The Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) was named the top immigration legal network by Chambers Global. Chambers noted, "[ABIL] is an association of legal providers based in over 20 countries, including 24 U.S. cities, providing a single contact point for management of global immigration needs. It assists with processing, filing, invoicing and online client case tracking. Members share information on important legislation, take part in joint training and collaborate on projects to provide a unified service offering. The network also maintains an up-to-date blog collating information on multiple jurisdictions." In addition, ABIL members and firms were disproportionately top-rated in almost all of their jurisdictions relative to other immigration firms. ABIL encompasses two-thirds of Chambers USA's top band (ranking tier) in California out of thousands of California immigration law firms.
Below are ABIL firms and individual members and associates who were honored in Chambers Global and Chambers USA:
Cyrus D Mehta & Associates PLLC
Fredrikson & Byron
Klasko Rulon Stock & Seltzer
Maggio & Kattar
Parker, Butte Lane
Pearl Law Group
Siskind Susser, PC
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
Corporate Immigration Law Firm
Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
Laura Devine Solicitors
Bener Law Office (Europe, Global – for Corporate/M&A)
Dorda (Europe, Global, High Net Worth)
Kingsley Napley (UK, US, Global, High Net Worth)
Laura Devine Solicitors (UK, US, Global, High Net Worth)
Sagardoy Abogados (Europe – for Employment)
Raczkowski Paruch (Europe – for Employment)
Tannus & Asociados (Latin America)
Robert Aronson (US and Global)
- Ronald Klasko (US and Global)
Charles Kuck (US and Global)
Cyrus Mehta (US and Global)
Gregory Siskind (US and Global)
Jennifer Stevens (US and Global)
Stephen Yale-Loehr (US and Global)
Barbara Jo Caruso
Global (see also individual listings above under United States)
Ilda de Sousa
More information on rankings and areas of specialty are available here. Bios of ABIL members are available at http://www.abil.com/.
Robert Aronson and Debra Schneider, of Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., have co-authored "A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The High-Skilled Worker Rule and Its Impact on Employment-Based Immigration," published in 44 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. 935-969 (2018) and available online here.
Dagmar Butte will be speaking at the following events:
- AILA Rome Chapter Conference in Berlin, Germany, on April 30, 2019, on the effect of marijuana legalization at the state level on federal immigration law
- Federal Bar Association National Conference in Austin, Texas, on May 17, 2019, on "Fundamentals of Business Immigration Law"
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, on June 19, 2019, on "Changes to Immigration Law Via Trump Administration Memos"
- Chair of Business Track for AILA Annual Conference in Orlando (see above)
Laura Devine Solicitors has won the LexisNexis 2019 Award for Wellbeing. The award recognizes the law firm or other legal organization that "has demonstrated the strongest commitment to providing or promoting a working environment that supports the mental and physical health of its staff, members or colleagues and enables them to maintain a healthy balance between their work pressures and home life." Details
Robert Loughran, partner at Foster LLP, recently spoke on a panel in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. "How Foreign Entrepreneurs Thrive in Trump's America: It's (Not So) Complicated" focused on the immigration, corporate, and financial/tax implications foreign entrepreneurs face when setting up a business in Texas and the United States in light of the Trump administration's new immigration policies. More information
Mr. Loughran and Matthew Myers presented on U.S. immigration considerations specific to Japanese investors, companies, and employees, to representatives of 19 Japanese companies visiting San Antonio, Texas, as part of an economic development delegation at a dinner hosted by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. The event took place March 7, 2019.
Charles Foster and John Meyer, chairman and partner, respectively, at Foster LLP, attended the EB-5 & Uglobal Immigration Expo hosted by EB-5 Investors Magazine on February 11, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mr. Foster presented an overview of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and its latest developments to representatives of leading EB-5 regional centers, migration agencies, and potential investors. More information
Mr. Foster delivered the keynote address at the immigration seminar, “Struggling With Your Immigration Status: Is Canada a Solution?,” hosted by The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board and Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston on December 15, 2018, in Houston, Texas. Mr. Foster spoke about the EB-5 Investment Program as a possible alternative to the H-1B visa backlog. More information on this event
Mr. Meyer was a guest speaker for "Investing and Doing Business in Texas," an event hosted by Invierta en USA on January 30, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. Mr. Meyer spoke about the EB-5 Immigration Investor Program concerning how to obtain business and investment visas to immigrate to the United States. The audience included Mexican entrepreneurs who want to invest in, establish, and expand businesses in Texas. More information
Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, has released "Avoiding Status Violations in the Side Gig Economy," which is Episode 12 of the podcast series, "Statutes of Liberty."
Anu Nair, of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, served as a panelist for "U.S. Immigration and IRS Update," a Business After Hours event sponsored by Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law and hosted by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce on January 15, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. She provided an overview of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program and spoke on the latest developments. She included an update on the impending visa backlog for Indian foreign nationals. More information
Charles Kuck is the attorney for Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage, whose real name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. Mr. Abraham-Joseph, who was born in England in 1992 and has been living in the United States since the age of seven, was detained recently on immigration charges by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Kuck was quoted by Reuters in "Rapper 21 Savage Being Held Unfairly, Attorneys Claim." Mr. Kuck noted that "ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own." He said, "This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to intimidate him into giving up his right to fight to remain in the United States." Mr. Kuck also said that ICE was refusing to release his client on bond based on "incorrect information about prior criminal charges." The article. Additional details of Mr. Abraham-Joseph's case are at TMZ, NYTimes, The New Yorker, Time, and Rolling Stone.
Cyrus Mehta has authored several new blog entries. "The Best Way for Trump to Offer "Love and Sympathy' is to Repeal the Muslim Ban"; "Advancing a 'Social Group Plus' Claim After Matter of A-B-"; "Trump Administration Imposes Another Unnecessary Obstacle: USCIS to Issue New Version of Form I-539 and New I-539A on March 8"; and "Don't Always Suck Up to Buy American Hire American."
David Isaacson, of Cyrus Mehta's office, has authored a new blog entry. "Not Sure Whether to Laugh or Cry: How the Border Patrol's Harassment of a Comedian Shows Why It Should Not Be Checking Documents in the United States."
Angelo Paparelli has authored a new blog entry, " 'Sue the miscreants!'—Challenging Unjust Work-Visa and Green-Card Denials with Flood-the-Zone and Head-Fake Immigration Strategies."
Mr. Paparelli and William Stock spoke at the 2019 American Immigration Lawyers Association's Spring Federal Court Litigation Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on March 12, 2019. More information
Rodrigo Tannus has authored several new articles published in Diario la Republica:
Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in several publications regarding President Trump's threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico:
- CNN: Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that the President would run into problems if he closed the entire border to green card holders and U.S. citizens: "They could argue that doing so violates their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and travel."
- Univision (Spanish): "Las amenazas de Trump en la frontera y el corte de la ayuda a los países centroamericanos (como castigo por no detener las oleadas de inmigrantes en busca de asilo) pueden ser ilegales y, desde luego, una tontería."
- Sinclair Broadcast Group, many newspapers: "Any effort to close the U.S.-Mexico border or cut off aid is doomed to failure. It is like stopping funding for cancer research on the theory that fewer cancers will occur. We need more foreign aid, not less, to attack the root conditions of poverty and violence in Central America so fewer people in those countries will flee to the United States."
- Law360: Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that the first version of President Trump's travel ban raised similar concerns. If the President issued a narrower proclamation closing the border only for asylum-seekers, they could argue that this violates INA 208(a)(1), which provides that any migrant physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States, whether or not at a designated port of arrival, can apply for asylum. Available by registering or subscribing.
- USA Today: "We'd be shooting ourselves in the foot by closing the border. It's like stopping funding for cancer research on the theory that we'll get fewer cancers."
- Business Insider: "The legal challenges to a border declaration will depend on what President Trump does. If President Trump closed the border to green card holders and U.S. citizens, they could argue that doing so violates their First Amendment rights to freedom of association and travel."
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by WENY regarding a failed EB-5 project in upstate New York.
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by Bloomberg Law regarding a 10 percent immigration surcharge proposal in the Trump administration's budget request to Congress. It "seems minimal," he noted, but "would have a real detrimental impact on many people who can ill afford these increased filing fees." He said the surcharge is likely "dead on arrival," noting that even the Trump administration thinks "that such a change will only occur with congressional approval" and "the Democrats would never agree to this." Further, he noted, "Some employers already are balking at the high filing fees for needed employees. Adding a 10 percent surcharge will make it even more financially onerous. We may see fewer H-1B petitions being filed as a result." Available by registering or subscribing.
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by Voice of San Diego in an article about a California county's asylum policy lawsuit. Mr. Yale-Loehr agreed that the federal government's failure to follow rulemaking procedures was the county lawsuit's most potent argument. "I think it's a good lawsuit and they raise serious allegations. We'll just have to wait to see which judge they get."
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by CNN in "Supreme Court Will Take Up Immigration-Related Case Next Term." The case, Kansas v. Garcia, concerns Kansas' prosecution of three immigrants for using stolen Social Security numbers for employment. The Kansas Supreme Court overturned their convictions, ruling that federal immigration law preempts a state from prosecuting undocumented immigrants when the claim is based on information culled from federal immigration forms. If the Supreme Court takes up the case and overturns the Kansas court's decision, he noted, "all states could prosecute noncitizens for identity theft more easily. The Supreme Court largely struck down Arizona's similar efforts in 2012. Given the change in Supreme Court members since then, it will be interesting to see how the court revisits the issue."
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by the New York Times in "Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Grants More Protections for Asylum Seekers." In response to the court's decision that immigration authorities can no longer swiftly remove asylum seekers who fail an initial screening, Mr. Yale-Loehr said, "This is a historic decision. But the government will surely appeal this to the Supreme Court." The article
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by CNN in "Meet the Immigrant Who Got a Second Chance from Justice Neil Gorsuch." The article notes that Justice Gorsuch sided with the Supreme Court's liberals in invalidating a provision of federal law that requires the mandatory removal of immigrants who have been convicted of some "crimes of violence," agreeing that the law was unconstitutionally vague. Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that Justice Gorsuch's vote did not necessarily make him pro-immigrant in every case, as evidenced by some of his other opinions. "But like his predecessor, Justice Scalia, he hates vague laws. This case shows that Congress needs to be more careful when it drafts immigration laws," Mr. Yale-Loehr said.
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by Bisnow South Florida in "EB-5 Fund USIF Sued for Racketeering by Representative of Chinese Investors." The U.S. Immigration Fund bundles foreign money to be loaned to developers for U.S. based projects. The Chicago-based Chinese-American researcher who filed the suit, Xuejun Makhsous, also known as Zoe Ma, alleges that Chinese investors were led to believe that they were backing a five-year loan with a real estate development as collateral, but they were actually purchasing limited partnership interests in a fund not secured by real estate. "It's an interesting but novel argument. It remains for the court to decide whether it has validity." The article
Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted by CNN in "Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Return to U.S." Mr. Yale-Loehr said Hoda Muthana's situation was "not clear-cut. It would depend on the facts, if the State Department argues that her father's diplomatic status was still in effect. The family argues it expired. So ultimately, it may be up to a court to sort this out." Ms. Muthana's family has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. government's assertion that she is not a U.S. citizen, the article notes. The CNN article. The lawsuit
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by Bisnow South Florida in "Inside the Wild Legal Battle Over EB-5 Fraud, Defamation and a $2.5B Times Square Project." Mr. Yale-Loehr noted that the EB-5 program was established as a part of a bigger overhaul of legal immigration in the early 1990s, "in part because Australia and Canada had similar programs." Noting that it was enacted as a pilot program and still needs to be reauthorized periodically, he said redeployment has become contentious as processing times for visas have grown. Contracts can be structured various ways, he said, with all the money from a group being moved together at one time or in tranches. The article
Mr. Yale-Loehr was quoted by the Cornell Daily Sun in "Tompkins County Deputy Called ICE to Report Mexican Man in U.S. Illegally, Drawing Sheriff's Ire." Mr. Yale-Loehr said, "I agree that it is a close call, but the county resolution explicitly states that nothing in the resolution bars a sheriff's officer from sending a statement of a person's immigration status to federal immigration authorities."