Immigration

  • February 15, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Cops To Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has pled guilty to charges he stole the identity of seven immigrants and attempted to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, his attorney announced Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Ill. Sheriff Must Face Immigrant's Wrongful Detention Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday allowed a Honduran native to move forward with his suit claiming a jail in Lake County wrongfully continued to detain him after his sister posted bond for him, and then retaliated to his complaints about that detention by transferring him to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

  • February 15, 2018

    Immigration Debate Burns Out In Senate

    After months of wrangling, the Senate’s anticipated immigration debate turned into an utter bust on Thursday as the body voted down both bipartisan proposals and President Donald Trump’s effort.

  • February 15, 2018

    SG Asks High Court To Hold Off On Arizona DACA Case

    Solicitor General Noel Francisco on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a case concerning whether Arizona may deny issuing driver’s licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants, saying a related case would be a better vehicle to settle the matter.

  • February 15, 2018

    Trump's Travel Ban 3.0 Blocked By Another Circuit Court

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday asserted that the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban unconstitutionally targeted Muslims as evidenced by his own public statements, marking the second time a federal appeals court has ruled against the policy.

  • February 15, 2018

    Immigrant Workers Allege Racist Treatment By NY Railway

    A group of immigrant day laborers sued a rail company in New York state court on Wednesday, saying they were hired to do dangerous work without proper training or equipment, dehumanized by being compared to animals and subjected to an "egregious, racially hostile work environment." 

  • February 15, 2018

    Filipino Family Awarded Nearly $400K For Forced Labor

    A Filipino family who entered the United States as legal permanent residents won a $387,621 verdict on Wednesday when a Colorado federal jury found they had been forced to work without wages for a family member who sponsored their entry.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    Senate Immigration Debate Stuck In Neutral

    Two days after starting what was supposed to be a sweeping immigration debate, the Senate has yet to take a single vote as disagreements over legal immigration and President Donald Trump’s proposal to deal with Dreamers have kept the parties in their respective camps.

  • February 14, 2018

    H-2A Visa Shepherds Still Can't Get Class Cert. For Wage Suit

    A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday dismissed for the second time a proposed class action made up of foreign shepherds working in the U.S. on H-2A visas who said that several ranches failed to pay them minimum wage, finding that federal jurisdiction requirements hadn’t been met.

  • February 14, 2018

    9th Circ. Should Reverse Calif. DACA Injunction, Feds Say

    The Trump administration on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal court’s order that temporarily barred it from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that it is an agency action that courts must defer to.

  • February 14, 2018

    Ex-ICE Attorney Charged With Stealing Immigrant IDs

    A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has been charged with stealing the identity of seven immigrants and attempting to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, according to Washington federal court documents.

  • February 14, 2018

    Polsinelli Wins Asylum For Child Immigrants With Big Dreams

    After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli.

  • February 13, 2018

    A Field Guide To The Senate's Immigration Proposals

    As the Senate continues its freewheeling immigration debate, members of both parties are competing to reach 60 votes on one of numerous proposals balancing relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries with border security. Here’s our field guide to the various immigration plans currently floating around Congress.

  • February 13, 2018

    9th Circ. Revives ACLU's Suit Over DHS Checkpoint

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday revived a suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of violating the American Civil Liberties Union’s free speech rights near an Arizona checkpoint, agreeing with arguments made by a Covington & Burling LLP attorney that the lower court abused its discretion by denying their request to take discovery.

  • February 13, 2018

    Senate's Immigration Debate Falling Apart

    The Senate’s planned freewheeling immigration debate threatened to spin out of control Tuesday, as the body did not vote on a single proposal while Democrats delayed offering their own plans and Republican leaders threatened to shut down the debate at the end of the week.

  • February 13, 2018

    BALCA Clips Bid For H-2B Visas By NC Landscaping Biz

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed a U.S. Department of Labor decision denying a North Carolina landscaper's request to employ foreign seasonal workers, finding the company failed to prove the jobs were temporary.

  • February 13, 2018

    Trump's DACA Rollback Paused By NY Judge

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday entered an order that temporarily bars the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, holding that the federal government has not sufficiently justified why it sought to roll back the immigration initiative.

  • February 13, 2018

    Trump's Immigration Plan Hits Africa, Asia, Latin America

    The Trump administration’s proposals for redrawing the nation’s immigration system through reductions in family reunification visas and the elimination of the diversity visa lottery would negatively impact the entry of nationals from Africa, Asia and Latin America into the U.S., according to an analysis released on Monday by the Center for American Progress.

  • February 13, 2018

    19 AGs Blast 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    A coalition of 19 attorneys general and others urged the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday to reject the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census, arguing it would undermine the accuracy of the population count and violate the census’ obligations under federal law.

Expert Analysis

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • State Of The Union And Trump's Rigid Course On Immigration

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    The four pillars of President Donald Trump's immigration plan are not new — they were proposed by the White House a week before his State of the Union address Tuesday. However, by placing them in the speech, the president seems to be signaling that this is his bottom line, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • What Employers Should Know About Termination Of TPS

    Otto Immel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it is terminating the temporary protected status program for foreign nationals residing in the U.S. from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and, most recently, El Salvador. Employers should review their internal procedures for reverifying expiring employment eligibility and consider performing an internal Form I-9 audit, say Otto Immel and Ashley Sykes of Quarles & Brady LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.