Immigration

  • April 12, 2017

    Arizona Asks Supreme Court To Hear Dreamers' ID Case

    The state of Arizona has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a Ninth Circuit decision that permanently blocked the state from refusing driver's licenses to so-called Dreamers, saying the decision wrongly usurps state authority.

  • April 12, 2017

    ACLU Lobs More FOIA Suits For Docs On Immigration Ban

    Branches of the American Civil Liberties Union across the country are filing more lawsuits that allege the government hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information on how President Donald Trump’s immigration bans were enforced locally.

  • April 12, 2017

    Gov't Slams Brothers' New Trial Bid In H-1B Visa Fraud Case

    Two brothers convicted by a Texas federal jury in November 2015 for their roles in a scheme to misuse H-1B work visas for computer consultant positions should not get a new trial because there has been no newly discovered evidence in the matter, the federal government argued Tuesday.

  • April 12, 2017

    Hawaii Wants Full 9th Circ. To Hear Travel Ban Appeal

    The state of Hawaii asked the full Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to consider the Trump administration's appeal of a preliminary injunction that barred the enforcement of a revised executive order on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries, saying such a review is appropriate due to the “exceptional importance” of the questions at issue.

  • April 11, 2017

    CPB 'Enforcement Zone' Curbed Speech, 9th Circ. Told

    A nonprofit that provides humanitarian aid in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands urged the Ninth Circuit in a brief Monday to revive its suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of violating its free speech rights by threatening group members with arrest if they entered an “enforcement zone” near a checkpoint.

  • April 11, 2017

    Lessons From Twitter's User Unmasking Fight With CBP

    When Twitter opted to sue the government rather than comply with its bid to "unmask" a user who had criticized Trump's immigration policy, a media splash ensued and the government quickly backed down. Here are key lessons from the incident, including why CBP was on shaky legal footing with its request.

  • April 11, 2017

    Sessions Pledges Tough Stance Against Immigrant Criminals

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday outlined what he deemed to be a tough new prosecution stance against immigrants unauthorized to be in the U.S. who commit various crimes, saying the Trump administration will take a “stand against this filth.”

  • April 11, 2017

    Ex-Jay Peak Attys Still Can't Intervene In $350M EB-5 Suit

    Former attorneys for Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros can’t intervene in a $350 million EB-5 visa suit against Quiros, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding there was no need to let the lawyers in to get clarification on whether an asset freeze would impact their ability to collect fees.

  • April 11, 2017

    IT Firm Pays $1M To Settle Allegations Of Worker Visa Fraud

    Argentine information technology firm Sistemas Globales S.A. and its U.S. affiliate, Globant LLC, agreed to pay the government $1 million to settle allegations it had committed visa fraud in hiring foreign workers, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2017

    NY 1st State To Get Attys For Immigrants Facing Deportation

    New York state will be the first in the nation to provide counsel to detained immigrants facing deportation with a $4 million state grant, the Vera Institute of Justice and other immigrant advocacy organizations said Friday.

  • April 11, 2017

    Trump Immigration Plan Not In Vogue Among Fashion Leaders

    Fashion industry representatives released a report Monday condemning the effects of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on domestic companies, designers and workers, recommending reforms to improve access to foreign talent and reduce the financial costs associated with navigating the visa system.

  • April 11, 2017

    US, Canada, Mexico Announce Joint Bid For 2026 World Cup

    The leaders of the soccer federations for the United States, Canada and Mexico announced Monday they are submitting a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. teams up with its neighbors to put forth an expected bid amid concerns that U.S. immigration policies under the Trump administration would harm the country’s chances of hosting the event.

  • April 11, 2017

    ACLU Says Feds Are Ignoring Immigration Ban FOIA Request

    Branches of the American Civil Liberties Union in California, Hawaii and Utah filed suit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday, claiming that the agency is ignoring its request for information on how President Donald Trump’s immigration bans were enforced locally.

  • April 11, 2017

    Feds Want Challenge To ‘Sanctuaries’ Exec. Order Tossed

    The federal government urged a Massachusetts federal court on Monday to toss a suit filed by two Massachusetts cities that seek clarification on their compliance with federal immigration laws and whether they will be singled out as “sanctuaries” for those unauthorized to be in the U.S., saying the case is premature.

  • April 10, 2017

    Immigration Agency Boosts Ranks, Swears In 14 More Judges

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review has sworn in 14 fresh immigration judges who will be stationed in Texas, New York, Florida and other states, the agency announced Monday.

  • April 10, 2017

    Immigration Policy Veteran Tapped To Lead USCIS

    President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he would nominate Lee Francis Cissna to oversee the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, tapping a nominee who already has immigration policy experience within the federal government.

  • April 10, 2017

    Trump Travel Ban Case Heads Straight To En Banc 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit will sidestep the customary three-judge review of President Donald J. Trump’s revised ban on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries in favor of a rare full bench hearing set to occur May 8, according to a Monday court filing.

  • April 10, 2017

    Federal Arrests Of Immigrants At Decade High, Pew Reports

    Federal agencies are now conducting far more arrests for immigration-related offenses than any other crime, marking a slow but decisive shift in law enforcement priorities over the last decade, according to a Pew Research Center report published on Monday. 

  • April 10, 2017

    NYC Can Destroy Individuals’ ID Records, Judge Rules

    A state judge on Friday refused to block New York City officials from potentially destroying records collected as part of a free city ID program used by immigrants, saying the state politicians bringing the case didn’t have proper standing.

  • April 10, 2017

    Trump Co. Reaches Deal With 2nd Chef Who Quit Hotel

    The Trump Organization said Monday it's reached a settlement with celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian, settling its claims filed in D.C. Superior Court alleging he breached his contract when he broke his lease and refused to develop a Trump hotel's restaurant space in response to the president's campaign rhetoric about immigrants.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Int’l Travelers, Beware Digital Device Searches At Border

    Behnam Dayanim

    In light of the recent executive order on terrorism and immigration, travelers, including attorneys who may be carrying sensitive privileged information, should be increasingly aware of their rights — or lack thereof — at the border, say Behnam Dayanim and Ashley Pyon of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • A Pragmatic Look At Potential Changes To H-1B Cap Season

    Scott J. FitzGerald

    With the fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap season in full swing, the business community is questioning whether the Trump administration could alter or curtail the H-1B program. Scott FitzGerald and Alexandra Law of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP address that question, with a focus on whether, and to what extent, the administration could impact the adjudication of applications and petitions filed under the 2018 H-1B cap.

  • Immigration Compliance Dangers In The Shared Economy

    Davis C. Bae

    While many shared economy companies have strong background check systems to address questions of status, the penalties for their failure to ensure freelancers are authorized to work in the U.S. are almost nonexistent. This is a growing problem for employers in relation to the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement, says Davis Bae of Fisher Phillips.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Early Days Of New Administration Show Influence Of TROs

    Lauren  E. Aguiar

    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from several Muslim-majority countries, and the related preliminary injunctive orders, are directly related to concepts of immigration law. However, the temporary restraining order mechanism available under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(b) is relevant to many practitioners, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.