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Just What is Executive Action? A Lesson From the Principal’s Desk

Much has been made of the president’s use of executive action in order to carry out the nation’s laws. It is a vague term that puzzles many in the media and raises large questions. Is it legal? Is it an abuse of power? Is it constitutional? Has it been used by Democratic and Republican presidents alike?

As suggested by the title, “Just What is Executive Action? A Lesson from the Principal’s Desk” students will apply inductive reasoning skills about individual school policies that are determined by the principal in order to understand what execution action is and its limitations. Students will apply their knowledge of school policy in order to define executive action in their own words as well as to read the media for accuracy and bias. An extension of this activity is also available for students to closely read a report Executive Grants of Temporary Immigration Relief, 1956-Present published by the American Immigration Council.

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Year Released: 2014

9-12

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New Data Show Immigrants' Economic, Political Power

Published on Wed, Jul 28, 2010

Seeking to insert "fact into a fact-free debate" about immigration, the Immigration Policy Center Wednesday unveiled statistical data for all 50 states highlighting Latino and Asian immigrants' political and economic power in American life.

"Facts are sadly lacking in the immigration debate," Mary Giovagnoli, director of the center, a pro-immigrant research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council, said in a conference call with reporters.

The policy center, based in Washington, D.C., compiled "fact sheets" for all 50 states and the District of Columbia from academic studies and government databases. They can be found at www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts.

Published in the Newsday

Immigrant Visa Petitions and Degree Equivalences

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This brief argues that USCIS may not deny a petition for classification under the employment-based third preference (EB-3) immigrant visa category as a skilled worker classification simply because the person does not possess an actual bachelor’s degree. Rather, a person may qualify for EB-3 classification by demonstrating that she possesses the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree based on the combination of education and employment experience.

  • Grace Korean v. Chertoff et al.                        D. Or.                        No. CV04-1849-JE

Creating Inclusive Classroom Culture

Enlist your students in creating a classroom culture that welcomes and celebrates diverse talents and skills. Students first read a short story “Draw One for Me” written by Susan K. Coti. Then they participate in multimodal activities and discussion to reflect on classroom social dynamics and welcoming newcomer students. Read more...

Year Released: 2016

3-6

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Anti-Immigration Groups Demand End to ‘De Facto Amnesty’

Published on Wed, Aug 25, 2010

Because ICE officials already said the memo should not be official policy and denied plans for mass amnesty, it’s unclear what the groups hope to accomplish. If anything, immigrants’ rights groups argue the Obama administration has been too harsh on illegal immigration. Mary Giovagnoli of the Immigration Policy Center, argued in June the issue is a “right-wing conspiracy theory” and that no amnesty plans have been pushed by the administration or Congress.

Published in the The Washington Independent

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. An overview of the updates to Deferred Action under the President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action can be found here.

The American Immigration Council is currently developing new resources for attorneys ahead of the implementation of these programs.

 

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum announcing that prosecutorial discretion should be applied to certain individuals who came to the United States as children.  It explains that young noncitizens who do not present a risk to national security or public safety and meet specified criteria may receive deferred action for two years, subject to renewal, and may apply for work authorization. On June 5, 2014, DHS announced the DACA Renewal process.Read more...

The Broken US-Mexican Border

Published on Mon, Oct 18, 2010

The US is "pursuing a lopsided approach of border-enforcement only and placing the highest priority on prosecuting nonviolent border-crossers rather than dangerous criminals," Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, a Washington-based advocacy group, told the ISN.

Published in the International Relations and Security Network

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