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Stop Calling People 'Aliens'

"The use of the word “illegal” to describe non-citizens who are present in the United States without authorization is finally beginning to die a much-deserved death, at least in the mainstream press. ... Despite this trend, the term “alien” remains not only in popular use...

An Alien By Any Other Name...

"Referring to immigrants as “aliens,” when “alien” is commonly understood to be derogatory (whether because it means foreign, or strange, or brings images of extraterrestrial space creatures to mind), not only reflects immigrants’ place in American society, but in a...

Edward Snowden and the Politics of Asylum: Careen Shannon

"If Snowden cannot demonstrate a well-founded fear of persecution based on either social group or political opinion, might a nation somewhere in the world still opt to grant him permanent asylum, just as Russia has done on a temporary basis? The righteousness of Snowden’s cause has certainly...

Immigration Voices - Careen Shannon: "Stop the Birther Nonsense Now"

Angelo Paparelli writes: " Today's post comes from the prodigious and talented Careen Shannon , a frequent guest blogger and blogger in her own right , who is Of Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in...

Immigration Reform Must Redress the Current Law's Gender Biases

" As documented in a report (“ Gendered Paths to Legal Status ”) issued by the Immigration Policy Council, immigration laws which appear gender neutral “actually contain gender biases that create barriers for many women trying to gain [lawful status] within the current immigration...

Why Are Immigration Lawyers So Happy?

"[W]hy do we think immigration lawyers are different? Notwithstanding the innovative use of technology to simplify and automate many of the more mundane aspects of law practice, including gathering information, tracking deadlines and completing forms (of which our firms, Fragomen and Seyfarth Shaw...

My Eye-Opening Visit to an Immigration Jail - Careen Shannon

"We had been warned about the awful smell outside the detention center, though we were also told that it probably wouldn’t be too bad on this cool autumn day. I still wasn’t prepared for what hit me. As soon as the detention facility director opened up the heavy metal door to let us...

Locking Up Refugee Moms, Kids is Just Wrong: Careen Shannon

Careen Shannon writes : "I have recently returned from volunteering my legal services during the last full week of operation of the misleadingly-named Artesia Family Residential Center, which is actually a makeshift detention facility for migrant women and children from Central America, located...