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Immigration

  • January 14, 2019

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Border Wall Funds, Sanctuary Laws

    Republicans in the 116th Congress have introduced legislation seeking to curb immigration, including bills to fund a southwestern border wall, to restrict when migrants may petition for asylum and to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. Here, Law360 takes a look at their proposals.

  • January 14, 2019

    ICE Sued For Docs On Detained Immigrant Transfer Policies

    Human Rights Watch has urged a California federal judge to force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to turn over records relating to transfer policies for arrested and detained immigrants, saying the agency has failed to properly respond to its request for the records despite previously providing similar information to the group.

  • January 11, 2019

    The Firms That Dominated In 2018

    Law360's top four Firms of the Year notched a combined 32 Practice Group of the Year awards after successfully securing wins in bet-the-company matters and closing high-profile, big-ticket deals for clients throughout 2018.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2018 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 11, 2019

    'Path To Citizenship' In Sight For H-1B Holders, Trump Says

    Changes to a visa program for foreign workers with advanced U.S. educational degrees may soon include a "potential path to citizenship," President Donald Trump tweeted Friday.

  • January 11, 2019

    Trump Floats 'Emergency' Declaration Amid Record Shutdown

    The federal government shutdown lurches to a new record this weekend as Congress passed a bill Friday to provide workers with back pay after the government reopens, but an impasse over President Donald Trump’s $5.7 billion demand for a wall on the Mexican border remained.

  • January 11, 2019

    9th Circ. Tosses Immigrant's Sentence In Re-Entry Conviction

    The Ninth Circuit has tossed an unauthorized immigrant’s sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported for possessing cocaine, saying that the lower court’s decision to increase the penalty for his re-entry offense was “irreconcilable” with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • January 11, 2019

    2nd Circ. Upholds Asylum Denial For Chinese Citizen

    The Second Circuit on Thursday refused to revive an asylum claim brought by a Chinese citizen who said he was beaten for resisting his wife’s forced abortion, leaving in place a federal agency’s ruling that the man’s testimony was not credible.

  • January 11, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Can Trump Get His Wall Without Congress?

    With the U.S. government shutdown nearing three weeks, President Donald Trump threatened this week to declare a national emergency to pay for a border wall that Congress won't approve. Can he do that? We'll try to figure it out on the latest Pro Say podcast.

  • January 11, 2019

    Calif. Co. Must Pay $24M For Role In EB-5 Fraud Scheme

    A California business must fork over $23.9 million for its involvement in an EB-5 investment fraud scheme, a federal judge ruled Thursday, holding the business and a San Francisco EB-5 visa regional center liable for violating securities laws.

  • January 10, 2019

    Feds Seek Toss Of Suit Challenging Student Visa Policy

    The Trump administration asked a North Carolina federal court Thursday to toss a lawsuit filed by higher education institutions and organizations challenging a new government policy that tightens compliance requirements for student and visitor exchange visas.

  • January 10, 2019

    Hard Questions For Feds, Haitian Refugees As TPS Suit Ends

    Haitians suing the Trump administration over the revocation of their temporary protected status and government lawyers playing defense both took a drubbing by a Brooklyn federal judge on Thursday, as he called the the president’s alleged racism “a sideshow” but thundered in disbelief at part of the government’s argument.

  • January 10, 2019

    What All Attorneys Need To Know About The Shutdown

    As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.

  • January 10, 2019

    House Dems Pass Spending Bills, But Impasse Far From Over

    Congressional Democrats rammed two spending bills for a cluster of federal agencies through the House on Thursday even as President Donald Trump doubled down on demanding a border wall and threatened to invoke a national emergency if it’s not funded.

  • January 10, 2019

    Bill Would Create Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Program

    Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, introduced legislation on Wednesday to ease visa requirements for certain foreign citizens to visit the U.S. territory for short trips.

  • January 10, 2019

    DC Court Urged To Pause Nixing Of Asylum Restrictions

    The federal government has urged a District of Columbia federal court to pause an order that struck down a recent Trump administration policy largely barring victims of domestic and gang violence from obtaining asylum, asserting that Congress would want the matter on hold during a potential appeal.

  • January 10, 2019

    Gov't Ordered To Beef Up Response To DACA Challenge

    A judge in Houston ordered the federal government to redo its brief responding to a lawsuit brought by Texas and other states challenging the legality of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, holding on Wednesday that the government's answers to the suit's allegations are "insufficient."

  • January 9, 2019

    Doc, Manager Must Pay $15.5M For Alleged EB-5 Scheme

    A California federal court on Tuesday ordered a doctor, his office manager and affiliated businesses to fork over more than $15.5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly misappropriating funds through an EB-5 visa scam.

  • January 9, 2019

    Au Pairs Secure $65.5M Settlement In Antitrust Wage Dispute

    Several sponsorship agencies for au pairs have agreed to a $65.5 million deal in Colorado federal court that would settle allegations in a class action alleging that they colluded to suppress the child care workers’ wages.

  • January 9, 2019

    Feds Say Suit Seeking 'Apprentice' Tapes Must Be Stayed

    The federal government moved Wednesday to stay a lawsuit by nonprofit groups and immigrants who say “racial animus” fueled the Trump administration’s decisions to end temporary protected status for Haitians, Salvadorans and Hondurans, citing a lack of funding and authorization to work on the case due to the government shutdown.

Expert Analysis

  • Calculating 1-Year Employment Requirement For L-1 Visas

    Miatrai Brown

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued a policy memo to clarify the one-year foreign employment requirement for L-1 visa holders. Miatrai Brown of Erickson Immigration Group discusses how it will affect petitions moving forward.

  • Receiverships May Be Particularly Useful For New Industries

    Ira Bodenstein

    Now more than ever, receiverships can help troubled enterprises when bankruptcy is not an option. In addition to Ponzi schemes and securities and real estate fraud, receiverships are increasingly used in cryptocurrency matters and cases of EB-5 immigrant investor program fraud, say Ira Bodenstein of Fox Rothschild LLP and Brian Soper of BMS.

  • EB-1 Backlogs: The New Reality

    Courtland Witherup

    If a recent U.S. Department of State prediction concerning final action dates for EB-1 visas proves true, the category will never become current this fiscal year. Such a prolonged backlog is not only unprecedented but alarming, say Courtland Witherup and Adam Rosser of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.