On 11/23/16, AILA joined the H-2B Workforce Coalition in urging the House Appropriation Committee to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is currently being drafted and slated to run through 3/31/17. The H-2B returning worker exemption expired on 9/30/16.
On 11/23/16, AILA joined the H-2B Workforce Coalition in urging the Senate Appropriation Committee to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in the continuing resolution that is currently being drafted and slated to run through 3/31/17. The exemption expired on 9/30/16.
On 10/31/16, AILA joined 230 organizations in condemning DHS’ record-level immigration detention rates, as well as ICE contract renewal with a private prison company for a family detention center. The group requested a meeting with DHS Secretary Johnson to discuss these concerns and recommendations.
AILA and the American Immigration Council wrote to Secretary Jeh Johnson to oppose DHS’s plan to resume normal deportations to Haiti; and urged the administration to provide humanitarian relief in a number of ways including re-designating Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
On 10/12/16, AILA along with all the participants of “The US Response to Central American Refugees” shadow summit held 9/20/16 in New York made recommendations to the President on how to increase protection for Central American refugees.
On 9/12/16, AILA joined EB-5 stakeholder groups in sending a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) that outlines concerns with H.R. 5992, the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2016.
On 8/29/16, AILA joined a number of national, state, and local organizations and faith communities in urging President Obama to demonstrate global leadership by making bold new commitments to refugee protection at home and abroad, in advance of the September 2016 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.
On 8/22/16, AILA joined a number of human rights and civil liberties organizations to convey concern with the DHS proposal that certain categories of visitors to the U.S. be asked to disclose information about their “online presence” in their visa-waiver arrival/departure records.
On 7/11/16, AILA joined 215 immigrant, legal, civil rights, faith-based, and labor organizations in urging U.S. senators to oppose any legislation or amendment that would entangle state and local law authorities with immigration enforcement through mandatory notifications.
On 7/6/16, AILA joined 169 immigrant, civil rights, faith-based, and labor organizations in urging members of the U.S. senate to vote against S. 3100, Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, and S. 2193, Stop Illegal Reentry Act, and any similar legislation that jeopardizes public safety.
On 6/16/16, more than 156 organizations joined AILA in urging DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to stop using aggressive tactics against Central Americans, especially families and children, and to ensure due process before an individual is deported.
On 4/29/16, AILA joined faith-based, human rights, and immigrants’ rights groups in urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to halt the practice of pursuing deportation proceedings against children who do not have counsel and to guarantee that every child facing deportation is provided legal counsel.
On 3/30/16, AILA joined over 150 organization in opposing a program that the Department of Homeland Security has named “Operation Border Guardian,” and the consequence it may have on refugees fleeing violence from Central America
On March 15, 2016, AILA joined over 200 organizations in urging the House Judiciary Committee to oppose the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R. 4731), which would dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
A 3/11/16 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, expressing concerns over significant backlogs in processing a variety of applications and petitions for immigration benefits, and a lack of transparency communicating current processing times to the public.
On 3/8/16, AILA signed on to a letter opposing Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) Amendment No. 3407, which would eliminate protections for unaccompanied children by stripping away critical protections in the TVPRA of 2008 for all unaccompanied children arriving in the United States.
On 2/22/16, AILA joined civil rights, immigrant rights, and human rights organizations in urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson to use his waiver authority to ensure individuals are not barred from the Visa Waiver Program on the basis of their national origin or family heritage.
AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2/23/16 hearing “The Unaccompanied Children Crisis: Does the Administration Have a Plan to Stop the Border Surge and Adequately Monitor the Children?”
On 2/18/16, AILA joined immigrants’ rights, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, and legal service providers in urging Department of Homeland Security to enhance due process for Central American refugees and stop the raids.
On 2/1/16, AILA joined over 60 organizations urging U.S. representatives to support for the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (H.R. 4380), bipartisan legislation to address recent amendments to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that discriminate against certain dual nationals.
On 2/1/16, AILA joined over 60 organizations urging U.S. senators to support for the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (S. 2449), bipartisan legislation to address recent amendments to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that discriminate against certain dual nationals.
AILA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the 2/4/16 hearing “Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants Along the Southwest Border: Is This the Obama Administration's New Normal?”
AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2/2/16 hearing “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?” expressing strong support of the EB-5 Regional Center program.
On 1/25/16, AILA joined over 270 civil rights, labor rights, immigrant, human rights, and humanitarian organizations, who sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration grant Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
AILA urges the president and DHS to halt the raids and deportations of vulnerable Central Americans and recommends that procedures be established that ensure these families receive fair and humane treatment and can meaningfully seek humanitarian protection under U.S. law.
On 1/15/16, AILA joined humanitarian aid organizations, faith, labor, civil, and human rights groups in expressing support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and opposition to H.R. 4038 and any other proposals to stop, pause, or restrict funding for Syrian and other refugees.
On 1/6/16, AILA and the Council requested a meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss the agency’s current aggressive tactics to apprehend and deport Central American families.