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12/18/2018
A prospective client’s complete entry and exit history to the United States is one of the most important pieces of information to gather so that you can properly evaluate their immigration case. However, sometimes it can be challenging to figure out what questions to ask to elicit the information you need, or what the answers mean. This practice advisory describes different types of entries to...
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12/18/2018
On June 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum stating the expanded circumstances in which the agency will begin issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA), including upon denying most affirmative applications. This practice advisory provides an overview of the new USCIS NTA Memo and gives tools for identifying possible red flags that could trigger enforcement...
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12/17/2018
It is essential that we enact policies that support our youth in becoming healthy, productive adults. Unfortunately, many localities engage in unnecessary, and sometimes unlawful, practices that negatively impact the development of young people. This fact sheet, written together with the National Juvenile Justice Network, describes policy changes that could help protect immigrant youth.
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12/17/2018
Resources on the FIRST STEP Act—legislation to reform the criminal justice system—and its impacts on non-citizens. Concerns about FIRST STEP Act Senate Bill : In this resource on The First Step Act, S. 3747, ILRC along with its partners the NIPNLG, NIJC, IDP and IJN, provides analysis on how the bill’s provision impacts non-citizens in the federal criminal justice system. Criminal Justice Reform...
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11/09/2018
These materials provide guidance for educators and other professionals working with immigrant parents to be able to conduct family preparedness workshops. Family preparedness workshops help families engage in contingency planning for their children, in the event of detention or deportation of a parent. The materials contained here include a script, a sample PowerPoint, and other helpful resources.
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11/05/2018
In December 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced its intent to revoke Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for H-4 visa holders. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is expected to be published in the coming months. We encourage people to oppose this senseless, cruel, and unnecessary rule. This rule will strip work authorization from over 100,000 women, forcing many to choose...
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08/31/2018
This resource is a collection of one-page fact sheets on various forms of immigration relief meant to provide a brief overview of options that may exist for undocumented immigrant children. While geared towards children and youth, it may also be helpful as an introduction to some of the immigration options available to adults as well. This is not meant to be an exhaustive resource. We recommend...
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08/28/2018
While the recent border crisis has highlighted how children migrating with a parent to the U.S. can be separated and detained alone by the federal government, over the last few years, there have been unprecedented surges of unaccompanied children (UC) migrating to the U.S. without a parent or legal guardian. For example, in 2012, 13,625 UCs were placed in federal immigration detention compared to...

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