Immigration

  • March 20, 2017

    Accounting Firm, Ex-Manager Settle Trade Secret, Visa Row

    A California federal judge on Friday approved a settlement between accounting firm SOAProjects and the former employee it accused of coercing a human resources staffer to change his visa status and stealing trade secrets to launch a competitor company, AppWrap, with his wife.

  • March 20, 2017

    Wedlock Caveat Voids Man’s Citizenship, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld a decision effectively revoking the U.S. citizenship of a Dominican Republic native who became a citizen as a child when his father was naturalized in 1980, finding he didn’t qualify as “legitimate” under the laws of that era because he was born out of wedlock.

  • March 20, 2017

    Arpaio Seeks Trial Delay, Citing Bar Mitzvah Of New Atty's Son

    Former Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio asked to put off a trial over whether he flouted a ban on profiling Latinos at traffic stops, saying on Friday the trial conflicts with a new lawyer’s son’s bar mitzvah ceremony, but the government shot back Monday that was a weak excuse to delay the proceedings.

  • March 20, 2017

    Immigration Judges Sent To Deportation Centers, Big Cities

    The U.S. Department of Justice has sent immigration judges to six detention centers not too far from the Mexican border and to major cities across the U.S. in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for the construction of a border wall and an increase in immigration enforcement, according to a notice on Friday.

  • March 20, 2017

    9th Circ. Rift Emerges Over Trump Travel Ban Ruling

    The chorus of Ninth Circuit judges who believe that a federal judge's decision blocking President Donald Trump’s first immigration executive order should have received en banc reconsideration grew louder on Friday, as two more judges took the chance to slam the appellate panel's February opinion refusing to lift the stay.

  • March 20, 2017

    Partisan Sparks Fly At Gorsuch Hearing’s First Day

    Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, pushed back against accusations of bias at the opening of his confirmation hearing Monday, as criticisms over the Senate delay on filling the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat dominated much of the first day.

  • March 20, 2017

    Hawaii Court Denies Clarification Bid In Travel Ban Case

    The Hawaii federal judge who blocked President Donald J. Trump's revised travel ban shot down the government's bid for "clarification" of the court's temporary restraining order on Sunday, saying there was "nothing unclear" regarding the scope of the decision. 

  • March 20, 2017

    Berry Appleman Nabs Sr. USCIS Atty, Opens In Dubai

    Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP on Monday said it has strengthened its compliance and government strategies group in its San Francisco office with the addition of a senior ranking U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services lawyer, nearly a week after the firm announced the opening of an office in Dubai.

  • March 20, 2017

    H-1B Random Lottery System Is Justified, Ore. Court Says

    An Oregon federal court has upheld the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ randomized lottery system for awarding H-1B visas, striking down arguments from class-action petitioners who said the agency ran afoul of immigration law by not offering a waiting list.

  • March 17, 2017

    Ex-Sullivan Attys Ask SEC Nominee To Rebuke Travel Ban

    Twenty-seven former Sullivan & Cromwell LLP attorneys have written to President Donald Trump’s pick to chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a partner at the firm, to ask him to speak out against the president’s travel ban executive orders.

  • March 17, 2017

    Wash. Court Won't Apply Old Block To New Travel Ban Order

    A Washington federal court on Thursday refused to apply its previous block on President Donald Trump’s initial travel ban to parts of his new executive order, finding the “limited scope” of its last injunction didn’t transfer over, and on Friday stayed its determination of a temporary restraining order motion.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump To Face Tough Road On Immigration Budget Plan

    President Donald Trump’s budgetary proposals relating to immigration, including $2.6 billion in fiscal year 2018 toward building a wall along the nation’s southern border and hiring 1,500 immigration agents, may face hurdles in Congress and could fall short of the goal of more effective immigration enforcement, experts say.

  • March 17, 2017

    Replaced Disney Workers Seek Class Cert. In Race Bias Suit

    The former Disney theme park employees bringing national origin discrimination claims against their former employer for replacing them with foreign workers have moved for class certification, saying in a Florida federal court filing on Friday they have met the requirements to clear that hurdle.

  • March 17, 2017

    Pilgrim's Pride Temp Agency Sees EEOC Bias Suit Tossed

    An Alabama federal court Friday dismissed a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against a temporary-staffing company for a Pilgrim's Pride poultry processing facility where Latino workers were segregated and denied benefits, but said the agency can amend its complaint to fix deficiencies.

  • March 17, 2017

    Group Faces Opposition In Visa Rule Suit Intervention Bid

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Save Jobs USA have urged the D.C. Circuit to deny Immigration Voice’s bid to intervene in Save Jobs’ appeal over a decision upholding a new rule that would allow spouses of certain H-1B workers to apply for employment authorization.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump Appeals Maryland Court's Immigration Ban Block

    President Donald Trump will appeal a Maryland court’s decision to stop implementation of the administration’s latest version of an immigration ban, government lawyers told the judge on Friday, just a day after the court’s order was filed.

  • March 17, 2017

    Treaties Bar Muslim Bias Suit Against Airline, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday tossed a $120 million discrimination suit from a group of friends who alleged they were kicked off an American Airlines flight from Toronto to New York in 2015 because they looked Muslim, saying their claims are barred by international treaties.

  • March 17, 2017

    3 Key Takeaways From The New Travel Ban Rulings

    Federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban in the last week, with judges refusing to let the president off the hook for his past statements about Muslim immigration. 

  • March 17, 2017

    DHS, DOL Adjust H-2B Visa Penalties For Inflation

    In a filing published in the Federal Register on Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor jointly announced a final rule raising civil monetary penalties associated with H-2B visa program infractions to account for inflation.

  • March 17, 2017

    Dem Sen. Proposes Bill To Rescind Trump's Border Wall Order

    Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has introduced a bill to rescind President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order that called for pushing ahead with building a border wall and increasing immigration enforcement.

Expert Analysis

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • How The Courts Review Executive Orders

    Steven D. Gordon

    The cases challenging President Donald Trump’s executive orders fit within the established legal framework that limits, but does not preclude, judicial review of such orders, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • What To Know About Trump's New Border Security Guidance

    Sujata Ajmera

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently issued guidance addressing President Donald Trump’s January executive orders regarding border security and enforcement. Under the guidance set forth, we can expect a significant uptick in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement apprehensions, deportations without hearings, mass detentions and local law enforcement participation in these efforts, says Sujata Ajmera of Strasburger & Price LLP.

  • What To Do If You Suspect Your EB-5 Project Is In Trouble

    Catherine DeBono Holmes

    Managers and investors in EB-5 investment funds should regularly monitor their investments and be ready to take action if they detect signs of trouble. There are several proactive steps they can take to discover potential problems before they become a crisis, say Catherine DeBono Holmes of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, Daniel Lundy of Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP, and Jeffrey Brandlin of Brandlin and Associates.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Alternative Visa Programs For Foreigners Traveling To US

    Maria Mejia-Opaciuch

    As the U.S. federal courts review the legality and constitutionality of President Donald Trump's recent executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Maria Mejia-Opaciuch of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA discusses visa programs that should be considered by foreign nationals that may alleviate the need to process a formal visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate overseas, where delays are expected and confusion may reign.

  • 2-For-1 Executive Order Leaves OMB To Work Out Details

    Laurence Platt

    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order reducing regulations may seem appealing in its simplicity, the White House has provided agencies with little guidance on its implementation, instructing them to call the Office of Management and Budget with questions. Yet the OMB's ability to provide answers will be impaired by a lack of clear legal standards, say Laurence Platt and Joy Tsai of Mayer Brown LLP.