Immigration

  • May 12, 2017

    Hispanic Caucus Wants USCIS Ombudsman Out

    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, calling for the removal of the newly appointed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Julie Kirchner, slamming her for a decade of work with an “anti-immigrant” organization.

  • May 12, 2017

    Citrus Co. Ruled Joint Employer In Guest Worker Wage Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Thursday that Consolidated Citrus Ltd. Partnership was a joint employer under the H-2A visa program to a certified class of more than 150 guest workers who allege the citrus company and a subcontractor stiffed the laborers on wages.

  • May 12, 2017

    Trump Must Share Immigration Ban Memo, Judge Rules

    President Donald Trump’s administration must turn over a memorandum from former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other communications with advisers that may indicate the motivation behind Trump’s controversial immigration bans, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

  • May 11, 2017

    Well-Known DACA Recipient Sues Over Revoked Status

    A woman who was thrust into the national immigration debate several years ago has filed suit against federal officials after her deferred-deportation status was revoked, telling a Georgia federal court she was being scapegoated and it seemed the government was using her as a “test case.”

  • May 11, 2017

    Texas HHS Official Forced To Quit Amid Iraq Lobbying Furor

    The inspector general of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission resigned Wednesday at the governor’s request, a decision tied to his moonlighting for a lobbying and law firm that reportedly pushed for the removal of Iraq from President Donald Trump's travel ban earlier this year.

  • May 11, 2017

    Calif. Gov. To Add $6.5M To AG's Office For Fighting Trump

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday introduced a revised state budget plan that adds $6.5 million to the state’s Department of Justice to fund 31 new positions dedicated to challenging actions from the Trump administration.

  • May 11, 2017

    DC Immigration Ban Suits Paused Pending Other Appeals

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Thursday halted suits brought by various Muslim and Iranian-American groups challenging President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban, saying that it makes sense to press pause pending the resolution of the administration's appeals of two other injunctions that have blocked the ban from taking effect.

  • May 11, 2017

    Wash. Gov. Signs Bill To Protect Vulnerable Young Immigrants

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill that will enable state courts to appoint temporary guardians for vulnerable immigrant youth, a move that was applauded by advocacy organizations in the state.

  • May 11, 2017

    In Wake Of Kushner Comments, Grassley Furthers EB-5 Push

    Sen. Chuck Grassley has further pushed the Trump administration to pursue EB-5 investor program reforms following reports that the sister of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, recently dropped Kushner's name while pitching a New Jersey housing project to a group of potential Chinese investors.

  • May 11, 2017

    Kobach Loses Bid To Shield Immigration Docs From View

    A federal judge on Wednesday denied Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's bid to review an April order that he turn over documents in a suit brought by the Kansas League of Women Voters and others challenging a state proof-of-citizenship law, and ordered him to submit the redacted papers.

  • May 10, 2017

    With Tom Cat Bakery Protests, An Audit Gets Politicized

    After ICE hit a prominent New York City bakery with an audit of its work authorization forms, immigrant workers decided to protest, raising the investigation’s profile and generating plenty of media interest. Although such audits were common under the Obama administration, now that Donald Trump is in the White House, the Tom Cat Bakery demonstrations could presage more resistance to these "silent raids."

  • May 10, 2017

    Florida Couple Sentenced For Immigration Fraud

    A woman and her husband were sentenced to 151 months and 97 months in prison, respectively, and ordered to pay almost $800,000 in restitution for helping undocumented immigrants score Florida driver licenses by filing fake immigration documents, according to Wednesday federal court filings.

  • May 10, 2017

    BALCA Reverses Texas Instruments' Labor Cert. Denial

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals reversed a denial of labor certification Tuesday in a case involving Texas Instruments Inc., saying a certifying officer unnecessarily demanded that the company put alternate job requirements in a free text box in the entry form for the state’s job order website.

  • May 10, 2017

    Upstate NY Cabs Fined For Inflated Fares To Canadian Border

    Several upstate New York taxicab companies were hit with court judgments and penalties for overcharging customers for taxi rides from Plattsburgh to the Canadian border, partly to take advantage of refugees leaving the U.S., state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Texas Sens. Pass Bill To OK Detention Centers For Childcare

    The Texas Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that will permit the state to license immigrant detention centers as childcare facilities, while opponents of the bill expressed concern that it discriminates against vulnerable children.

  • May 10, 2017

    RI Staffing Agency Settles Work Authorization Bias Claims

    A Rhode Island-based temporary staffing agency on Tuesday struck an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that settles allegations it violated federal regulations by discriminating against workers who were not U.S. citizens when it reviewed their work authorization documents.

  • May 10, 2017

    Comey Firing Casts Shadow Over Solicitor General Hearing

    The firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday and travel ban executive orders colored a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday for President Donald Trump’s nominee for solicitor general, Noel Francisco, and the nominee for assistant attorney general as they fielded questions about the roles of those offices.

  • May 10, 2017

    Former DHS Chief Of Staff Joins Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP has hired in its Los Angeles office the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, whose experience includes the department's response to a surge of unaccompanied minors at the border and the hack of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

  • May 9, 2017

    Kushner Uproar Latest Blow To Beleaguered EB-5 Program

    The EB-5 investor visa program was again in the news this week after the sister of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner pitched a New Jersey housing project to a group of potential Chinese investors and allegedly name-dropped her brother, an incident experts say adds fuel to the fire for those looking to reform the program.

  • May 9, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Verdict Must Stand, Feds Argue

    Prosecutors urged a Florida federal judge Tuesday not to disturb a verdict convicting a baseball agent and athletic trainer of smuggling Cuban ballplayers, including current Major League Baseball stars, arguing the government's evidence supported jurors finding the pair guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • New Policies Pose Threat To Immigrant Workplace Rights

    Mehreen Rasheed

    While most workplace protections such as minimum wage and anti-discrimination laws apply to all employees regardless of immigration status, these assurances ring hollow to many immigrant workers given the Trump administration’s aggressive rollout of its new immigration enforcement priorities, say Mehreen Rasheed and Debra Katz of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • An Alternative Legal Argument Against Trump's Travel Ban

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    The litigation filed against President Donald Trump’s travel ban at this point has focused on constitutional issues, particularly religious bias in violation of the establishment clause. There is, however, another legal argument against the travel ban that does not require looking at evidence outside of the judicial record, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.