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Immigration

  • May 2, 2018

    Feds Hit With FOIA Suit On Immigrant Vetting Documents

    The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations accused the federal government in a lawsuit Tuesday of violating the Freedom of Information Act by withholding documents related to an immigration program that the group says unlawfully targets Muslim applicants and delays their naturalization as U.S. citizens.

  • May 2, 2018

    Data Services Co. To Pay $173K For H-1B Visa Violations

    A California-based data solutions services company has agreed to pay $173,044 to 12 employees after the U.S. Department of Labor determined that the employer violated the H-1B visa program by underpaying the workers, the department announced on Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2018

    Texas, 6 Other States Sue To End DACA

    Texas and six other states sued the federal government on Tuesday seeking to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the 2012 executive action that created the program was improper lawmaking by the executive branch.

  • May 1, 2018

    Immigrant Children Ask Judge to Halt Detention Policy

    A proposed class of immigrant children asked a New York federal judge on Monday to vacate a Trump administration release policy that has kept them in prolonged detention and to order officials to promptly reunite them with their families.

  • May 1, 2018

    Married Couples Seek Cert. In Immigrant Spouse Challenge

    Several married couples who allege the government is unlawfully trying to detain and deport immigrant spouses who are seeking permanent residency and are married to U.S. citizens asked Monday that a Massachusetts federal court certify a class and temporarily bar the practice.

  • May 1, 2018

    Gov't Seeks To Shield Info In FOIA Suit Over Haitian Status

    The federal government asked a New York federal court to allow it to block the release of information sought by a nonprofit group of lawyers alleging the Trump administration failed to completely respond to its Freedom of Information Act request seeking records related to its November decision to end temporary protected status for Haitian immigrants.

  • May 1, 2018

    Gov't Can Appeal Role Of Public Statements In DACA Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday granted the Trump administration’s request to let an appeals court determine whether the president’s campaign trail statements can factor into a case over the proposed rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • May 1, 2018

    DOJ Arrests Migrants It Suspects Are Part Of 'Caravan'

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday filed criminal charges against 11 individuals it suspects entered the United States in late April without authorization, contending that they are members of a "caravan" of migrants traveling from Central America to enter the country.

  • May 1, 2018

    Au Pair Co. Says Insurer Can't Duck Defense Of Class Suit

    Expert Group International Inc., a visa-sponsoring placement service for au pairs, told a Florida federal court Monday that its insurer, Berkley Assurance Co., should not be able to get out of indemnifying the company accused of conspiring with other sponsor agencies to set low pay rates.

  • May 1, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Stay Injunction In Sanctuary City Grant Row

    The Seventh Circuit will not put a temporary hold on a national injunction barring the U.S. Department of Justice from putting immigration-related conditions on a grant supporting public safety, a panel said Tuesday.

  • April 30, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs Sentence For ICE Agent Who Sold Docs For Sex

    A New Jersey federal court did not err by declining to further reduce a remorseful former federal immigration officer’s prison sentence after a jury convicted him of trading sex and cash for worker authorization documents, the Third Circuit held on Monday.

  • April 30, 2018

    Trump Would Shutter Gov't If Border Funding Demand Not Met

    President Donald Trump over the weekend said he would be willing to allow the government to shut down if Congress does not pass border security funding by its next spending bill deadline in September.

  • April 30, 2018

    Guatemalan Who Forced Relatives Into Servitude Gets Prison

    A formerly married pair of Guatemalan nationals charged with forcing newly immigrated relatives to work for them under the threat of deportation were sentenced to prison and probation on Friday in Washington federal court.

  • April 30, 2018

    Acting ICE Director To Retire Before Confirmation Hearing

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's acting director, Thomas Homan, said Monday that he will retire before the Senate proceeds with his stalled confirmation.

  • April 30, 2018

    Unclear Prior Experience Dooms Labor Cert. Bid At BALCA

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals affirmed Friday the denial of a labor certification for a software developer position in Virginia after determining that the job candidate did not appear to meet the experience requirements the employer had laid out in the job description.

  • April 30, 2018

    Sessions Urged To OK 'Social Group' For Asylum Seekers

    Several religious organizations on Friday urged U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to determine that certain crime victims seeking asylum or withholding of removal should qualify after being recognized as part of a "social group," although several former immigration judges said he lacks the authority to rule on the matter.

  • April 27, 2018

    Fla. Bar Seeks Suspension Of AWOL Immigration Atty

    The Florida Bar asked the state’s Supreme Court Thursday for an emergency suspension of an immigration attorney who appears to have closed his law office without notice, abandoning clients and failing to protect their interests.

  • April 27, 2018

    AG Sessions Wants Full 7th Circ. To Hear Sanctuary City Case

    The Trump administration on Friday urged the full Seventh Circuit to reconsider its ruling affirming a lower court’s injunction against the U.S. Department of Justice preventing it from withholding federal grant money from so-called sanctuary cities in an effort to force them to comply with hard-line immigration policies.

  • April 27, 2018

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Sanctuary Cities, Court Oversight

    Though political will to cooperate on immigration-related issues has been in short stock lately, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have introduced legislation over the last month tackling sanctuary cities, immigration court reform, family reunification and illegal reentry to the U.S.

  • April 27, 2018

    Atty Asks 9th Circ. To Affirm He Didn't Defraud EB-5 Investor

    A California lawyer asked the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to affirm a lower court’s decision granting summary judgment in a suit brought by a former Chinese client alleging that the attorney fraudulently induced her into investing $500,000 in a real estate project in order to secure an EB-5 visa.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • What To Expect After Trump's State Of The Union Address

    Jeffrey Turner

    As President Donald Trump emphasized in his recent State of the Union speech, the U.S. economy appears to be strong. Unfortunately, as the Democratic response confirmed, the state of affairs on Capitol Hill is anything but. Jeffrey Turner and David Schnittger of Squire Patton Boggs LLP outline what Congress must do in the next month or so.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • State Of The Union And Trump's Rigid Course On Immigration

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    The four pillars of President Donald Trump's immigration plan are not new — they were proposed by the White House a week before his State of the Union address Tuesday. However, by placing them in the speech, the president seems to be signaling that this is his bottom line, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • What Employers Should Know About Termination Of TPS

    Otto Immel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it is terminating the temporary protected status program for foreign nationals residing in the U.S. from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and, most recently, El Salvador. Employers should review their internal procedures for reverifying expiring employment eligibility and consider performing an internal Form I-9 audit, say Otto Immel and Ashley Sykes of Quarles & Brady LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.