Immigration

  • January 5, 2018

    Feds Pursue Charges Against Foreign Student In Exam Fraud

    Federal prosecutors unsealed updated charging documents on Friday against one of several Chinese students at American institutions charged in Massachusetts federal court last year with crimes related to taking exams for would-be international students.

  • January 5, 2018

    Arpaio Deputy Must Pay Partial Atty Fees Over Appeal

    The Ninth Circuit granted partial attorneys' fees to a class that accused the former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of profiling Latinos in traffic stops, finding that the class could recover partial attorneys' fees and costs associated with his deputy’s appeal.

  • January 4, 2018

    Immigrants Denied Redo In SSA Intimidation Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday declined to reconsider the dismissal of a proposed class action brought by immigrants against the Social Security Administration and its agents for allegedly harassing them because of affidavits filed in separate litigation.

  • January 4, 2018

    Immigration, Spending Deal Dominate Busy Jan. On The Hill

    Congress has a full plate this month, including struggles on federal spending and immigration policy, and experts said it's likely to forestall major decisions on health care policy, disaster assistance and the like.

  • January 4, 2018

    Punish Politicians Who Support Sanctuaries, ICE Chief Says

    Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan urged the U.S. Department of Justice to criminally prosecute politicians from sanctuary jurisdictions in an interview Tuesday with Fox News, earning both blowback and support from immigrant policy groups.

  • January 4, 2018

    Ex-US Diplomat Can't Escape Verdict In Trafficking Suit

    A Virginia federal judge refused on Wednesday to contradict a jury verdict that found a onetime U.S. diplomat to Yemen liable under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act for the forced labor and sex trafficking of a former live-in domestic worker for her and her now-dead husband.

  • January 4, 2018

    Judge Rips Feds Over Bailed Man's ICE Lockup, Nixes Case

    A New York federal judge threw out a money laundering case Wednesday against a foreign man who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after he made bail, saying that the government “can’t have it both ways” by putting someone freed on bond into ICE custody.

  • January 4, 2018

    Trump Lays Out Demands For DACA Deal

    President Donald Trump on Thursday laid out his conditions for striking a deal to continue protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that any agreement must include money for a border wall and an end to the diversity visa lottery.

  • January 4, 2018

    Atty Fees Bid Trimmed In Detainees' Bond Policy Battle

    A California federal court on Wednesday reduced by more than a third the attorneys’ fees and costs sought by a certified class of asylum seekers who say their detentions have been prolonged by a policy of not considering ability to pay when determining bond amounts.

  • January 4, 2018

    Iranian Nationals Cite Harm In Latest Travel Ban Challenge

    A group of Iranian nationals called on a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to halt implementation of the Trump administration's latest travel ban on people from a group of predominantly Muslim nations or expedite the briefing schedule in the case, saying the harms against them have intensified since a hearing was held in early November.

  • January 3, 2018

    Motel 6 Gave Guest Info To ICE, Wash. AG Says

    Motel 6 locations in Washington voluntarily gave lists of guests, including names and private information, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over at least two years, according to a suit filed Wednesday by the Evergreen State’s attorney general alleging consumer protection and discrimination law violations.

  • January 3, 2018

    Chicago Has No Grounds To Sue Over Grant Rules, DOJ Says

    The Trump administration on Wednesday asked an Illinois federal judge to toss Chicago’s lawsuit challenging its attempt to impose new conditions on a federal public safety grant meant to further the president's immigration goals, saying the city is largely trying to get ahead of the administrative process that would actually give it something to challenge.

  • January 3, 2018

    Judge Erred In Detainee's Competency Review, 9th Circ. Says

    An immigration judge failed to appropriately and completely evaluate the competence of a detainee who seeks to cancel his removal, the Ninth Circuit held on Wednesday as it revived the case.

  • January 3, 2018

    DACA Fix, Defense Spending Change Raised In Funding Talks

    Congressional leaders and the White House have tacked on a potential fix to the DACA program and a possible change to the defense spending formula as they continue to seek a broad agreement on federal spending to avoid a government shutdown later this month.

  • January 3, 2018

    Ex-DHS Heads Call For Quick Action On DACA Fix

    A trio of former U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretaries urged congressional leaders to take action on the soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying recipients of the program and the business community will suffer greatly if action is delayed.

  • January 3, 2018

    Mayors Ask DHS To Extend Protected Status For El Salvador

    Mayors belonging to a group known as Cities for Action urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday to extend temporary protected status for over 195,000 Salvadoran immigrants for 18 months.

  • January 3, 2018

    Campus Cop's Bias Suit Over Citizenship Revived By NJ Court

    A New Jersey state appellate court revived a fired college campus cop's discrimination complaint on Wednesday, ruling more discovery was needed to determine if his citizenship status was a justifiable factor in his termination.

  • January 3, 2018

    Delta Flight Attendants Accuse Airline Of Anti-Semitism

    Four flight attendants filed a lawsuit in New York federal court Tuesday accusing Delta Air Lines of discriminating against Jewish and Israeli employees, non-Jewish employees who associate with them, and passengers traveling to Israel.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    ICE Must Release 300 Iraqi Detainees, Mich. Judge Says

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday that the U.S. government must release by Feb. 2 nearly 300 Iraqi detainees who have been in custody for at least six months unless an immigration judge finds that a detainee is either a flight risk or a threat to public safety.

Expert Analysis

  • High Court's Latest Travel Ban Ruling Lacks Details

    Tahanie Aboushi

    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court lifted all stays on the third version of President Trump's travel ban. The paragraph-long ruling was devoid of limitations on the wide discretion available when deciding whether or not to bar an individual, which essentially leaves U.S. customs agents, defense counsel and those affected by the order to decipher the logistics as they go, says Tahanie Aboushi of The Aboushi Law Firm.

  • Congressional Forecast: December

    Richard Hertling

    Members of Congress face a daunting to-do list in the final weeks of 2017. While some believe a looming deadline will help get things done, there is worry on Capitol Hill that the legislative pileup and long-simmering partisan battles on major budget and policy issues have created a prime opportunity for political brinkmanship to paralyze the high-stakes negotiations, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Trump’s 'Buy American' Order Already Packs A Punch

    Howard Roth

    The secretary of commerce report on the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order was due at the White House on Nov. 24. Though the report is not yet public, it is in the foreground of the debate on legislative and regulatory actions, and it is changing the landscape for many organizations, says Howard Roth of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP.

  • 6 New Calif. Employment Laws To Know In 2018

    Julia Trankiem

    The past several years have been particularly active in the California Legislature, in both creating new rights and responsibilities under state employment law and amending and expanding existing workplace mandates. The 2017 legislative session was no different, and brought about some considerable changes that will dramatically affect many employers’ practices, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Addressing H-1B Visa Concerns: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Elliott Lichtman

    In the final part of this series, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC discuss, among other issues, H-1B visa concerns such as extensions and amendments, portability, and recent action by the Trump administration that will impact the H-1B visa.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks For Himself

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.