Immigration

  • May 26, 2017

    Replying To Lawmakers, DHS Hints At H-1B Program Updates

    In response to an inquiry from lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a message released Friday that it’s planning to issue new rules and guidance related to the H-1B visa program, consistent with the president’s recent executive order on the issue.

  • May 26, 2017

    Hawaii Can't Add Students' Info To Travel Ban Row: Gov’t

    Hawaii should not be allowed to supplement the record in its case challenging President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban by adding information about prospective students of the state’s university who allegedly would be negatively impacted by the measure, the federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday.

  • May 26, 2017

    'Productive' Talks Had On Immigration Order Dispute

    U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and advocates for a proposed class of travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order barring them from entering the U.S. held “productive” talks Friday aimed at resolving a New York lawsuit targeting the immigration order.

  • May 26, 2017

    40 Lawmakers Push DHS To Probe Asylum-Seeker Rejections

    Forty members of Congress sent a letter to the homeland security secretary on Thursday seeking an investigation into reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were illegally rebuffing asylum seekers.

  • May 26, 2017

    Chinese Investor Says She Lost $1.5M On EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor told a California federal court on Thursday that she was bilked out of $1.5 million as part of an investment scheme exploiting her desire to obtain U.S. residency through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s EB-5 visa program.

  • May 26, 2017

    Atty And Her Dad Used $50M EB-5 Scam To Buy Homes: Gov't.

    Federal prosecutors have accused a California attorney and her father of purchasing numerous multimillion-dollar properties across Southern California with money obtained from their alleged $50 million EB-5 scam that helped Chinese nationals get fraudulent green cards.

  • May 26, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Work Visas, Trafficking Efforts

    Members of the 115th Congress took action on immigration-related bills in recent days that included measures that would aim to protect human trafficking victims and to develop a new work visa.

  • May 25, 2017

    Wealth Expert Sues Advisor Over Faking License, Stealing IP

    A South Florida-based private wealth manager filed suit Thursday against his business partner, a Brazilian national, who allegedly lied about being a licensed financial advisor and stole copyrights and customers from the partners' joint business.

  • May 25, 2017

    Immigration Cases To Watch As High Court Hits Home Stretch

    The U.S. Supreme Court has eight immigration-related cases left to rule on this session, including disputes over immigrant detention and revocation of citizenship, which could have a major impact in the Trump era. Here are the decisions to watch for over the next month as the high court sprints toward its summer break.

  • May 25, 2017

    ICE Detained Refugee For Unlikely Removal, ACLU Says

    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a Massachusetts federal court to halt the detention of a man subject to a deportation order to Cambodia nine years ago, alleging he has been wrongly arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in violation of his Fifth Amendment due process rights.

  • May 25, 2017

    Denver Amends Sentencing, Addressing Deportation Worries

    Immigrants in Denver may soon avoid exposure to deportation because of convictions for lower-level offenses, as the Colorado city looks to amend its sentencing guidelines to ensure that maximum penalties for many violations are less than a year in jail.

  • May 25, 2017

    Legal Orgs Ask Gov't To Allow Detainees To Access Counsel

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council filed a rulemaking petition Wednesday, asking the federal government to allow travelers access to legal counsel during detention at entry points, consular interviews and other situations when immigrants may need representation.

  • May 25, 2017

    DOJ Settles With NM Farm Over US Worker Discrimination

    The U.S. Department of Justice settled Tuesday with a New Mexico onion farm to resolve claims that it hired foreign visa workers over U.S. citizens, requiring the farm to pay civil penalties to the government, provide anti-discrimination training to its employees and consent to government monitoring ensuring compliance.

  • May 25, 2017

    4th Circ. Upholds Block Against Trump's Revised Travel Ban

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, ruling the ban likely runs afoul of the Constitution, and that statements from the president and his advisers indicate the executive order’s goal was to carry out a “Muslim ban.”

  • May 24, 2017

    Illinois 'Sanctuary State' Law Inches Closer To Gov.

    A bill that would prevent state and local law enforcement in Illinois from cooperating with federal immigration authorities cleared a state House committee Wednesday, bringing it a step closer to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk at a time when the Trump administration has vowed to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump's USCIS Director Pick Talks Transition Role, H-1B

    President Donald Trump’s pick to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed at a hearing Wednesday that he lent his expertise to the Trump transition team but denied writing the president's early immigration executive orders, while also promising to finalize EB-5 visa reforms and agreeing that penalties for H-1B visa abuse are likely too low.

  • May 24, 2017

    House Panel Again OKs Criminalizing Unauthorized Immigrants

    After its third day of markups, the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to approve a resurrected, previously introduced but abandoned bill that would criminalize undocumented immigrants' presence in the U.S. and penalize so-called sanctuary cities.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mexican Threatened By Drug Cartel Denied Asylum By BIA

    A Mexican man failed to establish an asylum claim based on a drug cartel’s actions toward him and his family, as the cartel's gunshots and verbal threats were motivated by its desire to sell drugs at a particular location rather than by specific animus toward the family, the Board of Immigration Appeals held Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Mayer Brown Partner Confirmed As State Deputy Secretary

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will soon have his top deputy, after a Senate vote Wednesday confirmed Bush administration veteran and Mayer Brown LLP partner John Sullivan to the post.

  • May 24, 2017

    Trump Budget Chief Defends Domestic Cuts At House Panel

    President Donald Trump's top budget official pushed back Wednesday on bipartisan criticisms of billions of dollars in domestic spending cuts as he sought support for the president's $4.1 trillion spending plan.

Expert Analysis

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • 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.