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High School Lesson Plan 3: Issues in Immigration

The Issues in Immigration series consists of three parts or modules listed below. Each module is designed to teach secondary students about immigration and immigrant conflicts, myths and facts. The lesson will also increase student awareness about immigration issues.

Module One: Debate

Module Two: The Lost Boys of Sudan

Module Three: Lost Childhoods - Unaccompanied Children

Unauthorized Immigrants In Idaho Contribute $428.8 Million In Economic Activity

Published on Wed, Jul 28, 2010

The Immigration Policy Center on Wednesday released its complete series of 50 state fact sheets which highlight the political and economic power of immigrants, Latinos and Asians in every state of the union.

Here are the results for how immigrants affect Idaho.

Published in the Sun Valley Online

Warrantless Arrests and the Timing of Right to Counsel Advisals

In Matter of E-R-M-F- & A-S-M-, 25 I. & N. Dec. 580 (BIA 2011), the Board of Immigration Appeals severely undermined the protections provided by 8 C.F.R. § 287.3(c), holding that certain noncitizens arrested without a warrant need not be advised of their rights, including the right to counsel, prior to post-arrest examinations. This practice advisory highlights flaws in the E-R-M-F- decision and suggests strategies for challenging the BIA’s reading of § 287.3(c) and moving to suppress evidence obtained in violation of the regulation.

The Legal Action Center encourages attorneys with ongoing cases involving the timing of the 8 C.F.R. § 287.3(c) advisals to contact for further information.

Published On: Friday, November 2, 2012 | Download File

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America

Author: Steven V. Roberts

Roberts, a journalist by trade and talented story teller by passion, paints the lives of 13 families by retelling their stories in a way that captures the essence of their journeys to the United States as well as their journeys to becoming Americans.  Roberts eloquently breaks down many of the myths surrounding immigrants by sharing stories of men, women and children who had to leave so much behind by emigrating.  The book is divided into sections, The Survivors, The International Entrepreneurs, The Business Owners, The Professionals, and The Women.  The characters and their stories give many  fresh perspectives on the issue of immigration.

Year Released: 2009
Grades 9-Adult

From Every End of This Earth: 13 Families and the New Lives They Made in America

Has Obama Failed the Immigration Reform Movement?

Published on Thu, Aug 19, 2010

Robin Templeton of GritTv and Seth Hoy of AlterNet jumped on the issue this week. Both argue that, in far too many cases, the citizenship of an immigrant's children has little bearing on whether or not she stays in the country, let alone become a U.S. citizen.

Published in the The Huffington Post

Service of BIA decisions

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The LAC filed an amicus brief on behalf of AILF, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area in a petition for rehearing en banc. The panel held that the BIA does not have to reissue a decision even if the noncitizen says he or she did not receive the decision; the BIA need only show that it properly mailed the decision by regular mail. The decision places the burden on the parties to check (via the toll free hotline) to find out if the BIA has issued a decision. Amici argued that the BIA’s requirement to serve its decision must incorporate both dispatch and delivery.

  • Singh v. Gonzales                        9th Circuit                        No. 04-72701

Five Public Colleges in Georgia Ban Illegal-Immigrant Students

Published on Thu, Oct 14, 2010

“The higher-education issue is hot everywhere,” said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, a policy group in Washington. “It’s a backdoor way of making immigration policy.”

Published in the New York Times

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Adjustment of Status

A TPS recipient who is otherwise eligible may be granted adjustment of status. One requirement for adjustment under INA § 245(a) is that the individual have been “inspected and admitted or paroled” into the United States.  Both USCIS and EOIR, in non-precedent decisions, have found that a TPS recipient who never made an authorized entry into the United States is not eligible for adjustment of status. The Eleventh Circuit agrees.  However, the Sixth Circuit has held that, under the plain language of the TPS statute, a grant of TPS constitutes an admission for purposes of adjustment of status under INA § 245(a). Flores v. USCIS, 718 F.3d 548 (6th Cir. 2013).   The American Immigration Council, with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, argues in amicus curiae briefs that other courts should follow the lead of the Sixth Circuit and find that a grant of TPS is an admission for purposes of adjustment of status.


Fiallos-Ortiz v. Holder, No. 13-70864 (9th Cir. amicus brief submitted Apr. 10, 2014).

Ramirez v. Dougherty, No. 13-1236-TSZ (W.D. Wash. amicus brief submitted Feb. 14, 2014). The court issued a fully favorable decision on May 30, 2014. Read our statement here. The government has appealed and the case is pending at the Ninth Circuit.Read more...