Justice Dept. officials visit Alabama over immigration law

"Two top Justice Department officials traveled to Alabama on Monday to gather information on the impact of the state’s controversial immigration law and said they are concerned the toughest-in-the-nation crackdown has run afoul of federal rights. 'The more we hear, the more we...

DOJ Final Rule: Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment

"This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to adjust for inflation certain civil monetary penalties assessed under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The adjusted penalties are calculated according to a statutory formula, and will be effective for violations...

DOJ files OCAHO suit against University of California, San Diego Medical Center, alleging Immigration-Related Employment Discrimination

"The Department of Justice announced today the filing of a lawsuit against the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, alleging that the medical center discriminated in the employment eligibility verification process against people who are authorized to work in the United States...

DOJ warns Alabama: no discrimination against Latinos

"The Justice Department has sent a letter to Alabama police agencies warning them not discriminate against Latinos as they enforce the state’s tough new immigration law." - Associated Press, Dec. 6, 2011 .

DOJ settles citizenship discrimination claim against Penn. employer

"The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with S.W.J.J. Inc., or Sernak Farms, based in Weatherly, Penn., to settle allegations that Sernak engaged in discrimination on the basis of citizenship status by preferring to hire temporary visa holders over...

DOJ strips Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio of immigration powers

The top immigration news on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 was the Justice Department's dramatic takedown of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Here are your must-read blurbs and links: "[W]e have peeled the onion to its core, and earlier today, we shared our findings with MCSO. As...

DOJ finds widespread discrimination against Latinos by East Haven Police Department

" DOJ released its findings regarding anti-Latino profiling and discrimination by the EHPD. As with the DOJ report last week on Maricopa County, DOJ makes detailed findings of unconstitutional activity, indicates it will proceed with litigation if a judicially-enforceable consent decree...

DOJ settles case against company that demanded "green card" from Latino U.S. citizen

"The Justice Department announced a settlement today with Garland Sales Inc., a Georgia rug manufacturer, resolving allegations that it engaged in discrimination by imposing unnecessary documentary requirements on individuals of Hispanic origin when establishing their eligibility to work...

Correct the Record, Rights Groups Say After DoJ Admits Mistake

"Immigrant rights groups asked the Supreme Court Friday to withdraw parts of a 2009 ruling that relied on erroneous information supplied by the Justice Department, saying that lower courts would continue to be misled unless the official record was corrected. As reported in The Wall Street...

DOJ Sues Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Targeting Latinos

"The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit in federal court today against Maricopa County, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, arising from unconstitutional and unlawful actions by the defendants. ... The complaint alleges that Maricopa County...

SEC Joins Probe of Chipotle Hiring Practices

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of an expanding investigation into its alleged hiring of undocumented workers. The Denver-based company fired about 500 employees more than a year ago following audits by the Department of Homeland...

New Data Confirm DOJ’s Subpar FOIA Performance

"A new analysis of FOIA cases filed in the U.S. District Courts reveals that fully 30 percent of all FOIA lawsuits filed last year were brought against the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ also accounted for a similar percentage of the FOIA administrative appeals that were filed by requesters...

DOJ Sues Vegas Casino for I-9 Problems

The Justice Department announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Tuscany Hotel and Casino LLC in Las Vegas, alleging that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination in the employment eligibility verification and re-verification process. The Immigration and Nationality...

DOJ Files OCAHO Complaint: Document Abuse

" The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Rose Acre Farms Inc., a major U.S. egg producer based in Seymour, Ind., alleging that Rose Acre engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens in the employment eligibility verification...

Don't Bet Against the House (DOJ)

The house (in this case, DOJ) usually wins. A Las Vegas casino has to shell out $49K and change for putting the screws to its non-citizen employees during I-9 processing. Dealer pays.

Justice Department Issues Negative Report on EOIR Management of BIA, Immigration Courts

"The OIG found that immigration court performance reports are incomplete and overstate the actual accomplishments of these courts. These flaws in EOIR’s performance reporting preclude the Department from accurately assessing the courts’ progress in processing immigration cases or identifying...

Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin - U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement

U.S.-Russia Adoption Agreement The Department of State announced on October 16, 2012, that the Agreement between the United States of America and the Russian Federation Regarding Cooperation in Adoption of Children entered into force on November 1, 2012. This agreement should enhance the safeguards...

Food Service Giant Flubs I-9s, Pays DOJ $250K+

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Centerplate Inc., resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Centerplate, based in Spartanburg, S.C., is one of the largest hospitality companies...

DOJ Reaches Settlement with Houston Community College to Resolve Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

"The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with Houston Community College (HCC) resolving allegations that the college violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). HCC employs approximately 6,000 employees across 20 campuses...

Florida Staffing Company Settles With DOJ for $27K+

"The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC, a healthcare staffing company based in Casselberry, Fla. , resolving allegations that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on the internet. According to the department’s investigation...

DOJ: Fines, Not Flowers, For FTD

" The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with FTD Inc., to resolve allegations that the company retaliated against a man for asserting rights under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Justice Department initiated the investigation...

Dallas Property Management Firm Flubs I-9s, Pays $20K Fine and Back Wages

"The Justice Department today reached an agreement with Milestone Management Company, a nationwide residential property management firm headquartered in Dallas, resolving claims that the staffing company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ...

Excerpts from the May 15, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Interim Final Rule Issued on H-2B Prevailing Wages On April 24, 2013, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security jointly published an interim final rule establishing a new method of calculating prevailing wages under the H-2B program. The new rule was issued in response to...

DOJ Charges Visa Fraud in Ethiopian Adoptions

"Four current and former employees of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption services provider, have been indicted by a grand jury in South Carolina for allegedly conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with IAG’s adoption services in Ethiopia. IAG is a South Carolina...

DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Kids at Border

"Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants;...