Law360 (July 26, 2021, 10:02 AM EDT) — As much of the U.S. emerges from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic that upended the world last year, law firms are taking stock of how much their business and their bench strength were affected by the unprecedented pressures of a global health crisis.Many of the largest U.S. law firms successfully rode out the economic uncertainty, and some even continued to build up their ranks in 2020, further widening the industry’s size gaps, according to Law360’s annual tracking of the largest law firms in the country.At the top of this year’s Law360 400 leaderboard, the largest five firms each held…

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Law360 (September 1, 2020, 3:59 PM EDT) — The Trump administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a split Ninth Circuit ruling that detained asylum-seekers are entitled to bond hearings, arguing that the lower court incorrectly concluded that the asylum-seekers have a constitutional right to the proceedings.The federal government said that unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. don’t have a constitutional right to bond hearings, regardless of whether they seek asylum and establish that they have credible fear of returning to their home countries, such as the immigrants in this case.The high court has ruled in numerous cases that unauthorized immigrants don’t have due…

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TPS Beneficiaries Retain Same Immigration Status after Traveling AbroadWASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a Policy Memorandum (PDF, 268.36 KB) adopting the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision on Matter of Z‑R‑Z‑C.

The decision holds that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who travel abroad using a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-issued travel document under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 244(f)(3) generally will retain the same immigration status on their return that they had at the time of departure. Exceptions apply to aliens inadmissible under certain criminal or national security grounds or with immigrant or nonimmigrant visas they present for admission to the United States.

This travel does not satisfy the “inspected and admitted or paroled” eligibility requirement for obtaining adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence. This is consistent with the agency’s previous clarification that a TPS beneficiary’s authorized travel does not execute a final order of removal.

Furthermore, this decision is in line with the Miscellaneous and Technical Immigration and Naturalization Amendments Act of 1991 (MTINA), which specifies that TPS beneficiaries who travel using a valid DHS-issued travel document retain the same immigration status upon return.

“Temporary Protected Status is by its very nature temporary,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “It should not provide a path to lawful permanent resident status or citizenship. Misinterpretation and inconsistent application of this law has previously allowed those pathways for alien TPS beneficiaries. This was a mistaken distortion of what Congress intended when creating this temporary program.”

Recognizing TPS beneficiaries’ potential reliance on USCIS’ past practice and treatment of their temporary travel abroad, USCIS will limit how it applies Matter of Z-R-Z-C to minimize adverse impacts to this group. This decision does not affect TPS beneficiaries who adjusted status to lawful permanent residence under past practice and/or prior guidance or who have pending applications for adjustment of status.

In addition, USCIS will only apply Matter of Z-R-Z-C prospectively to TPS beneficiaries who departed and returned to the United States under section 244(f)(3) of the INA after Aug. 20, 2020, the date of the AAO’s adopted decision.

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Law360 (March 6, 2020, 9:30 AM EST) — The Trump administration finalized its policy on Friday to collect DNA from detained migrants, allowing the government to move toward expanding its existing pilot program that began at the border early this year.The rule, which takes effect in April, will require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to collect DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of detained migrants each year and input them into the federal government’s criminal database, which could then be searched against DNA information found at crime scenes.“Today’s rule assists federal agencies in implementing longstanding aspects of our immigration laws,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said…

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