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Undocumented Immigration Stunts in Face of Economy

Released on Wed, Oct 01, 2008

Washington, DC- A new study from the Pew Hispanic Center shows the number of undocumented immigrants coming to the United States did not increase between 2007 and 2008, and may have fallen by several hundred thousand. Researchers have found, again and again, that immigration slows in the face of a sluggish U.S. economy.

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The American Immigration Council is Born

Released on Thu, Oct 29, 2009

Today the American Immigration Law Foundation announced a name change to accompany a more ambitious mission for the organization. The new name, American Immigration Council, reflects the expansion of the organization to assume a larger role and greater involvement in the immigration policy, education, and exchange communities. It is also recognition that the organization has grown both in size and stature over the last five years as our program work has expanded beyond the courtroom and into the halls of Congress and the public square. The American Immigration Council will continue to serve existing constituencies, but will expand its reach to new partners and programs.

 

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Your Council Ambassador: Stephen Blower 

blowerlaw@yahoo.com
Blower Law Firm, PC

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President Obama’s Moment to Reassert Federal Leadership on Immigration Reform

Released on Wed, Jun 30, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow, Thursday, July 1st, President Obama will make what is being described by the New York Times as “a major speech on immigration” at American University in Washington, D.C. The President is expected to step forward to reassert the leadership of the Federal Government on the issue of immigration.

While a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s SB1070 now seems imminent, the President must address the underlying issues that led to passage of the Arizona law. We hope the President will squarely address the public’s frustration with a lack of workable solutions on immigration.  He must place this frustration in context—lack of federal action leads to growing impetus in the states to pass laws, no matter what their cost, simply to try to resolve the impasse. The President should address this frustration, but should also address the undisputed polling that shows that Americans want comprehensive immigration reform. This can be his moment to bring people together by laying out a framework that will actually move Congress to complete workable legislation.Read more...

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The LAC Docket | Volume IV, Issue 3

The American Immigration Council Docket

June 17, 2014
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The American Immigration Council welcomes Leslie Dellon, who will be joining us in July as our Business Litigation Fellow. As a member of the Council’s legal team, Leslie will spearhead a national effort to challenge current agency policies and practices on employment-based immigration issues.


 

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IJs Should Exercise Authority to Halt Proceedings against Noncitizens with Serious Mental Disabilities

LAC Files Amicus Brief Supporting Termination of Removal Proceedings

Released on Thu, Mar 17, 2011

Washington D.C. - This week, the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) and Texas Appleseed filed an amicus brief with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) supporting Immigration Judges' authority to terminate removal proceedings against noncitizens with serious mental disabilities where a full and fair hearing would be impossible. Because immigration courts lack many of the due process protections that exist in other areas of our judicial system, more specific safeguards are necessary to protect the most vulnerable populations.

The LAC and Texas Appleseed filed the brief in the case of B-Z, a longtime legal permanent resident diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, who could not understand the purpose of the proceedings, assist counsel with his defense or present coherent testimony. The brief argues that immigration courts should adopt standards for evaluating mental competency similar to those employed in federal criminal or civil trials. Furthermore, Immigration Judges should be permitted to appoint counsel where non-citizens with serious mental disabilities are not competent to proceed on their own. Additional safeguards, including the appointment of a guardian ad litem, may also be required for noncitizens who are so severely incapacitated that they cannot understand and assist with their hearings even with the assistance of counsel. Finally, the brief contends that termination is proper where no conceivable set of safeguards would enable the respondent to participate meaningfully in proceedings and the record supports some inference of eligibility for relief.Read more...

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Your Council Ambassador: Eric Fleischmann

ericf@lkwvisa.com
Lee, Kosto & Wizner LLP
Website:
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About Eric:
Eric Fleischmann is partner of Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP. He represents a wide range of businesses in employment related immigration matters. He obtained his BA, cum laude, from Yale College and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he received first prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. He is the author of several recent articles on business immigration, including "Impending Shortage of H-B Professional Workers" for the Connecticut Tech Tribune, "Shattering the Myth of Permanence: Permanent Portability Under AC21" and the related "Agency Alert" for Immigration Law Today. He is a contributor to the AILA Immigration Practice Toolbox and to Immigration Practice under NAFTA, publications of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a member of both the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He focuses his practice on assisting large multinational companies in bringing high-tech workers from abroad to work throughout the United States. Mr. Fleischmann is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

American Immigration Council Applauds DOJ for Responding to Alabama’s Punitive Anti-Immigrant Law

Released on Tue, Aug 02, 2011

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the Department of Justice filed suit against the state of Alabama to block the implementation of HB 56, which is set to take effect September 1. HB 56 is similar to but far more punitive than Arizona’s SB 1070. The law includes provisions that require local school districts to check and report on the immigration status of all children enrolling in public schools. It also transforms local police into federal immigration officers, and creates criminal consequences for anyone who provides housing, transportation, or employment to undocumented immigrants.

Alabama is the second state, after Arizona, that the Department of Justice has sued for overstepping its authority to regulate immigration. Lawsuits have also been filed in Utah, Indiana and Georgia by immigrant rights and civil liberties groups. So far, the courts have prevented each state from implementing the central provisions of their anti-immigrant laws. In truth, all these laws have done is inflict long-lasting damage to these states’ reputations, businesses, and budgets.Read more...

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Immigration reshaping the political landscape

Published on Sun, Aug 23, 2009

New U.S. citizens like Ignacia J

Published in the The Santa Fe New Mexican