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Recent Immigration Developments from the States (Jan 2014)

California Permits Undocumented Lawyers to Practice Law

2D Barcode Technology and Third-Party Software Compatibility

By Allison Posner   On November 6, 2013, USCIS held a stakeholder engagement on its new 2D barcode technology.  The new technology is part of the agency’s Forms Improvement Initiative, intended to enhance the agency’s ability to conduct intake at the lockboxes quickly and accurately.

Eighteen States Offer Prenatal Care to Undocumented Immigrant Women (Nov. 2013)

Under the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, undocumented pregnant women are ineligible for federally-funded prenatal care.[1]  The Act also denies them access to care funded by state and local governments, unless the state passes a law affirmatively extending eligibility to unauthorized immigrants.[2]  In 2002, the U.S.

Webinar: State and Local Immigration Laws: Recap of 2013 and Outlook for 2014

Click here to download the PowerPoint Slides This webinar reviews some of the anti-immigrant and pro-immigrant laws passed by states in 2013 on topics including state-issued identification and driver's licenses, refugee resettlement, immigration enforcement, and access to higher education. Panelists also provide proactive and defensive advocacy strategies. Finally, they address the state-level immigration policy outlook for 2014. Held on: 11/22/13 Presenters:

Webinar: Immigration Detention: Perspectives from D.C. and the Field

Click Here to Download the PPT Slides This webinar will address immigration detention, including the federal mandate requiring the detention of certain immigrants, the recent rise of immigration detention, and alternatives to detention. Additionally, the panel will include local perspectives on the effects of detention facilities on communities and how local stakeholders can help combat this national phenomenon. Held 11/15/13 Presenters:

Significant Victory for Alabama Immigrants as Legal Settlement Delivers Final Blow to HB56 (Nov 2013)

     What was arguably the most reprehensible state anti-immigrant law in the country - Alabama’s HB 56 - has finally been defeated! Last month, a settlement was reached in two lawsuits challenging Alabama’s infamous law which sought to make life so difficult for the undocumented that they would leave the state of their own volition.  The terms agreed to by the State of Alabama put an end to the two lawsuits (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v.

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