Immigration

  • September 22, 2015

    Immigrant ID Law Fight Must Go On In Ariz. Despite Appeal

    An Arizona federal judge on Tuesday denied the state’s request to stay proceedings in a putative class action alleging that two state identity theft laws violate the constitutional rights of immigrants, saying the state’s pending Ninth Circuit appeal of the judge’s preliminary injunction will not resolve all the issues in the case.

  • September 22, 2015

    Developer Begs For End To Bank Freeze In $136M EB-5 Case

    A prominent developer and other defendants in the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission's $136 million lawsuit over an alleged EB-5 visa scheme asked a Washington federal judge Monday to lift a freeze order on all business bank accounts, saying it’s causing "great and irreparable harm to all, including the EB-5 investors."

  • September 22, 2015

    Ballard Spahr Adds Ex-Nelson Mullins EB-5 Pro In Atlanta

    Ballard Spahr LLP said Monday it has bolstered its Atlanta office with an EB-5 expert from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP who will focus on corporate financing, transactional and private equity work, and public and private offerings, among other matters.

  • September 22, 2015

    NYC Activist Ordered To Confinement After Probation Glitch

    New York Haitian community advocate Samuel Pierre, whose designs on the state Senate were derailed by his misdemeanor immigration bribery conviction, was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge to serve the remainder of his probationary sentence in home confinement after a bureaucratic snafu initially left him free.

  • September 22, 2015

    Judge Won't Ax Jamaican Man's Unlawful Detention Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a suit brought by a man who alleges that despite having derived U.S. citizenship from his father in accordance with Jamaican law, he was falsely imprisoned and wrongfully subjected to deportation proceedings.

  • September 21, 2015

    Maricopa County Wins Protection For Docs In Profiling Suit

    An Arizona federal judge on Monday sustained the objections of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office to the divulgence of certain documents contained on the county’s privilege log, saying that portions of two controversial documents to which the MCAO asserts the work-product doctrine applies are protected from disclosure.

  • September 21, 2015

    'Birthing House' Atty Convicted Of Obstruction Of Justice

    An attorney who agreed to help a Chinese woman flee from the United States after she was designated a material witness in a criminal investigation into “birthing houses” operating in Southern California was convicted Friday on three counts of obstruction of justice, according to federal officials.

  • September 21, 2015

    The 4 Firms In-House Counsel Fear The Most

    General counsels have named four BigLaw powerhouses as the firms they least want to face across the table in litigation for fear that those firms' standout skills could lead to upended business operations, costly bills and reputational ruin.

  • September 21, 2015

    Wait Time For Immigrants In Court Hits Record High: Report

    The average wait time for someone stuck in an immigration court’s list of pending cases has hit a record high of 635 calendar days, although the total wait time may come to almost three years, according to a report issued Monday by a Syracuse University data organization.

  • September 21, 2015

    NY Atty Suspended In Virginia After Immigration Foul-Up

    A New York attorney has been suspended from practicing law in Virginia for six months after failing to comply with the terms of a public reprimand issued after she allegedly neglected to communicate properly with an immigration client, according to a notice posted on Friday.

  • September 21, 2015

    Gold Medalist's Green Card Loss Shows Hazards For Coaches

    A district court’s refusal to overturn a green card denial for an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast is a stern reminder of the challenges athletes face when hoping to work permanently in the U.S. as coaches, underscoring the importance of applying while sports stars are still competing, experts say.

  • September 21, 2015

    Investor Immigrants Seek Cert. In Row Over New EB-5 Rule

    Potential foreign investors challenging a new rule restricting the type of borrowed cash that can be used in the EB-5 visa program moved for class certification in D.C. federal court on Saturday, claiming that at least 134 investors will see their petitions denied based on the rule.

  • September 21, 2015

    US To Accept Up To 100K Refugees In Next 2 Fiscal Years

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday announced that the U.S. will significantly increase the number of worldwide refugees it takes in over the next two years, up to 100,000 in 2017, which is 30,000 more than the current fiscal year’s 70,000 cap.

  • September 21, 2015

    Immigrants With Mental Disabilities Want Final Settlement OK

    Plaintiffs in a class action over legal representation for individuals with mental disabilities in immigration proceedings asked a California federal judge Friday to grant final approval of a settlement in their lawsuit against the U.S., saying it is fair and reasonable.

  • September 21, 2015

    Man Ordered Removed Asks High Court To Review Circuit Split

    A Jamaican man who said he wasn’t notified of his 1999 removal hearing and was ordered removed has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a Sixth Circuit decision denying his petition, saying the ruling conflicts with a recent Ninth Circuit ruling in a similar case and requires high court review.

  • September 21, 2015

    DHS Waived Deadline Claim In Bias Suit, High Court Hears

    A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal government’s argument that it can still employ a timeliness defense in a discrimination suit after an administrative judge ruled on the suit’s merits.

  • September 18, 2015

    DHS Says It Will Appeal Order To Release Immigrant Kids

    The government might appeal a California federal judge’s order that it release immigrant children and their parents from detention centers by next month, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

  • September 18, 2015

    FOIA Claims Against CBP Have Standing, Judge Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has to face a putative class action alleging it responds too slowly to Freedom of Information Act requests, a California judge ruled Thursday, saying its argument that violation of the FOIA response deadline is not a cognizable claim “flies in the face” of its plain meaning.

  • September 18, 2015

    9th Circ. Asked To Uphold Block On Ariz. Worker ID Laws

    A grassroots organization representing immigrants fought back against Arizona, Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid to overturn an order in a proposed class action blocking them from enforcing two state law provisions criminalizing identity theft, telling the Ninth Circuit on Thursday the state’s argument was irrelevant.

  • September 18, 2015

    SEC Says Ex-Oil Exec Can't Halt EB-5 Investor Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a California federal court Thursday not to stay a civil action accusing oil explorer Luca International and former CEO Bingqing Yang of running a $68 million "Ponzi-like" scheme that targeted Chinese-Americans and Chinese nationals seeking green cards as EB-5 investors, saying her request is unwarranted.