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How Much Will Arizona's Immigration Bill (SB1070) Cost?

Released on Wed, Apr 21, 2010

Washington, D.C.- Frustrated by Congress' failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, states across the country continue considering legislation that relies heavily on punitive, enforcement-only measures which not only fail to end unauthorized immigration but also have the potential to dig their state's finances deeper into a hole.

The latest example of this kind of policy nose dive is in Arizona. A recent bill, "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" (SB 1070), was passed by the Arizona State legislature and awaits the signature of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. As the Governor ponders whether or not to put her signature on SB 1070, she should consider the potential economic impact of the bill, which would require police to check a person's immigration status if they suspect that person is in the United States illegally. This bill, if it becomes law, will likely affect not only unauthorized immigrants, but all immigrants and Latinos in general. Given the vital role that immigrants and Latinos play in Arizona's economy, and considering Arizona's current budget deficit of $3 billion dollars, enacting SB 1070 could be a perilous move.Read more...

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State Lawmakers from Critical States Speak Out in Favor of DREAM Act

As U.S. Senate Prepares to Vote, State Lawmakers Urge Passage

Released on Thu, Dec 16, 2010

Washington D.C. - Today, a group of state legislators from Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas, and Utah participated in a briefing to share their support for federal legislation know as the DREAM Act. The bi-partisan DREAM Act passed the House of Representatives and awaits a final vote in the Senate in the days ahead. The DREAM Act offers undocumented students the opportunity to gain legal status after completing two years of college or military service, in addition to other requirements. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 755,000 of the 1.9 million eligible unauthorized immigrants would likely satisfy the DREAM Act's postsecondary or military requirements and obtain legal permanent status.  Read more...

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Update - July 23, 2014

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Immigrants offset population decline and aging workforce in Midwest metropolitan areas. A June 25 piece for Immigration Impact highlights a new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs exploring immigration’s impact on changing populations in the Midwest. “The metropolitan areas of Midwestern states are experiencing slow rates of growth and even declining populations,” the report said. “The arrival of immigrants over the past decade has helped to reverse these trends.” Furthermore, “immigrants play a key role in the Midwest economy because the Midwest’s Baby Boomers are moving into retirement and the native-born population as a whole is aging.”Read more...

LAC Issues Practice Advisories on Federal Court Litigation

Released on Thu, May 05, 2011

The Legal Action Center (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of one new and two updated Practice Advisories focusing on federal court litigation. These practice advisories provide in depth discussion and analysis of federal court issues to assist attorneys seeking relief for their clients from adverse immigration-related decisions.

  • Mandamus Litigation in the Labor Certification Context (April 25, 2011): This Practice Advisory outlines basic information about mandamus actions, which may be used to remedy agency delay, and suggests strategies and practice tips for bringing a mandamus action against DOL.
  • How to File a Petition for Review (Updated February 28, 2011): This updated Practice Advisory addresses the procedures and general requirements for filing and litigating a petition for review.

For a complete list of all LAC Practice Advisories, see our website.

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The Docket | Vol. VI, Issue 1

The Docket 

January 22, 2016

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LAC Issues Practice Advisory on Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues

Released on Wed, Nov 30, 2011

For Immediate Release

LAC Issues Practice Advisory on
Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues

November 30, 2011

Washington, DC — The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), in collaboration with The University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic, is pleased to announce the release of a new practice advisory: Representing Clients with Mental Competency Issues under Matter of M-A-M-.

Until recently, attorneys and immigration judges had limited guidance about safeguards that might be available to ensure a fair hearing in immigration court for noncitizens with mental competency issues. As a result, many such individuals have been ordered deported without access to counsel or any assessment of their abilities. Others have languished in jail indefinitely while immigration judges delayed proceedings in the hope that they would find representation or that their conditions would improve. Extended stays in detention centers, however, have instead caused people’s conditions to deteriorate, at times resulting in psychosis and catatonia. The lack of protections has even led to mistaken deportations of U.S. citizens.Read more...

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Give immigrants health care or don't tax them

Published on Mon, Aug 17, 2009

The Catholic Church asserts that healthcare is a basic human right for everyone from birth until death, even for legal alien residents.

Published in the Spero News

Fifth Circuit Joins Other Courts in Holding That Immigrants Can Pursue Cases From Outside the United States

Released on Mon, Oct 01, 2012

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the government’s ongoing attempt to bar noncitizens from seeking reopening and reconsideration of their cases from outside the United States.  Ruling in two companion cases, the court found that the “departure bar”—a regulation barring noncitizens from pursuing their cases after departure or deportation— is unlawful.  In so doing, the court adopted arguments offered by the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) in an amicus brief to the court.  These decisions are an important step toward ensuring that all noncitizens are afforded the opportunity to fully present their cases to an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

In the first of the two cases, Lari v. Holder, the court struck down the departure bar in the context of a motion to reconsider.  Mr. Lari was represented by Matthew Hoppock of Dunn and Davison, LLC.  The LAC and NIPNLG filed an amicus brief and argued in support of Mr. Lari.  In the second case, Garcia Carias v. Holder, the court struck down the departure bar in the context of a motion to reopen.  Mr. Garcia Carias was represented by Boston College’s Post-Deportation Human Rights Project and Nixon Peabody LLP. Read more...

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Immigration Issue Drifts Into Olympics Bid

Published on Fri, Oct 02, 2009

Is the U.S. losing some of its juice as a destination for foreign tourists? Syed Shahid Ali, a member of the International Olympic Committee from Pakistan, raised that issue ahead of the IOC picking Rio to host the 2016 Summer Games over Madrid, Tokyo and last-place finisher Chicago.

Published in the NY Daily News