Immigration

  • February 25, 2015

    Migrant Workers Will Receive $163K For Violations At Winery

    A contractor who provides labor crews to a well-known California winery will pay more than $163,000 to nearly 60 migrant workers after the U.S. Department of Labor found they hadn’t been paid for three weeks or given proper wage statements, the agency said Tuesday.

  • February 25, 2015

    BALCA Axes Landscaper's Labor Cert. Bid Over Signatures

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Monday upheld the denial of permanent labor certifications sought by Corporate Green LLC for seven workers, each of which had been axed after the Louisiana construction company failed to include original signatures on its applications.

  • February 25, 2015

    Senate Defers Immigration Fight To Advance $40B DHS Bill

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to begin official debate on a “clean” $39.7 billion U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding bill, after Senate leaders agreed to strip out a clause blocking funding for certain contentious immigration-related executive actions that had led to a filibuster.

  • February 25, 2015

    Chinese Mine Investors Sue USCIS Over Visa Denial

    Dozens of Chinese investors who poured millions of dollars into an Idaho mining operation have filed suit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, alleging the agency unfairly determined the money wasn’t “at risk” and denied their investor visas.

  • February 25, 2015

    2nd Circ. OKs Conviction Of Woman Who Hid Immigrant Nanny

    The Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that a federal jury correctly found that an upstate New York woman had illegally harbored an Indian nanny who was not authorized to work for her, rejecting her argument that the jury relied on thin evidence when convicting her.

  • February 24, 2015

    5th Circ. OKs Enhanced Sentence In Illegal Re-Entry Appeal

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday held that a 25-year-old aggravated assault conviction qualifies as a crime of violence that could increase an immigrant's sentence for unlawfully re-entering the U.S., ruling that it didn't matter that the previous court hadn't entered a separate finding that the defendant used a deadly weapon.

  • February 24, 2015

    States Get More Time For Immigration Policy Stay Response

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday said that 26 states challenging new immigration policies created by the president’s executive actions have about a week to respond to the federal government's request for an emergency stay of an injunction blocking the policies from taking effect instead of a swifter time frame suggested by the government.

  • February 24, 2015

    Class Counsel In Wage, Visa Suit Ask To Depose Own Client

    Class counsel in a suit accusing an amusement park company of underpaying employees and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses asked a Massachusetts federal court Monday for permission to depose one of its own named plaintiffs, saying she has cut them off after reaching a settlement on her own.

  • February 24, 2015

    Wash. Farm Blasts Class Cert. Attempt In H-2A Wage Suit

    A Washington farm has slammed the class certification bid of local workers accusing it of failing to inform them about higher paying H-2A visa vineyard jobs, telling a Washington federal court that the proposed class size is absurd and the claims are better addressed individually.

  • February 24, 2015

    DHS To Finalize Rule Allowing Some H-1B Spouses To Work

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will issue a long-awaited final rule Wednesday allowing certain spouses of high-skilled immigrants to obtain work authorization, making good on a promise issued by President Barack Obama under his recent executive actions.

  • February 24, 2015

    Immigration Boutiques Leave Some Room For BigLaw

    The largest law firms go head-to-head all the time with boutiques, beefing up different practice groups to take on specialty firms, but when it comes to immigration law the boutiques have a stronghold on the market, experts say, and only a handful of BigLaw firms are knocking at their doors.

  • February 24, 2015

    Resident Felon Can Seek Waiver To Stay In US: 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit joined the majority of circuit courts Tuesday in ruling a Mexican national who faces deportation on a felony conviction can seek a waiver of inadmissibility to stay in the U.S., saying those who become lawful permanent residents after they enter the country are not barred from applying.

  • February 24, 2015

    Faulty Report Dooms SABIC's Engineer Labor Cert. Bid

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Monday upheld a denial of a permanent labor certification sought by SABIC Innovative Plastics for a technology engineer position, which had been axed after the petrochemical company allegedly failed to submit a proper recruitment report.

  • February 24, 2015

    Judge Upholds Visa Denials For Pepper Co.'s Farmworkers

    A judge for the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said Monday that a Michigan pepper farm hadn't shown it needed to add temporary workers because of a seasonal or temporary demand, upholding the denial of the company’s H-2A certification request for 60 farmworkers.

  • February 24, 2015

    Sen. Collins Floats Bill To Break DHS Funding Impasse

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill Monday to block funding for certain immigration-related executive actions, legislation that could potentially serve as a vehicle for helping break an impasse over a $39.7 billion U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding bill.

  • February 24, 2015

    Fla. Judge Says Consular Visa Decision Not Open To Review

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit accusing the U.S. government of violating the constitutional rights of a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria when a consular official denied a visa application for his daughter, saying the official’s decision was not open to judicial review.

  • February 24, 2015

    Ex-Two Sigma Analyst Cops To IP Theft, Faces Deportation

    A former analyst for hedge fund Two Sigma Investments LLC accused of stealing trade secrets on Tuesday admitted to lifting a confidential trading model from his former employer, setting the stage for his deportation to China.

  • February 24, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Michael Best's José Olivieri

    There will be a significant pull to get involved in many community activities. Choose your outside engagements carefully, says José Olivieri, chairman of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s labor and employment relations practice group.

  • February 23, 2015

    McConnell To Split Immigration Measure From $40B DHS Bill

    Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday said he would split off a measure opposing some of President Barack Obama’s immigration actions from a $39.7 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in an apparent effort to avoid a shutdown of the federal agency.

  • February 23, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff Urges Court To Keep Immigration Action On Ice

    Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in a 26-state challenge to the new immigration policies laid out in the president's executive actions, saying the federal government can't support its request for the Texas federal court to lift a temporary block on the policies.