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COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM
February 25, 2013

Recent developments regarding comprehensive immigration reform in our nation's capitol are intriguing, but the plans are still in infancy and vague. On January 28, 2013 eight U.S. Senators, led by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), unveiled the outlines of an immigration plan. The statement of principles is rather broad. It sets out "four basic pillars": 1) a "tough but fair path to citizenship . . . contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required"; 2) reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs; 3) workplace verification; and 4) setting up a system for admitting future workers. In essence, the eight senators acknowledge that the U.S. cannot deport the 11 million (or any substantial fraction thereof) undocumented immigrants. The outline can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bfksdrp. The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on immigration reform in February, and some expect a bill in March 2013.

STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER - SOCIAL MEDIA IN LITIGATION
February 12, 2013

In today's information age, it is not new advice that content posted on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and other online forums is generally open to the world to see. In an October, 2012 blog post, Facebook claimed to have one billion users. Postings on these social media websites, many of which are updated on a daily if not hourly basis, are a modern, electronic form of communication in a highly public forum. Social media is proving to be a hot source for evidence in litigation. When these communications become relevant in litigation, they are, to the consternation of users, discoverable regardless of the privacy policy of the social media website. Even more importantly, these communications are discoverable even though the user or poster believed that the posting would be confined to the private social media page or account. These postings contain a wealth of personal information, and litigators can use these resources to find evidence helpful to prosecute or defend a claim, to impeach a witness, or even to assist in the selection of a juror.

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