Mary Kenney

Mary Kenney is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Immigration Council. For over two decades, she has worked to protect the rights of noncitizens, combat abusive conduct by immigration agents, and overturn unlawful policies of the immigration agencies. With the Council since 2001, she engages in impact litigation, represents amicus curiae in immigration cases in federal court and before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and is the author of numerous practice advisories. Prior to joining the Council, she was the Executive Director of a statewide immigrant and refugee rights project in Texas, where she oversaw impact litigation and advocacy efforts. She also worked as a legal services attorney in West Virginia. In 2014, she was awarded the Carol King award by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Mary holds a J.D. from Antioch School of Law and a B.A. from Washington University.

Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Supreme Court Considers Restrictive Interpretation of Child Status Protection Act

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, a case challenging the government’s restrictive interpretation of the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). The CSPA provides relief for the longstanding problem of children included on a parent’s visa application who “age out” – that is, turn 21 and lose their status […]

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Supreme Court to Interpret Child Status Protection Act

Supreme Court to Interpret Child Status Protection Act

Last week, several groups, including the American Immigration Council, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court describing the heartrending stories of young people who have been separated from their families due to government processing delays and the shortage of visas.  The case, Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, concerns the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA), […]

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The BIA Has the Chance to Prevent the Wrongful Deportation of Immigrant Children

Written by on December 17, 2009 in Enforcement, Legislation, Reform with 10 Comments
The BIA Has the Chance to Prevent the Wrongful Deportation of Immigrant Children

While there is no question that Congress needs to step up to the plate and repair our broken immigration system through legislative reform, there are some fixes that can be made now without waiting for Congressional action. If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) would stop narrowly interpreting […]

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