Hopeful applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals wait to have their cases screened at a New York City clinic in the summer of 2012.

Hopeful applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals wait to have their cases screened at a New York City clinic in the summer of 2012.

West African refugee Ansu (top row, left) was finally reunited with his family last month.  Ansu had been separated from his wife and sons since fleeing political violence in his country in the late 2000s.  He was granted asylum by an immigration judge last year.

West African refugee Ansu (top row, left) was finally reunited with his family last month.  Ansu had been separated from his wife and sons since fleeing political violence in his country in the late 2000s.  He was granted asylum by an immigration judge last year.

Headlines around the country today announced that the Supreme Court had struck down most of Arizona’s anti-immigration law.

Headlines around the country today announced that the Supreme Court had struck down most of Arizona’s anti-immigration law.

Crowd protesting Secure Communities in front of 26 Federal Plaza in NYC May 14th, the day before the program became mandatory throughout New York State.

Crowd protesting Secure Communities in front of 26 Federal Plaza in NYC May 14th, the day before the program became mandatory throughout New York State.

Walmart in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Now accepting money wires from the United States.

Walmart in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Now accepting money wires from the United States.

Students from the Manhattan Country School helped AILA-NY members lobby Congress for the DREAM Act during the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s National Day of Action on March 29, 2012.

Students from the Manhattan Country School helped AILA-NY members lobby Congress for the DREAM Act during the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s National Day of Action on March 29, 2012.

The New York City Council held a hearing in NY DREAM Act and DREAM Fund-related resolutions on March 21st.

The New York City Council held a hearing in NY DREAM Act and DREAM Fund-related resolutions on March 21st.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is as much a 4th of July tradition as fireworks and barbecues.  This Coney Island institution started as a small hot dog stand founded by Nathan Handwerker, who immigrated to the US from Poland in 1912.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is as much a 4th of July tradition as fireworks and barbecues.  This Coney Island institution started as a small hot dog stand founded by Nathan Handwerker, who immigrated to the US from Poland in 1912.

Part of the mission statement and logo that hangs in the lobby of the Headquarters for the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. The logo is a mosaic made from photos of people from different nationalities.

Part of the mission statement and logo that hangs in the lobby of the Headquarters for the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. The logo is a mosaic made from photos of people from different nationalities.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters in Washington, DC

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters in Washington, DC