Immigration

  • May 26, 2017

    Chinese Investor Says She Lost $1.5M On EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor told a California federal court on Thursday that she was bilked out of $1.5 million as part of an investment scheme exploiting her desire to obtain U.S. residency through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s EB-5 visa program.

  • May 26, 2017

    Atty And Her Dad Used $50M EB-5 Scam To Buy Homes: Gov't.

    Federal prosecutors have accused a California attorney and her father of purchasing numerous multimillion-dollar properties across Southern California with money obtained from their alleged $50 million EB-5 scam that helped Chinese nationals get fraudulent green cards.

  • May 26, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Work Visas, Trafficking Efforts

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures that would aim to protect human trafficking victims and to develop a new work visa.

  • May 25, 2017

    Wealth Expert Sues Advisor Over Faking License, Stealing IP

    A South Florida-based private wealth manager filed suit Thursday against his business partner, a Brazilian national, who allegedly lied about being a licensed financial advisor and stole copyrights and customers from the partners' joint business.

  • May 25, 2017

    Immigration Cases To Watch As High Court Hits Home Stretch

    The U.S. Supreme Court has eight immigration-related cases left to rule on this session, including disputes over immigrant detention and revocation of citizenship, which could have a major impact in the Trump era. Here are the decisions to watch for over the next month as the high court sprints toward its summer break.

  • May 25, 2017

    ICE Detained Refugee For Unlikely Removal, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a Massachusetts federal court to halt the detention of a man subject to a deportation order to Cambodia nine years ago, alleging he has been wrongly arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in violation of his Fifth Amendment due process rights.

  • May 25, 2017

    Denver Amends Sentencing, Addressing Deportation Worries

    Immigrants in Denver may soon avoid exposure to deportation because of convictions for lower-level offenses, as the Colorado city looks to amend its sentencing guidelines to ensure that maximum penalties for many violations are less than a year in jail.

  • May 25, 2017

    Legal Orgs Ask Gov't To Allow Detainees To Access Counsel

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council filed a rulemaking petition Wednesday, asking the federal government to allow travelers access to legal counsel during detention at entry points, consular interviews and other situations when immigrants may need representation.

  • May 25, 2017

    DOJ Settles With NM Farm Over US Worker Discrimination

    The U.S. Department of Justice settled Tuesday with a New Mexico onion farm to resolve claims that it hired foreign visa workers over U.S. citizens, requiring the farm to pay civil penalties to the government, provide anti-discrimination training to its employees and consent to government monitoring ensuring compliance.

  • May 25, 2017

    4th Circ. Upholds Block Against Trump's Revised Travel Ban

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, ruling the ban likely runs afoul of the Constitution, and that statements from the president and his advisers indicate the executive order’s goal was to carry out a “Muslim ban.”

  • May 24, 2017

    Illinois 'Sanctuary State' Law Inches Closer To Gov.

    A bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement in Illinois from cooperating with federal immigration authorities cleared a state House committee Wednesday, bringing it a step closer to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk at a time when the Trump administration has vowed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump's USCIS Director Pick Talks Transition Role, H-1B

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed at a hearing Wednesday that he lent his expertise to the Trump transition team but denied writing the president's early immigration executive orders, while also promising to finalize EB-5 visa reforms and agreeing that penalties for H-1B visa abuse are likely too low.

  • May 24, 2017

    House Panel Again OKs Criminalizing Unauthorized Immigrants

    After its third day of markups, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to approve a resurrected, previously introduced but abandoned bill that would criminalize undocumented immigrants' presence in the U.S. and penalize so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mexican Threatened By Drug Cartel Denied Asylum By BIA

    A Mexican man failed to establish an asylum claim based on a drug cartel’s actions toward him and his family, as the cartel's gunshots and verbal threats were motivated by its desire to sell drugs at a particular location rather than by specific animus toward the family, the Board of Immigration Appeals held Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mayer Brown Partner Confirmed As State Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon have his top deputy, after a Senate vote Wednesday confirmed Bush administration veteran and Mayer Brown LLP partner John Sullivan to the post.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump Budget Chief Defends Domestic Cuts At House Panel

    President Donald Trump's top budget official pushed back Wednesday on bipartisan criticisms of billions of dollars in domestic spending cuts as he sought support for the president's $4.1 trillion spending plan.

  • May 24, 2017

    Jackson Lewis Gains Ogletree Deakins Immigration Atty

    Jackson Lewis PC has scored a former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney, bolstering its immigration practice with business compliance and employment-based visa expertise.

  • May 23, 2017

    3 Things To Know About Trump's Pick For USCIS Director

    Trump’s pick to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Lee Francis Cissna, is a long-term immigration bureaucrat who has kept a relatively low profile, though he appears to be a prime candidate to carry out Trump’s tough talk on H-1B visas. Here are three things to know about Cissna ahead of his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    More Detainee Beds, Immigration Agents Under Trump Budget

    The border wall would begin to take shape, thousands of additional beds for detainees would be secured, and 10 percent of the additional 15,000 immigration agents and officers sought by President Donald Trump would be hired as part of the 2018 budget proposal released by the administration on Tuesday.

  • May 23, 2017

    Texas County Sues State Over Sanctuary Cities Ban

    El Paso County urged a Texas federal court in a lawsuit filed Monday to block a new law passed by the Lone Star State banning so-called sanctuary cities, saying the law is “unprecedented, cruel and vague” and violates the U.S. Constitution.

Expert Analysis

  • Will Pena-Rodriguez V. Colorado Apply To Civil Cases?

    M. Christian King

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that no-impeachment rules must yield to the Sixth Amendment's right to an impartial jury in a criminal investigation. Though Pena-Rodriguez has much to recommend to the civil side of the jury system, the analysis in the opinion may not be easily extended, say M. Christian King and Wesley Gilchrist of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Early Days Of New Administration Show Influence Of TROs

    Lauren  E. Aguiar

    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from several Muslim-majority countries, and the related preliminary injunctive orders, are directly related to concepts of immigration law. However, the temporary restraining order mechanism available under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(b) is relevant to many practitioners, say attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • 9th Circ. Legal Concerns Influence Trump's New Travel Ban

    Kari Konikowski Blackman

    President Donald Trump's new executive order banning travel to the U.S. by certain people from six Muslim-majority countries was clearly drafted to address structural defects and constitutional concerns outlined by the Ninth Circuit. However, it is unclear whether the changes will be sufficient to withstand legal challenges, says Kari Konikowski Blackman of Foster LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Electronic Device Searches At Airports: Business As Usual?

    A. Jeff Ifrah

    In the midst of the furor over President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, travelers and employers should not overlook another recent suggestion by the administration: that foreign visitors to the U.S. be required to disclose information from their personal electronic devices before being allowed to enter the country, say Jeff Ifrah and David Yellin of Ifrah Law.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.