Immigration

  • July 14, 2017

    Immigration Policy To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2017

    The Trump administration has laid the groundwork for an active slate of immigration policy in the second half of the year, including moves on H-1B visas, mandatory E-Verify and the possible revocation of DACA. Here, Law360 takes a look at these and other regulatory changes to watch in the back half of 2017.

  • July 14, 2017

    4th Circ. Erred In Nixing Removal Order Over Sex Abuse: Feds

    The Office of the U.S. Attorney General has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive a case in which the Fourth Circuit found a man from El Salvador was not removable after he pled guilty to sexually abusing a child his mother was caring for.

  • July 14, 2017

    Mayan Refugees Duped By Fake Atty Seek High Court Relief

    A family of indigenous Guatemalan refugees that hid from immigration authorities for more than a decade after being ordered to leave the country has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case, saying they fell victim to a “fraudster” posing as an immigration attorney during the original proceedings.

  • July 14, 2017

    Akerman Adds 4 Partners To Labor And Employment Group

    Akerman LLP is continuing the national expansion of its labor and employment practice group with the addition of four partners formerly with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Holland & Knight, Fragomen and Blank Rome, the law firm announced Thursday.

  • July 14, 2017

    US Refugee Admissions Hit Trump's 50,000 Fiscal Year Cap

    U.S. refugee admissions surpassed the Trump administration’s 50,000 cap, according to U.S. Department of State data, barring further entry to those without “bona fide” connections to the U.S. 

  • July 14, 2017

    Grandparents Exempt From Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii Court

    A Hawaii federal court on Thursday broadened the definition of which “extended” family members may come to the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s travel ban, partially rejecting U.S. Department of State guidance that blocked grandparents and grandchildren.

  • July 13, 2017

    House Passes Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed wide-ranging legislation aimed at combating human trafficking, with the bill reportedly providing over $500 million in funding for various initiatives.

  • July 13, 2017

    Immigrants' Right To Counsel Being Trampled, SPLC Says

    The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday called for changes to one of the nation’s largest immigrant detention facilities in Georgia, where it said detainees are unfairly waiting hours to meet with attorneys in limited and unreasonable conditions.

  • July 13, 2017

    9th Circ. Remands Award In Nat'l Origin Bias Case

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday found a lower court wrongly imposed liability on the California State Personnel Board in a suit from a Mexican native and U.S. citizen who won his case over a question on a correctional officer job application about past use of an invalid Social Security number.

  • July 13, 2017

    Calif.-Based Bank, Pet Health Co. Prep IPOs Totaling $154M

    RBB Bancorp, a California bank formed to serve Asian immigrants, launched on Wednesday an estimated $69 million initial public offering one day after pet health products company PetIQ set terms on an $85 million deal, expanding the near-term pipeline of small IPOs.

  • July 13, 2017

    Feds Win Round In Bid To Hold Meat Co. In Contempt

    The federal government on Thursday won a bid to compel Nebraska Beef Ltd. to show why it shouldn’t be held in contempt of a court order that required it to perform non-monetary obligations under a settlement  that resolved the government’s investigation into alleged discrimination.

  • July 13, 2017

    Jay Peak Owner Fights To Keep Defenses In EB-5 Fraud Suit

    The owner of Jay Peak resort asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to keep alive his affirmative defenses in a $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud case, saying the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s bid to throw out most of his defense is a waste of time.

  • July 12, 2017

    DACA, Other Immigrant Protections In Jeopardy, Rep. Warns

    Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and other advocates sounded the alarm after Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that he may not extend temporary protected status for numerous countries and that the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is in the hands of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

  • July 12, 2017

    Trump Admin. Hits Back In Hawaii Travel Ban Case

    The Trump administration on Tuesday fired back in the Hawaii federal court case over the president's travel ban, after the state of Hawaii asked the court to rule that a previous injunction blocks the government from enforcing the executive order against grandparents and other relatives.

  • July 12, 2017

    CBP Turning Away Asylum Seekers At Mexico Border, Suit Says

    Asylum seekers and advocacy groups launched a proposed class action in California federal court Wednesday against U.S. Customs and Border Protection, identifying officials’ allegedly widespread practice of refusing entry to individuals presenting themselves as asylum seekers at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border in violation of U.S. and international human rights law.

  • July 12, 2017

    GOP Sen. Puts Hold On Pick To Head USCIS Over H-2B Visas

    Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., has blocked President Donald Trump's nominee, Lee Francis Cissna, to serve as director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in an attempt to speed up the issuance of additional H-2B visas for temporary workers this summer, the senator’s spokesman said Wednesday.

  • July 12, 2017

    Feds Fight SF, Silicon Valley’s Sanctuary City Suits

    U.S. Department of Justice attorneys urged a California federal judge Wednesday to toss suits by San Francisco and a Silicon Valley county seeking to block President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called immigrant sanctuary cities, saying withheld funds would “not amount to very much money at all.”

  • July 12, 2017

    Justice Breyer On Changing His Mind And Sparring With Scalia

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the extent to which oral arguments can influence his thinking and recalls his many debates with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    House Committee Floats $1.6B Proposal For Border Wall

    The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday unveiled a bill that contains $1.6 billion for a southern border wall, a proposal that would meet President Trump’s wall funding request, but may also set up a potential fight with Democrats, who have expressed opposition to the barrier.

  • July 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Delivers Smackdown To Immigration Judge

    The Seventh Circuit Tuesday strongly rebuked a U.S. immigration judge for rejecting a Moldovan man’s asylum petition for what the panel characterized as “trivial” inconsistencies in his story.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Sanctuary Cities Are Not The New Nullification Crisis

     William Watkins Jr.

    Conservatives describe President Donald Trump’s fight with so-called sanctuary cities as the new nullification crisis. However, by trying to discredit the sanctuary city movement with this argument, they show an ignorance of history and mislead the public, says William Watkins Jr. of the Independent Institute.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • In Congress: Budget, Health Care, Comey

    Richard Hertling

    As we approach the Memorial Day recess, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and allegations that the president sought to stop the FBI from investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s potential ties to Russia remain at the top of the news cycle and threaten to derail Republican efforts to pursue health care and tax reform, among other priorities, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covingt... (continued)

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Potential EB-5 Changes Ahead

    Ali Brodie

    The EB-5 program was originally set to sunset on April 28, 2017, but was recently extended as part of an omnibus spending bill. Though a clean extension has been issued, a flurry of proposals is being floated by members of Congress seeking to reform the EB-5 program, perhaps sooner rather than later, says Ali Brodie of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • In Congress: Post Comey

    Richard Hertling

    The GOP majority is undoubtedly hoping the political storm surrounding FBI Director James Comey's dismissal does not derail its agenda for the 115th Congress, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • Opinion

    Stop Bashing EB-5

    Stephen Ledoux

    What detractors of the EB-5 program seem to miss is that visas for EB-5 entrants are a tiny fraction of our immigration system. I firmly believe in the Statue of Liberty’s call to “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” But I also firmly support a 1 percent set-aside for well-to-do immigrants who desire to come to our shores and grow our economy, says Steve Ledoux of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.