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Immigration

  • May 21, 2015

    Whole Foods Hit With National Origin Bias Suit

    A former deli counter attendant for Whole Foods Market filed suit against the grocery store on Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court alleging that she was terminated because of her Serbian national origin, gender and age.

  • May 21, 2015

    Judge Gave Immigrant Bad Advice About Appeal: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a Filipino man’s bid to stay in the U.S., ruling an immigration judge gave him bad advice about whether his California theft conviction ended any hope he had of stopping his deportation.

  • May 21, 2015

    Workers In $1.2M Wage Deal Say Visa Can Prove Employment

    Foreign workers looking to stake a claim in the $1.2 million settlement of a wage class action against TruGreen Landcare LLC pressed forward Wednesday, telling a New York federal judge the agreement allows for temporary visas to be used as proof of employment.

  • May 21, 2015

    Arpaio Calls Internal Probe Discovery Request Too Broad

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office urged an Arizona federal judge Wednesday to deny a bid by plaintiffs in a class action over traffic stops used to verify drivers’ immigration status to compel production of certain documents, saying the records fall outside of the litigation’s scope.

  • May 21, 2015

    States Rip Issuance Of 2,000 Work Permits After Injunction

    Texas and 25 other states challenging President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration on Wednesday blasted the government's recent acknowledgment that it granted 2,000 expanded work permits after an injunction blocked the actions, saying the court should take a more active role to ensure compliance with the injunction.

  • May 21, 2015

    Restaurant Owners Charged For Hiring Undocumented Workers

    Four owners of an Asian restaurant in Akron, Ohio, have been indicted on immigration charges alleging they employed a number of undocumented workers and paid them less than minimum wage, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • May 21, 2015

    Q&A With Steptoe & Johnson's Lynda Zengerle

    Given the current difficulties with EB-5 applications, such as charges of fraud and extremely lengthy processing times, we need a new visa category to allow entrepreneurs and investors at startups in the U.S. to have authorization to live and work here, says Lynda Zengerle of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • May 21, 2015

    Q&A With Lindquist & Vennum's DeAnne Hilgers

    I know of companies that would collapse without undocumented workers because they have not been able to find enough workers with proper status to take positions, despite offering decent wages. Telling undocumented workers to “get in line” for proper documents reflects an ignorance about our broken immigration system, says DeAnne Hilgers of Lindquist & Vennum LLP.

  • May 21, 2015

    Chinese University Denies US Economic Espionage Charges

    A Chinese university on Thursday denied charges against three of its staff members accused of espionage by U.S. officials for allegedly stealing technology from U.S. companies along with three others, after one professor was arrested over the weekend.

  • May 20, 2015

    Bill To Streamline FOIA Requests To DHS Clears House Panel

    The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at boosting transparency and efficiency for Freedom of Information Act requests made with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which is saddled with a heavy FOIA backlog, particularly on immigration matters.

  • May 20, 2015

    Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty To Immigration Marriage Fraud

    A Texas U.S. attorney’s office secured its latest plea agreement Monday in a case where U.S. and Nigerian citizens are accused of committing marriage fraud so the immigrants could get green cards.

  • May 20, 2015

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Religious Workers & Taxes

    Lawmakers introduced a slew of immigration-related bills in about the last week, including a bill that would make a special religious worker program permanent, and legislation aimed at blocking immigrants without legal permission to be in the U.S. from claiming a child tax credit.

  • May 20, 2015

    Citing Perez, Labor Judge Halts H-2B Enforcement Action

    A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge tossed the agency's enforcement case Tuesday against a carnival operator alleging violations in petitions filed under the H-2B temporary worker program, saying the action was brought under a recently invalidated DOL rule and that an updated rule can't be retroactively enforced.

  • May 20, 2015

    Police Shouldn’t Enforce Immigration Law, Task Force Says

    A presidential task force recommended that the Department of Homeland Security scale back its collaboration with local authorities to enforce immigration laws, saying it was important police build trust with immigrant communities.

  • May 20, 2015

    State Dept. Floats New US-Mexico Intern Program

    The State Department proposed to create a private sector U.S.-Mexico intern program, according to a public notice released Wednesday by the department's educational and cultural affairs unit.

  • May 20, 2015

    8th Circ. OKs Limits To Jurisdiction Over Removal Decisions

    The Eighth Circuit on Wednesday ruled it didn’t have jurisdiction to hear a Mexican man’s bid to stop his deportation, a published decision that affirms the limits appellate courts have in reviewing immigration judges’ decisions to deny cancellations of removal.

  • May 20, 2015

    Q&A With Montgomery McCracken's Ralf Wiedemann

    The common misperception that immigrants take jobs from hardworking Americans is a baseless assertion and serves to convince people to oppose increased levels of immigration or any immigration at all. The presence of more workers necessarily also means more consumers, who require the increased services of those already in the workforce, thus increasing the need for still more workers, says Ralf Wiedemann of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • May 20, 2015

    Mexican Woman Takes Deportation Fight To High Court

    A Mexican woman locked in a 20-year deportation battle with the U.S. government has asked the Supreme Court to review her case, saying that the Ninth Circuit wrongly decided it didn’t have jurisdiction to hear her appeal.

  • May 20, 2015

    Q&A With K&L Gates' Ellen Freeman

    While it's hard to believe, there is no leader in the market that addresses immigration attorneys' needs for consistent, efficient service with reliable tracking methodologies. Though some service providers have made progress, we need to add global immigration practice capabilities and be able to provide answers regarding outbound visas or travel tracking, says Ellen Freeman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • May 19, 2015

    2015 Law360 Minority Report

    Minority attorneys continue to be underrepresented at all levels at U.S. law firms, according to a Law360 head count survey of nearly 300 firms. Here, we reveal the main findings of the 2015 Law360 Minority Report, including head count information by race for each firm.