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15th Annual Creative Writing Contest

The American Immigration Council is proud to sponsor the 15th annual“Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest. The contest inspires educators tobring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explore America as a nation of immigrants.

Past winners have documented the experience of immigrants who have left their homelands in search of a more promising future in America, spoken of their immigration experiences or reflected on their ancestors or parents.

Fifth grade students enter their work in local contests which are sponsored by chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Each chapter forwards the local winning entry to the National Competition where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. Senators, award winning authors and noted journalists. Winning entries will then be printed in the Congressional Record.Read more...

Toward A Better Life

Author:  Peter Coan

Coan's collection of 'new beginning' stories captures the spirit of new Americans.  Each story frames a different period of history but the drive, dreams, passion and pride of the subjects hasn't changed over time. Immigrants often leave so much behind in order to bring so much forward.  The author organized the stories by decade and included a background of each era.  With the perfect dose of history the book moves forward and the readers will feel like they get to know the storytellers. This book is the perfect companion to any educator who is teacing their students about immigration to the United States because it puts both the historic and contemporary issues of immigration into perspective.

Year released: 2011
Grades 7-Adult

Mini-Grants Available to Educators and Community Leaders

Released on Thu, Jun 30, 2011

The American Immigration Council's Community Education Center is awarding mini-grants to schools and organizations working with youth to better understand the issue of immigration and the contributions immigrants have made and conitinue to make to our society.  Applications are due July 22, 2011.

For more information visit http://www.communityeducationcenter.org/community-grants.

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Misguided Opposition to So-Called "Sanctuary Cities" Continues

Released on Wed, Jun 08, 2011

Washington D.C. - Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he plans to resurrect his proposal to crack down on cities that provide "sanctuary" to unauthorized immigrants, even though the Department of Homeland Security and other government officials have found that so-called "sanctuary cities" do not exist. Local police agencies regularly cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify and detain immigrants who commit crimes, so it's hard to imagine why the Governor is looking for a solution without a problem.
 
What Perry is calling "santuary cities" are cities that have implemented community policing policies that prevent police agencies from asking community residents who have not been arrested to prove their legal immigration status. Based on the tenets of community policing, these policies make it safe for immigrant crime victims and witnesses to report criminals to the police and help put them behind bars.These policies make it easier for the police to do their jobs and make communities safer.
 
Debunking the Myth of "Sanctuary Cities" Community Policing Policies Protect Americans, written by Lynn Tramonte, responds to those who claim some cities are providing "sanctuary" to unauthorized immigrants and seek to abolish their community policing policies.  In it, police officials and others explain why community policing policies are so critical to their work and to keeping American communities safe.

To view the paper in its entirety see:Read more...

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Ohio Creative Writing Contest Highlighted at Naturalization Ceremony

Published on Thu, Apr 21, 2011

Fifty people from 30 countries are celebrating their citizenship after a naturalization ceremony.  As part of the ceremony a Westerville, Ohio student won a statewide essay contest.  The state of Ohio submitted over 1,600 entries to the American Immigration Council's 14th Annual "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest.

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Going to the AILA Annual Conference in San Diego?

The International Exchange Center will be running three special sessions in the Exhibit Hall on understanding the J Visa.

Practical Tips for the J Visa
June 16 (3:00 pm–3:45 pm)

Including the J-1 Client in Your Practice
June 17 (10:15 am–11:00 am)

J-1 Visa—The Advanced Class
June 18 (9:25 am–10:10 am)

For more informations on the sessions, please click here.

Outbound Exchange to Brazil

The International Exchage Center is sponsoring an outbound exchange to Brazil. See our "Save the Date" for more information and register today!

Creative Contest Winners Participate in USCIS Naturalization Ceremony

Northern California Students "Celebrate America"

Published on Fri, Aug 13, 2010

Every year hundreds of fifth grade students in Northern California participate in the American Immigration Council's "Celebrate America"  Creative Writing Contest.  On August 19 the top winners of the local contest in San Francisco, which is sponsored by the local chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will speak at a naturalization ceremony.  Two of the people being sworn in are parents of one of the contest winners.

Published in the USCIS

The Council Launches the 14th Annual Creative Writing Contest

Released on Wed, Aug 10, 2011

The Community Education Center of the American Immigration Council has launched its 14th Annual Creative Writing Contest for "Why I'm Proud America is a Nation of Immigrants".  The contest which is run by local chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association has more than 5,000 entries from around the country annually.  The contest is open to fifth graders during the 2010-2011 school year. 

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