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Factbox: States Wrestle With Immigration Policy

Published on Thu, Jul 29, 2010

  • As of June 30, bills similar to Arizona's law had been introduced in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Michigan.
  • In the first half of the year, 44 state legislatures passed 191 laws and adopted 128 resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees, with governors vetoing five of the bills. This was a 21 percent increase in enacted laws and resolutions from the same time period in 2009.
  • Most of the state legislation addresses employment, law enforcement and identification.
  • In all of 2009 more than 1,500 bills were introduced in state legislatures related to immigration, compared to 300 in 2005.
  • Immigrants made up more than 12 percent of the U.S. population in 2008 and the foreign-born share of Arizona's population was 14.3 percent that year. In California, which is also on the border, foreign-born residents make up more than a quarter of the population. Latinos make up the biggest group.
  • The Latino share of Arizona's population was 30.1 percent in 2008. In neighboring Texas, Latinos made up 36.5 percent of the population and in California they made up 32.4 percent. In New Mexico, they represented nearly 45 percent of the population.

Published in the Reuters

Preventing the Removal of Individuals Who Are Not Enforcement Priorities

This Practice Advisory, written in collaboration with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and updated after a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas temporarily blocked the implementation of the DAPA and Expanded DACA initiatives, offers strategies to prevent the removal of individuals who are not enforcement priorities, including those who are eligible for DAPA or Expanded DACA.

Published On: Thursday, March 19, 2015 | Download File

Juan Felipe Herrera Offers Insight into the Migrant Farmworker Experience for Youth

Author: Juan Felipe Herrera

Recently, I excitingly told my young daughters we were going to wake up early and go berry picking at a “pick your own” farm. My three year old exclaimed “I don’t want to pick berries at a farm I want to pick them at a store.” Although it was funny, it made me realize how disconnected we are as a society to our food sources and the nameless people who make it possible for us to have fresh fruits and vegetables on our tables.  Read more...

Year Released: 2015

Under 'Secure Communities,' all fingerprints would go in database

Published on Fri, Aug 20, 2010

"We question how (ICE is) setting their priorities," said Michelle Waslin, senior policy analyst at the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center, which is against Secure Communities. "Are they truly focusing on the most dangerous criminals, or are they also picking up people who have not been convicted of any or a relatively minor crime?"

Published in the Durango Herald

DOMA

Tell the LAC about your DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) cases

AIC’s Legal Action Center is interested in hearing about pending immigration cases that involve the validity of a marriage involving a lesbian or gay foreign national.  Please tell us about any case in which relief from removal hinges upon a qualifying spouse who is a lesbian or gay foreign national or any case in which an application for an immigration benefit (such as an I-130) hinges on recognition of a marriage involving a lesbian or gay foreign national.  Reply if you have a case that currently is pending:

  • in federal court (either district court or the court of appeals);
  • before the BIA or an IJ; or
  • before USCIS

Please tell us the status of the case, what decisions have been made on the case, and whether the adjudicator has agreed to hold the case in abeyance until the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is resolved by the courts or until there is further action by the BIA in Matter of Dorman, 25 I&N Dec. 485 (Attorney General 2011).    

Please send your responses to clearinghouse@immcouncil.org.

In cooperation with Immigration Equality, the National Immigration Project and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, we are interested in assessing the status of pending cases and exploring possible remedies. 

Also, if you are interested in developments that relate to lesbian or gay marriages (and many other LGBT issues) please join the GLIG (LGBT interest group) of AILA.   You can sign up by clicking “View and Change Listservs” on your MyAILA page.)

Thank you!

Flag-Wrapped Wrestler Cejudo Values Birthright Citizenship Over Gold Medal

Published on Thu, Oct 07, 2010

Eliminating birthright citizenship would mean everyone, not just immigrants, would have to prove their status and would require a federal bureaucracy to determine who is a citizen, said Michele Waslin, a policy analyst at the Immigration Policy Center, a Washington-based nonpartisan research group.

Published in the Bloomberg

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 2

This issue covers the Supreme Court's decision to hear a fraud offense case, important developments in the Duran-Gonzales and surviving spouse class actions, updates on the Orozco and Matter of Silva-Trevino decisions, and outreach and resources related to the AG's ineffective assistance of counsel decision Matter of Compean.

Published On: Monday, February 2, 2009 | Download File

U.S. Deports Record Number of Migrants in 2010

Published on Wed, Jan 05, 2011

In the two years that the measure has been in effect – and according to a report by the Immigration Policy Center it lacks the proper supervision and a complaint procedure and it spurs racial profiling against immigrants – 69,905 foreigners have been identified as being in the country illegally and deported.

Published in the Latin America Herald Tribune