Immigration

  • December 18, 2017

    Immigrants Ask For Anonymity In DACA Termination Suit

    Advocates including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge Friday to protect the identities of nine immigrants who fear retaliation for their role in a suit challenging the abrupt end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • December 18, 2017

    DACA Recipients Seek Injunction To Stop Rollback

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program applicants asked a New York federal judge Friday to grant them class certification and prevent the federal government from terminating their deportation relief with a preliminary injunction.

  • December 18, 2017

    Citing Offenses In Jail, Judge Again Denies Ex-Diplomat Bail

    A former Chinese diplomat charged last year with treating foreign workers like slaves was denied bail by a Brooklyn federal judge once again on Monday, with the judge saying Dan Zhong apparently had his wife hide something and violated prison regulations.

  • December 15, 2017

    ICE Can't Deport Cambodian Immigrants Until Case Is Heard

    A California federal court on Thursday issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the government from deporting about 1,900 Cambodian nationals bringing a proposed class action suit seeking to contest their orders of removal in immigration court.

  • December 15, 2017

    Domestic Assault Was Crime Of Violence, 8th Circ. Says

    A panel of Eighth Circuit judges on Friday upheld a Board of Immigration Appeal’s decision enforcing a removal petition against a man who entered the United States illegally, upholding precedent finding that domestic violence is a crime of violence punishable by removal.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump Attacks Visa Lottery Winners As 'Worst Of The Worst'

    President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the nation’s visa lottery system during a speech before law enforcement officers in Virginia, saying that the process allows immigrants who are “the worst of the worst” to enter the U.S.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump Lays Out New Visa Waiver Traveler Restrictions

    Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday.

  • December 15, 2017

    Anti-Gang Beliefs Insufficient For Asylum, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit upheld a Board of Immigration Appeals decision Thursday denying an asylum bid by a Salvadoran immigrant who argued the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang has threatened to kill him, saying he failed to show that he’s been persecuted or that he reasonably fears persecution in the future.

  • December 15, 2017

    A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

    In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • December 14, 2017

    DACA Suit Discovery Bids Risk Upending Agency Law: Feds

    Forcing the Trump administration to turn over documents that could explain why it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be a “revolution in agency law,” the government told the Second Circuit on Thursday, as it made its case for shutting down a lower court’s discovery order.

  • December 14, 2017

    USCIS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Nicaraguans

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ending a 20-year a temporary protected status program for Nicaraguans effective in January 2019, according to a notice issued Thursday in the Federal Register.

  • December 14, 2017

    Woman Says Husband’s Visa Delayed Because He’s Pakistani

    A U.S. citizen seeking a visa for her Pakistan-born spouse sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, claiming the agency has intentionally delayed issuing final approval for his visa application because he is from a predominantly Muslim country.

  • December 14, 2017

    Trump To Appeal Ruling Blocking 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

    The Trump administration is appealing to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision blocking enforcement of an executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2017

    20 Immigrants Charged With Employment ID Fraud In Tenn.

    A Tennessee federal grand jury charged 20 undocumented immigrants with using fraudulent identification papers to obtain employment at a freight forwarder in Memphis, an indictment prosecutors said Wednesday demonstrated their renewed push for criminal immigration enforcement. 

  • December 14, 2017

    Immigrant Fires Back In High Court ‘Habitual Drunkard’ Case

    A Mexican native replied to the federal government’s brief before the U.S. Supreme Court saying that it cannot ignore the actual language of the statute under which he was denied deportation relief on the basis that he was a “habitual drunkard” in reviewing its constitutionality.

  • December 14, 2017

    DHS Detainees Strip-Searched Without Suspicion: Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog has identified numerous problems with how immigrants are treated — including improper strip-searches — at several detention facilities throughout the U.S., according to a report released by the office.

  • December 13, 2017

    Electronic System Proposed For Visa Applicants' Med Data

    The State Department plans to set up a new electronic system that would allow doctors to enter the medical exam results of visa applicants, according to a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • December 13, 2017

    DOJ Asks 9th Circ. To Wipe Arpaio’s Contempt Verdict

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Ninth Circuit in a statement Wednesday that an Arizona federal judge was wrong not to erase former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction following President Donald Trump’s pardon of the matter.

  • December 13, 2017

    The Biggest Immigration Policy Changes From 2017

    This year has seen its fair share of immigration policy upheavals, including three successive travel bans, the phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and more scrutiny for business-related immigration. Here are the major immigration policy changes from 2017.

  • December 13, 2017

    5th Circ. Denies Bid To Reopen 26-Year-Old Deportation Case

    The Fifth Circuit refused Tuesday to reopen a Mexican national’s deportation case more than two decades after an immigration judge ordered his removal, finding that the man presented no new evidence he had legal permanent resident status at the time of the original ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing For An Increase In I-9 Worksite Enforcement

    Leigh Ganchan

    Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan recently issued a directive to increase worksite enforcement, putting I-9 compliance personnel on notice. However, knowing some basics about this development can help stakeholders gauge what to expect from the current administration, says Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • 3 Signals From USCIS About H-1B And L-1 Visas

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Recent announcements reinforce the administration’s focus on policing abuses and preventing fraud in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. Employers can expect U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services not only to second-guess the validity of H-1B and L-1 petitions, but to search for opportunities to investigate and penalize employers, say Elizabeth Espín Stern and Maximillian Del Rey of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Dealing With H-1B Extensions In The New No-Deference Era

    Rabindra Singh

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.