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Voluntary Departure Q&A

This Q&A provides an overview of EOIR’s regulations on voluntary departure, issued December 18, 2008. The regulations, which went into effect on January 20, 2009, address various aspects of voluntary departure, including what happens to voluntary departure when motions to reopen and reconsider and petitions for review are filed.

Published On: Monday, December 22, 2008 | Download File

Workshop 2006

The American Immigration Law Foundation's Curriculum Center held five successful teachers' symposia in 2006. Teachers attended free day long professional development workshops in Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.The symposia focused on current immigration policies, presenting immigration in the classroom, sharing stories through oral history, learning with literature and media and using artifacts, primary sources and dramatic arts to teach immigration.

Numerous Legal Challenges To Arizona S.B. 1070 Advance Through Courts, In Addition To DOJ Suit

Published on Tue, Jul 13, 2010

According to the American Immigration Council, “The complaint alleges that S.B. 1070 unlawfully attempts to regulate immigration and punish those whom Arizona deems to be in violation of immigration laws.”

The AIC notes that in the Escobar case, “On June 11 the Arizona cities of Flagstaff, San Luis, Somerton and Tolleson moved to join the lawsuit as plaintiff intervenors.”

Published in the Florida Independent

Implications of Judulang v. Holder for LPRs Seeking § 212(c) Relief and for Other Individuals Challenging Arbitrary Agency Policies

This Practice Advisory describes the Supreme Court’s decision in Judulang v. Holder, which rejected the BIA's "comparable grounds" test for § 212(c) relief, and offers strategies for lawful permanent residents and others who may be affected by it.

Published On: Friday, December 16, 2011 | Download File

Critics Invoke Bobby Jindal in Birthright Citizenship Controversy

Published on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

On a conference call today, opponents of changing the policy said that while Americans are "justifiably frustrated" with current immigration policy, eliminating birthright citizenship "would punish the innocent children of undocumented immigrants, which flies in the face of American values," according to Michele Waslin, Senior Policy Analyst at the Immigration Policy Center.

Published in the CBS News


Delayed decision-making by immigration agencies is a recurring problem faced by immigration attorneys and their clients. The federal mandamus statute provides a remedy for unreasonable delays by allowing a federal district court judge to order the agency to make a decision within a specific period of time. Too often, attorneys for the government attempt to dismiss mandamus cases, arguing that the court has no jurisdiction. We have filed amicus briefs in cases pending in the courts of appeals with the goal of establishing binding precedent confirming the district courts’ jurisdiction over mandamus suits against USCIS. We argue that USCIS has a non-discretionary duty to decide an application (although not necessarily to approve it) and that, in cases in which there is unreasonable delay, district courts have jurisdiction under the mandamus statute to order the agency to carry out this duty in a timely fashion.



Safadi v. Atty. Gen. of the United States, No. 09-12123-JJ (11th Cir. amicus brief filed June 23, 2009) (case settled without a decision).

Poliakova v. Gonzalez, No. 08-13313-FF (11th Cir. amicus brief filed Aug. 18, 2008) (case settled without a decision). 

Vorontsova v. Chertoff, No. 08-1052 (1st Cir. amicus brief filed July 16, 2008) (case settled without a decision).

Liu v. Mukasey, No. 07-3538, (7th Cir. amicus brief filed Jan. 18, 2008) (case settled without a decision).

Grinberg v. Swacina, No. 07-11594 (11th Cir. amicus brief filed Oct. 10, 2007) (case settled without a decision).

Li v. Gonzales, No. 07-2990 (3rd Cir. amicus brief filed Sept. 7, 2007) (case settled without a decision).Read more...

Lesson for Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s The Danger of a Single Story

In this lesson, students watch and respond to novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.” In this 18:39 minute video, she tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice and relays the potential risks for misunderstanding a group of people when only a single story is shared as representative of that culture. This film and corresponding discussion guide can enhance the reading of diverse literature in the classroom and lends itself to a discussion on the benefits of diversity.

For lesson procedures and Common Core alignment, please click here.


Year Released: 2015


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14th Amendment faces challenge from immigration hardliners

Published on Sun, Sep 12, 2010

Michele Waslin, a senior policy analyst with the Washington, D.C.-based Immigration Policy Center, said changing the birthright citizenship laws will not solve the problem of illegal immigration.

"It actually increases the number of illegal immigrants because children would be born in the U.S. with no legal status," she said.


Published in the Arizona Central

American Immigration Council v. DHS and USCIS

Entire Document Production, February 6, 2012

Key documents:

Pages 2-4: Seating policy- Email directives from 2010 and 2011 regarding policy of allowing attorneys to sit next to their clients and concern that some field offices are not incompliance.

Pages 67-74: Representation overseas- Email correspondence regarding representation of refugees overseas (note that USCIS did not release the “old counsel opinion” referenced in an email).

Pages 117-118, Pages 1670-1671: Directive to review AIC and AILA’s proposed revisions to the AFM

Pages 967-968: Stalled review of the AFM: email correspondence indicating there is “a lot of interest” in amending the counsel provisions of the AFM and an explanation that the amendment process was stalled in 2007.

Page 1355: “Just trying to get this right – esp. given I-797 fiasco”- A redacted 2011 email (probably regarding amendments to the AFM) with the title “Just trying to get this right – esp. given I-797 fiasco.”Read more...