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H-2A Wage Lawsuit Settled...Seven Years Later

"After seven years of legal battling, 66 farmworkers from Mexico’s Colima state have been fully paid for work in orchards and vineyards in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Even though the workers’ claims have been settled, a farm labor contractor and four growers continue to deny...

ICE, Nashville Cops Settle Warrantless Immigration Raid Lawsuit: Escobar v. Gaines

"The American Civil Liberties Union announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of victims of a warrantless raid in Nashville, Tennessee, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers. ICE and MNPD agreed to pay $310,000...

DC Circuit: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Lacks Standing to Sue Feds re DAPA

"Because Sheriff Arpaio’s allegations of causation and redressability rest on speculation beyond that permitted by our standing decisions, we affirm the district court’s dismissal of the complaint for want of Article III standing." - Arpaio v. Obama, Aug. 14, 2015 .

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America

Here is a link to a PDF combining the Complaint (pages 1-17) and the TRO (pages 18-27) issued Aug. 24, 2015 in SEC v. Path America, No. 2:15-cv-01350-JLR, W.D. Wa. Excerpts: "Since February 2012, defendants Lobsang Dargey; Path America, LLC; Path America SnoCo LLC; Path America Farmer’s...

Colorado H-2A Sheepherders' Lawsuit Alleges Wage Fixing: Llacua v. Western Range Assoc.

"The industry is not shy in viewing shepherds less as employees with legal rights and more as indentured servants who should be subject to even criminal sanction if they refuse to work. One sheep rancher and MPAS member recently introduced a state bill that would have made it a crime for a shepherd...

ICE Lawyer Paid $399,999 to Settle Lawsuit Against DHS: Vroom v. Johnson

Julia Preston, New York Times, Aug. 29, 2015 - " The Department of Homeland Security has reached a settlement with the top lawyer in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in Arizona, who sued the department in 2014 claiming discrimination. The lawyer, Patricia M. Vroom, said she was bullied...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against DOS, DHS Over Visa Bulletin: Mehta v. Dept. of State

"This case is about what happens when thousands of law-abiding, highly skilled immigrants spend millions of dollars preparing to apply for green cards in reasonable reliance on an agency’s binding policy statement, only to find out at the last minute that a hapless federal bureaucracy has...

Cyrus D. Mehta Unpacks #VisaGate2015: When is a Visa 'Immediately Available' for AOS Filing?

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 4, 2015 - " Central in the Mehta v. DOS lawsuit is whether the administration is authorized to establish a dual date system in the Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin, which it did for the first time in October 2015. When the DOS first issued the October 2015 Visa...

Food Fight: DOJ Sues Nebraska Beef Over $200K Immigration Settlement

Janice Podsada, Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 14, 2015 - "What’s in a phrase? In this case, $200,000, according to the U.S. Justice Department and Nebraska Beef Ltd. Nebraska Beef, an Omaha-based beef processor, is objecting to the wording the Justice Department used in a press release describing...

Lawsuit Aims to Prevent Licensing of Texas Refugee Gulags (Updated: Link to Lawsuit Added)

Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune, Oct. 22, 2015 - "A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order...

Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Dallas County, Sheriff Lupe Valdez over Immigration Holds, Bonds

Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, Oct. 27, 2015 - "A federal civil rights suit was filed yesterday by 16 plaintiffs against Dallas County and Sheriff Lupe Valdez over bonds and the use of immigration holds requested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The suit raises Fourth...

Indiana Governor Sued for Blocking Syrian Refugees: Exodus v. Pence

ACLU, Nov. 23, 2015 - "The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and attorneys from the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration, filed suit today against Governor Mike Pence and the Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration...

Texas Sues Feds Over Syrian Refugees: TX HHSC v. USA

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Dallas on Dec. 2, 2015, is here . [ Editor's Note : This lawsuit is a political stunt doomed to failure. The U.S. Supreme Court made it clear that lawfully admitted aliens (including refugees) may live in any state; Truax v. Raich, 239 U.S. 33 (1915...

Texas Backs Down in Syrian Refugee Lawsuit, Drops TRO Request

In the face of overwhelming legal firepower from the International Rescue Committee and the Department of Justice , the Texas Health and Human Services Commission dropped its request for a Temporary Restraining Order on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Dianne Solís of the Dallas Morning News reports .

Feds File Response to #VisaGate2015 Lawsuit - Mehta v. DOS

Greg Siskind, Dec. 15, 2015 - "The Government has filed its response to our September 28th lawsuit on the Visa Bulletin. As expected, the government chose to file a Motion to Dismiss. Per our agreed stipulation with the government, we will have until January 8th to file an amended complaint taking...

Record $2.8M Settlement Reached in Nevada H-2A Lawsuit: Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc.

Law360, Dec. 16, 2015 - "A Nevada federal judge signed off Tuesday on a $2.8 million settlement between an onion farm and H-2A visa workers who claimed they had been shorted on pay and weren’t reimbursed for travel and immigration-related expenses."

Private Immigration Prison Owners Ask Courts for Secrecy: Detention Watch Network v. ICE

CCR, Dec. 23, 2015 - "In a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case related to the federal immigration detention bed quota, advocates today pointed to the government’s inclusion of several affidavits from private prison corporations who are not parties to the case as evidence of undue corporate...

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Seeking Hutto Bond Data: Gilman v. ICE

Jazmine Ulloa, Austin American-Statesman, Dec. 30, 2015 - "As a national debate has simmered this year over the detention of immigrant families, a University of Texas law professor is seeking access to public records that she says could prove officials are setting higher bonds for women at the T...

Arizona Detention Conditions Lawsuit Moves Forward: Doe v. Johnson

Court Rejects Government’s Efforts to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Inhumane Detention Conditions in Border Patrol Facilities and Certifies Large Class of Immigrant Plaintiffs; Class Now Seeks to Unseal Government Documents Detailing Abuse NILC, Jan. 13, 2015 - "On Monday, a federal district...

How OPT Became a Flash Point in the Immigration Debate

Karin Fischer, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 20, 2016 - "Thousands of foreign students could be forced to leave the United States if a challenge to an obscure federal program is not resolved in the next few weeks. The program, Optional Practical Training, has become the latest flash point...

PEP FOIA Lawsuit Filed: NDLON v. ICE

Adolfo Flores, Jan. 19, 2016 - "Three immigrant advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against several federal agencies who failed to turn over information on a deportation program after the group filed repeated Freedom of Information Act requests. The lawsuit centers around information regarding...

MALDEF Files Lawsuit Challenging Texas Immigrant Harboring Law

MALDEF, Jan. 25, 2016 - " MALDEF filed a legal challenge to Texas House Bill 11's immigrant harboring provision, which targets workers at immigrant shelters and landlords who rent to undocumented immigrants. HB 11 creates a new felony offense of immigrant harboring under which individuals can...

Groups File Immigration 'Rocket Docket' FOIA Lawsuit Against Feds

CNS, Feb. 3, 2016 - "The Department of Justice makes it harder for vulnerable children and families to avoid deportation by hiding its priority immigration docketing policies from the public, the American Immigration Lawyers Association claims in court. Joined by three other legal groups, the AILA...

NJIC Sues DHS, ICE for PEP FOIA Disclosure

NJIC, Feb. 8, 2016 - "Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) release data...

Court Extends Deadline for New Post-Study STEM Work Rules

ICEF, Feb. 5, 2016 - "What comes next, according to immigration attorney David Ware of the immigration law firm Ware Immigration, could be even more interesting. Mr Ware anticipates that the proposed regulatory changes may well lead to further litigation. Since the judge had ruled that the 2008...