Immigration

  • April 25, 2017

    Shutdown Less Likely With Nixed Border Wall Funding

    President Donald Trump and congressional leaders may have steered away from a government shutdown later this week, as both sides said Tuesday they are confident they can reach an agreement to keep the government running.

  • April 25, 2017

    Gov't Urges 4th Circ. To Toss Appeal Over Migrant Worker Pay

    The U.S. federal government urged the Fourth Circuit on Monday to toss an appeal attempting to revive a class action challenging pay for workers under the H-2B guest worker program, arguing that the workers failed to challenge a final action.

  • April 24, 2017

    Enviros Gird For Pitched Battle To Stop Trump Border Wall

    President Donald Trump appears committed to his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico, but environmental groups say they are ready to battle the administration in court every step of the way, even though past challenges to border barrier construction have failed.

  • April 24, 2017

    Hawaii Urges 9th Circ. To Uphold Initial Halt To Travel Ban

    The state of Hawaii on Friday urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction that halted a revised executive order on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries, saying the order flouts the protections of the U.S. Constitution.

  • April 24, 2017

    Immigration Enforcement Bill Advances To Fla. House Floor

    Florida's House Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 12-6 to send the full chamber a bill that bars “sanctuary” policies and requires state and local officials to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement on matters such as detainment requests or risk penalties, including possible removal from office.

  • April 24, 2017

    Trump Admin. Preps For Shutdown, Calls Moves A Precaution

    With funding for the government set to expire on Friday, the Trump administration has initiated preparations for a government shutdown, though it says it does not expect one and insists the measures are precautionary, according to several media reports published at the end of last week.

  • April 24, 2017

    Kobach Gets New Bid To Shield Immigration Docs From View

    A Kansas federal judge on Sunday agreed to hold off on ordering Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to turn over documents as part of a suit challenging a state proof of citizenship law, allowing Kobach to appeal the matter.

  • April 24, 2017

    Brooklyn DA Moves To Avoid Deportations Over Petty Crimes

    Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Monday that his office will provide special assistance to undocumented immigrants facing criminal convictions for minor offenses, advising them on how to avoid deportation and training staff to increase awareness of immigration issues.

  • April 24, 2017

    DHS Probes Abuse Of Power In Anti-Trump Tweeter Summons

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said Friday that he is investigating whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection abused its authority by issuing a summons to Twitter that sought the identity of the user behind an anonymous account critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

  • April 21, 2017

    With H-1B Application Drop, Signs Point To IT Retreat

    After steadily increasing over the last few years, the number of H-1B visa petitions filed this spring dropped by over 30,000, and both immigration attorneys and government data suggest that the decline could be due to large information technology companies filing fewer requests for the skilled worker visas.

  • April 21, 2017

    Campaign Rhetoric Surfaces At Immigration Ban Hearing

    President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to ban Muslims from the U.S. emerged on Friday in D.C. federal court, at the center of a challenge to the latest executive action on immigration, as a judge considered whether the statements should be considered proof of religious bias.

  • April 21, 2017

    Grassley Probes FBI's EB-5 Fraud Allegations

    Sen. Chuck Grassley is launching his own inquiry into an allegedly fraudulent EB-5 investor center, requesting more information Thursday from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about a California attorney and her father accused of helping fugitives get visas through the program.

  • April 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Denies Initial En Banc Review Of Travel Ban Appeal

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday denied the state of Hawaii's bid for an initial hearing en banc on the Trump administration's appeal of a preliminary injunction that halted a revised executive order on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries.

  • April 21, 2017

    Government Funding Showdown Has Attorneys On Edge

    With President Donald Trump taking an increasingly hard line on his budget demands, congressional Democrats and the administration are now on a collision course that could end in a government shutdown, leaving attorneys worried about delayed contract awards, agency work left undone and the government's ability to function.

  • April 21, 2017

    Couple Must Repay $27M In EB-5 Cancer Center Fraud Scam

    A California federal judge ruled on Thursday that a husband and wife netted in an EB-5 investor scheme must pay back nearly $27 million that they owe investors for planning a cancer treatment center that they never built.

  • April 20, 2017

    CBP Faces FOIA Suit Over Alleged Moves Targeting Muslims

    A civil rights group for Arab-Americans has launched a suit seeking records regarding moves allegedly made by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to revoke participation for some Muslim and Arab individuals in a program that expedites customs clearance, saying the agency hasn’t forked over the sought-after documents.

  • April 20, 2017

    Hawaii Sens. Slam Sessions' Travel Ban Block Remarks

    A disparaging comment by Attorney General Jeff Sessions referencing a Hawaii federal judge’s block of President Donald Trump’s travel ban in a radio interview unleashed a fury of backlash Thursday from politicians and Hawaii senators who leapt to defend the state.

  • April 20, 2017

    4th Circ. Urged To Extend Hold On Trump Travel Ban

    The Fourth Circuit was hit this week with more than two dozen briefs from organizations and individuals weighing in on President Donald Trump’s call for a travel ban from six predominantly Muslim countries, with most urging the court to uphold a temporary pause of the revised executive order.

  • April 20, 2017

    In EB-5 Rule Feedback, Higher Investments Spark Outcry

    In recent feedback on potential reforms, the U.S. government got an earful against a proposal to raise the minimum contributions for the EB-5 immigrant investor program along with suggestions on ways to improve the program's regional center aspect. 

  • April 20, 2017

    ICE's Deportation Management Falls Short: DHS Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has issued a handful of recommendations to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that deficiencies and unresolved obstacles in ICE’s deportation management hinder its ability to deport immigrants efficiently, according to a report published by the agency.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Alternative Visa Programs For Foreigners Traveling To US

    Maria Mejia-Opaciuch

    As the U.S. federal courts review the legality and constitutionality of President Donald Trump's recent executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, Maria Mejia-Opaciuch of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA discusses visa programs that should be considered by foreign nationals that may alleviate the need to process a formal visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate overseas, where delays are expected and confusion may reign.

  • 2-For-1 Executive Order Leaves OMB To Work Out Details

    Laurence Platt

    While President Donald Trump’s recent executive order reducing regulations may seem appealing in its simplicity, the White House has provided agencies with little guidance on its implementation, instructing them to call the Office of Management and Budget with questions. Yet the OMB's ability to provide answers will be impaired by a lack of clear legal standards, say Laurence Platt and Joy Tsai of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Examining The Meaning Of ‘Sexual Abuse Of A Minor’

    Michael Carlin

    In Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions, the U.S. Supreme Court will need to decide whether, and to what extent, courts must follow the procedures the court set forth in Taylor v. U.S. in cases considering allegations of “sexual abuse of a minor.” The court could apply the rule of lenity to the statute at issue, as Judge Jeffrey Sutton urged in dissent in the Sixth Circuit ruling, says Michael Carlin of the Law Office of Michael Carlin PLLC.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What's Next For Trump's Travel Ban?

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    Following last week's decision from the Ninth Circuit, which left intact a district court’s nationwide block of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel into the U.S. by nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the administration has stated it is exploring all options. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP discuss what the administration may do in response.