Immigration

  • November 17, 2017

    Judge Won't Rethink Injunction In Sanctuary City Funds Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday shot down Chicago’s bid to reconsider an order that partially denied the city's request for an injunction against anti-sanctuary city conditions for certain grants, unmoved by a new letter to a city official from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 17, 2017

    Groups, Tech Experts Knock Automated Vetting Initiative

    A slew of tech experts and civil rights groups are raising the alarm over the Trump administration's proposed “extreme vetting initiative” for immigrants, sending letters to the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday arguing the program would likely be discriminatory.

  • November 17, 2017

    Feds Say Courts Can't Make Immigrant Soldiers Citizens

    The government told a D.C. federal judge on Friday that courts don’t have the right to confer citizenship, moving to dismiss a suit brought by noncitizen Army recruits accusing it of unfairly delaying the expedited naturalization they were promised under a recently paused program.

  • November 17, 2017

    Dems Ask Trump DHS Pick To Address Immigration Concerns

    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., ranking member of the immigration subcommittee, and 19 other Senate Democrats sent a letter Thursday to Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen asking if she’d advocate for legislation that protects young immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.

  • November 17, 2017

    BIA Says Judge Wrongly Ruled Immigrant Can't Be Deported

    The Board of Immigration Appeals on Friday overturned an immigration judge’s ruling that a lawful permanent resident was ineligible for removal despite his alleged violation of a court protective order precluding contact with a woman and her family, saying the judge did not properly consider that the violation led to a criminal contempt conviction.

  • November 17, 2017

    15 States Tell 4th Circ. Travel Ban 'Imperiling' Industries

    Fifteen states and the District of Columbia urged the Fourth Circuit to preserve a Maryland federal court’s block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban preventing nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., saying the restrictions hurt tourism and recruitment of international talent.

  • November 17, 2017

    Veggie Processing Plant Settles DOJ Immigrant Bias Claims

    A Washington-based vegetable processing plant has agreed to shell out $100,000 to resolve claims levied against it by the U.S. Department of Justice that it discriminated against immigrants who were authorized to work in the U.S. in violation of federal immigration law, the DOJ announced Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Immigrant Groups Urge 4th Circ. To Broaden Travel Ban Halt

    The International Refugee Assistance Project and other immigrant advocates asked the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday to maintain the block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and asked that it be expanded.

  • November 16, 2017

    USCIS Says Some Immigrants Can Join In Revocation Process

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday released new policy guidance, in the form of an adopted decision, clarifying that beneficiaries of work-based immigrant visa applications who are able to change jobs are considered “affected parties” when it comes to the visa petition revocation process and should be allowed to take part in it.

  • November 16, 2017

    Split 9th Circ. Says DHS Must Give Up DACA Docs

    The government must hand over internal documents describing how it decided to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a split Ninth Circuit said Thursday in a decision that found the New York and California judges who issued the orders hadn’t clearly erred.

  • November 16, 2017

    4 Tips For Handling Work-Based Green Card Interviews

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting interviews for employment-based green card applicants, attorneys are preparing clients for a new step in the immigration process, including what key materials to bring. Here are four tips for approaching the new green card interviews.

  • November 16, 2017

    SEC Nears Deal With Jay Peak Owner In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicated Thursday that it is close to a settlement with Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros in its suit against him over his role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit.

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds Can't Dodge SPLC's Suit Over Immigrant Raid Info

    A Georgia federal judge refused Wednesday to rule in favor of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a suit by the Southern Poverty Law Center over the department's alleged refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request regarding a pair of immigration raids, saying the agency failed to conduct an adequate search.

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds To Accept DACA Forms From Those Hit By Mail Delays

    The Trump administration on Wednesday reversed its stance that it would do nothing for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program applicants who met a filing deadline before the U.S. Postal Service apparently mishandled their applications, as challengers to plans to nix the program told a New York federal court the error affected at least 4,000 people.

  • November 15, 2017

    Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio Loses Recusal Bid In Profiling Case

    An Arizona federal judge ruled Wednesday that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not have standing to ask for recusal of the judge or the official court monitor from a long-running class action accusing the lawman of profiling Latinos in traffic stops.

  • November 15, 2017

    Trump Fires Another Warning Shot At Sanctuary Cities

    The Trump administration on Wednesday launched its latest salvo in its bid to challenge so-called sanctuary cities, sending warning letters to communities in states including California, Massachusetts and New York that it suspects are violating federal immigration law.

  • November 15, 2017

    10th Circ. Finds Judge Had No Conflict In Deportation Case

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive an unauthorized immigrant’s bid to stop deportation proceedings, finding that his immigration judge hadn’t been required to recuse herself despite her spouse’s high-ranking role in the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

  • November 15, 2017

    Mass. Woman Accused Of Lying On Naturalization Form

    A woman was arrested on Tuesday on newly unsealed charges that she made false statements on her naturalization application, which she denied at a subsequent arraignment.

  • November 15, 2017

    Feds Can’t Deny Cash To Philly Over 'Sanctuary' Policy

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday temporarily barred the Trump administration from rejecting Philadelphia’s bid for a federal policing grant based on the city’s "sanctuary city" policy toward unauthorized immigrants.

  • November 15, 2017

    Au Pair Co. Pauses Wage Suit To Appeal Arbitration Denial

    A Colorado federal judge Wednesday paused a proposed class action filed by au pairs alleging that multiple sponsor agencies colluded to set low pay rates so that one of the agencies can appeal to the Tenth Circuit the court’s decision not to compel arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Visa Alternatives To Consider When H-1B Isn't An Option

    Andrew Greenfield

    Recently, a strong economy, coupled with a low unemployment rate for college-educated professionals has resulted in U.S. employers having just over a 30 percent chance of having their H-1B petitions selected for adjudication. Fortunately, there are alternatives employers can consider when they are unable to obtain the foreign professional resources they need, says Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Preparing For An Increase In I-9 Worksite Enforcement

    Leigh Ganchan

    Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan recently issued a directive to increase worksite enforcement, putting I-9 compliance personnel on notice. However, knowing some basics about this development can help stakeholders gauge what to expect from the current administration, says Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • 3 Signals From USCIS About H-1B And L-1 Visas

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Recent announcements reinforce the administration’s focus on policing abuses and preventing fraud in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. Employers can expect U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services not only to second-guess the validity of H-1B and L-1 petitions, but to search for opportunities to investigate and penalize employers, say Elizabeth Espín Stern and Maximillian Del Rey of Mayer Brown LLP.