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AIC Executive Director Ben Johnson in the Roanoke Times

Published on Mon, Sep 30, 2013

The AIC's Executive Director, Ben Johnson, had an op-ed titled "The High Cost of Inaction" published in Virginia's Roanoke Times.  In it, he draws attention to the recent IPC Fact Sheet, "The Cost of Doing Nothing:  Dollars, Lives, and Opportunities Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform," released last week. 

"Yet, three months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or put forward any vision of what to do with the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living in the United States — 210,000 of whom call Virginia home. The standard excuse for this inaction is that there are too many other high-priority items on the legislative agenda right now — so immigration reform will have to wait.

"But while Congress waits, dollars and lives are being lost."

Published in the Roanoke Times

Eric L. Olson

Eric L. Olson is Senior Advisor to the Security Initiative at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He served as the Interim‐Director for Government Relations at Amnesty International USA, and was Amnesty’s Advocacy Director for the Americas from 2002‐2006. Prior to Amnesty, he was the Senior Associate for Mexico, and Economic Policy at the Washington Office on Latin America for eight years. He worked at Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education in Cuernavaca, Mexico from 1989‐1993 where he was the program director. From 1986‐1988, he worked in Honduras, Central America as a development specialist for several local non‐governmental organizations.

 

NY Times Highlights Immigration Council Lawsuit Challenging Tactics at Immigrant Detention Center

Published on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

The New York Times recently highlighted a lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Council and other groups challenging the governments policies of denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled extreme violence, death threats, rape, and persecution in Central America and come to the United States seeking safety.

The article states:

"The lawsuit, brought in Federal District Court in Washington, says that immigration authorities created a system to rush deportations from the temporary center holding about 600 mothers and their children in the isolated desert town of Artesia, N.M. The suit accuses officials of raising numerous legal and practical hurdles to discourage migrants from seeking asylum, after deciding in advance that few petitions would succeed.

'By locking up women and babies, the Obama administration has made it their mission to deport these people as quickly as possible,' said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, one of the groups bringing the suit. 'Our message to the government is simple: Follow the law,' she said during a conference call with reporters. 'We must ensure that every person who interacts with our legal system has a fair hearing.'Read more...

Published in the New York Times

The LAC Docket | Volume III, Issue 1

The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center

January 16, 2013
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   Access to Counsel

LAC Challenges DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel, Court Orders Release of USCIS Counsel Policies

AIC v. DHS and USCIS, No. 1:11-cv-01971 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011)
AIC v. DHS and CBP, No. 1:11-cv-01972 (D.D.C. filed Nov. 8, 2011)
AIC v. DHS and ICE, No. 1:12-cv-00856 (D.D.C. filed May 31, 2012)Read more...

DREAM Act Introduction Shows Political Muscle for Immigration Reform

Released on Thu, Mar 26, 2009

With yesterday's bipartisan introduction of the DREAM Act, the House and Senate delivered yet another signal that the political tide for immigration reform is getting stronger. The bill seeks to remedy the predicament of a specific group of undocumented children who are blocked from realizing their full potential. By providing a path to U.S. citizenship, the DREAM Act would allow these children to pursue a higher education and contribute fully to our economy.

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October 2013 Monthly Minute: Our National Parks (credits)

If you are the owner of content that was used in our video "October 2013 Monthly Minute: Our National Parks" (link: http://youtu.be/T-mozAspTe0) and you would like to request that your work be removed, please contact us at J1Program@immcouncil.org and we will be glad to comply with your request. Thank you!

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Links:

http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Park_Service

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

 

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File: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/PopulusTremula001.JPG (Link: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APopulusTremula001.JPG) Attribution: (Attribution: I, Hugo.arg [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)Read more...

The SSA No-Match Program - Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly

Released on Wed, May 07, 2008

Today the Immigration Policy Center unveils a new report entitled The Social Security Administration No-Match Program: Inefficient, Ineffective, and Costly. Co-authored by Marielena Hincapié and Tyler Moran of the National Immigration Law Center and Michele Waslin of IPC, this new paper provides the most comprehensive analysis of the no-match program and the Administration’s new proposed regulations to use the program as an immigration enforcement mechanism.

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Enforcement Gone Wild

OIG Report Highlights Continued Failures of ICE Enforcement Program

Released on Fri, Apr 02, 2010

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a long-awaited report that offers a damning critique of the 287(g) program, confirming many of the criticisms levied against the program by community leaders, law enforcement officials, and immigration groups, including the Immigration Policy Center. Despite problems with the 287(g) program, it has recently been expanded to additional jurisdictions.

The report, The Performance of 287(g) Agreements, identifies numerous shortcomings that lead to abuse and mismanagement and raises serious questions about the wisdom of state and local immigration enforcement partnerships with ICE.

According to the report, the 287(g) program:Read more...

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Outdated Litigation and Advocacy

The American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center engages in impact litigation to protect and advance the rights of noncitizens. The LAC frequently submits briefs as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before administrative tribunals and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and files affirmative lawsuits in limited circumstances.

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