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Colorado Attorney Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Ripping Off Immigrant Clients

"Boulder immigration attorney Emily Cohen — who was convicted last year of scamming immigrant families out of tens of thousands of dollars — was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and 10 years of probation for what a Boulder judge called an act of “unspeakable betrayal.”...

Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360

Law360, July 10, 2015 - "A Texas woman who authorities say ripped off immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. Jessica Rivas Alva visited two detention facilities in Louisiana this year and offered the immigrants...

How Undocumented Status Impacts the Working Conditions and Safety of Latino Immigrants

By Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter Although the debate over undocumented immigrants and immigration reform is constantly in the headlines, one area that receives less attention is the working conditions for those undocumented immigrants...

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Sept. 2015 - "The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to...

Immigrants Far More Law-Abiding Than Natives: Research

New York Times, Jan. 14, 2016 - "In America, as in Europe, anti-immigrant backlashes have often followed episodes in which foreigners are blamed for crimes and other problems. But statistical studies show that in the United States, at least, immigrants are far more law-abiding than natives, regardless...

State and Local Tax Contributions by Undocumented Immigrants - Updated

ITEP, Feb. 24, 2016 - "An updated 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions , by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions would increase significantly under the Obama Administration’s executive...

BOP to Give ICE 'Right of First Refusal' to Immigrant Prisoners

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 24, 2015 - "Under the new policy, the federal Bureau of Prisons will put prisoners finishing their sentences into immigration custody by default when immigration authorities seek deportation, even if local or state officials want the immigrant for prosecution or to...

Memphis Non-Profit Helps Young Immigrants Navigate Legal Sytem

María Ines Zamudio, Commercial Appeal, Mar. 10, 2016 - " Mid-South Immigration Advocates started in 2013 helping immigrants of all ages, but the organization shifted its focus to children. Attorney and founding member Wannamaker said she helped to start the organization because she saw the...

Immigrants Play Key Role in Billion Dollar Startups - NFAP

NFAP, March 2016 - "Immigrants play a key role in creating new, fast-growing companies, as evidenced by the prevalence of foreign-born founders and key personnel in the nation’s leading privately-held companies. Immigrants have started more than half (44 of 87) of America’s startup companies...

Public Defenders Are Needed to Ensure Justice in Our Immigration Court System

Prof. Ingrid Eagly, Apr. 11, 2016 - "The global migration crisis is placing immigration courts in the world spotlight. In the United States, immigration courts are severely backlogged and detention costs are soaring. Yet, because deportation is considered a civil, not a criminal, matter, the Sixth...

Louisiana Isn’t Letting Immigrants Get Married

Catherine Rampell, Oct. 10, 2016 - "For an illustration of how cruel the country’s latest wave of nativism has grown, look to Louisiana. Here, a little-noticed new state law has effectively made it illegal for thousands of refugees to get married. It all started last year. Having lost...

6 Immigrant Stories That Will Make You Believe In The American Dream Again

Monte Burke, Forbes, Oct. 25, 2016 - "Precisely 42 slots on The Forbes 400 belong to naturalized citizens who immigrated to America. That’s 10.5% of the list, a huge overperformance considering that naturalized citizens make up only 6% of the U.S. population. (If you add noncitizens, about...

Unauthorized Immigrants with Criminal Convictions: Who Might Be a Priority for Removal? - MPI

MPI, Nov. 15, 2016 - "There has been much interest—and confusion—in recent days regarding the number of unauthorized immigrants who could be deported because of criminal records when the Trump administration takes charge. During an interview Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, President...

Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the United States - MPI

MPI, Dec. 2016 - "While the United States has long been a top destination for the world's best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one...

$10M Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants Proposed by Los Angeles

Dakota Smith, Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 20, 2016 - "Los Angeles city and county leaders on Monday unveiled a $10-million fund to provide legal assistance for residents facing deportation, the region’s boldest move yet as it prepares for an expected crackdown on illegal immigration...

Aliens of Extraordinary Ability: Two Irish Girls Who Made It to New York

Maeve Higgins, Dec. 30, 2016 - "I came here on an O-­1 visa — I’m an alien of extraordinary ability. That ability is doing comedy and persuading friends who do voice­overs in cartoons to write letters to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, vouching for me...

Study: Undocumented Workers Are Often Victims Of Identity Crimes

Nancy Lofholm, Dec. 29, 2016 - "In popular belief, undocumented workers steal someone else's identification and use false IDs so they can get jobs. But new research by University of Colorado Denver anthropology professor Sarah Horton shows those workers are more commonly the victims of identity...

Expert: Vetting of Refugees, Immigrants a 'Balancing Act'

Rebecca Shabad, CBS News, Feb. 27, 2017 - "As the Trump administration readies a new “extreme vetting” executive order that is expected to ban people from certain countries in order to give agencies time to review U.S. vetting procedures, many experts and former officials argue that...

Muscular Public Relations Strategy to Paint Immigrants and Immigration as Negatives Embedded Deep Within Trump Executive Orders - MPI

Muzaffar Chishti, Sarah Pierce, and Jessica Bolter, Migration Policy Institute, Mar. 22, 2017 - "Even as three executive orders on immigration signed by President Trump during his first weeks in office have received extensive scrutiny, far less attention has been devoted to the public relations...

Former IJ: Los Angeles Need to Provide Lawyers for Immigrants

Bruce J. Einhorn, Mar. 27, 2017 - "[D]efendants in immigration court have no constitutional right to a court-appointed lawyer. For this reason, New York City and other localities have created programs to provide lawyers to immigrants facing deportation. At the moment, L.A. has no such program in...

Advocates announce $500,000 legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants in Baltimore

Baltimore Sun, Apr. 20, 2017 - "Advocates announced a new $500,000 legal defense fund Thursday for undocumented immigrants in Baltimore in response to a series of high-profile federal immigration arrests here. ... The advocates have raised $225,000 of the $500,000 they say is needed to provide enough...

Immigrants and Public Safety - The Facts

Sentencing Project, March 2017 - "Foreign-born residents of the United States commit crime less often than native-born citizens. Policies that further restrict immigration are therefore not effective crime-control strategies. These facts — supported by over 100 years of research — have...

Pitkin County, Colorado (Aspen) Passes Pro-Immigrant Resolution

Aspen Times, Apr. 27, 2017 - "Pitkin County commissioners proudly passed a pro-immigrant resolution Wednesday that defies a recent executive order by President Donald Trump. "This is one of the most important resolutions Pitkin County has ever passed," Commissioner Steve Child said...

Richer, Stronger, Safer and Freer: More Immigrants, Please!

Daniel M. Kowalski, May 15, 2017 - "We all want to be richer, stronger, safer, and freer. Who wouldn’t? And we can be. The answer is not a pill, a diet, a religion or a political party or candidate, and it doesn’t cost a dime. The solution is immigrants. More immigrants...

Denver's Local Law Change Benefits Immigrants

Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, May 24, 2017 - "As the Trump administration’s war on “sanctuary cities” heats up, cities have come up with increasingly creative ways to fight back. The latest example comes from Denver, which just passed a law aimed at protecting legal immigrants...