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Access to Courts Federal court review is an important check on agency decision making because of the high stakes involved in immigration cases and the potential for error that accompanies the growing volume of cases. Through targeted litigation, the LAC has consistently advocated that statutory limits on judicial review must be narrowly construed. We also provide practice advisories, mentoring and other support to attorneys seeking review of unfavorable decisions impacting the rights of noncitizens. In addition, we advocate for the adoption of policies that help ensure all noncitizens a meaningful opportunity to be heard in the immigration court system.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

Published on Wed, Apr 25, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case challenging Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law two years after its passage. The Obama administration has challenged four provisions of the law, known as S.B. 1070, for interfering with federal immigration enforcement. Immigrant right groups have organized a number of protests and vigils nationwide to coincide with today’s hearing. Ben Winograd of the American Immigration Council said the Supreme Court ruling will have major implications nationwide as a number of states seek to pass copycat measures.

Ben Winograd: "Allowing states to be the primary enforcers of federal immigration law would, from a civil rights perspective, have huge ramifications. All of a sudden, every traffic stop that is conducted by a local officer and involves someone who arguably looks or sounds like an immigrant could result in an extended detention and even possibly incarceration."

Published in the DEMOCRACY NOW!

Supreme Court Case involving Arizona: A Resource Guide

Study: Most Dream Act-eligible youth hail from Mexico — and a third live in California

Published on Thu, Aug 02, 2012

Ruxandra Guidi of Southern California Public Radio cited the IPC's study, "Who and Where the DREAMers Are," in her article about DREAMers living in California. Read more...

Published in the Southern California Public Radio

David Bartlett, Ph.D.

David Bartlett, Ph.D., who has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, is president of the Global Economics Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management and Organization at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His book, The Political Economy of Dual Transformations: Market Reform and Democratization, won the 1998 Hewett Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.Read more...

The IPC's Mary Giovagnoli in ABC/Univision

Published on Tue, Apr 09, 2013

The IPC's Director, Mary Giovagnoli, was featured in a ABC News-Univision article titled "Should There be a One-Year Time Limit on Asylum Claims?"

"The one-year deadline was put into place as part of a broad, enforcement-centered immigration law passed in 1996, but should be rolled back now, according to Mary Giovagnoli, the director of the American Immigration Council's Immigration Policy Center.

"'The idea was that it would be a deterrent to people who really didn't have asylum claims, because if you didn't apply within the first year of coming to the United States, the presumption was you didn't really have a fear of returning to your country,' Giovagnoli said. 'Although there were some exceptions built into that law, the exceptions were not very generous.'"

Published in the ABC News-Univision

Stewart J. Lawrence

Stewart J. Lawrence is a veteran news journalist and public policy analyst who writes frequently on immigration and Latino affairs. In recent years, his commentaries have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Politico, the Guardian, and The World and I. He is also founder and managing director of Puentes & Associates, Inc., a bilingual survey research and communications firm.


The IPC's Guillermo Cantor Interviewed on CNN

Published on Mon, Sep 09, 2013

The IPC's Senior Policy Analyst, Guillermo Cantor, was interviewed on CNN Spanish regarding immigration reform and the IPC's recently released Special Report, "Stepping Up: The Impact of the Newest Immigrant, Latino, and Asian Voters," which explains the effect those groups will have on future elections in the United States.  Watch it here:

Published in the CNN

911 FOIA: Response from CRCL

Full Response from DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Cover letter dated August 22, 2012 from Fernando Pineiro Jr., FOIA Officer, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to Melissa Crow, Director, Legal Action Center, indicating that 70 pages of records were releasable in full and 23 pages were releasable with redactions under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5) and (b)(6).

Pages 1-13:  DHS internal tracking records regarding incidents documented in OneAmerica report (see below).

Pages 14-22:  Partially redacted internal DHS e-mails about how the OneAmerica report came to CRCL’s attention.

Pages 23- 86:  OneAmerica, The Growing Human Rights Crisis Along Washington’s Northern Border (April 2012).

Pages 87-91:  Partially redacted internal e-mails dated July 2011 from Margo Schlanger, DHS Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to Ronald Vitiello, Deputy Chief, Border Patrol, forwarding June 2011 correspondence from Jorge Baron of NWIRP about specific law enforcement requests for Border Patrol interpretation assistance that apparently triggered enforcement activities, and requesting update on CBP’s written guidance.  Two e-mails, which were completely redacted, indicate that they were “Referred to CBP for Direct Reply to Requester.”Read more...

AIC Executive Director Benjamin Johnson on Protecting Unaccompanied Minors

Published on Sat, Jul 05, 2014

On MSNBC, Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, pushes back against the idea that America should not protect children and women crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Watch the clip below.

Published in the MSNBC