Canadian Appeals Court Revives Asylum Deal With US 1 Immigration News Canadian Appeals Court Revives Asylum Deal With US

Law360 (April 16, 2021, 8:48 PM EDT) — A Canadian appellate panel has ruled that refugees at Canada’s border can be turned back to the United States, reversing a lower court’s order deeming the countries’ asylum-sharing agreement unconstitutional.The three-judge panel, made up of Chief Justice Marc Noël, Judge John B. Laskin and Judge David W. Stratas, agreed on Thursday to reverse a Canadian federal court’s ruling in July that found a safe third country agreement between Canada and the U.S. violates asylum-seekers’ rights. According to Judge Stratas, the lower court incorrectly relied on evidence collected from 10 refugees who had claimed to be “immediately and automatically” detained after returning…

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Up Next At High Court: Green Cards For TPS Holders 2 Immigration News Up Next At High Court: Green Cards For TPS Holders

Law360 (April 16, 2021, 8:25 PM EDT) — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider green card eligibility for immigrants with temporary protected status, a dispute over appellate cost rules, and the counterintuitive issue of inventors challenging their own patents in the first week of its April argument term.The court will hear six cases this week as it begins what is normally the last two-week argument session of the term; like last term, the court has once again scheduled a special May session to accommodate the court-appointed amicus in a criminal appeal that the Biden administration stopped opposing.Here are three cases to watch.The Battle to Make TPS…

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Sen. Booker Revives Bill To Overhaul Immigration Detention 3 Immigration News Sen. Booker Revives Bill To Overhaul Immigration Detention

Law360 (April 16, 2021, 5:51 PM EDT) — U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., reintroduced legislation on Thursday that would abolish contracts with private immigration detention centers and aim to improve conditions at facilities operated or overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.The Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act would give DHS three years to phase out immigration detention contracts with private prison operators and county sheriffs, who often provide detention services to the department. A companion bill, H.R. 2222, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in late March.Booker invoked former President Donald Trump’s approach to immigration when announcing the legislation, emphasizing the need to overhaul…

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Law360 (April 16, 2021, 5:43 PM EDT) — The global COVID-19 pandemic unearthed a rift between the way law firms categorize and go to market with practice groups and how clients view the consultative relationship.At most law firms, traditional business development and client service delivery — and the financial incentive structures that support those elements — rely on practice group monoliths. These long-standing law firm structures do not support the development and sustainability of strong client-adviser relationships, and in fact, can be detrimental to firms and clients alike.For example, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax and litigation are practice areas that often exist as siloed verticals within the law…

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DHS Pans Attempt To Add 41 IRS Agents To ICE Raid Suit 4 Immigration News DHS Pans Attempt To Add 41 IRS Agents To ICE Raid Suit

Law360 (April 16, 2021, 5:31 PM EDT) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged a Tennessee federal court to exclude dozens of tax agents from litigation over an immigration raid that resulted in the arrest of 104 Latino workers, saying the workers haven’t shown that the agents planned the operation.The workers’ request to amend their case for a fourth time to add 41 U.S. Internal Revenue Service agents as defendants is “futile,” DHS officials said Wednesday. The officials panned the proposed fourth amended complaint as lacking in details, saying the workers didn’t provide “any specific facts” showing that the IRS agents conspired with DHS, the Tennessee…

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Biden Maintains Trump's Historically Low 15K Refugee Cap 5 Immigration News Biden Maintains Trump's Historically Low 15K Refugee Cap

Law360 (April 16, 2021, 1:49 PM EDT) — The Biden administration is walking back its proposal to welcome over 62,000 refugees to the U.S., saying Friday that it will keep the Trump administration’s historically low target of 15,000 refugee admissions for the 2021 fiscal year.President Joe Biden, shown here on April 15, will keep the refugee admissions target at 15,000, a senior administration official said Friday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A senior administration official told Law360 that President Joe Biden will sign an emergency order later today which will change the regional allocation of refugees, but will not lift the number of people admitted beyond 15,000.”The Emergency…

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Asylum Restrictions Taking Heavy Toll On Southern Neighbors 6 Immigration News Asylum Restrictions Taking Heavy Toll On Southern Neighbors

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 10:40 PM EDT) — Asylum applications and the number of migrants being detained in Mexico and Central America have been growing as the U.S. has limited pathways for asylum seekers, according to a Thursday report from the Migration Policy Institute.In a study that assessed humanitarian aid systems and enforcement actions in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama and Costa Rica, MPI said that Mexico and the Central American countries should take stock of how they can improve their policies in light of continued barriers to U.S. immigration, and the growing number of asylum claims and deportations within their own borders.”One of the missing…

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Biden DOJ Transition Slowed By GOP, Garland Pushback 7 Immigration News Biden DOJ Transition Slowed By GOP, Garland Pushback

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 8:51 PM EDT) — Partisan gridlock and friction between the White House and Attorney General Merrick Garland over key appointees are contributing to a slow U.S. Department of Justice transition, according to experts and sources familiar with the matter, threatening to keep politically sensitive investigations and policy rollouts on ice in the coming months.President Joe Biden on Monday announced nominees to lead the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Office of Legal Counsel, but four divisions are still awaiting permanent leaders. The Senate could take months to replace them with political appointees who have the clout to make fraught investigative choices, revise Trump-era policies and…

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Top GOP Rep. Wants Mayorkas To Testify On Border 8 Immigration News Top GOP Rep. Wants Mayorkas To Testify On Border

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 7:55 PM EDT) — Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, urged the committee’s chairman to invite Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to testify about the recent influx of migrants crossing the U.S. border.Jordan said that it was important to allow Mayorkas an opportunity to examine the situation at the border, which members of his party have attributed to President Joseph Biden’s policies, though many immigration experts have explained the spring increase as part of seasonal trends.”It has been 102 days since the 117th Congress began and you still have yet to convene a full committee…

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Shepherds To Settle Conspiracy Claim After Attys Find Client 9 Immigration News Shepherds To Settle Conspiracy Claim After Attys Find Client

Law360 (April 15, 2021, 7:23 PM EDT) — Peruvian shepherds who allege that ranchers conspired to suppress their wages while on temporary work visas have reached a settlement over their remaining claims, after a Colorado federal court criticized their counsel for losing track of one of the workers.Counsel for the shepherds filed a response on Thursday to a show-cause order issued last month by U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak, who said it was “troubling” that attorneys failed to notify the court they had been unable to contact client Esliper Huaman since at least late 2019, when the Tenth Circuit revived the case.The shepherds’ claims have been…

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