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Immigration

  • October 2, 2015

    9th Circ. Won't Sanction Gov't Atty Over Article Mention

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday refused to sanction a government attorney for making an argument allegedly based on information in a news article and not on evidence presented to the court during arguments in an immigration class action, saying the lawyer wasn’t trying to use the article to mislead the court.

  • October 2, 2015

    Consulates, Embassies Closed On Oct. 9 For Systems Upgrade

    Operations will be closed to the public at embassies and consulates around the world on Oct. 9 due to a systems upgrade, a U.S. Department of State official confirmed on Friday, meaning that anyone with an appointment for that day will need to reschedule.

  • October 2, 2015

    Circle K Settles National Origin Discrimination Suit

    Circle K Stores Inc. settled a discrimination suit brought by a former store manager in Arizona who claimed that he was fired after complaining of unequal treatment based on his national origin and gender, according to documents filed on Friday in Arizona federal court.

  • October 2, 2015

    American Samoans Lose DC Circ. En Banc Bid In Citizen Row

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday declined a request by a group of American Samoans for a full rehearing following a panel's affirming a lower court’s determination that the 14th Amendment’s citizenship clause does not entitle people born in the unincorporated U.S. territory to birthright citizenship.

  • October 2, 2015

    Feds Reach Deal With Wash. Labor Agency Over Bias Claims

    A Washington labor agency has agreed to certain reforms to settle complaints filed by limited English speakers who claimed they experienced discrimination in the state’s workers’ compensation program, the U.S. Labor and Justice departments said on Thursday.

  • October 2, 2015

    EB-5 Investors Plead To Intervene In $136M Visa Fraud Case

    A group of foreign residents who sought to obtain green cards by each investing $500,000 with companies that are now facing fraud claims in a $136 million lawsuit moved on Thursday to intervene in the case, asking a Washington federal court to order that their money be returned.

  • October 2, 2015

    BIA Can't Toss Man For Having Pot Near School: 5th Circ.

    A divided Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday that a conviction for possession of marijuana in a “drug-free school zone” should not have barred a Mexican man from trying to cancel his removal, overturning a decision at the Board of Immigration Appeals.

  • October 1, 2015

    Visa Bulletin Resolution Could Follow Path From 2007

    A suddenly revised October visa bulletin crushed the hopes of potentially thousands of immigrants waiting for green cards and prompted a class action against the government, but attorneys say the resolution of a similar matter out of court in 2007 may hold clues to the future of the current dispute.

  • October 1, 2015

    USCIS Must Beef Up Explanations In Nat'l Security FOIA Row

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must provide a better explanation for why it was withholding certain documents in a Freedom of Information Act case over whether certain Middle Eastern immigrants are treated differently when trying to obtain naturalization.

  • October 1, 2015

    Senate Unanimously OKs Bill To Employ Vets At Border

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously approved the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, a law aimed at recruiting outgoing military personnel at understaffed ports of entry where nearly 1,200 positions to improve security and monitor international trade shipments need to be filled.

  • October 1, 2015

    Justices To Hear Deportee's Appeal Of Sentencing Calculation

    The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to review a Fifth Circuit decision that said a district court's error in sentencing an immigrant, who pleaded guilty to being present in the U.S. following deportation after having been convicted of an aggravated felony, did not affect his substantial rights.

  • October 1, 2015

    Justices Asked To Review Appeal Over Torture Convention

    A Salvadoran man seeking to defer his deportation under the Convention Against Torture has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, claiming the Second Circuit was wrong to find it didn’t have jurisdiction to consider his appeal.

  • October 1, 2015

    EEOC Sues Farm Over Harsh Hispanic Worker Treatment

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Florida farm on Wednesday of subjecting a Guatemalan woman and a class of Hispanic kitchen workers to a hostile work environment based on their national origin and improperly firing the woman for filing a complaint with the agency.

  • October 1, 2015

    AILA Files Complaint Over Ankle Monitors, Right To Counsel

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association and other immigration groups urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to investigate whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers at a Texas detainment center are coercing and misleading detained mothers into accepting ankle monitors and forgoing bond hearings.

  • September 30, 2015

    2-Year Detention Shows Why Immigrants Need Attys: Judge

    A New York federal judge who refused to dismiss a suit from a man who says he was falsely imprisoned and wrongfully subjected to deportation proceedings said in an opinion Tuesday that the case underlines the acute need for attorneys to represent immigrants.

  • September 30, 2015

    Reps. Slam Sudden Changes To October Visa Bulletin

    Two Democratic representatives on Wednesday criticized the abrupt changes to the October visa bulletin that made many immigrants unable to apply for green cards, while plaintiffs in a class action over the revisions filed a temporary restraining order seeking to force government to accept some of the applications.

  • September 30, 2015

    Sauerkraut Co. Migrant Workers Look For Cert. In Wage Suit

    A Haitian man who claims GLK Foods LLC, the world’s largest sauerkraut producer, underpaid migrant workers asked a federal judge Wednesday to certify a class of individuals who worked at the company's Wisconsin factory in 2011.

  • September 30, 2015

    EEOC Slaps 3 NY Restaurants With National Origin Suit

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint in New York federal court against three Italian restaurants alleging they engaged in national origin discrimination against immigrant workers.

  • September 30, 2015

    BALCA Nixes Horse Trainer Labor Cert. Over Housing Perk

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Monday upheld the denial of a permanent labor certification sought by Fair Winds Farm for a horse trainer because the farm's newspaper ads did not include the option for applicants to live on-site, a more favorable benefit that was ultimately offered to the foreign worker.

  • September 30, 2015

    House Backs Gov’t Funding Bill, Averting Shutdown

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through mid-December, effectively averting a looming government shutdown, while simultaneously backing a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.