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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.

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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.

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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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The American Immigration Council's 5th Grade National Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Julia Culbert of Santa Clara Valley Wins National Contest

Released on Mon, May 10, 2010

Washington, D.C. - The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the national 5th Grade "Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants" creative writing contest. Read more...

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What Makes Us American: A Video Montage

This video presents a montage highlighting the diversity and pluralism that makes our nation uniquely multicultural.

When you think of the United States what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you think of the food, the holidays, or symbols of the American identity? Each of these elements paints a picture of the United States, but what truly makes our country what it is today, is the people.

For more information, resources, and lesson plans: www.communityeducationcenter.org

 

International Exchange Center Expands!

Released on Thu, Nov 12, 2009

The American Immigration Council’s International Exchange Center is pleased to announce the expansion of the occupational field for which they are designated to sponsor training. The Department of States has extended the International Exchange Center’s programming to include opportunities in: Arts & Culture; Tourism; Social Sciences, Library Science, Non-clinical Counseling, and Social Services.

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