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Articles Categorized: Naturalization

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)

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 […]

BIA Vacates IJ Decision, Finds IJ Made “Inappropriate Remarks”

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The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) found that inappropriate remarks by the IJ called the fairness of the proceedings into question, and that the IJ’s finding that the respondent’s claims were frivolous did not comport with prior BIA precedent. Courtesy of Christopher Helt

California Farmers Concerned About E-Verify

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“Farmers are growing increasingly concerned about a federal employment verification program that could have vast implications for local agriculture, Santa Cruz County’s top industry. Some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have called for expanding a Department of Homeland Security program known as e-Verify, which allows employers to immediately check, electronically, a worker’s employment […]

Senate Dems To Obama: Stop Deporting DREAM Act Students

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Posted April 14, 2011 from Huffington Post WASHINGTON — Leading Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), called on the president on Wednesday to stop deporting undocumented young people who grew up in the United States. A letter signed by 22 Senate Democrats asks President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to prevent […]