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Immigration

  • September 10, 2015

    NJ Man Had Fake Immigration Practice For Years, Feds Say

    A New Jersey man faces up to 75 years in prison after a federal grand jury indicted him Thursday for allegedly pretending to be a lawyer and running a fake immigration law practice for more than 10 years, the Department of Justice said.

  • September 10, 2015

    Utah Ruling May Clear Plea Hurdle For Many Immigrants

    The Utah Supreme Court has granted an immigrant’s request to withdraw a plea deal that was supposed to leave him with a clean record but instead left him at risk of being deported, in a move his lawyer said could affect “thousands of people.”

  • September 9, 2015

    EEOC Ordered To Turn Over Docs In Farm Discrimination Row

    A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to turn over documents in its case against a Georgia farm the agency accuses of discriminating against U.S.-born workers.

  • September 9, 2015

    USCIS Announces Major Update To Monthly Visa Bulletin

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday unveiled a significant change to the visa bulletin as part of the president’s executive actions, creating a new application filing chart that attorneys say will boost worker mobility and help family members get work permits.

  • September 9, 2015

    EB-5 Regional Center Program Should End, Group Says

    Congress should let a provision of the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program expire, an advocacy group said Tuesday, arguing that the regional center program allows large investor groups to scoop up the allotted green cards and leaves other immigrant investors in the lurch.

  • September 9, 2015

    Sen. Says US Should Take In More Syrian Refugees

    Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday said that the U.S. should take in more refugees who have fled the civil war in Syria, adding to pressure that the White House is facing to do more to address the mounting humanitarian crisis.

  • September 9, 2015

    Judge In Temp Worker Spat Calls CO's Reasoning 'Nonsensical'

    A Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals administrative law judge on Tuesday reversed a denial of an extension requested by Shemin Nurseries for three temporary H-2A workers who took care of plants, calling the certifying officer’s reasoning that the need was foreseeable because the company initially hired H-2A workers “nonsensical.” 

  • September 9, 2015

    Anti-Gay Marriage Judge Hung Hitler Picture, Complaint Says

    An Oregon judge facing ethics charges for refusing to marry same-sex couples has been smacked with a number of additional accusations in the state’s Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, including the claim that he hung a picture of Adolf Hitler in his Marion County Courthouse.

  • September 9, 2015

    Lawyer Blasts Signal Plaintiffs' Bid For $5M In Fees

    A New Orleans attorney on Tuesday tore into the suggestion he and a labor recruiter pay almost $5.1 million in attorneys' fees to Indian workers who claim that Signal International LLC subjected them to forced labor, saying that the plaintiffs were trying to make a mockery of the system.

  • September 8, 2015

    EEOC Promotes Investigator To Lead San Diego Office

    An investigator with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been chosen as the director of the federal agency’s San Diego office.

  • September 8, 2015

    BIA Rules Similar Statements Can Impact Credibility Decision

    An Indian man seeking asylum in the U.S. lost his appeal Tuesday when the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled that immigration judges making determinations about someone’s credibility can consider whether people in different proceedings have significant similarities in their statements.

  • September 8, 2015

    Restaurant Ignored Manager's Bathroom Vids, EEOC Claims

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it has launched a suit accusing a Mexican restaurant that sits just miles from California's border with Mexico of subjecting young, male Mexican-American workers to sexual harassment and then retaliating against them for complaining.

  • September 8, 2015

    No Sanctions Needed In Immigration Action Case, US Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a Texas federal judge Friday that no legal basis exists to levy sanctions for purported misrepresentations made by the federal government regarding more than 100,000 people who were granted deferred deportation under the president’s executive immigration actions before the policies were blocked.

  • September 8, 2015

    Ariz. Mostly Prevails In 'Show Me Your Papers' Suit

    An Arizona federal judge on Friday awarded summary judgment to the state of Arizona on most claims in a case where plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of the state's controversial “show me your papers” law.

  • September 8, 2015

    Ky. Clerk's Freedom Contingent On Letting Deputies Work

    Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has been released after spending six days in prison for refusing to follow a federal judge's order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the judge said Tuesday, though her release is contingent upon her not interfering with her deputies as they issue licenses.

  • September 8, 2015

    Jury Says Disney World Discriminated Against Haitian Worker

    An Orlando jury ruled Friday that Walt Disney World Resort denied a Haitian employee a promotion based on her national origin, although the worker will not see any monetary damages as a result of the discrimination case.

  • September 8, 2015

    7-Eleven Store's I-9 Violation Fine Chopped In Half By OCAHO

    An Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer judge cut in half a more than $34,000 fine against a Long Island 7-Eleven store Tuesday, saying its failure to prepare or properly complete I-9 forms for 35 individuals were “serious and substantial violations” but were not done in bad faith.

  • September 8, 2015

    Landscaping Group Blasts Bid To Alter Court's H-2B Ruling

    A Florida federal judge should leave untouched her order vacating a 2008 rule governing the H-2B labor certification process, a national landscaping group said Friday, arguing the order is clear and doesn't need to be amended.

  • September 4, 2015

    BALCA Axes Denial Of IT Co.'s Labor Cert. Over Mail Mix-Up

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Thursday vacated the denial of information technology company DGN Technologies Inc.'s permanent labor certification application for a programmer analyst job, saying the rejection was based on a questionable finding that the company had ignored an audit letter.

  • September 4, 2015

    ICE Atty Ends Bias Suit Against DHS Following $400K Deal

    A veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney agreed to end her age and sex discrimination suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Arizona federal court Thursday after securing a $399,999 settlement and an upgrade to a recent performance rating.