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Practice Advisories

LAC Practice Advisories provide in depth discussion and analysis of select substantive and procedural issues in immigration law. The Practice Advisories are intended to assist lawyers and do not substitute for individual legal advice supplied by a lawyer familiar with a client's case.

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  • The Child Status Protection Act

    This practice advisory provides an overview of the CSPA, its effective date, and its interpretation and implementation by USCIS, the U.S. Department of State, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the courts.

    Published On: Thursday, February 5, 2015 | Download File

  • Motions to Suppress in Removal Proceedings: A General Overview

    This Practice Advisory provides a general overview of motions to suppress, a tool used to prevent the introduction of evidence obtained by federal immigration officers in violation of the Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and related provisions of federal law. This updated version has been changed to reflect recent developments regarding the suppression of identity-related evidence, the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine, and the impact of widespread Fourth Amendment violations.

    Published On: Monday, January 26, 2015 | Download File

  • Preventing the Removal of Individuals Eligible for DAPA or Expanded DACA

    After President Obama’s announcement of a series of reforms modifying immigration policy, DHS Secretary Johnson issued agency-wide memoranda expanding deferred action and revising immigration enforcement priorities. These memos provide immediate protection from enforcement to individuals who meet the criteria of the newly created Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (“DAPA”) program and the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“Expanded DACA”) program. This practice advisory, written in collaboration with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, offers strategies to facilitate the release from custody or prevent the removal of individuals who qualify for Expanded DACA or DAPA or are otherwise not enforcement priorities.

    Published On: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | Download File

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    This Practice Advisory provides updated information about Initial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as well as the DACA Renewal process. It offers strategic advice for attorneys representing individuals who may qualify for DACA. The American Immigration Council issued this advisory jointly with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild.


    Published On: Thursday, August 28, 2014 | Download File

  • Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief

    This Practice Advisory is designed to assist attorneys without significant expertise in immigration law in determining whether individuals seeking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) might be eligible for immigration benefits that are more lasting and concrete than DACA. The forms of relief discussed in this Practice Advisory include adjustment of status, U and T visas, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, and more. The appendix includes a questionnaire that may be helpful in identifying individuals who qualify for one of these forms of relief. 

    • For practical tips on screening noncitizens for immigration benefits, consider purchasing the accompanying webinar (proceeds go to the Immigration Advocates Network, a non-profit partner organization of the American Immigration Council).

    Published On: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | Download File