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Georgia governor signs immigration crackdown

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Georgia’s governor on Friday signed a tough new state law cracking down on illegal immigrants that is similar to one enacted in Arizona last year, handing new powers to police in the southern state. Reuters, May 13, 2011.

‘Expedited Removal’ law paints with too broad a brush

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Basically, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency feels there is no law and they can do whatever they want,” Pauw said. “They can just look at a person and say, ‘I don’t like you, I don’t believe you’ and immediately act as the judge, jury and executioner, and banish a person from the United […]

U.S. Broadens Job Prospects for Foreign Grads in Science Fields

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Foreign students studying at U.S. universities have traditionally had a year after graduation in which to find a job, allowing them to live and work in the United States. Three years ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) changed immigration rules to stretch this window of time from 12 to 29 months for students […]

TX State Rep: I Was an Undocumented Immigrant

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“[A]fter it was all said and done and HB 12 was passed, Houston Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna gave one of the most poignant personal privilege speeches in the history of the Texas House. Hernandez Luna told the chamber that she had grown up undocumented in Texas. The amnesty granted by President Ronald Reagan in the […]

AG Exercises Review Authority in DOMA Case

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The AG vacated the BIA’s order and remanded the matter to the BIA to determine whether and how the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act impacts respondent’s eligibility for cancellation of removal. Matter of Dorman, 25 I&N Dec. 485 (AG 2011)

Fact Sheet – Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School

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All children in the United States are entitled to a basic public elementary and secondary education regardless of their race, color, national origin, citizenship, or immigration status or the status of their parents/guardians. School districts that either prohibit or discourage children from enrolling in schools because they or their parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens or […]

All Children Have the Right to Go to School Regardless of Immigration Status

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Under Federal law, State and local educational agencies (hereinafter “districts”) are required to provide all children with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level. Recently, we have become aware of student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage the participation, or lead to the exclusion, of students based on their or […]

Questions and Answers for School Districts and Parents

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Documentation Q ‐1. Should a district inquire into the immigration or citizenship status of a student or parent as a means of establishing the student’s residency in the district? A‐1. No. Immigration or citizenship status would not be relevant to establishing residency in the district. Q ‐2. All students, except homeless students as provided by […]