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Practice Advisory on Immigration Benefits and Pitfalls in a Post-DOMA World

This practice advisory highlights some of the issues LGBT families will face following the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA.

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CBP Abuse of Authority

The LAC and an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic filed complaints targeting nationwide abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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DACA Practice Advisory

This advisory provides detailed analysis about deferred action for young immigrants.

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Asylum Clock

Lawsuit seeks work authorization for asylum seekers.

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Access to Counsel

Meaningful access to counsel helps ensure a fair and just immigration process.

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What's New

On March 26, 2014, the American Immigration Council, in collaboration with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties launched, a website that catalogues lawsuits and administrative complaints brought against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Read More...

On March 14, 2014, the plaintiffs and the government submitted a proposed settlement agreement to the court in the Duran Gonzalez class action. Read our announcement about the case, the proposed settlement and next steps.

On March 6, 2014, the American Immigration Council and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed an amicus curiae brief urging the court to find that noncitizens granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence, even if they originally entered the United States without being admitted or paroled.

On March 5, 2014, the court issued an opinion in our FOIA suit against ICE, finding that ICE has not demonstrated that it conducted an adequate search for records regarding its policies on access to counsel. Read more about this litigation and other related access to counsel FOIA requests here.

On February 18, 2014, the American Immigration Council, AILA, and other stakeholders submitted comments in response to DHS’s proposed new DACA application form and instructions.

On February 5, 2014, the LAC released an updated practice advisory, Employment Authorization and Asylum: Strategies to Avoid Stopping the Asylum Clock, to reflect extensive changes to EOIR and USCIS policies pursuant to the settlement agreement of the nationwide class action, ABT. v. USCIS, which challenged policies related to employment authorization for asylum applicants.

Along with co-counsel, the LAC also issued an update of Frequently Asked Questions About the Asylum Clock Class Action Lawsuit to answer questions about the benefits provided under the settlement agreement.

On January 21, 2014, the LAC filed an amicus brief in support of a claim for damages in which we argue that the court has the authority to decide the case of a Guatemalan who was unlawfully removed from U.S., in violation of an automatic stay of removal, and not allowed to return for two years. Read more about the LAC’s efforts to preserve federal court jurisdiction in Federal Tort Claims Act and Bivens cases here.

On January 8, 2014, the LAC, in collaboration with AILA, filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit urging the court to join five other courts of appeals and interpret the hardship waiver in INA § 212(h) broadly.  Read more about the LAC’s work on this issue here.