Immigration

  • September 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Probes Legality Of Texas Sanctuary-City Law

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday questioned the legality of Texas requiring local communities to “fulfill” detainer requests by federal immigration agents when the federal government may not compel states and communities to do so itself.

  • September 22, 2017

    Trump Considering New Rules As Travel Ban Expires

    With the travel ban's expiration on Sunday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has made recommendations for additional travel restrictions, an official confirmed Friday, but the president is still weighing his options.

  • September 22, 2017

    Order Blocking 1,000-Plus Iraqi Deportations Is Appealed

    The Trump administration has appealed to the Sixth Circuit a Michigan federal court’s July decision to bar the deportation of more than a thousand Iraqi immigrants and giving them a chance to reopen their administrative cases on the grounds that their home country has become too hostile for their return.

  • September 22, 2017

    Ex-Attys Ask For Way To Get Paid In $350M EB-5 Fraud Case

    Former attorneys for embattled Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros asked a Florida federal judge Friday to modify an asset freeze in the $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit against their ex-client to allow them to be paid. 

  • September 22, 2017

    Trip To Mexico Doesn't Preclude Removal Appeal: 9th Circ.

    A Mexican native who voluntarily left the U.S. before attempting to appeal his removal order did not waive his right to challenge the decision because an immigration judge did not tell him the departure would be tantamount to a waiver, a split Ninth Circuit panel held in an opinion published on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Watchdog Comes Down On ICE, CBP Over Protection Details

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have allegedly provided unauthorized security details to their senior personnel, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General report found, responding to whistleblower complaints.

  • September 21, 2017

    Precedent Elusive For Vacating Arpaio's Conviction

    The U.S. Department of Justice pressed an Arizona federal court Thursday to dismiss the criminal case against former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and vacate his conviction in light of President Donald Trump’s presentencing pardon of him last month, but acknowledged it had found no solid precedent for the move.

  • September 21, 2017

    Trump Objects To Adding Plaintiffs In Travel Ban Appeal

    The Trump administration blasted a bid by groups fighting the president’s travel ban at the U.S. Supreme Court to add two new plaintiffs-respondents to the case, arguing in a response Tuesday that the move comes far too late and is unfair to the government.

  • September 21, 2017

    Calif. DACA Suits Move Swiftly To Outpace March Deadline

    A California federal judge insisted Thursday on a shortened schedule for several suits challenging the government’s planned rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying while all sides would prefer congressional action, he wants to issue a ruling before the program’s planned March expiration date.

  • September 21, 2017

    2nd Man Indicted After 10 Immigrants Die In Texas Rig

    A second man was indicted on Wednesday for his role in what authorities have called a for-profit human smuggling operation that led to the July deaths of 10 immigrants found locked in the back of a tractor-trailer in sweltering heat in San Antonio, Texas.

  • September 21, 2017

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Opens DC Legal Services Office

    PricewaterhouseCoopers will open a new legal services office in Washington, D.C., this month, marking the accounting giant's latest expansion into the legal market, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Jones Day Grabs Ex-DOJ Civil Division Head For DC Office

    The former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil division, who defended former President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, has joined Jones Day.

  • September 21, 2017

    Other Proof Must Be Weighed In Relatives' Immigration Cases

    The Board of Immigration Appeals ruled Wednesday that immigration officials must consider secondary evidence and the circumstances of a case to determine whether a petitioner attempting to demonstrate a familial relationship has succeeded when that petitioner submits a birth certificate that is not registered at their time of birth.

  • September 20, 2017

    Requests Soar For Evidence On H-1B Visa Applications

    The number of requests for evidence on H-1B visa petitions for skilled workers has shot up by 45 percent this year compared to the same period in 2016, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics.

  • September 20, 2017

    5th Circ. Urged To Lift Block Of Texas Sanctuary City Law

    West Virginia and seven other states sought Tuesday to support a push by Texas to pause a temporary block of much of the Lone Star State’s anti-sanctuary city law, arguing that Texas will likely prevail in the case.

  • September 20, 2017

    Migrants Coerced, Denied Rights At US-Mexico Border: Report

    The American Immigration Council published a report Wednesday indicating that immigration authorities regularly fail to inform Mexican migrants at the U.S. southern border of their rights, coerce those in custody and neglect to supply them with their removal documents when they are deported.

  • September 20, 2017

    California Sues Over Border Wall Project Waivers

    The Trump administration's attempt to waive environmental laws so it can move forward with its border wall project violates the U.S. Constitution and numerous federal and state regulations and should be stopped by a federal court, California argued Wednesday.

  • September 20, 2017

    Chinese National Pleads Guilty To Visa Fraud Scheme

    A Chinese national faces deportation after admitting Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court to taking an English language test on behalf of three other Chinese nationals who used the scores to gain acceptance to U.S. colleges and obtain student visas, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • September 20, 2017

    No More Petitions Accepted Under 15K H-2B Visa Increase

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said Tuesday it is accepting no more petitions from domestic employers looking to hire H-2B workers, following the deadline for submitting petitions under a rule issued in July allowing for an additional 15,000 H-2B visas to be authorized.

  • September 19, 2017

    3 Takeaways From The Sanctuary City Grant Criteria Ruling

    The Trump administration suffered another setback in its battle against so-called sanctuary cities last week, when an Illinois federal judge blocked two immigration-related conditions on certain public safety grants. Here, Law360 looks at three big takeaways from the ruling.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: A 1st Time For Everything

    Lindsay Harrison

    My first argument before the U.S. Supreme Court was unusual in that it was also my first argument in any court of any kind, says Lindsay Harrison of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Teachers Would Slip Through Cracks Of New Immigration Plan

    Hiba Anver

    Under the recently introduced Reform American Immigration for Strong Employment Act immigrants with a variety of essential skills — for example, public school teachers — will be overlooked in a way that is contrary to the bill's own goals, says Hiba Anver of Erickson Immigration Group.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 5 Employer Tips For Responding To End Of DACA Program

    Elizabeth Espín Stern

    On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. Attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP offer step-by-step guidance on how employers should respond.

  • Congressional Forecast: September

    Richard Hertling

    With apologies to T.S. Eliot, September is looking to be the cruelest month. This work period will be a critical test for the president and Republican majority in Congress, as members return to face a daunting workload of time-sensitive legislation and only three weeks to get it all done, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.