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Vartelas v. Holder: Implications for LPRs Who Take Brief Trips Abroad and Other Potential Favorable Impacts

This Practice Advisory describes the Supreme Court's decision in Vartelas v. Holder, holding that the Fleuti doctrine still applies to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with pre-IIRIRA convictions. This means that LPRs with convictions before April 1, 1997 who travel abroad do not, upon their return, face inadmissibility if their trip was brief, casual and innocent. The advisory offers strategies for LPRs who are affected by the decision and discusses some of the decision's other potential favorable impacts.

Published On: Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 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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Prospects Remain Grim for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Published on Mon, Aug 30, 2010

The best bet for reforming the immigration system this year lies with smaller bills, and immigrants rights groups have attempted to push for these measures instead. If this happens, the future of comprehensive immigration reform is still unclear, according to Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center.

“We don’t have a good measure anymore of what will happen once we get something discreet like the DREAM Act passed,” she says. “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

The Urban Institute

The nonpartisan Urban Institute publishes studies, reports, and books on timely topics worthy of public consideration. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.

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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

Access to Counsel Before DHS

 

The American Immigration Council has long advocated for the right to counsel in immigration settings. In addition to advocating for legal representation in immigration courts, the Council recognizes the importance of counsel to immigrants appearing before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Yet the thousands of immigrants who are required to appear at DHS immigration examinations or proceedings every year often face barriers to accessing counsel. Although federal law clearly provides a right to legal representation in many proceedings before DHS, that right is often unrecognized, restricted, or denied.

The Council has worked towards greater access to counsel before DHS and increased transparency in DHS’s access to counsel policies through administrative advocacy and FOIA litigation.

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FOIA Suits Seeking DHS Access to Counsel Records

The Council has filed three lawsuits against DHS to compel the release of records relating to noncitizens’ access to counsel before USCIS, CBP, and ICE. The Council initially pursued disclosure of these records through FOIA requests filed in March 2011.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is co-counsel with the Council on these FOIA cases.

Suit Against ICE

American Immigration Council v.DHS and ICE, No. 1:12-cv-00856-JEB (D.D.C. filed May 31, 2012)Read more...

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. 3, No. 6

This issue covers a suit challenging the transfer of detainees following the ICE raid in Iowa, a suit seeking to recover fees paid by TPS registrants, the settlement agreement in a natz delay/SSI restoration class action, a Supreme Court decision in a criminal sentencing case, and en banc review of an aggravated felony decision.

Published On: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 | Download File

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