"A war has ignited between the Justice Department and several states
over their controversial new immigration laws, and Republican senators
are stepping into the fray, looking to prevent the Obama administration
from challenging these laws as unconstitutional. Sen. Jeff Sessions
"Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights
Division of the Department of Justice, noted in an address Thursday
evening the number of hate crimes in the United States is rising, and
that many involved 'remarkably senseless violence.' " - The BLT, Nov. 11, 2011...
"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
"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...
"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...
"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 .
"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...
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.
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...
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
"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...
"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...
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...
"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
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...
" 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...
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.
"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...
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...
"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...
"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...
"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...
" 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...
"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).
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...