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2009 - 2010

AILA Urges Congress to Pass the DREAM Act and AgJOBS during the Lame Duck

11/16/2010
AILA letter to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate urging passage of the DREAM Act (S.729/H.R.1751) and AgJOBS (S.1038/H.R.2414) during the upcoming Lame Duck session of Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 10111610

AILA Requests EOIR to Suspend New Automated Case Information System

8/18/2010
An 8/18/10 letter from AILA to EOIR Director Snow, requesting the agency to suspend implementation of the new automated case information system requiring both the charging document date and A# and to meet with AILA and other stakeholders before any changes.
AILA Doc. No. 10081960

Sign-On Letter to ICE Expressing Views on Immigration Detainer Policy

6/23/2010
On 6/23/10, AILA joined the ACLU and other immigrants’ rights and civil rights organizations in expressing concerns and views on the issuance of immigration detainers. This sign-on letter was presented to ICE as it works to develop guidance on detainer policy.
AILA Doc. No. 10081360

Sign-On Letter Expressing Concern with ICE Response to Utah “Blacklist”

7/27/2010
AILA joined a group of national and local immigrants’ rights, civil rights, and religious organizations in a letter to DHS, expressing serious concerns with the ICE response to the creation and dissemination of the list of purported undocumented Hispanic residents of Utah.
AILA Doc. No. 10072862

Sign-On Letter In Support of the HELP for Separated Children Act (S. 3522)

6/22/2010
On 6/22/10, AILA joined a group of national and local immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, public health, medical, and religious organizations in voicing support for Senator Franken’s Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (S. 3522).
AILA Doc. No. 10062565

Sign-On Letter to Senator Leahy In Support of the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S. 3113)

5/18/2010
On 5/18/10, AILA joined a group of national and local immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, public health, medical, and religious organizations in voicing support for Senator Leahy’s leadership on the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 (S. 3113).
AILA Doc. No. 10052166

Second Sign-On Letter Calling for End to Practice of "Ideological Exclusion"

2/16/2010
AILA and coalition partners continue to urge Secretary Clinton to end the practice of "ideological exclusion." The current letter follows a 3/18/09 letter to Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Clinton and DHS Secretary Napolitano on the same issue.
AILA Doc. No. 10021691

AILA Sign-On Letter Requesting President to Grant Liberian DED

2/8/2010
AILA joined other organizations in a letter requesting President Obama to act immediately and ensure that Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians is extended for an additional 18 months beyond 3/31/10.
AILA Doc. No. 10020961

Sign-On Letter Urging ICE to Take Immediate Steps in Response to Detainee Deaths

1/27/2010
AILA and AIC joined other organizations in a letter to ICE Assistant Secretary Mr. John Morton on ICE’s response to detainee deaths that urges and provides short-term recommendations for immediate concrete steps to bring greater accountability.
AILA Doc. No. 10012860

AILA Asks DHS Secretary to Designate Haiti for TPS

1/13/2010
On 1/13/10, AILA President Bernard P. Wolfsdorf sent a letter asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to act quickly to designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under §244(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
AILA Doc. No. 10011364

Sign-on Letter In Support of Termination of NSEERS

12/7/2009
On 12/7/09, AILA joined a group of national immigrants’ rights organizations in voicing support for terminating NSEERS.
AILA Doc. No. 10062130

AILA Sign-On Letter Urging CDC to Finalize HPV Vaccine Guidelines

8/10/2009
AILA joined other immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, public health, medical, and reproductive justice organizations urging the CDC to finalize the publication of the proposed criteria for HPV vaccine procedures.
AILA Doc. No. 09081068

AILA’s Response to Ray Marshall on Why H-1Bs are Good for America

5/19/2009
AILA President Chuck Kuck and AILA Business Committee Member Ted Ruthizer’s response to a letter from Prof. Ray Marshall, the Former Secretary of Labor under President Carter, who was critical of AILA’s April 17, 2009 statement on his proposal for the creation of an immigration commission.
AILA Doc. No. 09051930

AILA Letter to President Obama In Support of His Pledge to Tackle CIR

4/9/2009
Letter from AILA Executive Director Jeanne Butterfield and AILA President Charles Kuck to President Obama offering sincere thanks and strong support for his courageous pledge to tackle our nation’s pressing immigration challenges in the coming year.
AILA Doc. No. 09040935

Sign-On Letter Urging Publication of Proposed Criteria for Vaccines as Immunization Requirements for Immigrants

3/19/2009
On 3/18/09, AILA joined a group of organizations urging the CDC to expedite the publication of the proposed criteria for identifying Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines as immunization requirements for immigrants in the Federal Register.
AILA Doc. No. 09032666

Sign-On Letter Calling for End to Practice of "Ideological Exclusion"

3/18/2009
A 3/18/09 letter to Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Clinton and DHS Secretary Napolitano urging an end to the practice of "ideological exclusion."
AILA Doc. No. 09032367

Sign-On Letter to Attorney General Holder Regarding Matter of Silva-Trevino

3/3/2009
A 3/3/09 AILF sign-on letter to Attorney General Holder urges the withdrawal of Attorney General Mukasey's opinion in Matter of Silva-Trevino, which discards categorical analysis in determining whether a prior conviction is a crime involving moral turpitude.
AILA Doc. No. 09030565

AILA Requests DED Extension or TPS Re-Designation for Liberia

2/27/2009
Letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano from AILA President Charles Kuck urges either the extension of DED or re-designation of TPS for Liberia.
AILA Doc. No. 09030260

Sign-On Letter to President Asking to Take HIV Off List of Communicable Diseases

2/11/2009
On 2/11/09, AILA joined a group of 152 HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, transgender, and immigrant rights organizations in a letter to President Obama requesting that the Health and Human Services Secretary remove HIV off the list of communicable diseases rendering an individual inadmissible.
AILA Doc. No. 09021969

Sign-On Letter Requesting a Federal Investigation Against Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio

2/10/2009
A sign-on letter from seven civil rights and immigrant advocacy organizations asking Attorney General Holder, and select group of members of Congress, to initiate a federal investigation against Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio for potential civil rights violations.
AILA Doc. No. 09021065

Letter to the Senate In Opposition to H-1B Amendment in the Stimulus Bill

2/5/2009
On 2/5/09, AILA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to senators urging them to oppose Sen. Sanders’ H-1B amendment to the stimulus bill (H.R. 1), which would prevent U.S. employers who using TARP funds from accessing highly skilled, professional foreign talent.
AILA Doc. No. 09021062

AILA Asks for I-9 Effective Date Delay

1/28/2009
On 1/28/09, AILA President Charles H. "Chuck" Kuck and Executive Director Jeanne A. Butterfield sent a letter to USCIS asking for a delay in the effective date of the revisions to the I-9 regulations and Form I-9.
AILA Doc. No. 09012969

AILA Sign-On Letter Calling on HHS to Retract HPV Vaccine Requirement for Women and Girls

1/26/2009
On 1/26/09, AILA and immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, public health, medical, and reproductive justice organizations, expressed opposition to newly-imposed HHS requirement that female immigrants seeking permanent residence or entry to the U.S. be immunized against the human papillomavirus (HPV).
AILA Doc. No. 09012370

Pro-Immigrant Groups Sign Letter to New Administration

1/16/2009
Over 1,200 advocacy groups delivered a letter to the Obama Administration outlining priorities for immigration reform. The letter stressed the urgency with which the new Administration should approach immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 09012360