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Check out new book reviews on immigrant stories from the Community Education Resource Center.

Fewer illegal immigrants living in U.S.

Published on Thu, Sep 02, 2010

The report findings closely mirror results released in July by the Immigration Policy Center that said illegal immigrants make up about 2.2 percent of Oklahoma's work force, contributing $580.3 million in economic activity and $257.8 million in gross state product.

Published in the Tulsa World

Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

Conviction for a “crime of moral turpitude” constitutes both a ground of inadmissibility and removability under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The LAC has engaged in litigation and advocacy on important questions regarding this issue, including how long after arrival in the United States such a crime may render a noncitizen subject to removal, and what evidence immigration courts may consider in determining whether a crime involved moral turpitude.



Board of Immigration Appeals

Matter of Alyazji, (BIA amicus brief submitted Jan. 21, 2010).  In a precedent decision, Matter of Alyazji, 25 I&N Dec. 397 (BIA 2011), the Board partially overruled Matter of Shanu, 23 I&N Dec. 754 (BIA 2005), and held that, consistent with the LAC’s position, the “date of admission” in INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(i) applies to the date of the admission by virtue of which an individual was present in the U.S. at the time the crime was committed.   Read more...

Appreciating America's Heritage: 2009 Edition

The American Immigration Council (formerly the American Immigration Law Foundation) is pleased to present the 2009 "Appreciating America's Heritage" Teachers' Resource Guide. Each year, AILF publishes a new edition of this guide because it is important to promote respect, dignity and an appreciation for everyone in this country, regardless of where you were born. By ensuring our children learn that every person deserves respect and that celebrating multiculturalism is at the heart of our American values, the sooner the next generation can end the divisive rhetoric that has divided America for too long.

View the 2009 "Appreciating America's Heritage"  Teacher Resource Guide

Americans pessimistic heading into Election Day 2010 -- but about what issues?

Published on Mon, Nov 01, 2010

Counters Michele Waslin of the Immigration Policy Center: "Legalized immigrants will earn more, pay more taxes, consume more, buy houses, start businesses, and contribute more to the economy."

Published in the The Christian Science Monitor

Preserving Federal Court Review in Bivens/FTCA Cases

The LAC, along with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, is seeking to preserve federal court review of damages actions brought by noncitizens for abuse of authority of immigration agents. In actions brought under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971) and the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the government has argued that INA § 242(g) bars the court’s review of damages claims brought against federal immigration officers because they involve the “commencement” of removal proceedings, adjudication of removal cases, or execution of removal orders. It also has argued that a Bivens action is not the appropriate remedy in the context of removal proceedings. The LAC argues that Bivens is an appropriate and available remedy for constitutional violations committed by federal immigration officers, and that the government’s argument would create virtual blanket immunity to Border Patrol and other federal immigration officers.

Tell us about your cases! The LAC would like to hear about cases in which the government argues that the court does not have jurisdiction over Bivens/FTCA damages suits in the immigration context. Please contact to let us know what has happened in your clients' cases.


Green Card Stories

Author: Introduction by Laura Danielson and Stephen Yale-Loehr, Stories by Saundra Amrhein, Photographs by Ariana Lindquist

The American Immigration Council is proud to support the publication of Green Card Stories. Green Card Stories (due to be printed in November 2011) is an incredible tribute to the diverse backgrounds that make up our immigrant population in America today. The American Immigration Council’s mission is to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history by shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigration now and in the future” and we can’t think of a better way to further our mission than through this beautiful and touching book.

Not only can you pre-order books for yourself, your office, family members, clients, etc. you can also pre-order a book to donate to your local school, library or community center or you can donate a book to one of the Council’s designated “hot spots” where education on immigration is needed most. Could your Member of Congress use a thank you or a gentle reminder of who our immigrant population is? Donate a copy of Green Card Stories to a Congressional office. All donated books will be delivered free of charge with a note indicating your generous gift.

To get a preview of the book, check out this slideshow.








Year Released: 2011

High School-Adult

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"Virtual" fence ditched, GOP immigration rift?

Published on Wed, Jan 19, 2011

(While the federal government doesn’t seem likely to take up a broad discussion of immigration during this Congress, state governments continue to push their own laws. The left-leaning American Immigration Council has a guide on state immigration laws.)

Published in the Center for Investigative Reporting

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 5

This issue covers a new suit seeking detention standards, update on religious workers class action, class action certification in a naturalization delay suit, limitations on the categorical approach, and litigation resources on the web.

Published On: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 | Download File