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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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Dear Tom, the 14th Amendment Has Come Before the Supreme Court

Published on Tue, Aug 10, 2010

Recently I saw a CNN debate between Michele Waslin of the Immigration Policy Center and Former Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) on the issue of birthright citizenship and the 14th Amendment. The most incredible part of the video, for me at least, was Tancredo's insistence that the issue of birthright citizenship has never come before the Supreme Court. As anyone who has taken a course on the history of U.S. immigration, or an introductory constitutional law class would know, the very idea of granting citizenship to those born on U.S. soil came from a Supreme Court decision in 1898, Wong Kim Ark.

Published in the The Huffington Post

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


Published On: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | Download File

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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Partisan politics put an end to DREAM Act ... for now

Published on Wed, Sep 29, 2010

The plight of the DREAM Act students encapsulates many facets of today’s immigration crisis, says the American Immigration Council. (


Published in the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Section 3 had defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This section resulted in barring lesbian and gay U.S. citizens and residents from filing immigrant petitions for their spouses, as well precluding noncitizens from applying for other immigration protections based on a marriage involving a lesbian or gay noncitizen.

In the two years leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision, the LAC supported litigation efforts to challenge DOMA, engaged in administrative advocacy, and issued practice advisories and provided technical assistance to lawyers on strategies to assist noncitizen clients in same-sex marriages. Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the LAC collaborated with Immigration Equality on a practice advisory highlighting issues LGBT families will face in a post-DOMA world. 


Writing A Way In: Multiple Perspectives on Executive Action

The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action has been greeted with joy, relief, sadness, and contempt.  How can one decision trigger so many varied responses?  By weaving non-fiction accounts into creative writing, students will be able to write their way into understanding the multiple perspectives that surround this immigration issue. 

For lesson procedures, Common Core standards alignment, please click here.

Year Released: 2015


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Sen. Sessions authored DREAM Act opposition alert

Published on Wed, Nov 24, 2010

The DREAM Act has generated a lot of debate — immigration research centers like the Migration Policy Institute and the Immigration Policy Center have published information on the impact of this proposed legislation.

Published in the Florida Independent

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 1

This issue covers a challenge to the new E-Verify rule; the Attorney General's decision overturrning Matter of Lozada; a Supreme Court update; regulatory developments in removal cases; and the Attorney General's decision on CIMTs and the categorical approach.

Published On: Friday, January 9, 2009 | Download File