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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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Justice Department Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law

Published on Wed, Jul 07, 2010

Groups applauding the lawsuit Tuesday was the American Immigration Council, which said the government was taking an important step to reassert federal authority over U.S. immigration policy.

"America can only have one immigration system, and the federal government must make clear where states' authority begins and where it ends," the group said.

Published in the Washington Post

Dent v. Holder and Strategies for Obtaining Documents During Removal Proceedings

This Practice Advisory discusses Dent v. Holder, requiring the government to turn over copies of documents in an A-file where removability is contested, and offers strategies for making document requests pursuant to the INA and due process.

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Teaching Freedom, Fairness, and Equality

In this immigration and civic engagement lesson plan, student will wrestle with the essential question: how deep is our commitment to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?  They will learn about five historical examples of restrictive immigration law and policy and also about the value of young people’s voices in movements to secure rights.

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Arizona Immigration Shutdown

Published on Fri, Jul 23, 2010

WATCH the American Immigration Council's Benjamin Johnson speak about birthright citizenship:

 

 

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"Parole" and Adjustment of Status

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In these amicus briefs, the LAC argues that a non-citizen who has entered the country without inspection, and subsequently been arrested and paroled under INA § 236(a) is eligible to adjust status as a “parolee” under the relevant adjustment statute, either INA § 245(a) or the Cuban Adjustment Act.

  • Espino Del Angel v. Gonzales                        2nd Circuit                        No. 06-2832
  • Francisco-Lorenzo v. Gonzales                        2nd Circuit                        No. 06-0768

Fewer illegal immigrants living in U.S.

Published on Thu, Sep 02, 2010

The report findings closely mirror results released in July by the Immigration Policy Center that said illegal immigrants make up about 2.2 percent of Oklahoma's work force, contributing $580.3 million in economic activity and $257.8 million in gross state product.

Published in the Tulsa World

Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings

The American Immigration Council provides practice assistance and resources to immigration attorneys seeking to prevent the use of unlawfully obtained evidence in removal proceedings. Long used in criminal trials, motions to suppress can lead to the exclusion of evidence obtained by the government in violation of the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, or related provisions of federal law. While the immediate purpose of filing a motion to suppress is to prevent the government from meeting its burden of proof, challenges to unlawfully obtained evidence can also deter future violations by law enforcement officers and thereby protect the rights of other noncitizens.

The Supreme Court held in INS v. Lopez-Mendoza, 468 U.S. 1032 (1984), that motions to suppress evidence under the Fourth Amendment in immigration proceedings should be granted only for “egregious” violations or if violations became “widespread.” Despite this stringent standard, noncitizens have in many cases prevailed on motions to suppress.

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Garcia-Aguilar v. Holder, No. 14-1185 (1st Cir. amicus brief submitted July 28, 2014)Read more...

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