Immigration

  • May 30, 2024

    Honduran Workers Say Carnival Overworked, Underpaid Them

    Two Honduran seasonal workers have filed suit in a Virginia federal court, saying they were forced to work 80 hours a week assembling and disassembling rides for a traveling carnival for only a little more than $400 a week.

  • May 30, 2024

    Man Connected To Brazil Massacre Accused Of Visa Fraud

    Federal prosecutors have accused a Brazilian man who came to the U.S. on a tourist visa and later applied for asylum and a green card of failing to tell U.S. immigration authorities that he faced murder charges in Brazil.

  • May 30, 2024

    Migrant Smuggling Group Leader Sentenced To 10 Years

    A Honduras-based woman will spend 10 years in prison after admitting she led an organization that smuggled over 100 migrants from Honduras to the U.S. and threatened migrants for not paying smuggling fees, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced.

  • May 30, 2024

    Removal In Child Porn Case Used Wrong Law, 8th Circ. Says

    The Eighth Circuit threw out a removal order against a man convicted of possessing child pornography, finding that while the offense could warrant removal, immigration officers had brought the case under the wrong law. 

  • May 30, 2024

    Gunster Bolsters Employment And Immigration Teams In Florida

    Gunster has hired two attorneys in two separate Florida offices who will continue their practices focused on labor and employment and immigration issues, the firm announced this week.

  • May 29, 2024

    DACA Holder Accuses Fla. Credit Union Of Discrimination

    A man with temporary immigration protections through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is accusing Florida's third-largest credit union of unlawfully denying him a home loan based on his immigration status, in a suit filed Wednesday in federal court.

  • May 29, 2024

    Feds, Dreamers Tell 5th Circ. That Fight For DACA Isn't Over

    The Biden administration and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Fifth Circuit to reverse an order that held the program unlawful, saying the program has a chance of surviving in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

  • May 29, 2024

    Iowa Immigration Law Challengers Want Identities Kept Secret

    Two women using pseudonyms to challenge an Iowa law empowering state officials to deport certain immigrants resisted the state attorney general's efforts to publicly identify them, saying they fear the threat of removal as well as persecution from anti-immigrant extremists.

  • May 29, 2024

    Texas Judge Bans Using $1.4B Border Wall Funds For Repairs

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked the White House from using $1.4 billion of border wall construction funding for barrier repair, rejecting requests from landowners, contractors and environmental groups to reconsider the scope of the ban.

  • May 29, 2024

    Judge Says Texas Can't Relitigate DHS Parole Program

    A Texas federal judge won't reconsider a March decision dismissing the Lone Star State's challenge to the Biden administration's parole program for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, saying Texas is trying to relitigate the court's conclusion that it lacks standing.

  • May 28, 2024

    Kia, Hyundai Still Face RICO Claims In Foreign Labor Suit

    Hyundai and Kia are still confronted with claims that they were in on a scheme to obtain cheap labor from skilled Mexican engineers seeking participation in a professional visa program after a Georgia federal judge determined workers had adequately alleged the companies' involvement.

  • May 28, 2024

    DOJ Reopens Missing I-9 Case, Saying Dismissal Was Error

    The U.S. Department of Justice has revived the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's charges against a company with allegedly missing Form I-9s, saying that one of its administrative law judges erroneously dismissed the case based on an issue neither party had raised.

  • May 28, 2024

    Immigration Programs' Survival Justifies $3.7M Fee, Attys Say

    The attorneys who challenged Trump-era orders ending immigration protections for people from countries in crisis are seeking a $3.7 million fee award, telling a California federal judge that the Biden administration's rescission of the orders showed their lawsuit was successful.

  • May 28, 2024

    Heavyweight Champ Lobs New Suit At Don King, Promoters

    Legendary promoter Don King and champion heavyweight boxer Mahmoud Charr have entered the ring for another round of legal sparring over a new contract dispute in which the fighter accuses the defendants of canceling a planned fight that cost him a $1 million payout.

  • May 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Says H-2A Employers Must Pay Highest Wages

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday said the U.S. Department of Labor can't let employers pay foreign farmworkers on H-2A visas a lower wage rate, rejecting the department's argument that the matter is moot because the previous harvest season is over.

  • May 24, 2024

    Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

    President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

  • May 24, 2024

    Wrong Circuit Law Used To Deport Moroccan, Board Says

    The Board of Immigration Appeals faulted an immigration court for applying incorrect circuit law to deport a Moroccan national, saying Friday that the case was ruled by Sixth Circuit law, even though the case record was sent to the Third Circuit.

  • May 24, 2024

    9th Circ. Lets Hearsay Issue Slide In Unlawful Crossing Case

    The Ninth Circuit affirmed a Mexican man's conviction for trying to enter the U.S. unlawfully, saying that while a lower court should've weighed whether a border agent's translated statements should be attributed to the man, any resulting error was harmless.

  • May 24, 2024

    Fla. Judge Revisits Scope Of Immigrant Transport Law Injunction

    A Florida federal judge may backtrack on the scope of his order blocking a state law that criminalizes the transportation of unauthorized immigrants, after citing national discourse among legal experts on the appropriateness of universal injunctions.

  • May 23, 2024

    Md. Restaurant's Bid For H-2B Cooks Doomed By Payroll Data

    A U.S. Department of Labor judge has refused to rescue a Baltimore Caribbean restaurant's efforts to hire cooks through the H-2B seasonal worker visa program, saying payroll records undermined claims that the restaurant experienced surging demand during the warmer months.

  • May 23, 2024

    ACLU Follows DOJ In Bid To Block Okla. Immigration Law

    The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging an Oklahoma law criminalizing the presence of undocumented immigrants in the state, mirroring a similar suit the U.S. Department of Justice filed the day prior.

  • May 23, 2024

    Couple Wants ID Protection Of Afghan 'Baby Doe' Fam Lifted

    A U.S. Marine and his wife accused of kidnapping an Afghan child urged a Virginia federal court to lift a protective order barring them from identifying the child or her relatives, saying the Taliban already knows the Afghan families' identities.

  • May 23, 2024

    NC GOP Wants 'Citizen-Only' Voting Question On Ballots

    North Carolina Republicans on Thursday pushed to amend the state constitution to clarify that only U.S. citizens may vote in the state.

  • May 23, 2024

    Senate Democrats Join GOP To Kill Bipartisan Border Bill

    The Senate on Thursday failed to pass a bipartisan border security and asylum bill touted by the White House, after four Democrats bailed on President Joe Biden's push to revive the legislation.

  • May 22, 2024

    9th Circ. Denies States' Bid To Weigh In On Asylum Limits

    A split Ninth Circuit on Wednesday denied several states' motion to intervene in the Biden administration's bid to settle a lawsuit challenging a rule limiting asylum, saying the states lack interests warranting their involvement in settlement negotiations.

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Expert Analysis

  • For Lawyers, Pessimism Should Be A Job Skill, Not A Life Skill

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    A pessimistic mindset allows attorneys to be effective advocates for their clients, but it can come with serious costs for their personal well-being, so it’s crucial to exercise strategies that produce flexible optimism and connect lawyers with their core values, says Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Opinion

    Requiring Leave To File Amicus Briefs Is A Bad Idea

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    A proposal to amend the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that would require parties to get court permission before filing federal amicus briefs would eliminate the long-standing practice of consent filing and thereby make the process less open and democratic, says Lawrence Ebner at the Atlantic Legal Foundation and DRI Center.

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Series

    Serving As A Sheriff's Deputy Made Me A Better Lawyer

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    Skills developed during my work as a reserve deputy — where there was a need to always be prepared, decisive and articulate — transferred to my practice as an intellectual property litigator, and my experience taught me that clients often appreciate and relate to the desire to participate in extracurricular activities, says Michael Friedland at Friedland Cianfrani.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Nonprecedential, Unreasonable, Scope

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    James Tucker at MoFo examines three recent decisions showing that while the results of past competitions may inform bid strategy, they are not determinative; that an agency's award may be deemed unreasonable if it ignores available information; and that a protester may be right about an awardee's noncompliance but still lose.

  • Fears About The End Of Chevron Deference Are Overblown

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    While some are concerned about repercussions if the U.S. Supreme Court brings an end to Chevron deference in the Loper and Relentless cases this term, agencies and attorneys would survive just fine under the doctrines that have already begun to replace it, say Daniel Wolff and Henry Leung at Crowell & Moring.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    Expanded Detention Will Not Solve Immigration Challenges

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    The recently defeated bipartisan border package included provisions that would increase funding for detention, a costly distraction from reforms like improved adjudication and legal representation that could address legitimate economic and public safety concerns at much lower cost, say Alexandra Dufresne and Kyle Wolf at Cornell University.

  • Series

    Spray Painting Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experiences as an abstract spray paint artist have made me a better litigator, demonstrating — in more ways than one — how fluidity and flexibility are necessary parts of a successful legal practice, says Erick Sandlin at Bracewell.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • How Harsher Penalties For AI Crimes May Work In Practice

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    With recent pronouncements from the U.S. Department of Justice that prosecutors may seek sentencing enhancements for crimes committed using artificial intelligence, defense counsel should understand how the sentencing guidelines and statutory factors will come into play, says Jennie VonCannon at Crowell & Moring.

  • Series

    Riding My Peloton Bike Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Using the Peloton platform for cycling, running, rowing and more taught me that fostering a mind-body connection will not only benefit you physically and emotionally, but also inspire stamina, focus, discipline and empathy in your legal career, says Christopher Ward at Polsinelli.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

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