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INTER ALIA AILA in the News Immigrant Entrepreneurs, Innovation, and Welcoming Initiatives T he Immigration Policy Center (IPC) has released 10 new state fact sheets and accompanying infographics, highlighting the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators in each state's economy. Visit IPC's webpage to view factsheets on all 50 states. Din v. Kerry The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has determined that there are limited exceptions to the doctrine of consular nonrenewability. In Din v. Kerry, No. 10-16772 (9th Cir. May 23, 2013), the court stated that consular officers must give a facially legitimate reason to deny a visa for the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Heidi C. Larson Howell, an associate at Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, noted the difficulty in challenging consular nonreviewability because so few exceptions exist. She noted that the seminal case, Bustamante v. Mukasey, 531 F.3d 1059 (9th Cir. 2008), was the springboard for her team's research. The government's deadline for filing a petition for en banc hearing was August 8. ICE Agrees to Release Thousands of CAP Records A U.S. district court in Connecticut approved a settlement in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit challenging the refusal of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release tens of thousands of documents about the Criminal Alien Program (CAP), Read about the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators in 10 states, including California and Florida. one of the agency's largest enforcement programs. CAP currently is active in all state and federal prisons, as well as in more than 300 local jails throughout the country and is implicated in approximately half of all deportation proceedings.  Although CAP supposedly targets the worst criminal offenders, the program also appears to target individuals with little or no criminal history for deportation and to incentivize pretextual stops and racial profiling. For a comprehensive overview of what currently is known about the CAP program, including valuable insights gained from a deposition of CAP Unit Chief Jamison Matuszewski taken during the litigation, see our CAP Fact Sheet. J ULY/ A UGUST 2013 43

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