Michelle Brané Wins Key Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration Law

By Stacy Martin, LIRS Vice President for Mission Advancement

We’re excited that Michelle Brané, a powerful advocate for the rights of detained migrants and the Director of the Detention and Asylum program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, has been named the winner of the eleventh annual Daniel Levy Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Immigration

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Alabama Misses Opportunity to Abandon Punitive Immigration Law

After signing into law HB 56, the toughest state immigration enforcement law, Alabama had an opportunity to respond to the concerns of the faith community, civil rights groups, business leaders, and the agricultural sector by abandoning it. However, instead of scrapping the punitive law, last week Governor Bentley signed into law a bill that made

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Join LIRS in Opposing Restrictions to the Child Tax Credit!

Two weeks ago, as part of sweeping legislation to cut the federal deficit, the House of Representatives passed a budget reconciliation bill that would eliminate the Child Tax Credit for many low-income immigrant families. The measure passed by a vote of 218-199.

Created in 19998, the Child Tax Credit program alleviates the financial burden that

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New York Times Cites Letter Authored by LIRS Opposing Flawed VAWA Bill, H.R. 4970

The New York Times last week published part of a letter written by LIRS advocacy staff and circulated among faith leaders to oppose a badly flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), H.R. 4970.

Despite broad opposition, by a 222-205 vote, the House last Wednesday passed H.R. 4970, renewing VAWA for five years

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Update on the Supreme Court and Arizona’s SB 1070 Law

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arizona v. U.S., the case questioning the constitutionality of Arizona’s SB 1070 law.

If you’re following the news, you probably already know that SB 1070 requires police officers to find out a person’s immigration status when there is reasonable suspicion the person is

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VAWA Bill Passes Despite Broad Opposition; Pelosi Cites LIRS Concerns on House Floor

The House of Representatives on Wednesday turned its back on a bipartisan, Senate-passed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Instead, by a 222-205 vote, lawmakers passed a five-year renewal of VAWA known as H.R. 4970.

LIRS sounded the alarm about H.R. 4970 several times on this blog and in other media outlets, from

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LIRS Concerns About VAWA Earn La Opinion Coverage

La Opinion yesterday quoted LIRS Director for Advocacy Eric B. Sigmon in an excellent article on this week’s vote on the deeply flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), H.R. 4970.

Antonieta Cádiz’s May 15 piece “Congreso busca modificar beneficios para víctimas de abuso” (Congress Seeks to Modify Benefits for Victims of Abuse)

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Linda Hartke Writes at Sojourners: ‘Violence Against Women Act Faces Congressional Threat’

“Some victims, it seems, are more worthy than other victims. This is the clear message sent by a deeply flawed version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that is headed for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Writing at Sojourners‘ blog, God’s Politics, LIRS President Linda Hartke raises strong concerns about H.R.

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Eric B. Sigmon Writes at RH Reality Check: ‘H.R. 4970 Would Leave Immigrants More Vulnerable—and in Some Cases—Endanger Their Lives’

The U.S. House of Representatives this week votes on a version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), H.R. 4970, that would roll back provisions in the law that protect battered immigrant women and men.

In commentary posted on RH Reality Check, Eric B. Sigmon, LIRS Director for Advocacy, writes:

“The House of Representatives should

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LIRS Joins U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky in Press Event to Express Concerns About Immigration Provisions in House VAWA Bill

As part of ongoing efforts to educate Congress and the public, LIRS Director for Advocacy Eric B. Sigmon today took part in a press teleconference about the harmful immigration provisions in H.R. 4970, a version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) introduced in the House of Representatives, that would seriously undermine protections for immigrants.

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