Immigration

  • September 17, 2015

    9th Circ. OKs Appeal In Battle Over Attys For Immigrant Kids

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday allowed the federal government to appeal a lower court’s refusal to chuck a case over whether immigrant kids have a right to attorneys during their deportation proceedings, but refused to halt the district court litigation while the appeal plays out.

  • September 17, 2015

    More States Turning To EB-5, But Securities Worries Loom

    State governments' interest in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is on the rise, according to a Thursday report, but a former Arkansas governor said during a discussion on the findings that some states haven't yet realized how important the securities aspect is to the program.

  • September 17, 2015

    Asylum Seeker Tells DC Circ. DHS Report Isn't Privileged

    An Ethiopian asylum seeker blasted the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday for withholding a report that it used to deny his request, telling a D.C. Circuit panel that the document was a final decision that is retrievable under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • September 17, 2015

    Sen. Sanders, Reps. Unveil Bill To Ban Private Prisons

    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and three leading House Democrats introduced legislation Thursday that would ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas of immigrants held in detention, with Sanders saying the nation should focus on treating people with dignity.

  • September 17, 2015

    While EB-5 Centers Need Scrutiny, Projects Viewed As King

    Following a government action against two Washington regional centers, attorneys say it’s wise to thoroughly scrutinize regional centers being considered by EB-5 investor clients, but the merit of the project itself is often more important when it comes to choosing an appropriate EB-5 venture. This is part one of a two-part series on EB-5 projects as the program continues to pick up steam.

  • September 17, 2015

    Research Co. Must Pay $291K Back Wages To H-1B Workers

    A judge for the U.S. Department of Labor ordered clinical research company Care Worldwide Inc. Wednesday to pay at least $291,708 to two H-1B employees after finding that the company and its president “benched” both of the workers.

  • September 17, 2015

    DOL Slams Injunction Bid In H-2A Sheepherder Suit

    The U.S. Department of Labor urged a Colorado federal court Wednesday to deny a preliminary injunction bid by a worker advocacy organization seeking to stop the department from certifying more H-2A applications for sheepherders at a certain rate, saying the challenged regulations have already been remanded by another court.

  • September 17, 2015

    White House Launches Campaign Encouraging Citizenship

    President Barack Obama launched a program Thursday aimed at encouraging eligible immigrants to commit to citizenship, which the administration said is part of a comprehensive effort by the White House Task Force on New Americans to ensure that they have the tools and support they need to become citizens.

  • September 16, 2015

    Fast-Track Departure Is 'Purely Discretionary,' 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision denying an immigrant’s request for a fast-track departure and upholding his 27-month prison sentence, saying a fast-track departure is “purely discretionary” and the district court had a right to reject it.

  • September 16, 2015

    Gold Medalist Loses Bid For Visa Over Coaching Credentials

    An Ohio federal judge this week upheld the denial of a green card petition for an Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast who went on to work as a coach, refusing to find that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was out of line to require her employer to show the gymnastics champ had extraordinary ability in coaching.

  • September 16, 2015

    Senate Committee Stalls Again On 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill

    The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary is once again canceling its public markup of a controversial bill targeting so-called sanctuary cities because lawmakers are still working on its language, making this at least the third time that the committee has scuttled consideration of the bill.

  • September 16, 2015

    Ariz. County Must Turn Over Privileged Docs In Profiling Suit

    An Arizona federal judge ordered Maricopa County on Wednesday to turn over nearly all of the documents that appear on its privilege log, even if covered by the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine, in a long-standing racial profiling class action.

  • September 16, 2015

    1 In 4 Farmworkers May Qualify For Relief Under Exec. Actions

    A clear picture emerged of an aging, increasingly settled unauthorized workforce in agriculture during a discussion at the Migration Policy Institute on Wednesday, with a U.S. Department of Agriculture economist saying that one in four farm laborers could be eligible for deportation relief under the president’s executive actions.

  • September 16, 2015

    Delayed Asylum Interview Class Seeks $325K In Fees

    A class of immigrants who recently settled a case over delays in interviews with asylum officers asked a California federal court Tuesday to grant them attorneys’ fees of $325,000 and out-of-pocket expenses, saying the requested amounts are “reasonable and well-justified.” 

  • September 16, 2015

    9th Circ. Nixes Arpaio's Bid To DQ Judge In Traffic Stops Case

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday denied Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request to direct an Arizona federal judge to recuse himself from a racial profiling case and to appoint a new judge to preside over the proceedings, saying the lower court did not err in denying his recusal motion.

  • September 16, 2015

    Ky. Clerk’s Appeal Efforts Blasted, Denied At 6th Circ.

    The Kentucky county clerk fighting against issuing gay marriage licenses faced opposition to her attempts to overturn or forestall court orders on Tuesday, when the Sixth Circuit denied her appeal of a briefing order and plaintiffs fought a related motion to stay.

  • September 15, 2015

    Sen. Says L-1B Guidance Allows Too Many Foreign Workers

    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday he was “troubled” by a new policy memo on L-1B intracompany transferee petitions that could result in hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers being admitted into the U.S.

  • September 15, 2015

    Both Parties Confused In Tata Visa Bias Case, Judge Says

    A California federal judge Tuesday expressed doubts about both sides of a proposed class action claiming information technology outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. discriminated against workers who weren't of Southeast Asian origin, saying the plaintiff doesn't know what the complaint says and that the defendant misunderstood the allegations against it.

  • September 15, 2015

    US 'Dumping Ground' For Immigrants, Trump Tells Crowd

    Republican presidential contender Donald Trump ramped up his anti-immigrant rhetoric in front of thousands of cheering supporters in Dallas Monday night, likening unauthorized immigrants to gang members once again and calling the U.S. a “dumping ground.”

  • September 15, 2015

    Texas Grocer Pays Immigrant Workers $416K In Back Wages

    A Texas supermarket has paid more than $416,000 in back wages to its employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation revealed that it failed to pay many of its workers the federal minimum wage and overtime, the Department of Labor said Tuesday.