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ICE announces employment authorization eligibility for certain Libyan students

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011. This relief applies only to students who were lawfully present in the United States in F-1 status on Feb. […]

An Earnings and Poverty Profile of US Immigrants

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Stories of upward and inter-generational mobility have long animated the popular narrative describing how immigrants and their children integrate into US society, with poverty and access to gainful employment being powerful forces shaping how immigrants fare once they arrive in the United States. From national and state data we find some interesting facts: Nationally, immigrant […]

Immigration Court Backlog Likely to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

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“As numerous witnesses testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the backlogs are likely to get worse before (or if) they get better. Juan Osuna, the Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, noted that immigration judges’ burgeoning caseloads are “directly tied to annual increases in cases filed in the immigration courts by DHS.” […]

The “Business Death Penalty”

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By William Shwayri (law student Intern at Beach-Oswald Immigration Law Associates, PC) On May 26, in a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld a controversial Arizonan immigration law that critics believe amounts to a “business death penalty.”  The Court’s decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting is part of the wider debate in the effort […]

Senate Proposes Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act

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On September 30, 2011, approximately 1,884 Liberian nationals who have been living in the United States will be at risk of removal if Congress or the President do not act. Since 1991, the United States has  provided safe haven to thousands of Liberians who sought protection a result of Liberia’s devastating civil war. Liberians have […]

End the Secure Communities Program

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From SIREN: It’s time to put S-Comm on ice. For Norma, for Isaura, for Maria, for all the survivors of domestic violence and innocent people swept up in this dragnet, it’s time for a freeze on the flawed and failed so-called “Secure Communities” mass deportation program. Last year we started to expose the damages and […]

Research Shows Immigrant Entrepreneurs Leaving the U.S. to Become Our Competition

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by Michele Waslin Restrictionists often perpetuate the myth that immigrants are not needed in our current economy—that they take jobs and hurt American workers.  But research has shown that immigrants not only grow the economy, but help create jobs and are part of the solution to our economic woes.  However, while immigrants can create jobs […]

USCIS Proposes Significant Enhancements to EB-5 Visa Processing to Help America Win the Future

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Actions Will Streamline Program Designed to Create Jobs WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today proposed significant enhancements to the administration of the USCIS Immigrant Investor Program, commonly referred to as the EB-5 Program—transforming the intake and review process for immigrant investors as part of the Obama administration’s continued commitment to improve the legal immigration […]

BIA Provides Framework for Assessing Mental Competency

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(Updated 5/13/11) The BIA set forth a framework to assess the competency of respondents in proceedings and remanded, finding good cause to believe Respondent was not competent to proceed. Courtesy of the Univ. of Houston Immigration Clinic. Matter of M-A-M-, 25 I&N Dec. 474 (BIA 2011) AILA Doc. No. 11050960.

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Key Hearing on Challenges Facing Immigration Courts

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Washington, D.C.—The American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center commends Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for convening today’s hearing on “Improving Efficiency and Ensuring Justice in the Immigration Court System.” Immigration courts have long suffered from crushing backlogs that can delay the scheduling of hearings for years at a time.  Additionally, […]