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Arizona's Immigration Law Isn't The Only One

Published on Fri, Jul 16, 2010

The increase in state laws parallels the changing settlement patterns of illegal immigrants. Between 1990 and 2008, illegal immigration slowed significantly in California but grew in Georgia, North Carolina and other states, according to a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center report.

"These are not your typical immigrant-receiving states, so they are not accustomed to having large immigrant populations," said Michele Waslin, senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center. "They are struggling with how to deal with new populations."

Published in the Los Angeles Times

Return to the United States After Prevailing on a Petition for Review or Motion to Reopen

This practice advisory contains practical and legal suggestions for individuals seeking to return to the United States after they have prevailed on a petition for review or an administrative motion to reopen or reconsider to the immigration court or Board of Immigration Appeals.

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How the Novel Americanah Explores Immigration, Race, and Love

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Told through a series of flashbacks,  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, captures the stories of two Nigerians, Ifemelu and her childhood friend/first love, Obinze, who enter themselves into self-imposed exiles in America and Great Britain after their options for education are squelched by a military dictatorship back home. Read more...

Year Released: 2015

Study Says Northwest Immigrants Have Big Economic Impact

Published on Thu, Jul 29, 2010

The Immigration Policy Center, based in the nation's capital, pulled together immigration data from a variety of sources. Then it released fact sheets for all 50 states.

The center's Wendy Sefsaf says the study concludes that, if all undocumented workers were booted out of the Northwest immediately, the economic impact would be huge.
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Published in the NPR - KPLU

Reinstatement of Removal

When an individual illegally reenters the country following a prior order of removal, DHS can reinstate the prior order and thus prevent the individual from applying for relief from removal. The LAC has participated in litigation before the Supreme Court and several federal appellate courts on important questions relating to the reinstatement provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act, including the circumstances under which it may be applied retroactively. The LAC also has issued a practice advisory on this subject.

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Supreme Court

Fernandez-Vargas v. Gonzales, 548 U.S. 30 (2006) (holding the reinstatement provision may be retroactively applied to individuals who illegally reentered and made no attempt to legalize their status prior to April 1, 1997). The LAC filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner.

Federal Circuit Courts

Morales-Izquierdo v. Gonzales, 486 F.3d 484 (9th Cir. 2007) (en banc) (upholding regulation permitting reinstatement of prior removal order by immigration officers rather than immigration judges).  The LAC filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioner.Read more...

Senate leader vows to keep pushing for DREAM Act

Published on Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center, says Tuesday’s vote could indicate Republicans would be unwilling to support the DREAM Act in the future. “It’s pretty clear that it was a party line vote,” she said. “Consequently, unless some Republicans are brave enough to step over the line, it’s going to remain gridlocked.”

Published in the Iowa Independent

Proportionality Review

Under the current immigration system, many noncitizens, including lawful permanent residents, face automatic removal as a consequence of a criminal conviction, without any consideration of the circumstances of his or her particular case.  Scholars and advocates have begun arguing that the Constitution requires a proportionality review in immigration proceedings; that is, that the Fifth and Eighth Amendments bar entry of a removal order without any consideration of whether removal would visit an impermissibly disproportionate penalty under the circumstances.

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Next CFO Atwater commits to support immigration verification program E-Verify

Published on Mon, Nov 08, 2010

The benefits of E-Verify are not clear cut. According to the Immigration Policy Center,

Expanding mandatory E-Verify as part of the stimulus package would threaten the jobs of thousands of U.S. citizens, decrease productivity, saddle U.S. businesses with additional costs, and hinder the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) ability to provide benefits to needy and deserving Americans – all at a time when we need to stimulate our economy. The fact is: expanding E-Verify now would decelerate the Stimulus Package and slow America’s economic recovery.

Published in the Florida Independent