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Prosecutorial Discretion – Does the “New” Morton Memo Change Anything?

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In an effort to reform the Secure Communities Program, John Morton, the Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a memorandum on June 17, 2011 allowing for an increase in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion from ICE officials.  The Secure Communities program which was established in 2008 currently exists in over 1400 […]

World Refugee Day – June 20, 2011

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By Jae Won Kim – Intern at BOILA PC In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 55/76 which established June 20 as World Refugee Day.  The passage of this resolution was significant as it occurred on the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The United Nations Commissioner […]

New Changing Trends of Immigration

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The Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics and the Congressional Research Service have released new studies highlighting important numbers and demographic trends in Immigration to the United States. Full details of the studies are available at: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/ois_ill_pe_2010.pdf http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/lpr_fr_2010.pdf, and http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/R41753.pdf. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Immigration Statistics – Estimates of the Unauthorized […]

The Legal Workforce Act – The latest debate over E-Verify

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On Tuesday, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), proposed the Legal Workforce Act (HR 2164).  The bill would make it mandatory for nearly all businesses in the United States to verify the status of new workers through a government electronic database known as E-Verify.  If it becomes law, employers with […]

NSEERS Registration is Terminated

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In late April, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was ending the NSEERS ( National Security Entry-Exit Registration System) which was a special registration process for male foreign nationals from certain countries who are over age 16 and who entered the US as non-immigrants prior to September 10, 2001.  This program was implemented […]

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 […]

UAFA (Uniting American Families Act) Reintroduced for Same-Sex Couples

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From Out4Immigration: Legislation and Letter from Congress Increases Demand for Protection of Same-Sex Binational Couples, Families from Discriminatory Immigration Law The Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) was reintroduced in the House and Senate this week by long-time equal rights advocates Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-8) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The legislation is backed by 98 […]

Motions to Reopen Removal Cases OK Outside the U.S.

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Court Protects Immigrants’ Right To Reopen Cases From Outside the U.S. Washington D.C. – A federal appellate court recently reversed a Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) decision (Reyes-Torres v. Holder) that would have prevented noncitizens from presenting new evidence in their removal cases – evidence that potentially could change the outcome – because they are […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day March 8, 2011

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On March 8, people celebrate all over the world the 100th International Women’s Day this year.  On this day, we not only commemorate the fruits the century-long struggle bore, as the United Nation’s IWD webpage puts it, for “equality, justice, peace, and development,” but also remember the work that still lies ahead.  In the turn […]

May Day…an Immigration Issue?

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May Day (May 1) is not a holiday usually celebrated in the United States, yet it has significance for Americans because of the reform efforts in the United States to demand equality in the work force.