Immigration

  • February 18, 2015

    7-Eleven Franchisees Blast Chain’s ‘Bullying’ In Bias Suit

    7-Eleven Inc. was accused Tuesday of filing meritless motions in an attempt to bully more than 1,200 franchisees out of their California federal suit alleging 7-Eleven discriminated and used illegal surveillance against immigrant franchisees to seize their stores.

  • February 18, 2015

    Texas AG Seeks Emergency Stay Over Gay Marriage Ruling

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday petitioned the state Supreme Court to weigh in on an Austin judge’s ruling that the state’s law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, asking for a stay on the judge’s order pending the high court’s review.

  • February 18, 2015

    Indian MBA Doesn't Qualify Worker For Visa, AAO Says

    The Administrative Appeals Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services rejected a company’s petition for an employment-based visa for a prospective consultant, saying in an order released Wednesday the worker isn’t a skilled professional because an MBA in India isn’t equivalent to an MBA in the U.S.

  • February 18, 2015

    Calif. Discrimination Suit Revived After Citizenship Ruling

    A California appeals court Wednesday ruled that an African-American man accusing his construction union of discrimination for not hiring him as an organizer can pursue damages even though it was discovered after he brought suit that a narcotics conviction depriving him of citizenship rights barred him from eligibility.

  • February 18, 2015

    11th Circ. Backs Human Smuggler's Gunfire Sentence-Hike

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a lower court properly applied a gun sentencing-enhancement on a man who admitted to fleeing federal agents via boat while on a mission to smuggle immigrants into the U.S.

  • February 18, 2015

    California Issues 59K Driver's Licenses To Immigrants In Jan.

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued 59,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in January, the first month of the state’s program allowing such immigrants to apply for licenses, the DMV announced on Wednesday.

  • February 18, 2015

    Sen. Grassley Introduces Bill To Curb Human Trafficking

    Legislation to combat human trafficking was recently introduced in the Senate by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, as the issue gains momentum in Congress, following the House passage of related bills earlier this year.

  • February 18, 2015

    Texas Pols Vow Continued Fight Against Immigration Actions

    Texas political leaders on Wednesday vowed to continue fighting President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, saying they believe appellate courts will uphold a federal judge’s preliminary injunction blocking deferred deportation policies from taking effect.

  • February 18, 2015

    10th Circ. Denies Man's Appeal In Illegal Re-Entry Case

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday denied an appeal to a Mexican national sentenced to 19 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the U.S., ruling that the sentence was within the standards set forth in the appeal waiver he signed as part of his plea agreement.

  • February 18, 2015

    Va. Bill Would Allow Early Transfer Of Immigration Detainees

    Virginia's House of Delegates on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to allow local and state authorities to hand detainees who are living in the country illegally off to federal authorities before their sentences are up, sending the bill to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

  • February 17, 2015

    DOJ To Appeal Texas Court's Halt Of Immigration Policies

    White House and U.S. Department of Justice officials vowed Tuesday that the federal government will appeal a Texas federal court’s decision to temporarily block new immigration policies created by the president’s executive actions, although the timeline of the federal government’s challenge is still unclear.

  • February 17, 2015

    DOJ Likely Has Strong Appeal In Executive Action Case

    A federal district court judge temporarily blocked policies created by the president's immigration executive actions late Monday night, but the battle is far from over, with some legal experts saying the U.S. Department of Justice has a strong case for its appeal to the Fifth Circuit.

  • February 17, 2015

    Texas Gov. Seeks Stronger Border Presence, Vet Tax Breaks

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during his State of the State address on Tuesday called for state lawmakers to fast-track his plan to add hundreds of additional border patrol agents and give military veterans a break from certain taxes and fees when they create new businesses.

  • February 17, 2015

    2nd Circ. Says Owens & Minor's Firing Of Haitian Not Biased

    A Second Circuit panel on Tuesday affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment to major medical supplier Owens & Minor Distribution Inc., which was accused of race and national origin discrimination in the firing of a black senior analyst.

  • February 17, 2015

    5th Circ. Vacates Sentence Of Man Who Lied For Asylum

    The Fifth Circuit has vacated an eight-year prison sentence for a Somali man who lied on an asylum application, saying in a published opinion it wasn’t clear what rationale the lower court used to give him a longer sentence under a federal terrorism enhancement.

  • February 17, 2015

    Hotel Owner Gets 21 Months For Harboring Illegal Workers

    A Kansas federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the co-owner of two hotels in Kansas and Missouri to just under two years in prison for employing undocumented workers and paying them less than other employees.

  • February 17, 2015

    Gay Couple Sues Indiana For Refusing Parental Recognition

    Indiana has been accused of circumventing a Seventh Circuit order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban by refusing to automatically list both partners in a legally recognized marriage on their child’s birth certificate.

  • February 17, 2015

    7th Circ. Revives Zimbabwean Woman's Asylum Bid

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday vacated the Board of Immigration Appeals' denial of a Zimbabwean woman's request for asylum to avoid a tribal custom that she become the property of her brother-in-law after her husband's death, saying she was required to present corroborating evidence for her story that she could not have obtained.

  • February 17, 2015

    States Win Bid To Block Obama's Immigration Actions

    A Texas federal court on Monday sided with 26 states and temporarily halted new deferred deportation policies created by President Barack Obama’s executive actions, just days before some of the changes were slated to go into effect.

  • February 13, 2015

    1st Circ. Says Immigrant's Asylum Bid Can't 'Leapfrog' BIA

    The First Circuit on Friday upheld the denial of a Guatemalan national’s asylum and special protection claims, saying he can’t “leapfrog” the Board of Immigration Appeals and try to resurrect a theory of persecution.