Immigration

  • 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.

  • March 11, 2024

    Texas Fights Bid To Block Migrant Arrest Law At High Court

    Texas on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny the Biden administration's bid to vacate an administrative stay issued by the Fifth Circuit and allow the Lone Star State's immigration law to take effect, saying it's the first line of defense "against transnational violence" caused by the federal government's inaction.

  • March 11, 2024

    9th Circ. Orders 2nd Look At Zambian Woman's Asylum Bid

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived a Zambian woman's asylum bid lodged for fear of being persecuted over her sexual orientation, saying the Board of Immigration Appeals didn't properly evaluate claims she'd previously been persecuted in Zambia for being a lesbian.

  • March 11, 2024

    Biden's 2025 Budget Seeks More Border Funds, Again

    The White House unveiled its $7.3 trillion fiscal year 2025 budget Monday, which includes more than $62 billion for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, some of which would fund initiatives Congress has so far rebuffed President Joe Biden on.

  • March 11, 2024

    Wash. Law Aimed At GEO's Migrant Facility Partially Barred

    A Washington federal judge has halted the state from conducting unannounced inspections and imposing new health and safety standards at an immigration detention facility, saying that a statute authorizing those actions unlawfully discriminates against GEO Group Inc., the facility's operator.

  • March 11, 2024

    Texas Judge Doubts Paxton's Motive For Shutting Nonprofit

    An El Paso, Texas, judge on Sunday put the brakes on Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's bid to immediately shut down a Catholic nonprofit he has accused of smuggling or harboring migrants, raising questions about Paxton's motives.

  • March 08, 2024

    Biden Administration Must Use Border Wall Funds, For Now

    A Texas federal judge on Friday ordered the Biden administration to use funds Congress specifically designated for the Southwest border wall to continue construction, issuing a preliminary injunction and finding that Texas and Missouri could face substantial harm to their state budgets without the injunction.

  • March 08, 2024

    Dems Say DHS Watchdog Trying To Evade Their Oversight

    House Democrats on Friday said Republican leaders must renounce the U.S. Department of Homeland Security inspector general's claim his leadership isn't being investigated, saying the watchdog head was seemingly trying to shield himself — "in vain" — by claiming to be a whistleblower.

  • March 08, 2024

    H-1B Season Opens With Mix Of Optimism And Apprehension

    A mixed aura of optimism and uncertainty greets the new H-1B season as immigration attorneys express hope that an overhauled lottery process will help level the playing field, while concerns simultaneously loom about how impending fee increases will impact smaller companies.

  • March 08, 2024

    Explain Prince Harry's US Visa Records, Judge Orders DHS

    A D.C. federal judge will review information concerning Prince Harry's U.S. visa records in private to decide if the federal government can withhold records a conservative think tank claims may reveal whether the British royal got special immigration treatment.

  • March 08, 2024

    Migrant Parole Program Survives GOP States' Challenge

    A Texas-led coalition of states lost their bid to challenge a Biden administration program letting Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans temporarily work in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled Friday they lack standing to sue over the program.

  • March 08, 2024

    Weather Data Revives Lumber Co.'s H-2B Visa Application

    An Illinois lumber company's weather reports had helped prove it would face labor shortages during the warmer seasons, a U.S. Department of Labor judge ruled, ordering a certifying officer to revisit the company's request to hire eight seasonal workers.

  • March 07, 2024

    Biden Blasts 'Hidden Fees' During State Of The Union

    During what could be his last State of the Union, President Joe Biden touted on Thursday night his administration's efforts to protect consumers by combating such issues as "junk fees" and price gouging.

  • March 07, 2024

    House Backs Migrant Detention Bill After Ga. Student Death

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would require the federal government to take into custody undocumented migrants accused of theft, a bill that was crafted in the wake of the killing of a University of Georgia student last month.

  • March 07, 2024

    9th Circ. Gives Salvadoran Woman 2nd Chance At Asylum

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously ruled that the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals must assess the Salvadoran government's ability to protect a woman facing deportation after seeking asylum, saying the agency had only determined that the government was willing to pursue her persecutors.

  • March 07, 2024

    GOP States Seek To Save Biden's Asylum Limits Rule

    Several Republican attorneys general said Thursday their states should get the opportunity to intervene in the Biden administration's attempt to settle a lawsuit over a rule limiting asylum, saying the rule actually helps states deal with unlawful 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.

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Expert Analysis

  • EB-5 Investment Period Clarification Raises More Questions

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent clarifying guidance for EB-5 investors, specifying that the statutory investment period begins two years from the date of investment, raises as many questions as it answers given related agency requirements and investors' potential contractual obligations, says Daniel Lundy at Klasko Immigration Law Partners.

  • 5 Considerations for Year-End Immigration Budget Planning

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    Courtney Noce and Miriam Thompson at Greenberg Traurig offer insights to help companies with year-end immigration budget planning, a complex process with many factors affecting expenses, from changes in corporate policy or structure, to anticipated fee increases and the uncertainties inherent in visa processing.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Tips For Student Visa Applicants Mired In Processing Delays

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    Notwithstanding procedural changes at the U.S. Department of State that provided hope for more timely and predictable visa processing outcomes, international student applications continue to risk becoming bogged down in administrative processing, but certain steps may improve the situation, say Carl Risch and Lauren Epstein at Mayer Brown.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • How A Gov't Shutdown Would Affect Immigration Processing

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    While a government shutdown would certainly create issues and cause delays for immigration processing, independently funded functions would continue for at least a limited time, and immigration practitioners can expect agencies to create reasonable exceptions and provide guidance for navigating affected matters once operations resume, say William Stock and Sarah Holler at Klasko Immigration Law Partners.

  • Opinion

    Smart Immigration Reform Can Improve Health Care Access

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    With the U.S. health care crisis expected to worsen due to ongoing nationwide physician shortages, immigration reform can provide one short-term solution to bring more trained doctors to medically underserved areas, says Sarah Peterson at Fragomen.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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