Immigration

  • March 07, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Board Ignored Salvadoran's Testimony

    The Ninth Circuit has ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider whether deporting a Salvadoran mother and daughter would expose them to state-condoned gang violence, faulting the board for "entirely" failing to address evidence that local police cooperated with gang members.

  • March 07, 2024

    Long-Distance Truck Drivers Again Found Eligible For H-2B

    An administrative law judge has revived a trucking company's bid to temporarily hire foreign drivers, saying the Office of Foreign Labor Certification's answers to frequently asked questions, which a certifying officer relied on when denying the bid, got immigration law wrong.

  • March 06, 2024

    8th Circ. Rejects Appeal Of Denial Of Pause In Green Card Fight

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously rejected a challenge by a group of Indian nationals to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' refusal to issue final decisions on their status adjustment applications seeking lawful permanent residency, finding the panel lacks subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the case.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feds Resolve Immigrant Father-Son Border Separation Suit

    The U.S. government has finalized a settlement with a Guatemalan father and son to end a $6 million lawsuit alleging federal immigration officers forcibly separated them at the border and blaming the Trump administration's policies for the trauma the two suffered as a result, according to recent court filings.

  • March 06, 2024

    House Votes To Require DHS Border Contract Reviews

    A newly passed bill by the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to ensure accountability of federal contracts for operations and services along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • March 06, 2024

    Lottery Winners Say Visa Wait Has Sent Them To The Border

    Winners of the diversity visa lottery pressed the Washington, D.C., federal court to order the immediate processing of thousands of green cards, saying visa hopefuls who have waited years to immigrate are now entering through the U.S.-Mexico border instead.

  • March 06, 2024

    GEO Tries To Keep Immigration Site Inspection Suit In Fed Court

    Private prison operator GEO Group argued this week that the Washington state labor department's lawsuit accusing GEO of unlawfully turning away inspectors from an immigrant detention facility should stay in federal court since GEO was merely following U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement instructions.

  • March 05, 2024

    Settlement Gets 'Tire Spinning' EB-5 Fraud Suit Unstuck

    Winter thawed in a Florida courthouse on Tuesday when the last remaining defendant in a nearly decade-long $50 million investment fraud suit agreed to settle the case, surprising the judge and opposing counsel after refusing for years to strike a deal.

  • March 05, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Doubts Whether Atty Fee Suit Has Legs

    The Federal Circuit didn't seem convinced Tuesday morning that a U.S. Court of Federal Claims order overturning an attorney fee award was even ripe for appeal, but by the end of oral arguments, the panel's ire was drawn toward an eleventh-hour challenge to jurisdiction.

  • March 05, 2024

    DocGo Hit With Investor Suit Over 'Limitless' Charter Clause

    A mobile-healthcare company under scrutiny after being awarded a $432 million contract to provide services for migrants in New York City has been hit with a stockholder suit in Delaware's Court of Chancery alleging that the company's charter contains "broad and limitless" provisions that run afoul of state corporate law.

  • March 05, 2024

    8th Circ. Says Minor's Duress From Gang Can't Aid Asylum Bid

    The Eighth Circuit has refused to overturn an immigration judge's decision denying asylum to a Honduran man who trafficked guns and drugs for MS-13 as a child, finding that his counsel didn't show how duress was linked to the asylum claim.

  • March 05, 2024

    ADI Can't Recoup Full Quinn Emanuel Bill In IP Theft Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday compared Analog Devices Inc.'s pricey hiring of a Quinn Emanuel attorney to monitor its former engineer's trade secrets trial in person to paying "a brain surgeon to pop a pimple" in an order denying restitution for those costs.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ranches Nix Shepherds' 'Indentured Servitude' Suit For Now

    A Nevada federal judge culled individual ranches from a sheepherder's antitrust lawsuit Monday, ruling that for now, the proposed class action has failed to specify their role in an alleged scheme led by the Western Range Association to keep guest worker wages down to the level of "permanent indentured servitude."

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge 'Uncomfortable' In Tossing Man's No-Fly-List Suit

    A Michigan federal judge dismissed Monday a Lebanese-American businessman's lawsuit accusing several federal agencies of violating his fundamental rights by putting him on a secretive no-fly list, but the judge said the decision wasn't easy since the man couldn't face certain evidence.

  • March 04, 2024

    Alito Delays 5th Circ. Order On Texas' Migrant Arrest Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delayed a Fifth Circuit order that would have allowed a Texas law authorizing the arrest and removal of migrants to take effect on March 10, giving the state three additional days to fight the Biden administration's bid to block the law.

  • March 04, 2024

    ICE Could Have Acted On $14M Deal Protest Sooner, Judge Says

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge tossed a lawsuit protesting a $14.5 million U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement body armor deal, but not without chiding the agency for failing to address a purported conflict of interest earlier on in the dispute.

  • March 04, 2024

    H-2A Farmworkers Seek Partial Win Ahead Of Wage Trial

    A certified class of migrant sugarcane farmworkers under the H-2A visa program asked an Arkansas federal judge to partly rule in their favor in a wage dispute set for an April jury trial, saying payroll records indicate the farm labor contractor shorted them $410,089 and that the owner should be held liable.

  • March 04, 2024

    Deported Man Seeks Mass. Justices' OK For Remote Retrial

    A man deported to the Dominican Republic due to convictions that were later vacated asked Massachusetts' high court on Monday for permission to join the government's retrial of the same charges via videoconference because there's no legal way for him to attend the trial physically.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Mexican Man's Torture By Gov't Facility Unlikely

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Mexican man's bid for deportation relief, agreeing with the Board of Immigration Appeals that the man failed to show he'd likely be tortured by healthcare providers in Mexico's state-run mental health facilities.

  • March 04, 2024

    5th Circ. Order May Let Migrant Arrest Law Take Effect

    The Fifth Circuit on Saturday stayed a federal judge's injunction on a Texas law that authorizes the arrest and deportation of migrants, but gave the Biden administration one week to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ga. Tech Prof Gets Most China-Tied Fraud Charges Tossed

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday overruled a federal magistrate in dismissing nine of 10 criminal charges against a former Georgia Institute of Technology professor who was accused of using his post to help bring foreign nationals into the U.S. to covertly work for Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Seeks Injunction To Force GEO ICE Prison Inspections

    The Washington state labor and health departments have urged a Washington federal judge to compel GEO Group to let inspectors inside a Seattle-area immigrant detention facility, saying the private prison giant will otherwise continue to block entry and keep regulators from investigating complaints about unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

  • March 01, 2024

    Afghan Allies' Visa Processing On The Rise, Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of State was able to increase the number of special immigrant visas issued to Afghan allies during the last months of 2023, the U.S. Department of Defense watchdog recently reported.

  • March 01, 2024

    Iowa Co.'s Ongoing Need For Workers Sinks H-2B Bid

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board backed the department's denial of a pre-engineered building manufacturer's bid to temporarily hire 25 foreign workers, saying the Iowa company failed to show that its need for the workers was indeed temporary.

  • March 01, 2024

    GOP Subpoena Of Mayorkas Is Media Grab, DHS Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says the House Republicans' recent subpoena of its secretary for documents and communications related to the U.S.-Mexico border is just a grab for press attention.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Employer Considerations For New I-9 Virtual Verification

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    A recently implemented Form I-9 option modernizes the process of employment eligibility verification by making pandemic-era virtual verification permanent, though employers will need to understand the option’s procedures and requirements to ensure compliance with all immigration laws, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Canada's H-1B Policy Leverages U.S. Green Card Backlog

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    Canada’s new policy allowing U.S. H-1B visa holders and their families to relocate and seek work in Canada takes advantage of the backlog in U.S. green card processing, and other countries seeking highly skilled workers trained in the U.S. are likely to follow suit, says Sarah Hawk at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Ch. 11 Ruling Sets New Standard For Using Reinstatement

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    A New York bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Golden Seahorse, which concluded that Section 365(b)(2)(D) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code only creates a cure exception for nonmonetary defaults, sets a high bar for challenging the requirement to pay default interest as a condition to reinstatement of a loan agreement under a Chapter 11 plan, says Debra Dandeneau at Baker McKenzie.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Trends Emerge In High Court's Criminal Law Decisions

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    In its 2022-2023 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued nine merits decisions in criminal cases covering a wide range of issues, and while each decision is independently important, when viewed together, key trends and takeaways appear that will affect defendants moving forward, says Kenneth Notter at MoloLamken.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Potential Outcomes After E Visa Processing Update

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    A recent update to the Foreign Affairs Manual’s E visa provisions may help ease consular backlogs, but a policy change that will require some applicants and their family members to process renewals overseas at different times creates new administrative burdens for practitioners, say Anna Morzy and Elizabeth Przybysz at Greenberg Traurig.

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