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588 renowned scholars sign unprecedented document calling upon U.S. Senate to pass DREAM Act legislation

Published on Fri, Dec 17, 2010

As the Immigration Policy Center, organizers of the letter out it, “By failing to offer these young people a place in America, we are cutting them off from the very mechanisms that would allow them to contribute to our economy and society.”

Published in the La Prensa Ohio

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 2, No. 7

This issue covers mandamus actions, surviving spouse litigation, and the BIA's authority to enter a removal order.

Published On: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Download File

Ohio Creative Writing Contest Highlighted at Naturalization Ceremony

Published on Thu, Apr 21, 2011

Fifty people from 30 countries are celebrating their citizenship after a naturalization ceremony.  As part of the ceremony a Westerville, Ohio student won a statewide essay contest.  The state of Ohio submitted over 1,600 entries to the American Immigration Council's 14th Annual "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest.

Published in the Columbus NBC | View PDF

Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter Vol. 5, No. 1


This issue covers the Supreme Court’s recent decision on judicial review of motions to reopen; upcoming BIA oral arguments addressing Brand X and whether the date of adjustment qualifies as the date of admission under INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(i)(I); a BIA decision on portability; a favorable K-2 “age out” decision; and motions to reopen after deportation.

Published On: Monday, January 25, 2010 | Download File

Krishan Yadav shares his Indian Culture

January, 2009
Krishan Yadav

The Exchange Visitor Program is pleased to announce Krishan Yadav as January's Exchange Visitor of the Month. Each month, we select an exchange visitor who has made an effort to get involved in his/her community and explore American Culture. Read more...

Study details taxes paid by undocumented immigrants

Published on Tue, Apr 19, 2011

A study, the first of its kind, shows that undocumented immigrants pay sales taxes and property taxes, and at least half pay an income tax.

According to an Immigration Policy Center report released yesterday, tax day, the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy has estimated the state and local taxes paid in 2010 by households that are headed by unauthorized immigrants.

The report indicates:

These households may include members who are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. Collectively, these households paid $11.2 billion in state and local taxes. That included $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.

The report shows that Florida collects $806.8 million, the third highest in the nation, in property and sales tax revenue from households headed by unauthorized immigrants. Florida does not have a state income tax.

Wendy Sefsaf, communications director for the American Immigration Council, tells The Florida Independent that the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy runs scenarios about what impacts states tax revenue. Sefsaf adds that the institute is able to take their models, databases and assumptions on different groups and come up with tax contributions and that is what they did for the undocumented.

Sefsaf adds these number have never been examined, because the unauthorized population is hard to track and “we make a lot of guesses of their contribution.”

“The restrictionist movement in the U.S. spends all their time letting everyone know how much [undocumented immigrants] cost us, and they try to ignore the fact that they contribute, Sefsaf says. “We are not trying to say there are not costs associated with people, there are costs associated with everyone, but we are trying to balance out the debate. We can have a debate about who can stay and who has to go, but we have to do that with a full plate of information.”Read more...

Published in the American Independent

Enforcement, Detainers


Challenging the Use of ICE Immigration Detainers

Under 8 CFR. § 287.7, an “authorized immigration officer” may issue Form I-247, Immigration Detainer – Notice of Action, to a law enforcement agency (LEA) that has custody of an alleged noncitizen. A detainer is a request that an LEA notify ICE prior to releasing the individual so that ICE may make arrangements to assume custody within 48 hours after the person would otherwise have been released.

In June 2011, ICE released a new detainer form. According to ICE, the new form more clearly indicates that state and local authorities may not detain an individual for more than 48 hours; that local law enforcement authorities are required to provide arrestees with a copy of the detainer form, which has a phone number to call if the subject of the detainer believes his or her civil rights have been violated; and that ICE has flexibility to issue a detainer contingent on conviction. It remains to be seen whether changes to the form will resolve longstanding problems with detainers that increasingly have resulted in litigation.

Lawsuits generally have challenged local law enforcement authorities’ unlawful practice of holding noncitizens on expired detainers. Below is a non-exhaustive list of cases that have addressed immigration detainer issues.


Roy v. Los Angeles County, No. 12-9012 (C.D. Cal. filed October 19, 2012)Read more...

Catching Up with Luca Marty

September, 2012

Luca Marty is a J-1 trainee from Italy at a travel agency in Bethesda, Maryland,near Washington, DC,where he is learning how to create customized trip plans that often combine visits to centers of culture and the arts, such as Rome and Florence, with a relaxed experience in the Italian countryside in places like Tuscany and Umbria. Read more...