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Nevada Governor Signs Driver License Bill

"Friday, Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 303 into law, allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver authorization card. The card is not a form of identification but it gives them the ability to drive legally. First, they have to take a class, pass a test, register their car...

Nevada Gross Misdemeanor Statute Modified to 364 Days

" Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval last week signed into law a bill that did not get much press , reducing the maximum penalty for a "gross misdemeanor" from 1 year or less to 364 days. This change will help ensure that noncitizens convicted of minor state offenses will not be subject to...

Excerpts From the July 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Ethiopian Adoptions: PAIR Requirement Effective September 1, 2013, the government of Ethiopia will require that the prospective adoptive parents include evidence that the U.S. government completed a Pre-Adoption Immigration Review of the prospective adoptive child's immigration eligibility. Any...

CA9 on FLSA, H-2A, Nevada: Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc.

"In the face of regulatory ambiguity, the DOL’s determination that inbound travel and immigration expenses primarily benefit H-2A employers was reasonable. There is no reason to think that the DOL’s determination was not a product of its considered judgment. Although the DOL briefly...

BIA on Agg. Fel. Theft: Matter of Sierra

"Under the law of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the offense of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle in violation of sections 193.330 and 205.273 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, which requires only a mental state of “reason to believe,” is not categorically...

CA9 on Conspiracy; Nevada; Burglary; Aggravated Felony: U.S. v. Garcia-Santana

"The government appeals the dismissal of Xochitl Garcia-Santana’s indictment for unlawful reentry in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326. The district court determined that Garcia’s prior removal order was constitutionally inadequate because Garcia was denied her right to seek discretionary...

Nevada Cab Companies Settle Immigration Discrimination Case: $445K Penalty

DOJ, Oct. 20, 2015 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Nevada Yellow Cab Corporation, Nevada Checker Cab Corporation, and Nevada Star Cab Corporation – three Las Vegas, Nevada, taxicab companies that collectively operate under the umbrella company “Yellow...

Record $2.8M Settlement Reached in Nevada H-2A Lawsuit: Rivera Rivera v. Peri & Sons Farms, Inc.

Law360, Dec. 16, 2015 - "A Nevada federal judge signed off Tuesday on a $2.8 million settlement between an onion farm and H-2A visa workers who claimed they had been shorted on pay and weren’t reimbursed for travel and immigration-related expenses."

Judge Tosses Immigration Suit Linked to Mexico Grandmother

Scott Sonner, AP, Mar. 12, 2016 - "The federal government does not have to explain to a Nevada man why his wife, a grandmother and farmer in Mexico, has been denied entry to the U.S. for more than 20 years under "alien smuggling" rules, a federal judge has ruled . A lawyer for Reno...

Bender Podcast: Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela on Civic Engagement

New Orleans, June 22, 2017 - Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela gave an inspiring Keynote Speech at the opening of the 2017 AILA Annual Conference. I caught up with her to record this podcast .