Immigration

  • April 28, 2015

    Reps. Seek Protected Status For Nepal Earthquake Victims

    Two congressional Democrats on Monday introduced a bill that would grant temporary protected status to Nepalese nationals in the U.S. who were affected by the devastating earthquake that recently hit the Asian nation.

  • April 28, 2015

    9th Circ. Lets Alien Smuggling Conviction Stand Despite Error

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a federal judge was wrong not to instruct an Arizona jury in how to properly interpret the testimony of a U.S. Customs and Immigrations Enforcement agent in the trial of an alleged human smuggler, but that the error was not enough to alter his conviction.

  • April 28, 2015

    Man Pleads Guilty To Transporting Immigrants In Texas

    A Houston resident who was in the country illegally pled guilty in Texas federal court Monday to harboring and transporting other people living into the country illegally.

  • April 28, 2015

    Q&A With Mona Shah & Associates' Mona Shah

    In the EB-5 immigrant investor program, the biggest regulatory development in 2014 was the greater oversight from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Practitioners often neglect the fact that the EB-5 visa is a private offering and a sale of securities, says Mona Shah of Mona Shah & Associates.

  • April 28, 2015

    Questions Linger Over Immigration Agencies' FOIA Response

    A Louisiana federal judge declined to say Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and other government agencies skirted their obligations after an immigration lawyer’s Freedom of Information Act request, but said some questions remained unanswered.

  • April 28, 2015

    Supreme Court Torn On Same-Sex Marriage

    Same-sex marriage supporters urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to back a constitutional right to the practice while several states asked the court to back their same-sex marriage bans, in a case that looks set to come down to one or two crucial swing votes.

  • April 28, 2015

    Q&A With Holland & Knight's Tara Vance

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' internal treatment of L-1B visas needs to be fixed. Currently, the L-1B specialized knowledge visa is arguably the most difficult work visa to obtain because the USCIS enforces a much stricter standard for specialized knowledge than what is in the law, says Tara Vance of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • April 27, 2015

    5th Circ. Won't Ax DAPA Moms' Intervention Bid Just Yet

    Twenty-six states were shot down Friday in their attempt to stop three unauthorized immigrant mothers' appeal to intervene in a lower court case over the president’s executive actions, when the Fifth Circuit agreed to hear the women's challenge on an expedited basis.

  • April 27, 2015

    Ex-Sheriff Sentenced To Prison In Immigration Conspiracy

    James Metts, once South Carolina’s longest serving sheriff, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison after pleading guilty in a conspiracy to release certain immigrants who had been arrested while in the country illegally.

  • April 27, 2015

    Hotel Says EEOC Lacks Self-Awareness In Mexicans' Bias Suit

    A Nevada hotel and gaming hall accused of discriminating against Mexican employees panned the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent bid to strike its dismissal motion, saying the filing displayed a complete lack of self-awareness.

  • April 27, 2015

    High Court Could Help Immigrants Saddled With Bad Attys

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether a federal appeals court can review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ refusal to toll bids to reopen cases based on faulty lawyering, with experts saying the case could bolster due process for vulnerable immigrants.

  • April 27, 2015

    7-Eleven Boss Gets 7 Years For Unlawful Worker Scheme

    A former 7-Eleven franchisee was sentenced to 87 months in prison for employing and housing at least 50 workers living in the U.S. illegally, a result of one of the largest criminal alien employment investigations ever conducted by the government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.

  • April 27, 2015

    Immigrant Resort Workers Ask For Cert. In FLSA Action

    Jamaican immigrants who claim they were underpaid at a South Carolina golf resort made a push for class certification Monday, telling a federal judge that trying to handle claims individually would be an unmanageable situation.

  • April 27, 2015

    3 Political Fights That Threaten Key Tools For Property Deals

    From New York to Washington, D.C., a trio of hot debates among lawmakers threaten to take key tax incentives and deal funding tools away from real estate developers — or at least significantly reshape the programs. Here, experts give Law360 their two cents on what they expect to see play out.

  • April 27, 2015

    Farm Objects To Media Notices In H-2A Visa Class Action

    A Washington farm accused of not telling migrant workers about higher paying H-2A visa jobs objected Friday to a plan of notifying class members through local radio and newspaper advertisements, calling it an unnecessary media blitz.

  • April 27, 2015

    Man Can Move Within India To Avoid Torture, 5th Circ. Rules

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday ruled that an Indian citizen could avoid purported torture for supporting a Sikh political party by moving within India, denying his petition for review of an immigration court’s decision to remove him from the U.S.

  • April 27, 2015

    Q&A With Cozen O'Connor's Marcela Stras

    There is no real alternative work visa available for the 40 to 50 percent of H-1B petitions not chosen. At one time, the L-1B visa was available, but it is very difficult to get today since the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has raised its standards and requirements, says Marcela Stras of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • April 27, 2015

    Q&A With Cohen & Grigsby's Ana Maria Mieles

    The limited availability of employment-based, nonimmigrant visas, particularly H-1B visas, results in lost opportunities for local, regional and national economic growth. As demand for H-1B visas continues to exceed the cap, U.S. companies will be strained by their inability to compete for a highly skilled workforce, says Ana Maria Mieles of Cohen & Grigsby PC.

  • April 24, 2015

    Border Agent Has Immunity For Teen's Shooting: 5th Circ.

    The full Fifth Circuit on Friday ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teenager standing in Mexico from across the U.S. border in Texas had qualified immunity and could not be sued by the teen’s family under the Fourth or Fifth amendments.

  • April 24, 2015

    North Carolina House Passes Bill To Expand E-Verify Use

    A bill that would require tens of thousands of North Carolina businesses to begin checking employees’ work authorization with E-Verify cleared the state’s House of Representatives on Thursday, as federal lawmakers consider similar legislation.