Immigration

  • March 17, 2015

    Northwestern Mutual Allowed To Appeal DACA Bias Decision

    The Second Circuit Tuesday granted a bid for an interlocutory appeal by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Inc. of a district court's refusal to dismiss a Mexican national’s lawsuit accusing the company of discriminating against him because he is only authorized to work through a deferred deportation program.

  • March 17, 2015

    Obama's Cuba Move May Spell End Of Immigration Benefits

    While the Obama administration and federal immigration officials have insisted that the president’s announcement of a thaw in diplomatic relations with Cuba doesn’t signal an end to an immigration policy that grants preferential benefits to Cubans, some experts say the end is in sight.

  • March 17, 2015

    U.S. Embassies In India To End Business Executive Program

    The U.S. Embassy and consulates throughout India are going to terminate by April the Business Executive Program, which facilitates the visa process for business travelers, due to improvements in its standard visa process, a State Department official confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday.

  • March 17, 2015

    DOL Asks Court To Put Removal Of H-2B Rule On Hold

    The U.S. Department of Labor asked a Florida federal judge Monday to delay vacating a 2008 rule governing the H-2B labor certification process by one month to ensure the H-2B program can continue unabated while new regulations are crafted, prompting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to resume processing H-2B petitions.

  • March 17, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff Calls Feds' Immigration Argument A 'Fig Leaf'

    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Monday dismissed the federal government's claims of prosecutorial discretion as a "fig leaf" in his suit over President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions, telling the D.C. Circuit that the administration was wrong in saying the district judge correctly found he lacked standing.

  • March 17, 2015

    Signal Says Bankruptcy Likely Before Next Trafficking Trial

    A Texas federal judge on Monday denied Signal International LLC’s bid to delay an April human trafficking trial, despite the shipbuilder telling the court it is a virtual certainty that it will file for bankruptcy before the trial ends.

  • March 17, 2015

    H-1B Workers Claim Tech Firm Stiffed Them On Wages

    A noncitizen employee of tech company Global Data Solutions Inc. launched a class action in Illinois federal court Monday accusing the company of taking advantage of his and other workers' H-1B status to avoid paying them proper wages in violation of the Fair Labor and Standards Act.

  • March 16, 2015

    Immigration Cases Jumped 10% In 2014, EOIR Says

    The number of matters received by immigration courts in the 2014 fiscal year jumped by roughly 10 percent, while the amount of cases received by the Board of Immigration Appeals has declined, according to new statistics released Monday by the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

  • March 16, 2015

    Immigrants Accuse SSA Of Waging Intimidation Campaign

    Four immigrants filed a putative class action Monday in California federal court accusing the Social Security Administration and its agents of harassing them because of affidavits they filed in a separate class action pending against the agency in federal appeals court.

  • March 16, 2015

    Loretta Lynch Vote Held Up By Trafficking Bill Fracas

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday that the chamber won’t consider U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s nomination for U.S. Attorney General until it's done with a human trafficking bill that has hit a contentious snag over abortion, adding yet another delay to her long-awaited confirmation vote.

  • March 16, 2015

    Foreign Student Summer Program Needs Tweaks, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday recommended that the State Department take steps to ensure that foreign participants in its Summer Work Travel program are protected from excessive and unexpected costs and that their experiences of U.S. culture are aligned with the agency’s public diplomacy goals.

  • March 16, 2015

    States Fight Quicker Pace In 5th Circ. Immigration Appeal

    Texas and 25 other states suing over the president’s immigration executive actions asked the Fifth Circuit on Friday to reject the sped-up briefing timeline proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice in its appeal over a block on the new policies, claiming there isn't an urgent need to implement them.

  • March 16, 2015

    Ex-Publix Worker Says National Origin Suit Should Stand

    A former employee who sued Publix Super Markets Inc. in December alleging he wasn’t promoted and was subjected to slurs because of his national origin told a Florida federal court Sunday that the store’s arguments that the complaint should be dismissed are erroneous.

  • March 16, 2015

    Carnival Co. Claims Worker Issues Too Varied For Class Cert.

    An amusement park company accused of underpaying employees and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to reject the worker’s bid for class certification, arguing the case is plagued by individualized questions.

  • March 16, 2015

    Gov't Defends Bid To Update Child-Detainee Immigration Deal

    The federal government defended its bid to modify a 1997 class action settlement that set national standards for the treatment of children detained by immigration authorities, telling a California federal court Friday that the agreement has become unworkable in light of subsequent changes to the immigration landscape.

  • March 16, 2015

    Immigration Executive Actions An Ethical Minefield For Attys

    As the future of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hangs on legal wrangling in Texas, experts say immigration lawyers must be cautious about counseling on benefits that do not yet exist while also preparing for the ethical challenges those reforms will create when and if they come into effect.

  • March 13, 2015

    Film Co. Hits NBA Player With $45M Suit Over EB-5 Funding

    A Georgia-based production studio launched a $45 million lawsuit in federal court Wednesday against various entertainment-related companies and former NBA player Theophilus Ratliff, claiming that it was pushed out of a lucrative funding opportunity with the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

  • March 13, 2015

    Texas Bill Would Give Cities Notification Of EB-5 Visas

    A new proposed bill in the Texas House of Representatives would require a regional immigration center to notify local government of every EB-5 immigrant visa issued under the program.

  • March 13, 2015

    Workers Slam Signal's Bid To Pause Trafficking Litigation

    Dozens of Indian workers gearing up to square off against Signal International LLC in separate human-trafficking trials collectively blasted the shipbuilder’s request for a stay to appeal a $14 million verdict, saying Signal can’t make a case for holding up their suits.

  • March 13, 2015

    H-2B Freeze Could Hit Summer Industries Hard

    The decision by federal agencies to totally halt the H-2B visa process for temporary workers right before the summer season could have a highly damaging impact on industries like landscaping and hospitality, attorneys and business advocates say, with some estimating the suspension could affect up to 30,000 jobs.