Immigration

  • September 27, 2017

    Privacy Advocates Decry DHS' New Immigrant Data Rule

    A new U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule outlining the types of information that can be stored in immigration files has drawn fire from privacy advocates who argue the information is overly broad and may be used for discriminatory purposes, although former officials say the rule simply allows agencies to store information they already had access to.

  • September 27, 2017

    Key Immigration Cases To Watch At The Supreme Court

    With the U.S. Supreme Court starting its new term next week, the justices will immediately hear arguments in two major immigration cases, while uncertainty continues to swirl around the travel ban appeals. Here’s a refresher on the big upcoming immigration cases.

  • September 27, 2017

    Trump To Lower Refugee Cap To 45,000 During FY 2018

    The Trump administration intends to cap the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. during the upcoming fiscal year at 45,000, which would represent the lowest limit in decades.

  • September 27, 2017

    P&G Must Face DACA Discrimination Suit, Fla. Judge Told

    A Venezuelan native told a Florida federal court to reject the Procter & Gamble Co.’s attempt to toss his suit claiming the company discriminated against his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Initiative, or DACA, immigration status when rejecting him for an internship, arguing that its hiring practices are biased against those with temporary work authorization.

  • September 27, 2017

    NY Jail Accused Of Unlawfully Detaining Asylum-Seekers

    A proposed class of asylum-seekers detained in a Batavia, New York, facility told a New York federal court that they were systematically and unlawfully denied parole while awaiting asylum hearings that never occurred, requesting urgent relief.

  • September 26, 2017

    Judges Admonish Gov't Lawyers At DACA Hearing

    A pair of judges in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday took turns scolding government lawyers, with one judge calling the government’s intransigence on a looming deadline in the phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “heartless,” while the other chided a lawyer and expedited discovery over the government’s objection.

  • September 26, 2017

    BIA Upholds Asylum Ruling For Jailed Teenage Blogger

    The Board of Immigration Appeals has upheld an immigration judge’s decision to grant asylum to an 18-year-old blogger who Singaporean authorities imprisoned after he made comments online that the Asian country's government deemed offensive.

  • September 26, 2017

    Democratic Senators Urge DHS To Push Back DACA Deadline

    A number of Democratic U.S. senators on Monday asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to extend the Oct. 5 deadline for participants in the endangered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to submit renewal applications after several major hurricanes struck the U.S. in recent weeks.

  • September 26, 2017

    Trump Admin Wants Sanctuary City Rules To Go Into Effect

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked an Illinois judge to stay the nationwide enforcement of his order blocking anti-sanctuary city conditions the department had placed on law enforcement grants while its appeal is heard, saying the order would cause “sweeping disruption” of the grant program.

  • September 26, 2017

    Rights Groups Say ICE Denies Pregnant Women Medical Care

    A group of rights organizations petitioned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, alleging that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is detaining pregnant women in violation of policy while also denying medical care in violation of the law, amid health crises including miscarriages.

  • September 26, 2017

    HR Rep Fired For Upholding Immigration Laws, Suit Says

    A former director of human resources at a Massachusetts marketing analytics company was fired for refusing to violate immigration laws by laying off U.S. workers before foreign workers, claims a suit removed Monday to Massachusetts federal court.

  • September 26, 2017

    1st Circ. Won't Rehear Guatemalan's Asylum Bid Amid Dissent

    The full First Circuit will not revisit a panel’s decision from May that a Guatemalan who re-entered the United States after being deported could not apply for asylum because of a reinstated removal order, though two judges Monday dissented from the majority’s decision not to rehear the case.

  • September 25, 2017

    4 Things To Know About Trump's New Travel Restrictions

    President Donald Trump hit eight countries with travel restrictions on Sunday, barring immigrant admissions for many of them and again targeting several Muslim-majority nations. Here’s what to know about the latest wave of restrictions, and what to watch for in potential court challenges to them.

  • September 25, 2017

    5th Circ. Allows Part Of TX Sanctuary Ban To Take Effect

    A Fifth Circuit panel allowed limited parts of Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law, known as S.B. 4, to go into effect Monday, greenlighting a federal immigrant detainer program that enlists the assistance of local law enforcement.

  • September 25, 2017

    BIA Erred In Reviewing Credibility In Asylum Case: 3rd Circ.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by reversing an immigration judge’s determination in an asylum case that a deportable Uzbeki native credibly testified that he had not watched terroristic videos against the United States, the Third Circuit held on Monday.

  • September 25, 2017

    GOP Sens. Unveil DACA Replacement With Citizenship Path

    Three Republican senators announced a bill Monday that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the beleaguered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but would bar participants from sponsoring relatives upon receiving their green cards.

  • September 25, 2017

    High Court Postpones Oral Arguments In Travel Ban Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday removed from its calendar the oral arguments set for next month in the travel ban cases, asking the parties to address whether a revised ban introduced on Sunday by President Donald Trump makes the cases moot.

  • September 25, 2017

    MIT Janitor's Due Process Suit Against ICE Dismissed

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday dismissed a suit brought by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology janitor who alleged that he was denied due process when detained in immigration custody, finding that he had not suffered any procedural violation.

  • September 24, 2017

    Trump Issues New Travel Restrictions As Ban Expires

    President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Sunday laying out travel restrictions for eight countries, including five that were subject to the previous travel ban, marking the latest chapter in the administration's efforts to limit entry to the U.S. for certain foreign nationals.

  • September 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Probes Legality Of Texas Sanctuary-City Law

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday questioned the legality of Texas requiring local communities to “fulfill” detainer requests by federal immigration agents when the federal government may not compel states and communities to do so itself.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Responding To A 'Notice Of Intent To Revoke' From DHS

    David Serwer

    While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement mechanisms that grab headlines tend to be worksite raids or I-9 penalties, an increasingly common DHS enforcement tactic is the issuance of a notice of intent to revoke, say David Serwer and Matthew Gorman of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • Who Should Be In Charge Of Visa Processing?

    Lynden Melmed

    To fulfill President Donald Trump’s goal of “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers, the administration is considering whether to make the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responsible for both visa policy and visa processing. As the administration considers this change, it will be confronted with strong arguments from both sides of the debate, say Lynden Melmed and Jeff Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • What Does Trump’s Raise Act Support Mean For Employers?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    While the recently introduced Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act is not currently expected to be approved by Congress, the Trump administration’s endorsement of the bill signals transformative changes for employer sponsorship of foreign workers. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP discuss the most significant changes for employers.