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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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Year Released: 2015

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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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Published in the CNN

"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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Who we are, what we do, and what is the J-1 visa?

 

Americans pessimistic heading into Election Day 2010 -- but about what issues?

Published on Mon, Nov 01, 2010

Counters Michele Waslin of the Immigration Policy Center: "Legalized immigrants will earn more, pay more taxes, consume more, buy houses, start businesses, and contribute more to the economy."

Published in the The Christian Science Monitor

Metcalfe would deny automatic citizenship to illegals' kids born in U.S.

Published on Fri, Jan 07, 2011

"The proposal presented today is clearly unconstitutional and an embarrassing distraction from the need to reform our nation's immigration laws," said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit American Immigration Council. "It constitutes a vicious assault on the U.S. Constitution and flies in the face of generations of efforts to expand civil rights.

"It is an attack on innocent children born in the U.S. who would be confined to a new second-class citizenship and vulnerable to abuse and discrimination," Johnson said.

 

Published in the Pittsburgh Tribune