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Bipartisan Immigration Bill Recaptures Unused Visas

Released on Mon, Sep 08, 2008

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up H.R. 5882--a bipartisan bill which will allow for the critical recapturing of visas that have gone unused in past years due to bureaucratic delays and instead permit the visas be issued to family-based or employment-based legal immigrants.

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Immigration in Massachusetts

CIS Report Attempts to Erase 100 Years of Data

Wishful Thinking on Immigration and Crime

Released on Wed, Nov 18, 2009

A new report from the restrictionist group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), Immigration and Crime: Assessing a Conflicted Issue, attempts to overturn a century’s worth of research which has demonstrated repeatedly that immigrants are less likely than the native-born to commit violent crimes or end up behind bars.

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AIC Badge Program

The American Immigration Council badge program encourages AILA Chapters to participate in various Council activities and recognizes achievements that the Chapters have made to advance the mission of the Council.

 

The American Immigration Council Badge

Awarded to Chapters who have hosted events that have increased the exposure of the Council as well as her events.

The Education Badge

Awarded to Chapters who have excelled in hosting the Creative Writing Contest and other Community Education Center initiatives.

                  

The International Exchange Badge

Awarded to Chapters that have hosted an event with the International Exchange Center.

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Lawsuit Filed Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency Promised by Obama Administration

AILA Seeks Disclosure of Records under FOIA

Released on Tue, Jul 20, 2010

The American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) seeking the public release of records concerning agency policies and procedures for the "H-1B" visa program - a program which allows U.S. businesses to temporarily employ highly-skilled foreign workers.

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AILA South Florida and Central Florida Chapter:

Florida Policy Resources       South Florida Education Resources 

Central Florida Education Resources   International Exchange Center Resource

The Council in the News      Practice Advisories       Immigration Impact Blog

 

Your Central Florida Council Ambassador: Arturo R. Rios
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American Immigration Council Urges DOJ to Undertake Regulatory Reform

Released on Mon, Apr 04, 2011

In response to the Department of Justice’s request for comments regarding a review of its existing regulations, the American Immigration Council highlighted several issues we previously have brought to the attention of the Executive Office for Immigration Review. We urge the Department to: (1) withdraw the departure bar to motions to reopen; (2) issue clear yet flexible rules governing ineffective assistance of counsel claims; (3) initiate a rulemaking process to establish fair removal procedures for noncitizens with mental disabilities; and (4) consider regulatory amendments that would remedy Employment Authorization Document asylum clock problems. Our letter describes these four requests and provides accompanying information detailing the need for regulatory reform.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Update - August 28, 2014

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Latest Research

Cities and regions can make the most of immigration through local dividends. A recent statement from the Migration Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Council on Migration notes that “well-managed immigration can be a windfall for local economies by creating jobs and fueling growth, fostering innovation, and bringing in new revenue.” But, as the report notes, these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. The statement examines ways in which policymakers at all levels can work together and launches a new series of reports on the topic of “Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends.” The series will examine “place-based immigration and entrepreneurship policies, city attractiveness, social cohesion, and means to build inclusive cities.” One of the first reports in the series explores ways in which cities and regions can have a voice in immigration policy, which is often set at the national level.Read more...

Prosecutorial Discretion Guidelines May Provide Temporary Relief to Gay and Lesbian Bi-National Couples

Released on Fri, Aug 19, 2011

Washington D.C. –Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are taking concrete steps to implement existing guidance on prosecutorial discretion across the agency in an attempt to provide relief for low priority immigration cases. DHS also announced the creation of a committee which will review 300,000 immigration cases currently in removal proceedings to determine which cases are low priority and can be administratively closed. One of the factors in determining low priority cases is family relationships and community ties—factors the Administration said yesterday may apply to gay and lesbian families.

There are currently 36,000 same-sex bi-national couples in the United States, many of whom are routinely denied applications for lawful permanent residence and other relief from deportation due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Enacted in 1996, DOMA prevents the federal government—including DHS—from recognizing marriages or civil unions of same-sex couples for purposes of receiving federal benefits. Although the Administration determined that parts of DOMA were unconstitutional, DHS is still denying immigration benefits to same-sex spouses of bi-national couples.

DHS’s recent announcement, however, suggests that the guidelines on prosecutorial discretion may provide temporary relief to gay and lesbian bi-national couples. On a conference call hosted by the Immigration Policy center yesterday, a panel of experts discussed how the new policy may help gay and lesbian bi-national couples:

Mary Kenney, Senior Staff Attorney with the Council’s Legal Action Center, said:Read more...

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Homeland Security revises immigration partnership with local jails

Published on Sat, Aug 22, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security is requiring counties that participate in its illegal-immigration enforcement program to agree to a new focus on violent criminals.

Published in the Washington Examiner