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Pew Report Sheds Little Light on Birthright Citizenship

Released on Wed, Aug 11, 2010

Washington D.C. - Over the last several weeks, a handful of elected officials have re-ignited a call for the repeal of birthright citizenship. Claiming that countless unauthorized and temporary immigrants are coming to the United States solely to give birth, some are suggesting changing the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, thereby forcing the U.S. government to individually determine the citizenship of every single child born in the country.

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center is intended to provide data on the numbers of children born to unauthorized immigrants each year. However, the report offers no real clarity on the question of birthright citizenship. Limitations in the Census data upon which the report is based make it impossible to determine how many children are born into families in which both parents are unauthorized or temporarily in the United States. As a result, the report is only able estimate that 340,000 of the 4.3 million children born in the United States in 2008 had at least one unauthorized parent. In other words, this figure includes families in which one parent is unauthorized and the other a U.S. citizen or legal immigrant, so we still have no idea how many children would be affected by a change to the Fourteenth Amendment. If anything, the Pew report highlights how complicated this issue is given that so many unauthorized immigrants live in "mixed status" families that also include U.S. citizens and legal immigrants.Read more...

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American Heritage Awards: Integrating Immigration Event

Integrating Immigration: How Massachusetts Has Turned Immigrant  Integration Into a Community Concern

Massachusetts has long been a leader in state immigration initiatives including adopting a range of policies to further immigrant integration.  From government task forces to hands on help for new immigrants, the state has made a commitment to building bridges between communities.  Immigration lawyers and activists have been vital to this process and  have solidified the importance of state based efforts to achieve lasting immigration solutions.

Join the American Immigration Council in a thought provoking discussion of the Massachusetts experience and what it means for your state, your practice and you.

  • Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Council
  • Eva Milona, Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  • Chief Felix G. Arroyo, Department of Health and Human Services, City of Boston
  • Ronald G Marlow, Assistant Secretary for Access and Opportunity, Executive Office for Administration and Finance

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American Immigration Council Hails Decision Enjoining Enforcement of Arizona’s SB 1070

Released on Tue, Apr 12, 2011

Washington, D.C - The American Immigration Council applauds yesterday’s decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding a preliminary injunction against the key provisions of Arizona’s SB 1070.  As the court correctly recognized, Arizona’s misguided attempt to drive immigrants from the state interferes with the federal government’s exclusive authority to enforce immigration law, has negatively impacted U.S. foreign relations, and reflects the dangers of allowing states to enact a patchwork of conflicting regulations.  The Ninth Circuit also rightly rejected Arizona’s claim that state police have “inherent authority” to enforce federal immigration laws and held that Congress intended state officers to “aid in immigration enforcement only under the close supervision of the Attorney General.” Read more...

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Update - May 29, 2015

Read our previous Entrepreneurship and Innovation Newsletters here.

National Small Business Week an opportunity to recognize contributions of immigrant small businesses. National Small Business Week, which has occurred each year since 1963, was held in early May to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States. This was also a good opportunity to acknowledge the critical role Immigrant entrepreneurs play in America’s small business environment. For example, in 2013, immigrants made up 28 percent of “main street” business owners nationally—“main street” businesses are those in the retail, accommodation and food services, and neighborhood services sectors.

Immigrants are key to inclusive economic growth for cities. In a May 22 webinar, hosted by Cities of Migration and Welcoming America, Steve Tobocman, Director of Global Detroit and the WE (Welcoming Economies) Global Network, described ways in which immigrants play a role in local economic growth. The webinar discussion included ideas and best practice examples from Detroit and other cities, challenges for attracting and retaining immigrant skill and talent, and opportunities immigrant welcoming and economic development initiatives present for local places.Read more...

Alabama’s Dangerous New Anti-Immigrant Law

Released on Thu, Sep 29, 2011

Washington D.C. - Yesterday, Judge Sharon Blackburn failed to enjoin major portions of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, leaving many dangerous sections open to implementation. Local police, for example, are required to act as federal immigration enforcement agents by demanding proof of legal status from anyone who appears to be foreign. Other provisions—that go further than Arizona’s law—insist public school administrators check the legal status of students and their parents and create confusing and burdensome new restrictions on contracts between the state government and immigrants and between private citizens and immigrants. It’s unclear how far the restrictions on contracts will go, but at a minimum they will limit access to housing and utilities for anyone who cannot produce the proper documentation.

Although supporters claim the law will solve the state’s economic problems and reduce crime, HB 56 will inflict greater economic damage to Alabama, costing the state millions to implement and defend. And the crime argument simply doesn't hold water. Since 1990, Alabama’s unauthorized population has risen from five thousand to 120 thousand.  Yet the violent crime rate in the state has fallen by more than a third. Restrictive immigration laws have proven to reduce, not maximize, law enforcement effectiveness.Read more...

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Laying groundwork on immigration

Published on Wed, Aug 19, 2009

While President Obama has put off sweeping changes in immigration policy until probably next year -- after health care and energy -- he also pledged to start laying the groundwork.

Published in the Boston Globe

Supreme Court Limits Arizona’s Overreach on Immigration, Leaves Door Open to Future Challenges

Released on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

Washington D.C. - In a blow to the state anti-immigration movement, the Supreme Court ruled today that the authority to enforce immigration laws rests squarely with the federal government, limiting the role that states may play in crafting state-level answers to immigration enforcement. By a 5-3 margin, the Court struck down three of the four provisions of SB 1070 that were challenged by the Obama administration as pre-empted under federal law. While the Court agreed that Arizona’s attempt to limit immigration by creating new laws and new penalties to punish undocumented immigrants was pre-empted, it found that a provision requiring local police to investigate the legal status of suspected undocumented immigrants was not pre-empted on its face. The court read this provision very narrowly, however, leaving open the door to future lawsuits based on racial profiling and other legal violations. Read more...

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Davy Brown Discovers His Roots

Published on Thu, May 14, 2009

"Velani Mynhardt Witthöft and Keely Alexander, authors of Davy Brown Discovers His Roots will be signing copies of their book in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 3, during the opening of the AILA exhibit hall and on Saturday morning, June 6 at the AILF booth."

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LAC Issues Practice Advisory on Reinstatement of Removal

Released on Tue, Apr 30, 2013

For Immediate Release


Washington, D.C.—The Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to announce the issuance of a new practice advisory, Reinstatement of Removal. A person who has been removed and illegally reenters the United States may be subject to reinstatement of removal under INA § 241(a)(5). This Practice Advisory provides an overview of the reinstatement statute and implementing regulations. It also addresses federal court review of reinstatement orders and potential arguments to challenge the legality of reinstatement orders, including challenges to the underlying removal order.

This practice advisory includes a sample reinstatement order, a sample letter to DHS requesting a copy of the reinstatement order, a checklist for potential challenges to reinstatement orders, and an appendix of published reinstatement decisions. The LAC issued this advisory jointly with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

All of the LAC’s Practice Advisories are available on the LAC website.


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For more information, contact clearinghouse@immcouncil.org or call 202-507-7516.

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