Immigration Law

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Motel 6 Proposes $7.6M Settlement over Latino Guest Targeting
Posted on 7 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, Nov. 6, 2018 - "After a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Motel 6, the chain agreed to pay as much as $7.6 million to guests who said their private information was given to U.S. immigration agents, according... Read More

Settlement May Give Second Chance to Asylum Seekers Separated at Border
Posted on 13 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dara Lind, Vox, Sept. 13, 2018 - "The Trump administration has just agreed to give parents who were separated from their children at the US-Mexico border earlier this year a second chance to make asylum claims in the US. The Department of Justice... Read More

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 4 Aug 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July... Read More

ICE Targets Another American Citizen for Deportation
Posted on 30 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rubin and Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 29, 2017 - "Sergio Carrillo had already been handcuffed in the Home Depot parking lot when an officer wearing a Homeland Security uniform appeared. “Homeland Security?” Carrillo asked... Read More

Victory in Lawsuit: Spokane Police Will No Longer Unlawfully Detain Immigrants
Posted on 12 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Jan. 10, 2018 - "On January 9, 2018, Gabriel Gomez and the City of Spokane reached a final settlement in a lawsuit Mr. Gomez filed last August over a police officer having unlawfully detained him after he was the victim of a car accident. Under... Read More

CA9 on Flores Settlement, Bond Hearings: Flores v. Sessions (July 5, 2017)
Posted on 6 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Sessions - "On January 28, 1997, the district court approved a settlement between the plaintiff class and the federal government establishing a “nationwide policy for the detention, release, and treatment of minors in the custody... Read More

Veggie Packer Settles I-9 Discrimination Claim, Pays $100K Penalty
Posted on 20 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 16, 2017 - "The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Washington Potato Company, which operates the Freeze Pack vegetable processing plant located in Pasco, Washington. The agreement resolves... Read More

Breaking: Flores Settlement Interpreted by Ninth Circuit
Posted on 6 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Lynch, July 6, 2016 - "Although the issues underlying this appeal touch on matters of national importance, our task is straightforward — we must interpret the Settlement. Applying familiar principles of contract interpretation, we... Read More

Notice of Proposed Settlement & Hearing in 'Reasonable Fear Determination' Class Action: Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson
Posted on 27 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND HEARING IN CLASS ACTION INVOLVING DETAINED NON-CITIZENS WHO ARE AWAITING A “REASONABLE FEAR DETERMINATION” ALFARO GARCIA, ET AL. V. JOHNSON, ET AL., Case No. 4:14-cv-01775-YGR IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT... Read More

$200K Penalty for Bad I-9 Practices
Posted on 30 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, June 27, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Crookham Company to resolve the department’s allegations that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration... Read More

IJ Tabaddor's First Amendment Rights Vindicated, DOJ Capitulates
Posted on 4 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cooley LLP, Nov. 3, 2015 - "Cooley announced today the resolution of a suit against the Department of Justice ("DOJ") on behalf of sitting Immigration Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor. The lawsuit challenged an order imposed by the DOJ recusing... Read More

Denver Sheriff Dept. Settles I-9 Citizenship Discrimination Complaints with DOJ
Posted on 23 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 21, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff... Read More

DHS, Immigrants Reach Deal Over Delays In Reasonable Fear Interviews (Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson) - Law360
Posted on 9 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, July 8, 2015 - " A class of immigrants who fear persecution in their home countries reached a settlement with federal officials Tuesday in California district court over delays in interviews with asylum officers, with the government agreeing... Read More

Why Are I-9 Lessons So Hard to Learn? - The Abercrombie & Fitch Files
Posted on 26 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

You'd think a million-dollar fine would have hammered home the lesson. Nearly five years ago, that's what retailer Abercrombie & Fitch paid ICE to settle an I-9 audit beef. Seems the company's hand-crafted, artisanal electronic I-9 system... Read More