Immigration

  • July 21, 2017

    BIA Says Crime Was 'Against A Minor' Despite Involving Cop

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Friday that a man’s violation for computer-related solicitation of a child counted as a “specified offense against a minor,” although it actually involved an undercover cop, and dismissed his appeal in a case over a rejected visa petition.

  • July 21, 2017

    20 Democratic AGs Ask Trump To Defend DACA Program

    A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general asked President Donald Trump on Friday to defend the Obama administration program allowing unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S., a request that came against a backdrop of opposition from some Republican state AGs and an uncommitted White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Latino Lawmakers Ax Texas Event Over Sanctuary City Law

    The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators won't be hosting its annual conference in Texas later this year as planned, becoming the latest organization to move a convention out of the state in response to a controversial “sanctuary cities” law that opponents say undermines due process and scapegoats immigrants.

  • July 21, 2017

    Chinese Students Ask To Join $89M EB-5 Scam Suit

    Three Chinese college students asked an Illinois federal judge on Thursday for permission to join the Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit against an immigration attorney accused of funneling money from the nearly $89 million he collected from EB-5 visa holders into his own pockets.

  • July 20, 2017

    DOJ Tweaks To 'Sanctuary City' Order Not Enough: Judge

    A California federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent attempts to narrow the scope of President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called "sanctuary cities" did not justify the revocation of an injunction on the order.

  • July 20, 2017

    EPIC Demands Info About Biometric Tracking At U.S. Borders

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to force U.S. Customs and Border Protection to fork over information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, as the agency moves toward establishing a tracking system President Donald Trump has said he wants implemented quickly.

  • July 20, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Human Trafficking, Status Paths

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures that would aim to fight human trafficking and create pathways to legal status for various types of workers.

  • July 20, 2017

    Lighting Co.'s Immigration Rechecks Illegal, NLRB Judge Says

    An entertainment-industry lighting rental company violated the National Labor Relations Act when it ordered immigration status rechecks for its workers ahead of a union election, a National Labor Relations Board judge found Wednesday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Traveler Angst, New Protocols Free Airlines From Laptop Ban

    Traveler pushback and pressure on the Trump administration to be flexible on its border security demands, combined with the swift implementation by nine Middle Eastern and African airlines of the government's heightened screening procedures for U.S.-bound flights, likely propelled the lifting of a 4-month-old laptop ban, experts say.

  • July 20, 2017

    Ogletree Adds Employment Atty From Morgan Lewis

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has boosted its Boston employment litigation practice with the addition of a shareholder who was most recently a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • July 20, 2017

    House Passes Homeland Security Reforms, Reauthorization

    The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the first reauthorization of the Department of Homeland Security since DHS was created in 2002, sending to the Senate a bipartisan measure that includes reforms to the agency’s organization, purchasing and authority.

  • July 20, 2017

    San Jose Biz Owner Cops To Fake Cisco Job Visa Scheme

    A San Jose businesswoman pled guilty to visa fraud charges in California federal court on Wednesday after prosecutors accused her of lying about jobs at Cisco Systems Inc. available to foreign workers in H-1B visa applications.

  • July 20, 2017

    2 More Plead Guilty In Massive Indian Call Center Fraud

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced two more guilty pleas from men copping to the money laundering end of a massive fraud involving Indian call centers impersonating tax and other officials to extract hundreds of millions of dollars from victims nationwide, bringing the number of guilty pleas to 13.

  • July 19, 2017

    Asylum Seekers Get Class Status In Work-Authorization Suit

    A federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of asylum seekers who have submitted requests for work authorization that weren’t decided within 30 days, but dismissed the claims of another proposed subclass.

  • July 19, 2017

    Sens. Graham, Durbin To Lead Bipartisan Dream Act Revival

    Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., announced Wednesday that they will soon unveil a bipartisan revival of the Dream Act that would allow certain young undocumented immigrants to attain lawful permanent U.S. residence and a path to citizenship.

  • July 19, 2017

    Army Reservists Seeking Citizenship Ordered To Tweak Suit

    A courtroom battle over the Pentagon’s move to stall naturalization proceedings for noncitizen Army reservists ended in a stalemate Wednesday as a D.C. federal judge ordered the reservists to refile their lawsuit with additional legal arguments, but not before ripping the government for a “baffling” series of policy changes.

  • July 19, 2017

    Womble Carlyle Launches Business Immigration Service

    Business law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP has created an immigration services practice and brought on a former attorney with the Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm to head it, the firm has announced.

  • July 19, 2017

    Oil CEO Wants Evidence From 'Overbroad' Warrant Nixed

    An oil and gas entrepreneur charged with bank and visa fraud along with a separate charge of criminal contempt asked a New York federal judge on Wednesday to suppress any evidence found by investigators on his electronic devices because the warrant authorizing their seizure was overbroad and without a time limit.

  • July 19, 2017

    Dallas Atty Accused Of Rigging Fraud Marriage For Assistant

    A Dallas attorney has been charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud for allegedly arranging a marriage to secure lawful permanent resident status for his legal assistant, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    Immigration Court Case Backlog Hits Record 610,000

    The immigration court backlog jumped by about 11,000 cases in one month, reaching a record high of more than 610,000 cases in late June, according to Syracuse University researchers.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Evaluating Effect Of Bad Atty Advice On Case-By-Case Basis

    James Aldrich

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Jae Lee v. United States specifically rejected any one-size-fits-all test for evaluating the effect of the prejudice of faulty representation on a defendant’s decision to plead guilty or go to trial. With no objective standard provided by this decision, these cases will likely result in different applications in different federal circuits, says James Aldrich of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Opinion

    Trump's Immigration Policy Won't Help Construction Industry

    Conrad Lazo

    It's believed that instead of increasing job opportunities and benefiting the overall economy, the current administration’s immigration plans will, unfortunately, result in higher construction costs and lower productivity. There has to be a balance between the needs of our society and the benefits gained by use of immigrant labor, says Conrad Lazo of Becker & Poliakoff.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 3

    Andrew Greenfield

    In the final part of this series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP examines a new regulation that clarifies when a new employer can take advantage of a prior employer’s sponsorship without incurring the cost and risk of new sponsorship.

  • Welcome Changes For Cos. Hiring Foreign Talent: Part 2

    Andrew Greenfield

    In part 2 of this three-part series, Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP explores some of the questions surrounding a new type of temporary U.S. work permit designed to bridge a gap in employment authorization while the employee seeks alternate green card sponsorship.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.