Immigration

  • November 9, 2017

    DACA Rollback Suits Trimmed, But Allowed To Proceed

    A New York federal judge trimmed two suits challenging the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Thursday, nixing some claims regarding notice and information use, but preserving key procedural and racial animus allegations.

  • November 9, 2017

    3 Takeaways From Trump’s Cuba Restrictions

    The Trump administration unveiled new trade and travel restrictions for Cuba that mark a gradual return to decades-old policy limiting American business dealings with the Communist island nation. Here, Law360 examines key takeaways from the travel restrictions in the U.S.'s updated Cuba sanctions policy.

  • November 9, 2017

    New NJ Gov. Poised To Pit State's Legal Muscle Against Trump

    With the election of a new, Democratic governor, New Jersey will likely join California, New York and other states where attorneys general are actively challenging Trump administration policies on the environment, immigration and health care, experts say.

  • November 9, 2017

    Watchdog Sues DOJ For Russian Lawyer’s Immigration Docs

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act suit in federal court Thursday against the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking immigration records about a Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. sparked controversy.

  • November 9, 2017

    Senate Panel Delays Vote On Trump's Pick To Head DHS

    A Senate committee Thursday pushed back a vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to give the nominee time to answer a slew of post-hearing questions.

  • November 9, 2017

    ACLU Says Detention Of Iraqis Violates Constitution

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday asked a Michigan federal court to order the release of a group of more than 1,000 Iraqi immigrants who are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that their detention violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and is unconstitutional.

  • November 8, 2017

    Trump's DHS Pick Fields DACA, Climate Questions At Hearing

    Kirstjen Nielsen, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed during her confirmation hearing Wednesday that there should be a permanent solution for young, unauthorized immigrants, but faced prickly questioning over her leadership experience and views on climate change.

  • November 8, 2017

    How Immigration Attys Are Tackling The Trump Era

    This time last November, Donald Trump defied conventional wisdom and won the presidential election, setting the stage for a dizzying year of immigration policy changes. It's been an anxious time in the immigration world, but in the face of travel bans and visa scrutiny, lawyers are stepping up to the plate.

  • November 8, 2017

    Gov't Opposes States' Intervention In Travel Ban Appeal

    The federal government on Tuesday opposed a group of states’ motion to intervene in the Ninth Circuit appeal over President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban blocking nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., pointing out that the states didn’t participate in the lower court proceedings.

  • November 8, 2017

    Man's Illegal Entry No Bar For Deportation Relief: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that a Mexican native was not ineligible for deportation relief because of his illegal entry to the United States, vacating a Board of Immigration Appeals decision that held that he couldn’t prove he was continuously present in the country for seven years.

  • November 8, 2017

    Trump Tightens Cuba Travel, Trade Restrictions

    The Trump administration has expanded previously announced restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba, tearing down the Obama administration’s attempt to liberalize economic relations with the Caribbean nation with an updated set of rules that officially take effect Thursday.

  • November 7, 2017

    DOJ Fights Orders To Hand Over DACA Docs At 9th Circ.

    A Justice Department attorney asked the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Tuesday to block orders by California and New York federal judges requiring it to produce a broad range of internal documents detailing how the government decided to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the orders are unduly burdensome.

  • November 7, 2017

    Advocates Want Trump's 'Follow-To-Join' Refugee Ban Axed

    Immigrant advocates asked a Washington federal judge on Monday to bar the implementation of a Trump administration memo that would impose an indefinite ban on the admission of refugees’ family members, arguing that administrative agencies do not have the authority to ban “follow-to-join” refugees.

  • November 7, 2017

    Senate Wants Sanctions For Banks Dealing With N. Korea

    The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to advance bipartisan legislation that would impose sanctions on foreign-based financial institutions that do business with North Korea and that would also involve the financial sector in anti-money laundering programs related to human-trafficking operations.

  • November 7, 2017

    EOIR Adds Another 7 Immigration Judges Amid Legal Battles

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review on Monday said Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently appointed seven new immigration judges in Texas, California and Pennsylvania amid ongoing court battles over sanctuary cities and President Donald Trump’s repeatedly revised travel ban.

  • November 7, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Diversity Visas, Protected Status

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures to end the diversity visa program and grant green cards to certain immigrants who have temporary protected status.

  • November 7, 2017

    8th Circ. Won't Toss Woman's Sentence For Visa Falsehood

    The Eighth Circuit on Monday affirmed an Iowa federal jury's decision to sentence a woman to three months in prison and three years of probation for making a false statement while applying for a I-130 visa for her fourth husband, saying her conviction was backed up by sufficient evidence.

  • November 6, 2017

    DHS To End Deportation Protection For Nicaraguans

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Monday it will cut off a deportation protection program for Nicaraguans after nearly 20 years, but is still deciding on whether to do the same for people who fled extreme adverse conditions in Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras.

  • November 6, 2017

    Diversity Visa Family Targeted For Denaturalization

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday it is seeking to denaturalize four people who allegedly claimed to be part of the same family, and came to the U.S. with diversity visas, with the announcement coming days after Trump criticized the diversity visa program.

  • November 6, 2017

    BIA Wrongly Denied Appeal In Marriage Fraud Case: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday kept a decades-old immigration tussle going with a ruling that a Board of Immigration Appeals panel misinterpreted the law when it denied an immigrant another shot at avoiding deportation for an allegedly fraudulent marriage.

Expert Analysis

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 5 Employer Tips For Responding To End Of DACA Program

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP offer step-by-step guidance on how employers should respond.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Richard Hertling

    With apologies to T.S. Eliot, September is looking to be the cruelest month. This work period will be a critical test for the president and Republican majority in Congress, as members return to face a daunting workload of time-sensitive legislation and only three weeks to get it all done, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • Opinion

    Is Pardoning Arpaio Unpardonable?

    Harold Krent

    President Donald Trump’s seemingly precipitous decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio may well set the stage for a constitutional showdown. By exonerating a man who thumbed his nose at a federal judicial order, Trump has threatened the rule of law, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.