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Article: DACA Parents Become Flashpoint in Negotiations

CNN covers the negotiations for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, reporting on concerns from lawmakers that Dreamers would later sponsor their parents for citizenship. Former AILA President William Stock explains that “nearly all” of Dreamers’ parents would be subject to the 10-year bar.
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Video: Immigration Enforcement; Understanding "Orthorexia"; Inside American Greetings

Ohio PBS features a discussion with Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, about how immigration enforcement has evolved in the past year, both nationwide and specifically in Northeast Ohio.
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Article: ICE Deportation Cases: Your Questions Answered

The New York Times answers questions about how ICE carries out enforcement actions and what happens after the agency arrests an individual, with comments from Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 18021436

Article: The President's Cuts to Legal Immigration Are Dangerous

In this opinion piece, which first appeared in the Christian Post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains what the Trump administration’s plans for legal immigration would mean for American families and the economy.
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Article: Four Myths About “Chain Migration,” Debunked

The Daily Dot fact checks myths that are currently circulating about the family-based immigration system, with expert insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish about how family immigration actually functions in the United States.
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Article: HIV-Positive Immigrant Fighting Deportation to Venezuela, Where Life-Saving Medicine Is Scarce

ABC News reports on Ricardo Querales, a Miami-based hairstylist and HIV-positive gay immigrant, who is facing deportation to Venezuela, with AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explaining how deportation trends have changed under the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 18020838

Article: ICE Arrest of Kansas Professor Highlights Complicated Paths to Citizenship

NBC News reports on the detention of a Kansas father of three who was previously protected under prosecutorial discretion, with insights on the complexities of immigration law and changing policy from Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 18020837

Article: Republican Bill Would Treat Low-Income Dreamers as Criminals

Mother Jones reports on Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the bill’s criminal provisions would affect Dreamers.
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Article: DHS Officials in San Antonio Call for Tighter Asylum Laws

The San Antonio Express-News reports on DHS officials calling on Congress to reform the country’s asylum laws to close supposed “loopholes,” with commentary from former AILA President Laura Lichter on the importance of protections for asylum seekers.
AILA Doc. No. 18020235

Article: U.S. to Prioritize Recent Asylum Applications

The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s decision to prioritize interviews for asylum seekers who entered the United States most recently, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen on the impact this will have on asylum seekers in the current interview backlog.
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Article: Immigration Agency to Review Newest Asylum Cases First in Bid to Deter Fraud

Reuters reports on USCIS’s announcement regarding changes in how affirmative asylum interviews are scheduled, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the new policy will leave asylum seekers currently waiting in the backlog “severely disadvantaged.”
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Article: Trump’s Path to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Will Leave Out Nearly Half of All Dreamers

The Associated Press reports on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security, noting that AILA and other organizations believe Trump’s proposed path to citizenship for only a portion of Dreamers “is not worth the formidable costs” of other elements of the proposal.
AILA Doc. No. 18013138

Article: CNN’s Reality Check Team Vets Trump’s State of the Union

A team of reporters, researchers, and editors from CNN rates key statements from Trump’s first State of the Union Address as either true, true but misleading, or false, citing AILA to debunk the president’s false claims about the U.S. family-based immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 18013137

Article: Lawmakers Call on Trump to Drop Bid for Legal Immigration Cuts

The Washington Post reports on the reactions of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to the president’s latest immigration reform proposal, with analysis on the proposal’s content and prospects in Congress from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
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Article: As H-1B Applications Get Under Way, Foreigners Face New Challenges

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on H-1B filing season and a bill introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Flake (R-AZ) that would increase the number of available H-1B visas, with comments from former AILA President William Stock.
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Article: ICE Puts Employers in Its Crosshairs

U.S. News reports on ICE’s recent series of raids at 7-Eleven stores across the nation and how employer-focused enforcement has changed over the years, with insight from former AILA President William Stock.
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Article: Pinellas Sheriff, Feds Announce Changes to Controversial Immigrant Detention Policy

Tampa Bay Times reports on an agreement between Tampa Bay-area sheriffs and ICE to allow local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for ICE while protecting them from civil rights lawsuits. AILA’s Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains they will likely still face litigation.
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Article: The Case of the “Perfect” Undocumented Immigrant

Splinter features a profile of Erlin San Martin, a Honduran immigrant and dedicated father with no criminal record and a pending U visa application, who is now in detention awaiting deportation. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board of Governors explains how common his story is becoming.
AILA Doc. No. 18011846

Article: Trump Is Making It Harder for Canadians to Legally Immigrate to the U.S., Lawyers Say

The Toronto Star reports on how the Trump administration has made it more difficult for Canadians to move to the United States. Nan Berezowski, Chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, told the Star, “We’re seeing more refusals, and often more refusals for small things.”
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Article: What Authority Do Local Police Have to Enforce Immigration Laws?

The San Antonio Express-News investigates local police departments’ legal authority to enforce immigration laws, and AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains what federal law actually mandates regarding this issue.
AILA Doc. No. 18011760

Article: Chain Migration: How Conservatives Created the Transformative Policy They’re Now Attacking

Mic reports on the origins of the U.S. family-based immigration system, with insights from AILA that debunk many of the myths currently being circulated by the Trump administration and anti-immigration activists about family-based immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 18011644

Article: Trump is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

Quartz reports that the Trump administration is increasing scrutiny of H-1B applications with insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish.
AILA Doc. No. 18011206

Article: What “Dreamers” Say About the Great Immigration Debate

The New York Times reports on congressional negotiations for the Dream Act, the recent district court decision on DACA, and the young immigrants whose futures are on the line, with reflections from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney on the uncertainty and its emotional toll on Dreamers.
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Article: After El Salvador Loses Special Protections from Deportation, Local Hondurans Fear They’re Next

The Times-Picayune reports on DHS’s decision to cancel TPS for El Salvador, with reactions from AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Honduran TPS beneficiaries in the New Orleans area.
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Video: Daniel Stein and Ben Johnson on Immigration Reform

C-SPAN hosts a discussion about the prospects for immigration reform in 2018 with AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein.
AILA Doc. No. 18010331

Article: How Trump Went After Immigrants in 2017

VICE reports on how President Trump transformed the immigration system, from the travel ban to efforts to deporting undocumented immigrants to the plan to limit even legal immigration. Anastasia Tonello is quoted discussing delays at USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 18010203

Article: One Year of Immigration Under Trump

The Intercept reports on President Trump’s first year in office. Annaluisa Padilla is quoted, “I think it’s clear that this administration wants to bring any sort of immigration to the U.S. to a halt, whether it’s legal or what’s touted as illegal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18010202

Article: To Curb Illegal Border Crossings, Trump Administration Weighs New Measures Targeting Families

The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration is considering separating parents from their children to halt Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border. Greg Chen states, “These are families that have no other choice for their survival.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122600

Article: Without New Laws or Walls, Trump Presses the Brake on Legal Immigration

The New York Times reports on President Trump’s quieter immigration agenda, slowing down legal immigration programs and more frequently denying business-related visa applications. AILA’s President-elect Anastasia Tonello commented to the Times, “The wall is being built.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122039

Article: Good Luck Recruiting Top Talent, America

Mother Jones reports on increasing hurdles for foreign nationals looking to live and work legally in the United States, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish on the “constant slew of policy changes that have been difficult to keep up with.”
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Article: Outlook 2018 – More Scrutiny, Enforcement for Employment Visas

Bloomberg BNA reports on what is on the horizon for immigration policy in 2018, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence.
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Article: Startups Are Hacking Past New Immigration Rules

OZY reports on a new wave of startups with products to guide individuals and companies through immigration and visa applications. AILA’s Director of Practice and Professionalism warns of their limitations when it comes to complex immigration cases in the current era of changing policies.
AILA Doc. No. 17121931

Article: Trump Team Immigration Push Undercut by NY Attack Facts, Critics Say

CNN reports on the Trump administration’s attempt to blame terrorist attacks in the United States on family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, a connection that lacks evidence, as AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained to CNN.
AILA Doc. No. 17121334

Article: Complaint Accuses DHS of Increasingly Separating Families at the Border

BuzzFeed News reports on a complaint recently filed with DHS by the Immigrant Justice Campaign and six other immigrant and refugee advocacy groups on behalf of family members who were forcibly separated while in DHS custody at the U.S. southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17121238

Article: What DACA Recipients Really Need Is for Their Bosses to Break the Law

Splinter calls on employers to defy the law and continue employing DACA recipients whose work permits expire, until the Dream Act is passed. Former AILA President William A. Stock reflects, “Defying laws that people think are immoral in some way has a long tradition in America.”
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Article: Local Family Shattered by Immigration Crackdown

The Sun Community News reports on the deportation of a Clintonville, NY resident to his native Niger and the impact it has had on his family. AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explains how the administration’s mass deportation agenda ensnares families like this one.
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Article: A Growing Lawyer “Army” Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

The Nation reports on efforts to mobilize attorneys to represent immigrants pro bono, highlighting the work of the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative of AILA and the American Immigration Council.
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Article: Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the employment-visa application process. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains, “The goal of the administration seems to be to grind the process to a halt or slow it down so much that they achieve a reduction in legal immigration.”
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Article: In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

The New York Times reports on USCIS's decision to accept DACA renewals that were previously rejected due to mail delays. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explains how this problem could have been avoided.
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Article: The Trump Administration Rejected 4,000 “Late” DACA Renewals. Some Were Sitting in Its Mailbox at the Deadline.

Vox reports on a lawsuit filed by individuals whose DACA renewals were rejected as late, despite having arrived by the deadline, with insight on the situation from Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 17111662

Article: DOJ Details Plan to Slash Immigration Court Backlog

The Washington Post reports on DOJ's plans to reduce the immigration court backlog by half by 2020. Gregory Chen, AILA's Director of Government Relations, expressed concerns that the plans would "undermine judicial independence."
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Article: U.S. Tightens Renewal Requirements for Nonimmigrant Worker Visas

NBC News reports on stricter renewal requirements for nonimmigrant worker visas following a recent update to USCIS policy, and former AILA President William Stock provides analysis on the impact of this change.
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Article: Trump Administration Toughens H-1B Visa Renewal Process

CNN reports that USCIS advised officers to "apply the same level of scrutiny" to H-1B extension requests and other nonimmigrant visas. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that this greater level of scrutiny will cause unnecessary delays even when the underlying facts have not changed.
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Article: What Trump’s DOJ’s Numbers Don’t Say About Immigration Court Backlog

Talking Points Memo reports that President Trump’s mass deportation machine is worsening immigration court backlogs.“If the Trump administration is solely focused on deporting people, they’re actually shooting themselves in the foot,” said AILA’s Greg Chen. Sarah Owings is also quoted.
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Article: Immigration Judges Say Proposed Quotas from Justice Dept. Threaten Independence

The Washington Post reports that DOJ wants to introduce quotas on IJs, drawing a rebuke from judges. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said that to force judges to complete cases under a time frame undermines their ability to make careful, well thought-out decisions.
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Article: Should the United States Defend Undocumented People in Immigration Court?

The International Business Times reports that more than 600,000 immigrants are currently battling deportation or fighting for asylum in U.S. courts. AILA Secretary Jeremey McKinney debates whether universal representation should be extended to represent them.
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Article: Crisis in the Courts

NBC reports that the immigration courts are so backlogged with cases that some hearings are being scheduled as far in the future as July 2022. "The problem was years in the making but this administration is making it much, much worse," said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
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Article: Jeff Sessions Warns Gang Members: "We Will Hunt You Down"

Associated Press reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions said violent gangs are exploiting the unaccompanied minors program and sending members to the United States. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the assertion “truly baseless.”
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Article: What the Waiting List for Legal Residency Actually Looks Like

The Atlantic discusses how a figurative line of immigrants waiting to obtain legal status is often invoked. “It’s the general line for everyone except the countries that have used all of their visas—and then, those lines are even worse.” said AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney.
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Article: Trump Says He’s Taken “No Action” on DACA, but 700,000 Dreamers Now Can’t Leave the Country

Mother Jones reports that after the rescission of DACA, advance parole no longer exists for 700,000 Dreamers. “It’s unnecessarily cruel to take away their travel during this phase-out,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
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Article: Borrowed Time

The Atlantic reports that for many DACA recipients, gaining legal status is not an option and this can be particularly worrisome for DACA recipients as they think through how to financially sustain themselves and often, their families. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney is quoted.
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Article: Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

The New York Times offers a fact-checking assessment on the Trump administration’s reasoning behind the decision to end the DACA program. AILA's Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt shares concern about USCIS sharing information about DACA recipients with ICE.
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Article: Administration Isn’t Sharing Dreamers’ Information with ICE, but Another Threat Looms

Mother Jones reports that “there’s definitely a reason for DACA recipients to be alarmed,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney, because if DACA ends, Dreamers would join other law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are being detained “without abandon” by the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 17091101

Article: Trump Tweet Unlikely to Calm Anxious Immigrants

ABC reports that a tweet by President Trump assuring DACA recipients of their future legal status isn’t likely to alleviate their anxiety. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the tweet didn't carry weight without more specific instructions to DHS.
AILA Doc. No. 17090837

Article: Desperate Dreamers Have a Few Small Slivers of Hope Remaining

Vice reports that Dreamers are counting on either Congress or the courts to come through to protect them. "Trump can be a real unifier here. He said he wants Congress to act and his next step should be to say, 'I support this,'" AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said.
AILA Doc. No. 17090834

Video: Response on DACA Rescission

MSNBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen who said that Attorney General Sessions’ legal argument for rescinding DACA is flawed. “Past Presidents, Eisenhower, President Reagan, Bush Snr., all used the same kind of authority, deferred action,” Mr. Chen said.
AILA Doc. No. 17090635

Article: Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities in Blow for Trump

The Guardian reports that a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks key parts of Texas’s ban on sanctuary cities, two days before the law was scheduled to go into effect. AILA moved its 2018 conference out of the Dallas area in protest at SB 4.
AILA Doc. No. 17083140

Article: Immigration Agency May Be Expanding Anti-Fraud Program

Bloomberg reports that immigration attorneys are seeing what could be an expansion of a USCIS effort to root out fraud in the immigration system. It’s “clear” the agency is looking for fraud across all visa categories, AILA Treasurer Allen Orr said.
AILA Doc. No. 17083138

Article: One Immigrant's Story of Life Under DACA

Mlive reports on the journey of Kevin Vazquez who moved to the United States from Mexico when he was eight and is currently protected by the DACA program. “It is more important now than it has ever been to protect DREAMers,” said Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 17083047

Article: Scoring a High-Skill Visa Just Got a Little Bit Harder

Bloomberg reports that although there haven’t been any regulations or new policies issued in response to President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, “they’re changing the rules by adjudication,” said AILA Treasurer Allen Orr.
AILA Doc. No. 17081801

Article: Immigration Raids Are Sweeping Up More People Who Weren't Targets

TIME reports that on immigration raids with Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, said, "It's basically a push through a lot of different ways to try to deport as many people as possible without regard to whether or not they're a public safety threat."
AILA Doc. No. 17081133

Article: Deportation Order Splits Oakland Family and Highlights Shift Under Trump

The San Francisco Chronicle describes a deportation order splitting up an Oakland family, “If these sorts of cases are being denied, then who gets to stay here, and who is safe? Arguably it is no one,” said Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 17081130

Article: DHS May Not Have Capacity to Hire 15,000 Officers Trump Promised

Cronkite News reports that DHS may not have the resources to hire the new CBP agents President Trump has ordered. “The ramp-up of the number of agents quickly, with the scale-back of the polygraph testing, is extremely concerning,” said AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage.
AILA Doc. No. 17080733

Article: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Straining Courts, Advocates Say

NBC reports that President Trump's illegal immigration crackdown has seen about one-third of the nation's IJs reassigned, backlogging already jammed immigration courts. There was a need for a IJ reshuffle under President Obama in 2014, but not anymore, said AILA secretary Jeremy McKinney.
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Article: Visa Issues Take Spotlight After Burundi Teens Exit Event

The AP reports that the disappearance of the six Burundi teens from an international robotics contest is casting a spotlight on the visa process. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence said that the tourist visas granted to the teens are a result of reciprocal negotiations.
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Article: Trump’s Unified Agenda

Politico reports that DHS requested $91 million in reprogrammed funds for detention beds this year, nearly a 5 percent increase over the $2 billion devoted to beds in 2017. Greg Chen, AILA’s Director of Government Relations, called it a “backdoor” way to ramp up deportations.
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Article: Without Documentation or Criminal Record, Immigrant Mother Faces Deportation

WNPR reports that a Connecticut mother without documentation for 24 years could be deported, leaving her children behind. Kate Voigt, AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, stated "You can see in the administration's budget that this is something that they wanted to prioritize.”
AILA Doc. No. 17071734

Article: Trump Administration Suspends Rule for “Startup Visas"

The Mercury News reports that the Trump administration has suspended the startup visa program which allows immigrant business founders to stay in the United States while growing their companies. “It’s unfortunate,” said AILA President Anastasia Tonello.
AILA Doc. No. 17071400

Article: Indianapolis Looks to End Compliance with Immigration Detainer Requests

The IndyStar reports that the Marion County Sheriff's Office plans to drastically reduce its compliance with federal immigration detainer requests. Some cities have publicly declared that they would not honor ICE requests for a variety of reasons, said William Stock, past president of AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 17071365

Article: Trump’s Travel Ban Brings Lawyers Back to LAX

The Orange County Register reports that attorneys and immigration advocates returned to LAX to provide legal advice in the wake of the implementation of Trump’s travel ban. “The key is at the airport when the individuals and refugees request entry,” said AILA President Annaluisa Padilla.
AILA Doc. No. 17070337

Article: Immigrant Kids Are Still Locked Up for Too Long in Poor Conditions, Judge Rules

The Huffington Post reports that a judge delivered the latest legal hit against the government’s treatment of undocumented minors. AILA president Annaluisa Padilla said “we have steadily fought against family detention, and this decision hammers another nail into its coffin.”
AILA Doc. No. 17063033

Article: Trump Is Trying to Clamp Down on This Tiny Group of Immigrants Protected by Congress

Buzzfeed reports that private immigration bills used by Congress to delay the deportation of undocumented immigrants are set to change. AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said he’s concerned that under the new policy, most cases are not going to be able to get a full review.
AILA Doc. No. 17062934

Article: Entry Denied

Inside Higher Ed reports that a professor at the American University of Beirut was denied entry into the United States, renewing concerns about the administration’s policies on academic exchange. “We are seeing this all over,” said Ally Bolour from the AILA Board of Governors.
AILA Doc. No. 17061242

Article: Despite Trump’s Tough Talk on Travel Ban, Few Changes to Vetting

The New York Times reports that despite Donald Trump’s posturing on social media and the campaign trail, he has made little to no change in vetting immigrants. “President Trump is more interested in trying to win a rhetorical victory,” said AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 17061239

Article: Travelers from Six Muslim Countries Drop Without Travel Ban

CQ Roll Call reports that even though Trump’s travel ban is tied up in court, visa travel from the targeted countries has plummeted. “There’s a significant deterrent effect, whether from the travel ban or the administration’s rhetoric,” AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said.
AILA Doc. No. 17061237

Article: Trump’s Deportations of Dreamers Could Usher in New Economic, Legal Woes

Politico reports that the fate of the DACA program remains uncertain, leading to potential negative economic implications. AILA’s Kate Voigt said, "The administration is going after a lot of different people. People with DACA, people who had DACA, people with no criminal convictions."
AILA Doc. No. 17060936

Article: "Startup Visa" Rule May Be Postponed, Amended or Withdrawn

SF Gate reports that the “startup” visa rule has been sent to OMB for further review after a leaked draft suggested the rule might be finished. “The fact that it got pulled back seems to indicate the administration are interested in taking a second look,” said William Stock, AILA President.
AILA Doc. No. 17060763

Article: "The Whole Series of Tweets Is Relevant": Trump's Twitter Rant Could Undercut the Legal Case for His "Travel Ban"

Business Insider reports that President Trump has complicated his administration's Supreme Court appeal for a reinstatement of the revised travel ban after remarks he made on Twitter. "The whole series of tweets is relevant,” said AILA President, William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 17060633

Article: U.S. Embassies Start New Vetting of Visa Applicants

The Washington Post reports that U.S. embassies have started more intensive vetting of some visa applicants, including asking for social media handles. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that the new process is likely to discourage applicants with justifiable reasons to visit the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17060231

Article: Foreign Doctors Filling Shortages, Communities Who Need Them Uncertain Amid Visa Changes

ABC Radio discusses how because USCIS halted premium processing, foreign doctors may have to wait anywhere from eight months to more than a year to get their H-1B visas instead of the two weeks it used to take under premium processing. Jennifer Minear states “this is uncharted territory.”
AILA Doc. No. 17060230

Article: Republicans Look to Fulfill Trump’s Vow on “Kate’s Law”

The Hill reports that Republicans are going on the offensive with “Kate’s Law,” to impose a mandatory five-year minimum prison sentence for immigrants who have twice been charged with illegally re-entering the country or have aggravated felony convictions. AILA’s Greg Chen condemns the move.
AILA Doc. No. 17053140

Article: Judge Slams Trump Administration Over Deportation Calling It "Inhumane"

BuzzFeed reports that a federal judge slammed the Trump administration's push to deport a father. AILA President William Stock, noted that the opinion stuck out for the judge's calling out of the president in particular. Judge Reinhardt has a reputation for being the “reigning liberal lion.”
AILA Doc. No. 17053139

Article: Homeland Security: More than 600,000 Overstayed U.S. Visas in 2016

According to Cronkite News, nearly 629,000 people who entered the United States on a visa in FY2016 overstayed and AILA President William A. Stock states that the figures indicate a need to reprioritize efforts of immigration enforcement agencies.
AILA Doc. No. 17052342

Article: Republican Immigration Bill Threatens to Turn Millions of People Into Criminals Overnight

The Intercept discusses how lawmakers are pushing legislation that would add thousands of new deportation officers and, among other things, equip each of them with body armor and an assault rifle. Greg Chen said, “These bills constitute an unprecedented ramp up in enforcement.”
AILA Doc. No. 17051934

Article: For a Special Visa, Young Immigrants Need a Judge to Rule They’ve Been Abandoned. Some Judges Refuse to Decide

The Washington Post reports that 15,000 SIJ visas were approved in FY2016, compared to 1,600 in 2010. But judges interpret the program differently. Greg Chen said, “You may have courts in the same state but in different counties that have different policies in how they want to handle these.”
AILA Doc. No. 17051836

Article: Immigration Arrests Soar Under Trump; Sharpest Spike Seen for Noncriminals

The Washington Post reports that immigration agents are arresting more than 400 immigrants a day, a sharp leap from 2016 that reflects one of President Trump’s most far-reaching campaign promises. Greg Chen states, ““This administration is fully implementing its mass-deportation agenda.”
AILA Doc. No. 17051835

Article: Worried About Being Deported? Get a Farm Job

Bloomberg reports that Trump says his immigration crackdown won’t hurt agriculture. William Stock is quoted, “Every administration tells agriculture that it’s not the intention to deny workers” to farms. But crops rotted when Georgia and Alabama cracked down on undocumented immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 17051800

Article: US Cuts Congressional Bill Deportation Delays for Immigrants

This Associated Press articles examines ICE’s reduction to the time the agency awaits congressional legislation that halts the deportation of individuals, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, who asserts the agency “wants greater latitude to deport more people.”
AILA Doc. No. 17051232

Article: 55,000 Haitians in U.S. Fear Their Protection from Deportation May Soon End

This Fox News article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: “It’s astounding that this administration would consider ending TPS in just a few months, in the beginning of next year, for Haitians with the reality that a humanitarian crisis in Haiti is still dire.”
AILA Doc. No. 17050531

Article: Executive Order Aims to Reform Specialized Visa Program

This Internal Medicine News article examines President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, and quotes AILA Treasurer Jennifer Minear as stating that the order will have no immediate effect on the H-1B program or foreign physicians applying for H-1B visas.
AILA Doc. No. 17050530

Article: Despite Trump, Millions Hope to Win What Could Be the Last U.S. Green-Card Lottery

This Washington Post article reports on the Diversity Visa Lottery, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson, who noted that if the injunction on President Trump’s travel ban is lifted, it would apply to this program, and no one from the banned countries would be allowed to enter.
AILA Doc. No. 17050361

Article: FAQ: The Real Impact of Trump’s H-1B Executive Order

This Computerworld article quotes AILA President William Stock on how much power President Trump has to change the H-1B visa lottery, how Trump's Executive Order will affect the H-1B visa approval process, and whether Congress will act on H-1B reform.
AILA Doc. No. 17042731

Video: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Interviews Ben Johnson About Former DACA Recipient Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez

AILA’s Executive Director Benjamin Johnson was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN to discuss the case of Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, who had been approved for DACA in 2014 and was removed to Mexico on 2/20/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17042040

Article: President Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting H-1B Visas

This KQED radio interview discusses the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order signed by President Trump on 4/18/17, and features AILA First Vice President Anastasia Tonello as an expert guest.
AILA Doc. No. 17042038

Article: Donald Trump Signs “Buy American, Hire American” Order, May Impact Indian Workers

This India Today article quotes AILA President William Stock: “Any reforms proposed by the Trump administration as a result of this [Buy American and Hire American] Executive Order must ensure that our immigration system, including the H-1B program, remain a viable tool for U.S. businesses.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042032

Article: Trump Takes First Step Toward H-1B Reform

This CNN Tech article reports on President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order signed on 4/18/17, and quotes AILA's Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence as stating, “Although released with ceremonial flair, the order will have no immediate impact on H-1Bs.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042031

Article: Undocumented Immigrants Who Commit Crimes Face Tougher Policy

This Wall Street Journal article reports that Attorney General Sessions directed federal prosecutors to pursue harsher charges against undocumented immigrants who commit crimes or repeatedly cross into the United States illegally, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 17041239

Article: Sessions Enhances Criminal Penalties for Immigration Violations: “This Is the Trump Era”

This U.S. News & World Report article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: "AG Sessions is pouring more resources into prosecuting people who cross the border illegally … rather than going after violent offenders and gun and drug smugglers who pose a real threat.”
AILA Doc. No. 17041238

Article: During Border Visit, Sessions Outlines Immigration Plan

This Associated Press article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: "Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals, despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born.”
AILA Doc. No. 17041237

Article: Blog: Here’s What We Know About “Extreme Vetting”

This Marketplace blog post examines the practice of extreme vetting, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, who stated that the practice could “discourage travelers from coming here for short– or long-term visits,” meanwhile raising concerns for existing backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 17041138

Article: H-1B in the Crosshairs

This Politico article reports that the Trump administration is aiming to toughen regulatory enforcement of the H-1B visa program, and quotes AILA President William Stock: “I think we may see stricter adjudication standards for the cases that make it through the [H-1B visa lottery].”
AILA Doc. No. 17040532

Article: Trump Era Ushers in New Unofficial Policy on Asylum-Seekers

This Rolling Stone article explains there has been an unofficial shift in national policy toward asylum seekers as ICE has virtually stopped granting detained immigrants bond or parole, and quotes AILA ICE Liaison Committee Chair Heather Prendergast and San Diego Chapter Chair Andrew Nietor.
AILA Doc. No. 17040531

Article: Government to "Take a More Targeted Approach" to Seek, Eliminate H-1B Visa Fraud

This NBC News article reports on USCIS’s announcement that it is stepping up efforts to detect and deter fraud in the H-1B program; AILA President William Stock noted that DOJ and USCIS are emphasizing “the possibility of violations of the program, not the positive uses of the program.”
AILA Doc. No. 17040434

Article: H-1B Visa Applications Open Up Next Week

This CNN Money article reports that H-1B cap filing season opens on 4/3/17, and quotes AILA’s Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Robert Sakaniwa: “Like any other bureaucratic function, [visa petitions] pile up when there's a lot of people interested in filing and only limited resources.”
AILA Doc. No. 17033034

Article: Immigration Lawyers Warn of Visa Delays and More Denials with Beefed-Up Vetting

In this Washington Post article, AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen notes that heightened procedures for enhanced screening of visa applicants will “slow down the process for reviewing and granting visas, and create severe delays for businesses ... as well as families waiting on visas.”
AILA Doc. No. 17032733

Article: Blame Game: Trump Casts Immigrants as Dangerous Criminals, But the Evidence Shows Otherwise

This Washington Post article quotes AILA’s Advocacy Director Greg Chen: “The big picture concern is that the administration’s policies seem premised on the idea that immigration status is some kind of indicator for criminality.”
AILA Doc. No. 17032408

Article: Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants

This New York Times article reports on cables sent from DOS Secretary Tillerson that implement heightened vetting of visa applicants, and quotes AILA’s Advocacy Director Greg Chen: “This will certainly slow down the screening process and impose a substantial burden on these applicants.”
AILA Doc. No. 17032407

Article: H-1B Visa Worries Won’t Slow Applications, Experts Say

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle states that immigration experts anticipate another record-breaking year for H-1B applications, and quotes AILA President William Stock, who noted that the real impact of the high number of H-1B applications will not be felt for a few years.
AILA Doc. No. 17032334

Article: Immigration Officers Test Boundaries of Rules Discouraging Arrests at Schools, Churches

This Huffington Post article reports ICE has been testing the bounds of carrying out enforcement actions near “sensitive locations"; AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen noted that students should be able to attend school without fear that they, their parents, or classmates will be deported.
AILA Doc. No. 17032332

Article: Immigrant Advocates Hail Ruling Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

This Wall Street Journal article reports that immigrants’ rights groups are hailing the TROs that stopped President Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect, although AILA President William Stock noted, “I don't think anyone will feel 100% sure until the Supreme Court rules on it.”
AILA Doc. No. 17031708

Article: Trump Wants to Admit Immigrants Based on Job Skills

This Voice of America article reports on President Trump’s call during his first address to a joint session of Congress for the United States to change its immigration system to one that is “merit-based,” and quotes AILA President William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 17031537

Article: Undocumented Spouses of US Citizens Are Desperately Applying for Green Cards Because of Trump

This Vice article quotes several AILA members and discusses how immigration attorneys have helped clients file at least twice the typical number of applications since late January, when President Trump issued his executive order making all undocumented immigrations priorities for deportation.
AILA Doc. No. 17031500

Article: Sanctuary Cities Could Lose $870 Million If Trump Hits Back, Study Says

This BuzzFeed article discusses a report released by AILA, Center for American Progress, and National Immigration Law Center that calculates the amount of funding sanctuary jurisdictions in 32 states could lose under the Trump administration, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson.
AILA Doc. No. 17030837

Selected News Clips Highlighting AILA and its Members Responding to the Muslim/Refugee Ban

There have been many news stories about the work being done to push back against the Executive Order banning Muslims and refugees; this page compiles selected clips chronicling the work being done by AILA and its members.
AILA Doc. No. 17013163

Article: Trump Call for Merit-Based Immigration Puzzles Experts, Advocates

This Cronkite News article notes that immigration advocates are unsure of what the “merit-based immigration system” called for by President Trump in his first address to Congress would entail, and quotes AILA President Bill Stock and AILA’s Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa.
AILA Doc. No. 17030738

Article: Stepped-Up Enforcement Likely to Make Undocumented Immigrants Hide: Experts

This NBC article quotes AILA President William Stock on the pair of DHS memos implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement: “[T]hese memos … aren't going to make us safer, and they are already causing fear in communities across the nation.”
AILA Doc. No. 17022837

Article: Advocates Warn “Dreamers” to Lie Low as Trump Ramps Up Deportation Plans

This Washington Post article quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on the risks that undocumented immigrants face by enrolling in the DACA program in light of sweeping new enforcement guidelines from DHS Secretary John Kelly that aim to ramp up deportations.
AILA Doc. No. 17022732

Audio: The Future of Trump’s Immigration Policy

During an interview with Minnesota Public Radio News, AILA President William Stock described the content of the pair of DHS memos implementing Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and explained the impact they will have on immigration policy moving forward.
AILA Doc. No. 17022304

Article: DHS Immigration Memos Largely Upend Obama Policies

This Bloomberg BNA article reports on the release of two memos from DHS Secretary John Kelly implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on the implications of aggressive immigration enforcement tactics.
AILA Doc. No. 17022232

Article: Department of Homeland Security Releases Expansive New Deportation Policies

This New York Daily News article reports on the pair of DHS memos implementing Trump's Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson: "They make clear that they intend to deport anyone and everyone that they find in the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 17022231