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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...

Expert: EB-5 Lawsuit Unusual

"A recent suit alleging that some EB-5 applications were improperly delayed based on a regional center's ties to Iran may be a harbinger of increased litigation over the program, spurred by growing scrutiny of the visa category and a policy landscape that is problematic for immigrant investors...

USCIS Chief Takes Responsibility For Injunction Violation: Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, May 18, 2015 - " The director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said on Friday that he accepted responsibility for about 2,000 expanded work permits going out in violation of a court injunction on two of the president's executive action policies, telling a...

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Work Permit Delays: NWIRP v. USCIS

"Plaintiffs challenge Defendants’ policies and practices of unlawfully delaying adjudication of applications for employment authorization and refusing to issue interim employment authorization. ... Individual Plaintiffs seek to represent the following nationwide class: Noncitizens who have...

Class Action Lawsuit for Unlawful Delays in Employment Authorizations Filed

"Last Friday, three immigrants and two immigration service providers filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for unlawfully delaying the adjudication of their applications for employment authorization...

Lawsuit: U.S. Citizen Children Denied Birth Certificates in Texas

"A lawsuit contends the state of Texas is routinely discriminating against the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrant parents by denying them birth certificates. According to the civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Austin, the Texas Department of State Health Services...

No Apologies, But Feds Pay $350K to Deported American Citizen

Professor/blogger Jacqueline Stevens writes : " Andres Robles was 19 years old in 2008 when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Louisiana ignored his claims of U.S. citizenship, as well as their own files that readily affirm this status, and deported him to Mexico for three years...

Landscaping Groups Sue Over New H-2B Regulations - Law360

Allissa Wickham, Law360, June 2, 2015 - "Several landscape businesses and groups launched a suit in Florida federal court Monday challenging brand-new regulations for the H-2B program issued by the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, saying the new rules are harming...

Executive Action on Immigration and the Judicial Artifice of “Lawful Presence” - Anil Kalhan

"In legal terms, Judge Smith’s strikingly casual reasoning about “lawful presence” lacks precision and ultimately makes very little sense." - Anil Kalhan, June 3, 2015 . - Prof. Anil Kalhan