Immigration

  • April 14, 2017

    Arpaio Seeks Sessions' Testimony In Contempt Trial

    Embattled former sheriff Joe Arpaio, facing contempt charges for allegedly flouting orders to stop profiling Latinos during traffic stops, has added a high-profile name to his witness list: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

  • April 13, 2017

    Raymond James To Pay Investors $150M Over Jay Peak Fraud

    Raymond James & Associates Inc. announced a $150 million settlement agreement Thursday in a suit accusing two Vermont ski resorts of misappropriating the bulk of $350 million obtained through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, a deal the parties said would facilitate project completion or the return of funds.

  • April 13, 2017

    Ringleader Pleads Guilty To Migrant Smuggling Conspiracy

    A Pakistani citizen admitted Wednesday that he was the mastermind of a scheme to smuggle foreigners without immigration papers into the U.S. via South and Central America, earning up to $15,000 per trip.

  • April 13, 2017

    Assault With Deadly Weapon Involves 'Moral Turpitude': BIA

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Thursday that assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury under California law is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude, which can make noncitizens deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

  • April 13, 2017

    DHS Details Implementation Of Trump Immigration Exec. Order

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security agencies have identified about 33,000 additional beds where those suspected of being in the U.S. without authorization may be kept, according to an internal memorandum written in response to a Trump executive order on immigration.

  • April 13, 2017

    Immigration Boosts Economy, 1,500 Economists Tell Trump

    A group of nearly 1,500 economists released an open letter to President Donald Trump and Congress on Wednesday, praising what they said are the positive effects of immigration on the American economy and saying that its benefits outweigh its costs.

  • April 13, 2017

    No Relief In 4th Circ. For Man Linked To Green Card Sting

    A Chinese man may not challenge a jury’s conviction of immigration fraud conspiracy, the Fourth Circuit held Wednesday, rejecting arguments that the government wrongly deported a potential witness and that the district court interrupted the man's trial.

  • April 13, 2017

    Gov't Knocks Intervention Attempt In Travel Ban Appeal

    The Trump administration urged the Ninth Circuit Wednesday to deny an intervention bid by several families from Somalia, Syria and Pakistan involved in a separate case challenging the revised travel ban on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries, saying their request to intervene in the administration’s appeal of a preliminary injunction won by Hawaii comes too late.

  • April 12, 2017

    ICE, CBP Hire 2 From Immigration-Restriction Orgs

    Two people with significant ties to immigration-restrictionist groups have landed key advisory jobs at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to a Wednesday media report.

  • April 12, 2017

    Fla. City Ordered To Provide Water Service To Private Prison

    A Florida appeals court reversed itself Wednesday and on rehearing determined that the city of Pembroke Pines must provide water and sewer services to a property of private prison operator CoreCivic because it "affirmatively expressed its intention” to do so.

  • April 12, 2017

    Carnival Co. To Pay $77K Back Wages To H-2B Workers

    A Chicago-based carnival company has agreed to pay back wages to current and former employees in a case over its practices for petitioning for and employing guest workers on H-2B visas.

  • April 12, 2017

    Trump Taps Mayer Brown Atty For Deputy State Post

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced plans to nominate a Mayer Brown LLP partner and former Bush administration official to be deputy secretary of state, and a staff member at the Heritage Foundation to be the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

  • April 12, 2017

    Top House Democrat, Enviros Sue Over Trump's Border Wall

    The top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and the Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday sued the Trump administration for failing to properly account for the environmental impacts of a proposed wall along the border with Mexico and increased immigration enforcement in the same area.

  • April 12, 2017

    'Tent City' Sheriff On Hook For Contempt In Profiling Case

    Former Southern Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday lost his bid to dismiss contempt charges for allegedly flouting orders to stop profiling Latinos after an Arizona federal judge told him he was attempting to revive issues she had already addressed.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • 9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump's New Travel Ban

    Kari Konikowski Blackman

    President Donald Trump's new executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from six Muslim-majority countries was clearly drafted to address structural defects and constitutional concerns outlined by the Ninth Circuit. However, it is unclear whether the changes will be sufficient to withstand legal challenges, says Kari Konikowski Blackman of Foster LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electronic Device Searches At Airports: Business As Usual?

    A. Jeff Ifrah

    In the midst of the furor over President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, travelers and employers should not overlook another recent suggestion by the administration: that foreign visitors to the U.S. be required to disclose information from their personal electronic devices before being allowed to enter the country, say Jeff Ifrah and David Yellin of Ifrah Law.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.