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Immigration

  • August 13, 2015

    High Court Shouldn't Touch DHS Bias Ruling, Feds Argue

    The U.S. Supreme Court should not take up a case brought by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer who claims that he was fired because of his Hispanic origin, the federal government said this week, arguing that lower courts correctly determined his suit was time-barred.

  • August 13, 2015

    LA Radio Station Fired Pair For Reporting Fraud, Suit Says

    Radio station operator Grupo Radio Centro LA LLC has been hit with a wrongful termination lawsuit, removed Tuesday to California federal court, by two former employees who say they were fired after they reported suspected Nielsen ratings fraud and after they uncovered that the station was employing unauthorized immigrants.

  • August 13, 2015

    Immigration Lawyer Loses Bid To Duck 2-Year Suspension

    An immigration attorney accused of several instances of malpractice should be suspended for two years and not be reinstated until he pays restitution to his affected clients and shows he is fit to again practice law, a District of Columbia appeals court held on Thursday.

  • August 13, 2015

    Ky. Clerk Wants To Continue Denying All Marriage Licenses

    A Kentucky county clerk who's refusing to issue any marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right on Thursday asked a Kentucky federal judge to stay an order that she issue licenses until her appeal of that order concludes.

  • August 13, 2015

    Fla. Sued Over Failure To Recognize Same-Sex Parents

    Florida's largest LGBT advocacy group and three married lesbian couples on Thursday sued the state in federal court for refusing to put both parents' names on their children's birth certificates, saying the 14th Amendment requires the state to equally recognize same-sex and opposite-sex marriages.

  • August 13, 2015

    Attys Ask 9th Circ. For $3.8M In Fees For 'No Fly' List Win

    A California law firm told the Ninth Circuit in a Wednesday brief that its groundbreaking work on behalf of a Malaysian woman who fought her wrongful inclusion on the federal government's “no fly” list for eight years earned them $3.8 million in fees.

  • August 13, 2015

    Bakery Can't Refuse Gay Couple, Colo. Appeals Court Rules

    A Colorado appeals court on Thursday affirmed a ruling that a baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple was discrimination based on sexual orientation and not a violation of his right to freedom of religion.

  • August 13, 2015

    USCIS Didn't Deliberately Violate Court Injunction: Watchdog

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did not intentionally violate a federal court injunction when it issued roughly 2,000 expanded work permits after the block had been ordered, a federal watchdog reported Thursday.

  • August 12, 2015

    Security Boosts May Signal Visa Waiver Program Expansion

    New security measures for the Visa Waiver Program may reflect an attempt to calm lawmaker terrorism fears before the program can be expanded to other countries, according to attorneys, who say the VWP is frequently used by executives traveling for business meetings.

  • August 12, 2015

    DHS Extension Of Student Visa Program Ruled Deficient

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday said a 2008 Department of Homeland Security rule that allows certain F-1 visa students with math and science-related degrees to have an additional 17 months of training in the U.S. is deficient because it wasn't subjected to public notice and comment, but she allowed it to stay in place temporarily.

  • August 12, 2015

    EB-5 Investor Program Faces Fraud Risks, GAO Warns

    The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services needs to take more steps to monitor for fraud in its popular EB-5 visa program, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report published Wednesday.

  • August 12, 2015

    SEC Gets Ex-Oil Exec's Assets Frozen In $68M EB-5 Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won an asset freeze Tuesday against a former Luca International Group LLC vice president, in a suit claiming the oil explorer ran a $68 million "Ponzi-like" scheme targeting Chinese-Americans and Chinese nationals seeking green cards as EB-5 investors.

  • August 12, 2015

    Miss. Same-Sex Adoption Ban An 'Outdated Relic,' Suit Says

    Two LGBT advocacy groups and four couples challenged Mississippi's ban on adoption by same-sex couples on Wednesday, calling the 15-year-old law an “outdated relic” of a time when courts and governments believed such discrimination was appropriate.

  • August 12, 2015

    CBP Says FOIA Claims Can't Be Given Classwide Treatment

    A California federal court should not certify a putative class of people who say U.S. Customs and Border Protection is too slow to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests because the proposed class lacks jurisdiction and fails to state a claim, the agency argued Monday.

  • August 11, 2015

    Pakistani Couple Drops Case After USCIS Acts On Petitions

    An Illinois federal judge dismissed a suit Tuesday brought by a Pakistani couple against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in an attempt to force the agency to act on their petition for green cards, after the couple informed the court that USCIS has already done so.

  • August 11, 2015

    Merck Loses At BALCA Based On Iffy Doctorate Timing

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals upheld the denial of a permanent labor certification sought by drug giant Merck & Co. Inc for a “biometrician biostatistics” job Monday, finding that the company hadn't established that the immigrant in question had the required doctorate at the time of hiring.

  • August 11, 2015

    DHS Chief Dodges Court Appearance In Executive Action Row

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration officials won't have to appear before the Texas federal court overseeing a challenge to the president's executive actions, according to an order released Tuesday, although the government will still have to face an injunction compliance hearing.

  • August 11, 2015

    DACA Renewals High Despite Obstacles, Report Says

    The Migration Policy Institute said Tuesday that three years after the implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 83 percent of eligible applicants have renewed their benefits despite complications that have hampered the program and litigation over its expansion.

  • August 11, 2015

    $1.8M Fine Levied After H-2B Workers Exposed To Asbestos

    The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday that an Illinois construction company and its manager are facing roughly $1.8 million in penalties for willfully exposing workers to asbestos, some of whom were Hispanic employees on temporary H-2B visas.

  • August 11, 2015

    EEOC Suit Against Ga. Farm Survives Dismissal Bid

    A Georgia federal judge said Tuesday that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shown enough factual allegations of discrimination by a Georgia farm against its U.S.-born workers, both white and African-American, to survive a dismissal bid.