Emily Creighton

Emily Creighton is a staff attorney at the Legal Action Center. She has represented amicus curiae before Board of Immigration Appeals and in various federal courts around the country. She also contributes to the work of the Legal Action Center's Litigation Clearinghouse. Ms. Creighton joined the Immigration Council in 2006. She graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2006. Prior to law school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine.

Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

Written by on September 16, 2014 in Customs and Border Protection, Detention with 2 Comments
Inspector General Falls Short in Documenting Border Detention Conditions

The deplorable conditions in U.S. Border Patrol—an agency within U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—detention facilities have been widely documented in numerous media accounts and NGO reports and challenged in federal lawsuits. Immigrant children and other immigrants detained in these facilities—often called “hieleras” or “iceboxes” because of their cold temperatures—consistently describe extremely crowded holding cells […]

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Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

Circuit Court Ruling Affirms Detainers Not Mandatory

As communities continue to debate the harmful impact of large scale immigration enforcement programs such as Secure Communities, the 287(g) Program and the Criminal Alien Program, much of the discussion has centered on the use of “detainers.” –  Detainers are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to state and local jailers and officials asking […]

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Class Action Settlement Removes Obstacles Preventing Asylum Applicants from Working

Class Action Settlement Removes Obstacles Preventing Asylum Applicants from Working

A recent settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of asylum seekers is removing obstacles they faced in obtaining work documents while they pursue their asylum claims. The inability to work for lengthy periods of time has had crippling effects on asylum applicants. Without proper work authorization, they have been […]

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Will USCIS Develop Fair, Humane Travel Policies for DACA Recipients?

Will USCIS Develop Fair, Humane Travel Policies for DACA Recipients?

For many young immigrants who are now lawfully present under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative—which grants them the right to work and live in the United States for at least two years—the next question may be, when will they be able to travel outside of the United States?  Depending on what guidance […]

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Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

Written by on December 13, 2012 in Administration, Business, Entrepreneurship, Reform, USCIS with 3 Comments
Lawsuit Uncovers USCIS’ Double Standards in H-1B Program

For the past several years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) H-1B visa review and processing procedures have caused confusion and concern among U.S. businesses that turn to highly-skilled temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations to operate successfully. In newly-uncovered documents, it appears that instead of supporting small businesses that attempt to hire highly-skilled foreign […]

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It’s Time to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Counsel

It’s Time to Improve Noncitizens’ Access to Counsel

In the United States, most immigration decisions impacting noncitizens are made by immigration officials in informal proceedings far from a courtroom. While the right to an attorney (at the noncitizens’ own expense) in immigration court proceedings is widely recognized, the right to counsel in administrative settings outside of a courtroom is often overlooked or explicitly […]

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Class Action Challenging Arizona Law Reveals Depth of Constitutional Rights at Stake

Class Action Challenging Arizona Law Reveals Depth of Constitutional Rights at Stake

Yesterday, a diverse group of individuals and organizations filed a class action challenging Arizona’s harsh immigration enforcement law SB 1070, scheduled to go into effect on July 28, 2010. This law, among other things requires state and local law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals it encounters, and makes it a state crime […]

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DHS Reverses Decision on Deportation Time Frame

DHS Reverses Decision on Deportation Time Frame

In a sudden about-face last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reversed its position on an interpretation of law which drastically increased immigrants’ vulnerability to deportation. In a brief filed on April 21, DHS urged the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to modify an existing precedent decision in a pending BIA case, Matter of […]

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New Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock

New Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock

Asylum applicants and their attorneys have long struggled to better understand how the employment authorization asylum clock (“EAD asylum clock”) functions. The clock, which measures the number of days after an applicant files an asylum application before the applicant is eligible for work authorization, affects potentially more than 50,000 asylum applicants each year. While the […]

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