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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 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.

The LAC Docket  |  Volume II, Issue 1 (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 and Mendoza Leiba v. Holder); and the filing of amicus briefs relating to the Child Status Protection Act (De Osorio v. Mayorkas) and the departure bar (Contreras-Bocanegra v. Holder and Lari v. Holder).

This issue of the Docket discusses recent LAC victories regarding the bar on post-departure motions to reopen (Prestol Espinal v. Attorney General and Contreras-Bocanegra v. Holder); developments regarding the Obama Administration's exercise of prosecutorial discretion; a survey revealing continued evidence of problems with the "asylum clock"; and the filing of amicus briefs in two Ninth Circuit cases involving retroactivity principles (Duran Gonzalez v. DHS and Carrillo de Palacios v. Holder).


This issue of the Docket discusses advocacy efforts surrounding prosecutorial discretion and the Defense of Marriage Act; LAC victories in cases involving the "departure bar" (Reyes-Torres v. Holder) and a wrongfully arrested H-1B employee (El Badrawi v. United States); and a survey related to problems with the asylum "clock."


This issue of the Docket discusses recent LAC victories regarding the bar on post-departure motions to reopen (Pruidze v. Holder) and removability for crimes involving moral turpitude (Matter of Alyzaji); a Ninth Circuit decision discussing jurisdiction to consider denials of sua sponte motions to reopen (Mejia-Hernandez v. Holder); a LAC amicus brief on the effect of a recent ICE memo (Vega Alvarez v. Holder); and developments in a suit under the Freedom of Information Act on the H-1B program (AILA v. DHS).

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.