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.

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

Written by on January 23, 2013 in DACA/DAPA, Reform with 5 Comments
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

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

Written by on January 23, 2012 in Enforcement, Immigration Courts, Right to Counsel with 0 Comments
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

Written by on April 29, 2010 in Enforcement with 5 Comments
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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Report Provides Solutions to Broken Asylum Employment Authorization Clock

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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DHS Interprets Law to Detain Refugees Across the Country

Written by on November 24, 2009 in Detention, Enforcement with 4 Comments
DHS Interprets Law to Detain Refugees Across the Country

Last month, President Obama authorized the admission of 80,000 refugees into the U.S. in fiscal year 2010, something every President has done annually since passage of the Refugee Act of 1980. The United States has long recognized the importance of providing a safe haven for refugees. Beginning with laws granting refugee status to displaced persons […]

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