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Committee: Immigration and Nationality Law

Testimony before the NYS Assembly Social Services and Children and Families Committees discussing importance of New York State providing funding to support legal representation of those unaccompanied minors who have fled their Central American countries and entered the United States, and who are currently present in the State of New York (September 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Deportation Proceedings, Legal Services

Letter to President Obama regarding denials of due process for immigrant mothers and children detained in New Mexico (August 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Access to Justice for Immigrant Detainees

Letter to Congress on Appointment of Counsel for Children and Rollback of the Protections of Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (July 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Children in Removal Proceedings

Testimony before the New York City Council on the Municipal ID Program, Int. No. 253 (April 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Municipal ID Program

Letter to Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi opposing the inclusion of Section 2107(d) in S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, which would deny Non-Citizens who legalize their immigration status Social Security credit for previously unauthorized work (March 2014 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Reform

Court of Appeals Ruling Regarding Due Process Rights of Immigrant Defendants in People v. Peque (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Non-citizen Defendants

Testimony before the New York City Council regarding models for providing legal services for immigrants in deportation proceedings (February 2014) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Deportation Proceedings, Legal Services

Letter to President Obama to Designate Philippines for Temporary Protected Status (November 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Philippines, Temporary Protected Status

Letter to Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services re: Immigration Issues (September 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Access to Justice

Preserving resources of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, additional comments on S.744 (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Reform

Letter to members of the House Judiciary Committee opposing provisions of the SAFE Act that would restrict local efforts to limit the impact of immigration detainers on criminal justice resources (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Report on H.R. 2278 the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act (SAFE Act) which would expand immigration detention and further limit due process (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Letter to Congress on amending SB 744, the Immigration and Modernization Act, so that former child soldiers are not barred from gaining any status in the United States (June 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Child Soldiers

Follow-up comments on additional amendments to S.744 (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Reform

Letter to Congress on S.744 concerning proposed amendments which would reverse advances in reducing detention and providing due process and appointed counsel (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees, Right to Counsel

Letter in support for Senator Leahy’s Amendments 6 and 7 to the Boarder Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744 , which would include same sex spouses and permanent partners in family reunification immigration laws (May 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Same Sex Spouses/Permanent Partners, Recognition of in Family Reunification Immigration Laws

Letter to Congress regarding S.744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” as it relates to the right to counsel for indigent individuals in deportation hearings (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees, Right to Counsel

Letter to Congress regarding S.744 the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” as it relates to reducing the detention rates of non-citizens (April 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detention of Noncitizens

Letter to the New York City Council regarding the City’s collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) with respect to the holding of immigrant New Yorkers subject to ICE detainers (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration on Int. 982 and Int. 989 which would change the current U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer policy in New York City by limiting the Department of Correction’s and New York Police Department’s collaboration with ICE (January 2013) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Amicus Brief: State of Arizona v. United States (U.S. Supreme Court, March 2012) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Arizona Statute SB 1070

Amicus Brief: United States v. State of Alabama (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, November 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Criminal Offenses

Testimony before the New York City Council Immigration Committee on Int. 656-2011, which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (October 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Report on Int. 656-2011 which would put reasonable restraints on the Department of Correction's practices in the holding of immigrants under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainers

Letter to Congress on H.R.1932 the Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011 (September 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detention of Noncitizens

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security commenting on proposed changes to 8 CFR Part 1001 as they pertain to deciding asylum cases based on the "social group" ground of refugee protection (April 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Asylum

Letter to Congress regarding Arizona Immigration Law SB 1070 and federal immigration reform (March 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Arizona Statute SB 1070

Proposal to Limit Collaboration Between New York City Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Detainers

Letter to President Obama regarding designating Pakistan for temporary protected status under the Immigration and Nationality Act (September 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Pakistan

Report on the Constitutionality of Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070 (July 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Arizona Statute SB 1070

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security commenting on the proposed rule regarding professional conduct of pro bono service providers (February 2011) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Pro Bono Attorneys

Letter brief regarding the Matter of S-E-G- (Before the Board of Immigration Appeals) (February 2010) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Refugee status

The Right to Counsel for Detained Individuals in Removal Proceedings (August 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees, Right to Counsel

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding mandatory detention under the Immigration and Nationality Act (July 2009) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detention of Lawful Permanent Residents

Letter to the Department of Labor expressing concern over the Department of Labor’s announcement that the DOL will be auditing all PERM applications based upon a suspicion that attorney involvement in recruiting may have tainted labor market tests required under PERM. ( PDF format )
Subject area: Permanent Employment Certification

Report on A.5285 which would provide that at arraignments before accepting a guilty plea, the court must warn the defendant that if he or she is not a citizen of the United States, the court’s acceptance of that guilty plea may be grounds for his deportation, immigration detention, exclusion from admission to the United States, or denial of citizenship ( PDF format )
Subject area: Non-citizen Defendants

Letter to Congress expressing concerns with several provisions of the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Reform

Letter to the INS opposing the Interim Rule which bars the release of the identity or other information relating to Service detainees being housed or otherwise maintained in non-federal facilities ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees

Letter to Congress expressing concern regarding the Uniting and Strengthening America Act of 2001 ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees

Letter to the INS urging that the current custody procedures which specify the period of time in which the INS must make a determination following an arrest without a warrant not be amended ( PDF format )
Subject area: Detainees

Letter to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services commenting on the proposed changes to the affirmation asylum application procedures ( PDF format )
Subject area: Asylum

Letter to Senators Schumer and Clinton commenting on pending legislation that would negatively affect immigrant communities ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration Reform

Testimony before the New York City Council in support of the Voting Rights Restoration Act (Intro. No. 628) which would allow foreign born residents to vote in municipal elections ( PDF format )
Subject area: Election Law

Letter to the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, expressing concern with a new procedure which would place all appeals that include an asylum, withholding of removal or Convention against Torture claim on a Non Argument Calendar ( PDF format )
Subject area: Asylum

Statement in Opposition to the REAL ID Act (HR 418) ( PDF format )
Subject area: Immigration

NYC Bar Association Issues Statement Opposing House 9/11 Bill ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Dangerous Doctrine: The Attorney General's Unfounded Claim Of Unlimited Authority to Arrest and Deport Aliens in Secret ( PDF format )
Subject area: Terrorism

Gender-Related Asylum Claims and the Social Group Calculus: Recognizing Women as a "Particular Social Group" Per Se ( PDF format )
Subject area: Asylum