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Introduction to Habeas Corpus

This Practice Advisory offers a short introduction to habeas corpus, addressing when and how a petitioner may file a petition for writ of habeas corpus in the immigration context.

Published On: Sunday, June 1, 2008 | Download File

Teaching Tolerance

In this early grades activity, students learn about unfair practices in a simulation exercise and then create plans to stand up against discrimination

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WV Immigrant Population Is Slowly Increasing, Research Says

Published on Thu, Jul 08, 2010

Seth Hoy is a research associate with the Immigration Policy Center. He says that, compared to neighboring states, West Virginia’s population of immigrants, Asians and Latinos, is on the lower end.

"But what’s interesting is that they do have an economic impact on the state," he said. "The purchasing power of Latinos and Asians was $1.1 billion in 2009."

Hoy defines purchasing power as how the target groups spend money in the local economy. This includes the tax money they contribute, as well as personal and educational expenses.

Published in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

This practice advisory incorporates recent DHS guidance regarding fraudulent Social Security numbers, required evidence, and travel considerations for individuals who are requesting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It also offers strategic advice for attorneys representing individuals who may qualify for DACA. The LAC issued this advisory jointly with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.

Published On: Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Download File

How the Film Spare Parts Presents an Opportunity for Educators

The film, “Spare Parts” is both emotionally uplifting and disheartening, and a film that can resonate with the viewer on both these levels is worth watching.  Based on the true story of four undocumented students and their quest to compete in a national robotics championship against the likes of prestigious, well-funded universities such as MIT, the film recounts a compelling tale of the underdog, which is why it made a successful article when it first appeared in Wired magazine in 2005 and a popular book written by the same author, Joshua Davis.  (A book review by us can be found here).  There is something fundamentally relatable about the pursuit of individual dreams and Hollywood capitalized on this phenomenon, while to its credit, showed that part of this dream remains unfulfilled.  Read more...

Year Released: 2015

Is It Possible To Be Against Illegal Immigration But For Reform?

Published on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

But according to a January 2010 study by the Immigration Policy Center, the cost of implementing comprehensive immigration reform would be considerable less than a sweeping program to deport all undocumented workers and their non-citizen family members.

From the study: “comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.

Published in the OC Register

Physicians and National Interest Waivers

The Immigration and Nationality Act was amended in 1999 to make it easier for noncitizen physicians practicing medicine in medically underserved U.S. communities to become permanent residents. Regulations adopted by the immigration agency to implement the statute made the process more burdensome by requiring eligible foreign physicians to satisfy additional requirements not authorized by Congress. The LAC successfully urged the Ninth Circuit to strike down these regulations.



Schneider v. Chertoff, No. 04-55689 (9th Circuit amicus brief filed Feb. 22, 2005). The Ninth Circuit issued a precedent decision which struck down the regulations as violating the statute. Schneider v. Chertoff, 450 F.3d 944 (9th Cir. 2006).

Velazquez, Menendez and Gutierrez on Immigration Reform

Published on Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Advocates of comprehensive immigration reform were once wary of supporting the DREAM Act as a standalone measure because it could scare off future votes for comprehensive immigration reform. Mary Giovagnoli, director of Immigration Policy Center, told TWI recently that it is no longer clear how the DREAM Act’s passage would impact comprehensive reform efforts.

“We don’t have a good measure anymore of what will happen once we get something discreet like the DREAM Act passed,” she said. “But when the sky doesn’t fall in and if people still get re-elected after supporting DREAM, it may show members of Congress that leaning into the immigration issue and voting for comprehensive immigration reform could help them politically.”

Published in the The Washington Independent

Complaints Against Immigration Judges

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has a process through which individuals may lodge complaints against immigration judges.  Yet, there is very little publicly available information about how such complaints are resolved.  The LAC, in collaboration with AILA and Public Citizen, is working to shed light on this closed complaint process.



American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Executive Office for Immigration Review, et al., No. 13-cv-00840 (D.D.C. filed June 6, 2013)

The LAC and co-counsel Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on behalf of AILA seeking information about complaints alleging immigration judge misconduct.  This suit stems from a November 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request AILA submitted to EOIR asking that the agency disclose complaints against immigration judges and records indicating how the agency has resolved those complaints.  EOIR failed to release any documents, prompting the filing of the lawsuit in June 2013.  In October 2013, the parties agreed to a schedule for the production of documents and briefing in the district court.  Beginning in November 2013, and stretching over the course of almost four months, EOIR is expected to release at least several hundred complaints against immigration judges.Read more...