Immigration

  • March 18, 2024

    Feds Say CBP Isn't Responsible For Kids At Outdoor Border Sites

    The Biden administration says a California federal court can't hear claims that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating a 1997 settlement mandating safety standards for minors in immigration detention, saying children staying in alleged open-air detention sites aren't in CBP's custody.

  • March 18, 2024

    Justice Alito Blocks Texas' Migrant Arrest Law Indefinitely

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday once again prevented Texas from implementing a new law allowing state officials to arrest and deport migrants, issuing an order that will keep the law on ice until the court rules further.

  • March 18, 2024

    Lack Of Permanent Workers Dooms Bid For H-2B Kitchen Staff

    A staffing firm's admission that it doesn't have employees in North Carolina undermined its request to temporarily hire 75 foreign workers to staff a North Carolina restaurant, according to a recent decision from a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge.

  • March 18, 2024

    Farmers Seek Quick Win In H-2A Suit Against DOL

    Visa-filing agency USA Farm Labor Inc. and a slew of farms and ranches said the attorney general didn't approve the U.S. Department of Labor's rule regulating wages for foreign H-2A farmworkers, urging a North Carolina federal judge to hand them a win.

  • March 15, 2024

    Judiciary Clarifies Judge Shopping Policy After Senator Letter

    The Judicial Conference of the United States said Friday that its updated policy aimed at preventing litigants from shopping for the judge of their choice is not intended to overstep judges' authority or discretion under the law, issuing guidance one day after Republican senators pushed back against the policy.

  • March 15, 2024

    NYC Settles Its Challenge Of 'Right-To-Shelter' Mandate

    New York City and the Legal Aid Society have settled the city's legal challenge of the "right-to-shelter" mandate that requires shelter to be provided to any homeless person in the city, according to a stipulation filed Friday in New York state court.

  • March 15, 2024

    Foreign Investors Say New Ruling Supports EB-5 Visa Bid

    A group of foreign investors seeking EB-5 visas told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that a recent district court decision opens the door for the appeals court to review a policy they contend wrongly prevented them from obtaining visas immediately.

  • March 15, 2024

    DOL Fights Fishery's Bid To Unveil Migrant Worker Identities

    The U.S. Department of Labor is fighting an attempt by a Mississippi fishery to uncover the identities of temporary foreign workers who claim they were retaliated against during a wage investigation, urging a federal judge to prohibit their disclosure.

  • March 15, 2024

    CBP Sued For Info On Alleged Outdoor Border Detention Sites

    Two organizations that support asylum-seekers and other migrants have sued U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in California federal court, seeking information about what they say are squalid CBP-controlled open-air migrant detention sites along California's southern desert border.

  • March 14, 2024

    Russian's Asylum Delay Suit Survives Dismissal Effort In Fla.

    A Russian national's legal efforts to speed up his 4-year-old asylum application survived a dismissal bid from the Biden administration, after a Florida federal court found the asylum-seeker had plausibly alleged his application had been unreasonably delayed.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ga. Farm Retreat Fails to Back H-2B Bid With Growing Season

    An administrative law judge on Wednesday shot down a Georgia farm retreat's bid to temporarily hire foreign employees during the Peach State's growing period, saying in two decisions that the employer failed to show that either of the job positions were seasonal.

  • March 14, 2024

    Judge OKs Exclusion Of Late Evidence In Deportation Fight

    An appellate immigration judge on Thursday ruled that evidence an El Salvador man fighting deportation submitted after a filing deadline was correctly excluded, saying a statute that would've allowed the late evidence only applied to individuals in expedited removal proceedings.

  • March 14, 2024

    Atty Rips Fox Rothschild's Gag Order Bid As 'Temper Tantrum'

    The attorney for two men suing Fox Rothschild LLP for malpractice has hit back against the firm's request for a gag order — which came after he called the firm a "corrupt organization" and threatened criminal prosecution — calling it a "temper tantrum" and claiming Fox Rothschild is merely trying to distract from the events that led him to make those comments.

  • March 14, 2024

    Fla. Atty Disbarred For Practicing Law After Suspension

    The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred an immigration attorney for practicing law while he was suspended after an investigation found he inappropriately texted and then fired women he worked with as an elected public defender.

  • March 14, 2024

    In 3rd Win, Sig Sauer Beats ICE Agent's Defective-Gun Suit

    Sig Sauer has defeated a third product liability lawsuit from a user who claimed its P320 pistol spontaneously discharged, injuring him without the trigger being touched, convincing another federal judge that the plaintiff's expert witness testimony should be disqualified.

  • March 13, 2024

    CoreCivic Beats Asylum-Seeker's Miscarriage Liability Suit

    A California federal judge handed CoreCivic Inc. a win Tuesday in a negligence lawsuit filed by an El Salvadorian asylum-seeker who alleged she miscarried while detained at the prison giant's immigration detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border, finding there to be no triable factual dispute over whether she miscarried in custody.

  • March 13, 2024

    Shipbuilder Created For One Project Can't Get H-2B Staff

    A company created solely for one shipbuilding project can't hire dozens of foreign shipbuilders to fulfill the contract, after failing to convince a U.S. Department of Labor judge that its labor needs weren't permanent.

  • March 13, 2024

    Don't Let Texas 'Rewrite' Immigrant Arrest Law, SG Tells Justices

    The Biden administration has told the U.S. Supreme Court that Texas is trying to recast a law allowing the state to arrest and deport immigrants in a more palatable light when it argued for the first time it doesn't require removal.

  • March 13, 2024

    New Co.'s Lack Of Records Dooms Bid For H-2B Truck Drivers

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board has upheld the denial of a transportation company's request for drivers under the H-2B visa program, ruling the company's payroll records and sales summaries did not prove a need for foreign, temporary workers.

  • March 13, 2024

    EB-5 Suit Says Hotel Project Tricked Non-English Speakers

    A real estate investment company is facing a proposed class action in California federal court alleging it took advantage of immigrant investors' limited English by fraudulently making them agree that the company and an Embassy Suites project could keep their investments indefinitely.

  • March 12, 2024

    Judiciary Touts New Policy To Rein In Judge Shopping

    The Judicial Conference of the United States on Tuesday said it has updated a policy on random case assignments to ensure litigants can't shop for the judge of their choice by going to a one-judge division of a district court.

  • March 12, 2024

    Texas' Migrant Arrest Law Faces New Suit, Now By Individuals

    Texas residents and a local nonprofit on Tuesday challenged the constitutionality of a new Texas law allowing state officers to arrest and deport migrants, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a second temporary pause on the law.

  • March 12, 2024

    Judge Lets Feds Appeal 'Novel' Issues In Asylum Bond Suit

    A Washington federal judge allowed federal immigration agencies to seek the Ninth Circuit's opinion on whether the district court can hear a class of asylum-seekers' lawsuit alleging deprivation of bond hearings, saying jurisdictional and constitutional issues in the case seem novel.

  • March 12, 2024

    Judge OKs Deal Ending DACA Holders' Lending Bias Suit

    A California federal court gave the all-clear for a $120,000 settlement to resolve claims that a credit union unlawfully denied loans to unauthorized immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, including one of its former employees.

  • March 12, 2024

    Alito Again Delays Effective Date Of Texas' Migrant Arrest Law

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Tuesday again barred Texas from immediately arresting and deporting migrants under a new state law, ordering a five-day pause of a Fifth Circuit order allowing the law to take effect.

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Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Must Adapt To Calif. Immigration Data Privacy Law

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    California’s recently signed A.B. 947 expands the California Consumer Privacy Act and brings the state in line with other comprehensive privacy laws that address immigration status, meaning companies should make any necessary updates to their processes and disclosures, say Kate Lucente and Matt Dhaiti at DLA Piper.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • Consider Immigration Issues When Hiring Int'l Medical Grads

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    As health systems across the U.S. struggle to meet patient demand, recruiting international medical graduates can help alleviate some strain, although sorting through the requisite visa processes may require some extra legwork depending on the qualifications of both the graduate and the employer, say Nora Katz and Vinh Duong at Holland & Knight.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • How Biden's AI Order Stacks Up Against Calif. And G7 Activity

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    Evaluating the federal AI executive order alongside the California AI executive order and the G7's Hiroshima AI Code of Conduct can offer a more robust picture of key risks and concerns companies should proactively work to mitigate as they build or integrate artificial intelligence tools into their products and services, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Key Employer Takeaways From USCIS' H-1B Visa Proposal

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    There are several steps employers can take, like reviewing job descriptions and assessing cap-exempt eligibility, to be well positioned for the sweeping changes that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposes to implement next year to improve the H-1B visa program, say Brian Coughlin and Angelica Ochoa at Fisher Phillips.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Lost In A Maze Of USCIS Policy On Child Immigration Status

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    A succession of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy updates, erroneous denials and conflicting messages have limited practitioners' ability to know which clients qualify under a federal law that protects children from aging out of their parents' immigrant petitions, say Jeffrey Galkin and Anna Stepanova at Murthy Law Firm.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

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