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Faith-Based Groups Differ in Approach to Immigration Reform

Published on Sun, Nov 07, 2010

According to the Immigration Policy Center the U.S. employment-based immigration rules are not in line with U.S. labor needs. Only 5,000 green cards per year are given to less skilled workers such as landscapers, hotel staff, and construction workers. This inadequate number of available green cards is “the crux of the unauthorized immigration problem in the U.S.,” according to an October 2010 Fact Sheet by the center.

Published in the Epoch Times

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 3, No. 3

This issue covers the Supreme Court's decision to hear an asylum case involving the persecutor bar, attorneys' fees in naturalization delay suits, pending circuit court cases addressing whether anti-immigration state and local laws are preempted by federal law, and a recent decision regarding evidence that the BIA did not mail a decision.

Published On: Thursday, March 20, 2008 | Download File

Editorial: Overreaching on immigration by making bus drivers criminals

Published on Wed, Jan 26, 2011

While the loss of Head Start would be devastating, it would be far from the only loss the Bluegrass State would suffer if SB 6 became law. The American Immigration Center's Immigration Policy Center recently projected that passage of this bill would cost Kentucky $1.7 billion in economic activity and more than 12,000 jobs.

Published in the Lexington Herald Leader

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 1, No. 8

This issue covers Supreme Court Review of an Aggravated Felony Case, Jurisdiction over Natz Delays Actions, and LGBT and HIV Based Asylum Claims.

Published On: Tuesday, April 4, 2006 | Download File

Utah on immigration: We aren't Arizona

Published on Fri, Mar 25, 2011

Less than a year ago, Utah business leaders worried that their state would follow in Arizona’s controversial footsteps by passing tough new laws to crack down on illegal immigration. Already, there were signs that a divisive debate — the kind that led to mass protests, boycotts and lawsuits in Phoenix — was shaping up in Utah, too.

“Last summer, it was a foregone conclusion that Utah was going to do exactly what Arizona had done,” says Marty Carpenter, a spokesman for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. That worried many of the chamber’s members.

They feared Arizona-style legislation would stall the state’s economy before it really got a chance to recover from the recession. In addition, it might undermine the international goodwill Utah built by hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Passing a law targeting unauthorized immigrants, Carpenter says, risked sending the message that Utah “was no longer a friendly and welcoming place.”

In July, a pair of state employees secretly leaked a list of 1,300 unauthorized immigrants to reporters and police. They demanded that the people on the list be deported. The list included names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers. It even included the due date of a pregnant woman.

The same month, three Utah legislators, including the House speaker, toured the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona as part of their effort to prepare legislation based on Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, empowering local police to question residents about their immigration status. When sponsors introduced the Arizona-style proposal on the steps of the Utah Capitol, dozens of protesters crashed the press conference and sang “We Shall Overcome.”Read more...

Published in the Stateline

IJ's Jurisdiction to Apply INA § 204(j)


In Matter of Perez Vargas, 23 I&N Dec. 829 (BIA 2005), the BIA held that immigration judges lack jurisdiction to determine whether an approved I-140 remains valid under INA § 204(j). Section 204(j) provides that, for purposes of an adjustment application that has been pending for more than 180 days, an approved I-140 visa petition remains valid even if the adjustment applicant changes jobs, so long as the new job is in the same or similar occupational classification. Several courts of appeals rejected the BIA’s holding, and in January 2010, the BIA reversed itself in Matter of Neto, 25 I&N Dec. 169 (BIA 2010).

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BIA Overturns Matter of Perez-Vargas

Q&A with Ricardo Ishida

February, 2011
Q: Were you excited to come to Illinois from Peru? What did you expect and how have your expectations been met?

A: Yes, As a Komatsu-Mitsui Maquinarias Peru executive, distributor of Komatsu equipment in Peru, I was very excited to come to Komatsu America Mining Division Headquarter in Peoria, Illinois.  Read more...