Immigration

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Woman Faces New Immigration Services Fraud Claims

    A woman charged with running a fraudulent immigration services business from her home in Montebello, California, was charged Thursday with 64 additional felony counts, bringing the total number of felony counts she faces to 112, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

  • April 20, 2018

    DOJ, Texas Co. Settle Immigration Status Discrimination Row

    Texas-based information technology consulting and staffing services company Themesoft Inc. and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled claims that the company violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating against workers on the basis of their citizenship status.

  • April 20, 2018

    Driver Of Big Rig 10 Immigrants Died In Gets Life Sentence

    A truck driver has been sentenced to life in prison for smuggling immigrants across the Texas border in conditions that led to the deaths of 10 of them as they were found locked in the back of his tractor trailer rig, according to the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Calif. Stalking Offense Not Enough For Deportation, BIA Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Friday that a Peruvian man convicted of stalking under California law was not removable, finding the state law's definition of the crime is overly broad and would include offenses that would not warrant deportation.

  • April 20, 2018

    No Asylum For Cameroon Gay Rights Backer, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit refused to hear arguments Thursday by a Cameroonian man after the Board of Immigration Appeals turned down his bid for asylum, finding that he did not suffer persecution by the African nation's police for his views on gay rights.

  • April 20, 2018

    Mapping The Travel Ban's Journey To The High Court

    Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over the extent of the president's power to control immigration policy and whether President Donald Trump has shown anti-Muslim animus in a case challenging the most recent version of his travel ban. With all eyes turning to the justices, here is a play-by-play of how we got here.

  • April 20, 2018

    Feds Can't Exit DACA Recipients' Suit Over Program's End

    A California federal judge on Thursday declined to toss a class action challenging the federal government's bid to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after holding that the immigrants' participation in DACA resulted in a conferred benefit that cannot simply be taken away.

  • April 19, 2018

    Groups Draw Battle Lines In Travel Ban High Court Case

    Battle lines have been drawn in the months leading up to Wednesday's oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a challenge to the latest iteration of President Donald Trump's travel ban, attracting 72 interest groups from across the political spectrum. Here, we examine briefs that exemplify each side of the debate.

  • April 19, 2018

    EOIR Case Backlog Spurs Minor Fixes, GAO Update Says

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review has so far implemented one recommendation and initiated plans for 10 others that the U.S. Government Accountability Office suggested in June as a way to address a judicial hiring slump and a booming number of unresolved immigration cases, the GAO said in an update on Wednesday.

  • April 19, 2018

    Feds Must Rethink Detention Procedures For Immigrant Teens

    A federal judge in the District of Columbia entered an order on Wednesday in the case of two young unauthorized immigrants instructing the U.S. government to comply with a statute that requires officials to consider the least restrictive setting for detaining individuals once they turn 18.

  • April 19, 2018

    BALCA Affirms Labor Cert. Denial For Landscaping Co.

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals affirmed the denial of temporary labor certification for 20 immigrants hired as landscapers, finding on Wednesday that a Texas-based landscaping company never submitted a required report to the certifying officer on how it had recruited U.S. workers.

  • April 19, 2018

    US Sued Over 'En Masse' Denials To Iranian Refugees

    A proposed class of U.S. citizens who paid thousands of dollars to sponsor refugee applications for their family members sued the government in California federal court Wednesday, challenging the Trump administration’s “en masse” denial to almost 90 Christians, Mandaeans and other persecuted religious minorities from Iran.

  • April 19, 2018

    Injunction Over Sanctuary City Grants Upheld By 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from using a federal public safety grant to force so-called sanctuary cities to comply with its immigration policies, criticizing the effort as an infringement on the separation of powers.

  • April 18, 2018

    Trump Defends Travel Ban To Justices As Oral Args Loom

    The Trump administration continued to defend its ban on travel to the United States by nationals from several Muslim-majority countries at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, contending in a reply brief that it was a lawful response to a multiagency review process and had nothing to do with religion.

  • April 18, 2018

    ABA Head Advocates For Independent Immigration Judiciary

    Hilarie Bass, American Bar Association president and co-president of Greenberg Traurig LLP, was among the attendees Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing urging Congress to overhaul the nation's immigration courts, touting the value of an independent judiciary.

  • April 18, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Uphold Block On DACA Rollback

    The University of California Board of Regents and the city of San Jose told the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday that the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program requires the comment and scrutiny of the public, urging the panel to block its rescission and implement notice-and-comment procedures.

  • April 18, 2018

    Immigrants Hit Ga. Detention Center With Forced-Labor Suit

    A putative class of immigrants who claim their wages were stolen by the owner of a privately run detention facility in Georgia sued the company Tuesday, alleging it engaged in forced labor and violated federal and state anti-trafficking laws.

  • April 18, 2018

    Dems Slam DOJ On Due Process Protections For Immigrants

    Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary committees in a letter Tuesday urged the U.S. Department of Justice to back off on its recent moves to set performance quotas for immigration judges and to terminate the Legal Orientation Program, saying the agency is tearing down due process protections for immigrants.

  • April 17, 2018

    Atty's Ex-Clerkship Shouldn't DQ Him From Immig. Suit: Judge

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday gave notice that a second former law clerk of his has joined a team of attorneys representing a putative class of immigrant spouses challenging a crackdown on so-called illegitimate marriages, but argued against ejecting the current WilmerHale lawyer from the case.

  • April 17, 2018

    High Court Ruling To Bolster Immigrants' Due Process Rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday to strike down a portion of federal immigration law defining a “crime of violence” adopts a clear-lines approach to adjudicating deportation cases and shores up noncitizens’ due process protections, experts said.

Expert Analysis

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    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • The Latest Defeat Of Trump's 'Sanctuary' City Policies

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    Based on a California federal judge's recent decision in City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using a locality’s cooperation on immigration enforcement to determine eligibility for grants, it appears the Trump administration’s "sanctuary" city initiatives are likely to remain tied up in or blocked by litigation, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Examining Due Process For Immigrant Workers' Comp Claims

    Agota Peterfy

    Can an unauthorized immigrant living in the U.S. who is injured at work due to inadequate equipment or facilities or lack of appropriate safety protocols seek legal redress? The U.S. Constitution says undoubtedly yes, while years of practice cloud that position with doubt, say Agota Peterfy and Tyler Schwettman of Brown and James PC.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • Student Visa Holders Marrying US Citizens Face New Issues

    Elizabeth Clapp

    Recent changes in U.S. immigration policies and interpretations by the current administration pose heightened risks for students who plan to marry U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The current climate is such that anyone filing a case should consider the changed dynamics, and perhaps others to come, say Elizabeth Clapp and Douglas Halpert of Hammond Law Group LLC.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

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  • Case Against Calif. Sanctuary City Laws Faces Tough Fight

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    The Trump administration recently filed suit against California to overturn its so-called sanctuary city laws, alleging they interfere with and are preempted by federal immigration law. However, the case may face an uphill battle in the short term in the liberal Ninth Circuit, even with support from certain localities, says Matthew Kolodziej of Jia Law Group.