Immigration

  • February 13, 2015

    Asylum Seeker Says Govt. Incompetence Kept Him Idle

    A Mexican national seeking asylum in the U.S. is suing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office of Immigration Review, claiming that what he calls the agencies’ incompetence and unlawful policies caused renewal of his work authorization to be denied for months.

  • February 13, 2015

    Ariz. Construction Co. Fined $97K Over INA Violations

    A judge has ruled an Arizona construction company that had dozens of missing I-9 forms and backdated others must pay $97,000 for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, about half the amount proposed by government officials.

  • February 13, 2015

    Feds Raise Security Concerns In High Court Visa Review Case

    The federal government fired back at a U.S. citizen who is seeking a visa for her Afghan husband in a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether visa denials can be subjected to outside scrutiny, claiming she has no right to judicial review and that the issue is a matter of national security.

  • February 13, 2015

    USCIS Memo Implements Status Adjustment Deal In 9th Circ.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has laid out guidelines to implement a 2014 class action settlement allowing some foreign individuals the possibility of reopening their requests for permission to re-enter the U.S. and adjust their status, if the requests were filed in the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction.

  • February 13, 2015

    NM Accused Of Holding Up Tax Refunds From Immigrants

    The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund hit New Mexico's tax department with two lawsuits Thursday alleging the state is wrongly withholding millions of dollars of tax refunds from immigrants who use ID numbers other than Social Security numbers to file their taxes.

  • February 13, 2015

    American Airlines Nabs BALCA Win For Engineering Job

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday granted a permanent labor certification requested by American Airlines for a senior infrastructure engineer job, reversing a denial based on the airline’s failure to show its name on documentation of its website posting for the position.

  • February 13, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff To Face Contempt Bid In Traffic Stops Case

    An Arizona federal judge on Thursday ordered sheriff Joe Arpaio and other members of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to show why they shouldn't be held in contempt for violating an injunction over traffic stops used to verify drivers’ immigration status, saying the plaintiffs presented enough proof the injunction's terms were not implemented.

  • February 12, 2015

    Unmarried Jamaican Couple's Son Is US Citizen, BIA Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals on Thursday ruled that a person born out of wedlock may qualify as the legitimate child of biological parents under federal immigration law if the person was born in a country that has eliminated all legal distinctions between children based on parents’ marital status.

  • February 12, 2015

    DOL Appeals Invalidation Of H-2B Rule To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Secretary of Labor on Wednesday appealed a Florida district court’s decision to vacate a 2012 rule modifying the H-2B program for temporary foreign workers, setting up an Eleventh Circuit battle over whether the Labor Department has the power to issue the regulations.

  • February 12, 2015

    BALCA Judge Axes Plastering Co.'s Bid For 50 H-2B Laborers

    A judge on the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said Wednesday that a Las Vegas plastering company hadn't shown it needed to add temporary workers to its crews because of seasonal demand, upholding the denial of the company’s H-2B certification request for 50 laborers.

  • February 12, 2015

    Ala. County Must Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    An Alabama federal judge on Thursday ordered the state’s second-largest county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, paving the way for other holdout parts of the state to fall in line.

  • February 12, 2015

    Three Immigrants Can't Intervene In Executive Actions Suit

    The Texas federal judge overseeing 26 states’ challenge to new immigration policies created by President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions rejected a bid by three undocumented immigrants to intervene in the suit on Wednesday, although he did allow the women to be heard as amici curiae, or friends of the court.

  • February 12, 2015

    Senate Panel OKs IP 'Czar' But Holds Off On Lynch, Lee Noms

    The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a nominee for U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, but held over votes on Michelle Lee, nominated for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office chief, several judicial nominees and U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, amid debate over Lynch’s position on immigration issues and a controversial money laundering settlement.

  • February 11, 2015

    Calif. Appeals Court Reverses Boy's Citizenship Denial

    A California appeals court overturned a denial of citizenship to a boy whose mother had abandoned him, ruling Wednesday that the lower court interpreted special immigrant juvenile status requirements too narrowly.

  • February 11, 2015

    King Suggests Immigration Protesters Are In US Illegally

    Protesters interrupted a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing Wednesday on legislation that would criminalize being in the country unlawfully and speed up deportations for many children, prompting Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, to suggest some of the demonstrators were “unlawfully present" in the U.S.

  • February 11, 2015

    Okla. Peach Farm Pays $12.5K To Settle H-2A Visa Row

    An Oklahoma vegetable farm has agreed to pay $12,500 in civil penalties to settle alleged violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, claims which arose out of its employment of several workers under the federal H-2A visa program.

  • February 11, 2015

    GOP Rep. Proposes Nixing Tax Break For Immigrant Wages

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Tuesday proposed legislation that would cut a key tax break for companies that hire workers who are in the country illegally, saying the plan could be a way to shut off job magnets that encourage immigrants to come to the U.S.

  • February 11, 2015

    Lawmakers Want Same-Sex Marriage Laws In State Hands

    A pair of Texas federal lawmakers introduced legislation on Tuesday in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S Senate to require federal deference to state laws on same-sex marriage, arguing that the federal government had wrongly attempted to “force” recognition of same-sex marriage on states.

  • February 11, 2015

    High Court's Marriage Stance Won't Bend To Defiant States

    Alabama's striking resistance to legalized same-sex marriage has conjured up shades of previous backlashes against major civil rights rulings, but experts say that sort of defiance won't deter a U.S. Supreme Court that appears poised to extend marriage rights nationwide.

  • February 11, 2015

    BIA Alters Removal Interpretation In Firearm Case

    The Board of Immigration Appeals on Wednesday granted the government's bid to revise its interpretation of a U.S. Supreme Court case in light of a recent Tenth Circuit precedent as part of an appeal by a Mexican national to challenge his deportation after being convicted of a felony for discharging a firearm.