched a $45 million lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against various entertainment-related companies and former NBA player Theophilus Ratliff, claiming that it was pushed out of a lucrative funding opportunity with the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

  • March 13, 2015

    Texas Bill Would Give Cities Notification Of EB-5 Visas

    A new proposed bill in the Texas House of Representatives would require a regional immigration center to notify local government of every EB-5 immigrant visa issued under the program.

  • March 13, 2015

    Workers Slam Signal's Bid To Pause Trafficking Litigation

    Dozens of Indian workers gearing up to square off against Signal International LLC in separate human-trafficking trials collectively blasted the shipbuilder’s request for a stay to appeal a $14 million verdict, saying Signal can’t make a case for holding up their suits.

  • March 13, 2015

    H-2B Freeze Could Hit Summer Industries Hard

    The decision by federal agencies to totally halt the H-2B visa process for temporary workers right before the summer season could have a highly damaging impact on industries like landscaping and hospitality, attorneys and business advocates say, with some estimating the suspension could affect up to 30,000 jobs.

  • March 13, 2015

    Ex-Lockheed Employee Wins Verdict In National Original Suit

    A Mexican man who brought a complaint against former employer Lockheed Martin Corp. for national origin and ancestry discrimination and retaliation walked away on Friday with an $830,000 jury verdict delivered in a Maryland county court.

  • March 13, 2015

    5th Circ. Spurns DOJ Response Deadline In Immigration Row

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday rebuffed the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to force 26 states suing over the president’s immigration-related executive actions to respond within a week to the DOJ’s emergency stay bid, handing yet another delay to the increasingly impatient department.

  • March 13, 2015

    Law Students Tell High Court To Overturn Gay Marriage Bans

    A group of LGBT law student organizations from Columbia University, Harvard University and other schools, joined the voices calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex unions, arguing that so-called “nonrecognition” laws could handicap their legal careers.

  • March 13, 2015

    Law Profs. Call Executive Action Injunction 'Deeply Flawed'

    Four law professors on Friday penned a letter, signed by more than 100 immigration law scholars and professors, saying a Texas federal judge’s decision to temporarily halt new deferred deportation policies created by the president’s executive actions is "deeply flawed."

  • March 13, 2015

    Justices Told 5th Circ. Is Solo On Immigration Appeal Stance

    Several immigration organizations have filed amicus briefs in a Mexican man’s U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a Board of Immigration Appeals' dismissal of his deportation case — tossed after his lawyer missed a key filing deadline — saying the Fifth Circuit’s finding that it lacked jurisdiction was mistaken.

  • March 13, 2015

    Customs' Record Backlog Flouts FOIA Rules, Suit Claims

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection was hit with a class action in California federal court on Thursday by 11 noncitizens and three immigration lawyers accusing it of violating the Freedom of Information Act by allowing tens of thousands of immigration record requests to stall for months or even years beyond the required 20-day processing period.

  • March 13, 2015

    5 Insights From Dish General Counsel Stanton Dodge

    Some general counsels hire big-name firms as "insurance" in case something goes wrong. I have never done that and never will, says R. Stanton Dodge, executive vice president and general counsel of Dish Network Corp.

  • March 12, 2015

    3 School Operators Arrested In Immigration Fraud Case

    Three people were arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly running a scheme that generated $6 million a year by enabling foreign nationals to enter the U.S. on student visas, even though they had no intention of attending classes at sponsoring schools, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 12, 2015

    6th Circ. Tosses Mexican Citizen's Removal Challenge

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of a Mexican national's application to cancel his deportation, saying the board correctly followed its precedent when it reached its decision.

  • March 12, 2015

    DOJ Asks 5th Circ. To Lift Block On Immigration Actions

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday filed an emergency motion with the Fifth Circuit to stay a decision halting new deferred deportation policies created by the president’s executive actions, even though a Texas district court had yet to rule on the same request.

  • March 12, 2015

    Whistleblowers Spur Border Patrol Reform, $100M Savings

    Whistleblower allegations about U.S. Customs and Border Protection overtime abuse led to reforms that saved $83.7 million in 2014 and sparked a new law expected to save $100 million a year, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Thursday.

  • March 12, 2015

    USCIS Can Revoke Religious Worker Petition, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge on Thursday rejected a church’s bid to secure a U.S. visa for its Nigerian pastor, saying the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was right to revoke the church’s petition over a failed compliance review and questions about the man’s pay.

  • March 12, 2015

    7 Tips For Nabbing A Permanent Labor Certification

    The road to winning a permanent labor certification is filled with possible pitfalls, from a faulty job description to incorrect advertising. Below, Law360 offers seven tips to keep Labor Department officers happy when helping your client hire a permanent foreign worker.

  • March 12, 2015

    Immigration Atty Hits USCIS With FOIA Suit Over Doc Receipt

    An immigration attorney filed suit Wednesday against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for allegedly failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for a document he said he needs to properly represent his client in removal proceedings.

  • March 12, 2015

    Indian Workers Call Signal's Sanctions Bid 'Desperate'

    A group of Indian workers on Wednesday ripped Signal International LLC's bid for sanctions in a human trafficking suit over an alleged delay in handing over immigration-related documents that purportedly hindered its trial preparation, telling a Texas federal court the request is a "desperate attempt at a Hail Mary pass."