Immigration

  • March 9, 2017

    Immigration Ban Could Keep US From Hosting World Cup

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said that an immigration ban for people from several Muslim-majority countries could hurt the U.S.’ chances of winning a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

  • March 8, 2017

    Agent's Partner Saw No Signs Of Smuggled Cuban Players

    A baseball agent told federal jurors Wednesday that he and fellow agent Bartolo Hernandez, who is accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers into the United States, never discussed bringing their shared clients into the country illegally but also said he knew little about key parts of the players' journeys.

  • March 8, 2017

    Hawaii Gets OK To Challenge New Trump Immigration Ban

    A Hawaii federal judge on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the state to challenge President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking the entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries, positioning a hearing on the constitutionality of the newly revised immigration ban for next week.

  • March 8, 2017

    DOJ Balks At Hearings For Immigrant Kids In 9th Circ. Appeal

    The federal government has urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district court decision ordering it to provide bond hearings for unaccompanied immigrant children detained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, saying that only HHS, not immigration judges, can make decisions about their custody.

  • March 8, 2017

    4 Things To Know About Trump's Pick For Solicitor General

    While the solicitor general has historically worked outside of the public eye, the latest nominee for the job of representing the federal government at the U.S. Supreme Court, Noel Francisco, shouldn't expect anonymity.

  • March 8, 2017

    EB-5 Receiver’s $3M Building Plans OK’d In SEC Row

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday approved a $3 million plan to save a restaurant and retail development backed by Chinese investors seeking EB-5 visas whose future was unclear after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued the project’s developer for fraud.

  • March 8, 2017

    Feds Urge Justices To Uphold 6th Circ. Deportation Ruling

    The federal government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a Sixth Circuit ruling ordering the removal of a South Korean immigrant who pled guilty to a small drug crime after his lawyer assured him he would not be deported, saying the man failed to show his plea wrongfully exposed him to removal.

  • March 8, 2017

    Dems Move To Defund, Block New Immigration Ban

    Several Senate Democrats on Tuesday undertook to thwart President Donald Trump’s new immigration ban with a bill to withhold federal funding for his executive order’s enforcement and to designate the ban illegal under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

  • March 8, 2017

    'Dreamer' Detained After Speech Deserves Hearing, Court Told

    Attorneys representing a young woman from Argentina filed an emergency motion Tuesday for a stay to halt removal proceedings against her, saying she deserves a hearing after she was arrested following a press conference that criticized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions.

  • March 8, 2017

    Shepherds' Antitrust Minimum Wage Suit Tossed

    A Colorado federal court on Tuesday tossed a proposed antitrust class action accusing ranchers and industry organizations of suppressing the pay of a group of foreign shepherds with temporary work visas, saying a magistrate judge has already “masterfully and cogently” concluded the case isn’t viable.

  • March 8, 2017

    House Judiciary Committee Calls For EB-5 Reforms

    Members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary expressed support during a hearing on Wednesday for efforts to increase the minimum investment needed to participate in the EB-5 immigrant investor program and for rescinding the ability of states to designate high unemployment areas for investment.

  • March 7, 2017

    Hawaii Becomes 1st State To Challenge New Immigration Ban

    The state of Hawaii, aided by a litigation team from Hogan Lovells, appears to be the first state to challenge President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, telling a Hawaii federal court it plans to file a temporary restraining order along with an updated complaint.

  • March 7, 2017

    MLB Execs Testify As Ballplayer Smuggling Trial Continues

    An agent and a trainer accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers to the United States commenced their defense Tuesday by calling Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels and other baseball executives to testify at their federal trial in Miami after the judge rejected their motions for acquittal.

  • March 7, 2017

    SXSW To Nix Artist Letter 'Immigration Clause' After Outcry

    Music, tech and entertainment festival South by Southwest announced Tuesday it is rescinding a provision of its performance agreement after five days of persistent outcry from performers that the festival was unduly subjecting international artists to possible deportation.

  • March 7, 2017

    Gov't To Pay $1M To Kids Of Man Fatally Beaten By Agents

    A California federal judge on Thursday provisionally signed off on an order approving a $1 million settlement between the federal government and the family of a Mexican man who died after being beaten and tased by immigration officials at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • March 7, 2017

    Immigration Group Wants In On Visa Rule Challenge Suit

    An advocacy group for high-skilled immigrants has asked to intervene in an appeal at the D.C. Circuit brought by Save Jobs USA over a decision upholding a new rule that would allow spouses of certain H-1B workers to apply for employment authorization, saying the rule was validly implemented but may no longer be defended by the federal government under President Trump.

  • March 7, 2017

    Trump's Hiring Freeze Doesn't Touch Immigration Judges

    President Donald Trump’s recent federal employee hiring freeze does not affect federal immigration judges, the Executive Office for Immigration Review has said, marking the latest clarification on how the president’s budget-cutting agenda will be implemented.

  • March 7, 2017

    Diplomat, Feds Spar Over 'Slavery' Case Bail At 2nd Circ.

    A former Chinese diplomat charged with using construction workers as slave labor pushed the Second Circuit to grant him bail on Tuesday, saying the government’s concerns over a private security firm that would guard him were unfounded.

  • March 7, 2017

    Texas Court Upholds Immigration Atty's 2-Year Suspension

    A Texas appellate court on Monday upheld a two-year suspension for a former immigration attorney accused of misleading clients about her ability to practice before U.S. immigration courts, rejecting her argument the sanction was excessive.

  • March 6, 2017

    New Immigration, Travel Order Won't Stem Tide Of Lawsuits

    The Donald Trump administration’s second crack at enacting a temporary ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries is likely only the start of a new period of legal challenges and questioning from those it will impact, experts said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • An Expansion Of H-1B Quota Exemptions For Nonprofits

    Andrew Greenfield

    For years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' narrow definition of "nonprofit" precluded many independently governed and operating nonprofits from qualifying for the H-1B quota exemption. However, a recent update to its regulations explicitly recognizes this challenge and the need to expand the kinds of university affiliations nonprofits can show to obtain an exemption, says Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Employment-Based Immigration And Trump: What To Expect

    Brian J. Coughlin

    As President-elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his cabinet and develop strategies for his first 100 days in office, U.S. employers with temporary foreign workers contemplate an uncertain future. Despite Trump’s prediction that he will in time be regarded as the country’s “greatest jobs president,” many in the international business community remain apprehensive, say Brian Coughlin and David Iannella of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What Will DOL's Immigration Policy Look Like Under Puzder?

    Becki L. Young

    It is still unclear how much legal immigration policy will change in the new Trump administration. However, both President-elect Donald Trump and his nominee for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, have worked in industries that rely heavily on foreign nationals and it is entirely possible that legal immigration will stay within historic norms, says Becki Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law LLC.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • A New And Promising Immigration Tool For Entrepreneurs

    Jonathan Grode

    A recent decision from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is potentially a game-changer for how entrepreneurial-minded individuals can utilize the EB-2 national interest waiver to secure a green card. The ruling is poised to expand the NIW within reach of the international entrepreneur, say Matthew Galati and Jonathan Grode of Green and Spiegel LLC.