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Expert: States Venue Shopped Immigration Lawsuit

"A federal judge's ruling last month blocking President Barack Obama's immigration executive action lays bare a pervasive practice in federal district courts: venue shopping. It is a game of odds in which lawyers pick a court to file their case where a judge or case law is likely to be more...

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS

"A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday awarded the American Immigration Council about $80,000 in attorneys’ fees after it prevailed in its bid to get the Department of Homeland Security to turn over information about noncitizens' access to counsel during their interactions with federal immigration...

Feds Settle Lawsuit Over False Arrest of American Citizen by Border Guards

"An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a case defenders say highlights how hyper-vigilant border enforcement can violate people’s civil liberties. Gerardo Vazquez-Mentado, an Oswego county resident, store owner and naturalized U.S. citizen sued the federal government after he was...

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failures of CBP to Respond to FOIA Requests

"Yesterday, a class action lawsuit was filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA gives...

Lawsuit in Los Angeles Alleges Forced Labor, Wage Theft, Visa Fraud

"Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) and Latham & Watkins LLP filed suit on behalf of 11 Filipino workers at L’Amande French Bakery, who were fraudulently lured by their employer to the United States on E-2 visas and then subjected to exploitative...

Worker Fired For Refusing To Falsify I-9 Forms, Suit Claims

"A Pennsylvania stone veneer product manufacturer and installer was slapped with a wrongful termination suit Friday by a former employee who claims she was canned for refusing to falsely certify I-9 forms to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Plaintiff Jessica Miranda alleged that Environmental...

Florida Stable Sues USCIS Over O-1 Visa Denial

"A popular thoroughbred racehorse trainer has accused the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in a D.C. federal court of engaging in “capricious” and “arbitrary” behavior by denying an assistant trainer an extension of his nonimmigrant worker status after previously...

States Are Divided by the Lines They Draw on Immigration

"Washington has long allowed immigrants without legal status to get driver’s licenses. So Ofelia Rosas Ramos, a Mexican living illegally in Seattle, has had her license since 2008. “That is one of the big advantages of this state,” said Ms. Rosas, 31, whose 4-year-old daughter...

DOJ Files 5th Circuit Brief in Texas v. USA

"This case involves a challenge brought by Texas and other States to enjoin — nationwide — enforcement policies that the Secretary of Homeland Security adopted to manage the government’s limited immigration enforcement resources and prioritize the removal of aliens who threaten...

Au Pair Suit Brings Domestic Worker Abuse Into Spotlight

"As a class action unfolds in Colorado alleging au pairs on the J-1 visa program have had their wages fixed at $4.35 per hour, Law360 takes a closer look at the exploitation of domestic workers by abusive employers who range from middle-class families to high-ranking diplomats. [ Link to Beltran...

Federal Judge Rules Border Patrol Unlawfully Arrested Anacortes (Wa.) Man

"A federal district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Border Patrol unlawfully arrested an Anacortes resident in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart declared that the Border Patrol did not have a lawful basis to arrest Gustavo Vargas when a Border Patrol agent requested an Anacortes...

Montana Highway Patrol and Plaintiffs Settle Litigation over Traffic Stops, Profiling

"The Montana Department of Justice announced an agreement with plaintiffs to resolve a lawsuit that challenged the manner in which the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) handled traffic stops involving people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. This morning's agreement was reached between Attorney...

Ex-NBA Player, Others Want $45M EB-5 Suit Axed - Law360

"Former NBA forward Theo Ratliff and various entertainment-related companies urged a Georgia federal judge on Friday to toss a $45 million lawsuit brought by a Georgia-based production studio alleging that it was pushed out of a lucrative funding opportunity with the EB-5 immigrant investor program...

Couple Sues USCIS Over 4-Year Visa Petition Delay: Ladhani v. Johnson

"A Pakistani couple sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Illinois federal court Tuesday seeking to force the agency to act on their petition for lawful permanent resident status, which they say has been held up without explanation since a USCIS agent interviewed the couple in 2011....

NY District Blocked Refugee Kids From High School, Suit Says

"A civil liberties group and legal aid service filed a potential class action in New York federal court against an upstate school district Thursday, accusing the district of discriminating against certain refugee students by excluding them from a public high school. The New York Civil Liberties...

Immigration Attys Sue CBP Over 'Sluggish' FOIA Responses

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating federal laws and stymieing immigration relief petitions by routinely failing to timely respond to Freedom of Information Act requests, immigration lawyers and noncitizens contended Wednesday in their amended putative class action. The plaintiffs...

Lawsuit Challenges EADs for H-4 Spouses

"A group representing former Southern California Edison Co. computer workers launched a suit in Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday challenging a U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation that authorizes certain H-1B dependent spouses who possess H-4 visas to work, saying the rule robs...

Class Action Suit Filed Against Texas Immigration Jail

"The operators of an immigration detention facility violated the First Amendment rights of women participating in a hunger strike by locking them in isolation cells and threatening to take their children, a proposed class action filed Thursday in Texas federal court alleges. U.S. Immigration...

Homeland Security Facing Suit Over EB-5 Investor Visa Denials

From Law360, May 5, 2015 - "American Logistics International LLC filed suit in D.C. federal court on Monday against the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that the agency has capriciously chosen to deny EB-5 investor visas to more than a dozen U.S. resident aliens. The Carson, California...

DOJ: Refugee Moms, Kids Locked Up in Texas Aren't 'People,' Have No Rights

Central American moms and kids fleeing for their lives and seeking asylum in the United States are no better than anarchists, and are not among 'the People' protected by the Constitution. Reaching back to a Supreme Court case from 1904 involving an alleged English anarchist imprisoned on Ellis...

Federal Court Litigation Triggers I-612 Hardship Waiver Victory: Fabry v. Kerry

Filing of lawsuit by Hake & Schmitt induces State Department Waiver Review Division to issue favorable recommendation in de novo filing in an I-612 hardship waiver case "The State Department Waiver Review Division (WRD) issued a not favorable recommendation on an I-612 hardship waiver application...