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¿Cuanto questa?: An Investigation into the True Costs of Illegal Immigration

Published on Wed, Jun 23, 2010

“There are many reports that confirm immigrants contribute to the economy,” said P.U.E.B.L.O. Executive Director Belen Seara, referring directly to studies from the Immigration Policy Center and the University of Southern California.

The Immigration Policy Center reported via the Texas-based Perryman Group, “If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from California, the state would lose $164.2 billion in expenditures, $72.9 billion in economic output, and approximately 717,000 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time.”

These figures are based in part on income and sales tax revenues and Social Security revenues.

Published in the New Times

Electronic Filing and Access to Electronic Federal Court Documents

This Practice Advisory explains the federal rules authorizing electronic filing in federal court; describes how to file documents in federal court using the Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) System; and outlines how to access electronic documents through Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). The advisory discusses restrictions on electronic access to court documents in immigration cases.

Published On: Monday, April 13, 2009 | Download File

Study Says Northwest Immigrants Have Big Economic Impact

Published on Thu, Jul 29, 2010

The Immigration Policy Center, based in the nation's capital, pulled together immigration data from a variety of sources. Then it released fact sheets for all 50 states.

The center's Wendy Sefsaf says the study concludes that, if all undocumented workers were booted out of the Northwest immediately, the economic impact would be huge.

Wendy Sefsaf: "The undocumented are part of our workforce and they're people who buy and consume goods. So if you get rid of them, there's less consumers, which means there's less money going into an economy that supports those jobs."

The center's study concludes illegal immigrants have a bigger economic impact in Washington than in other Northwest states. Regionwide, the research estimates spending by undocumented workers is responsible for about 90-thousand jobs.

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates five percent of Oregon workers are undocumented, compared to about three percent in Washington and Idaho.

Published in the NPR KPLU

Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues under Matter of M-A-M-

This Practice Advisory provides a detailed analysis of the BIA's precedent decision in Matter of M-A-M- and offers strategic advice on how to address issues that may arise in the context of representing noncitizens with mental competency issues.

Published On: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | Download File

Immigrants & Community

Immigrants & Community teaches middle grade students through literacy-based activities about various types of community and about how immigrants contribute to the communities of which they are a part.

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Swatting babies with the Constitution doesn't improve immigration system

Published on Sat, Aug 21, 2010

Texas Solicitor General James Ho wrote an analysis for the Immigration Policy Center (posted on immigrationpolicy.org) looking at the Senate debate when the amendment was passed, as well as applicable Supreme Court rulings, and concluded that "birthright is protected no less for children of undocumented persons than for descendants of Mayflower passengers."

Published in the Texas Star Telegram

Motions to Reopen from Outside the Country

The LAC, working with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, has repeatedly challenged the “departure bar,” a regulation that precludes noncitizens from filing a motion to reopen or reconsider a removal case after they have left the United States. The departure bar not only precludes reopening or reconsideration based on new evidence or arguments that may affect the outcome of a case, but also deprives immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals of authority to adjudicate motions to remedy deportations wrongfully executed, whether intentionally or inadvertently, by DHS. We argue that the regulation conflicts with the statutory right to pursue reopening and, as interpreted by the government, is an impermissible restriction of congressionally granted authority to adjudicate immigration cases.

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Teacher Vision

Studying immigration brings to light the many interesting and diverse cultures in the world. Browse our lessons, printables, references, and articles below for ideas on how to enhance your curriculum in this area. You'll find statistics on U.S. immigration, lessons on Ellis Island, information on the Pilgrims, and much more for grades K-12. Improve students' reading skills as they learn about the lives of immigrants with our language arts activities.

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'New American' Voter Registration Report Released

Published on Thu, Oct 14, 2010

As of 2008, "New Americans" were one in ten of all registered voters in the country, according to a new Immigration Policy Center report. Two-thirds of those are naturalized U.S. citizens and a little over one-third are the American-born children of immigrants, primarily from Latin America and Asia.

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A new report out today offers an updated snapshot of a profound shift in electoral demographics.

EWING As of 2008, New Americans were one in ten of all registered voters in the country. That’s 15 million registered voters.

What’s a “New American”? Walter Ewing, senior researcher at the Immigration Policy Center, breaks it down: roughly two-thirds are naturalized US citizens; a little over one-third are the American-born children of immigrants, primarily from Latin America and Asia. Since the Census Bureau first started collecting this data in 1996, the total number of ‘New American’ voters has jumped more than one-hundred percent. As of 2008, they had the numbers to play a pivotal role.

EWING We did identify states in which the number of New American registered voters was greater than the numbers of votes by which either Obama or McCain won the state… That was the case in FL, CA, TX, NC, NJ, GA, VA, AZ, MO, NV, IN and Montana, even.

To identify New Americans as a voting “bloc,” however, has its limits.

EWING They’re a “bloc” in the sense of having a personal connection to immigrant experience – but that doesn’t mean they all vote the same way.

Candidates – especially those in close elections – would do well to take heed of one over-arching characteristic.Read more...

Published in the Capital News Connection

Criminal Alien Program (CAP)

CAP is a massive, nationwide enforcement program administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that identifies removable noncitizens and places them into removal proceedings.  CAP is currently active in all state and federal prisons, as well as more than 300 local jails throughout the country.  The program is implicated in approximately half of all removal proceedings.  Although CAP supposedly focuses on the worst criminal offenders, the program appears to target individuals with little or no criminal history and to incentivize pretextual stops and racial profiling.  Despite CAP's role in facilitating the removal of hundreds of thousands of individuals each year, and despite serving as ICE's “bedrock” enforcement initiative, very little information about CAP is available to the public.

Seeking greater transparency, the American Immigration Council (AIC), in collaboration with the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic of Yale Law School and the Connecticut chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), brought a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to compel the release of records that would shed light on the program.  Pursuant to a court-approved settlement, ICE must begin producing responsive, non-exempt records by late October 2013.

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The LAC and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic of Yale Law School Sue to Compel Release of CAP Records

American Immigration Council, et al., v. DHS, No. 12-00355 (D. Conn. filed Mar. 8, 2012).Read more...