Immigration

  • February 17, 2017

    DHS Watchdog Vows Close Watch On Border Wall Project

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security watchdog vowed Thursday to keep a close eye on President Donald Trump’s planned multibillion-dollar southern border wall project, pointing to “very poor” historic performance by the agency in similar projects.

  • February 17, 2017

    Tribes Won't Be Bullied On Border Wall, Ariz. Lawmaker Says

    Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., on Thursday praised a National Congress of American Indians resolution opposing President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border unless tribes agree to the project, saying the resolution shows Native Americans “will not be bullied” by the administration.

  • February 17, 2017

    16 AGs Urge Court To Keep Trump Immigration Ban Blocked

    A coalition of 16 state attorneys general led by Massachusetts and Illinois weighed in Thursday in support of New York’s suit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries as unconstitutional, urging the federal court to extend an injunction preventing the administration from implementing the ban.

  • February 17, 2017

    Govt. Doctored Gang ‘Confession,’ Detained DREAMer Says

    The federal government tried to doctor a statement by a 23-year-old “DREAMer” who was taken into custody by immigration officials last week to make it read like a confession for gang involvement, the man’s attorneys alleged Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    High Court Urged To Rule On Latest 'Crime Of Violence' Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court should take up a Sixth Circuit ruling that a federal statute defining a “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague, but delay review until the justices decide another deportation case examining the same question, the federal government said this week.

  • February 16, 2017

    Witness Accused Of Misconduct At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Signals are exchanged silently throughout baseball games, between catchers and pitchers and coaches and players around the diamond, but the suggestion that a ballplayer was receiving signals while testifying in the player smuggling trial of an agent and trainer raised tensions in a Miami courtroom Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Slams 9th Circ. As Court In ‘Chaos,’ ‘Turmoil’

    President Donald Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday as a court in “chaos” and “turmoil,” claiming at a news conference that the court has been overturned by the Supreme Court “at a record number,” a record that’s actually held by the Sixth Circuit, according to a recent Politifact study.

  • February 16, 2017

    Ex-DOJ Immigration Head: Travel Order Case A 'Close Call'

    Leon Fresco, the former head of the government’s Office of Immigration Litigation, dove into a range of hot-button topics in recent discussions with Law360, saying it was a “close call” whether the current version of the president’s travel ban would be able survive court review.

  • February 16, 2017

    9th Circ. Pauses Immigration Ban Suit At Trump's Request

    Ninth Circuit Chief Justice Sidney R. Thomas late Thursday agreed to pause en banc proceedings over President Donald Trump’s challenge of an order blocking the implementation of his immigration ban after the administration requested a freeze on the proceedings as it preps a new executive order.

  • February 16, 2017

    Senate Bill Will Target Trump's Sanctuary City Order

    A group of senators is taking aim at President Donald Trump’s executive action targeting internal immigration enforcement that would pull funds from so-called sanctuary cities, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., announced on Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Nomination Hearings To Kick Off In March

    Opening statements in a hearing on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on March 20, with questioning of the associate justice-designate commencing the following day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Couple Fights SEC's $65M Penalty Bid In EB-5 Fraud Row

    A husband and wife facing allegations that they misappropriated the bulk of $26.9 million raised in an EB-5 immigrant investor program urged a California federal court on Wednesday not to listen to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recommendation that they be ordered to pay an “excessive” $65.7 million penalty.

  • February 16, 2017

    Reps. Oppose Extra Layer Of Screening At Canada Border

    Six Northern Border Caucus members have cautioned U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly against a proposal in President Donald Trump’s immigration ban that calls for additional screening for U.S.-bound travelers, saying any new security measures along the Canadian border should be coordinated between the two countries.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Picks Former US Attorney Acosta To Lead DOL

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped law school dean R. Alexander Acosta — a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, one-time National Labor Relations Board member and the first Hispanic to ascend to the top of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division — to serve as secretary of labor. 

  • February 16, 2017

    KPMG Exec Says Immigration Reform Concerns Developers

    While there are signs the real estate upturn may continue through 2017, developers face a new set of questions and challenges under the Trump administration, one of which is how immigration policy might affect the construction labor workforce, Gregory L. Williams, a real estate-focused partner at KPMG, told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • February 15, 2017

    Texas AG Backs Trump Immigration Ban In 9th Circ.

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threw his support behind President Donald Trump’s immigration ban on Wednesday when he urged the Ninth Circuit to reconsider last week’s decision upholding a block on the executive order, citing the president’s powers to protect national security.

  • February 15, 2017

    Puzder Out Of Running For Labor Secretary

    Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder took himself out of consideration Wednesday to serve as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary one day before his scheduled confirmation hearing as reports circulated that he lacked enough support from Senate Republicans.

  • February 15, 2017

    Production Co. Fights Sanctions Bid Over EB-5 Suit

    A film and TV production company urged a Georgia federal judge on Tuesday not to impose sanctions in a now-dismissed $45 million lawsuit alleging former NBA player Theo Ratliff and others conspired to shut it out of a prospective deal involving the EB-5 program, saying its attorneys did not act in bad faith.

  • February 15, 2017

    House Resolution Slams Judge Who Blocked Travel Ban

    Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has introduced a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives criticizing the actions of a federal judge and an appeals court that obstructed the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 immigration ban.

  • February 15, 2017

    Threat To Kill Not Physical Violence, 5th Circ. Says

    The Fifth Circuit has held that the Western District of Texas erred by enhancing the sentence of a man convicted of illegally re-entering the U.S. because of a previous conviction in Arkansas for making terroristic threats, finding that the prior incident did not qualify as an act of violence under federal statutes.

Expert Analysis

  • In Congress: Cabinet Approvals, Disapproval Resolutions

    Richard Hertling

    Congress this week will continue to move forward on approving President Trump’s cabinet nominees and disapproving federal regulations issued in the final months of the Obama administration, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Privacy Implications Of Trump’s Immigration Order

    Heather Sussman

    President Donald Trump's recent executive order expanding enforcement of U.S. immigration laws is a departure from how the federal government previously has treated personally identifiable information of those who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, in many contexts, including the processing of visas and immigration records, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Can Federal Agencies Reverse Course Under Trump?

    Steven D. Gordon

    The next four years will see litigation that explores the extent to which the Trump administration can alter or reverse the regulatory policies of the Obama administration without having to enact new legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently made clear that there are fewer limits to an agency changing course than had previously been thought, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Why Trump Should Keep Legal Immigrants Legal

    Jacob T. Muklewicz

    Both the Trump administration and Congress would be wise to leave in place U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new rule aimed at offering job flexibility for high-skilled foreign workers, which was not only enacted in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, but also allows skilled foreign workers to maintain their legal status, says Jacob Muklewicz of Kirton McConkie PC.

  • Some Context For Trump's New Immigration Executive Order

    Jonathan E. Meyer

    President Donald Trump’s recent immigration-related executive order has sown confusion and spurred anger in the few days it has been in effect. In addition, arguments are raging over the White House’s claims of precedent for the order and the implications of implementing “extreme vetting,” says Jonathan Meyer, partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP and former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • In Congress: More Cabinet, High Court

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    Congressional activity this week is likely to be overshadowed by the president’s expected announcement of a Supreme Court nominee on Thursday, initiating a confirmation process that will consume a great deal of Senate time in the weeks ahead, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.