Immigration

  • August 15, 2017

    EOIR Adds 9 Immigration Judges To Help Ease Backlog

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review recently appointed nine immigration judges at courts across the country as part of the Trump administration’s hiring push to process the more than 600,000 cases in the courts' backlog, the agency said Monday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Odds Of Getting Immigration Atty Varies By Location: Report

    Immigrants' odds of obtaining representation at proceedings to avoid deportation varies widely by U.S. location, according to an analysis released by Syracuse University.

  • August 15, 2017

    Immigrant Unrecognized By Sierra Leone Fights Detention

    A Sierra Leone native whom the federal government has failed to deport to the west African country sought Monday to be released from detention in Pennsylvania, arguing that there is no realistic prospect that the U.S. will succeed in removing him.

  • August 15, 2017

    Akin Gump Associate Named New Pro Bono Counsel

    Akin Gump has found its new pro bono counsel, announcing recently that an associate at the firm with a history of work with nonprofits and programs aimed at providing service to immigrants fleeing violent situations would be taking over the position.

  • August 15, 2017

    4th Circ. Nixes Immigration Fraud Verdict For Judicial Bias

    The Fourth Circuit on Monday undid an Algerian native's conviction for immigration fraud through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, finding that the judge in the case improperly made disparaging remarks about the visa program to the jury.

  • August 14, 2017

    3 Questions As Texas Awaits Immigration Law Ruling

    After a Texas federal judge last week held the state lacked standing to seek a judicial blessing for a new state law aimed at cracking down on unauthorized immigration, immigration lawyers around the country are waiting with bated breath to find out if another judge will block the law from taking effect.

  • August 14, 2017

    Trump 'Seriously Considering' Pardoning Ex-Sheriff Arpaio

    President Donald Trump told Fox News on Sunday that he is “seriously considering” issuing a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt last month for violating a court order that called for a stop to detentions of individuals in Arizona based on their suspected immigration status.

  • August 14, 2017

    ABA Adopts Resolutions On Trust Funds, Immigrant Lawyers

    The American Bar Association House of Delegates, convened for the group's annual meeting in New York, voted Monday to recommend that state oversight agencies keep track of all people with access to lawyer trust accounts and to urge Congress to permit states to admit undocumented immigrants to the bar.

  • August 14, 2017

    Ex-DHS Head Napolitano, Educators Urge DACA Extension

    Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and a group of immigration law educators have separately urged the Trump administration in recent days to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that proffers benefits to certain immigrants.

  • August 14, 2017

    Calif. Adds 2 Suits To Sanctuary City Funding Fight

    The California attorney general is launching a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a recent move aimed at cutting off federal public safety funding for so-called sanctuary cities, saying in a press release Monday the action was unconstitutional and decreased the safety of all Californians.

  • August 14, 2017

    Immigrant Teens Unjustly Jailed As Gang Members: ACLU

    The American Civil Liberties Union accused the government Friday of unlawfully detaining a proposed class of unaccompanied immigrant teens in jail-like conditions and denying them access to legal counsel under the premise of stamping out street violence and without sufficient evidence that they were affiliated with gangs.

  • August 11, 2017

    SF Atty Hints At New Move In Sanctuary City Funding Fight

    The city attorney for San Francisco said Friday that he’s not planning to join a Chicago case in the fight over grant funding for so-called sanctuary cities but hinted that new moves may be on the horizon in that battle, saying that “there are other things in the works."

  • August 11, 2017

    Atty Says Immigration Courts Unfairly Applied Suspension

    An attorney sued the Executive Office for Immigration Review and several other arms of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in New Jersey federal court on Friday, alleging that he has been unfairly suspended from practicing immigration law based on an expired reciprocal suspension in Pennsylvania.

  • August 11, 2017

    How To Protect Confidential Info From Border Searches

    Attorneys who travel abroad with privileged or confidential information on their portable devices must understand what their ethical duties are when pressed by U.S. border agents to search their phones, tablets and computers, according to a panel of experts Friday at a continuing legal education session in New York.

  • August 11, 2017

    Trump Urges High Court To Uphold Travel Ban, Refugee Pause

    The Trump administration on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse rulings by the Fourth and Ninth circuits that paused the president’s travel ban for nationals of six predominantly Muslim countries and suspension of the nation’s refugee program, arguing that the courts overstepped their bounds.

  • August 11, 2017

    Texas Tortilla Co. To Shell Out $1M Over Illegal Workforce

    A Houston tortilla factory forfeited $1 million after being convicted of conspiring to "encourage and induce unlawful immigration," the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday, the same day the owners pled guilty to misdemeanors associated with hiring undocumented employees.

  • August 11, 2017

    Chicago Asks Judge To Block DOJ Conditions On Police Grant

    Ahead of a Sept. 5 application deadline, the city of Chicago asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday to block the Trump administration's new conditions related to immigration on a grant supporting public safety, saying the injury the city faces would be irreparable.

  • August 11, 2017

    After Trial Error, Medicare And Visa Fraudster Gets Probation

    A man accused of spearheading a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme and subjecting an immigrant to forced labor received 12 months of probation Friday after he pled guilty to a lesser charge when a mistake forced prosecutors to halt his trial.

  • August 11, 2017

    Troutman Sanders Helps Teen Pro Bono Client Win Asylum

    In a rare pro bono victory at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Atlanta office, a Troutman Sanders LLP attorney working on behalf of the legal resource organization Kids in Need of Defense secured asylum for a teenage boy who faced violent retaliation for refusing to join a gang and sell drugs in his home country of Guatemala.

  • August 11, 2017

    5th Circ. Upholds Convictions In H-1B Visa Fraud Case

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld the convictions of two brothers who abused the H-1B system by bringing in workers without lining up jobs for them, saying the men's objections to the trial court's judgment were non-starters.

Expert Analysis

  • Calif. Proposed Border Barrier Law: Questions For Contractors

    Michael Baker

    The purpose of California Senate Bill 30 is to preclude contractors from doing business with the state of California if such contractors do business with the federal government on a border wall. Whether SB-30 is successful in discouraging those contracts, many fear the practical effect will be to inadvertently create some sort of “blacklist,” say Michael Baker and Jamie Furst ​​of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Responding To A 'Notice Of Intent To Revoke' From DHS

    David Serwer

    While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement mechanisms that grab headlines tend to be worksite raids or I-9 penalties, an increasingly common DHS enforcement tactic is the issuance of a notice of intent to revoke, say David Serwer and Matthew Gorman of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

  • Who Should Be In Charge Of Visa Processing?

    Lynden Melmed

    To fulfill President Donald Trump’s goal of “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers, the administration is considering whether to make the U.S. Department of Homeland Security responsible for both visa policy and visa processing. As the administration considers this change, it will be confronted with strong arguments from both sides of the debate, say Lynden Melmed and Jeff Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.