Immigration

  • November 22, 2017

    Senate Panel Unveils Homeland Security Funding Bill

    The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a budget bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the legislation allocating money for “border barriers” and funds for more border patrol agents.

  • November 22, 2017

    Intel, Lawmakers, Others Urge 9th Circ. To Block Travel Ban

    Technology companies such as Microsoft and Intel, several law groups and dozens of members of Congress were among the entities that filed briefs with the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday supporting challengers to the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban for nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries into the U.S.

  • November 22, 2017

    What To Know About USCIS's New Policy On Revocations

    In a notable policy shift, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will now let certain immigrants take part in visa petition revocation proceedings, giving them a voice in a process that has the potential to hurt their green card case. Here’s what to know about the new policy change.

  • November 22, 2017

    Calif. Ruling Sets Chicago Up For Win In Sanctuary City Fight

    After a California federal judge barred the Trump administration from tying federal funding to compliance with its immigration policies, experts say Chicago seems primed for a win at the Seventh Circuit as it defends its case challenging new conditions on federal public safety funds.

  • November 22, 2017

    Mexican Detained For Over A Year Must Get Bond Hearing

    The federal government must provide a bond hearing before an immigration judge for a Mexican native kept in detention for more than a year after his apprehension for allegedly illegally re-entering the U.S. after being removed four previous times, a California federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Feds Ask Supreme Court To Reverse Blocks On Travel Ban

    The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to reverse blocks on its third travel ban by federal courts in Maryland and Hawaii, saying the latest ban was the result of a careful cross-department review and that the lower courts’ intervention hurts the executive branch’s ability to direct national security.

  • November 21, 2017

    Trump Moving To Nix Foreign Entrepreneur Rule

    The Trump administration has given notice that it intends to do away with the International Entrepreneur Rule, an Obama-era rule that would have allowed about 3,000 international entrepreneurs per year to grow businesses in the U.S.

  • November 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Blocks 6 States From Hawaii Travel Ban Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday blocked Massachusetts, California, New York and three other states from intervening in Hawaii’s challenge to the Trump administration’s third travel ban, telling the states to make their case in amici briefs instead.

  • November 21, 2017

    DACA Recipient Wins Back Work Permit In ACLU Arrest Suit

    A California federal judge Monday temporarily reinstated a Los Angeles man’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and work permit — which were canceled after his arrest for a crime he was never charged with — finding the American Civil Liberties Union had made a “compelling argument” that the government’s decision was arbitrary.

  • November 21, 2017

    Customs Violated 2 Travel Ban Orders, Gov't Watchdog Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection was “very aggressive” in blocking certain travelers to the U.S. in violation of two court orders from Massachusetts and California, according to a letter on Tuesday hinting at the results of a government investigation that’s still under wraps.

  • November 21, 2017

    Immigrant Kids Get Class Cert., Hearings On Gang Claims

    A class of children who entered the U.S. without their parents, are suspected of being in the U.S. without authorization and are accused of being gang members are entitled to hearings within a week of their apprehensions, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Researcher Can't Revive FCA Counterclaims Against Feds

    A South Dakota federal judge rejected a bid to revive counterclaims by a researcher convicted of fraudulently obtaining a research grant by claiming work was done by a postdoctoral candidate who couldn’t get an H-1 visa, finding Monday that sovereign immunity shields the government from his claims of malicious prosecution.

  • November 21, 2017

    Calif. Judge Permanently Blocks 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

    A California federal judge on Monday permanently blocked the enforcement of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in January that calls for withholding federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, saying it violates various provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

  • November 20, 2017

    What Ending H-4 Work Permits Means For Cos., Immigrants

    With the Trump administration reportedly mulling plans to end work authorization for H-4 visa holders, thousands of immigrant spouses may lose the ability to work in the U.S., potentially halving their families’ incomes and creating another headache for employers.

  • November 20, 2017

    DACA Backers Push Off Fight Over Uncovering Related Docs

    A California federal judge on Monday granted a bid by challengers to the proposed phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to put off their effort to uncover related government documents so that the case may move forward.

  • November 20, 2017

    Trump Officials To End Deportation Protections For Haitians

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will cut off a deportation protection program for Haitians who’ve been in the U.S. since a devastating 2010 earthquake, adding the Caribbean nation Monday to a list of countries that will lose the protection status in coming months.

  • November 20, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms Immigration Atty’s Asylum Conspiracy Rap

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday affirmed a Chicago immigration attorney’s conviction on charges that he conspired to submit fraudulent asylum applications for his clients, finding that the jury had enough evidence to establish the existence of a conspiracy to defraud the government.

  • November 20, 2017

    McDonald's Hit With Employee Discrimination Suit In Fla.

    McDonald’s Corp. on Monday removed to Florida federal court a proposed class action brought by a former employee who alleges the fast-food giant violated state civil rights law by allowing her to be discriminated against based on her national origin and disability.

  • November 20, 2017

    AILA Nabs Some Immigration Judges' Names In FOIA Fight

    A D.C. federal judge ruled Friday that the names of 14 immigration judges who’ve been subject to numerous complaints should be unredacted by the Executive Office for Immigration Review, granting a partial win to the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

  • November 20, 2017

    NY ICE Facility Forced To Hear Asylum-Seekers' Parole Cases

    A New York federal judge on Friday ordered an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in upstate New York to end its alleged practice of keeping asylum-seekers locked up without the opportunity for release on parole or bond while awaiting their hearings.

Expert Analysis

  • Addressing H-1B Visa Concerns: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Elliott Lichtman

    In the final part of this series, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC discuss, among other issues, H-1B visa concerns such as extensions and amendments, portability, and recent action by the Trump administration that will impact the H-1B visa.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Addressing H-1B Visa Concerns: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Elliott Lichtman

    When the U.S. economy is strong, there is high demand for the scarce H-1B visa, but recent executive action by President Donald Trump may impact its future viability. Here, Elliott Lichtman and Lilah Rosenblum of Lichtman & Rosenblum PLLC offer guidance on various issues related to this frequently used professional worker visa.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.