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Is It Possible To Be Against Illegal Immigration But For Reform?

Published on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

But according to a January 2010 study by the Immigration Policy Center, the cost of implementing comprehensive immigration reform would be considerable less than a sweeping program to deport all undocumented workers and their non-citizen family members.

From the study: “comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.

Published in the OC Register

“Brief, Casual and Innocent" Absences from the United States

This practice advisory discusses the “brief, casual and innocent” standard under existing case law. Though such case law may inform USCIS’s review of absences from the United States, DACA adjudicators are not bound by these decisions. Courts have often adopted generous interpretations of the “brief, casual and innocent” standard, and it is hoped that USCIS will do the same in the DACA context.

Published On: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Download File

From War on Terror to War on Bias

The objective of From War on Terror to War on Bias is to broaden the view students may have of Iraqi and Muslim immigrants. Students will examine current stereotypes and other forms of judgment as well as gain insight into the struggles immigrants face while adapting to a new culture.

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Velazquez, Menendez and Gutierrez on Immigration Reform

Published on Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Advocates of comprehensive immigration reform were once wary of supporting the DREAM Act as a standalone measure because it could scare off future votes for comprehensive immigration reform. Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center, told TWI recently that it is no longer clear how the DREAM Act’s passage would impact comprehensive reform efforts.

“We don’t have a good measure anymore of what will happen once we get something discreet like the DREAM Act passed,” she said. “But when the sky doesn’t fall in and if people still get re-elected after supporting DREAM, it may show members of Congress that leaning into the immigration issue and voting for comprehensive immigration reform could help them politically.”

Published in the The Washington Independent

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)  

Tanton Network Video

This is a short educational video that reveals the forces behind the aniti-immigration movement in the United States.


Report says foreign-born workers gained jobs after recession

Published on Sun, Nov 07, 2010

Officials with the American Immigration Council rejected the idea that employment among foreign-born and native-born workers was a zero-sum game.

“Immigrant and native-born workers are not interchangeable, nor do they compete with each other for some fixed number of jobs in the US economy,’’ said Mary Giovagnoli, of Immigration Policy Center, a rights group.

Published in the Boston Globe

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

Immigration In An Election Year: From Rhetoric to Reality

Washington, D.C. - The failure of Congress and the White House to act on immigration reform last year combined with the fiery election campaigns has opened the door for political attacks on immigration and immigrants. Lost in the rhetoric is a sober analysis of the trends and facts crucial to a constructive debate. What is the real story about the importance of immigration for America's future? Two different stories are being told, and they can be compared with real data.  In a soon-to-be-released report for the IPC, Myers examines trends in U.S. immigration. Among his findings: (1) rates of immigration to the U.S. are slowing down, not speeding up; (2) reliable indicators show immigrants are learning English and advancing socially and economically; and (3) the immigrant population provides important economic benefits to a U.S. society with a large, aging generation of Baby Boomers.  Myers's research covers several key states including:  California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina.   Read more...

GOP Senators Push to End Birthright Citizenship

Published on Fri, Jan 28, 2011

Critics of the proposal, among them the Immigration Policy Center's Michele Waslin, argue that eliminating birthright citizenship "would punish the innocent children of undocumented immigrants, which flies in the face of American values." CBS News polling finds Americans split on the issue.

Published in the CBS News