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Immigration

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Texas AG Hits San Antonio With Anti-Sanctuary Cities Lawsuit

    The Texas attorney general on Friday accused San Antonio and its police department of having a policy prohibiting the enforcement of federal immigration laws — a policy the state contends violates a controversial state law intended to prevent so-called sanctuary cities.

  • November 30, 2018

    Trump Can't Tie Police Money To Migrant Policy, Judge Says

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday joined federal judges in Illinois, Pennsylvania and California in putting the brakes on the Trump administration's effort to impose strict immigration enforcement measures as a condition of paying out billions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants.

  • November 30, 2018

    2nd Circ. Sends Salvadoran Mother, Son's Case Back To BIA

    The Second Circuit on Friday told the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider whether a Salvadoran mother and son had shown that they would likely be tortured for their political beliefs if they returned to El Salvador.

  • November 30, 2018

    USCIS Aims To Amend H-1B Visa Lottery Registration Process

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is set to announce Monday proposed amendments to how it processes H-1B visa applications by requiring electronic submissions and to how it deals with registrations for those with advanced educational degrees.

  • November 30, 2018

    11th Circ. Halts Deportation For Salvadoran Journalist

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday paused the deportation of a Salvadoran journalist who has reported critically on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, weighing in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Pereira v. Sessions to suggest that all removal proceedings initiated with a deficient notice may be invalid.

  • November 30, 2018

    Honduran Charged With Selling Stolen IDs To Noncitizens

    A Honduran man who has been a fugitive for years was arraigned Thursday in a federal court in Puerto Rico, where he will now face charges that he, along with dozens of other co-conspirators, trafficked the identities of United States citizens, including Social Security numbers, and sold the fake documents to unauthorized immigrants.

  • November 29, 2018

    Foreign Investors Drop Ski Resort Ponzi Scheme Suit

    A group of foreign investors on Wednesday voluntarily dismissed a complaint filed in Vermont federal court against People's United Bank claiming they were hurt by a Ponzi scheme in which the bank allegedly misappropriated their funds for the failed Jay Peak Ski Resort project.

  • November 29, 2018

    New USCIS Memo Clarifies L-1 Executive Visa Requirements

    Foreign citizens already working in the U.S. at a qualifying company may be able to adjust a time requirement to qualify for an L-1 visa for executives and managers transferring within an international company, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explained in a Thursday memo clarifying the L-1 visa requirements.

  • November 29, 2018

    NJ AG Limits State Officers' Cooperation With ICE

    The state of New Jersey released new rules on Thursday restricting state and local law enforcement’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including preventing state officers from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status and limiting when officers may comply with immigration detainers.

  • November 29, 2018

    Calif. AG Seeks $1.5M Withheld Over Sanctuary City Policies

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra urged a federal judge on Wednesday to force the government to hand over a roughly $1.5 million gun law enforcement grant the Trump administration withheld over the state’s sanctuary city policies, saying that the administration’s “crude attempts” to block funding are endangering communities.

  • November 29, 2018

    112 Legal Groups Criticize DHS' Use Of Migrant Children's Info

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the federal agency tasked with caring for unaccompanied migrant children are illegally using information collected from the kids to deport their relatives, a group of 112 legal organizations alleged Wednesday.

  • November 29, 2018

    NYC Bar Association Backs Independent Immigration Courts

    The nation’s immigration courts should operate independently and not as an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, the New York City Bar Association said Wednesday, also calling for an end to a new quota system for evaluating immigration judges.

  • November 28, 2018

    Baltimore Says Trump Targeted Immigrants On Benefits

    The city of Baltimore accused the Trump administration of unlawfully attempting to bar noncitizens who use certain public welfare programs from obtaining immigration benefits, consequently discouraging them from seeking out that critical assistance altogether, according to a suit filed in Maryland federal court on Wednesday.

  • November 28, 2018

    Calif. Atty Faces Fresh Suit Over $50M Visa Fraud Scheme

    A Los Angeles-area attorney who pled guilty in 2017 to operating a $50 million visa fraud scheme is facing a fourth civil lawsuit for her role in the conspiracy after a Chinese investor sued her in California federal court Wednesday in an attempt to recover the $570,000 he paid to secure a green card.

  • November 28, 2018

    Challenge To Ending Of El Salvador Protected Status Survives

    A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday mostly preserved a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plans to terminate El Salvador’s temporary protected status designation, nixing the suit’s claim that the termination conflicts with federal immigration law while allowing constitutional claims that the administration’s plans were motivated by racism to move forward.

  • November 28, 2018

    Senate Committee Freezes Confirmation Vote On ICE Nominee

    The U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday delayed a vote on confirming the potential new head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after members of a union for the agency’s workers raised concerns over the pick.

  • November 28, 2018

    HHS Watchdog Says Migrant Child Facility Isn't Vetting Staff

    A Texas facility funded by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to care for unaccompanied migrant children does not conduct proper criminal background checks on its staff — a requirement waived in part by the agency’s then-director days before the facility began operations, the Office of Inspector General has reported.

  • November 28, 2018

    Texas Court Tosses Family Detention Center Rule Challenge

    A Texas appellate court on Wednesday sided with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in a lawsuit by several individuals challenging the licensing of detention centers for immigrants and their minor children, holding that the individuals lacked standing to bring the suit.

  • November 28, 2018

    Jury Clears Tata Of U.S. Workers' Discrimination Claims

    A California federal jury on Wednesday cleared Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. of certified class allegations that the Mumbai, India-based information technology outsourcing agency discriminates against non-South Asian workers in the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • Preap High Court Argument Focused On Immediacy Of 'When'

    Kevin Johnson

    Kevin Johnson, dean of UC Davis School of Law, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Nielson v. Preap, a case presenting the statutory question of whether an immigrant can be subject to mandatory detention by the federal government if significant time has elapsed after his release from state criminal custody.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • The Broad Impact Of H-1B Premium Processing Suspension

    Yeon Me Kim

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent decision to extend and expand the suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions, employers now face uncertain processing times, and workers' ability to safely and promptly change employers is severely limited, say attorneys with Hammond Young Immigration Law​​​​​​​ LLC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.