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Immigration Council Report Featured in New York Times

Published on Wed, May 07, 2014

The New York Times article "Complaints of Abuse by Border Agents Often Ignored, Records Show" features the Immigration Council's "No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse" report, which examines one of the few avenues available for people to report mistreatment by Border Patrol agents - namely, the complaint system.

The report found that among cases in which a formal decision was issued, 97 percent resulted in “No Action Taken.”

“These stark findings exemplify the culture of impunity that prevails at C.B.P.,” said Melissa Crow, director of the council’s Legal Action Center. “Given the tremendous resources appropriated to C.B.P., the agency must do a better job of holding its officers accountable.”

Published in the New York Times

Yearly Accomplishments

2012

  1. Obtained the release of key documents regarding H-1B fraud investigations by USCIS and DHS.
  2. Published new practice advisories that offer strategic insight and advice on timely issues so that immigration attorneys may better represent their clients.
  3. Taught hundreds of 5th graders about immigration through our annual "Celebrate America" Creative Writing Contest.
  4. Guided over 200 high school students as they explored immigration issues on their own communities as they design service-learning projects.
  5. Provided much needed resources that educators and parents can use to introduce their children to the world of immigration.
  6. Launched a nationwide youth multi-media contest that focused on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants.
  7. Produced several events around the country lifting up exceptional immigrants who have made an extraordinary contributions to our country.
  8. Organized a series of timely, informative teleconferences on prosecutorial discretion and administrative advocacy.
  9. Created special reports, blogs and other documents geared toward education policy makers and the public ensuring the immigration debate is based on facts nor fear.
  10. Launched new program initiatives to investigate the benefits of the on-going relationships instituted by intercultural exchange.
  11. Expanded and improved the work of our International Exchange Center, one of the most respected programs in the country.

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IPC Praises Labor Leaders' Immigration Accord

Released on Mon, Apr 13, 2009

Today's announcement from the country's most powerful labor federations serves as yet another signal that the momentum for immigration reform is building, and the muscle behind it is growing stronger. We applaud the leaders of the A.F.L.- C.I.O and Change to Win labor federations for providing constructive input and coming together to support a comprehensive solution to our broken immigration system.

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LAC Docket l Volume II, Issue 3

The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center

June 12, 2012
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OUR WORK

Enforcement



Enforcement

LAC Wins Release of H-1B Fraud Documents
AILA v. DHS, No. 10-01224 (D.D.C. summary judgment granted in part March 30, 2012)

In May 2012, USCIS released in full the remaining contested documents in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the LAC and Steptoe & Johnson LLP on behalf of AILA. Filed in July 2010, the case sought the public release of records concerning USCIS fraud investigations in the H-1B program. For the past several years, USCIS’s H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that depend on temporary foreign workers with specialized knowledge to operate successfully.Read more...

Border Challenges

Released on Mon, Jun 09, 2008

A briefing with experts recently featured in the PBS series "Frontline," who have interviewed thousands of experienced and potential migrants, studied U.S. immigration enforcement up close at the border, and reached important conclusions about our current border-enforcement efforts.

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Court of Appeals Agrees with the Legal Action Center that USCIS Imposed Arbitrary Requirements for Workers

Released on Thu, Mar 04, 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the arguments of the Legal Action Center (LAC), of the American Immigration Council, that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully imposed extra-regulatory requirements on a petition for a worker of "extraordinary ability" (EB-1).

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November 2013 Monthly Minute: American Food (credits)

If you are the owner of content that was used in our video "November 2013 Monthly Minute: American Food" (link: http://youtu.be/ArYpK1CoCAc) and you would like to request that your work be removed, please contact us at J1Program@immcouncil.org and we will be glad to comply with your request. Thank you!

CREDITS:

Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_food_origins#America

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_American_cuisine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agriculture_in_the_prehistoric_Southwest

Music:

“Ground Cayenne” by The Good Lawdz
Song URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Good_Lawdz/A_Lil_Sumthin_Sumthin/The_Good_Lawdz_-_A_Lil_Sumthin_Sumthin_-_07_Ground_Cayenne Page URL: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Good_Lawdz/ License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Photos:

*Note: Some of the images below may have been excluded from the final version of the video.

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The American Immigration Council Addresses Problems with Draft Immigration Detainer Policy

Released on Tue, Oct 05, 2010

Washington D.C. - The American Immigration Council has joined a number of organizations in formally commenting on a proposed detainer policy issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Detainers are requests from ICE to local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to hold people - whom they suspect may be in the country illegally or who may be deportable for other reasons - so they can be transferred into ICE's custody. There has been much criticism about how ICE uses detainers, and the use of detainers has expanded over time with enforcement programs like 287(g), Secure Communities, and the Criminal Alien Program. To address the criticisms, ICE developed new draft guidelines on the issuance of detainers.
 
The Immigration Council acknowledges ICE's attempt to ameliorate its detainer policies and is grateful for the opportunity to comment.  However, the comments identify several major problems with the proposed guidance, including:

  • The proposed guidelines do not reflect ICE's stated enforcement priorities.  In July, ICE issued a memo on its enforcement priorities, focusing on immigrants with serious criminal histories.  ICE's proposed detainer guidelines contradict those priorities.  Although ICE claims to target convicted criminals who pose a threat to public safety, the proposed guidance would allow ICE to issue detainers against people arrested for minor offenses and suspects charged with crimes but not convicted.

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Pennsylvania

AIC Resources for
AILA Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Chapter:

Pennsylvania Policy Resources     Education Resources      

The Council in the News      Practice Advisories       Immigration Impact Blog

 

Your AIC Philadelphia Ambassador: Katelyn M. Hufe
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