Immigration

  • May 14, 2021

    Biden Lifts Ban On Green Card Seekers Without Insurance

    President Joe Biden on Friday formally revoked a Trump-era order requiring green card applicants abroad to show they have health insurance or a way to pay for it before entering the country, saying it does not advance the interests of the U.S.

  • May 14, 2021

    Feinstein Asks Garland To Review, Expand Asylum Eligibility

    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., urged U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to overturn his predecessors' decisions that restricted asylum eligibility for victims of domestic and gang violence, saying those decisions disregarded refugee protections established 40 years ago.

  • May 14, 2021

    Big Tech Says Axing Visa Rule Will Harm Families, Business

    Tech giants including Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft urged a DC federal judge Friday to uphold an Obama-era policy that provides work permits for foreign spouses of H-1B highly skilled workers, arguing that the spouses perform crucial work for American businesses. 

  • May 14, 2021

    Firm Beats Bid To Revive Suit Over Failed EB-5 Project

    A woman cannot represent a putative class of investors allegedly wronged by Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP's work on a failed health center project under the EB-5 visa program because she never retained the firm, a California state appeals court has determined.

  • May 13, 2021

    Texas Leads Intervention Bid In Illinois Public Charge Row

    Texas, Arizona and other conservative-leaning states have asked an Illinois federal judge to reconsider his decision vacating the public charge rule, and to allow the states to intervene so they can represent the since-abandoned view of the federal government defending the rule.

  • May 13, 2021

    Lawmakers Chastise ICE Over Cost Of Empty Detention Beds

    A California congresswoman scolded U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for wasting potentially hundreds of millions of dollars on unused beds in detention facilities for migrants, saying Thursday that the agency has not been candid about how many beds it would actually need.

  • May 13, 2021

    9th Circ. Bucks Precedent For Immigrants With Citizen Parents

    U.S. residents who are not granted legal permanent residency before they turn 18 can still get citizenship through their naturalized parents, a split Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday in a published en banc opinion that reexamined court precedent.

  • May 13, 2021

    Judge Doubts DOJ Can Keep Trump-Era EB-5 Rule Change

    A California federal magistrate judge appeared unwilling Thursday to accept the Biden administration's defense of a Trump-era policy nearly doubling the EB-5 visa program's investment requirements, saying she doesn't think the new U.S. secretary of Homeland Security can approve the rule change made by Trump's unlawfully appointed former acting secretary.

  • May 13, 2021

    Labor Dept. Pushes Back H-1B Wage Hike Until Late 2022

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday announced an 18-month delay to a Trump-era rule that would have raised required wages for workers on high-skilled H-1B visas, saying it needs the time to review public comments and calculate wage data.

  • May 13, 2021

    9th Circ. Revives Asylum Case Over Reading Disability

    An El Salvadoran woman who can't read and whose family mixed up the month and day of her immigration court hearing can seek asylum again, after the Ninth Circuit ruled that her exceptional circumstances warranted a second shot.

  • May 13, 2021

    Foster LLP Jumps Into Dallas Market With Acquisition

    Immigration boutique firm Foster LLP has acquired Elise Healy & Associates PLLC, marking its first plunge into the Dallas market.

  • May 12, 2021

    Calif. Court Mostly Denies Bid For Tesla Plant Worker Data

    A Tesla contractor has mostly escaped whistleblowers' demands for visa records identifying allegedly trafficked migrant workers, after a California federal judge ruled that the company wasn't required to turn over everything in its possession under a settlement agreement.

  • May 12, 2021

    Biden Rolls Back Devos Ban On Relief For Immigrant Students

    The Biden administration reversed a Trump-era policy that kept undocumented college students and other immigrants from receiving federal education relief grants to pay for expenses during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 12, 2021

    Repubs Say Admin. Made False Claims About Border Wall Halt

    Republican lawmakers on Wednesday said the Biden administration has made repeated false claims about the legality and status of its halt in border wall construction, urging the U.S. Government Accountability Office to take those issues into account as it reviews the pause.

  • May 12, 2021

    Lawmakers Eye ACA Coverage For Undocumented Immigrants

    Members of the U.S. House and Senate floated a bill Wednesday to lift a ban on undocumented immigrants purchasing care through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, a move that they say will reduce unfair and unjust barriers that perpetuate racial, economic, gender and health inequities in the U.S.

  • May 12, 2021

    Biden's 3rd Wave Of Judicial Picks Has 3 For Circuit Courts

    President Joe Biden tapped six women and lawyers of color for judicial spots Wednesday, including two for the Second and Tenth circuits who would become the only judges on those courts with experience as federal public defenders.

  • May 11, 2021

    NJ Farm Banned From H-2A Visa Program For 3 Years

    A New Jersey farm was barred from applying for H-2A temporary foreign worker visas for three years — the maximum penalty — after an administrative law judge found deplorable conditions at the laborers' onsite lodging. 

  • May 11, 2021

    Realty Group Wants Redo Of Decision Over ICE Lease

    A Rhode Island realty group has asked the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to reconsider its decision declaring it ineligible for a contract to provide office space for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying that the ruling insulates a flawed contracting process from judicial review.

  • May 11, 2021

    11th Circ. Won't Review Resident's Deportation Order

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday said it did not have jurisdiction to review a permanent resident's appeal of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision upholding an immigration judge's removal order, despite the man's claim that he had not been informed by the judge that he could apply for preconclusion voluntary departure relief.

  • May 11, 2021

    Activists Ask 9th Circ. For Enviro Review Of DHS Programs

    Conservation groups backed by an anti-immigration think tank asked the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to revive their claims that certain U.S. Department of Homeland Security immigration programs must undergo environmental review, arguing a review exemption leads to higher immigration numbers, which then drives ecological degradation.

  • May 11, 2021

    Mass. Courthouse Arrest Suit Delayed Until 2022

    A lawsuit claiming U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests at Massachusetts courthouses were illegal won't be resolved until at least 2022, after a federal judge granted the litigants time to assess a new Biden administration directive limiting such arrests.

  • May 11, 2021

    Hindu Org. Accused Of 'Shocking' Labor Abuses At NJ Temple

    A Hindu organization was hit with a lawsuit on Tuesday by Indian nationals who claim that religious leaders forced them into manual labor at a New Jersey temple, resulting in one death and rendering the rest captive under threats of violence.

  • May 11, 2021

    Judge Paez Gives Biden 3rd Opening On 9th Circ.

    President Joe Biden will have a third seat to fill on the influential Ninth Circuit when Judge Richard A. Paez takes senior status, after more than two decades on the court where he has seen major rulings on immigration, employment and intellectual property.

  • May 10, 2021

    3rd Circ. Denies Sri Lankan Nat'l Asylum Over Persecution

    The Third Circuit on Monday refused to grant asylum to a Sri Lankan man who claims he will suffer political persecution if he has to return to his home country, finding in a precedential opinion that he hasn't shown he suffered persecution based on his Tamil ethnicity or his political opinions.

  • May 10, 2021

    ACLU Sues ICE For Communications About Mass. Judge Case

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and a government watchdog sued federal immigration authorities on Monday, demanding communications concerning the government's ongoing criminal case against a Massachusetts state court judge accused of helping an undocumented immigrant evade custody.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Steps For Law Firms Rethinking Flexible Work Post-COVID

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    A flexible work environment will be key to recruiting and retention efforts post-pandemic, so law firms must develop comprehensive policies that solidify expectations and boundaries on accommodations such as flextime, remote work and reduced hours, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Tips For Navigating The Visa Processing Backlog

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    The pandemic has caused U.S. embassies and consulates to fall far behind in visa processing, but new information from the U.S. Department of State can help practitioners determine where a client is in line and whether it's time to use other tools to reduce wait time, says Dominique Pando Bucci at Kurzban Kurzban.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • How Immigration Ruling May Change Removal Proceedings

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Niz-Chavez v. Barr decision decisively resolves the circuit split over whether a noncompliant notice to appear can trigger an Immigration and Nationality Act timing provision, but less clear is the impact the ruling will have on motions to reopen or terminate removal proceedings, says Kevin A. Gregg at Kurzban Kurzban.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

  • Opinion

    Leverage The National Interest Waiver To Help US Economy

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    Understanding the intricacies and complexities of the national interest waiver, and positioning this immigration benefit to foreign nationals who are likely to create jobs for U.S. workers in health care, technology and other fields, are integral to post-pandemic economic recovery, says Miatrai Brown at Hayman Woodward.

  • Why The Future Law Firm Model Is Industry-Based Offerings

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    Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.

  • Thought Leadership's Critical Role In Law Firm Diversity

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    Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.

  • Opinion

    The Senate's Filibuster Rules Are Unconstitutional

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    The U.S. Senate filibuster rules are inconsistent with several provisions of the Constitution, and even if lawmakers decline to abolish the political tactic and no plaintiff can be found to bring its constitutional flaws before the courts, the Senate has at least three options to reduce filibuster use, says Kirk Jenkins at Arnold & Porter.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

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