The LAC Docket
The LAC Docket is the newsletter of the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center. To view individual editions of the newsletter, please click the links below. Archives of our former newsletter -- the Litigation Clearinghouse Newsletter -- can be found here.
The LAC Docket | Vol. V, Issue 4 (October 8, 2015)
This issue of the Docket highlights the recent denial of the government’s motion to dismiss in our nationwide class action lawsuit challenging CBP FOIA delays; developments in our national class action lawsuits challenging USCIS delays in adjudicating EAD applications and seeking recognition of unrepresented children’s right to appointed counsel in immigration proceedings, as well as ongoing discovery efforts in our class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional conditions in CBP detention facilities. It also discusses ongoing advocacy efforts to end family detention and various amicus briefs that were filed by the American Immigration Council and its partners.
The LAC Docket | Vol. V, Issue 3 (June 17, 2015)
This issue of the Docket highlights our class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional conditions in CBP detention facilities; our national class action lawsuit challenging USCIS delays in EAD adjudication; the Supreme Court decision in Mata v. Lynch; our ongoing work in a recently filed class action against CBP over its failure to timely respond to FOIA requests; continued efforts to ensure legal representation for children in removal proceedings; and our collaborative efforts to end family detention and provide legal services to women detained in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas.
The LAC Docket l Volume V, Issue 2 (April 15, 2015)
This issue of the Docket highlights a Seattle District Court decision refusing to dismiss J.E.F.M. v. Holder, which challenges the government’s failure to provide legal representation to thousands of unrepresented children in removal proceedings; our recently filed class action against CBP over its failure to timely respond to FOIA requests; ongoing work to defend against legal challenges to Executive Action; and our collaborative efforts to end family detention and provide legal services to women detained in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas. This issue also lists several new and updated Practice Advisories.
The LAC Docket l Volume V, Issue 1 (February 2, 2015)
This issue of the Docket highlights the Council’s availability to co-counsel federal court actions challenging USCIS denials of H-1B, L-1A and L-1B petitions. The issue also describes our ongoing work to preserve federal court jurisdiction over visa petition revocation procedures, establish the right to appointed counsel for children in removal proceedings, defend against legal challenges to deferred action, and establish that a grant of TPS benefits constitutes an admission for adjustment of status purposes.
The LAC Docket l Volume IV, Issue 4 (November 4, 2014)
This issue of the Docket highlights our ongoing litigation to establish a right to appointed counsel for children in immigration proceedings, as well as fair procedures for Central American families detained in Artesia, New Mexico. This issue also discusses our work to promote fundamental fairness in PERM adjudications, hold immigration agencies accountable for misconduct, and ensure paths to legal status for eligible immigrants.
The LAC Docket l Volume IV, Issue 3 (June 17, 2014)
This issue of the Docket discusses our litigation involving eligibility for 212(h) waivers; adjustment of status for individuals granted TPS, but who entered without admission; and whether Border Patrol Agents can be liable for damages for Fourth Amendment violations. It also highlights our advocacy around the DACA renewal process and provides links to our updated practice advisory on the Equal Access to Justice Act.
The LAC Docket l Volume IV, Issue 2 (April 11, 2014)
This issue of the Docket announces the launch of a new website highlighting litigation that exposes CBP abuses; describes our litigation involving the right to bring litigation for damages suffered as a result of an unlawful deportation, eligibility for 212(h) waivers, advisals of rights before interrogation, ineffective assistance of counsel, and the right to cross examine witnesses in immigration court; discusses settlements in our class action lawsuits; and provides links to our new practice advisories.
The LAC Docket l Volume IV, Issue 1 (January 28, 2014)
This issue of the Docket highlights the LAC’s recent cases in which it is seeking to protect due process rights, including fair notice in the PERM process and a fair hearing for those facing removal; discusses the implementation of the asylum clock class action settlement; describes our litigation involving access to federal court review, the right to bring litigation for damages suffered as a result of an unlawful deportation, eligibility for 212(h) waivers, and motions to suppress; and links to our new practice advisories.
The LAC Docket l Volume III, Issue 4 (November 4, 2013)
This issue of the Docket highlights the Supreme Court’s upcoming review of a case interpreting a provision of the Child Status Protection Act; favorable circuit court decisions on 212(h) waivers and the ability to pursue a motion to reopen from outside the United States; developments in our FOIA litigation over records related to the Criminal Alien Program and complaints of IJ misconduct; litigation about noncitizens’ right to seek remedies for unconstitutional conduct by federal officers and about DHS’s failure to provide advisals to noncitizens arrested without a warrant; and new practice advisories.
The LAC Docket l Volume III, Issue 3 (June 25, 2013)
This issue of the Docket highlights our advocacy work around the immigration reform legislation; the preliminarily approved settlement in the asylum clock litigation; the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving the Child Status Protection Act; and developments in our FOIA litigation over records related to access to counsel and the Criminal Alien Program.
The LAC Docket l Volume lll, Issue 2 (April 10, 2013)
This issue of the Docket highlights litigation aimed at curbing CBP abuses at the border; the LAC’s work on DACA, including new DACA-related practice advisories; an update on the asylum clock litigation and the Duran Gonzales class action; and newly obtained USCIS documents related to access to counsel.
The LAC Docket l Volume III, Issue 1 (January 16, 2013)
This issue of the Docket highlights ongoing FOIA lawsuits seeking the release of records relating to noncitizens’ access to counsel, the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) and H-1B fraud documents. It also provides updates on LAC efforts to challenge the “departure bar” and the lack of equitable tolling of motion to reopen filing deadlines; the LAC’s work surrounding DACA and motions to suppress; and new practice advisories.
The LAC Docket l Volume II, Issue 4 (October 25, 2012)
This issue of the Docket highlights LAC court victories on the departure bar, 212(h) waivers, and the Child Status Protection Act. It also provides updates on the LAC's lawsuit to fix the asylum clock and FOIA litigation against DHS seeking to compel the release of records relating to noncitizens’ access to counsel.
The LAC Docket | Volume II, Issue 3 (June 12, 2012)
This issue of the Docket discusses the release of H-1B fraud documents, a FOIA lawsuit against CBP and DHS to compel the release of documents regarding voluntary returns, a recent report on restrictions on access to counsel before DHS, an update on the LAC's lawsuit to fix the asylum clock, and much more.
The LAC Docket | Volume II, Issue 2 (March 23, 2012)
This issue of the Docket discusses USCIS' recent response to the LAC's FOIA litigation to obtain records relating to access to counsel (AIC v. DHS), the LAC's recently filed FOIA lawsuit to obtain records concerning ICE's Criminal Alien Program (CAP), and an update on the LAC's asylum clock class action litigation.
(December 21, 2011)
This issue of the Docket discusses the filing of a class action lawsuit regarding problems with the asylum "clock" (ABT v. USCIS); the filing of FOIA suits against DHS for records relating to access to counsel (AIC v. DHS); challenges to the BIA's decision in Matter of Koljenovic (Hanif v. Attorney General Mendoza Leiba v. Holder De Osorio v. Mayorkas) and the departure bar (Contreras-Bocanegra v. Holder ).
The LAC Docket | Volume I, Issue 1 (December 17, 2010)
This issue of the Docket discusses the LAC's amicus briefs in El Badrawi v. DHS, concerning the rights of H-1B beneficiaries with pending extension requests; Matter of L-T-, concerning the rights of respondents with mental disabilities in removal proceedings; and Matter of Murillo, concerning aged-out beneficiaries under the Child Status Protection Act.
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- District Court Rules Grant of TPS Is an Admission for Adjustment of Status Purposes
- First Circuit Joins Other Courts in Holding That Immigrants Can Pursue Cases From Outside the United States
- Seventh Circuit Decision Expands Availability of Hardship Waivers to Lawful Permanent Residents
- ICE Agrees to Release Thousands of Previously-Withheld Records
- Court Says ICE Failed to Satisfy FOIA Requirements in Council’s Suit to Compel Disclosure of Records on Access to Counsel
- Eleventh Circuit Holds That Filing Limitations on Motions to Reopen Are Subject to Equitable Tolling
- Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers
- Transfers of Detained Families Traumatizes Mothers and Children and Interferes with Access to Lawyers
- Unrepresented, Unaccompanied Children Ordered Deported After Just One Hearing
- Can State Agencies License The Detention of Immigrant Families?
- Temporary Restraining Order Against Texas Family Detention Centers Issued
- Supreme Court Considering Whether Misdemeanor Results in Automatic Deportation
- Obama Administration Goes to the Supreme Court in DACA and DAPA Lawsuit
- Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver
- Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization
- First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable
- Five Families Released After Prolonged Detention
- Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization
- Government Ordered to Promptly Release Children From Family Detention
- Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens
- Annual Review of State-Level Immigration Policy Still Trending Pro-Immigrant
- The Government Doubles Down on Locking Up Immigrant Mothers and Children
- Insider Speaks Out Alongside Formerly Detained Mothers Seeking Protection in the U.S.
- Court Finds Federal Officers Can be Sued for Mistreatment of Immigrants in Detention
- Judge’s Order in Flores Should Signal the End of Family Detention
- White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?
- Some 3-Year Work Permits Being Recalled by USCIS
- Appellate Court Hears Oral Argument in Texas v. United States
- U.S. Settles With 4-Year-Old U.S. Citizen They Wrongfully Deported
- Members of Congress Report on Texas Family Detention Center Visits
- Supreme Court Finds Conviction for Possession of a Sock Was Not a Deportable Offense
- Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses
- Immigration Appeals Court Reverses Position on Deportation Waivers
- Why DAPA Applications Were Not Accepted by USCIS on May 19, 2015
- Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States
- Arpaio Faces Skeptical Judges In Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Action
- Supreme Court to Decide Whether It’s Okay to Deprive a Person of His Day In Immigration Court
- No Justice For Family of Mexican Child Killed By U.S. Border Patrol Agent
- The Court Decision on Deferred Action Everyone Should Be Talking About
- Faith Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Center as Mothers Begin Hunger Strike
- Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions
- Government Claims Children in Family Detention Centers Are Not Entitled to Protections
- Documenting Ongoing Border Patrol Abuses
- Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization
- New Immigration Enforcement Policy Remains In Effect Despite Texas Lawsuit
- Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Government Must Justify Its Visa Denial
- The Detention of Children and Their Families is Still Unjust and Still Against the Law
- Unrepresented Children Still Being Fast-Tracked Through Immigration Hearings
- When is Possession of a Sock a Deportable Offense?
- U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack
- Do the President’s New Immigration Policies Really Mark the End of Secure Communities?
- How New Guidance Improves a Waiver Program to Limit Family Separations
- Five Things to Know About Deportation Relief for Some Immigrant Parents
- How Many Immigrants Could Be Eligible for Relief and Not Know It?
- Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers
- Third Federal Court Rejects Government Interpretation of ‘Admission’ into U.S.
- How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker
- How Can a Three Year Old Represent Himself in Court?
- Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers
- Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss Case of U.S. Citizen Girl Who Was Deported
- Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions
- Why Groups Are Suing the Government over Rushed Deportation Process for Mothers and Children
- Courts Continue to Reject Arizona Style Laws, Even as House Embraces SAFE Act
- Here Are Some of the Stories of Women Held at Artesia
- Why We are Suing the Government on Behalf of All Children Facing Deportation
- District Court Decides Some TPS Beneficiaries May Finally Become Lawful Permanent Residents
- SCOTUS Decides Immigrants Can “Age-Out” of Visa Petitions
- The DACA Renewal Process: Everything You Need to Know
- CBP Releases Report Critical of Agency, Issues Updated Use of Force Policy
- Summary Removal Procedures and Their Role in Rising Deportations
- New Data Show More Than Half a Million Immigrants Granted DACA
- Drop in Court-Ordered Deportations Means Little to Overall Deportation Numbers
- USCIS Releases Information About DACA Renewal Process
- Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory
- New Directive Clarifies Existing Use of Force Policy at CBP
- Customs and Border Protection Conceals Scathing Audit of Border Patrol’s Use of Force Policy
- What the DACA Renewal Process Should Look Like
- Petition Challenges DHS on Enforcement Priorities
- The Washington Post Exposes Sorry State of Immigration Courts
- Miranda-like Warning for Immigrants Argued in Ninth Circuit
- Why Is There a Disparity in DACA Application Rates Among Different Nationalities?
- Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act
- The Punishment Should Fit the Crime for Immigrants, Too
- Keeping CBP In Line With Proposed Reforms
- Understanding DACA's Education Requirement
- Supreme Court to Interpret Child Status Protection Act
- New York City Pilots Free Legal Representation in Immigration Court