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Litigating Against the 'Invisible Wall'

December 02, 2019 (1 min read)

Senior Data Journalist Sinduja Rangarajan has three must-read posts:

How I Tracked an Explosion in Lawsuits Against Trump’s Immigration Policies - Mother Jones, Dec. 2, 2019

Building a Wall Out of Red Tape - Reveal, Nov. 30, 2019

Trump Has Built a Wall of Bureaucracy to Keep Out the Very Immigrants He Says He Wants - Mother Jones, Dec. 2, 2019

The takeaway: "There’s been an explosion of H-1B–related federal lawsuits since Trump took office. According to our database of cases, built with professor Yale-Loehr and his student Hun Lee of Cornell Law School, between 2017 and 2019, nearly 100 of these suits were filed against USCIS, compared with a handful per year over the previous decade. Jonathan Wasden and Bradley Banias, former Justice Department attorneys who now represent plaintiffs suing USCIS, confirm that this is the highest number of H-1B visa lawsuits. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has created a task force to train business-immigration attorneys how to file H-1B lawsuits. Large companies including McKinsey & Company, LexisNexis, and Bristol-Myers Squibb have filed lawsuits on behalf of employees fighting USCIS decisions."