Beth Werlin

Beth Werlin is the Executive Director of the American immigration Council. She leads the Council’s efforts to promote sensible and humane immigration policies and to achieve justice and fairness for all immigrants under the laws. She previously served as Policy Director from 2015-2016 and in a variety of positions on the Council’s legal team from 2001-2015. Over her career, she has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens and to ensure that the immigration agencies are held accountable for violations of the law. She has represented plaintiffs and amicus curiae in immigration litigation in the federal courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals and is the author of numerous practice advisories. She was NAPIL (Equal Justice Works) fellow and before that was a judicial law clerk at the immigration court in Boston, Massachusetts. Beth earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University.

“Listening” Over Turkey 2017

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
“Listening” Over Turkey 2017

Each year at Thanksgiving, Immigration Impact publishes a post about how to “talk turkey” on immigration. We’ve done it for several years to provide our readers with tips on how to talk about immigration at the dinner table without inflaming friends and family, and otherwise turning a warm family gathering into a political food fight. […]

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Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map

Written by on February 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Executive Action with 0 Comments
Memos Reveal Harsh and Unforgiving Immigration Enforcement Road Map

The White House released the implementation memos and other information on Monday about how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementing President Trump’s immigration Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement. The memos reveal that DHS intends to take our nation backwards in terms of guaranteeing due process, providing a safe haven […]

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Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent some strong messages to the President: he cannot shield himself from court review by claiming “national security;” he may only set policies that are consistent with our Constitution; and key parts of the Executive Order banning refugees and noncitizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are likely unconstitutional. In its […]

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Court Rules that Individuals Seeking Protection Must Have Bond Hearing

Written by on August 8, 2016 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 0 Comments
Court Rules that Individuals Seeking Protection Must Have Bond Hearing

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued an important decision in July recognizing certain noncitizens’ right to a bond hearing before an immigration judge. It was a victory not only for the petitioner, a Guatemalan man seeking protection in the United States, but also will likely have a far-reaching impact on thousands […]

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Department of Justice Seeks Rehearing in United States v. Texas

Department of Justice Seeks Rehearing in United States v. Texas

Today, the Department of Justice filed a petition for rehearing with the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas.  In June, the Court issued a 4-4 one sentence nondecision affirming the Fifth Circuit’s preliminary injunction of DAPA and expanded DACA. In this new petition, the federal government specifically asked that a full nine-Member Court hear […]

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Digesting the Argument in U.S. v. Texas: What Is Lawful Presence and Why Does It Not Mean What It Sounds Like?

Digesting the Argument in U.S. v. Texas: What Is Lawful Presence and Why Does It Not Mean What It Sounds Like?

The oral argument in United States v. Texas shined a light on the confusion between the term “lawful presence” and what it means to have a legal immigration status in the United States. Early in the argument, Chief Justice Roberts noted that in its brief, the United States asserted that individuals covered by DAPA are “lawfully […]

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What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for United States v. Texas, the DAPA/DACA Case?

Written by on February 19, 2016 in Executive Action, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
What Does Justice Scalia’s Death Mean for United States v. Texas, the DAPA/DACA Case?

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. The unexpected death of the then longest serving member on the Court means there is a vacancy on the nine-member bench. But, it is unlikely that the Senate will confirm another Supreme Court Justice quickly, even if the President promptly […]

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Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

Written by on February 1, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Government Losing its License to Operate Family Detention Center in Pennsylvania

On January 27, 2016, Pennsylvania state officials informed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that it would not renew and would revoke the operating license for the Berks County Residential Facility, the immigration detention center in Leesport, Pennsylvania, which jails mothers and children, often for extended periods of time. The current license will expire on […]

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Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Written by on December 21, 2015 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Central American Violence Pushes More Children North in Search of Protection

Earlier this month, Customs and Border Protection released statistics showing an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southwest border in October and November 2015. In those two months alone, over 10,000 unaccompanied children arrived, a 106 percent increase from the same time the prior year. Similarly, there was an increase in […]

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Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

Written by on December 7, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Legislation, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Efforts to Pass Anti-Refugee Legislation Slows

In the days after the Paris attacks, fear took hold of many across the United States, and some politicians proposed shutting our doors to refugees, particularly those from Syria and Iraq. This knee jerk reaction resulted in the House of Representatives hastily passing a misguided bill, which, if signed into law, would effectively halt the […]

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