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U.S. Border Enforcement Prioritizes Non-Violent Migrants Over Dangerous Criminals

Data on Federal Court Prosecutions Reveal Non-Violent Immigration Prosecutions Up, Organized Crime, Drugs and Weapons Charges Down

Released on Thu, May 20, 2010

Washington D.C. - The Mexican President's visit to the United States allowed both he and President Obama to address the important issues of immigration, border control and crime. Both Presidents made the important point that we address and not conflate these serious issues. This approach stands in stark contrast to the drafters of Arizona law SB1070 and those members of Congress, including Senators Kyl and McCain, who continue to equate dangerous criminals and migrant workers. These legislators share either a misguided understanding of who is really perpetrating violence at the border or a willingness to do anything to win an election.

The horrific violence which currently afflicts our southern neighbor is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted solution. This violence is driven by the flow of guns, drugs and money across the borders. Yesterday, the President reaffirmed his administration's commitment "to stem the southbound flow of American guns and money" and to develop "new approaches to reducing the demand for drugs in our country," pledging to keep up law-enforcement pressure on the criminal gangs that "traffic in drugs, guns, and people."  In practice, however, the Justice Department seems to have given in to the political rhetoric behind laws like SB1070.

Obama's pledge to focus on these serious criminal enterprises should mean that law enforcement resources are also focused there, rather than on rounding up non-criminal border crossers.  However, that's simply not the case according to recent reports that show Department of Justice prosecutions of drug and weapons violations are down while low level immigration violators are being prosecuted at record levels.Read more...

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Understanding the Final Rule for J-1 Trainee and Intern Programs

PRACTICE ADVISORY UNDERSTANDING THE FINAL RULE FOR J-1 TRAINEE AND INTERN PROGRAMS

New final rules became effective Sept. 9, 2010 for J trainee and intern programs 22 C.F.R.§ 62 (2010). With few exceptions, the final rule will produce little change to the way J trainee and intern programs have been administered since the interim-final rule of 2007.

  1. What are the significant changes?
  2. Who can be an intern under the new rule?
  3. Who can be a trainee?
  4. What about foreign nationals with degrees from the United States?
  5. Will sponsors screen applicants differently?
  6. Who can be a host organization?
  7. Who can not be a host organization?
  8. How will the training or placement plans be affected?
  9. Are any occupations excluded from J intern or training programs?
  10. What are the maximum lengths allowed for programs?
  11. Can participants apply for additional intern or training programs after completing their original program?





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Scholars United Behind DREAM Act

Released on Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Today, more than fifty leading university professors urged Congress to pass the DREAM Act, noting that both their academic research and their work as teachers compelled them to speak out on behalf of the undocumented students whose future hangs in the balance over today's vote.   These scholars, who have dedicated their professional lives to studying migration-related issues, noted: Read more...

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Update - February 26, 2015

Read our previous Entrepreneurship and Innovation Newsletters here.

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“A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Entrepreneur” illustrates immigrant contributions in the Rust Belt. A new report from WE Global Network (formerly Global Great Lakes Network) highlights the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs in Rust Belt cities. The report contains the stories of eleven entrepreneurs from WE Global Network’s “A Day in the Life of an Immigrant Entrepreneur” contest. “These stories, written by the entrepreneurs themselves, or their families and friends, tell of their journeys and lives,” the report describes. 

Immigrants help fill gaps in the U.S. trucking industry. A new report from the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University shows that while the U.S. economy is heavily dependent on truck transportation, the industry itself experiences chronic worker shortages. Immigrants, the report illustrates, have the potential to ease the driver shortage.

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LAC Issues Practice Advisory on Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings

Released on Tue, May 31, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of a new practice advisory: “Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: A General Overview.” Long used in criminal trials, motions to suppress seek to exclude evidence obtained by government agents in violation of an individual’s constitutional or other legal rights.  Though federal immigration officers often disregard immigrants’ rights, legal and practical obstacles prevent many individuals from challenging the procedures used to arrest them once placed in removal proceedings.  By filing motions to suppress more frequently, immigrants will promote greater accountability by law enforcement officers and thereby protect the rights of other noncitizens.

For a complete list of all LAC Practice Advisories, please visit our website.

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Report: Immigrants a growing segment of S.C. population

Published on Thu, Sep 10, 2009

A report conducted by the Immigration Policy Center based in Washington, D.C., shows that immigrants make a substantial impact on South Carolina.

Published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal

American Immigration Council and Partners Sue U.S. Immigration Agencies Over Asylum “Clock”

Released on Tue, Dec 20, 2011

Washington, D.C.—Last week, the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC) filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) in federal court in Seattle. The lawsuit alleges widespread problems with the asylum “clock”—the system that the government uses to determine when immigrants with pending asylum applications become eligible to obtain work authorization in the United States. The class certification motion describes the nationwide impact of these policies.

The complaint, co-filed with the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project, Gibbs Houston Pauw, and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, was submitted on behalf of untold numbers of asylum applicants wrongfully denied work authorization due to unlawful agency policies and practices. The named plaintiffs include asylum seekers who have pursued their cases for years without work authorization—including a man from China who initially filed his asylum application in 2003.Read more...

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GOP is killing itself with bogus talk of death panels

Published on Sat, Aug 15, 2009

The health care reform bill's so-called "death panels" are, of course, nothing but a ridiculous fabrication by Republican fear mongers.

Published in the NY Local Daily News

Updated Practice Advisory on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Released on Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Updated Practice Advisory on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Washington, D.C. — The Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to release an updated Practice Advisory, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This Practice Advisory incorporates recent DHS guidance regarding fraudulent Social Security numbers, required evidence, and travel considerations for individuals who are requesting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  It also offers strategic advice for attorneys representing individuals who may qualify for DACA.  The LAC issued this advisory jointly with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

For additional resources related to DACA, visit the Immigration Policy Center’s website

For a complete list of all LAC Practice Advisories, please visit the LAC’s website.

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