Immigration

  • January 24, 2018

    DOJ Wants Sanctuary Cities' Immigration Compliance Docs

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday told 23 recipients of a federal public safety grant to turn over documents showing whether they're violating funding conditions by blocking police officers in their jurisdictions from sharing information with federal immigration authorities.

  • January 24, 2018

    Populous Va. County To Roll Back Immigrant Detentions

    Virginia's most populous county said Tuesday it intends to stop detaining immigrants who completed their jail sentences and may be of interest to federal immigration officials unless it receives court orders to do so.

  • January 23, 2018

    SEC Settles With Jay Peak Water Park Contractors For $225K

    Five companies involved in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros have agreed to pay $225,000 to settle claims related to the resort’s indoor water park.

  • January 23, 2018

    Shutdown Fight A Prelude For Immigration Battle

    The deals cut by congressional leaders to reopen the government Monday have set up a bitter clash between the House and Senate's approaches to immigration policy over the next few weeks, with future government spending legislation in the balance.

  • January 23, 2018

    State Dept. Sued Over Citizenship For Same-Sex Couples' Kids

    Two same-sex married couples accused the Department of State on Tuesday of unconstitutionally denying their children U.S. citizenship on the basis that they were “born out of wedlock” abroad, filing separate suits in California and Washington, D.C., federal courts.

  • January 23, 2018

    Fraud Low In Fed. Health Insurance Marketplace, GAO Finds

    Possible fraudulent enrollments in the federal health insurance marketplace were low in 2015, but the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services might need a better strategy for ensuring the agency doesn't re-enroll dead people in insurance plans, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report released Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2018

    Omnicare Settles DOJ's Citizenship Discrimination Probe

    CVS Health Corp. unit Omnicare Inc. will pay more than $3,600 to end a U.S. Department of Justice investigation stemming from allegations it discriminated against a job applicant because he was an asylee, the government said Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2018

    Immigration Cases Piling Up In Calif., Research Center Finds

    Nearly 20 percent of the counties in the United States with the largest pending immigrant court cases at the end of 2017 were located in California, according to data released Tuesday by a Syracuse University research center.

  • January 23, 2018

    Chinese Woman Admits Immigration Fraud In Exam Trade

    A Chinese woman pled guilty Tuesday to using fake immigration documents to take a college entrance exam for another Chinese national in the latest admission in Massachusetts federal court involving the selling of exam scores to international students.

  • January 23, 2018

    Justices Will Speed Up Review Of Feds' Appeal In DACA Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Trump administration's bid to speed up high court consideration of the government's appeal of a temporary pause of its move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but gave respondents more time to respond than the government requested.

  • January 23, 2018

    4 Ways GCs Can Prepare For Potential Worksite Raids

    The worksite enforcements conducted at nearly 100 7-Eleven locations across the country earlier this month resulted in federal immigration officials arresting almost two dozen employees for being illegally present in the United States and conducting audits and interviews with store workers — and GCs may be left wondering how to prepare in case their companies are targeted in the same way. Here, Law360 identifies four ways companies and their legal counsel can prepare for a potential worksite enforcement.

  • January 22, 2018

    ACLU Fees Clipped In Suit Over ICE Asylum Seeker Info

    A California federal magistrate judge on Friday pared back an attorneys’ fees and costs request by the ACLU and a refugee center in their case against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over access to documents related to asylum seekers, finding some of the fees excessive.

  • January 22, 2018

    DHS Waives Environmental Laws To Construct Border Wall

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced in a Federal Register notice Monday that it is waiving more than 30 environmental laws to swiftly construct a 20-mile border wall in eastern New Mexico, inciting outrage among conservation advocates.

  • January 22, 2018

    Fla. Developer Will Pay $11M To End EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Monday that a purported real estate developer and her company, EB-5 Asset Manager LLC, will have to pay a combined $11 million to end a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging investors were bilked out of $8.5 million they were told would qualify them for visas.

  • January 22, 2018

    Trump Signs Bill To Reopen Federal Government

    President Donald Trump signed a bill to reopen the federal government on Monday, allowing spending through Feb. 8 after a standoff over the weekend.

  • January 22, 2018

    Trump Campaign Ad Blames Dems For Immigrant Crimes

    President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign unveiled a new ad on Saturday calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by immigrants living in the U.S. without legal permission, amid Congress’ efforts to reach a compromise on immigration legislation and end the government shutdown.

  • January 22, 2018

    DOL Maneuvers To Handle Surge In H-2B Visa Requests

    The U.S. Department of Labor will amend its procedures for processing H-2B visa applications this year, following what the agency called an “unprecedented” number of certification bids it received on Jan. 1, according to a notice to be published Tuesday in the Federal Register.

  • January 22, 2018

    Chinese Investors Sue Over Alleged $60M EB-5 Fraud

    A proposed class of Chinese nationals on Friday accused a number of Idaho real estate companies of fraudulently obtaining over $60 million from investors by assuring them their funds would be used for “zero risk” investments in order to secure permanent green cards under the EB-5 visa program.

  • January 21, 2018

    Immigration Standoff Keeps Government Shuttered

    The Senate failed to reach a funding deal Sunday night, extending the government shutdown as both parties continued to clash over longstanding spending and immigration issues. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Trump Asks High Court To Review Order Maintaining DACA

    The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to “vindicate the law” by leapfrogging over the Ninth Circuit and reviewing a California federal court’s temporary pause of the federal government’s move to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Expert Analysis

  • Addressing H-1B Visa Concerns: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Elliott Lichtman

    When the U.S. economy is strong, there is high demand for the scarce H-1B visa, but recent executive action by President Donald Trump may impact its future viability. Here, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC offer guidance on various issues related to this frequently used professional worker visa.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Visa Alternatives To Consider When H-1B Isn't An Option

    Andrew Greenfield

    Recently, a strong economy, coupled with a low unemployment rate for college-educated professionals has resulted in U.S. employers having just over a 30 percent chance of having their H-1B petitions selected for adjudication. Fortunately, there are alternatives employers can consider when they are unable to obtain the foreign professional resources they need, says Andrew Greenfield of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.