ICE Settles Home Invasion Lawsuit for $1 Million

"Twenty-two Latino victims of unlawful warrantless home raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) obtained a settlement today requiring new national policies for ICE agents conducting warrantless home operations and $1 million in damages and fees. In addition, eight men and women who were...

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement

"On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in A.B.T. et al. v. USCIS, et al. , represented by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed...

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

NWIRP, May 8, 2013 - " On May 8, 2013, a federal district court issued an order preliminarily approving a settlement agreement in a nationwide class action lawsuit that challenged the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months or more for a decision on their...

ABT Settlement Agreement (B.H., et al. v. USCIS, et al.)

USCIS, May 10, 2013 - " This Notice contains important information that may pertain to you. Please read it carefully. Under the Settlement Agreement in B.H., et al. v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al. , No. CV11-2108-RAJ (W.D. Wash.) (also referred to as “ABT Settlement...

Asylum Clock Class Action Settlement FAQ

"A.B.T., et al. v. USCIS, et al. is a nationwide class action that challenged the manner in which the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) determine an asylum applicant’s eligibility for an Employment Authorization...

ICE Agrees to Release Thousands of Previously-Withheld Records

"Yesterday, a U.S. District Court in Connecticut approved a settlement in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit challenging the refusal of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release tens of thousands of documents about the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), one of the agency’s largest...

New Orleans to Decline Most ICE Detainer Requests

"The Orleans Parish sheriff will no longer honor many requests from the federal immigration authorities to detain people who are suspected of being here illegally, making New Orleans one of a growing number of jurisdictions to adopt such a policy and the first to do so in the Deep South. The policy...

Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Against Border Patrol

"ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) announce a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that challenged the Border Patrol’s practice of stopping vehicles and interrogating occupants in the Olympic Peninsula. The parties filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the lawsuit...

ABT SUPPLEMENTAL CLASS NOTICE REGARDING AMENDMENT OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND ATTORNEYS' FEES; AMENDED ABT CLAIM FORM

"Following the September 20, 2013 Fairness Hearing, this notice provides information regarding two modifications to the ABT Settlement Agreement and associated documents. Also posted is an Amended ABT Claim Form. ... " ABT Supplemental Class Notice ABT REVISED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT...

Shackled Immigrant to Receive Settlement in Nashville

"A detained Mexican woman who had been shackled to her hospital bed while giving birth in Nashville will receive $490,000 in a settlement and also has the prospect of a resident visa. The monetary settlement, which was approved on Tuesday by the council governing Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

Feds: Infosys Pays Record Amount To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

"Infosys Corporation, an Indian company involved in consulting, technology, and outsourcing, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes by paying a record settlement amount and agreeing to enhanced corporate compliance measures, announced...

The Ambiguous B-1 Visa: Lessons Learned from the Infosys Settlement

"There are plenty of lessons one can take away from the Settlement Agreement upon an objective review. Despite the seriousness of the allegations, Infosys did not incur any criminal liability. For instance, the government accused, among other things, the IT giant for bringing its employees on B...

Federal Judge Approves Settlement Agreement in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

"On Monday, November 4, U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ordered the final approval of a nationwide class action settlement agreement . The settlement will help ensure that asylum seekers, who have fled persecution in their home countries, are not unlawfully prevented from working and supporting...

ABT Settlement Agreement Teleconference, Nov. 21, 2013

Implementation of the ABT Settlement Agreement, Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Eastern) "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) invite you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference...

Feds Settle Asylum Officer Notes FOIA Lawsuit: Martins v. USCIS

" Immigration officials will no longer fight a lawyer who claimed that quality representation hinged on accessing the notes asylum officers took on his clients. San Francisco-based immigration attorney Jeffrey Martins sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and its director, Alejandro...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...

OPPM 13-03: ABT Settlement Implementation Guidelines

"This Operating Policies and Procedures Memorandum (“OPPM”) provides guidance on the implementation of the terms of the ABT Settlement Agreement, a copy of which is provided as Attachment A." - EOIR, Dec. 2, 2013 .

Rare Recovery From Trafficking Lawsuit

"After four years of grueling work without pay as a nanny in Bethesda, Md., Zipora Mazengo finally obtained a $1 million judgment against her former employer. The Tanzanian citizen spent five more years attempting to collect. Her pro bono lawyers at Jenner & Block recognized that the challenge...

Waterloo, Iowa Pays $13K to Settle DOJ Citizenship Status Hiring Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department announced today that it has reached an agreement with the city of Waterloo, Iowa, resolving allegations that the city violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department initiated its investigation after a charge was...

Mass. Staffing Firm Pays $10.5K to Settle DOJ Citizenship Discrimination Case

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with SD Staffing LLC (SD Staffing), aka Atwork Personnel Services Inc., a company based in Methuen, Mass., resolving claims that the staffing company engaged in citizenship status discrimination in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act...

Roofing Company Pays $230K For H-2B, FLSA Violations

"The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent judgment from the U.S. District Court of Colorado that ordered Superior Roofing Inc. to pay $143,000 in back wages to 343 workers for unpaid minimum wage and overtime due under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, the court entered an injunction...

Duran-Gonzalez Settlement

"On March 21, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted preliminary approval of a Settlement Agreement in the case of Aurelio Duran-Gonzalez v. Department of Homeland Security (Duran-Gonzalez) Under the terms of the Duran-Gonzalez Settlement Agreement , certain...

OSC Settles I-9 Discrimination Case for $115K

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Potter Concrete , a company based in Dallas , resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigation, which was initiated...