Immigration

  • April 20, 2017

    Hawaii Sens. Slam Sessions' Travel Ban Block Remarks

    A disparaging comment by Attorney General Jeff Sessions referencing a Hawaii federal judge’s block of President Donald Trump’s travel ban in a radio interview unleashed a fury of backlash Thursday from politicians and Hawaii senators who leapt to defend the state.

  • April 20, 2017

    4th Circ. Urged To Extend Hold On Trump Travel Ban

    The Fourth Circuit was hit this week with more than two dozen briefs from organizations and individuals weighing in on President Donald Trump’s call for a travel ban from six predominantly Muslim countries, with most urging the court to uphold a temporary pause of the revised executive order.

  • April 20, 2017

    In EB-5 Rule Feedback, Higher Investments Spark Outcry

    In recent feedback on potential reforms, the U.S. government got an earful against a proposal to raise the minimum contributions for the EB-5 immigrant investor program along with suggestions on ways to improve the program's regional center aspect. 

  • April 20, 2017

    ICE's Deportation Management Falls Short: DHS Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has issued a handful of recommendations to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that deficiencies and unresolved obstacles in ICE’s deportation management hinder its ability to deport immigrants efficiently, according to a report published by the agency.

  • April 20, 2017

    Chicago, NYC, LA File Brief In 4th Circ. Against Travel Ban

    Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and others weighed in Wednesday against President Donald J. Trump’s updated immigration ban for six predominantly Muslim countries, telling the Fourth Circuit that lifting the injunction on the executive order would hurt city economies across the country.

  • April 20, 2017

    SEC Says Cos. Can't Escape EB-5 Fraud Scheme Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has urged a California federal judge not to allow two companies to ditch its suit accusing a businessman of misappropriating funds raised through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, saying the agency has already shown how each company he controlled was responsible.

  • April 20, 2017

    Judge Tosses WashTech's F-1 Visa Rule Challenge

    A technology union suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has not sufficiently proven its members were disadvantaged in the STEM job market by an extension of a program that lets students visiting on F-1 visas work during or after their studies, a D.C. federal judge has ruled, dismissing the suit.

  • April 20, 2017

    EB-2 Degree Determinations Are Case-Specific, USCIS Says

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said this week that it must conduct a case-specific analysis to determine whether a beneficiary who received a provisional certificate had completed all requirements to earn the degree and that the school had approved the degree at the time the certificate was issued.

  • April 19, 2017

    Trump's H-1B Order May Not Boost Jobs For Americans

    It is unclear if President Donald Trump’s Tuesday executive order on H-1B visas will achieve his goal of preserving jobs for American workers, as the order presented little in the way of specifics about possible reforms and targets a work visa program that accounts for a small portion of the economy, experts say.

  • April 19, 2017

    Calif., NJ Chief Justices Slam Courthouse ICE Arrests

    The chief justices of California and New Jersey on Wednesday made separate calls on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to cease arrests of unauthorized immigrants at courthouses, warning that the practice will have a chilling effect on those seeking out the public venues for justice.  

  • April 19, 2017

    Fake Immigration Atty To Pay $250K In Deal With DC AG

    Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl A. Racine said on Tuesday that he has reached a $250,000 settlement with a so-called “notario” who allegedly defrauded Spanish-speaking immigrants by claiming to offer them legitimate legal services despite not being a licensed attorney.

  • April 19, 2017

    BIA Clarifies Ruling On Administrative Closure Of Cases

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Tuesday that an immigration judge cannot review whether an immigrant falls within the enforcement priorities of the Department of Homeland Security or take into account judicial resources when considering a case’s administrative closure.

  • April 19, 2017

    Hawaii, Oakland Push To Become Sanctuaries

    A city and a state have joined the scores of localities pushing to become so-called sanctuaries, with Oakland, California, approving a measure for sanctuary workplaces, and Hawaii lawmakers putting forth a resolution urging local law enforcement not to work with federal immigration agencies.

  • April 19, 2017

    Emirates Reduces US Flights After Trump Travel Restrictions

    Emirates Airline will reduce flights to five U.S. cities in response to slowing demand from Middle Eastern countries following the Trump administration’s heightened travel restrictions for citizens of several majority-Muslim countries.

  • April 19, 2017

    Border Wall Could Cost $67B, Senate Democrats Claim

    A report issued on Tuesday by Senate Democrats claims that the Trump administration has severely underestimated the expense and time needed to build its planned southern border wall project, saying the project could cost around $67 billion and be tied up in land acquisition negotiations and disputes for more than a decade.

  • April 18, 2017

    DACA Deportee Sues Gov't For Records On Arrest, Removal

    A 23-year-old immigrant sued the federal government Tuesday in California federal court to obtain records authorizing his February arrest and deportation despite what he contends was his legal right to live and work in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • April 18, 2017

    Hearings For Immigrant Kids Undermine HHS, 9th Circ. Told

    A Department of Justice attorney told a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that offering bond hearings to children facing immigration proceedings was like “bandaging the wrong leg,” saying it would create a jurisdictional conflict without solving the plaintiffs’ due process concerns about U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' custody determinations.

  • April 18, 2017

    Shepherds’ H-2A Visa Minimum Wage Claims Nixed In Nevada

    A Nevada federal judge has tossed a case in which a putative class of shepherds working on H-2A visas alleged that several ranches undercut them on minimum wage pay, concluding that his court does not have jurisdiction to hear the claims.

  • April 18, 2017

    Iranian-Americans Speak Against Travel Ban In Rare Hearing

    Individuals affected by the Trump administration’s revised travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries presented first-ever live court testimony Tuesday in hopes of reversing the controversial policy, telling a D.C. federal judge it violates the rights of Iranian-Americans now cut off from overseas relatives.

  • April 18, 2017

    Hotel Used Staffing Co. To Fire Haitian Workers, EEOC Says

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a South Beach hotel Tuesday for racial discrimination, claiming the Florida hotel used a staffing agency as cover to get rid of black Haitian kitchen workers and replace them with lighter-skinned employees. 

Expert Analysis

  • New Policies Pose Threat To Immigrant Workplace Rights

    Mehreen Rasheed

    While most workplace protections such as minimum wage and anti-discrimination laws apply to all employees regardless of immigration status, these assurances ring hollow to many immigrant workers given the Trump administration’s aggressive rollout of its new immigration enforcement priorities, say Mehreen Rasheed and Debra Katz of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • An Alternative Legal Argument Against Trump's Travel Ban

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    The litigation filed against President Donald Trump’s travel ban at this point has focused on constitutional issues, particularly religious bias in violation of the establishment clause. There is, however, another legal argument against the travel ban that does not require looking at evidence outside of the judicial record, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Employers Can Anticipate Aggressive H-1B Inquiries

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it will launch multiple additional measures to combat H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The agency’s emphasis on potential wage disparities, misrepresented job duties or locations, and experience shortfalls signify a notable departure from the more straightforward audits USCIS has conducted in the past, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.