Immigration

  • February 9, 2018

    Immigrants Get Early Win In LA County Detainment Suits

    A California federal judge on Thursday ruled in a class action that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department unlawfully detained immigrants based on warrantless requests from federal immigration authorities, finding that the practice violated the Fourth Amendment.

  • February 9, 2018

    DACA Service Members Can't Be Deported, DOD Announces

    The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that U.S. service members who are beneficiaries of the hotly debated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — which the Trump administration promised to end in March — cannot be deported.

  • February 8, 2018

    Democrats Fume After DACA Dropped From Budget Deal

    Many Democrats opposed a sweeping budget deal and temporary spending agreement Thursday for what wasn’t in it — legislation to secure the legal status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants, known as Dreamers.

  • February 8, 2018

    Congress Fumbles Spending Debate, Shutting Gov't Down

    Unable to pass a funding agreement before midnight, Congress has sent the government into at least a brief shutdown Friday despite pending long-term budget agreement legislation.

  • February 8, 2018

    ACLU Wants Docs On ICE Activities Around Ore. Courthouses

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is violating federal open records laws by not complying with requests for documents related to activities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents outside courthouses, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon said Wednesday in a complaint in Oregon federal court.

  • February 8, 2018

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Reunification, Salvadoran Status

    After President Donald Trump revealed his four-part plan for immigration reform in his State of the Union Address, legislators proposed their own immigration solutions in legislative measures that include an improved system for reuniting families and a status change for Salvadorans.

  • February 8, 2018

    Moinian Snags Up To $350M In EB-5 Funding For NYC Tower

    The Moinian Group said Thursday it will receive as much as $350 million in EB-5 capital for its massive mixed-use retail and office tower in Manhattan as part of the New York developer’s plan to fund the $2 billion construction project.

  • February 8, 2018

    DHS Sued For Info On Immigrant Detention Conditions

    A civil rights nonprofit sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Colorado federal court Wednesday, claiming the agency has failed to hand over documents pertaining to the conditions at two immigrant detention centers, in violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

  • February 8, 2018

    Receiver Can Reinvest Funds From Fraud-Wracked EB-5 Deal

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to allow the court-appointed receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 investment project to sink up to $67 million of immigrant investors’ money into a New York-based project that could give investors a chance to still get their green cards.

  • February 7, 2018

    Attys Brace For More Scrutiny Of H-1B Visa Applications

    H-1B visas, which have always been in short supply, may be even harder to get this year as attorneys and employers prepare for tough scrutiny of applications that could leave many immigrants out in the cold.

  • February 7, 2018

    Calif. AG Sues Feds To Get Sanctuary Cities Docs

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra hit the federal government with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, alleging it has failed to hand over documents concerning new conditions put on public safety grants meant to force so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement activity.

  • February 7, 2018

    Senate Leaders Reveal Spending Deal As Shutdown Looms

    Senate leaders announced a $300 billion two-year budget deal Wednesday, potentially avoiding a government shutdown later this week and extending the government debt ceiling a full year.

  • February 7, 2018

    DHS Report Calls For Added Surveillance Of 'At Risk' Sunnis

    A draft version of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report published this week urges immigration officials to conduct long-term surveillance of Sunni Muslim immigrants who are deemed to have “at risk” backgrounds, but the agency said the document "improperly provided to the media" does not reflect its policy.

  • February 7, 2018

    Ex-Paralegal Pleads Guilty To Stealing Immigration Fees

    A former paralegal has pled guilty to using forged documents to steal funds from his employer’s clients that were meant for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services fees, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2018

    DHS Says Court Can't Reinstate Mexico Native's DACA Status

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged a California federal court to deny a Mexican man’s bid to block the government from terminating his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, saying the court lacks jurisdiction to review his claims.

  • February 6, 2018

    Trump Establishes Immigrant, Visitor Vetting Center

    President Donald Trump signed a memorandum Tuesday establishing a National Vetting Center to enhance screening of anyone trying to enter the U.S. and to improve information-sharing among government agencies.

  • February 6, 2018

    House Passes Government Funding Band-Aid

    Congress took a step toward avoiding a government shutdown this week, with a House vote Tuesday to keep the government open through mid-March and with top lawmakers saying a long-term spending deal was nigh.

  • February 6, 2018

    Guatemalan Mom's Removal Barred During Detention Dispute

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday barred the deportation of a native of Guatemala who has been living in Rhode Island while she pursues a lawsuit challenging her detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

  • February 6, 2018

    Trade Groups Ask Congress To Lift H-2B Visa Caps

    Hundreds of trade associations have signed a letter to the House and Senate appropriations committees requesting that they relieve a cap on visas for temporary non-agricultural workers under the H-2B program in any imminent spending legislation, advocates announced Tuesday.

  • February 6, 2018

    Migrant Deaths Up In '17, Even As Apprehensions Decrease

    Migrant deaths along the border between the U.S. and Mexico rose slightly in 2017 compared to 2016, even as reports of apprehensions decreased sharply during the period, according to data released Tuesday by a United Nations migration group.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • How Sanctuary City Regs Could Impact Houston Real Estate

    Hilary Tyson

    President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • The New Normal For Business Immigration In 2018

    Rebecca Schechter

    With the Buy American, Hire American executive order, the Trump administration gave legal force to its goal of limiting employment-based immigration to protect U.S. workers. Employers should be prepared for increased scrutiny, stricter requirements and stepped-up enforcement to continue in 2018, say Rebecca Schechter and Courtney Noce of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Preparing For Potential Cuts To Certain H-1B Extensions

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be considering new measures that would potentially reduce or eliminate specific H-1B extensions granted under the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act of 2000. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP offer guidelines to assist employers in advising their workforce about the potential impact if DHS does take action.

  • Employment Visas: 2017 Changes And What To Expect Ahead

    Daniel Berner

    In line with campaign promises made by President Donald Trump, in 2017 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security imposed added burdens on employers seeking employment-based visas for foreign nationals. Daniel Berner of Berner Law PLLC discusses some of the principal changes and the policies DHS has indicated it will pursue for employment-based visas in 2018 and beyond.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.