Federal Judge Orders USCIS to Release Records on Access to Counsel

"This week, a federal district court issued an opinion highly critical of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) handling of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by the American Immigration Council (AIC) for records relating to noncitizens’ access to counsel...

The LAC Docket | Volume III, Issue 1

The Newsletter of the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center - January 16, 2013

Two New Practice Advisories from the AIC Legal Action Center

Inspection and Entry at a Port of Entry: When is there an Admission? - "This practice advisory discusses entries in three common situations: where a noncitizen is “waved” through a port of entry with no questions asked; where entry is gained by fraud or misrepresentation; and where there...

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement

"On April 12, 2013, the plaintiffs in A.B.T. et al. v. USCIS, et al. , represented by the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Seattle law firm Gibbs Houston Pauw, filed a proposed...

FOIA Victory in D.C. - American Immigration Council v. ICE

"Plaintiff American Immigration Council brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act seeking records on immigrants' access to legal counsel during their interactions with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities. Defendant ICE (a component of the Department of Homeland...

New 'Pocket DACA' Mobile App Helps Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MEDIA INQUIRIES, CONTACT: Wendy Feliz, AIC, 202-507-7524, wfeliz@immcouncil.org George Tzamaras, AILA, 202-507-7649, gtzamaras@aila.org Jessica Eise, AILA, 202-507-7611, jeise@aila.org Matthew Burnett, IAN, 212-760-2554 X481, mburnett@immigrationadvocates...

DHS Still Stalling on Access to Counsel FOIA Response: AIC v. DHS

"This dispute started with a Freedom of Information Act request by the American Immigration Council, an immigration law and policy group, seeking information about individuals’ access to counsel during their interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. After the government repeatedly...

DACA SOP (April 2013)

"The National Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Forms I-821D and I-765, prepared by the Service Center Operations Directorate. Manual is dated April 4, 2013, version 2.0 and was provided to AIC and NILC in response to a FOIA request. AILA Doc....

No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse

"Data obtained by the American Immigration Council shine a light on the lack of accountability and transparency which afflicts the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The data, which the Immigration Council acquired through a Freedom of Information...