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No Pretty Pictures by Anita Lobel

Illustrated with her family photographs, and written in a straightforward prose, No Pretty Pictures offers valuable lessons on the Holocaust and survival for adolescent readers. In this lesson, students will read, reflect and use maps and text to study the "push-pull factors" of the immigrant experience.

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Obama Team Attacks Arizona Immigration Law

Published on Fri, Jun 04, 2010

The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision that upheld Arizona's right to punish employers for hiring illegal immigrants.

The Arizona law gives the state the right to suspend or terminate business licenses.

Published in the Milwaukee Live

Employment Authorization and Asylum: Strategies to Avoid Stopping the Asylum Clock

This Practice Advisory discusses how the asylum employment authorization document (EAD) clock operates, both in theory and in practice. The advisory addresses EOIR’s interpretation and implementation of the asylum clock and provides an analysis of and strategies around clock-stopping events.

Published On: Tuesday, February 28, 2006 | Download File

What Makes Us American: A Video Montage

This video presents a montage highlighting the diversity and pluralism that makes our nation uniquely multicultural.

When you think of the United States what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you think of the food, the holidays, or symbols of the American identity? Each of these elements paints a picture of the United States, but what truly makes our country what it is today, is the people.

For more information, resources, and lesson plans: www.communityeducationcenter.org

 

Arizona's Immigration Law Isn't The Only One

Published on Fri, Jul 16, 2010

The increase in state laws parallels the changing settlement patterns of illegal immigrants. Between 1990 and 2008, illegal immigration slowed significantly in California but grew in Georgia, North Carolina and other states, according to a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center report.

"These are not your typical immigrant-receiving states, so they are not accustomed to having large immigrant populations," said Michele Waslin, senior analyst at the Immigration Policy Center. "They are struggling with how to deal with new populations."

Published in the Los Angeles Times

Mandamus Litigation Against DOL Delays in Wage Determinations and Labor Certifications

This Practice Advisory provides basic information about mandamus actions and suggests strategies and practice tips for bringing a mandamus action against the Department of Labor (DOL).

Published On: Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Download File

Interpreting the Impact of Cesar Chavez’s Early Years

In this immigration lesson plan, students will understand how Cesar Chavez’s adolescence as a migrant farm worker influenced his later achievements.  First, students will analyze how an artist and biographer have interpreted Chavez’s legacy.  Then by reading excerpts from Chavez’s autobiography, students will draw connections between how his early years shaped his later beliefs and achievements around organized labor, social justice, and humane treatment of individuals. Once students have read and critically thought about these connections, they will write a response supported with evidence from the text to answer the investigative question on the impact of Chavez’s early years and development.

Extensions and adaptations are available for English Language Learners and readers at multiple levels.

For lesson procedures, Common Core and C3 standards alignment, please click here

Year Released: 2015

6-8 and 9-12

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Study Says Northwest Immigrants Have Big Economic Impact

Published on Thu, Jul 29, 2010

The Immigration Policy Center, based in the nation's capital, pulled together immigration data from a variety of sources. Then it released fact sheets for all 50 states.

The center's Wendy Sefsaf says the study concludes that, if all undocumented workers were booted out of the Northwest immediately, the economic impact would be huge.
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Published in the NPR - KPLU

Remands to the BIA

In an amicus brief submitted in Castaneda-Castillo v. Gonzales, the LAC argued that the First Circuit should uphold the majority panel’s decision not to remand the case to the BIA pursuant to the “ordinary remand rule” established in INS v. Ventura, 537 U.S. 12 (2002). While the ordinary remand rule requires remand when the BIA has not yet had the opportunity to consider an issue, the LAC argued that the rule does not apply where the BIA has thoroughly examined a particular issue but reached a wrong conclusion. When the BIA has addressed an issue in the first instance, the LAC argues, the court of appeals has authority to reverse the finding when the record compels the opposite conclusion.

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Castaneda-Castillo v. Gonzales, No. 05-2384 (1st Circuit amicus brief filed Mar. 6, 2007). The court issued a precedent decision declining to follow the ordinary remand rule. Castaneda-Castillo v. Gonzales, 464 F.3d 112 (1st Cir. 2006).