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DACA Blogs at Immigration Impact

The Legal Action Center and the Immigration Policy Center has blogged extensively about DACA at Immigration Impact. Here are our past blogs on the topic:Read more...

CIS Report Gets Diagnosis Right, Cure Wrong

Released on Sun, Mar 15, 2009

The Center for Immigration Studies' forthcoming report on the impact that immigration-enforcement raids at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in 2006 had on wages and working conditions defines the problem but not the cure. In its attempt to advocate for the failed "enforcement-only" policies of the past, the report more effectively illustrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform, albeit unintentionally. The Immigration Policy Center's Director, Angela Kelley, issued a statement in response.

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On the Eve of an EEVS Hearing: What Should We Be Listening For?

Released on Sun, May 04, 2008

This week, the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on electronic employment verification systems (EEVS) -- Washington's latest magic potion for dealing with the nation's broken immigration system. As more hearings are expected in the coming weeks in other committees, including Homeland Security and Judiciary, what questions should the American public want to hear be thoroughly asked and answered?

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Business

Many obstacles prevent employers from petitioning successfully for workers, in both nonimmigrant and immigrant classifications: overly restrictive interpretations of legal requirements, shifting adjudication standards, the proliferation of requests for evidence, and an overriding lack of transparency in agency decision-making. To date, few lawyers have opted to litigate these issues, due to time constraints, lack of litigation experience, fear of creating unfavorable precedent, and client resistance, among other factors.

The Council seeks to challenge the “culture of no” that has become the norm in agency decision making by: co-counseling individual cases that will be selected as part of a broader legal strategy to challenge the government’s misapplication of the law in the business contex; providing technical assistance to lawyers interested in litigating business immigration issues in federal court; exploring and, where appropriate, undertaking affirmative litigation; filing amicus briefs in strategically selected business immigration cases pending in federal courts and administrative agencies; and filing FOIA requests and, where necessary, litigating to obtain documents regarding agency policies and practices.Read more...

Immigration Reform with Legalization Does Help U.S. Economy and Newly Legalized

Released on Fri, Apr 09, 2010

Washington D.C. - A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), entitled Immigrant Legalization: Assessing the Labor Market Effects, yields both some enlightening and some potentially misleading results about the likely impact of a legalization program.  Because the PPIC report focuses on legal status acquired under current immigration law, it does not reflect the long-term benefits and gains that follow from a comprehensive immigration reform package which includes legalization.

While the PPIC report dovetails with other reports when it concludes that legalization would not have a negative impact on native workers' wages and employment, their findings on the wages and mobility of the newly legalized differ from other academic studies on how immigrants fare after legalization.  This difference can be attributed to the fact that PPIC looks at legalization only, and how the newly legalized are doing just 4-13 months after becoming legalized. Almost all other previous studies haven take a longer term view of their success.

PPIC relies upon data from the New Immigrant Survey (NIS), a sample of foreign-born individuals who acquired legal permanent resident (LPR) status between May and November 2003.  It is important to keep in mind that the NIS is not representative of the unauthorized-immigrant population as a whole.  As opposed to the individuals captured in the NIS, most unauthorized immigrants do not have a means of acquiring legal status.  Moreover, individuals in the NIS were interviewed 4-13 months after acquiring LPR status.Read more...

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Chicago

Council Resources for AILA Illinois Chapter:

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The Council in the News      Practice Advisories       Immigration Impact Blog

 

Your Council Co-Ambassador: Lauren McClure
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Scholars United Behind DREAM Act

Released on Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Today, more than fifty leading university professors urged Congress to pass the DREAM Act, noting that both their academic research and their work as teachers compelled them to speak out on behalf of the undocumented students whose future hangs in the balance over today's vote.   These scholars, who have dedicated their professional lives to studying migration-related issues, noted: Read more...

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LAC Issues Practice Advisory on Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings

Released on Tue, May 31, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new practice advisory: “Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: A General Overview.” Long used in criminal trials, motions to suppress seek to exclude evidence obtained by government agents in violation of an individual’s constitutional or other legal rights.  Though federal immigration officers often disregard immigrants’ rights, legal and practical obstacles prevent many individuals from challenging the procedures used to arrest them once placed in removal proceedings.  By filing motions to suppress more frequently, immigrants will promote greater accountability by law enforcement officers and thereby protect the rights of other noncitizens.

For a complete list of all LAC Practice Advisories, please visit our website.

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