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On the Texas - Mexico Border, Death Rains From the Sky

"It was in October of 2012 that a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter joined in a hot pursuit in the Rio Grande Valley. Officers suspected that pick-up truck they were chasing was loaded with bales of marijuana. To bring an end the chase a sniper in the helicopter fired 15 times at the...

Administration Asks Court to Lift Order Halting Immigration Programs

"The Obama administration, fighting a lawsuit by 26 states against the president’s executive actions on immigration, asked a federal appeals court Thursday to lift an order by a judge in Texas that halted the programs. Calling the legal reasoning behind the Feb. 16 injunction “unprecedented...

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...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

"You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison…That's not what these women and children deserve." - Leslie Holman, AILA President "Immigrants' rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention...

Rick Perry's Border 'Surge' - Can Texas Afford It?

"[Texas] state leaders are grappling with how to continue the border surge [former Gov.] Perry started. Costs for it have been escalating: State spending on border security could be on course to reach as much as $400 million a year in the next budget cycle, roughly doubling current levels. Complicating...

Texas v. USA Oral Argument Preview

"Judge Hanen’s rulings on both the standing and the APA issues — specifically, that DACA and DAPA are not discretionary and thus require notice and comment rulemaking under the APA — cannot be squared with either the evidence in the record or the governing legal principles. The...

Does Rick Perry's Executive Order Conflict with Federal E-Verify Rules?

A Texas lawyer asks the feds some pertinent questions, and they reply : "This is in response to your email dated March 30,2015, to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC" or "Office"). In your email, you express concerns about...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

H-2B Applications and Prevailing Wage Requests Continue Through May 15; USCIS Resumes Premium Processing | On April 15, 2015, the federal district court for the Northern District of Florida issued a further order in Perez v. Perez, No 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla., March 4, 2015) permitting the DOL to continue...

Attorneys, Law Students Train for Pro Bono Asylum Cases for Detained Refugee Moms, Kids in Texas

"For the mothers and children detained at an immigrant facility in Karnes County, about 100 miles south of Austin, their best chance for release is to find attorneys willing to represent them pro bono. And in turn, the lawyers willing to take on these cases need specific training. So this week at...

DOJ Submits Sensitive White House Docs In Immigration Beef

"The U.S. Department of Justice submitted highly sensitive documents that included White House communications to a Texas federal court on Thursday in the case over the president’s executive actions on immigration, while arguing that government never meant to mislead the court on the policies'...

EQUATING IMMIGRANTS TO GREENHOUSE GASES: IS THIS A VALID BASIS FOR STANDING TO SUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

Cyrus D. Mehta writes : "It has lately become fashionable for states that oppose President Obama’s immigration executive actions to sue in federal court on grounds that they are unconstitutional. But in order to get heard in court, a state must demonstrate standing. In the Texas v. United...

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...

Texas Governor Signs Law Preempting Local Fracking Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas — (Mealey’s) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on May 18 signed a bill that preempts regulation of hydraulic fracturing at the city level, overriding the fracking ban that was passed last year in a referendum that was approved in the City of Denton. Property Rights In a statement...

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...

Will Farmers Branch Save DAPA, Expanded DACA? - Cyrus D. Mehta

Cyrus D. Mehta writes - "After a split Fifth Circuit panel declined to lift Judge Hanen’s preliminary injunction in Texas v. United States blocking President Obama’s two executive actions that could defer the deportations of an estimated 4.4 million people, the score was 2 in favor of...

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

Jury Verdict Round-Up: May Top 5 Personal Injury Suits

During May, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. Our list normally includes substantial plaintiff’s verdicts as well as impressive...

Refugee Moms, Kids Languish in Texas Immigration Gulags

"Workers are putting the finishing touches on rows of barracks in a 50-acre camp here, the largest immigration detention center in the country. It houses thousands of women and their children who were caught crossing the border illegally and are seeking asylum in the United States. Federal officials...

Texas Jury Awards $6.5 Million, Including $ 5 Million In Punitives, To Construction Worker Who Suffered Partial Foot Amputation Following Worksite Injury

On May 29, 2012, Rolando Cumpian was working for Leal Welding & Erection, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. At that time, Leal was operating as the subcontractor for Joeris General Contractors, Ltd., which was acting as the general contractor for a construction project at Dr. Folks Middle School. While on...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New York Grants Law License to DACA Grantee | On June 3, 2015, an intermediate New York appellate court approved the application for admission to the bar of a Mexican citizen who was brought to the United States as a child and granted relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...

Texas Supermarket Settles Visa Suit With USCIS - Law360

"Texas supermarket chain H.E.B. Grocery Co. LP has dropped its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after its senior computer programmer was able to secure work authorization under a recently issued DHS rule. U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra signed an order Thursday dismissing...

State Net Capitol Journal: Renewable Energy Offsets Collapse Of Coal

The U.S. coal industry has endured a precipitous decline in recent years. A Duke University study indicated that the industry shed 49,530 jobs between 2008 and 2012. U.S. renewable energy, meanwhile, has surged. The Duke study found that wind and solar energy generation provided more than 79,000 direct...

State Net Capitol Journal: Politics Kills Clean Energy In Texas

A Texas rebate program for electric vehicles is ending on June 26 – only about a year after it began. Not because state leaders think green rebates are a waste of money or threaten the free market. In fact, a House committee unanimously passed a plan to extend the EV incentives until 2023 and double...

DLA Piper: Federal Court Blocks Rule Restricting Telemedicine Practice In Texas

By Nathan Fish and Frank E. Sheeder A federal court has temporarily enjoined the Texas Medical Board (TMB) from implementing and enforcing a rule restricting the practice of telemedicine pending resolution of an antitrust lawsuit filed by Teladoc, Inc. The temporary injunction represents a small victory...

DLA Piper Energy Bulletin

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. • Railroad industry leader sees jump ahead in volume of crude-by-rail. Are oil companies fully prepared for the potential liability...