Immigration

  • January 9, 2017

    Teen Arrived Too Early For Citizenship, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit has apologetically held that a man from Lebanon who entered the U.S. as a teenager less than a month before his father was not eligible for naturalization because his entry was technically not lawful.

  • January 9, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Immigrant's 2nd Try To Beat Deportation

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it is again declining to hear a case involving a native of Dominica who is facing deportation and claims she did not have adequate representation when she entered a plea in a drug case in Texas.

  • January 6, 2017

    Judge Won't Block Witnesses In Sports Agent Smuggling Trial

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by a sports agent alleged to have participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players to exclude testimony from five government witnesses, despite the agent’s request to withhold the testimony as a sanction for the government’s withholding of potentially damaging evidence until the last minute.

  • January 6, 2017

    Trump Says Mexico Will Repay For Wall, But Questions Loom

    Speculation over how the U.S. would pay for a possible border wall kicked up again Friday as President-elect Donald Trump claimed Mexico would eventually reimburse the U.S. for the southern barrier, although it is far from clear how Mexico would be forced to cough up the funds.

  • January 6, 2017

    Docs Must Meet US Acclaim Standards For Exam Exemption

    To be considered a “physician of national or international renown,” a status exempting foreign doctors from the U.S. medical licensing requirement, a doctor’s achievements leading to “national renown” must be ones that would warrant such a status in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said this week.

  • January 6, 2017

    S. Korean National Asks High Court To Reopen Removal Suit

    A South Korean national scheduled for deportation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Eleventh Circuit's ruling that it lacks the authority to review decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals not to reopen removal proceedings of its own accord, arguing this allows the agency to insulate itself from judicial review.

  • January 6, 2017

    Trump Taps Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty For Immigration Policy Job

    An ex-Gibson Dunn attorney and former staffer for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been picked for a White House job involving regulatory reform and immigration policy, the Trump transition team announced Thursday as it unveiled a slew of Domestic Policy Council appointments.

  • January 6, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Religion-Based Lists, Work Visas

    Members of the 115th Congress introduced a slew of immigration-related bills during the session’s first week, including measures that would seek to block any religion-based registry of immigrants and that would amend the eligibility requirements for obtaining work visas.

  • January 6, 2017

    SEC Pushes For Quick Win In $21M EB-5 Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a California federal judge to rule against a couple involved in an EB-5 immigrant investor program for a cancer treatment center, saying the couple can no longer dispute they defrauded their investors of more than $21 million.

  • January 6, 2017

    New Waiver Test May Aid Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards

    Staying in the U.S. can be a tricky process for startup founders, but a new decision could make it easier for entrepreneurs to get key waivers and green cards, according to attorneys, with the ruling coming as the government prepares to roll out a separate regulation for entrepreneurial immigrants.

  • January 6, 2017

    Sex With Minor Shouldn’t Mean Deportation, Justices Told

    Five immigration organizations have filed two briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Mexican native who argues that his conviction for charges related to having sex with his underage girlfriend should not lead to his deportation.

  • January 6, 2017

    5 Insights From General Electric's Alex Dimitrief

    “Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • January 5, 2017

    Trump Sits For Depo In Restaurant Contract Case

    President-elect Donald Trump reportedly sat for a deposition in his tower in New York on Thursday in his suit against a celebrity chef who pulled out of a real estate project after the incoming president made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants in a campaign speech.

  • January 5, 2017

    BIA Seeks Comment On 'Moral Turpitude' Definition

    The Board of Immigration Appeals has asked the public to weigh in on whether failing to report or concealing a felony should be recognized as a crime of moral turpitude, which can be grounds for deportation.

  • January 5, 2017

    DACA Immigrants Can Pay Ga. In-State Tuition, Judge Says

    Immigrants who live in Georgia under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may now pay the in-state rate for college tuition, a state judge has ruled, ending a suit challenging the state university system policy that didn’t recognize their legal status and made them pay out-of-state rates.

  • January 5, 2017

    DHS Improved On Obama's Watch, Outgoing Head Says

    Outgoing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday issued a memorandum highlighting the progress he believes the department achieved during the Obama administration and touting its efforts to become more effective and efficient in achieving its primary goal.

  • January 5, 2017

    Bar Against Securities Abuse Issued In $350M EB-5 Fraud Row

    A Florida federal judge signed off Wednesday on an unopposed motion to permanently bar the corporate entities involved in the Jay Peak resort $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud suit from violating various federal securities regulations.

  • January 4, 2017

    DHS Extends Yemen Temporary Protected Status To 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security has announced it will extend temporary protected status for the Republic of Yemen for another 18 months in response to ongoing civil war and dangerous conditions the agency says would threaten citizens who travel back.

  • January 4, 2017

    Veterinarians Accuse Dairy Farm Of Trafficking Scheme

    A group of retired veterinarians from Mexico filed a complaint against an Idaho dairy farm in federal court on Tuesday, alleging they were illegally lured to the U.S. under the promise of professional work as animal scientists but instead ended up being exploited in a human trafficking scheme.

  • January 4, 2017

    Wife’s Citizenship Bars Jurisdiction In Malpractice Suit

    A foreign doctor and permanent U.S. resident who was deported after Margolis Law PC, its principal and another firm allegedly bungled the defense of a criminal case against him can’t continue his legal malpractice suit in federal court because his wife, a co-plaintiff, is a U.S. citizen with Michigan residency, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Trumping Obama's Employment Law Legacy

    Jeffrey M. Tanenbaum

    President-elect Donald Trump’s policy positions on many issues affecting employers differ vastly from the policies that President Barack Obama has put in place over the last eight years. As the new administration takes office, we certainly expect to see many Obama administration policies curtailed or eliminated, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • A Primer On The Presidential Appointee Vetting Process

    Robert K. Kelner

    With the election over, the process of selecting individuals to fill the next administration’s key appointed positions is quickly shifting into high gear. For those who are called to serve in such positions, the process entails extensive vetting of professional credentials and a host of personal background check issues, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • Immigration Predictions Under A Trump Presidency

    Becki L. Young

    Among other campaign promises, President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he would deport those living in the U.S. illegally and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As president, will Trump stick to these promises, and even if he has a will to do so, does he have a way? Becki Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law LLC, discusses what to expect from Trump’s immigration policies over the next four years.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • OPINION: Goodness First, Then Greatness

    Kevin Curnin

    For many, the United States missed an opportunity after 9/11 to emphasize similarities rather than differences, to seek healing rather than punishment, to build understanding between cultures. Is Trump’s election another such opportunity? asks Kevin Curnin, president-elect of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.