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Immigration

  • January 18, 2019

    Texas Bill Would Criminalize Faking Family Relation At Border

    A bill filed in the Texas Legislature on Thursday would make it a misdemeanor offense to falsely pass off a child as a family member at a designated border crossing.

  • January 17, 2019

    Citizenship Question Deposition Not Needed, Justices Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court should toss an inquiry over whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross may be deposed over his role in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census and over the allowable extent of related discovery, as a New York federal court has nixed the question, coalitions of states and immigration organizations told the high court Thursday.

  • January 17, 2019

    Spouse Deportations Suit Paused Despite ACLU Objections

    A proposed class action against the Trump administration by citizens fighting deportation orders for their immigrant spouses has been stayed until at least early February due to the government shutdown, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday, despite objections to the delays raised by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • January 17, 2019

    More Immigrant Kids Separated Than Thought, HHS Says

    A government watchdog report published Thursday found that the Trump administration began separating immigrant families in detention long before it announced a "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting all unauthorized border crossers, meaning that many more families may have been separated than was previously known.

  • January 17, 2019

    Feds Block 3 Countries' Eligibility For H-2A, H-2B Visas

    The Trump administration is planning to strip the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and the Philippines from eligibility for the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visas for the rest of 2019, citing concerns over either their lack of cooperation in repatriating deported citizens or a high percentages of their citizens overstaying U.S. visas.

  • January 17, 2019

    Trump Cancels Pelosi Trip As Feud Fuels Shutdown

    President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled Speaker Nancy Pelosi's ability to use military aircraft for a planned trip abroad, as the conflict between the two has escalated this week amid a partial government shutdown.

  • January 17, 2019

    TPS Holder Is Eligible For Green Card Despite Unlawful Entry

    Temporary protected status holders do not need to have initially entered the United States legally in order to later qualify for a green card, a Texas federal judge has ruled, siding with a Honduran TPS beneficiary in a dispute over the interpretation of the federal immigration statute that has split the circuits.

  • January 17, 2019

    ACLU Sues Gov't, Demands Docs On Social Media Spying

    The American Civil Liberties Union hit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and six other federal agencies with a Freedom of Information Act suit in California federal court on Thursday, demanding the government hand over documents related to its social media surveillance practices.

  • January 17, 2019

    IT Workers Renew Challenge To H-1B Spouse Work Rule

    A group of American information technology workers Wednesday renewed a challenge at the D.C. Circuit to an Obama-era rule allowing the spouses of highly skilled visa holders to work in the United States, claiming the U.S. Department of Homeland Security exceeded its authority when issuing the regulation.

  • January 16, 2019

    Bill Roundup: H-2B Cap Relief, Heightened Asylum Standards

    In the opening days of the new Congress, lawmakers introduced legislation tackling H-2B temporary non-agricultural visas, sanctuary city policies, asylum standards, and alternatives to immigration detention. Here, Law360 examines their proposals.

  • January 16, 2019

    Latest Shutdown-Ending Deal Spinning Out At Starting Line

    Key Republicans have so far shied away from signing onto the latest effort to end a showdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a Mexican border wall, in the form of a letter calling for a brief funding reprieve to negotiate a compromise.

  • January 16, 2019

    Pa. AG Goes After Phony Philly-Area Immigration Atty

    A Philadelphia-area man who admitted to posing as an immigration attorney is facing a lawsuit from the Pennsylvania attorney general's office in a bid to recoup some $20,000 in fees he allegedly extracted from individuals he took on as clients in citizenship cases.

  • January 16, 2019

    11th Circ. Won't Send Divorced Man's Kids To Switzerland

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Georgia federal court’s determination that a German man may not have his children returned to Switzerland, as his divorce agreement authorized their mother to take them to the United States.

  • January 16, 2019

    ACLU Opposes DHS Stay Request In Married Immigrants Suit

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts will oppose the government's shutdown-related motion to pause a proposed class action by immigrants fighting deportation orders for their noncitizen spouses after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security balked at an ALCU request to provide more information on potential removals.

  • January 16, 2019

    CBP Escapes Suit Over Falsifying Gay Asylum Seeker's Docs

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a gay Mexican man’s suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of denying his bid for asylum after failing to give him a chance to present his fear-based claims and falsified paperwork for his deportation, ruling that the court has no jurisdiction in the case.

  • January 16, 2019

    Law Center Hit With RICO Suit Over 'Hate Group' Label

    The Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit think tank that advocates for more restrictive immigration policies, filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against two leaders at the Southern Poverty Law Center in federal court on Wednesday, disputing the legal advocacy organization’s choice to label it a “hate group.”

  • January 16, 2019

    9th Circ. Won't Stop Deportation For $50 Given To Terrorists

    The donation of approximately $50 by a Nepalese man to a terrorist organization bars his qualification for obtaining asylum or for ducking deportation, the Ninth Circuit has decided.

  • January 15, 2019

    MLB Deal To Open Door For Cuban Players Is No Home Run

    A new deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation has the potential to open the floodgates for Cuban-born baseball players to play professionally in the U.S. without having to defect, but the regulatory changes that made the deal possible could be primed for a reversal.

  • January 15, 2019

    Citizenship Question Ruling Offers Model For Peer Courts

    A New York federal judge laid out exhaustive arguments for why U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated the Administrative Procedure Act by including a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census Tuesday, offering a road map for other pending legal challenges and anticipating issues in a likely appeal, attorneys said.

  • January 15, 2019

    Google, Amazon Urged To Keep Face ID Tech From Feds

    Dozens of advocacy groups joined together Tuesday to push Microsoft, Google and Amazon to refrain from selling face surveillance technology to the federal government, arguing that such a move would undermine public trust in their businesses and hand the government sweeping new power to target immigrants and minorities.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.

  • Asylum Case Exemplifies Executive Branch Overreach

    Steven Gordon

    Although there are shortcomings in some portions of the Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump, they do not affect its central conclusion that the administration's new asylum policy is legally flawed, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    High Court Should Not Become Political Pawn Over DACA

    Andrew Pincus

    The U.S. Department of Justice's requests for the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower court decisions on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program fall far outside the usual certiorari petition paradigm and should be denied, says Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • 2019 Will Bring More Good News For Litigation Finance

    Alan Guy

    Last year saw another round of year-over-year growth in litigation finance, as debates shifted from whether it should be permitted to how it can best be managed. The exciting news, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital PCC, is that 2019 seems likely to bring more of the same.

  • Why More Law Firms Will Embrace Remote Work In 2019

    Tomas Suros

    Leveraging technology in a fiercely competitive market is a key factor driving law firms toward technology adoption in 2019, as they face growing demand from legal talent and clients for the ability to connect, access and control information whenever and wherever needed, says Tomas Suros of tech provider AbacusNext.