Immigration

  • October 27, 2017

    Wash. Judge Won't Halt Trump's 3rd Travel Ban

    A Washington federal court on Friday refused to block the most recent iteration of President Donald Trump's travel ban from going into effect, saying Hawaii’s temporary restraining order provides the desired relief, and declined to lift the stay on a suit by six states challenging the initial travel ban.

  • October 27, 2017

    Gov't Wrongfully Nixed Woman’s DACA Renewal, Says ACLU

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday told a Georgia federal court the Trump administration wrongfully revoked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and work authorization for a Mexican native, and denied her request to renew her status in violation of her due process rights.

  • October 27, 2017

    Citizenship Rightly Yanked For Lying, 6th Circ. Says

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday denied a new trial to a Pakistani man whose citizenship was revoked for lies on three citizenship forms about his marriage history and children.

  • October 27, 2017

    Ex-Guatemalan Judge Convicted In FIFA Case To Be Deported

    A former judge and onetime general secretary of the Guatemalan soccer federation who was the first to be sentenced in the government's sprawling FIFA corruption case will be sent back to his native country following an eight-month prison sentence, a New York federal judge has ordered.

  • October 26, 2017

    Migrant Advocacy Group Wins $1M In Fees In Ariz. ID Case

    An Arizona federal judge on Wednesday awarded more than $1M in attorneys’ fees to a migrant advocacy group and other plaintiffs who had challenged two Arizona laws related to migrant employment in a case with Maricopa County, saying the plaintiffs had nabbed a “significant victory.”

  • October 26, 2017

    Cos. Face Unpredictability As Extension Deference Ends

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ move to rescind a policy that requires officers to give deference to past decisions when it comes to status extension requests, attorneys are predicting more uncertainty, evidence demands and possible denials for companies seeking to retain foreign workers.

  • October 26, 2017

    Sessions Slams 'Super-Legislator' Judges, Drawing Critics

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions knocked “super-legislator” federal judges who have blocked President Donald Trump’s executive orders at a Heritage Foundation event Thursday, drawing ire from the American Bar Association.

  • October 26, 2017

    Top Philly Cop Says Sanctuary City Rules May Hurt Policing

    Philadelphia’s top cop told a judge during a hearing on Thursday that efforts to force enhanced cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities through new conditions on grant funding threatened to intimidate crime victims and witnesses out of sharing information with law enforcement.

  • October 26, 2017

    Ex-HR Rep Who Fought Layoffs Wants Suit In State Court

    A former director of human resources at a Massachusetts marketing analytics company moved Wednesday to send back to state court her lawsuit alleging she was fired for refusing to violate immigration laws by laying off U.S. workers before foreign workers.

  • October 26, 2017

    Refugee Screening Process Needs Strengthening, GAO Says

    Federal agencies should adopt new performance measures and training requirements to improve screening of refugees seeking asylum in the United States, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday in a report to Congress.

  • October 25, 2017

    DHS Found Lacking In Verifying H-1B Visas, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General said in a report released Friday that the agency needs to do a better job of verifying H-1B program participants, noting that site visits are insufficiently thorough and comprehensive.

  • October 25, 2017

    House Panel Moves Temporary Ag Worker Bill Forward

    The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday narrowly approved a bill that would replace the current temporary agricultural worker immigrant visa program with one its backers insist gives farmers more hiring flexibility and deters illegal immigration, but its critics say cuts crucial worker protections and wages.  

  • October 25, 2017

    DACA Applicants 'Living In Fear' Of Info Misuse, Dems Say

    A group of Democratic lawmakers Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect the personal details of applicants to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying that thousands who trusted the federal government with "a copious amount of information about themselves and their families are now living in fear” that it will be used against them.

  • October 25, 2017

    Tech Union Appeals F-1 Visa Rule Challenge Loss To DC Circ.

    A technology union that sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, arguing its members are disadvantaged in their job market by the extension of a program that lets students visiting on F-1 visas work during their studies, appealed the dismissal of its case to the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday.

  • October 25, 2017

    Immigrant Abortion Dispute Closed, But ACLU Vows Vigilance

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday said “justice prevailed” for an immigrant teen in federal custody who was able to obtain an abortion, but also vowed to keep fighting for the rights of similarly situated immigrant women.

  • October 24, 2017

    Supreme Court Takes Hawaii Travel Ban Case Off Its Plate

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday remanded to the Ninth Circuit the Hawaii case challenging the Trump administration’s second travel ban with instructions for the appeals court to dismiss it as moot, but courtroom action continues on the third version of the ban.

  • October 24, 2017

    USCIS Rescinds Deference Policy Regarding Extension Bids

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new memo Monday rolling back policy that required officers to give deference to previous decisions in nonimmigrant extension applications, while emphasizing that the burden of proof for showing eligibility is on the petitioner.

  • October 24, 2017

    Guatemalan Gets 4 Months For Illegal Re-Entry Into US

    A Guatemalan national who has been deported twice was sentenced to four months in prison by a Massachusetts federal judge Monday for illegally re-entering the U.S., the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.

  • October 24, 2017

    Trump Order Allows Refugee Admissions To Resume

    President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday allowing refugees to be admitted into the U.S. once again, although the administration says it will collect additional information from applicants and that extra review is needed for refugees from 11 unnamed countries.

  • October 24, 2017

    BIA Defines Rape In Precedential Deportation Ruling

    The Board of Immigration Appeals in a precedential ruling has determined the definition of rape and consent under the Immigration and Nationality Act, in an appeal brought by a native of the United Kingdom living in the U.S. who was ordered removed after being convicted of the crime in 2011.

Expert Analysis

  • What Employers Should Know About Trump's New Travel Ban

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Yet another round of travel restrictions recently issued by the Trump administration is creating further anxiety across nationalities in employers’ work corps. Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP share several employer best practices for navigating the complexities.

  • Congressional Forecast: October

    Richard Hertling

    In contrast to the September work period, when an unsuccessful effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act topped the congressional agenda, the three-week October session is likely to see Republican House and Senate leaders try to advance another of their central policy goals: comprehensive tax reform, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Billing For An MDL

    Alan Rothman

    At its next hearing, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consider an MDL motion arising from class actions against a telecommunications provider regarding pricing practices. Some plaintiffs oppose centralization because of legal differences among the various actions. But MDL centralization only requires the presence of one or more common questions of fact, says Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A 1st Time For Everything

    Lindsay Harrison

    My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court was unusual in that it was also my first argument in any court of any kind, says Lindsay Harrison of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Teachers Would Slip Through Cracks Of New Immigration Plan

    Hiba Anver

    Under the recently introduced Reform American Immigration for Strong Employment Act immigrants with a variety of essential skills — for example, public school teachers — will be overlooked in a way that is contrary to the bill's own goals, says Hiba Anver of Erickson Immigration Group.