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2012

AILA Calls on President Obama to Move Forward on Bipartisan Immigration Reform

11/7/2012
AILA calls on President Obama to fulfill his promise and move forward on bipartisan immigration reform that will improve the economy, reflects our country’s values and interests, and builds on America’s history as a nation of immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 12110747

AILA Joins National Partners to Launch Deferred Action Website

8/17/2012
AILA is proud to be part of the national effort to launch a website which is designed to help immigrants brought to this country as children understand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
AILA Doc. No. 12082065

Today the DREAM Begins: USCIS Accepts Deferred Action Requests

8/15/2012
AILA applauds USCIS for its on-time implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative announced by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on June 15, 2012.
AILA Doc. No. 12081578

"Tony and Janina’s American Wedding" Wins Audience Award at Inaugural Immigration Film Festival

8/13/2012
"Tony and Janina's American Wedding" was chosen as the winner of the audience award as voted by AILA members during AILA’s inaugural 2012 Immigration Film Festival.
AILA Doc. No. 12081353

StopNotarioFraud.org Expands to Include Chinese and Polish Language Consumer Protection Tools

8/6/2012
Two new languages, Chinese and Polish, have been added to StopNotarioFraud.org, AILA’s consumer protection resource dedicated to combating the unscrupulous exploitation of immigrants in need of legal counsel.
AILA Doc. No. 12080646

AILA Testifies at House Hearing on the Impact of Fraud by Immigration Practitioners

7/24/2012
At a hearing called by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, Laura Lichter, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), offered testimony on the importance of ending fraud by immigration practitioners.
AILA Doc. No. 12072450

Supreme Court Rules on Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law; Racial Profiling Provision Upheld for Now

6/25/2012
AILA is encouraged by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down three out of four of the challenged provisions of SB1070. However, the racial profiling provision remains, requiring local police to verify immigration status.
AILA Doc. No. 12062547

AILA Praises Deferred Action Announcement

6/15/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds today’s announcement offering Deferred Action to eligible younger immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 12061533

New Edition of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook Released

6/15/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is proud to release the 13th edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook at the 2012 AILA Annual Conference.
AILA Doc. No. 12061548

AILA Elects 2012-2013 Officers

6/14/2012
At its 56th Annual Conference, AILA announced the election results for the 2012-2013 Executive Committee. Ms. Laura Lichter was installed as the new AILA President during a morning session of the conference.
AILA Doc. No. 12061540

AILA Presents Kenneth Schmitt with the 2012 Advocacy Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Kenneth (Ken) Schmitt with the 2012 Advocacy Award for his outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 12061454

AILA Presents Linda Rose with the 2012 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Linda Rose with the 2012 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 12061450

AILA Posthumously Recognizes Matthew Baxter with the 2012 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will posthumously recognize Matthew Baxter with the 2012 Sam Williamson Mentor Award to acknowledge his extraordinary mentoring, generosity, and earnest desire to help other immigration attorneys.
AILA Doc. No. 12061449

AILA Presents Sui Chung with the 2012 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Sui Chung, an attorney with Immigration Law & Litigation Group, with the 2012 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for her outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 12061448

AILA Presents Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart with the 2012 Media Leadership Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award José Díaz-Balart, a journalist and anchor for Telemundo, with the 2012 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 12061447

AILA Presents Olsi Vrapi with the 2012 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Olsi Vrapi, a partner with Noble & Vrapi, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the 2012 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 12061446

AILA Presents Mark C. Fleming with the 2012 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Mark C. Fleming, an attorney with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Boston MA, with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 12061445

AILA Presents Professor Vanessa Merton with the 2012 Elmer Fried Excellence Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Vanessa Merton, a Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, with the 2012 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professors in the area of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 12061444

AILA Presents David Leopold with the 2012 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award David Leopold, founder of David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, with the 2012 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 12061443

AILA Presents Rep. Judy Chu with 2012 Congressional Leadership Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Representative Judy Chu (D, CA) with the 2012 Congressional Leadership Award, which is given annually to members of Congress who most advanced the cause of immigration and immigrants during the previous year.
AILA Doc. No. 12061442

AILA Presents Meredith Linsky with the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Meredith Linsky, Director of the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR), with the 2012 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for her outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.
AILA Doc. No. 12061441

AILA Presents Azadeh Shahshahani with the 2012 Advocacy Award

6/14/2012
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Azadeh Shahshahani with the 2012 Advocacy Award for her tireless work in combating the anti-immigration bills and policies in Georgia and her commitment to the human rights issues of immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 12061440

AILA to Provide Free Legal Consultations to Nashville Immigrant Community

6/13/2012
AILA will host its second Annual Conference Pro Bono Clinic on Saturday, June 16th, beginning at 9am at the Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
AILA Doc. No. 12061353

Out-Dated H-1B Visa Cap Reached Far Sooner than Last Year

6/12/2012
Eleanor Pelta, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), commented on today’s announcement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the cap of 65,000 H-1B petitions has been reached for FY2013.
AILA Doc. No. 12061243

AILA Annual Conference Kicks Off in Nashville

6/11/2012
AILA is excited to host its 56th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, from Wednesday, June 13th to Saturday, June 16th. Approximately 2,500 immigration experts will convene for educational sessions, networking, and special events.
AILA Doc. No. 12061144

DHS Prosecutorial Discretion Initiative Falls Short

6/7/2012
AILA statement calls attention to new information showing implementation of prosecutorial discretion by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers, agents, and attorneys has been far less effective than the public was originally led to expect.
AILA Doc. No. 12060752

Administration Misses Opportunity to Protect Immigrants Held in Detention

5/18/2012
New regulations issued by DOJ exclude immigrants in DHS facilities from the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). AILA believes this was a missed opportunity to protect the estimated 400,000 individuals held in immigration detention facilities each year.
AILA Doc. No. 12051860

House Passes VAWA Bill Putting Battered Immigrants at Greater Risk of Violence

5/16/2012
AILA condemns the passing of H.R. 4970, the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2012. This bill leaves battered immigrants with few options, further endangering the individuals and society at large.
AILA Doc. No. 12051671

AILA Applauds the "Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and their Families Act"

5/11/2012
AILA commends Congressman Mike Thompson's bill, the "Support and Defend Our Military Personnel and their Families Act" for the relief it could offer potentially tens of thousands of our military servicemen and women and their families who may have immigration-related issues.
AILA Doc. No. 12051149

AILA and Partners to Help Thousands Apply for Citizenship on 4/21/12

4/19/2012
AILA will sponsor the 6th annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012. This is a one-day, nationwide event to provide free or low-cost assistance to thousands of immigrants who wish to finalize their status to become American citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 12041942

AILA Commends DHS Decision to Amend Immigration Waiver Process

3/30/2012
AILA welcomes the proposed rule change from DHS that will allow the spouses and children of U.S. citizens to remain in the U.S. with their families while applying for a waiver. This will keep families together safely and legally during the process.
AILA Doc. No. 12033055

AILA Case Examples: Dangers of Waiting Abroad for Processing of Waivers of Inadmissibility

3/30/2012
AILA provides case examples illustrating the extreme dangers faced by individuals waiting abroad while their applications for a waiver of inadmissibility are reviewed.
AILA Doc. No. 12033042

AILA Denounces House Hearing; Immigration Detention is No "Holiday"

3/28/2012
AILA is troubled by the premise of the House Subcommittee on Immigration's hearing entitled "Holiday on ICE." The immigration detention system is plagued with problems, yet this hearing implies that immigrant detention is a vacation.
AILA Doc. No. 12032860

Sarah McDonagh Selected as 2012 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellow

3/23/2012
In honor of the late Michael Maggio’s extraordinary contributions as an immigration attorney and advocate, AILA is happy to co-sponsor this year’s summer fellow, Sarah McDonagh.
AILA Doc. No. 12032373
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