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Op-Ed: The Facts and Fiction of Arizona's Controversial Immigration Law

Published on Tue, Jun 08, 2010

Arizona, lacking the authority to deport anyone, will enforce jail sentences laid out in its new law for, say, failing to carry one's immigration authorization documents or soliciting day work by the side of the road, said Mary Giovagnoli, director of the Immigration Policy Center, a pro-immigrants' rights group. While the federal system is far from perfect (thousands of people are locked up in federal detention centers indefinitely awaiting deportation decisions), the addition of new immigration crimes at the state level with jail time attached isn't the answer, she added.

Published in the York Dispatch

Special Immigrant Religious Workers

This practice advisory addresses the term “religious occupation,” as it is used with respect to certain categories of religious workers. It also addresses federal courts cases overturning AAO decisions that erroneously imposed heightened requirements for “religious occupation.”

Published On: Wednesday, September 29, 2004 | Download File

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

Author: Brooke Hauser

The New Kids is specifically set in Brooklyn, New York at the International School at Prospect Heights. Yet, the reader travels around the world through Hauser’s retelling of certain students’ lives. The students at Prospect Heights are as different as day and night, but they all have something in common: they’re recent immigrants to the US who couldn’t receive an education anywhere else. This book explores the hardships of a select few of these students’ lives and gives the reader a more comprehensive understanding about immigration. This book allows the reader to understand the horrid and repressive conditions that people face in some countries. Hauser shows the reader what people do to obtain freedom.

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

Year Released: 2012

Grades 8-Adult

Montana Spends Millions on Illegal Immigrants

Published on Wed, Jul 21, 2010

Wendy Sefsaf, communications director for the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), said the FAIR report only examines one side of the issue.

“What they never do is contrast it with contributions,” Sefsaf said of the FAIR analysis. “They always look at fiscal costs and we try to bring in benefits to balance it out.”

A fact sheet released by the IPC, a non-partisan research and policy center also headquartered in Washington, D.C. says illegal immigrants provide millions of dollars in productivity for the Montana economy.

“If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Montana, the state would lose $96.3 million in economic activity, $42.8 million in gross state product, and approximately 720 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group,” the fact sheet states.

Published in the Big Sky Business Journal

Notices to Appear

This practice advisory, written in collaboration with the ABA Commission on Immigration and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights, provides innovative legal and procedural arguments and strategies for attorneys representing noncitizens 1) who are likely to be issued NTAs, 2) who have been issued NTAs that have not been filed with the immigration court, or 3) who have been issued NTAs that have been filed. It provides an overview of the legal requirements for an NTA and strategies available to attorneys to cancel, mitigate, or challenge the contents of an NTA. In addition to presenting legal and procedural arguments, the advisory provides strategies to attorneys wishing to seek prosecutorial discretion in connection with the NTA.

Published On: Monday, June 30, 2014 | Download File

Health First Protections for Migrant Workers: Social Justice in Action Video and Service Project

In a video and service project “Health First, Protection for Migrant Workers,” students brought awareness and assistance to migrant farm workers as a result of our community grant awarded to Delia Lancaster, a teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay, Florida.  Through their work, teachers are now provided with a Common-Core aligned model to have students launch a donation drive to collect supplies to protect migrant workers laboring in hazardous conditions, as well to conduct research and interviews on health and safety issues in order to educate their school and community in two student-produced news broadcasts.

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

Year Released: 2015

Middle School and High School Levels

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Keep citizenship a right of birth

Published on Fri, Aug 06, 2010

Amid the illegal immigration debate is talk of overtunring the 14th Amendment, which grants citizenship to most children born here, regardless of their parents’ status. The American Immigration Council offers a host of essays against the proposal.

Published in the Albany Times Union

Jurisdictional Bars Under the INA

District Court Jurisdiction over Non-Removal Cases | Review of Mixed Questions of Law and Fact
Review of Sua Sponte Motions to Reopen
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District Court Jurisdiction over Non-Removal Cases

The Legal Action Center (LAC) urges a narrow interpretation of the statutory bars to review of discretionary issues in district court cases where discretionary relief may have been sought, but the cases themselves present legal or constitutional issues. This situation arises when, for example, a noncitizen seeks district court review of USCIS’s denial of an application for adjustment of status on non-discretionary grounds. This issue has become increasingly important as more noncitizens seek review of erroneous USCIS denials of applications for immigration benefits.

The LAC maintains that district courts do have jurisdiction over these cases and can review them under the Administrative Procedures Act. We argue that the bar to review of discretionary judgments found in INA § 242(a)(2)(B)(i) is inapplicable to a court’s review of non-discretionary statutory eligibility for an immigration benefit. We also argue that INA § 242(a)(2)(D) does not limit the jurisdiction of a district court to review constitutional and legal issues in a non-removal case.

CASES

Alla Barenboy v. Secretary of DHS et al., No. 10-1802 (3d Cir. amicus brief filed June 7, 2010) (court denied the petition on other grounds in a non-precedential decision).Read more...

The Unemployment and Immigration Disconnect

New Report Finds No Significant Relationship between Native Unemployment and Immigrants

Washington D.C. - As Congress once again takes up the mantle for comprehensive immigration reform, it is critically important for policymakers to understand the real impact immigration has on native unemployment. Research conduced by Rob Paral and Associates for the Immigration Policy Center demonstrates that there is little apparent relationship between unemployment and the presence of recent immigrants at the regional and state levels. Read more...

DREAM Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal derail defense bill vote

Published on Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center, told TWI the vote showed “a lack of leadership” by Republican senators. “This was clearly putting procedural wrangling and partisan politics over social issues that are clearly something the American public wants action on,” she said.

Published in the Michigan Messenger