A Florida sports trainer awaiting sentencing for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. on Tuesday asked a federal judge to force the government to hand over visa records for 20 other players granted entry since his conviction, saying they followed a similar path to the country and prove a lack of fraud on his part.
Federal judges in California and New York on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to produce a broad range of internal documents detailing how the government reached the conclusion last month to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions hailed the administration’s halt of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, its defense of the travel ban and other administration actions Wednesday, telling a Senate panel Congress should go further to “end the lawlessness” nationwide.
Nine states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, claiming it had failed to respond to a records request regarding detentions and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program within the proper time frame.
The driver of a tractor-trailer in which 10 unauthorized immigrants died after being locked inside in extreme heat changed course Monday after entering into an agreement with the federal government and rescinded a not-guilty plea he had entered to the human smuggling charges in August.
An immigration judge correctly ordered a Kenyan native to be deported and be barred for life from receiving any immigration benefits from the U.S. after the federal government established that the man entered into a fake marriage so he could adjust his legal status, the Eighth Circuit held Tuesday.
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday he has given instructions to ramp up immigration enforcement at workplaces by four to five times current levels, reversing a slowdown that took place toward the end of President Barack Obama’s tenure.
A Hawaii federal judge on Tuesday largely blocked the Trump administration’s third travel ban, issuing the order shortly before some of the restrictions were set to take effect, but a representative for the Justice Department has already promised to appeal it.
The federal government fired back in a D.C. federal court case over the delay of a rule for foreign entrepreneurs, claiming that a venture capital group and other plaintiffs don’t have standing to bring suit.
The Maryland federal judge who will decide whether to stop President Donald Trump’s third and latest travel ban from going into effect this week gave no hints whether he plans to do so at a preliminary injunction hearing Monday, grilling attorneys from both immigrants challenging the ban and the Department of Justice with targeted legal questions.
The Trump administration fought back Saturday against a bid by the state of Hawaii to pause the federal government’s latest attempt to install a travel ban against nationals of several countries, asserting that arguments that the move is based on animosity toward Muslims fall flat.
In three separate briefs filed with the Fifth Circuit Friday, some of Texas’ largest cities voiced their opposition to a state statute that bars so-called sanctuary city policies, attacking it as an unconstitutional restriction of free speech and a violation of due process and the Fourth Amendment.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the government's appeal of a ruling that nixed a deportation order against a Salvadoran man convicted of a sex offense involving a minor, preserving a Fourth Circuit decision in his favor.
A Florida resident on Monday pled not guilty to charges he impersonated a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent as part of an alleged scheme by employees of a GEO Group Co. subsidiary to charge immigrants thousands of dollars to prematurely remove their electronic monitoring braces.
An immigration attorney was ordered Friday to show cause why he should not be sanctioned or possibly disbarred for misconduct, after a review of 96 of his cases before the Ninth Circuit revealed a “lack of diligence,” recycled excuses and “canned” briefs.
The Board of Immigration Appeals on Friday upheld an immigration judge’s determination that an Italian native is removable, rejecting the immigrant’s argument that he is eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility despite his aggravated felony conviction because he was already in the U.S. the most recent time he got his green card.
Nine airline passengers sued the government in New York federal court Thursday over an incident this year in which two U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers reportedly forced people to show ID while getting off a domestic flight, claiming their Fourth Amendment rights had been violated.
An Illinois federal judge allowed a nationwide injunction against new terms attached to a federal public safety grant to go forward Friday, saying the terms targeting so-called sanctuary cities are likely unconstitutional and must be barred while the U.S. Department of Justice appeals.
The federal government on Thursday slammed an energy researcher’s request that a South Dakota federal court reconsider its August decision tossing his counterclaims against the U.S. in a False Claims Act suit over claims the researcher fraudulently obtained a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant, saying his arguments are “little more than nonsense.”
The Seventh Circuit on Thursday referenced a foe of Sherlock Holmes in determining that a Mexican native may not be deemed deportable for his conviction of an Illinois weapons possession law, as it is not equivalent to a federal aggravated felony.
Clients are beginning to expect and even demand that their external lawyers provide advice that is tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
Reading the text of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American" executive order, most commentators believed that the likelihood of immediate and substantive changes to the employment-based immigration system were minimal. However, as we cross the order’s six-month anniversary, the reality has been sharply different, says Jacob Cherry of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
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After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a sweeping change to the employment-based lawful permanent residence process with the introduction of mandatory interviews for applicants. The agency has touted expected improvements to national security and the overall process, but it has also admitted that the change presents a logistical challenge, says Brian Coughlin of Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC.
While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.
Three immigration policy objectives recently announced by the Trump administration align with earlier White House pronouncements, including the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. However, two aspects of these policy objectives merit close evaluation by employers, say Elizabeth Espín Stern and Paul Virtue of Mayer Brown LLP.
The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.
Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.
Jennings v. Rodriguez — which questions whether the U.S. Constitution allows for open-ended and limitless mandatory detention of an immigrant without a hearing — made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court for the second time last week. During a spirited oral argument, the justices seemed to suggest that there are constitutional constraints on the government’s ability to detain immigrants, says Ava Benach of Benach Collopy LLP.