LJP Update: SCOTUS Takes Up Immigration Case, Still Time to Register for Líderes Event and more

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Still Time to RSVP for From Raids to Politics

Maximo Anguiano

We still have some open seats available for this Thursday’s fireside chat, From Raids to Politics, featuring our President and General Counsel Juan Cartagena and Executive Director of the Adelante U.S Education Leadership Fund, Maximo Anguiano. We are looking forward to an intimate discussion that will address the current race rhetoric and policies as they impact Latino communities. If you would like to attend, you can RSVP here. If you’ve already sent in your RSVP then we will see you at Hunter College at 6:00pm sharp and please bring your ID.

When: Jan 28, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

El Centro - Hunter College
695 Park Ave,
New York, NY 10065

SCOTUS Takes Up Important Immigration Case

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review United States v. Texas, the case brought by Texas and 25 other states challenging President Obama’s deferred action policies – DAPA and expanded DACA that would provide temporary administrative relief to over 400,000 immigrants. The Supreme Court’s decision came two months month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had upheld a preliminary injunction put in place by a Texas federal district court in February 2015 that temporarily blocked implementation of the programs shortly before they were to go into effect.

LatinoJustice as part of a coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups had filed an amicus brief last year urging the Supreme Court to hear the case. The brief explains that the sweeping injunction upheld in the lower court directly harms people who have either been in the U.S. since they were children or are the parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. You can read the brief here.

“LatinoJustice applauds the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case this term and we encourage them to issue a ruling upholding the President’s Executive Authority that would permit DAPA and expanded DACA-plus programs to go forward this year.” said Jose Perez, Deputy General Counsel.

LJP Public Comment to FCC Supports Affordable International Calling Rates in Detention Facilities

LatinoJustice and the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) submitted a formal Public Comment to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 19, 2016, addressing the need for reasonable FCC regulation of international calling rates in immigration detention facilities. The joint Comment urges the FCC to adopt a rate cap of 16 cents per minute for all international calls from all correctional facilities and immigration detention centers in the United States and requests that the FCC adopt these rate caps for international calls in any public or private immigration detention facility used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain individuals.

The Comment demonstrates that unreasonably high international phone rates interferes with immigrant detainees’ ability to adequately pursue relief in immigration proceedings and prevents family members from staying in touch with them. Immigrant detainees are particularly vulnerable to high international phone rates, because they often have international family ties, and rely on international calling to gather critical evidence to support their immigration cases, particularly in pro se cases without legal representation which continues to comprise at least 45% of all immigration proceedings. The Comment concludes that the FCC should promulgate reasonable, cost-based regulations which ultimately promote greater uniformity and fairness in immigration detention facilities.

Bianca Scott, University of Texas Public Interest Law Fellow at LatinoJustice, conducted key research and provided significant assistance in drafting the joint Comment along with LJP Associate Counsel Joanna E. Cuevas Ingram, Esq. The filed joint Comment can be seen here.

Lawyers, Advocates and International Scholars Discuss Immigrant Worker Licensing

LatinoJustice hosted a legal workshop on January 12th on “State Occupational and Professional Licensing, Employment and Immigration Status” featuring an informative presentation by University of Houston Law Center William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law Professor Michael A. Olivas. The lecture was followed by a frank discussion with local immigration law professors and community advocates including representatives from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York Immigration Coalition, the Hispanic Federation, and visiting scholars from Europe. The attendees took the opportunity to discuss their own ideas on the topic, including developments and forecasts, as well as the prospects of further cooperation and discussion in the future.

LatinoJustice in partnership with CUNY Law Professor Janet Calvo and joined by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York Immigration Coalition, and the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality at CUNY Law School recently petitioned the New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents to take administrative action codifying non-citizen eligibility for professional licenses in New York. The Board is in charge of licensing professionals ranging from audiologists to dental assistants to social workers.

Welcome LAWbound Winter 2016 Alumni

We welcomed nine new LAWbound scholars that participated in our 2016 Winter academy. This was also a milestone year since it was the first year that the group was gender balanced with four young men and five young women. This is a significant difference compared to past classes where female students make up approximately 70% of the participants. This group was diverse in age and ethnicity, but showed a cohesiveness from day one, with a shared sense of humor.

Students gained insight into the legal sessions at Cleary Gottlieb (host corporate law firm) and the work NYS Attorney General’s office quite illuminating. They also had the chance to see what law school life is like by meeting administrators from CUNY Law School and New York Law School. The class included current undergraduates and postgraduate students from nine different institutions: Brown University, Columbia University, Essex County Community College, John Jay College (CUNY), Lehman College (CUNY), Manhattan College, Seton Hall University, Smith College, and SUNY at Albany.

Gear up for the June LSAT

We are still accepting registrations for our classes for the June LSAT. Classes begin January 30th (weekend course) and February 8th (Monday/Wednesday course). Please visit the LSAT page on our website here for more information.

New York City: 26th Annual Latino College Expo on March 19

The 26th annual Latino College Expo (LCE) will be held from 9am-3pm on Saturday, March 19 at New York University - Kimmel Center.

LCE runs as a free, all-day, two-part event, with seminars and workshops for students, parents/guardians, and counselors in the morning, and a three hour Expo in the middle of the day with over 150 colleges, universities, and community-based organizations (CBOs) available in a college fair setting to share resources and recruit students.

The goal is to provide critically important college access resources in a space where people can come together to share a sense of pride in the traditions and culture of the Latino community

More than 80% of the representatives doing recruiting and presenting at seminars there will be bilingual. Find out more about the event and register here

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