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Immigration

  • June 22, 2018

    Gov't Seeks To Nix Immigrants' Protected Status Class Action

    The Trump administration did not create a new rule by ending temporary protected status for immigrants whose home countries are in crisis, the U.S. Department of Justice told a California federal judge Friday, arguing that meant the reversal couldn’t come under judicial review and a putative class action challenging the decision should be nixed.

  • June 22, 2018

    Trump's Immigration Executive Order Puts Flores In Spotlight

    The fate of President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at reversing the policy of separating immigrant families in detention rests in the hands of the same California federal judge who 20 years ago presided over the Flores agreement, which mandated that immigrant children cannot be held for longer than 20 days in adult detention facilities.

  • June 22, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Trump's Family Separation Scandal

    Immigrant families have been separated by the thousands along the Southern border under a Trump administration zero-tolerance policy. On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss the complex legal dynamics at play, as well as the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that may not provide the relief it promises.

  • June 22, 2018

    17 AGs Join Fight Against Trump's Move To Cancel TPS

    More than a dozen state attorneys general on Friday voiced their support for a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s recent decision to cancel temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras, urging the district court to hear the immigrants’ claims.

  • June 22, 2018

    Detainees Sue Contractor Over $1 Daily Work Rate At Center

    Current and former detainees at an immigrant detention center in Washington state who allege the site’s owner violated a state labor law by paying them a $1 daily rate for working at the center urged a Washington federal court on Thursday to certify their litigation as a class action.

  • June 22, 2018

    Trump 'Tweetpedoed' Immigration Bill After House Punts

    As the birdsong of President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed continued Friday morning, it kept up a familiar refrain for many Republicans; saying something — this time that "tweetpedoed" a delayed immigration bill, in the words of one legislator — that makes it more difficult to get legislation passed.

  • June 22, 2018

    Insurance Co. Looks To Nix Damages In H-2A Worker Row

    A Louisiana insurance company asked the Fifth Circuit to hear arguments that it should not be on the hook for damages, saying that two immigrants who were injured while working at a sugarcane farm it insures should have been barred under state employment law from bringing claims looking to hold the farm liable.

  • June 22, 2018

    Somalis Accusing Feds Of Abuse On Plane Get Class Cert.

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday certified a class of Somalis who are seeking to claim asylum after a botched deportation attempt by immigration authorities attracted worldwide attention and purportedly made them targets of an anti-Western terrorist organization.

  • June 21, 2018

    Not So Narrow: High Court Ruling May Upend Deportations

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling clarifying exactly what must be in notices of appearances served to immigrants may seem narrow, but it could have far-reaching impacts, opening a new pathway to relief for deported immigrants while also calling into question a controversial precedent known as Chevron deference. 

  • June 21, 2018

    Chinese Man Accused Of Smuggling Submarine Tech

    A Chinese man who is a lawful permanent resident of Massachusetts was accused on Thursday of illegally exporting submarine detection equipment for a Chinese military research institute that has been flagged by the U.S. Department of Commerce for national security concerns.

  • June 21, 2018

    House Fails On One Immigration Bill, Punts Second

    House Republicans' plans to pass a pair of immigration bills fell to pieces Thursday as a conservative-backed immigration bill failed and leaders delayed a vote on a second bill to try to avoid another defeat.

  • June 21, 2018

    Trump Asks Calif. Court To Extend Immigrant Kid Detentions

    The Trump administration on Thursday asked a California federal court to carve out an exception to an order in a long-standing class action known as Flores that restricts the ability of the federal government to detain foreign-born minors so that children and their parents may be detained together for a longer period.

  • June 21, 2018

    ICE Detainee Says Feds Are Barring His Wedding

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is violating immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution by standing in the way of a marriage between a Mexican national the agency has detained and his longtime girlfriend, according to his California federal suit Wednesday.

  • June 21, 2018

    HHS Wants DOD To House 20K Immigrant Children

    The U.S. Department of Defense has been asked to determine whether it can house up to 20,000 unaccompanied immigrant children, it confirmed Thursday, the day after President Donald Trump said he would end a policy separating families who enter the U.S. without authorization.

  • June 21, 2018

    Immigration Takes Center Stage At House Judiciary Hearing

    The Trump administration’s immigration policy and its effect on the courts were front and center Thursday at a subcommittee hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the pressing need for new federal district and appellate judges.

  • June 21, 2018

    Immigrant Kids Are Forcibly Medicated At Shelters, Suit Says

    Migrant children detained in a Texas youth facility are regularly placed on psychotropic medications without their parents’ consent and are forcibly sedated and physically abused by staff, according to affidavits filed as part of a class action alleging the government violated a 1997 settlement that set standards of care for detained immigrant children.

  • June 21, 2018

    Justices Say Time, Place Needed For Removal Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court determined Thursday that the government's notices of appearance served to immigrants must include time and place information to be valid under the so-called stop-time rule, ruling in favor of a Brazilian man facing possible deportation.

  • June 20, 2018

    House Set For Major Immigration Votes Thursday

    The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a series of immigration bills Thursday, although the Republican-led legislation has drawn criticism from within GOP ranks and from Democrats.

  • June 20, 2018

    GAO Again Slams Assessments On $192M DHS IT Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office sustained a third protest against a $192.3 million information technology services contract meant for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ruling the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had unreasonably assessed bids and ignored a material issue with the contract awardee’s bid.

  • June 20, 2018

    Airlines Slam DHS Migrant Child Separation Policy

    Several U.S. airlines condemned the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border, saying Wednesday that they would not allow the government to use their flights to transport those children away from their families.

Expert Analysis

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Rachel Rosenbloom

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions hands a victory to immigrants at a time when the executive branch is aggressively seeking to dismantle existing protections within immigration law. It also includes some intriguing hints about the court’s waning affection for Chevron deference, says Rachel Rosenbloom, professor of law and co-director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Northeastern University.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • High Court Addresses Reality Of Modern Criminal Sentencing

    Taylor Crabtree

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Rosales-Mireles v. United States. Read together with the court’s 2016 decision in Molina-Martinez v. United States, this opinion establishes a presumption that a defendant is entitled to resentencing whenever a district court makes a clear error in calculating a defendant’s U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range, says Taylor Crabtree of Ellis & Winters LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Must Stop Separation Of Kids From Parents At US Border

    Tovah Kopan

    Each day, Americans learn more details about the horrors of the new federal policy of separating and detaining migrant children away from their parents. As mothers and attorneys, we have a particular revulsion to this policy and we will not let this unconscionable practice stand on our watch, say Tovah Kopan and Erin Albanese of Lawyer Moms of America.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Congressional Forecast: June

    Layth Elhassani

    In advance of their weeklong July 4 recess, members of Congress are pursuing a busy legislative schedule, focused on the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and other appropriations bills, reform of export controls, immigration and border security, and the farm bill authorization, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.