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How to Sponsor Same-Sex Spouse for Green Card

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013, in which the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples were not allowed to seek a green card on behalf...more

17 States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Order

On December 3rd, seventeen states sued the U.S. in a Texas federal court over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The states claim the President’s order is an unconstitutional exercise of power and seek...more

Texas and 17 States Sue Over the President’s Executive Action on Immigration

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the attorneys general and governors of 17 states filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging...more

Fourteen States and Four Governors Sue the President on His Immigration Executive Orders – The Battle Begins

It didn’t take long. Fourteen states and four governors, led by Texas, filed a complaint in the Federal Court in Brownsville, Texas seeking to nullify the President’s Executive Order relating to immigration. Texas has sued...more

Obama’s Executive Order, Its Impact on Health Care Costs, and the Constitutionality of Executive Orders

Pres. Barack Obama addressed the nation last night. He discussed his executive order that will delay deportations of up to 5 million migrants. What does an executive order on immigration have to do with Medicaid?...more

Does the President Have the Power to Defer Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants?

President Obama has announced that before the end of the year he intends to issue executive orders to address the dysfunctional immigration system if Congress does not act on immigration reform legislation. There is...more

Labor & Employment E - Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft' - Big Companies, States Urge High Court to Rule on Gay Marriage - Firms Continue to Increase Background Checks on Job Candidates - Obama...more

Move Over EEOC: Time for an NLRB Benchslap

Over the last few weeks we have blogged on a number of judicial decisions chastising the EEOC (Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?, EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming and The EEOC Hits Just Keep Coming!). Today we shift our...more

Collateral Damage: Criminal Convictions and the Lasting Consequences

Prosecutors and often even judges do not appreciate the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, regardless of whether it results from a trial or a plea agreement. While the direct consequences of conviction are...more

Federal Government Bars Immigration Checks By Schools

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have recently issued new guidance – in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter to school administrators nationwide – barring public schools from conducting immigration checks on...more

New Mexico Supreme Court Applies Padilla Retroactively to 1990

In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356 (2010), held that a defense attorney’s failure to advise the defendant concerning the risk of removal fell below the objective...more

No-Fly List Ruled Unconstitutional

On June 24th, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that the government’s no-fly list, which seeks to prevent people with suspected terrorism ties from traveling to or within the United States, is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was...more

California Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status

Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., S196568 (June 26, 2014): On June 26, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that federal immigration law does not preempt a California law that extends state law protections to...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - February 2014: WORKPLACE ISSUES: Legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah will affect employers

Traditionally, marriage has been defined in the United States and in the state of Utah as a legal relationship between a man and a woman. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allowed states to...more

Real ID: Why Does My New York Driver’s License Have Two Expiration Dates?

Driver’s licenses in New York are generally valid for eight years. I just checked mine and see that it was last renewed in 2011 for an eight-year term expiring on my birthday in 2019. The issuance date and expiration date are...more

Holding of Padilla v. Kentucky to be Incorporated Into Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Padilla v. Kentucky, held that a defense attorney’s failure to advise the defendant concerning the risk of removal fell below the objective standard of...more

Florida DMV Will Not Accept Immigration Documents Based on Same-Sex Marriage

Part of the driver license application process in Florida involves proving lawful status in the U.S. There are many documents or sets of documents an applicant can provide to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to...more

President Celebrates Citizenship Day and the Contributions of Immigrants

This week, communities across the country are coming together to celebrate Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, The President celebrated the historical influence of immigrants of all backgrounds in his...more

An Immigration Guide for International Same-Sex Married Couples

As we recently reported, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and President Obama subsequently directed federal government...more

The Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Raises More Questions Than It Answers

With the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of part of the Defense of Marriage Act, P.L. 104-199 (DOMA), Edith Windsor, the plaintiff, joins the likes of Beulah Crane (Crane, 331 U.S 1 (1947)), Mary Archer...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - August 15, 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Rulings in Limbo as High Court Reviews Recess Appointments - New Labor Board Members Likely to Help Employers with Disputes - NLRB Says Social Media Restrictions Could Violate Labor Law -...more

USCIS FAQs on Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has continued to issue guidance on same-sex visa petitions since the Supreme Court’s holding in United States v. Windsor, which invalidated portions of the Defense of...more

USCIS Finalizes Formal Procedures for Reopening Green Card and Fiancé(e) Applications Previously Denied Because of DOMA

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Following that decision, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will approve...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Makes it Harder for Workers to Sue in Bias Cases - High Court to Decide on Obama's NLRB Recess Appointments - Criminal Background Checks May Violate Civil Rights Act, EEOC Says -...more

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