Immigration

  • April 26, 2024

    11th Circ. Finds No Anti-Black Juror Bias In Murder Trial

    The Eleventh Circuit has denied a new trial to a Mexican man arguing prosecutors used all but one of their peremptory strikes to exclude potential jurors who were Black or Hispanic at the trial in Georgia where he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a whistleblower connected to his work.

  • April 26, 2024

    Texas Must Face Feds' Suit Over Anti-Migrant Buoy Barrier

    A Texas federal judge will allow the Biden administration's lawsuit to proceed over Texas' 1,000-foot barrier in the Rio Grande to keep out migrants, ruling Friday that the administration had plausibly alleged its domain over structures in navigable waters.

  • April 26, 2024

    Mass. Justices Dash Deported Man's Hope For Remote Retrial

    Massachusetts' high court ruled Friday that a man deported to the Dominican Republic cannot appear remotely for his retrial on charges that the justices previously vacated, citing court rules.

  • April 25, 2024

    DOJ Pressed On Prosecutions Of Muslim Asylum-Seekers

    The U.S. Department of Justice is facing new questions from Capitol Hill over prosecutions of Muslim asylum-seekers in the wake of a Los Angeles Times report showing that migrants from majority-Muslim countries were disproportionately imprisoned at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

  • April 25, 2024

    South African's Old Convictions Cost Him Deportation Relief

    The Seventh Circuit ruled that an immigration judge appropriately considered two criminal convictions in 2000 and 2002 to deny a South African man's 2015 efforts to stay in the country.

  • April 25, 2024

    Immigrants Poised To Fill Future US Labor Needs, Report Says

    Immigrants in the U.S. are uniquely positioned to help fill future labor needs, particularly in professions that require more education and skills, but many will need to be retrained or upskilled, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

  • April 25, 2024

    US Says Seizure Power Erodes Landowner's Border Wall Suit

    The federal government told the Fifth Circuit that its eminent domain authority should defeat a landowner's claims that she owns a $6.5 million section of border wall that was allegedly built on her farm without authorization in 2008.

  • April 25, 2024

    NJ Couple Convicted Of Luring Immigrants Into Forced Labor

    A New Jersey federal jury has convicted a Burlington County couple on charges related to luring two undocumented immigrants to the United States and forcing them to perform domestic labor and childcare in their home, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • April 25, 2024

    Judge Puts Texas Arrest Law Case On Ice During Appeal

    A Texas federal court has paused the Biden administration's lawsuit challenging Texas' controversial law allowing state officials to arrest and deport migrants crossing the border unlawfully until the state's appeal of the court's temporary block on the law concludes.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ditching H-1Bs, Foreigners Hone Skills To Get Visas Faster

    U.S. employers and foreigners are increasingly chasing alternatives to the highly coveted but elusive H-1B visa — a turn of events that is leading immigrants to establish themselves as some of the most distinguished experts in their fields.

  • April 24, 2024

    World Cup Workers' Abuse Suit Still Falls Short, US Cos. Say

    A Texas engineering company and a Colorado subsidiary have asked a federal court to dismiss claims from Filipino workers alleging they were subjected to inhumane labor conditions when helping construct stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, arguing the workers' latest attempt doesn't even show the defendants recruited or hired them.

  • April 24, 2024

    Filipino Workers' $730K Trafficking Deal Gets Judge's Initial OK

    An Oklahoma federal court preliminarily approved a $730,000 settlement on Wednesday that would resolve Filipino workers' claims that a local couple tricked them into paying steep immigration and recruitment fees to come work for them in the U.S.

  • April 24, 2024

    Colombian Actor Says His Visa Denials Are Full Of Mistakes

    A Colombian actor with roles on Netflix and other channels and platforms has hauled U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into Florida federal court, alleging USCIS made numerous mistakes when twice denying him an immigrant visa available to actors with extraordinary ability.

  • April 24, 2024

    Watchdog Says ICE Paid $25.3M For Empty Detention Space

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed to review its contract with private prison operator GEO Group Inc. in California after a federal watchdog found it paid $25.3 million for hundreds of unused beds.

  • April 23, 2024

    HHS Formalizes Flores Protections For Immigrating Minors

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will increase oversight of the treatment of children in immigration custody and fund the minors' legal costs, according to a final regulation released Tuesday that adopts congressional recommendations and the bedrock Flores agreement.

  • April 23, 2024

    10th Circ. Backs Mexican Woman's Appeal Of Asylum Denial

    The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday revived the asylum bid of a woman who based her fear of returning to Mexico on her cousin's murder, saying the woman had challenged an immigration judge's ruling properly before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

  • April 23, 2024

    Justices' Doubts May Undo 9th Circ. On Spousal Visa Rights

    The right wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical on Tuesday that a U.S. citizen can challenge her Salvadoran husband's visa denial, but seemed disinclined to rule that she has no constitutional rights in the process either.

  • April 23, 2024

    Judge Overturns Biz's H-2B Ban, Blaming 'Gaslighting' Atty

    A U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge overturned a decision to debar a Minnesota concessions stand company from the H-2B visa program over its failure to pay back wages and penalties, saying the small business's owner had only followed his attorney's advice — right into a legal disaster.

  • April 23, 2024

    Migrant-Hiring Crimes And Tax Evasion Get Pair Prison, $1.8M Fine

    A Florida federal judge has ordered two men to pay $1.8 million to the U.S. government and sentenced them to three years in prison after they confessed to recruiting migrants without employment authorization and failing to report workers' wages for tax purposes.

  • April 22, 2024

    Texas, Mo. Seek Full Vacatur Of DHS Border Wall Plan

    Texas and Missouri on Monday urged a Texas federal court to fully vacate the Biden administration's plans to redirect border wall construction funds, saying the plan adopted an overarching policy the court had declared was unlawful.

  • April 22, 2024

    Congress Urged To Fund Attys For Immigrants In Removal

    A coalition of more than 100 immigrant rights groups and several local governments urged congressional appropriators on Monday to allocate funds next fiscal year to increase legal representation for individuals in removal proceedings to protect their due process rights.

  • April 22, 2024

    Justices Reject Asylum Quest Of Man Caught In Transit Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court turned down a Salvadoran man's petition to look at a Ninth Circuit decision that said the judiciary can't review expedited removal decisions from the executive branch, even though courts had found the Trump administration policy authorizing the man's removal to be unlawful.

  • April 22, 2024

    DC Judge Backs Feds' Power To Sanction Ex-Afghan Officials

    A D.C. federal judge shaved down a lawsuit challenging U.S. financial and immigration sanctions against two former Afghan lawmakers, stressing that the executive branch has sweeping authority to issue sanctions on individuals it finds to be corrupt.

  • April 22, 2024

    Immigration Orgs Fight Feds' Bid To Win Fee Hikes Dispute

    Nonprofit legal service providers fired back Friday against the federal government's bid to defeat the groups' lawsuit challenging Trump-era increases to immigration court fees, arguing that the government's final rule, which could raise certain fees by 700%, is arbitrary, capricious and unlawful.

  • April 19, 2024

    Feds Say Texas' Reliance On Justices In SB 4 Case Is Misplaced

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Fifth Circuit on Friday that contrary to Texas' contention, two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions don't knock down a district court injunction stopping Texas officials from arresting and deporting migrants suspected of crossing the border without authorization.

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Expert Analysis

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • How Int'l Student-Athlete Law Would Change The NIL Game

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    Recently proposed legislation to allow international student-athletes the opportunity to profit from their name, image and likeness without violating their F-1 nonimmigrant student visa status represents a pivotal step in NIL policy, and universities must assess and adapt their approaches to accommodate unique immigration concerns, say attorneys at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How AI Executive Order Aims To Compete For Foreign Talent

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    Immigration provisions within the Biden administration's executive order on artificial intelligence take a strategic approach to promoting the U.S. as a destination for AI and STEM talent by streamlining visa processing, enhancing educational and exchange programs, and improving current visa programs and pathways to permanent residency, says Eric Bord at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

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    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Expect CFPB Flex Over Large Nonbank Payment Cos.

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    A recent enforcement action and a new rule proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicate a growing focus on the nonbank payment ecosystem, especially larger participants, in 2024, say Felix Shipkevich and Jessica Livingston at Shipkevich.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • What New DHS Cybersecurity Policy Means For Bid Protests

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    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently unveiled policy of factoring cybersecurity self-assessments into its overall evaluation of contractors could raise novel bid protest considerations for offerors in both the pre-award and post-award contexts, say Amy Hoang at Seyfarth and Sandeep Kathuria at L3Harris Technologies.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

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