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ICE Agrees to Lift Veil of Secrecy from the Criminal Alien Program

Criminal Alien Program

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By James Sellars Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court in Connecticut approved a settlement in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit which challenged Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) refusal to release thousands of documents regarding the operation of its Criminal Alien Program (CAP). In an effort to better understand the daily workings of […]

9th Circuit Grants Petition for Review Based on Totality of Circumstances

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

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Last week, the 9th Circuit came out with an opinion rejecting the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) decision. In Madrigal v. Holder, the 9th Circuit granted a petition for review of the BIA’s decision denying asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”) to a Mexican citizen who sought asylum based […]

8 Shocking Truths About Undocumented Workers

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In spite of a decrease in numbers due to the economic downturn, there are currently an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Debate over existing immigration policy as well as newer laws such as Arizona’s so-called “Show Me Your Papers” law, continues to intensify as we move into the election season. It […]

Feds to check D.C. jail records for illegal immigrants

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Federal authorities on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will begin checking the immigration statuses of all people arrested in the District, marking the D.C. debut of a controversial program that has put city leaders at odds with the Obama administration. The Secure Communities program, in place in more than 3,000 jurisdictions nationwide, allows U.S. Immigration and […]

A Comparison of the DREAM Act and Other Proposals for Undocumented Youth

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06/01/2012 10:53:00 AM EST Posted by Daniel M. Kowalski “Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. While many hope to pursue higher education, join the military, or enter the workforce, their lack of legal status places those dreams in jeopardy and exposes them to deportation. Over the last decade, there has […]

Deportations Continue Despite U.S. Review of Backlog

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After seven months of an ambitious review by the Obama administration of all  deportations before the nation’s immigration courts, very few of them have been halted, disappointing immigrants President Obama hopes to court for his re-election bid. Read the full story…

No H-1B for Operations and Finance Analyst: Palace Wine & Spirits v. USCIS

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Posted by Daniel M. Kowalski   Link “The evidence in the record does not compel findings contrary to those made by USCIS. Noting that the Court may not substitute its judgment for that of USCIS, the Court concludes that USCIS’s determination that the Operations and Finance Analyst position is not a “specialty occupation” is reasonably […]