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Immigration

  • October 5, 2015

    Gov't Urges Judge Not To Block Green Card Cutoff Changes

    The federal government urged a Washington federal judge Friday to deny plaintiffs a temporary restraining order in a putative class action over abrupt changes in the October visa bulletin to green-card eligibility requirements, saying the move is not warranted.

  • October 5, 2015

    Gov't Says Workers Can't Show Standing In H-4 Visa Row

    The government asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday to exclude documents and rule in its favor in a case over a new H-4 visa rule that permits some immigrant spouses to get work permits, saying the workers don’t have standing to bring suit.

  • October 5, 2015

    Atty, Law Firms Settle In Signal Human Trafficking Case

    Two law firms and a lawyer who are serving as defendants in several cases involving human trafficking allegations against Signal International LLC “unconditionally” agreed Friday to settle two of the suits, according to a filing in Louisiana federal court.

  • October 5, 2015

    High Court Won't Hear 'Moral Turpitude' Removal Appeals

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected requests by two Mexican nationals to review whether convictions under an Arizona endangerment law for driving under the influence can trigger removal as a crime involving moral turpitude.

  • October 5, 2015

    Border Guard's DHS Bias Appeal Turned Aside At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal brought by a former U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer who claims he was fired because of his Hispanic origin.

  • October 5, 2015

    DHS Creates Program For Family Members Of Filipino WWII Vets

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Friday it is creating a program that will allow certain family members of Filipino and Filipino-American World War II veterans to come the United States.

  • October 2, 2015

    Conflict With Ariz. ID Theft Law 'Hypothetical,' 9th Circ. Told

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County and the state of Arizona urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reverse an order blocking enforcement of two state law provisions criminalizing identity theft in a proposed racial profiling class action against them, saying there was no conflict with federal law.

  • October 2, 2015

    Sens. Float EB-5 Bills Following Short-Term Extension

    Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced two bills on Thursday related to the EB-5 immigrant investor program, with Flake focusing on targeted employment areas, and Paul’s bill aiming to make the regional center program permanent.

  • October 2, 2015

    Rep. Argues Buyers Should Know About Labor Trafficking

    Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., argued during a Friday panel discussion in New York that telling consumers about labor trafficking abuses is a prime way to drive market support for conscientious companies, making her case a few days after Signal International publicly apologized to Indian guest workers as part of a trafficking settlement.

  • 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.