Immigration

  • December 15, 2017

    ICE Can't Deport Cambodian Immigrants Until Case Is Heard

    A California federal court on Thursday issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the government from deporting about 1,900 Cambodian nationals bringing a proposed class action suit seeking to contest their orders of removal in immigration court.

  • December 15, 2017

    Domestic Assault Was Crime Of Violence, 8th Circ. Says

    A panel of Eighth Circuit judges on Friday upheld a Board of Immigration Appeal’s decision enforcing a removal petition against a man who entered the United States illegally, upholding precedent finding that domestic violence is a crime of violence punishable by removal.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump Attacks Visa Lottery Winners As 'Worst Of The Worst'

    President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the nation’s visa lottery system during a speech before law enforcement officers in Virginia, saying that the process allows immigrants who are “the worst of the worst” to enter the U.S.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump Lays Out New Visa Waiver Traveler Restrictions

    Countries whose citizens can travel to the U.S. without a visa will have to use U.S. counterterrorism information to better screen travelers and bolster aviation security measures, according to new restrictions on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program the Trump administration revealed Friday.

  • December 15, 2017

    Anti-Gang Beliefs Insufficient For Asylum, 6th Circ. Says

    The Sixth Circuit upheld a Board of Immigration Appeals decision Thursday denying an asylum bid by a Salvadoran immigrant who argued the notorious Mara Salvatrucha gang has threatened to kill him, saying he failed to show that he’s been persecuted or that he reasonably fears persecution in the future.

  • December 14, 2017

    DACA Suit Discovery Bids Risk Upending Agency Law: Feds

    Forcing the Trump administration to turn over documents that could explain why it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be a “revolution in agency law,” the government told the Second Circuit on Thursday, as it made its case for shutting down a lower court’s discovery order.

  • December 14, 2017

    USCIS Ends Temporary Protected Status For Nicaraguans

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is ending a 20-year a temporary protected status program for Nicaraguans effective in January 2019, according to a notice issued Thursday in the Federal Register.

  • December 14, 2017

    Woman Says Husband’s Visa Delayed Because He’s Pakistani

    A U.S. citizen seeking a visa for her Pakistan-born spouse sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, claiming the agency has intentionally delayed issuing final approval for his visa application because he is from a predominantly Muslim country.

  • December 14, 2017

    Trump To Appeal Ruling Blocking 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

    The Trump administration is appealing to the Ninth Circuit a California federal judge’s decision blocking enforcement of an executive order to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2017

    20 Immigrants Charged With Employment ID Fraud In Tenn.

    A Tennessee federal grand jury charged 20 undocumented immigrants with using fraudulent identification papers to obtain employment at a freight forwarder in Memphis, an indictment prosecutors said Wednesday demonstrated their renewed push for criminal immigration enforcement. 

  • December 14, 2017

    Immigrant Fires Back In High Court ‘Habitual Drunkard’ Case

    A Mexican native replied to the federal government’s brief before the U.S. Supreme Court saying that it cannot ignore the actual language of the statute under which he was denied deportation relief on the basis that he was a “habitual drunkard” in reviewing its constitutionality.

  • December 14, 2017

    DHS Detainees Strip-Searched Without Suspicion: Watchdog

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog has identified numerous problems with how immigrants are treated — including improper strip-searches — at several detention facilities throughout the U.S., according to a report released by the office.

  • December 13, 2017

    Electronic System Proposed For Visa Applicants' Med Data

    The State Department plans to set up a new electronic system that would allow doctors to enter the medical exam results of visa applicants, according to a notice published Wednesday in the Federal Register.

  • December 13, 2017

    DOJ Asks 9th Circ. To Wipe Arpaio’s Contempt Verdict

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Ninth Circuit in a statement Wednesday that an Arizona federal judge was wrong not to erase former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction following President Donald Trump’s pardon of the matter.

  • December 13, 2017

    The Biggest Immigration Policy Changes From 2017

    This year has seen its fair share of immigration policy upheavals, including three successive travel bans, the phaseout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and more scrutiny for business-related immigration. Here are the major immigration policy changes from 2017.

  • December 13, 2017

    5th Circ. Denies Bid To Reopen 26-Year-Old Deportation Case

    The Fifth Circuit refused Tuesday to reopen a Mexican national’s deportation case more than two decades after an immigration judge ordered his removal, finding that the man presented no new evidence he had legal permanent resident status at the time of the original ruling.

  • December 13, 2017

    Daily Beast Coverage Of RNC Talk Defamatory, Lou Holtz Says

    Longtime NCAA football coach Lou Holtz launched a defamation lawsuit in Florida federal court Wednesday against online publication The Daily Beast Co., saying a 2016 article suggesting he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention was factually inaccurate and damaging to his public persona.  

  • December 13, 2017

    Chinese Investor Sues Over Alleged $50M EB-5 Visa Scam

    A Chinese investor who sought to receive a green card through the EB-5 visa program sued in California federal court on Tuesday to recover amounts he paid in connection with an alleged $50 million scheme that has resulted in federal criminal charges and forfeiture cases.

  • December 13, 2017

    State Dept. Floats Passport Rule Changes For Sex Offenders

    The State Department on Wednesday proposed various changes to its passport rules, including those governing the revocation of passports for convicted sex offenders and procedures for rejecting reports filed with a consulate when Americans give birth abroad, according to a Federal Register notice.

  • December 13, 2017

    Trump Econ Adviser Says Tax Bill Can Spur Innovation

    The chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers said Wednesday the tax overhaul that could soon clear Congress may have important implications for spurring innovation and productivity gains, while also arguing for important patent and immigration reforms.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Proposed Calif. Anti-Discrimination Regs Cast A Wide Net

    Brian Inamine

    Companies based in California as well as those that do business there should be aware of proposed national origin discrimination regulations, which give teeth to an existing state statute that identifies national origin as a prohibited basis for discrimination, says Brian Inamine of LeClairRyan.

  • Immigration Compliance For Employers: Lessons From 2017

    Maria Kallmeyer

    The year is coming to a close without congressional immigration reform, yet employers have experienced significant changes this year. Maria Kallmeyer and Emily Shircel of Quarles & Brady LLP discuss the changes we've seen so far, how they impact employers and what the business immigration landscape might look like in 2018.

  • High Court's Latest Travel Ban Ruling Lacks Details

    Tahanie Aboushi

    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court lifted all stays on the third version of President Trump's travel ban. The paragraph-long ruling was devoid of limitations on the wide discretion available when deciding whether or not to bar an individual, which essentially leaves U.S. customs agents, defense counsel and those affected by the order to decipher the logistics as they go, says Tahanie Aboushi of The Aboushi Law Firm.