Immigration

  • July 27, 2015

    ICE, Nashville Police Settle Apartment Raid Row For $310K

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Nashville police department have agreed to pay $310,000 to settle a suit claiming their agents and officers conducted a warrantless raid on an apartment complex with predominantly Latino residents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

  • July 27, 2015

    House OKs CBP Acquisition And 'Preclearance' Tweaks

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed legislation to overhaul U.S. Customs and Border Protection technology acquisition and customs “preclearance” programs and make changes to U.S. Secret Service operations, as part of a broader suite of U.S. Department of Homeland Security bills.

  • July 27, 2015

    Judge Issues Scathing Ruling Against Family Detention

    The Obama administration’s detention of immigrant families violates a major settlement reached nearly two decades ago, a California federal judge ruled Friday, setting the stage for the release of mothers and children being held in Texas and Pennsylvania.

  • July 27, 2015

    EEOC, Muslim Intervenors Ordered To Clean Up Bias Suit

    A Nebraska federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and intervening plaintiffs suing a meatpacking company for bias against Muslim workers to fix their "potentially confusing" and unclear complaints for the second phase of what’s left of the suit.

  • July 27, 2015

    DOJ Wants Majority Of Immigrant Kids Dismissed From Case

    Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday urged a Washington federal judge to dismiss five plaintiffs from a case over obtaining attorneys for children facing deportation, saying discovery should be restricted to just one plaintiff who has a remaining viable claim.

  • July 27, 2015

    Amid Outcry, US Elevates Malaysia's Trafficking Status

    The U.S. Department of State upgraded Malaysia's status in its annual human trafficking report Monday, a move with important implications for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that shunned calls from scores of lawmakers and advocacy groups to keep the country relegated to the lowest tier.

  • July 26, 2015

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  • July 24, 2015

    ICE Detention Officers In NJ Fight For Arbitration

    The union representing security officers at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in New Jersey has sued the facility’s operator in federal court for refusing to arbitrate grievances lodged by five employees facing disciplinary actions.

  • July 24, 2015

    Behind The Scenes Of Signal's $20M Trafficking Deal

    Signal International LLC recently reached a $20 million settlement with hundreds of H-2B guest workers from India who had accused the oil and gas service company of labor trafficking. Here, Law360 explores how the deal was reached, thanks to a massive pro bono effort from some of the nation’s top law firms.

  • July 24, 2015

    NY State Bar Issues 2 Ethics Opinions On Immigration Law

    Lawyers for children in immigration proceedings may disclose the names and some information about their clients’ cases to so-called granting organizations in certain instances, according to one of two recently published New York State Bar Association ethics opinions pertaining to immigration attorneys.

  • July 24, 2015

    Family Of Mexican Teen Slain By US Border Agent Seeks Cert

    The family of a Mexican teenager fatally shot in Mexico by an American border patrol agent standing across the U.S. border is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision holding that the agent had qualified immunity and couldn’t be sued.

  • July 24, 2015

    BALCA Gives Clinic Second Try At Chiropractor Visa Request

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday vacated a permanent labor certification denial for a foreign worker to be employed as a chiropractor since the government shut down hindered delivery of a reconsideration request, while also indicating that evidence from the American Immigration Lawyer's Association was not acceptable.

  • July 24, 2015

    NJ Senate Bill Overhauls Nail Salon Wages, Worker Safety

    New Jersey nail salon workers would be the beneficiaries of legislation that would overhaul state cosmetology laws to enforce fair wages and safeguard employees from hazardous chemicals commonly used in an industry dominated by private ownership and immigrant workers.

  • July 24, 2015

    Philly Biz Exec Gets Prison For Tax, Immigration Crimes

    A Philadelphia business executive was sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion and immigration crimes Thursday, eight months after he pled guilty to his role in a complex scheme.

  • July 23, 2015

    PEP Not A 'Secure Communities' Rebrand, DHS Official Says

    A top immigration official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security disputed the idea that a new enforcement program created by the president’s executive actions is just a rebranding of the controversial Secure Communities program, while acknowledging that the government needs to rebuild community trust.

  • July 23, 2015

    Woman Tells Justices Gov't To Blame For Her Genocide Lies

    A Rwandan woman who was convicted of lying to immigration officials about her ties to mass killings that ravaged the Central African nation in an effort to gain entry into the U.S. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case, arguing that the government engaged in improper questioning during her trial.

  • July 23, 2015

    Texas Says Immigrants Can't Sue Over Birth Certificates

    A Texas health agency said Wednesday that allegations it denies birth certificates to the U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents should be thrown out because, under the 11th Amendment, the state cannot be sued in federal court.

  • July 23, 2015

    DOL Only Processed 64% Of H-2B Apps On Time Last Quarter

    The number of labor certification applications processed on time for H-2B workers plummeted to 64.6 percent in the last quarter, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Labor, following a rocky few months for the program in the face of adverse court rulings.

  • July 23, 2015

    Nelson Mullins Suspends Atty Who Grappled With Flight Crew

    A Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP immigration partner who had to be physically restrained by a flight crew and fellow passengers on a London-bound flight earlier this week, forcing the captain to abort the trip midflight, was suspended by the firm on Thursday.

  • July 23, 2015

    BALCA Reverses Denial Of Labor Cert. For Auto Mechanic

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Tuesday reversed the denial of a labor certification application for an immigrant who sought to work as an automotive master mechanic, finding that a U.S. Department of Labor official erred in denying the application.