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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...

Feds Sued Over Unjust Deportation Process

"The National Immigration Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild today sued the federal government to challenge its policies denying a fair deportation process to mothers and children who have fled...

Why We Are Suing the Government

"American Immigration Council Executive Director Ben Johnson explains why the Council has filed lawsuits against the federal government." - American Immigration Council, Aug. 28, 2014 .

DACA Practice Advisory: American Immigration Council

"This edition of this practice advisory includes information about the DACA Renewal process, as well as general information about deferred action, Initial DACA requests, and ancillary issues." - AIC, Aug. 27, 2014 . [Copyright (c) 2014 American Immigration Council. The American Immigration...

A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action

"On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Obama announced his “immigration accountability executive action,” which includes a series of measures that are first steps towards common-sense reforms to an outdated immigration system. The series of executive actions presented by the administration...

A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action

"On November 20 and 21, 2014, President Obama announced his “immigration accountability executive action,” which includes a series of measures that are first steps towards common-sense reforms to an outdated immigration system. The series of executive actions presented by the administration...

$82K in Attorney's Fees Awarded to AIC in FOIA Lawsuit: AIC v. DHS

"A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday awarded the American Immigration Council about $80,000 in attorneys’ fees after it prevailed in its bid to get the Department of Homeland Security to turn over information about noncitizens' access to counsel during their interactions with federal immigration...

Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Failures of CBP to Respond to FOIA Requests

"Yesterday, a class action lawsuit was filed by three immigration attorneys and eleven noncitizens challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA gives...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

"You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison…That's not what these women and children deserve." - Leslie Holman, AILA President "Immigrants' rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention...

Immigrants’ Rights Groups Announce Plans to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained in Texas

"Immigrants’ rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention project to provide legal services to children and their mothers detained in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, and to advocate for the end of family detention. The Catholic Legal Immigration...

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices

"Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time in violation of the U.S. Constitution, a group of legal organizations allege in a class-action lawsuit filed Monday. The class-action suit, which was filed on behalf...