Immigration

  • March 24, 2017

    Va. Court Refuses To Block Trump's Latest Travel Ban

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday refused to issue a ruling blocking President Trump’s revised travel ban, in a break with two other federal courts that have considered the issue, pointing to “substantive revisions” in the president’s new executive order.

  • March 24, 2017

    Cubans’ Lighthouse Landing Merits US Entry, 11th Circ. Told

    A group of Cubans who were refused asylum after landing at an abandoned Florida Keys lighthouse asked the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse the lower court's decision that the lighthouse does not count as U.S. soil.

  • March 24, 2017

    State Dept. Seeks More Scrutiny For Some Visa Applicants

    The U.S. Department of State has instructed consular posts abroad to increase scrutiny for some visa applicants, according to a cable posted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, implementing a memo that President Donald Trump signed along with his revised travel ban executive order.

  • March 24, 2017

    Shiite Org, Yemeni Parents File Latest Travel Ban Challenge

    The U.S. arm of a Shiite Muslim organization and a Yemeni husband and wife were the latest to challenge President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, alleging Friday that the order is outright religious discrimination.

  • March 24, 2017

    What You Need To Know About The Border Wall So Far

    With the U.S. government officially seeking proposals for the border wall, the Trump administration seems determined to get started on its wall project as soon as possible. Here’s a look at the wall’s potential costs, its contracting requirements and the many land, tribal and environmental issues that could get in the way.

  • March 24, 2017

    No Rehearing For Koch Foods In EEOC Fight Over Visa Info

    The Fifth Circuit Thursday denied Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC’s request that it rehear a decision finding that the company cannot compel the release of identifying visa application information on employees who have brought a sexual harassment suit against it, but after the appeals court revised the decision in favor of Koch.

  • March 24, 2017

    SEC Wins Injunction In Calif. EB-5 Fraud Scheme Suit

    A California federal judge has granted a bid by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a preliminary injunction against an Oakland businessman accused of misusing funds from $107 million he raised from Chinese nationals through the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

  • March 23, 2017

    USCIS Must Rethink Axing S. Dakota EB-5 Regional Center

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must reconsider its decision to terminate an EB-5 regional center run for South Dakota that improperly used investor funds, the agency’s appeals office has ruled, saying evidence of misdeeds has to be balanced against positive factors like job creation in determining whether termination is warranted.

  • March 23, 2017

    Tide Of Low-Skilled Immigration Is Turning, Report Says

    Natural economic forces will continue to stem the flow of low-skilled immigrants coming to the U.S. even if President Donald Trump’s administration does nothing more to change immigration policy or make it more “draconian,” a report set to be presented at the Brookings Institution indicates.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ex-Atty Gets 15 Months For Client Asylum Conspiracy

    A former immigration lawyer will spend 15 months in prison after an Illinois federal judge sentenced him Wednesday for conspiring to use fraudulent means in an attempt to achieve asylum in the U.S. for Christian clients from the Middle East.

  • March 23, 2017

    Trump Admin. Gets Fast Appeal Of Immigration Ban Suit

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday granted the federal government’s request for an expedited appeal of a Maryland federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targeting migrants from majority-Muslim countries, after the government cited “national security needs.”

  • March 23, 2017

    India Floats Draft Text Of WTO Services Agreement

    India has circulated a new proposal outlining its vision for a World Trade Organization services agreement, which could loosen up cross-border rules for financial services, telecommunications and scores of other lucrative industries, the WTO said Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    Courts Should Be Safe For Immigrants: Wash. Chief Justice

    Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst on Wednesday proposed designating local courthouses as “sensitive areas” to rein in immigration enforcement activity on site, saying current enforcement efforts could make immigrants hesitant about seeking public services and protection.

  • March 22, 2017

    USCIS Rolls Out EB-5 Regional Center Audit Program

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday unveiled the start of an EB-5 regional center audit program, which will involve audit teams examining documents and interviewing staffers, with the move coming roughly a month before the visa program’s regional center aspect is set to expire.

  • March 22, 2017

    Blade Co. To Pay $110K To Settle Fired Muslim Worker Case

    Blade company Kasco LLC has agreed to pay $110,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company unlawfully fired a Muslim woman because of her religion and national origin, according to documents filed in Missouri federal court Tuesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    Labor Nom. Acosta Questioned On Policy, Budget In Hearing

    Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta’s confirmation hearing Wednesday focused more on policy than scandal as U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions members asked how the law school dean would handle his predecessor’s legacy and navigate a proposed budget cut.

  • March 22, 2017

    Tata Fires Back On Class Cert. Bid In Racial Bias Case

    Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. on Tuesday fought back against a bid by several former employees who want a California federal court to certify two classes of workers who have allegedly been discriminated against because they are not South Asian, arguing there is insufficient evidence of commonality or typicality.

  • March 22, 2017

    6th Circ. Says Border Crosser Needn't Prove Surveillance

    The Board of Immigration Appeals wrongly held that a Guatemalan man must face deportation because he couldn’t prove that the government did not officially catch him or track him when he illegally crossed the southern border into Texas, the Sixth Circuit said on Tuesday.

  • March 22, 2017

    SEC Says Couple Blew Chance To Settle EB-5 Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has urged the Central District of California to rule against a husband and wife facing allegations that they misappropriated the bulk of $26.9 million raised in an EB-5 immigrant investor program, as the couple purportedly have not followed through on their promises as part of a possible settlement.

  • March 22, 2017

    DOJ Settles Immigrant Discrimination Case With Pizza Chain

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that it has reached a settlement with a Miami-based pizza restaurant franchisee to resolve claims the company violated federal immigration laws by unlawfully requiring immigrants authorized to work in the U.S. to present certain documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • Delays And Uncertainty Surround Trump's Latest Travel Ban

    Maria Fernanda Gandarez

    As the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's latest immigration-related executive order is pending, the administration is cracking down on immigration benefits more generally, and employers may want to exercise extreme caution before having nationals of the EO's six designated countries travel internationally, say Maria Fernanda Gandarez and Matthew Kolodziej of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Int’l Travelers, Beware Digital Device Searches At Border

    Behnam Dayanim

    In light of the recent executive order on terrorism and immigration, travelers, including attorneys who may be carrying sensitive privileged information, should be increasingly aware of their rights — or lack thereof — at the border, say Behnam Dayanim and Ashley Pyon of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • A Pragmatic Look At Potential Changes To H-1B Cap Season

    Scott J. FitzGerald

    With the fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap season in full swing, the business community is questioning whether the Trump administration could alter or curtail the H-1B program. Scott FitzGerald and Alexandra Law of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP address that question, with a focus on whether, and to what extent, the administration could impact the adjudication of applications and petitions filed under the 2018 H-1B cap.

  • Immigration Compliance Dangers In The Shared Economy

    Davis C. Bae

    While many shared economy companies have strong background check systems to address questions of status, the penalties for their failure to ensure freelancers are authorized to work in the U.S. are almost nonexistent. This is a growing problem for employers in relation to the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement, says Davis Bae of Fisher Phillips.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.