Immigration policy affects all aspects of society. Regardless of status, immigrants have always played a central role in the life and growth of our nation. Immigrants contribute $10 billion a year to this country's economic growth. Unfortunately, in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks, immigrants in the United States have increasingly been targets of discrimination and suspicion. Our country must be defended, but one must not forget this nation's commitment to the ideals of equality and freedom for all peoples.
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February 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Controversial federal statute 287(g), an immigration policy that allows the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to delegate local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws, is doing more to harm than to help communities, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).
January 28, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC) is opposing a resolution introduced by Sens. David Vitter, R. La., and Rand Paul, R. Ky., which would deny citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.
January 25, 2011 - Posted by Scott Simpson
In recent years, states and localities across the country have enacted divisive anti-immigrant legislation that has led to costly lawsuits and sharply divided communities. A newly released Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report examines the economic and community backlash that can follow the enactment of these laws and concludes that the price of such legislation is quite high.
January 7, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC) is calling a bill to deny citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants introduced by Rep. Steve King, R. Iowa, in the House of Representatives yesterday "unconstitutional: and "un-American."
January 5, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Today, a group of civil and human rights organizations and legal scholars announced the formation of a new coalition, called Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC), to fight efforts at the state and federal level to undermine the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship for all persons born in the U.S. This includes recently announced attempts by a group of state legislators to push state-level legislation to deny the privileges of U.S citizenship to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.
December 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about whether an Arizona law prohibiting employers from hiring undocumented immigrants conflicts with federal immigration law.
December 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Sen. Harry Reid, D. Nev., has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrant youth whose parents brought them to the U.S. with a path to citizenship if they pursue higher education or serve in the military, and a bill to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the current law requiring lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.
Both bills are top priorities for the civil and human rights community.
November 19, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The California Supreme Court this week ruled that undocumented immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state-tuition rates at California state colleges and universities.
October 13, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton upheld key parts of a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, brought by a coalition of civil rights groups on behalf of labor, domestic violence, day laborer, human services, and social justice organizations.
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