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House Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Immigration Reform Proposal

Released on Wed, Oct 02, 2013

Washington D.C. - Today, in an important effort to keep the conversation and momentum on immigration reform moving forward in the House, a group of centrist Democrats introduced their version of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Although the full text has not yet been made available, it is said to be a modification of the bipartisan Senate bill of the same name adopted earlier this year. Among other reported changes, the House bill takes a different path on border security, incorporating a bill introduced by Republican Congressman Mike McCaul which passed unanimously out of the House Committee on Homeland Security in May of 2013. The House sponsors—including Representatives Garcia, Chu, Polis, DelBene, and Horsford—adopted provisions of the McCaul-Thompson bill as a replacement for the costly, controversial “border surge” strategy adopted by the Senate under the Corker-Hoeven amendment.  

Substantively, the comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced today reflects a series of bipartisan policy and political compromises made during deliberations in the Senate. The original co-sponsors represent diverse interests from within the Democratic Party, including the New Democrats Coalition, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

The following is a statement from the American Immigration Council’s Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson:Read more...

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Study finds the economy would benefit from legalizing undocumented immigrants

Published on Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Comprehensive immigration reform would produce at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years, according to a new report by a UCLA professor. Based on this report and other studies, Illinois would see significant economic gains from legalizing undocumented immigrants.

Published in the Medill Reports

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Before Brown, There Was Mendez: Immigrants' Role in Desegregating Schools

Published on Fri, Mar 26, 2010

I'm sure most everybody learned about Brown v. Board of Education at some point during their schooling, the 1954 Supreme Court decision that ruled segregating black and white students was unconstitutional. But what you probably didn't learn was that before there was Brown, there was Mendez v. Westminster.

Published in the Change.org

A Complex Challenge and No Easy Answers

Published on Sun, Apr 25, 2010

Ours is a nation of immigrants. That’s what we’re told from our earliest years in grade school. The vast majority of Americans are descended from those who came (voluntarily or not) from other continents.

But the topic remains controversial. And immigration both legal and not is changing the American landscape. Demographers tell us that by 2050, the proportion of Hispanics in the U.S. will more than double to 29 percent, making them the largest segment after whites at 47 percent.

Published in the The Southern Pine Pilot

What's really new about Arizona's new approach to illegal immigrants

Published on Fri, May 14, 2010

Boosted by the attention from other bloggers and KFI-AM's John and Ken, our online poll about the City Council's boycott of Arizona drew an overwhelming response from supporters of the Grand Canyon State's latest crackdown on illegal immigrants. Take the results with a grain of salt; the poll wasn't scientific. But the clear message from legions of commenters was that council members and other opponents of the law had it misconstrued; it is, as one put it, "the already established federal law!"

That's close to the truth, but not quite.

Published in the L.A. Times

Citizens Group Pushes for Immigration Laws: 9-12 Delaware Patriots Deny Accusations of Racism

Published on Mon, Jun 21, 2010

Benjamin E. Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Council, which advocates comprehensive immigration reform, said many grass-roots groups have been responsible for pushing immigration legislation at the local and state levels. But he questioned some of the groups' tactics, saying that at times they capitalize on communities' fears and anxiety and use immigrants as scapegoats.

Published in the News Journal

Mandamus Actions: Avoiding Dismissal and Proving the Case

This Practice Advisory provides basic information about filing an immigration-related mandamus action in federal district court. It discusses the required elements of a successful mandamus action as well as jurisdictional concerns that may arise.

Published On: Thursday, August 6, 2009 | Download File

Grassley Fears Secret Plan For ‘Defacto Amnesty’

Published on Tue, Jul 27, 2010

Giovagnoli said the Republican Senators are helping “perpetuate an urban legend of massive proportions,” calling the idea that the president could use some sort of backdoor method to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants, “extremely far fetched.”

“The resources and tools needed to make something like this happen just aren’t there, especially because any kind of mass program like the one envisioned in this letter would essentially require a registration and reviewing process to determine who was actually qualified to remain,” Giovagnoli said in a piece last month for AlterNet.org. “Absent legislative action, the financial resources needed to carry out something of this scope would be difficult to procure.”

Published in the Iowa Independent

Prosecutorial Discretion: How to Advocate for Your Client

This Practice Advisory explains what prosecutorial discretion is, who has authority to exercise it, and how it is exercised most often in immigration cases. It also suggests ways that attorneys can influence the favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion by ICE and USCIS officers.

Published On: Friday, June 24, 2011 | Download File