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AILA Correspondence

AILA: Mass Detention of Asylum-Seekers is a Humanitarian Disaster

1/30/2015

AILA statement submitted to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for a 1/30/15 briefing titled “State of Civil Rights at Immigration Detention Facilities.”

AILA Doc. No. 15012045

Letter to Secretary Perez on Modernizing and Enhancing the PERM Labor Certification Program

1/23/2015

Letter to Secretary Perez in response to DOL’s announcement that it would undertake a comprehensive examination of the permanent labor certification process and regulatory requirements in an effort to modernize the program and make it more responsive to changes in the national workforce.

AILA Doc. No. 15012342

Letter to the Chief of USCIS Asylum Division on Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plan

6/16/2014

A 6/16/14 letter from AILA and over 50 other organizations and law professors to John Lafferty, Chief of USCIS Asylum Division, requesting revisions to the Asylum Division Officer Training Course Lesson Plan, Credible Fear of Persecution and Torture Determinations, and the accompanying memorandum.

AILA Doc. No. 15011351

AILA Letter Opposing Four Amendments of H.R. 240

1/13/2015

A 1/13/15 letter from AILA to the House of Representatives expressing opposition to four amendments to the DHS Appropriations Act 2015 (H.R. 240).

AILA Doc. No. 15011347

AILA Letter to DHS Sec. Johnson

12/20/2014

A 12/20/13 letter to newly confirmed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining suggested priorities for DHS for the coming year.

AILA Doc. No. 14010246

Letter to President Obama Opposing Family Detention Facility in Dilley

12/18/2014

A 12/18/14 letter from AILA and over 120 other advocacy organizations to President Obama opposing the opening of the new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas.

AILA Doc. No. 14121940

Letter to Director Rodriguez on DACA Renewal Processing Times

12/12/2014

A 12/12/14 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, expressing concern over serious delays in processing renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, and asking USCIS to automatically extend work authorization to DACA renewal applicants.

AILA Doc. No. 15011441

Letter to Senate Appropriators on Detention Funding

12/4/2014

A 12/4/14 letter from AILA and numerous other advocacy, legal, service and other organizations to Senate Appropriations Committee members asking them to reject any family detention funding and increase the funding for alternatives to detention.

AILA Doc. No. 14120442

Letter to Senate Appropriators on EOIR Funding

12/4/2014

A 12/4/14 letter from AILA and other advocacy, legal, service and other organizations to Senate Appropriations Chair Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Shelby (R-AL) asking for increased funding for the immigration courts, legal counsel for vulnerable populations and legal orientation programs.

AILA Doc. No. 14120443

Letter to President Obama from Refugee and Asylee Groups on Family Detention

11/20/2014

An 11/20/14 letter from AILA and refugees and asylum organizations to President Obama urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system.

AILA Doc. No. 14112050

Letter to President Obama on Family Detention and Executive Action

11/18/2014

A 11/18/14 letter from AILA and 135 advocacy, legal, service and other organizations to President Obama urging him to address the fundamental problems with the detention and expedited deportation of children and their mothers as he considers taking executive action to reform the immigration system.

AILA Doc. No. 14111904

Letter to President Obama on Guidance Regarding Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement

10/31/2014

On 10/31/14, AILA joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other organizations renewing the request for strengthened revisions to the DOJ’s 2003 guidance regarding the use of race by federal law enforcement agencies.

AILA Doc. No. 14111051

Letter from AILA Chapters to the Obama Administration on the Need for Children and Families to Receive Due Process

9/29/2014

All of AILA’s U.S.-based chapters signed on to this open letter which calls for the Obama Administration to immediately review its current inhumane and unconstitutional detention and removal policies towards children and families with children.

AILA Doc. No. 14092900

Letter to President Obama Opposing Family Detention

9/25/2014

On 9/25/14, AILA joined 167 organizations in urging President Obama to close the Artesia and Karnes detention centers and to halt plans to open a new family detention facility in Dilley, Texas.

AILA Doc. No. 14092640

Letter to Vice President Biden on Pro Bono Representation

9/19/2014

A 9/19/14 letter from AILA and other legal services organizations urging the Administration to take action to remove impediments to access to counsel for children and families.

AILA Doc. No. 14092440

AILA Letter to Congress on Artesia

9/16/2014

A 9/16/14 AILA letter to members of Congress urging action on the Artesia, NM family detention center.

AILA Doc. No. 14091649

AILA Letter to President Obama on Artesia

9/16/2014

A 9/16/14 AILA letter to President Obama urging the closing of the Artesia, NM family detention center.

AILA Doc. No. 14091648

AILA Letter to White House on Administrative Fixes

8/6/2014

On 8/6/14 AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams sent this letter to Cecilia Munoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House outlining the key areas where AILA hopes the administration will pursue improvements as they consider administrative action.

AILA Doc. No. 14090349

National Sign-On Letter on Supplemental Funding

7/29/2014

On 7/29/2014 AILA joined over 190 other organizations in a sign on letter to the House and Senate urging the passage of a clean supplemental funding bill and opposing changes to the TVPRA that would water down protections for children.

Sign-on Letter to Senate Appropriations on Counsel for Children

7/22/2014

On 7/22/14, AILA joined 48 organizations in a sign-on letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on the need for adequate funding for legal representation for all children.

AILA Doc. No. 14072244

National Sign-on Letter Opposing Family Detention

7/7/2014

On 7/7/14 AILA joined over 100 other organizations in a sign-on letter to President Obama urging him to end plans to open new immigrant detention centers for families.

AILA Doc. No. 14071550

National Sign-On Letter on UACs

7/3/2014

On 7/3/14, AILA joined over 190 other organizations in a sign-on letter to President Obama urging him to reconsider the plan to expedite the deportation of Central American children to the dangers they escaped in their home countries.

AILA Doc. No. 14070346

AILA Letter to the Attorney General Asking for Certification

5/6/2014

A 5/6/14 letter from AILA to Attorney General Eric Holder urging certification of several cases pending before the BIA and the related case of Matter of Aguilar-Aquino on the issues of prolonged detention and the definition of "custody."

AILA Doc. No. 14050790

National Sign on Letter on Child Tax Credit

1/15/2014

On 1/15/14 AILA joined over 50 other national organizations in a sign on letter to United States Senators opposing any proposals to pay for the cost of extending unemployment insurance by changing the eligibility requirements for the Child Tax Credit.

AILA Doc. No. 14011756

National Sign on Letter on Enforcement

1/16/2014

On 1/16/14 AILA joined 17 other national organizations in a sign on letter to DHS Secretary Johnson and Deputy Secretary Mayorkas on immigration enforcement.

AILA Doc. No. 14011644

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