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Pew Report Shines Light on Failed Immigration Policy

Released on Tue, Feb 17, 2009

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center entitled A Rising Share: Hispanics and Federal Crime analyzes the ethnic composition of those sentenced in federal courts. Beneath the startling headline, however, is a familiar story. Immigrants do represent a disproportionate share of the federal prison population because immigration law is under the purview of the federal courts.

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Raids' Impact on Families and Hate Groups On the Rise

Released on Thu, Apr 03, 2008

Last summer's failure by the federal government to reform the nation's broken immigration system has had strong and lasting repercussions. Stepped up raids are causing upheaval in communities and anti-immigrant extremists have hijacked the immigration debate. Both of these disturbing trends provide additional evidence of the need for a solution to our ongoing immigration policy problems.

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The American Immigration Council's 5th Grade National Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Julia Culbert of Santa Clara Valley Wins National Contest

Released on Mon, May 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the national 5th Grade "Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants" creative writing contest. Read more...

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Punitive and Productive Immigration Legislation Moving in the States

Released on Wed, Jan 19, 2011

Washington, D.C. - After passage of Arizona's controversial SB1070 law last year, other states threatened to introduce similar measures. South Carolina, Mississippi, and Nebraska have already begun working on SB1070-style legislation. Meanwhile, legislators seeking true solutions have begun pursuing progressive immigration policies. On a teleconference yesterday, immigration policy experts discussed the ramifications of pursuing anti-immigrant legislation as well as alternatives to SB1070, many which seek to boost economic and job growth on the state level. Read more...

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LAC Issues Practice Advisory on Immigration Cases Implicating DOMA

Released on Mon, Jun 13, 2011

The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), in conjunction with Immigration Equality, is pleased to announce the release of a new practice advisory: Protecting and Preserving the Rights of LGBT Families: DOMA, Dorman, and Immigration Strategies.

The immigration agencies rely on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, in determining whether a marriage is valid for immigration purposes. As a result, lesbian and gay U.S. citizens and permanent residents are barred from successfully petitioning for their spouses. In addition, lesbian and gay noncitizens are precluded from obtaining other immigration benefits, including relief from removal, based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Recent developments, however, suggest that DOMA’s days may be numbered. Already, one district court has concluded that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional, and the Obama Administration has decided it no longer will defend the law in federal court challenges.  Read more...

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DHS Wants Your Input (Sort of)

Published on Mon, Sep 07, 2009

It sounded like a good idea. In this interactive age, the Department of Homeland Security wanted to take advantage of an easy way to get public feedback on its policies by implementing a Web-based system where users can share their opinions and ideas with the agency.

Published in the Washington Independent