Immigration

  • November 16, 2017

    Immigrant Groups Urge 4th Circ. To Broaden Travel Ban Halt

    The International Refugee Assistance Project and other immigrant advocates asked the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday to maintain the block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and asked that it be expanded.

  • November 16, 2017

    USCIS Says Some Immigrants Can Join In Revocation Process

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Thursday released new policy guidance, in the form of an adopted decision, clarifying that beneficiaries of work-based immigrant visa applications who are able to change jobs are considered “affected parties” when it comes to the visa petition revocation process and should be allowed to take part in it.

  • November 16, 2017

    Split 9th Circ. Says DHS Must Give Up DACA Docs

    The government must hand over internal documents describing how it decided to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a split Ninth Circuit said Thursday in a decision that found the New York and California judges who issued the orders hadn’t clearly erred.

  • November 16, 2017

    4 Tips For Handling Work-Based Green Card Interviews

    With U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting interviews for employment-based green card applicants, attorneys are preparing clients for a new step in the immigration process, including what key materials to bring. Here are four tips for approaching the new green card interviews.

  • November 16, 2017

    SEC Nears Deal With Jay Peak Owner In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicated Thursday that it is close to a settlement with Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros in its suit against him over his role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit.

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds Can't Dodge SPLC's Suit Over Immigrant Raid Info

    A Georgia federal judge refused Wednesday to rule in favor of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a suit by the Southern Poverty Law Center over the department's alleged refusal to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request regarding a pair of immigration raids, saying the agency failed to conduct an adequate search.

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds To Accept DACA Forms From Those Hit By Mail Delays

    The Trump administration on Wednesday reversed its stance that it would do nothing for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program applicants who met a filing deadline before the U.S. Postal Service apparently mishandled their applications, as challengers to plans to nix the program told a New York federal court the error affected at least 4,000 people.

  • November 15, 2017

    Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio Loses Recusal Bid In Profiling Case

    An Arizona federal judge ruled Wednesday that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio does not have standing to ask for recusal of the judge or the official court monitor from a long-running class action accusing the lawman of profiling Latinos in traffic stops.

  • November 15, 2017

    Trump Fires Another Warning Shot At Sanctuary Cities

    The Trump administration on Wednesday launched its latest salvo in its bid to challenge so-called sanctuary cities, sending warning letters to communities in states including California, Massachusetts and New York that it suspects are violating federal immigration law.

  • November 15, 2017

    10th Circ. Finds Judge Had No Conflict In Deportation Case

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive an unauthorized immigrant’s bid to stop deportation proceedings, finding that his immigration judge hadn’t been required to recuse herself despite her spouse’s high-ranking role in the local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.

  • November 15, 2017

    Mass. Woman Accused Of Lying On Naturalization Form

    A woman was arrested on Tuesday on newly unsealed charges that she made false statements on her naturalization application, which she denied at a subsequent arraignment.

  • November 15, 2017

    Feds Can’t Deny Cash To Philly Over 'Sanctuary' Policy

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday temporarily barred the Trump administration from rejecting Philadelphia’s bid for a federal policing grant based on the city’s "sanctuary city" policy toward unauthorized immigrants.

  • November 15, 2017

    Au Pair Co. Pauses Wage Suit To Appeal Arbitration Denial

    A Colorado federal judge Wednesday paused a proposed class action filed by au pairs alleging that multiple sponsor agencies colluded to set low pay rates so that one of the agencies can appeal to the Tenth Circuit the court’s decision not to compel arbitration.

  • November 14, 2017

    Groups Challenge Trump Admin’s Latest Refugee Restrictions

    The latest version of the Trump administration’s bid to restrict the entry into the United States of refugees from several predominantly Muslim countries violates the American Constitution and should be barred by a Washington federal court, several organizations and individuals asserted in a suit filed Monday.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sen. Committee Advances DHS Secretary Nomination

    A Senate panel on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary and sent her nomination to the full chamber, after having previously delayed a vote on the issue.

  • November 14, 2017

    FBI Dodges Muslim Worker's Bias Claim At DC Circ.

    A D.C. Circuit panel affirmed the dismissal Tuesday of a suit alleging the FBI revoked a worker’s security clearance due to his Muslim faith because he didn’t make this argument before the bureau, with one judge rejecting the government’s claims the revocation is unreviewable.

  • November 14, 2017

    Sessions Backs Trump Immigration Policy Before House Panel

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration, including ending the deferred action program, arguing a House panel needs to do more to curb illegal immigration.

  • November 14, 2017

    VC Group Pushes For Win In Foreign Entrepreneur Rule Row

    A venture capital group and others asked a D.C. federal court Monday to vacate a Trump administration rule that delayed an Obama-era regulation for international entrepreneurs, arguing it’s not lawful because the government did not give time for public notice or comment.

  • November 14, 2017

    Trump Picks Immigration Hawk To Keep Helming ICE

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, a nearly three-decade veteran of immigration enforcement who is known for his hawkish views on the issue, to continue heading the agency on a permanent basis.

  • November 13, 2017

    USCIS Spells Out 'Function Manager' Position Guidelines

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new adopted-decision policy memo Thursday that lays out the requirements for an immigrant to be employed as a “function manager.”

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Calif. Proposed Border Wall Law: Questions For Contractors

    Michael Baker

    The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst ​​of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Responding To A 'Notice Of Intent To Revoke' From DHS

    David Serwer

    While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement mechanisms that grab headlines tend to be worksite raids or I-9 penalties, an increasingly common DHS enforcement tactic is the issuance of a notice of intent to revoke, say David Serwer and Matthew Gorman of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • Who Should Be In Charge Of Visa Processing?

    Lynden Melmed

    To fulfill President Donald Trump’s goal of “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers, the administration is considering whether to make the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responsible for both visa policy and visa processing. As the administration considers this change, it will be confronted with strong arguments from both sides of the debate, say Lynden Melmed and Jeff Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.