Immigration

  • February 02, 2024

    4th Circ. Backs Reliance On Asylum-Seekers' Partial Truths

    The Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that immigration judges may rely on asylum-seekers' testimony that they only find partly truthful, instead of having to accept or deny the testimony completely.

  • February 02, 2024

    11th Circ. Sides With Chinese Citizens In Fla. Land-Buy Row

    A unanimous Eleventh Circuit panel granted two of four Chinese citizens' bids to freeze enforcement of a Florida law barring nationals of certain countries from owning land, saying they showed "a substantial likelihood of success" that the state regulation is preempted by federal law.

  • February 01, 2024

    Higher Ed Alliance Says Ending DACA Will Decimate Economy

    More than 150 universities and colleges on Thursday backed the Biden administration's quest to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the Fifth Circuit, saying the program has allowed its recipients to thrive and ultimately benefit the nation's economy.

  • February 01, 2024

    DOL Says Late Argument Dooms H-2A Wage Rule Challenge

    The Biden administration urged the Fourth Circuit to reject an argument that the U.S. Department of Labor was required to consider the effects of a rule regulating H-2A wages on illegal immigration, saying the argument, attached to a challenge of the rule, came too late.

  • February 01, 2024

    Feds Say Witnesses In Family Separation Suit Are Being Harassed

    An assistant U.S. attorney offered support for the government's bid to keep secret excerpts of depositions in litigation over damages for migrant families separated during the Trump administration, saying a witness in related litigation was harassed.

  • February 01, 2024

    Biden Admin. Sanctions Israeli Settlers In West Bank

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Thursday imposing financial and visa restrictions on "extremist" actors in the West Bank, with the first round of sanctions being levied against four Israeli settlers found to have assaulted Palestinian civilians and Israeli activists. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Final Immigration Fee Hikes Seen As 'Tax' On Employers

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' final fee schedule imposing fee hikes for employment-based visas and a $600 fee to fund the asylum system is drawing ire from attorneys who say it amounts to a tax on talent-strapped employers.

  • January 31, 2024

    Immigration Board Rejects Another DHS Fix To Removal Notices

    The Board of Immigration Appeals rejected Wednesday yet another one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's efforts to retroactively fix a removal notice that was missing the time and date of the immigration hearing.

  • January 31, 2024

    Bus Co. Says NYC's $708M Suit Over Migrants Is Federal Issue

    A charter transportation company pressed a federal court to hear New York City's lawsuit seeking to hold bus companies financially responsible for migrants bused to the city, arguing the lawsuit threatened the migrants' federal rights to travel between the states.

  • January 31, 2024

    'Glad I'm Not In The House': GOP Sens. Wary Of Ousting Mayorkas

    The House Republican-led efforts to impeach U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advanced to the full chamber early Wednesday, but those efforts may face headwinds from unenthused Senate Republicans.

  • January 31, 2024

    4th Circ. Says Migrant Can't Tie MS-13 Extortion To US Dad

    The Fourth Circuit refuted a Salvadoran asylum-seeker's claims that MS-13 extorted him to get its hands on remittances from his American father, finding no evidence showing that gang members even knew the father was in the U.S.

  • January 30, 2024

    Biden Admin. Finalizes Immigration Fee Hikes

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Tuesday firmed up immigration fee increases that will significantly raise the costs for employers to hire noncitizen workers, but offered some concessions in response to criticism that earlier proposed rates were too high.

  • January 30, 2024

    Final H-1B Rule Focuses Largely On Thwarting Lottery Abuse

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled a final rule Tuesday aimed at modernizing the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers, with a highly anticipated provision to crack down on fraudulent lottery registrations making the final cut.

  • January 30, 2024

    New Report Says ICE's Digital Monitoring Of Migrants Soaring

    The number of migrants subject to digital surveillance under a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement program has skyrocketed since the program's inception, according to a report released Tuesday, which revealed that figure tripled between 2021 and 2022 alone.

  • January 30, 2024

    GOP States Say Feds Can Be Sued For Asylum Policy's Costs

    A coalition of Republican-led states told a Louisiana federal judge they have standing to challenge a Biden administration rule allowing asylum officers to more quickly grant or deny asylum, saying the rule will encourage migration and strain their public funds.

  • January 30, 2024

    EB-5 Investors Can Probe Atty Accounts In Settlement Search

    Chinese investors looking to collect long-overdue settlement and sanctions judgments in a fraud case can probe the bank accounts for attorneys representing two real estate developers accused of constantly shifting their assets to avoid paying up, an Illinois federal judge said Tuesday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Biden Deal To 'Shut Down' Border Could Spur Chaos

    President Joe Biden's claim that the bipartisan Senate border security deal would give him emergency authority to shut the border down during times it is overwhelmed has alarmed immigration advocates, who say the proposal smacks of politics and will likely cause chaos.

  • January 29, 2024

    Judge Says Notice And Comment Rule Was Met For H-2A Revision

    A D.C. federal judge on Monday rejected an agriculture industry group's contention that the Biden administration skipped notice and comments before promulgating a 2022 rule that amended H-2A regulations, saying the public had been on notice about the rule since 2019.

  • January 29, 2024

    Transport Cos. Fight NYC's $708M Migrant Care Costs Bid

    A group of charter transportation companies denied allegations that they owe New York City $708 million for busing migrants from Texas at the city's expense and claimed the state statute at issue is unconstitutional after a New York federal judge set an expedited injunction briefing schedule in the case.

  • January 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Stays Trial On Buoy Barrier At Border In Rio Grande

    The Fifth Circuit sided with Texas on Saturday and agreed to stay a March trial in federal court over a buoy barrier meant to prevent illegal border crossings, creating a setback for the U.S. government as it tries to argue that Texas can't create a waterway barrier without federal permission.

  • January 29, 2024

    Couple To Pay $730K To End Filipino Workers' Trafficking Case

    An Oklahoma couple has agreed to pay $730,000 to end allegations that they made false promises of fair wages to lure Filipino workers and then charged steep recruitment fees that made the workers indebted to them, according to a federal court filing.

  • January 29, 2024

    The Top Attys In Clinton's Impeachment Trial, 25 Years Later

    One of them just went to federal prison, and another famously beat a federal indictment. One has been seeking the White House, and another has been steering a BigLaw powerhouse. Each was among the two dozen attorneys who litigated President Bill Clinton's historic impeachment trial 25 years ago this month — and then saw their lives go in dramatically different directions.

  • January 29, 2024

    Holland & Hart Adds Immigration Trio From Ogletree In Denver

    Holland & Hart LLP has expanded its immigration team in Colorado with three attorneys from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, the firm said on Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Feds Warn 5th Circ. Texas Razor Wire Fight Erodes Federalism

    The Biden administration has told the Fifth Circuit that Texas' attempt at using state law to keep federal agents from removing concertina-wire barriers the state placed along the U.S.-Mexico border went against centuries of U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • January 29, 2024

    3 Ex-DHS Staffers Get Prison, Probation For Software Theft

    Three former U.S. Department of Homeland Security employees have been sentenced to prison or probation for their alleged roles in conspiring to steal proprietary software and sensitive law-enforcement databases from the government in a scheme to develop a commercial product for sale.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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