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Immigration

  • July 24, 2015

    Behind The Scenes Of Signal's $20M Trafficking Deal

    Signal International LLC recently reached a $20 million settlement with hundreds of H-2B guest workers from India who had accused the oil and gas service company of labor trafficking. Here, Law360 explores how the deal was reached, thanks to a massive pro bono effort from some of the nation’s top law firms.

  • July 24, 2015

    NY State Bar Issues 2 Ethics Opinions On Immigration Law

    Lawyers for children in immigration proceedings may disclose the names and some information about their clients’ cases to so-called granting organizations in certain instances, according to one of two recently published New York State Bar Association ethics opinions pertaining to immigration attorneys.

  • July 24, 2015

    Family Of Mexican Teen Slain By US Border Agent Seeks Cert

    The family of a Mexican teenager fatally shot in Mexico by an American border patrol agent standing across the U.S. border is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Fifth Circuit decision holding that the agent had qualified immunity and couldn’t be sued.

  • July 24, 2015

    BALCA Gives Clinic Second Try At Chiropractor Visa Request

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday vacated a permanent labor certification denial for a foreign worker to be employed as a chiropractor since the government shut down hindered delivery of a reconsideration request, while also indicating that evidence from the American Immigration Lawyer's Association was not acceptable.

  • July 24, 2015

    NJ Senate Bill Overhauls Nail Salon Wages, Worker Safety

    New Jersey nail salon workers would be the beneficiaries of legislation that would overhaul state cosmetology laws to enforce fair wages and safeguard employees from hazardous chemicals commonly used in an industry dominated by private ownership and immigrant workers.

  • July 24, 2015

    Philly Biz Exec Gets Prison For Tax, Immigration Crimes

    A Philadelphia business executive was sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion and immigration crimes Thursday, eight months after he pled guilty to his role in a complex scheme.

  • July 23, 2015

    PEP Not A 'Secure Communities' Rebrand, DHS Official Says

    A top immigration official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security disputed the idea that a new enforcement program created by the president’s executive actions is just a rebranding of the controversial Secure Communities program, while acknowledging that the government needs to rebuild community trust.

  • July 23, 2015

    Woman Tells Justices Gov't To Blame For Her Genocide Lies

    A Rwandan woman who was convicted of lying to immigration officials about her ties to mass killings that ravaged the Central African nation in an effort to gain entry into the U.S. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review her case, arguing that the government engaged in improper questioning during her trial.

  • July 23, 2015

    Texas Says Immigrants Can't Sue Over Birth Certificates

    A Texas health agency said Wednesday that allegations it denies birth certificates to the U.S. citizen children of immigrant parents should be thrown out because, under the 11th Amendment, the state cannot be sued in federal court.

  • July 23, 2015

    DOL Only Processed 64% Of H-2B Apps On Time Last Quarter

    The number of labor certification applications processed on time for H-2B workers plummeted to 64.6 percent in the last quarter, according to data released Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Labor, following a rocky few months for the program in the face of adverse court rulings.

  • July 23, 2015

    Nelson Mullins Suspends Atty Who Grappled With Flight Crew

    A Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP immigration partner who had to be physically restrained by a flight crew and fellow passengers on a London-bound flight earlier this week, forcing the captain to abort the trip midflight, was suspended by the firm on Thursday.

  • July 23, 2015

    BALCA Reverses Denial Of Labor Cert. For Auto Mechanic

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Tuesday reversed the denial of a labor certification application for an immigrant who sought to work as an automotive master mechanic, finding that a U.S. Department of Labor official erred in denying the application.

  • July 23, 2015

    House Passes Bill To Curb 'Sanctuary City' Policies

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to withhold federal law enforcement grants from localities that refuse to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers, spurred by a recent deadly shooting in San Francisco allegedly carried out by an unauthorized immigrant.

  • July 23, 2015

    EEOC Wins Injunction For Bakery Worker In Nat'l Origin Suit

    A California federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily enjoined a San Jose bakery from firing a Mexican worker who alleges the bakery’s owner discriminated against her on the basis of her national origin.

  • July 22, 2015

    Guidance On H-1B Work Moves Leaves Penalties In Play

    Guidance on H-1B work site changes issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday eased a harsh filing deadline but did not shut the door on future punishments for employers who don’t amend petitions based on old moves, forcing attorneys to weigh possible client costs against the risk of agency action.

  • July 22, 2015

    Calif. Agency Violated Title VII With SSN Question, Judge Says

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation discriminated against a Mexican immigrant by disqualifying him from a corrections officer job after he acknowledged he had once used a fake Social Security number, a California federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2015

    6th Circ. Nixes Removal Appeal Over Credibility Finding

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday denied a Mexican national's bid for a review of a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals that he not have his removal withheld because he lied about the circumstances that led to his leaving his native country, saying the board correctly determined he lacked credibility.

  • July 22, 2015

    Unauthorized Immigrant Numbers Stay Stable, Pew Finds

    The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has “remained essentially stable” over the past five years, after nearly two decades of fluctuations, according to research released on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, which estimated that 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2014.

  • July 22, 2015

    Oil Services Co. Loses H-1B Visa Prevailing Wage Row

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Tuesday rejected an appeal over prevailing wage determinations for H-1B visa workers from a Texas company that logs borehole records for energy companies.

  • July 22, 2015

    Texas Judge Trims 7-Eleven Worker's Nat'l Origin Bias Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday pared an Indian immigrant's race and national origin bias suit against 7-Eleven Inc. alleging he was demoted from his position overseeing construction development and energy efficiency because of his heritage.