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Immigration

  • April 15, 2016

    Labor Judge Says Ill. Med School Must Pay $223K To H-1B Doc

    A Department of Labor judge has ordered the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to pay an assistant professor $223,884 after finding the H-1B doctor was underpaid for her academic and clinical work, reversing a prior ruling that the school committed no violation.

  • April 15, 2016

    Employment Co. Liable For Over 400 I-9 Form Violations

    A judge with a U.S. Department of Justice immigration office found that a temporary employment company is liable for over 400 violations related to I-9 forms, according to an order published Friday, noting that the E-Verify program doesn’t claim to shield employers from having to properly complete the forms.

  • April 15, 2016

    In Immigration Executive Actions Case, Standing May Be Key

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday in the Obama administration's fight to undo a block on the president's immigration executive action policies, which could provide temporary deportation relief to over 4 million immigrants, with standing issues expected to play a crucial role.

  • April 15, 2016

    Border Resident Claims Texas Drone Law Violates Privacy

    A Texas resident lodged a suit in state court Friday challenging the constitutionality of a state law providing for drone surveillance along the Texas-Mexico border, saying the recently passed statute treats about 1 million residents categorically differently from those in the rest of the state.

  • April 15, 2016

    Immigrants Hang Onto Fraud Suit Against Ky. Law Firm

    A Kentucky federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss a proposed class action by a group of immigrants accusing Ahmad Law Office PLLC of filing needless applications to stop their deportation simply to generate fees, rejecting arguments by the firm that the suit was brought too late.

  • April 15, 2016

    Report Finds Feds Followed Requirements With OPT Rule

    The Department of Homeland Security followed the necessary steps when it created a controversial new rule that will let certain foreign students extend their optional practical training period in the U.S., a new government report found.

  • April 15, 2016

    DC Circ. Denies Challenge Of TSA Flight Training Rejection

    A D.C. Circuit panel has sided with the Transportation Security Administration in a Venezuelan man's challenge of a TSA decision denying his application for flight school training, saying the agency showed sufficient support for its conclusion that the man posed a security risk.

  • April 15, 2016

    6 Chinese Investors Sue Feds Over EB-5 Visa Denial

    Six Chinese investors sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in District of Columbia federal court on Thursday, alleging that they were wrongfully denied access to the EB-5 visa program after they each invested $500,000 in a rural Alabama hospital.

  • April 14, 2016

    Immigrant Ex-Cons Can Be Held Past 6 Mos., 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that there's no hard, six-month deadline to hold a bond hearing for an immigrant who's been detained pending deportation proceedings after serving a criminal sentence, saying courts should individually consider whether the length of a detention is reasonable.

  • April 14, 2016

    Celebrity Chef Asks Court To Stick A Fork In Trump Suit

    Celebrity chef Jose Andres continued to push a D.C. Superior Court for partial summary judgment in his dispute with the developer of a Trump Hotel, arguing that the presidential candidate's controversial statements about immigrants made it impossible to open a Spanish restaurant in a hotel bearing his name. 

  • April 14, 2016

    Texas Law That Bars Housing Immigrants Temporarily Blocked

    A Texas federal judge held Thursday that a state law that makes it a felony to harbor unauthorized immigrants conflicts with federal law and is thus preempted, granting a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks enforcement of those provisions.

  • April 14, 2016

    SEC Accuses Ski Resort Owner, CEO Of $350M EB-5 Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission slapped the owner and CEO of a Vermont ski resort with a fraud suit accusing them of misappropriating the bulk of $350 million in investments obtained under the EB-5 immigrant investor program, according to documents filed in Florida federal court unsealed Thursday.

  • April 14, 2016

    7-Eleven, Ex-Worker Agree To End National Origin Bias Suit

    7-Eleven Inc. has resolved an Indian immigrant’s race and national origin bias suit alleging that he was demoted from his position overseeing construction development and energy efficiency because of his heritage, according to a filing in Texas federal court on Thursday.

  • April 14, 2016

    Nonimmigrant Visas Issued Up 10% In 2015, Report Says

    The number of nonimmigrant visas issued by the U.S. Department of State increased by 10 percent in fiscal year 2015, according to an annual compilation of U.S. immigration statistics released by the Migration Policy Institute on Thursday.

  • April 14, 2016

    3 Staffing Cos. Must Pay $76K In Immigration FLSA Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday adopted the report of a magistrate judge who recommended that three staffing companies accused in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit of luring a Filipino man to the U.S. with false promises pay a total of $76,097, saying that the recommendation is reasonable.

  • April 14, 2016

    Ky. Gov. Signs Bill Nixing Clerk Names On Marriage Licenses

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has signed into law a bill officially removing clerk’s names from marriage licenses, codifying a move he had made by executive order in December as part of the fallout against the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

  • April 13, 2016

    DOJ Clarifies Export Laws, Citizenship Status Discrimination

    The U.S. Department of Justice unit tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination aspects of immigration law has provided guidance on proposed questions that employers might ask about jobs subject to export control laws, outlining the instances when such questions could lead to citizenship status discrimination.

  • April 13, 2016

    Congress Continues Calls For EB-5 Visa Reform

    Lawmakers revisited the debate over the EB-5 visa program for immigrant investors on Wednesday, with several high-ranking members of Congress criticizing what they say has been an abuse of provisions for targeted employment areas.

  • April 13, 2016

    Carnival Sued For Barring Cuban-Americans From Cruises

    Carnival Corp. was slammed with a proposed class action in Florida federal court Tuesday alleging the company is violating the civil rights of Cuban-born consumers by refusing to allow them on its new cruise line to the once off-limits country.

  • April 13, 2016

    House Passes 3 Bills To Toughen US Border Security

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a trio of bills Wednesday intended to improve the vetting of individuals and cargo at U.S. borders and tighten protections against various criminal and terror threats, particularly on the boundary with Mexico.