Immigration

  • 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

    Ill. Man Admits Money Laundering Role In Call Center Scams

    An Illinois man has copped to a charge related to his purported role in laundering money that scammers at call centers in India fraudulently obtained from American victims by pretending to be Internal Revenue Service agents and other government officials, Texas federal prosecutors announced Monday.

  • 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.”

  • November 13, 2017

    Rep. Slams Rejection Of DACA Applications Delayed In Mail

    An Illinois congressman said Friday that it was “unacceptable” for federal officials to deny at least 21 renewal applications for the endangered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that were sent on time but apparently mishandled by the U.S. Postal Service.

  • November 13, 2017

    Justice Kagan Steps Back From Immigrant Detention Case

    Justice Elena Kagan has taken herself off a high-profile case over immigrant detention, according to a letter filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, after it was discovered that she greenlighted a filing in the case while she was solicitor general.

  • November 13, 2017

    High Court Urged To Review Convicted Resident's Deportation

    A Dominican man who is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review his bid to cancel a removal order after he tried to re-enter the country after a brief vacation with a record of prior convictions for drug offenses.

  • November 13, 2017

    Chevron Gets Age, Disability Claims Trimmed In Bias Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday partially dismissed a suit alleging a Chevron Corp. supervisor discriminated against a Nigerian analyst by taking him off projects ahead of his firing, saying his age and disability discrimination claims were filed too late, but he laid out a reasonable national origin discrimination case.

  • November 13, 2017

    Trump's Travel Ban Block Narrowed By 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday nixed much of a lower court’s injunction on the Trump administration’s third travel ban, reinstating limitations on nationals of six countries but carving out an exception for people with family living in the U.S. or with an offer from a university or employer.

  • November 13, 2017

    Atty Who Called ICE About Client's Worker Fights FLSA Link

    A California attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision that found he could be sued by a client’s former employee for alleged retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act after he contacted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the worker.

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.