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Amid Arizona Furor, Reform Debate Simmers

Published on Mon, Jul 26, 2010

"I think that [Arizona's law] has created an imperative for the federal government," to push for the overhaul, said Wendy Sefsaf, communications director at the Immigration Policy Center.

With more than 20 states considering legislation similar to Arizona's law, it would not be in the federal government's interests to challenge each one individually, she said.

Published in the International Business Times

Practicing Before the BIA Under the "Procedural Reforms" Rule

The BIA's "procedural reforms" rule went into effect on September 25, 2002. This Practice Advisory highlights the changes made by this rule.

Published On: Friday, January 10, 2003 | 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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Immigrant vigil stresses necessity of a path to legalization

Published on Wed, Aug 11, 2010

Immigrants aren’t very noticeable in West Virginia, which was 95 percent white in the year 2000, according to the Census. Yet, they’re here. The Immigration Policy Center estimates that the state was home to more than 23,000 immigrants in 2008, and the population is growing. Many of the immigrants are Latino or Asian.  

Published in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Administrative Procedures Act (APA)

District courts have jurisdiction to review a wide-variety of immigration decisions that arise outside of removal proceedings, including challenges to denials of visa petitions. These cases most often assert a claim under the APA, which permits individuals to sue the government for unlawful agency action. While the INA places some restrictions on review of discretionary decisions in non-removal cases, it does not strip district courts of all jurisdiction. The LAC seeks to ensure that district courts exercise jurisdiction over these APA cases to the fullest extent possible.

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Ngassem v. Chertoff, No. 05-0584-cv (2d Cir. amicus brief filed Apr. 16, 2008) (case settled without a decision from the court). The LAC filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner, arguing that the district court had jurisdiction over the denial of an asylee relative petition.

Jama v. DHS, et al., No. 13-4192 (6th Cir. amicus brief submitted Dec. 4, 2013).  The LAC filed an amicus brief arguing that the district court erred when it found that USCIS’ decision terminating the plaintiff’s refugee status was not “final” for purposes of the Administrative Procedure Act because the termination decision could not be appealed or raised in removal proceedings.  Additionally, the LAC argues that the restrictions on judicial review found in the INA do not apply to a district court action, such as this one, that is entirely unrelated to removal proceedings.Read more...

DREAM Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal derail defense bill vote

Published on Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center, told TWI the vote showed “a lack of leadership” by Republican senators. “This was clearly putting procedural wrangling and partisan politics over social issues that are clearly something the American public wants action on,” she said.

Published in the Michigan Messenger

White House White Board: Why Immigration is Beneficial to America

It's clear commonsense immigration reform is good for the economy as a whole. Don't take our word for it — study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase US trade and exports.

Year Released: 2013

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National debate heats up over DREAM Act

Published on Wed, Nov 24, 2010

Much of the new criticism is misleading, according to the nonpartisan Immigration Policy Center in Washington, which has published a point-by-point rebuttal.

Published in the San Diego Union Tribune

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 5

This issue covers conflicting circuit court decisions on attorneys fees in naturalization delay suits, an update on ineffective assistance of counsel litigation, a circuit court decision upholding the Orantes injunction for Salvadorans, recent decisions addressing how to calculate the one year filing deadline for asylum applications, and a new AILF Practice Advisory on electronic filing in federal court.

Published On: Friday, April 17, 2009 | Download File