Immigration

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-DHS Official Wants Probation For Software Theft Case

    A former senior official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's watchdog asked a D.C. federal judge to spare him prison time for stealing proprietary software he helped design for the government, saying he never profited from the theft.

  • January 22, 2024

    Nearly Year-Round Labor Need Kills Fla. Farm's H-2A Bid

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board judge affirmed a decision Friday rejecting a Florida employer's request for temporary workers under the H-2A program, finding its need for workers is nearly year-round and it hasn't shown its request for tree farm labor is different than labor in prior applications.

  • January 22, 2024

    Farms Object To Magistrate Judge Condoning H-2A Rule

    Agricultural groups objected to a magistrate judge's recommendation to keep intact a U.S. Department of Labor rule raising the salaries of H-2A agricultural workers, telling a Florida federal judge that the magistrate judge had been "excessively" deferential to the government's arguments.

  • January 22, 2024

    Supreme Court Says Feds Can Cut Texas Border Wire

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that federal border agents can remove razor wire fencing installed by Texas along the Mexico border, vacating a Fifth Circuit order that the Biden administration argued led to the deaths of several migrants.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Immigration Court Case Closures Jump 50%, New Data Shows

    Immigration judges increased their rate of completed cases by 50% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2024 over the same period last year, adjudicating nearly 200,000 cases from October through December 2023, according to data released Friday.

  • January 19, 2024

    For Immigrants, Gun Rights Debate Goes Beyond Firearms

    Last month, for the first time, a federal court found that a long-standing law banning gun possession by unauthorized immigrants violates the Second Amendment. As similar challenges play out around the country, the legal and political backdrop of the case has caught the attention of legal scholars, who see in the right to be armed a fundamental question about noncitizens’ belonging in the nation and their ability to exercise other constitutional rights.

  • January 19, 2024

    Orgs Seek Redo Of Claim Tossed In Texas Migrant Transit Suit

    Three nonprofits are urging a Texas federal court to reconsider a dismissed claim in a suit challenging a Texas executive order allowing state officers to pull over drivers suspected of transporting unauthorized migrants, saying the groups are ready to show standing to pursue the claim.

  • January 19, 2024

    DHS Denies Evading Judicial Review With EB-5 Guidance

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied trying to skirt judicial review of how it's handling the EB-5 investor program, telling the D.C. Circuit that a district court had deemed its guidance as unreviewable.

  • January 19, 2024

    Joint Venture Says USAID Wrongly Ended Slot On $800M Deal

    A joint venture has urged the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to block the U.S. Agency for International Development from rescinding the company's slot on an $800 million support services procurement, saying a contracting suspension for one of its partners shouldn't affect its own award.

  • January 18, 2024

    Feds Insist Depositions In Family Separation Suit Stay Private

    The Biden administration asked a California federal judge to reject a request to make public excerpts of depositions in litigation over damages for families separated under the Trump-era family separation policy, saying the materials include sensitive government information.

  • January 18, 2024

    Transport Cos. Remove Texas Migrant Busing Suit To SDNY

    Charter transportation companies have transferred from state to federal court a lawsuit alleging they owe New York City $708 million for busing migrants from Texas at the city's expense of providing emergency services, saying the lawsuit unconstitutionally restricted their movement.

  • January 18, 2024

    Feds Tell 9th Circ. Migrants Must Be In US To Claim Asylum

    The Biden administration has insisted to the Ninth Circuit that border officers aren't required by law to inspect asylum-seekers who are at the border, but have not yet set foot on U.S. soil.

  • January 18, 2024

    Texas Denies Troops Stopped Feds From Helping Migrants

    Texas said it isn't true that armed troops prevented federal agents from providing emergency aid to migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border last week, and told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Biden administration's inaccurate depiction of the incident couldn't justify removing barriers installed by the state.

  • January 18, 2024

    AI Tool Updated To Help Immigration Attys With Legal Tasks

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association and software platform Visalaw.ai released an updated version of an artificial intelligence legal research tool that now has an expanded library and a document upload feature.

  • January 17, 2024

    'Chaos' Warning Resonates As Justices Mull Chevron's Fate

    A conservative-led campaign against the 40-year-old doctrine of judicial deference to federal regulators appeared vulnerable at U.S. Supreme Court arguments Wednesday to predictions of a litigation tsunami, as justices fretted about an onslaught of suits and politicization of the federal judiciary.

  • January 17, 2024

    Thomas Gets Laugh, Agrees Prior Ruling Is 'Embarrassment'

    The specter of a major 2005 telecommunications ruling hung over U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Wednesday as he and his colleagues considered whether to toss the court's decades-old precedent instructing judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

  • January 17, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From Supreme Court's Chevron Arguments

    U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether overturning a decades-old precedent instructing courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes would lead judges to legislate from the bench or diminish the value of Supreme Court precedent — and pondered whether they could "Kisorize" the doctrine rather than doing away with it altogether.

  • January 17, 2024

    US Moves Ahead With Visa-Free Travel from China To Territory

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is on track to implement a program allowing pre-screened Chinese nationals to travel to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands visa-free for up to 14 days, DHS said in an interim final rule.

  • January 17, 2024

    Texas Tells 5th Circ. Feds Not Immune In Fence 'Property' Row

    Texas has urged the Fifth Circuit to block federal agents from removing concertina-wire barriers it placed along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying in its quest to permanently block removals that the state, like ordinary landowners, has a right to protect its property.

  • January 17, 2024

    Full 5th Circ. Vacates Order For Texas To Move River Barrier

    The full Fifth Circuit on Wednesday vacated a divided panel decision requiring Texas to remove a 1,000-foot floating barrier placed in the Rio Grande to deter migrants crossing from Mexico, granting the state's request to rehear the case.

  • January 17, 2024

    High Court Majority Shows No Eagerness To Overturn Chevron

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared split about whether decades-old precedent that favors federal agencies' legal interpretations in rulemaking infringes on judges' rightful authority to decide questions of law.

  • January 16, 2024

    6 Opinions To Read Before High Court's Chevron Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to overturn a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes, arguments in which nearly two dozen of the justices' prior writings may be used to persuade them to toss the controversial court precedent.

  • January 16, 2024

    Asylum-Seekers Slam Feds' Use Of 'Flawed' App At Border

    Asylum-seekers have fired back at the Biden administration's bid to end their California proposed class action challenging the government's use of a smartphone app to book appointments, arguing they've sufficiently alleged they were forced to wait "indefinitely in dangerous conditions with a flawed app as their only lifeline."

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Expert Analysis

  • USCIS Can Take On The Semiconductor Workforce Gap Now

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    While the semiconductor industry is calling for legislative change to immigration policy so it can fill more jobs, there are simpler actions that the current administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services leadership can take in the meantime, says Adam Rosen at Murthy Law Firm.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • 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.

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