A Nevada federal judge on Tuesday dismissed for the second time a proposed class action made up of foreign shepherds working in the U.S. on H-2A visas who said that several ranches failed to pay them minimum wage, finding that federal jurisdiction requirements hadn’t been met.
The Trump administration on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse a California federal court’s order that temporarily barred it from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that it is an agency action that courts must defer to.
A former top attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Seattle branch has been charged with stealing the identity of seven immigrants and attempting to use that information to defraud several major financial institutions, according to Washington federal court documents.
After enduring years of physical and sexual abuse in Honduras, two teenage sisters with big dreams to help others in their new lives were recently granted asylum in the U.S., following three years of pro bono advocacy by a team of attorneys at Polsinelli.
As the Senate continues its freewheeling immigration debate, members of both parties are competing to reach 60 votes on one of numerous proposals balancing relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries with border security. Here’s our field guide to the various immigration plans currently floating around Congress.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday revived a suit accusing U.S. Customs and Border Protection of violating the American Civil Liberties Union’s free speech rights near an Arizona checkpoint, agreeing with arguments made by a Covington & Burling LLP attorney that the lower court abused its discretion by denying their request to take discovery.
The Senate’s planned freewheeling immigration debate threatened to spin out of control Tuesday, as the body did not vote on a single proposal while Democrats delayed offering their own plans and Republican leaders threatened to shut down the debate at the end of the week.
The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has affirmed a U.S. Department of Labor decision denying a North Carolina landscaper's request to employ foreign seasonal workers, finding the company failed to prove the jobs were temporary.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday entered an order that temporarily bars the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, holding that the federal government has not sufficiently justified why it sought to roll back the immigration initiative.
The Trump administration’s proposals for redrawing the nation’s immigration system through reductions in family reunification visas and the elimination of the diversity visa lottery would negatively impact the entry of nationals from Africa, Asia and Latin America into the U.S., according to an analysis released on Monday by the Center for American Progress.
A coalition of 19 attorneys general and others urged the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday to reject the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census, arguing it would undermine the accuracy of the population count and violate the census’ obligations under federal law.
A Fifth Circuit panel concluded Monday that neither an immigration judge nor the Board of Immigration Appeals abused discretion by denying a Honduran woman's request to reopen deportation proceedings that she claimed she never received notice of.
President Donald Trump asked for more than $4 billion to construct a southern border wall and to house thousands more undocumented immigrants in detention centers nationwide as part of his fiscal year 2018 budget proposal unveiled Monday.
After months of false starts, fiery rhetoric and failed attempts at bipartisan legislation, the Senate voted to start a rare, free-wheeling immigration debate on the floor Monday, as the body struggles to grapple with legislation addressing immigrants brought to the country as children.
A group of political science experts on Monday urged the Ninth Circuit to maintain a permanent block of President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, saying that he ignored proper vetting procedures when implementing it a year ago.
Immigrant detainees accusing private prison giant Geo Group Inc. of using forced labor at a Colorado detention facility and unjustly enriching itself by paying them one dollar for a day’s work can proceed in their federal lawsuit as a pair of certified classes, the Tenth Circuit affirmed on Friday.
A New York federal judge ruled on Friday that immigration judges must consider detained asylum seekers' financial circumstances and alternative conditions of relief when setting bond, saying a failure to consider both factors amounts to a denial of bond.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering turning away immigrants who have used a broad array of public benefits, including low-income health, educational and housing programs, according to an unpublished draft rule.
A prominent immigration activist filed a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday, accusing the agency of unlawfully targeting “the most vocal” activists for surveillance and deportation.
President Donald Trump's recently unveiled National Vetting Center promises to establish long-sought interagency cooperation on immigration processing, but does so with what some attorneys and advocates regard as an anti-immigrant agenda that may clog the system rather than simplify it.
Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.
Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan recently issued a directive to increase worksite enforcement, putting I-9 compliance personnel on notice. However, knowing some basics about this development can help stakeholders gauge what to expect from the current administration, says Leigh Ganchan of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.
As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.
Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.
The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.
A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.
Recent announcements reinforce the administration’s focus on policing abuses and preventing fraud in the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. Employers can expect U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services not only to second-guess the validity of H-1B and L-1 petitions, but to search for opportunities to investigate and penalize employers, say Elizabeth Espín Stern and Maximillian Del Rey of Mayer Brown LLP.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna recently implemented a new policy memo that specifically instructs all USCIS officers not to give deference to any previously approved nonimmigrant visa petition. In light of the policy shift, Rabindra Singh of Immigration Attorneys LLP shares a few practice pointers to consider before filing an H-1B extension petition.
By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.