Immigration

  • December 10, 2015

    Gov't Asks High Court To Reject Removal Case Over Address

    The government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday not to hear an appeal from a Jamaican citizen who says he was ordered deported after his hearing notice was sent to the wrong address, arguing that his appearance notice had warned him of his responsibility to update his address in writing.

  • December 10, 2015

    9th Circ. Sends Mexican Trans Woman's Appeal Back To BIA

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to consider the dangers transgender women face in Mexico when reviewing one such woman’s application for asylum, citing a September decision holding that the agency had wrongly assumed Mexico’s anti-discrimination laws have made life safer for transgender people.

  • December 10, 2015

    Texas Loses Last-Minute Bid To Block Syrian Refugees

    A federal judge late Wednesday shot down Texas’ last-minute bid to block Syrian refugees from settling in Houston, reasoning that the state had failed to show how two families posed a real terrorist threat.

  • December 9, 2015

    3 Immigrants Ask Supreme Court To Hear Exec. Action Case

    Three unauthorized immigrants and several former immigration officials have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision affirming a block on the president’s core immigration executive actions, saying respectively that the Fifth Circuit misunderstood the policy guidance and its ruling undercuts the basis for many forms of deferred action.

  • December 9, 2015

    Bill Would Reduce H-1B Visas, Give High-Paying Jobs Priority

    A Republican and a Democratic senator introduced legislation on Tuesday that would cut by 15,000 the annual number of H-1B visas available for foreigners in “specialty” occupations and allocate them based on wages.

  • December 9, 2015

    USCIS Director Confirms Review Of Fiance Visa Program

    The head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told lawmakers Wednesday that the agency is reviewing the fiance visa program used by one of the attackers in San Bernardino, and that USCIS has been ordered to retroactively review such cases approved in recent years.

  • December 9, 2015

    Rehab Facility Stint Counts As Imprisonment, BIA Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Wednesday that a Mexican national's mandatory stint in a Texas drug and alcohol treatment facility as part of his court-imposed probation counted as imprisonment when an immigration judge determined he couldn't cancel an order that he be removed from the U.S.

  • December 9, 2015

    Hotel Bar Workers Say They Were Called 'Taliban' In Bias Suit

    Three bussers who work at a bar inside a boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan allege that their supervisors and co-workers discriminated against them because of their Bangladeshi origin, calling them “Taliban,” “Bengali mafia” and other slurs, according to a complaint filed Monday in New York federal court.

  • December 9, 2015

    8th Circ. Denies Mexican National's Deportation Order Appeal

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of a Mexican national’s request to cancel a removal order, agreeing with the agency that the man had failed to establish the continuous presence requirement and therefore was not eligible for such relief.

  • December 8, 2015

    Cruz Floats Refugee Bill While Experts Question Texas Suit

    Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow governors to bar refugees, unveiling the legislation less than a week after Texas filed a suit to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in the state, which some legal experts say may be on shaky footing.

  • December 8, 2015

    USCIS Ducks Auto Parts Co.'s Visa Denial Challenge

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services correctly denied a visa petition filed by a unit of Chinese auto parts maker THB International Ltd. on behalf of an employee because the agency lacked crucial details about his daily job functions when he worked overseas.

  • December 8, 2015

    DOL Rejects H-1B Prof.'s Claims Over Teaching Assignments

    A U.S. Department of Labor judge ruled Monday that California State University Northridge wasn't required to give a former professor more teaching assignments, finding that an agreement made as part of his worker visa didn't demand a specific course load.

  • December 8, 2015

    SEC Can't Block Jury Trial In EB-5 Fraud Suit, Court Hears

    A real estate developer facing a $136 million EB-5 fraud suit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a Washington federal court to reject the agency's attempt to block his request to have the case heard by a jury, saying the agency wrongly argued that the request came too late.

  • December 8, 2015

    House Votes To Tighten Visa Waiver Program

    The House easily passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul the visa waiver program by barring visa-free entry to anyone who has recently traveled to Iraq or Syria, a move the bill's backers said aims to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.

  • December 8, 2015

    Plastics Co. Looks To Escape Suit Over English Proficiency

    Wisconsin Plastics Inc. continued its bid Monday to escape a lawsuit alleging it fired Hmong and Hispanic workers who lacked English language skills that weren’t necessary to do their jobs, arguing there is no evidence it had illegal motives.

  • December 7, 2015

    GCs Love These Firms More And More

    Five firms stood out from their peers on an annual list of those that best exemplify client service in the eyes of in-house attorneys, not just repeating their standout performance but managing to climb even higher in the rankings.

  • December 7, 2015

    Univision Moves To Chuck Trump's $500M Miss Universe Suit

    Univision asked a New York federal court on Friday to dismiss a $500 million suit from Donald Trump over the network’s decision to cut ties with Miss Universe, arguing that the GOP presidential candidate’s rhetoric made his affiliated pageants “toxic” to Univision viewers.

  • December 7, 2015

    Travel Group Thanks White House For Visa Waiver Remark Fix

    The head of the U.S. Travel Association thanked the White House on Monday for correcting the president’s flub that one of the San Bernardino shooters entered the U.S. through the visa waiver program, saying that while the travel community supports examining the program for improvements, it should not be “unduly undermined.”

  • December 7, 2015

    GCs Name Most Arrogant Law Firms

    Dozens of major law firms are seen by general counsels as arrogant, and one of BigLaw’s biggest names stands alone at the top of the high-handed heap, a new survey shows.

  • December 7, 2015

    USCIS Can't Deny Visa Over '90 Child Rape Charge, Suit Says

    A couple urged a Colorado federal court Friday to reverse a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decision denying the wife’s I-130 immigrant visa petition because of the husband’s 1990 child rape conviction, saying the agency abused its discretion.