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Immigration

  • August 17, 2015

    Bush Officials Seek Rehearing In 9/11 Detainee Case

    The U.S. Department of Justice asked the Second Circuit on Friday to rethink its revival of claims accusing high-level officials in former President George W. Bush’s administration of contributing to the abuse of immigrants who were detained in the wake of 9/11, arguing they're entitled to qualified immunity.

  • August 17, 2015

    Signal Plaintiffs Seek $5M In Fees From Lawyer, Recruiter

    Indian workers who claim shipbuilder Signal International LLC subjected them to forced labor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina asked a Louisiana federal court on Friday to approve roughly $5.1 million in attorneys' fees against a recruiting company and New Orleans attorney who allegedly took part in the scheme.

  • August 17, 2015

    How Much Money Does It Take To Make A Lawyer Happy?

    Money does make lawyers happy, but it takes a lot of money. A Law360 survey shows lawyers aren't completely satisfied with their job until they're raking it in. Find out here just how much it takes to make a lawyer content.

  • August 17, 2015

    Cuban Official Says Obama Can Do More To Ease Barriers

    As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the ball in Cuba's court to continue pushing the two countries toward normalized economic relations on Friday, his counterpart in Havana said that he still hopes to see further action from the White House to chip away at the Cold War-era trade embargo.

  • August 17, 2015

    CBP To Launch Biometric Info Collection Program

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking to begin a program to collect iris and facial images and other biometric information on non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the country, according to an agency notice to the Federal Register on Monday.

  • August 17, 2015

    Air Force Officer Takes Border Patrol Row To High Court

    A U.S. Air Force officer detained at a traffic checkpoint near the Mexican border has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, claiming Border Patrol agents violated his constitutional rights by unnecessarily prolonging their investigation.

  • August 14, 2015

    Judge Weinstein Sets Policy For Advising Against Deportation

    Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein on Friday recommended against deporting an undocumented immigrant following a guilty plea to charges of producing false documents, setting forth a policy of advising immigration judges not to deport nonviolent noncitizens convicted of illegal activity when it would unreasonably harm their U.S.-born children.

  • August 14, 2015

    PERM Applications Must Be 'Letter-Perfect,' BALCA Says

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said Thursday that permanent labor certification regulations basically require employers to file “letter-perfect” applications, while noting it would have vacated a labor certification denial with a small typo if the rules governing the process didn’t strictly bar post-filing changes.

  • August 14, 2015

    Onus To Reform Is Now On Cuba, Kerry Says

    John Kerry on Friday became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Cuba in 70 years, presiding over a flag-raising ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Havana and stating afterward that it is now up to the country to effect change for its citizenry.

  • August 14, 2015

    Immigration Group Seeks Docs Over Detention Center Abuse

    A non-profit immigration rights group asked a D.C. federal court Friday to compel U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release documents on an investigation into sexual abuse of asylum seekers at a Texas detention facility.

  • August 14, 2015

    3rd Circ. Shoots Down H-1B Worker's Suit Against Law Firm

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive an H-1B worker's suit against a Pennsylvania law firm that he accused of fraudulent misrepresentation, finding that he hadn't put forth enough well-supported facts to sustain his case.

  • August 14, 2015

    Former Consulate Official Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison

    A D.C. federal judge Friday sentenced a former U.S. Foreign Service officer to five years and several months in prison for his role in a scheme in which he allegedly accepted more than $3 million in bribes to process visas for non-immigrants seeking entry to the U.S.

  • August 14, 2015

    DC Circ. Axes Sheriff Arpaio's Executive Action Suit

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld the dismissal of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s challenge to President Barack Obama’s executive action policies on immigration after finding the sheriff lacked standing, saying claims that the policies would increase crime in Maricopa County were “unduly speculative.”

  • August 14, 2015

    Plaintiffs Slam DHS Bid To Keep Detaining Families

    Plaintiffs suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over its revived family detention policy on Thursday slammed the government's response to its claims that the family detention policy has changed, and that mass release of women and children isn't required in roughly three months.

  • August 14, 2015

    DOJ Can Intervene In Race Bias Case Against Sheriff Arpaio

    An Arizona federal judge Thursday granted the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division’s bid to intervene in a racial profiling class action against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying the government is entitled to do so under both federal rules and civil rights law.

  • August 13, 2015

    OPT Ruling May Speed New Regs From Obama Administration

    In the wake of a court nixing regulations allowing foreign science and math students to work in the U.S. an extra 17 months, attorneys say the Obama administration is likely to finally act on new regulations for the Optional Practical Training program, which has become a major fallback for H-1B employers.

  • 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.