Immigration Law

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Why We Are Suing the Government
Posted on 29 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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

Class Action Challenges Tucson Border Patrol Detention Practices
Posted on 11 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

A Guide to the Immigration Accountability Executive Action
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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executive action,” which includes a series of measures that are first steps towards common-sense reforms to an outdated immigration system.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... Read More

Tags: guide , IAEA , aic

FOIA Lawsuit Filed Against CBP: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 8 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, June 6, 2016 - "Two years ago, the American Immigration Council released an analysis of data it had obtained from the Department of Homeland Security detailing an utter lack of responsiveness to complaints filed against agents employed by United... Read More

Tags: cbp , FOIA , lawsuit , aic

The LAC Docket | Volume III, Issue 1
Posted on 16 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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

Tags: lac , docket , Newsletter , aic

A.B.T. v. USCIS: A Nationwide Class Action to Fix the “Asylum Clock” Terms of Settlement
Posted on 15 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Two New Practice Advisories from the AIC Legal Action Center
Posted on 3 Feb 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Beth Werlin Named Executive Director of the American Immigration Council
Posted on 7 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Apr. 5, 2016 - "Today, the Board of the American Immigration Council (Council) is announcing that Beth Werlin, Esq., will take the reigns as the new leader of the organization. Beth follows Ben Johnson, who left in January to become the Executive... Read More

FOIA Victory in D.C. - American Immigration Council v. ICE
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DACA SOP (April 2013)
Posted on 3 Apr 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: daca , sop , FOIA , nilc , aic

DHS Still Stalling on Access to Counsel FOIA Response: AIC v. DHS
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DACA Practice Advisory: American Immigration Council
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: clinic , cara , raices , aila , aic , Texas , karnes , dilley

Federal Judge Orders USCIS to Release Records on Access to Counsel
Posted on 1 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Tags: FOIA , lawsuit , order , USCIS , aic

Feds Sued Over Unjust Deportation Process
Posted on 22 Aug 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More