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AILF Mourns the Loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Released on Tue, Aug 25, 2009

Today, America and the immigrant-rights community have lost one of their greatest champions. Senator Edward M. Kennedy's life-long commitment to civil rights extended from African Americans to the disabled to the millions of immigrants and refugees who come to our nation in search of a better life.

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Translation Assistance FOIA: Response from OIG

Full Response from DHS Office of Inspector General

Cover letter dated August 16, 2012 from Katherine Gallo, Assistant Counsel to the Inspector General, to Melissa Crow, American Immigration Council, indicating that 1 page of records was releasable in full, 7 pages were partially releasable, and 1 page was withheld in full under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(6), (b)(7)(A), and (b)(7)(C).  An attachment to the letter indicates that the record withheld is a complaint intake document on an open law enforcement investigation.

Pages 1-3:  Records appear to relate to complaint filed by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) regarding CBP enforcement action in a detention facility in Tacoma, WA against Korean speaker with limited English proficiency.

Page 4:  Record appears to relate to CBP enforcement action in Forks, WA.

Pages 5-7:  Records appear to relate to complaint by NWIRP regarding alleged wrongful stop and detention without probable cause.

Page 8:  Record appears to relate to complaint regarding CBP’s alleged use of coercive tactics.

Napolitano Confirmation Hearing Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Released on Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Gov. Janet Napolitano's performance at today's confirmation hearing to serve as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary deserves an "A" for "know-how", but an "incomplete" for "how-to" reform DHS and our country's broken immigration system.

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Politics and Power: Immigration, Latino Voters, and the Texas Primary

Released on Wed, Feb 20, 2008

Texas is one of the three delegate-rich states remaining to vote in the presidential primaries. On March 4, all eyes will be on Texas—in part, to see the impact of the large Latino electorate in this important primary. Record-breaking turnout of Latino primary voters in states as disparate as California, Connecticut and Missouri portend an important role for Latinos voting in the upcoming Texas primary where they constitute 22.4 percent of the registered voters in Texas. Read on to learn more about the influence of Latinos and immigrants in the Lone Star state.

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U.S. Border Enforcement Prioritizes Non-Violent Migrants Over Dangerous Criminals

Data on Federal Court Prosecutions Reveal Non-Violent Immigration Prosecutions Up, Organized Crime, Drugs and Weapons Charges Down

Released on Thu, May 20, 2010

Washington D.C. - The Mexican President's visit to the United States allowed both he and President Obama to address the important issues of immigration, border control and crime. Both Presidents made the important point that we address and not conflate these serious issues. This approach stands in stark contrast to the drafters of Arizona law SB1070 and those members of Congress, including Senators Kyl and McCain, who continue to equate dangerous criminals and migrant workers. These legislators share either a misguided understanding of who is really perpetrating violence at the border or a willingness to do anything to win an election.

The horrific violence which currently afflicts our southern neighbor is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted solution. This violence is driven by the flow of guns, drugs and money across the borders. Yesterday, the President reaffirmed his administration's commitment "to stem the southbound flow of American guns and money" and to develop "new approaches to reducing the demand for drugs in our country," pledging to keep up law-enforcement pressure on the criminal gangs that "traffic in drugs, guns, and people."  In practice, however, the Justice Department seems to have given in to the political rhetoric behind laws like SB1070.

Obama's pledge to focus on these serious criminal enterprises should mean that law enforcement resources are also focused there, rather than on rounding up non-criminal border crossers.  However, that's simply not the case according to recent reports that show Department of Justice prosecutions of drug and weapons violations are down while low level immigration violators are being prosecuted at record levels.Read more...

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AIC Badge Program

The American Immigration Council badge program encourages AILA Chapters to participate in various Council activities and recognizes achievements that the Chapters have made to advance the mission of the Council.

 

The American Immigration Council Badge

Awarded to Chapters who have hosted events that have increased the exposure of the Council as well as her events.

The Education Badge

Awarded to Chapters who have excelled in hosting the Creative Writing Contest and other Community Education Center initiatives.

                  

The International Exchange Badge

Awarded to Chapters that have hosted an event with the International Exchange Center.

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Board of Immigration Appeals Overturns Previous Ruling, Narrows Grounds for Deportation

Released on Fri, Feb 04, 2011

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) modified its much-criticized interpretation of a law which wrongly expanded the number of immigrants subject to removal from the United States. The BIA's modification partially adopts the position of the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center, which argued in an amicus brief that a prior BIA decision ignored the intent of Congress when it interpreted the law to cover longtime U.S residents in addition to more recent arrivals.Read more...

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AILA San Diego, Southern California, Nothern California, Santa Clara Chapter:

California Policy Resources       Northern California Education Resources  

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The Council in the News      Practice Advisories       Immigration Impact Blog

 

Your San Diego AIC Ambassador: Diana Vellos Coker
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