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Immigration

  • June 11, 2018

    US Extradites Ex-Panama Prez To Face Criminal Charges

    The U.S. shipped former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli home from Miami on Monday, almost exactly a year after the Central American nation requested his extradition to face charges that he conducted illegal surveillance and embezzled public money.

  • June 11, 2018

    Justices Turn Away Deportee's Due Process Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of a deportee who claims he wasn’t told by his attorney or an immigration judge that he could fight his deportation, which he alleges was in violation of his due process rights.

  • June 11, 2018

    US Can't Split Yemenis' Case Alleging Immigration Bias

    A New York federal judge on Monday denied the federal government’s bid to break up a case in which several individuals allege that immigration officials are dragging out their bids to petition for relatives to enter the United States from Yemen because of the U.S. government’s bias against Muslims.

  • June 11, 2018

    DOL Inks Deal To End Prevailing Wage Review Challenge

    The U.S. Department of Labor has admitted to erroneously approving improperly low pay to H-2B guest workers for a Philadelphia-area landscaping company as part of a deal to end class claims challenging the propriety of the process for employers to fight prevailing wage decisions.

  • June 11, 2018

    Feds Wrongly Detained 2 Immigrant Spouses, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday laid out his rationale for declaring last month that the federal government unlawfully detained two Brazilian natives who are part of a putative class action that alleges the federal government is violating the U.S. Constitution by detaining immigrants who seek green cards through their spouses.

  • June 11, 2018

    AG Sessions Tightens Restrictions For Asylum Seekers

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday narrowed the circumstances under which members of particular “social groups,” including domestic violence victims and LGBTQ individuals, have grounds to petition for asylum, releasing his decision in a Board of Immigration Appeals case that he referred to himself.

  • June 11, 2018

    DOJ Calls DACA Unlawful, Refuses To Back It In Texas Fight

    The Trump administration on Friday declined to defend the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program against a challenge brought by Texas and six other states, telling a Texas federal court that it believes the policy is unlawful.

  • June 11, 2018

    Sessions To Release Decision In Sweeping BIA Asylum Case

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that he will release his decision in a Board of Immigration Appeals case that he referred to himself over whether members of particular “social groups,” including domestic violence victims and LGBTQ individuals, have grounds to petition for asylum.

  • June 8, 2018

    Brexit And More: Topics Immigration Attys Are Talking About

    There have been several important developments in overseas immigration policy in recent months, from the unfolding details of the Brexit transition to reforms in Canada meant to attract high-skilled workers. Here, Law360 gets you up to speed on what immigration attorneys in multinational firms are watching.

  • June 8, 2018

    CBP Fabricated Docs To Deport Gay Asylum Seeker, Suit Says

    A gay Mexican man is seeking justice in Florida federal court for the purported harms caused by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s denial of his bid for asylum, claiming that the agency failed to give him a chance to present his fear-based claims and falsified paperwork for his deportation.

  • June 8, 2018

    Tech Union's F-1 Visa Row Partially Revived By DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday partially revived a technology workers union's challenge to a federal government program that expanded the ability of foreign-born individuals with F-1 student visas to work in the United States, affirming the tossing of three claims while allowing one to come back.

  • June 8, 2018

    Lawmakers Urge Trump Not To Split Up Immig. Parents, Kids

    Members of the House and Senate on Thursday condemned the Trump administration’s recent “zero tolerance” policy for unauthorized border crossers, saying in writing that the move has led to increasing numbers of children being separated from their parents.

  • June 8, 2018

    Census Wrong To Count All Immigrants, Ala. Tells House

    The U.S. Census Bureau violates the U.S. Constitution and other federal regulations by including immigrants unauthorized to be in the United States in its count of individuals living in the country, Alabama's attorney general told a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.

  • June 8, 2018

    4 Technologies That Are Helping To Bridge The Justice Gap

    The vast majority of low-income Americans facing civil legal problems received inadequate or no legal help in 2017. Here, Law360 looks at four of the latest tools that may have the potential to digitally bridge that justice gap.

  • June 7, 2018

    1 Of 5 Inmates In Fed. Prisons Were Immigrants In Late 2017

    More than one of every five individuals detained by the federal Bureau of Prisons at the end of 2017 were born outside the United States, according to quarterly statistics released Thursday by the Trump administration as part of its effort to restrict unauthorized entry along the nation’s southern border.

  • June 7, 2018

    ACLU Suit Over Immigrant Child Separations Can Proceed

    A California federal judge allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to proceed in its suit alleging that the Trump administration has unlawfully separated asylum seekers from their young children, ruling Wednesday that the alleged practices are inhumane.

  • June 7, 2018

    Immigration Judges May Waive Inadmissibility, 11th Circ. Says

    An immigration judge has the authority to issue a waiver of inadmissibility if an individual is applying for a temporary nonimmigrant visa, the 11th Circuit held Thursday in the case of a Haitian with a criminal history who sought to apply for a U visa.

  • June 7, 2018

    Salvadoran Forced To Do Rebels' Chores Denied Asylum

    A Salvadoran woman who was kidnapped by a terrorist rebel group is ineligible for asylum because the rebels forced her to cook, clean and wash their clothes, which constitutes a form of aid, a split Board of Immigration Appeals determined Wednesday.

  • June 7, 2018

    Stop Family Separations At Border, Mayors Urge Sessions

    The mayors of Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Houston and Los Angeles urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday to halt the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the policy "flawed on every level."

  • June 7, 2018

    DHS Must Redo $15M Contract Bid By Co. DQ'd For 'Innuendo'

    The Government Accountability Office has told the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to take a second look at a Florida federal contractor's bid for a $15 million support services contract, saying the company's disqualification was based on "innuendo" surrounding its potential hire of a rival's employees rather than hard facts.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Student Visa Holders Marrying US Citizens Face New Issues

    Elizabeth Clapp

    Recent changes in U.S. immigration policies and interpretations by the current administration pose heightened risks for students who plan to marry U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The current climate is such that anyone filing a case should consider the changed dynamics, and perhaps others to come, say Elizabeth Clapp and Douglas Halpert of Hammond Law Group LLC.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Case Against Calif. Sanctuary City Laws Faces Tough Fight

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    The Trump administration recently filed suit against California to overturn its so-called sanctuary city laws, alleging they interfere with and are preempted by federal immigration law. However, the case may face an uphill battle in the short term in the liberal Ninth Circuit, even with support from certain localities, says Matthew Kolodziej of Jia Law Group.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Congressional Forecast: April

    Layth Elhassani

    As Congress returns to Washington for a three-week work period, President Donald Trump continues announcing new policy and personnel decisions. But with midterms looming, Congress is unlikely to make progress on legislation requiring compromise and bipartisanship, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.