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AILA Applauds the Introduction of Rep. Gutierrez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

AILA views the introduction by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) of a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill as an important step in creating momentum for an overhaul of our nation’s broken immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 09121565

AILA Welcomes Sen. Menendez’s Introduction of the Military Families Act

AILA welcomed the introduction by Menendez, Landrieu, Inouye, Durbin, Gillibrand, and Feingold of the Military Families Act (S.2757), which would grant LPR to immediate family members of active members of military and veterans even when the sponsoring solider has lost his or her life in service.
AILA Doc. No. 09111210

AILA Welcomes Rep. Gutierrez Unveiling of Core Principles for a New Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

AILA welcomed the call by Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) yesterday for comprehensive immigration reform. Gutierrez presented an outline of core principles that could serve as a basis for a new CIR bill.
AILA Doc. No. 09101463

AILA Applauds the Obama Administration’s Plans to Improve Immigration Detention System

AILA applauds the Obama Administration's efforts to repair the scandal-plagued immigration detention system by consolidating detainees in facilities that reflect their status as non-criminals, providing sound medical care, and establishing more centralized oversight of detention centers.
AILA Doc. No. 09100860

AILA Names Crystal L. Williams as its New Executive Director

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced that Crystal L. Williams has been named as its new Executive Director.
AILA Doc. No. 09092810

AILA Mourns the Loss of Senator Ted Kennedy

AILA recognizes the sad passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, a lifetime public servant and distinguished leader of the Senate chamber. Senator Kennedy tirelessly worked to promote and protect the rights of all Americans and to welcome immigrants in pursuit of the American Dream.
AILA Doc. No. 09082666

AILA Encouraged by Positive White House Meeting on Immigration Reform

AILA applauds the positive message on immigration reform conveyed by President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano at an 8/20/09 White House meeting of advocates and others. AILA looks forward to the President’s and the Secretary’s leadership on this issue in the days ahead.
AILA Doc. No. 09082080

AILA Applauds Today’s Congressional Effort to Reform Detention Legislation

AILA applauds Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for bringing forth a package of legislation to reform our country's detention system.
AILA Doc. No. 09073165

AILA Statement on Business Immigration Reform Principles

AILA lists the elements needed to fix a broken business immigration system. AILA believes the proposed immigration commission to set immigration levels is flawed, thus AILA cannot endorse them, though expert study of labor needs and migration flows is needed.
AILA Doc. No. 09072161

Senate Appropriations Bill a Mixed Bag of Immigration Provisions

On 7/9/09 the U.S. Senate passed the FY2010 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 2892) by a vote of 84-6, which includes new immigration-related provisions representing a mixed bag of worksite enforcement and humanitarian legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 09071075

AILA Echoes Call from Bipartisan Task Force for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

AILA welcomes the recommendations released on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, by an independent and bipartisan task force on immigration at the Council on Foreign Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 09070967

AILA Welcomes CDC Proposal to Remove HIV from Definition of Communicable Diseases

AILA welcomes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposal to remove Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the definition of “communicable disease of public health significance” which previously barred individuals from entering the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 09070130

AILA Welcomes Obama's Proactive Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year

Following President Obama’s meeting today with Congressional leaders, AILA applauds the President’s commitment to moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform this year.
AILA Doc. No. 09062536

AILA Applauds Congressional Effort to End the Immigration Widow Penalty

AILA praises Senator Ben Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) for their statements today in support of their bipartisan, bicameral, legislation to end the immigration widow penalty.
AILA Doc. No. 09062330

Bernie Wolfsdorf Installed as New President of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today announced Bernard Wolfsdorf as its new National President for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060510

David Leopold Installed as New President-Elect of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today installed David Leopold as the President-Elect of AILA for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060511

Eleanor Pelta Named First Vice President of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today installed Eleanor Pelta of Washington, D.C., as the association’s First Vice President for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060512

Laura Lichter Named Second Vice President of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed Laura Lichter, an immigration attorney and expert from Denver, CO as the association’s Second Vice President for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060513

Douglas Stump Named National Treasurer of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed T. Douglas Stump, an immigration attorney from Oklahoma City, OK as the association’s new Treasurer for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060514

Leslie A. Holman Named New National Secretary of AILA

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed Leslie A. Holman, an immigration attorney from Burlington, VT as the association’s new National Secretary for the 2009-2010 term.
AILA Doc. No. 09060515

AILA Praises Decision by Attorney General to Withdraw Matter of Compean

On June 3, 2009, Attorney General, Eric Holder, vacated the decision in Matter of Compean regarding claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. AILA is grateful for this restoration of a basic constitutional process and due process, in the immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 09060322

AILA Is Proud To Be an Active Participant in the "Reform Immigration for America" Campaign

AILA is excited to announce its involvement in the “Reform Immigration for America” campaign, which kicked off on 6/1/09. The campaign is a unified effort to fix America’s broken immigration system through a comprehensive legislative approach.
AILA Doc. No. 09060134

Momentum for Immigration Reform Continues to Build

AILA welcomes several developments that signal that immigration reform is gaining momentum, including the introduction of legislation that seeks to restore America's commitment to family unity and a White House announcement of a high-level immigration reform meeting with Congressional leaders.
AILA Doc. No. 09052030

Obama Administration Continues to Signal its Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Obama Administration continues to indicate that comprehensive immigration reform is on the agenda. DHS Secretary Napolitano reiterated her support for the DREAM act and yesterday White House officials unveiled a $27 billion plan for border and transportation security as part of the 2010 budget.
AILA Doc. No. 09050763

Attorney General Should Call for Investigation of Postville Following Supreme Court Identity Theft Decision

In light of the Supreme Court identity theft decision in Flores-Figueroa, AILA believes that Attorney General Eric Holder should order a full investigation of the criminal convictions of undocumented workers following the May 2008 raid on Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa.
AILA Doc. No. 09050570

AILA Optimistic that President and Congress will Push for CIR this Year

AILA is encouraged by events of the past 24 hours as President Obama renewed his Administration’s pledge to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, DHS focused on worksite enforcement actions more on criminal prosecutions of employers, and the Senate Judiciary held a CIR hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 09043010

AILA Applauds Labor Support for CIR, Challenges Mischaracterizations of Employment-Based Visa Programs

AILA was pleased that the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Change to Win joined together and agreed to support comprehensive immigration reform that would include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. However, AILA is concerned by proposals that attack H-1B and L visa programs.
AILA Doc. No. 09041730

AILA Commends President Obama’s Commitment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

AILA commends President Obama for the Administration’s statement today that it plans to advance the effort to reform our immigration system including eliminating illegal immigration and providing a path to citizenship for hardworking immigrant families.
AILA Doc. No. 09040931

H-1Bs Reflect the Economic Conditions

Today USCIS advised that, during the initial filing window for H-1Bs, it has not received even half the number of petitions to reach the 65,000 cap.
AILA Doc. No. 09040810

AILA Saddened By Binghamton Tragedy

AILA is saddened by the April 3, 2009, tragedy in Binghamton, NY. Our condolences to the victims' families.
AILA Doc. No. 09040460

H-1B Lottery: There Has To Be a Better Way

The rush to file H-1B petitions on April 1st serves as a reminder that the numerical limitation on H-1B visas prevents American businesses from timely, targeted and sufficient access to the global workforce of professionals that can open the door to innovation and international markets.
AILA Doc. No. 09040163

AILA Welcomes Introduction of the DREAM Act in Congress

AILA welcomes the introduction on 3/26/09 of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), which allows high achieving immigrant students to receive the chance for higher education or military service, and the opportunity to contribute in a strikingly productive way.
AILA Doc. No. 09032762

AILA Applauds Introduction of the “Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2009”

AILA applauds the introduction of the Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2009 (S. 577), introduced Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Kennedy (D-MA), which would make it a federal crime to defraud individuals in connection with any matter arising under the immigration laws.
AILA Doc. No. 09031210

287(g) Just Doesn’t Work

AILA notes that the release of a GAO report on ICE’s 287(g) program, which coincided with a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing, confirms what community groups and local law enforcement authorities have known for a long time: the 287(g) program just doesn’t work.
AILA Doc. No. 09030530

AILA Critical Over Economic Stimulus Bill Inclusion of Sanders H-1B Amendment

AILA expresses its disappointment that the Sanders H-1B amendment, which saddles TARP fund recipients with strict regulations for hiring foreign workers under the H-1B program, remains part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1).
AILA Doc. No. 09021330

Congress Takes a Wrong Turn on Way to Stimulus

Congress adopted by voice vote an amendment that in effect will make financial institutions who receive funding under the TARP program hard pressed to hire any foreign nationals (or extend the visas of currently employed foreign workers) for a 2-year period.
AILA Doc. No. 09020666

“Investigation” of Banks’ Usage of H-1B Visas Gets It Wrong

AILA refutes Associated Press stories that misunderstand and mis-characterize H-1B petitions filed by banks. Immigration is not the problem; it's part of the solution.
AILA Doc. No. 09020567

AILA Commends Congress for Passing the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act

AILA commends Congress for passing the "Legal Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act" (ICHIA) as part of the SCHIP reauthorization.
AILA Doc. No. 09020330

AILA Hopeful that Attorney General Holder Will Rescind Matter of Compean Decision

AILA welcomes Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement that he will reexamine a Bush Administration legal decision about the right to counsel in immigration hearings because the Constitution and immigration law require that deportation proceedings be fundamentally fair.
AILA Doc. No. 09020375

Maintaining America’s Global Competitiveness in a Time of World Economic Crisis

As our nation struggles to reverse the downward spiral and get back on course, America’s H-1B program has come under fire. Recent articles have targeted the program as "anti-American” and “unpatriotic,” but what exactly is America’s H-1B program designed to do? Let’s set the record straight!
AILA Doc. No. 09020372

AILA Congratulates Kristen Gillibrand on Her Selection to U.S. Senate

Noting her new position representing one of the most populous and immigrant dense states in the country, Kristen Gillibrand is congratulated by AILA for her selection to fill the vacant New York Senate seat.
AILA Doc. No. 09012373

AILA Calls for a More Rational and Just Immigration Policy

AILA calls upon the new Administration to eschew the harsh, indiscriminate enforcement-only policies of the past eight years in favor of a more rational and just approach to immigration policy that restores the rule of law and serves America’s core economic, security, and humanitarian interests.
AILA Doc. No. 09012263