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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;...

DOJ Settles Lawsuit Against Texas Bus Company for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Autobuses Ejecutivos LLC, doing business as Omnibus Express, a bus company based in Houston, Texas. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed in August 2013 by the department under the Immigration and Nationality Act’s...

DOJ OPR Takes 'Administrative Action' With IJ Montante After Complaint

From Kerry Bretz : "Dear Mr. Bretz: In a letter to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) dated June 20, 2013, you alleged that Immigration Judge (IJ) Philip J. Montante, Jr. demonstrated bias and prejudice while presiding over Malter of Earl Shettlewood Matthews, File No. A 201-219-191...

DOJ OIG Report: Nepotism at EOIR

"Federal investigators found rampant nepotism in recent years within the agency that oversees U.S. immigration courts, including three top officials who used their positions to help relatives land paid internships. In a report this week , Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said...

DOJ OLC Memo: DHS Authority to Prioritize Removal of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present in the United States and to Defer Removal of Others

"The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed policy to prioritize the removal of certain aliens unlawfully present in the United States would be a permissible exercise of DHS’s discretion to enforce the immigration laws. The Department of Homeland Security’s proposed deferred...

Racial Profiling Banned...Except at the Border

GUIDANCE FOR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES REGARDING THE USE OF RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR GENDER IDENTITY [T]his Guidance does not apply to interdiction activities in the vicinity of the border, or to protective, inspection, or screening activities...

DOJ Loses Border Turf Battle to DHS Over Profiling

"Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder expressed disappointment Monday that the U.S. border is exempt from his new racial profiling ban, after the Department of Homeland Security rejected his plan as too risky. ... In a conference call with law enforcement officials Monday afternoon, the attorney...

DOJ to Court Watchers: 'Move Along, Nothing to See Here'

"The Justice Department said Thursday that it will block video recordings of next month’s closing arguments in a Seattle court case that addresses the rights of child migrants to legal counsel in deportation proceedings. A DOJ spokesperson said the prohibition is only intended to protect the...

DOJ Submits Sensitive White House Docs In Immigration Beef

"The U.S. Department of Justice submitted highly sensitive documents that included White House communications to a Texas federal court on Thursday in the case over the president’s executive actions on immigration, while arguing that government never meant to mislead the court on the policies'...

Fed Rack Up Major Immigration-Related Fines, Settlements Against Employers

Washington Apple Orchard Fined $2.25M - "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reached a multimillion dollar settlement Tuesday with Prescott-based Broetje Orchards, LLC, for its civil violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act related to verifying U.S. employment eligibility...

Dumb and Dumber: DOJ Pops Staffing Companies for Citizenship Discrimination Blunders

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with three Memphis-area staffing agencies: Prestigious Placement; PFSWeb Inc.; and its subsidiary, Priority Fulfillment Services Inc. The agreement resolves two complaints alleging discrimination under the Immigration...

DOJ Reaches Settlement With Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County

"The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has reached a partial settlement in its civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio. The settlement resolves the United States’ claims that the Maricopa...

170 Groups Tell DOJ To End Criminal Prosecution of Refugees at Border - Law360

Law360, July 30, 2015 - "More than 170 civil rights, human rights and faith-based groups urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday to stop criminally prosecuting immigrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border seeking asylum, saying the prosecutions almost exclusively target Latinos and are...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS to Enhance Security for Visa Waiver Program| On August 6, 2015, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the implementation of new security measures for noncitizens seeking to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Among other changes, travelers will have...