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Job o’ the Day: Legal Intern at Brazilian Alliance in CA!

Brazilian Alliance – a non-profit organization providing legal, educational, and advocacy services to Portuguese-speaking communities in the San Francisco Bay Area – seeks legal interns for the Spring, Summer, and/or Fall. 

Brazilian Alliance wants to give their interns significant work responsibility. Interns will interview and perform legal tasks under attorney supervision, and draft written work products.

Brazilian Alliance’s mission is to provide Social Services to the Brazilians and Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) communities living in the Bay Area by building alliances with local, state, federal, and international community organizations.

To learn more, visit PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Immigration Attorney at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Kalamazoo, MI!

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center seeks an attorney to focus on impact representation involving immigrant rights issues. Tasks will include direct client representation in state and federal litigation, case investigation and development, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, and policy analysis.

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is a resource center for advocates seeking equal justice for Michigan’s immigrants. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected.

In order to realize this mission the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center:

  • Builds capacity through education and training about immigration law and the complex relationship between immigration status and immigrants’ rights in areas including access to public benefits, family law and child welfare, civil rights, and worker’s rights.
  • Answers questions and provides technical support to attorneys and advocates serving low-income immigrants.
  • Recruits, trains, and mentors volunteer pro bono attorneys.
  • Leads systematic advocacy to advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.
  • Tracks and analyzes legislative and legal developments related to immigration law and immigrants’ rights.
  • Builds coalition among immigrant advocacy and other social justice and civil rights organizations statewide.
  • Represents individual clients in priority areas including naturalization and citizenship matters and the rights of survivors of domestic violence, refugees, and unaccompanied minors.
  • Promotes respect and understanding among immigrants and receiving communities through our Welcoming Michigan initiative.

MIRC is a joint project of Legal Services of South Central Michigan’s Michigan Poverty Law Program and Farmworker Legal Services divisions. The work of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center is made possible by grants from the Michigan State Bar Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and a U.S. Department of Justice Legal Assistance for Victims Grant (from MIRC’s website).

Learn how to apply for the immigration attorney position at PSLawNet!

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Center for American Progress Issues Policy Brief on the Consequences of Anti-Immigrant Laws

The Center for American Progress’ latest policy brief focuses on the impact of restrictive state immigration laws, like Arizona’s ‘Show Me Your Papers’ law (which is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25 for oral arguments), on our country and delves into the practical consequences of such laws.

A few of the consequences include:

  • Pitting pro-and anti-immigrant states against each other by creating hostile versus welcoming environments for immigrants
  • Increasing racial profiling and ethnic division by requiring police to make investigative decisions based on appearance, not conduct
  • Undermining public safety and social cohesion by making immigrant and mixed-status families afraid to report crimes, attend school, receive medical assistance, etc.
  • Creating severe economic harm by driving needed workers and consumers from the states and hurting the states’ reputations
  • Subverting U.S. foreign policy objectives by making foreign nationals and foreign investors feel unwelcome

You can download the 24-page brief here. It has great infographics and identifies states that have either passed Arizona-style legislation, are close to passing Arizona-type laws, or have considered these laws but failed to advance them in the legislative process.

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California and Other States Challenge Arizona Immigration Law

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has joined officials from 10 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Arizona’s immigration law, saying the law exceeds state authority, conflicts with national policy and would drive illegal immigrants into other states.

The law would require police to demand proof of legal status from anyone in their custody whom they suspect of being in the country illegally. Largely blocked by court order since its passage two years ago, it is scheduled for a Supreme Court hearing on April 25, with a ruling due by the end of June.

Harris said Tuesday that the Arizona law would disrupt a “cohesive federal immigration policy” that is particularly important in California. She cited a 2011 report by the Pew Hispanic Center that said California has more undocumented immigrants – 2.5 million – making up a greater share of the workforce – 9.7 percent – than any other state.

. . .California and other states opposing the law told the Supreme Court that the Arizona statute goes beyond federal law in several respects – making it a crime, for example, to be in the country illegally and to seek work – and would interfere with a uniform national approach to immigration.

“Arizona is impermissibly attempting to chart its own course in the identification, apprehension and detention of undocumented immigrants for purposes of expelling them from the state,” said the brief, drafted by the New York attorney general’s office and signed by Harris and her counterparts in nine other states.

Read more here.


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Job o’ the Day: Legal Internship at Mil Mujeres in Los Angeles!

Mil Mujeres is a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to providing comprehensive immigration legal services to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Mil Mujeres is looking for legal interns for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in using the law as a vehicle for social change and advanced Spanish language skills required.

To learn more, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Texas City Pushing For New Law Targeting Undocumented Renters

From Fox News Latino:

Local officials in a Dallas suburb [Farmers Branch]  say they plan to continue pushing for a ban on undocumented immigrants renting property within the city limits — a measure that has cost the city $5 million and remains unenforceable due to court challenges. . . .

City officials and law backers argue that undocumented immigrants strain local schools and police resources. They also note that local voters supported an early version of the law five years ago by a 2-to-1 margin.

The new law would require all renters to obtain a city license and the city’s building inspector to check the status of any applicant who wasn’t a U.S. citizen. Undocumented immigrants would be denied a renters’ permit, and landlords who knowingly allowed them to stay could have their renters’ license barred. . . .

Glancy emphasized that the city is targeting undocumented immigrants, not documented immigrants or U.S. citizens, noting that the city’s library hosts English classes. . . .

The mayor also said that since the law was first passed, the number of car accidents involving uninsured drivers has declined and fewer students have moved in and out of local schools. . . .

Elizabeth Villafranca sees things differently. Villafranca owns a local Mexican restaurant and moved to Farmers Branch after the push to ban undocumented immigrant residents began. She ran and lost for city council.

Villafranca said she and other U.S.-born Latinos, along with legal immigrants, are more often pulled over by police or threatened by other residents. Though the law never went into effect, Villafranca said, supporters “had the effect they wanted.”

Read more here.

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Job o’ the Day: Summer Internship at American Immigration Council in DC!

The Legal Action Center (LAC) of the American Immigration Council is looking for second-year law students to join the LAC staff as legal interns this summer. Interns must be dynamic, self-starters with strong research and writing skills and a commitment to the LAC’s mission.

Intern projects may include: monitoring and analyzing immigration decisions; legal research and memo writing; and drafting practice advisories, pleadings and briefs. The LAC advocates for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. It is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country.

For more information, see the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Immigration Senior Staff Attorney at Asian Law Caucus in San Fran!

Having recently returned from my first trip to San Fran, I gotta say — San Fran would be a fun place to work!

As the nation’s oldest legal organization focusing on the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Asian Law Caucus is a leader in defending the interests of low-income immigrants. Since 1972, ALC has litigated high-profile cases and provided an array of services including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation. ALC’s current program areas include national security civil rights, immigration, housing rights, criminal justice reform, employment, and voting rights.

The Asian Law Caucus is seeking a Senior Staff attorney to provide leadership in challenging unfair and discriminatory enforcement policies facing immigrant communities. The Senior Staff Attorney is responsible for litigating issues including indefinite detention and habeas actions, illegal detention of United States citizens, constitutional claims in ICE raids cases, employment retaliation in immigration, contesting aggravated felony and other criminal immigration charges, post-9/11 issues, state and local anti-immigrant laws, ICE detainers, DREAM Act and prosecutorial discretion cases, representing detainees with mental health issues, and other immigration enforcement issues. S/he will also be responsible for keeping abreast of policy developments in the field.

Wanna know more? Check the listing at PSLawNet!

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Job o’ the Day: Staff Attorney at Kids in Need of Defense in Houston!

I can’t promise you’ll meet Angelina Jolie, but you’ll definitely make a difference! 

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. KIND is dedicated to providing both pro bono representation and positive systemic changes in both law and policy to benefit unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

KIND is looking for a staff attorney to represent unaccompanied children entering the United States.

Check out the listing at PSLawNet for more information!

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The “New” [Old] South: At a Civil Rights Crossroads

by Kristen Pavón

An excellently written blog post titled Sweet Home Alabama? Immigration and Civil Rights in the “New South, popped up today on HuffPost by Kevin R. Johnson, a professor at UC Davis Law.

Johnson doesn’t get into the details of Alabama’s harsh immigration law, but he illustrates similarities between the state’s intolerance to undocumented immigrants and Latinos today and to African-Americans in the 1960s.

It should be troubling that Alabama, ground zero in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, gave birth to the harshest immigration law to date. Many famous incidents in that state — from Birmingham Police Chief Bull Connor unleashing fire hoses on peaceful civil rights marchers to Governor George Wallace proclaiming “segregation now, segregation forever” in his 1963 inaugural address — remain indelibly imprinted on the national imagination. As in the days when segregationists championed “states’ rights,” we again hear objections to the intervention of the federal government as it attempts to defend immigrants’ civil rights through lawsuits challenging state immigration laws. Alabama now risks going down in history for its intolerance toward undocumented immigrants and Latinos as well as African-Americans.

Additionally, Johnson posits that we are at a civil rights crossroads and we must start making some decision about how we want to treat immigrants. Our ambivalence will only breed more turmoil.

…In my estimation, the United States, much as it was in the 1960s, is at a civil rights crossroads. Millions of immigrants and undocumented immigrants live in the United States. Employers value their labor. Consumers gain from lower prices. The economy as a whole benefits. But legally, the nation has been at best ambivalent about how to treat immigrants, especially undocumented ones, in the eyes of the law. Most fundamentally, what rights do they possess? We as a nation must address these civil rights questions. Until then, we can expect more turmoil in the states and, consequently, continued threats to the civil rights of immigrants and U.S. citizens of particular national origins.

Read his entire post here, or read his law review article, full of great primary secondary source citations, here.

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