Immigration

  • May 19, 2017

    Ga. City's Utility Cutoffs Hit Blacks, Latinos Hardest, Suit Says

    The NAACP's Georgia chapter filed a federal discrimination suit Thursday against the city of LaGrange, Georgia, for allegedly cutting off access to vital utilities like power and water through a pair of unlawful policies that disproportionately injure African-American and Latino residents.

  • May 19, 2017

    Atty Calls Out SEC Over Lack Of Specifics In EB-5 Fraud Suit

    Newport Beach, California, lawyer Emilio Francisco continued to fight off allegations from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he defrauded at least 135 EB-5 immigrant investors out of $9.5 million, telling a California federal court on Thursday the agency fails to spell out details of purported misrepresentations.

  • May 19, 2017

    US Worker Wrongfully Denied Job Interview, BALCA Holds

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed the denial of a certification for a general manager position at a California golf club, finding a U.S.-based applicant was wrongly denied the opportunity to interview.

  • May 19, 2017

    How They Won It: Keker Van Nest Pauses 'Sanctuary' Order

    Seeking a preliminary injunction is never an easy decision in a case. But with approximately $1.7 billion in annual federal funding riding on the federal government's ability to potentially punish a California county for being a "sanctuary jurisdiction," attorneys with Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP understood that the community had limited options it could choose from.

  • May 18, 2017

    Wash. Judge Decides To Pause State's Travel Ban Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday agreed to stay the state of Washington's suit over President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, pointing to the ongoing appeal of Hawaii's suit in the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 18, 2017

    Radio Host Jones Eats Words To End Chobani Defamation Suit

    Chobani has resolved the defamation suit it lodged against far-right radio host Alex Jones after his media platforms claimed the yogurt company was “importing migrant rapists,” with Jones issuing a public apology Wednesday.

  • May 18, 2017

    BIA OKs Deportation Of Bosnian Connected To Genocide

    A man who was a member of the military in the Bosnian war and allegedly engaged in genocide against Muslims did not offer sufficient evidence to prove he did not commit those crimes and therefore should be deported, the Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    3 Ways To Strengthen Your Immigration Legal Writing

    Issues of immigration law are increasingly subject to scrutiny in the national spotlight, and attorneys on the front lines suggest clear and concise legal writing is more important than ever. Here, experts offer three ways immigration attorneys can improve their prose.

  • May 18, 2017

    Controversial Wis. Sheriff Says He Accepted DHS Post

    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke — known for his inflammatory comments on Twitter such as ridiculing the Black Lives Matter movement as "cop-hating slime" — said Wednesday that he accepted a position as a deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, drawing derision from the former staffers he will allegedly replace. 

  • May 18, 2017

    White House Pulls NAFTA Renegotiation Trigger

    The Trump administration officially informed the U.S. Congress on Thursday of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, opening a 90-day window to consult with lawmakers about the best strategy for retooling the controversial trade accord.

  • May 17, 2017

    What Attys Should Tell DACA Clients As Uneasiness Lingers

    President Donald Trump hasn’t ended a deportation protection program for young immigrants, but recent incidents in which so-called Dreamers were detained or deported have added a fresh element of uncertainty to the situation. Here, attorneys share advice for people seeking or renewing DACA.

  • May 17, 2017

    DOJ Directive Over Immigrant Legal Representation Paused

    A Washington federal court on Wednesday moved to temporarily pause a U.S. Department of Justice directive that instructed an immigration legal services organization to stop assisting unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings without filing notices of appearance.

  • May 17, 2017

    Regulatory Reform Package Clears Senate Committee

    The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday sent five regulatory reform bills to the full body for a vote, all of which are designed to make it harder for executive agencies to promulgate rules.

  • May 17, 2017

    ICE Arrests Up Nearly 40% After Trump Enforcement Push

    Arrests of migrants accused of being in the U.S. without authorization have spiked by nearly 40 percent in the 100 days since President Donald Trump signed executive orders to crank up immigration enforcement, including a huge increase in arrests of immigrants who do not have criminal records, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday. 

  • May 17, 2017

    Senate Committee OKs Bill To Amend CBP Hiring Practices

    A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would aim to address staffing shortages for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in part by relaxing a requirement that some applicants undergo a lie detector test.

  • May 17, 2017

    DOJ, Food Processing Cos. Settle Citizenship Bias Claims

    The Department of Justice said Wednesday that it has reached a settlement agreement with two Washington-based food processing companies to resolve claims they discriminated against noncitizen workers by forcing them to prove employment eligibility with green cards or other documents.

  • May 17, 2017

    Insurer Ordered To Defend 2 Au Pair Agencies In Wage Suit

    A Colorado federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Colony Insurance Co. must defend two au pair placement agencies in a collective action alleging they took part in a collusive scheme to set unreasonably low pay rates for program participants, while freeing the insurer from any duty to defend a third placement agency.

  • May 17, 2017

    Recalcitrant Hedge Fund Boss's Passport Released By Court

    Former hedge fund boss Chetan Kapur is out of a New York City jail for contempt of two fraud judgments valued at about $10 million, and his Indian passport was released Wednesday, but a court filing also showed the recalcitrant judgment debtor was being held on an immigration detainer.

  • May 17, 2017

    LA Officers, Immigrants Both Seek Early Win In Detention Suit

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the immigrants accusing it of unlawfully detaining them and denying bail based on warrantless requests from federal authorities both asked a California federal court for quick wins Tuesday, providing conflicting interpretations of the constitutionality of the departments’ immigrant detention policies.

  • May 16, 2017

    Wash. AG, ACLU Back Immigrant Org. In Representation Case

    Both the American Civil Liberties Union and Washington state's attorney general recently lodged briefs in support of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in the group’s case against a Justice Department cease-and-desist order it says will “deprive thousands of immigrants” of the opportunity to meet with their counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • In Congress: A Major Fiscal Deadline

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    The current continuing resolution expires at midnight on April 28, leaving Congress very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. Complicating things are reports that the White House may also be pressuring House leadership to schedule a vote this week on a new version of the health care “repeal and replace” bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Impact Of 'Buy American And Hire American' On H-1B

    Elizabeth Espin Stern

    President Trump recently signed an executive order addressing the protection of U.S. jobs and preferences for U.S.-manufactured products and goods. While the order has no immediate effect on the processing of H-1B visa petitions, it does give us a clear picture of the administration’s views on the program. The “feeding frenzy” that characterizes the H-1B cap season may well become a thing of the past, say partners of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    A State-By-State Solution For Immigration Reform

    Leon Fresco

    While it might seem that the new regional polarization over immigration and sanctuary cities may be driving us further away from achieving a national consensus on immigration, it may actually be beneficial to facilitating a unique outcome that can finally create bipartisan progress on immigration reform, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.