Immigration

  • March 15, 2017

    Trump Budget Request To Seek State Dept. Cuts, Wall Funds

    The Trump administration is expected to unveil a budget blueprint Thursday that will propose dramatic cuts to the State Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while seeking billions more for defense issues and $1.5 billion for the president's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

  • March 15, 2017

    New Attacks Lodged Against Travel Ban Executive Order

    Several Iranian-American groups and the Council on American Islamic Relations have filed fresh attacks on President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban executive order, adding to the mounting legal challenges against the controversial order, key portions of which were blocked by another court Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    EB-5 Fraudster Bilked Foreign Investors Of $14.5M, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday accused a Washington, D.C.-based development company and its president of using the EB-5 immigrant investor program to scam foreign investors out of $14.5 million.

  • March 15, 2017

    Bank Failed To Protect Against Check Scam, Law Group Says

    Cornerstone Law Group launched a lawsuit against the Bank of San Francisco on Wednesday in California federal court accusing it of failing to protect against a cashier’s check-counterfeiting scam stemming from a client’s lawful termination suit, which caused the group to lose more than $230,000.

  • March 15, 2017

    Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks Trump's New Travel Ban

    A Hawaii federal judge on Wednesday blocked President Donald Trump’s latest version of an immigration ban prohibiting the entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries from taking effect nationwide, while the president told a cheering crowd in Tennessee he planned to defend his order all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 15, 2017

    Pence, Ex-Ind. AG Freed From Trans Man’s Name Change Suit

    A transgender Mexican refugee cannot sue former Indiana officials, including ex-Gov. and current Vice President Mike Pence, over a state policy that requires name change applicants to prove their U.S. citizenship, an Indiana federal judge ruled Monday.

  • March 15, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Guilty In Ballplayer Smuggling Case

    A federal jury in Miami on Wednesday found a baseball agent and an athletic trainer guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States as part of a scheme that prosecutors said made them millions of dollars.

  • March 15, 2017

    DHS Tells High Court To Uphold 3rd Circ.'s Asylum Denial

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged the Supreme Court not to review a precedential Third Circuit decision that more than two dozen Central American women and children seeking asylum must leave, saying the appeals court correctly found that the families were not unlawfully denied any constitutional rights.

  • March 15, 2017

    Wash. Court Should Hear DACA Detention Row, Judge Says

    A Washington federal court has jurisdiction to consider whether a Mexican native who is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program beneficiary was unlawfully detained as his petition relates to actions by immigration agents before removal proceedings began, a Washington federal magistrate judge said Tuesday.

  • March 15, 2017

    4 Ways GCs Can Cope With Immigration Uncertainty

    With change afoot in the immigration realm — and with it, overwhelming uncertainty — general counsel need to act fast and think ahead. Here’s what three experts say GCs should do now to prepare their company for the reforms and rule changes that could upend their employment plans.

  • March 14, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Say Prosecutors Whiffed In Smuggling Case

    A baseball agent's lawyers asked jurors in closing arguments Tuesday to give a thumbs down to federal prosecutors' claims he oversaw a conspiracy to smuggle Cuban ballplayers to the United States, likening the government's case to a movie trailer that failed to deliver.

  • March 14, 2017

    Law360 Cheat Sheet: Cases Challenging The New Travel Ban

    With several court challenges pending against President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban, the legal battle over the controversial executive order is heating up, with two big hearings slated for Wednesday. Here, Law360 breaks down where the challenges to the new order currently stand, and what to watch for in the coming week.

  • March 14, 2017

    Trump Says New Travel Ban Answers Suing States' Concerns

    The Trump administration told a Washington federal judge Tuesday that its newly revised immigration ban is “substantially different” from an earlier version halted after states raised constitutional concerns, while pushing back against the contention that the ban is religiously motivated.

  • March 14, 2017

    4th Circ. Chides BIA For Narrow Read Of Asylum Law

    The Fourth Circuit said Monday that the Board of Immigration Appeals “defie[d] common sense” when it found that a Honduran woman seeking asylum failed to show her relationship with her husband, who was likely murdered by gang members, was a central reason why she and her children were targeted.

  • March 14, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Body Cameras, Federal Grant Cuts

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in the past week that included measures to restrict federal funding for educational institutions that don’t comply with federal immigration-related requests and to require federal immigration agents to wear body cameras.

  • March 14, 2017

    Ex-DOJ Heavyweight Joins Linklaters' White Collar Team

    Linklaters LLP has bolstered its white collar practice with the addition of Matthew Axelrod, a former top-ranking U.S. Department of Justice attorney who exited the agency after President Donald Trump fired acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to support an immigration ban.

  • March 14, 2017

    DOJ, Janitorial Cos. Settle Immigration Discrimination Claims

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that it has reached an agreement with two California-based janitorial companies to resolve claims that they violated federal immigration law by demanding unnecessary documents from immigrants authorized to work in the U.S.

  • March 14, 2017

    NY AG Clarifies Legal Guidance For 'Sanctuary' Cities

    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has issued updated guidance on how New York municipalities may maintain so-called sanctuary city practices while not blatantly contradicting new federal immigration enforcement practices laid out in President Donald Trump’s executive orders and policies.

  • March 14, 2017

    Diplomat Loses 2nd. Circ. Bail Appeal In Forced Labor Case

    The Second Circuit denied a Chinese diplomat’s attempt to get bail before his trial on charges of using construction workers as forced labor, affirming Monday a New York federal judge’s finding that the man was a flight risk.

  • March 13, 2017

    4 Questions About The New Travel Ban Order

    President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban is set to go into effect Thursday, but questions remain about the new executive order, such as how liberally waivers will be issued and which countries might see their citizens blocked in the future. Here are four pressing questions about the new order.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What's Next For Trump's Travel Ban?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Following last week's decision from the Ninth Circuit, which left intact a district court’s nationwide block of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the administration has stated it is exploring all options. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP discuss what the administration may do in response.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Trump’s Immigration Orders: A Pillar For Future Policy?

    Christopher L. Thomas

    At first blush, President Donald Trump's initial immigration executive orders appeared to cover issues related to illegal immigration and the building of his border wall. But on a closer look, these orders appear to be the key building blocks associated with the Trump administration’s immigration strategy, say Christopher Thomas and Phillip Pemberton of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • A Politically Feasible Approach To H-1B Reform

    Brandon Meyer

    Legislation aimed at reforming the H-1B visa program recently proposed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., includes disgraceful efforts to benefit companies in her district at the expense of the rest of the country. However, once such efforts are stripped out, her bill represents a major step forward in modernizing the United States’ employment-based immigration system, says Brandon Meyer of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.