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TRAC Report Shows FOIA Lawsuits Increased During Obama Administration
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) December 2012 report showing a comparison of the FOIA filings in the last two years of George W. Bush’s second term & the last two years of President Obama’s first term, showing a jump of 28 percent from 562 to 720 lawsuits. AILA Doc. No. 12122051.
AILA Doc. No. 12122051.
20 Individuals and 6 Lawyers Charged In Manhattan For Immigration Fraud Schemes
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York press release on unsealed indictment of 26 people for allegedly participating in immigration fraud schemes related to the submission of hundreds of asylum applications containing fabricated claims of persecution. AILA Doc. No. 12121953.
AILA Doc. No. 12121953.
DREAMers File Lawsuit Challenging Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver’s Licenses
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) press release announcing that several Michigan residents have filed a lawsuit challenging the state of Michigan’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay & work in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 12121948.
AILA Doc. No. 12121948.
Federal Judge Clears Way for Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Government's Immigration Detainers
National Immigrant Justice Center press release announcing that a federal judge in Illinois ruled that a federal lawsuit can proceed which challenges the U.S. government’s use of immigration detainers, a key tool in the Secure Communities enforcement program. AILA Doc. No. 12120574.
AILA Doc. No. 12120574.
ACLU Lawsuit Challenges Arizona Over DACA Driver License Denials
ACLU press release on class-action lawsuit seeking to block Arizona Executive Order 2012-06, issued by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, which would deny drivers licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. AILA Doc. No. 12112947.
AILA Doc. No. 12112947.
ACLU of Georgia Sues DHS & ICE Over FOIA Delays
ACLU press release on FOIA lawsuit by Georgia groups seeking public records documenting effects of Georgia’s increasing involvement in immigration enforcement, including documents that will shed light on increasing reports of racial profiling & police abuse by DHS & ICE. AILA Doc. No. 12102451.
AILA Doc. No. 12102451.
TRAC Files FOIA Lawsuit Against ICE on Detention Records
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) press release on FOIA lawsuit challenging an ICE ruling that its master repository of investigations is off-limits to the public, especially on the complete records of every internal inspection at ICE detention facilities. AILA Doc. No. 12102345.
AILA Doc. No. 12102345.
Airports Participating in TSA Pre-Check Program
TSA online resource page on the Pre-Check Program which is currently available to Alaskan Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways passengers at several airport locations around the country. AILA Doc. No. 12100341.
AILA Doc. No. 12100341.
U.S. Citizen Wrongfully Deported to Mexico Settles with Federal Government
ACLU blog post about an American citizen with mental disabilities who was wrongfully detained by ICE and deported to Mexico, on settling his case against the federal government for $175,000. AILA Doc. No. 12100944.
AILA Doc. No. 12100944.
Immigrant Entrepreneurship Stalled for the First Time in Decades
Kauffman Foundation press release on a new study showing that the proportion of immigrant-founded companies nationwide has slipped from 25.3 percent to 24.3 percent since 2005. AILA Doc. No. 12100462.
AILA Doc. No. 12100462.
MPI on Refugees & Asylees in the United States
Migration Policy Institute (MPI) September 2012 newsletter examining the data on persons admitted to the United States as refugees & those granted asylum in 2011. It also provides the number of refugees & asylees who received lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in 2011. AILA Doc. No. 12100461.
AILA Doc. No. 12100461.
Brookings Event on STEM Education & Immigration Reform
Brookings Institution invitation for 9/27/12 event called “Education & Immigration Reform: Reigniting American Competitiveness & Economic Opportunity” on STEM education, immigration reforms & how these policy innovations can recharge U.S. competitiveness. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12092544.
AILA Doc. No. 12092544.
Brookings Event on Building & Unlocking Immigrant Skills
Brookings Institution invitation for 9/20/12 event called “Building & Unlocking Immigrant Skills” which will examine how geographic regions can develop human capital & economic advancement of immigrants to help boost short- & long-term growth in America. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12090652.
AILA Doc. No. 12090652.
Immigration Officials Advise Educators on Deferred Action
Education Week blog post about school records being among the key documents that young undocumented immigrants must submit in deferred action requests, where they must demonstrate that they are currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school or obtained a GED. AILA Doc. No. 12083140.
AILA Doc. No. 12083140.
CAP Event on Immigration Enforcement and Impact on Families
Center for American Progress 8/20/12 event entitled “Immigration Enforcement: How Children, Families & Communities are Impacted” for a discussion about ways in which immigration enforcement affects children, families & the communities in which they live. RSVP info included. AILA Doc. No. 12081351.
AILA Doc. No. 12081351.
ICE Refuses FOIA Request on Immigration Court Filings
Press release from Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) about 8/7/12 letter sent to ICE on agency’s July 26, 2012 FOIA refusal to process TRAC’s request for case-by-case information in anonymous form on 75,044 Notices to Appear (NTA) from first 4 months of 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12080748.
AILA Doc. No. 12080748.
Brookings Podcast on Immigrant Workforce & U.S. Immigration Policy
Audio podcast of 7/31/12 panel forum at Brookings Institution examining how immigrant workers fit into U.S. labor market & what gaps they fill by evaluating the role immigrant workers currently play in U.S. labor force & where they are projected to be needed in the future. AILA Doc. No. 12073146.
AILA Doc. No. 12073146.
TRAC Webinar on Prosecutorial Discretion & New Immigration Court Filings
Free webinar from Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University on 8/2/12 entitled “ICE Prosecutorial Discretion: Latest Details on New Immigration Court Filings and Closures”. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12072348.
AILA Doc. No. 12072348.
TRAC Report on Prosecutorial Discretion Updates
Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that as of 6/28/12, a total of 5,684 cases were closed because of prosecutorial discretion. The largest number of prosecutorial discretion closures was 3,060 for Mexico, representing 2.9 percent of their backlog. AILA Doc. No. 12072347.
AILA Doc. No. 12072347.
USA.gov Blog on Citizenship for Children Born Abroad
USA.gov blog post on the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 which generally benefits children who were born outside the United States, are under 18 years of age and have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen. AILA Doc. No. 12070940.
AILA Doc. No. 12070940.
TRAC Report on Prosecutorial Discretion by Location
Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report showing that as of 5/31/12, a total of 4,585 cases were closed under a special ICE program where the number of cases closed due to prosecutorial discretion (PD) was up from 2,609 as of the end of March 2012. AILA Doc. No. 12062041.
AILA Doc. No. 12062041.
TRAC Webinar on Federal Criminal Immigraton Prosecutions
Free webinar from Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University on 6/19/12 entitled “Federal Criminal Prosecutions from ICE and CBP Enforcement: Examining Trends by Location”. RSVP information included. 12061246.
AILA Doc. No. 12061246.
ACLU Demands Federal Investigation on Charges of Border Agent Abuse
ACLU official complaint & request for investigation dated 5/9/12 to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez on abuse of power, excessive force, coercion, & unlawful confiscation of property by CBP agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. AILA Doc. No. 12051054.
AILA Doc. No. 12051054.
TRAC Webinar on Figures from Prosecutorial Discretion Initiative
Free webinar from Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University on 4/26/12 entitled “ICE Prosecutorial Discretion Initiative: Latest Figures”. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12042441.
AILA Doc. No. 12042440.
NCLR Statement on Economy and Latino Children
National Council of La Raza (NCLR) press release applauding Congress for extending the payroll tax cut and not including a restriction to the Child Tax Credit that would have severely affected millions of hardworking, taxpaying Latino families and their children. AILA Doc. No. 12021749.
AILA Doc. No. 12021749.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network Resource Map on State Immigration Laws
Interactive map from Catholic Legal Immigration Network on local resources for state laws by jurisdiction. AILA Doc. No. 12021664.
AILA Doc. No. 12021664.
TRAC Webinar on ICE Targeting Practices
Free webinar from Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University on 2/22/12 entitled “Immigration Courts: ICE Targeting Practices”. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12021342.
AILA Doc. No. 12021342.
TRAC Webinar on Immigration Courts and Deportation Orders
Free webinar from Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University on 2/15/12 entitled “Immigration Courts: Drop in Deportation Orders”. RSVP information included. AILA Doc. No. 12021343.
AILA Doc. No. 12021343.
Video Podcast from Wilson Center’s Symposium on Immigration
90-minute video podcast from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars 2/6/12 symposium entitled “Migrants Vital to U.S. Growth, Sustainability” with panelists including former US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff. AILA Doc. No. 12020968.
AILA Doc. No. 12021068.
Northern Border Coalition Urges CBP Reform
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A 2/7/12 letter from the Northern Border Coalition to Secretary Napolitano recommending steps to ensure that CBP exercise its discretion in a manner that is consistent with DHS’ stated enforcement priorities and meets constitutional safeguards. AILA Doc. No. 12020858.
AILA Doc. No. 12020858.
CFR Article: A Modern Visa System for the U.S.
Council on Foreign Relations article recommending a visa screening system that will benefit U.S. security and the economy by focusing scrutiny on high-risk travelers and speeding approval for low-risk travelers. Courtesy of Liam Schwartz. AILA Doc. No. 12012766.
AILA Doc. No. 12012766.
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