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Candidates for fall elections confront political minefield of illegal immigration

Published on Sat, Aug 14, 2010

“The rhetoric surrounding the proposed repeal of birthright citizenship is divisive and runs counter to American values,” said a statement last week from the Immigration Policy Center.

Published in the Kansas City Star

K-2 Visa Holders

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The Legal Action Center's amicus brief for the Immigration Council and AILA, filed in In Re Ting Ting Chi, No. A96-533-521, argues that K-2 visa holders, the offspring of fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens, may adjust even after turning 21 years of age as they are derivatives of non-citizen K-1 fiancé(e) parents. If you have a case that raises this issue, please contact us at clearinghouse@immcouncil.org.

  • In Re Anchalee Satidkunakorn, Case No: A096-722-341 (BIA amicus filed)
  • In Re Qiyu Zhang, Case No: A096-796-201 (BIA amicus filed)    
  • In Re Ting Ting Chi, Case No: A096-533-521 (BIA amicus filed)  

Students Refuse to Give Up on Dream Act, Despite Latest Setback

Published on Sun, Oct 10, 2010

A 2010 report released by the American Immigration Council estimates that there are 1.5 million undocumented children in the United States; every year, 65,000 undocumented students who have lived in the United States for over five years graduate from high school.

Published in the Immigrant Magazine

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 11

This issue highlights Supreme Court cases that will be argued this fall, judicial review of denied adjustment of status applications, challenges to the use of detainers, and updates from the LAC, including a recent victory in a naturalization delay case and favorable developments in a BIA case involving portability/Matter of Perez Vargas.

Published On: Friday, October 2, 2009 | Download File

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Enforcement and deportation costs skyrocket

Published on Tue, Dec 28, 2010

On the other side, the Immigration Policy Center, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C., says legalizing the 11.1 million undocumented immigrants would increase the country's gross domestic product by $1.5trillion over 10 years.

Published in the Columbus Dispatch

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 6

This issue covers mandatory detention challenge, lawsuit challenging ICE raid, BIA precedent decisions, LAC news, and resource for litigation CAT claims for children.

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International study points out U.S. immigration policy successes, failures

Published on Tue, Mar 01, 2011

The United States ranks ninth out of 31 countries in an international study evaluating immigrant integration policies released this week.

The Migrant Integration Policy Index (aka MIPEX), produced by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group, evaluates seven areas: labor market mobility, family reunion, education, political participation, long-term residence, access to nationality and anti-discrimination measures in all European Union member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada and for the first time the U.S.

The Immigration Policy Center, the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council, served as a U.S partner for the study, and helped answer questions and gather information from various American expert.

The study indicates that strong U.S. anti-discrimination laws protect immigrants and guarantee them equal rights and opportunities, a model for immigration rules elsewhere.

Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Immigration Policy Center, told The Florida Independent that the U.S invests very little in immigrant integration and that budget cuts at the state and federal level put the country’s positive ranking at risk. She added that policymakers need to know that helping people to integrate and learn English provides a large return on investment.

Giovagnoli explained that the MIPEX study can help guide best practices, so the U.S. can learn from other countries like Canada that have a thoughtful integration policy, and help other countries learn from areas where the U.S. shows positive advances.

According to the study, U.S legal status gives most migrant workers and their families some of the same chances in the labor market as native-born Americans, but immigrants often take jobs far below their skill level.Read more...

Published in the American Independent