After Alejandro Mayorkas’s confirmation as DHS Deputy Secretary, AILA President Doug Stump remarked, “It is absolutely vital that all DHS components with immigration responsibility share a common vision, speak with one voice on immigration, and consistently discharge their responsibilities.”
AILA President Doug Stump welcomes the confirmation of the new Secretary of Homeland Security saying, “we look forward to working with the Secretary to find a way to meet our national security needs while affirming the fundamental values and rights on which our country was founded.”
On 12/10/13, staff from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (AIC) are joined by over 150 AILA members from around the country in a 24 hour fast to draw attention to the need for immigration reform.
As House Democrats introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill, AILA President Doug Stump called on Speaker Boehner to bring the bill up for a vote “and allow the needs of the many to overcome the strident rhetoric that has consumed so much of the political process.”
AILA, AIC, the Immigration Advocates Network, and the Own the Dream campaign are proud to announce the launch of a new “Pocket DACA” app for smartphones and tablets that will help immigrants brought to this country as children understand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process.
AILA applauds the California State Legislature for its commitment to protecting consumers against immigration fraud, but urges the body to reconsider its efforts to advance the cumbersome and ineffective proposal known as the Immigration Reform Act, AB 1159.
AILA President Doug Stump praised the court’s 9-5 ruling, which struck down the anti-immigrant Farmers Branch city ordinance, and noted the tremendous effort by the AILA Amicus Curiae Committee in developing the amicus brief that AILA filed on behalf of the plaintiffs.
AILA President Doug Stump expressed disappointment in the position House Republican leadership emphasized after the Republican Conference immigration reform meeting and said that if they insist on a piecemeal approach, they must ensure that “all the key elements of reform are covered.”
AILA acknowledges the Senate’s momentous step forward today, passing S. 744 with a 68 to 32 vote in favor of immigration reform. In the statement, AILA President Doug Stump calls on the House to “recognize that an incremental process will simply delay real reform.”
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Michael S. Vastine of St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL, with the 2013 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professors in the area of immigration law.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Mekela Goehring, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, Westminster, CO, with the 2013 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for her outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Perkins Coie LLP with the 2013 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Elise Foley, a reporter for the Huffington Post, with the 2013 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Sarah L. Moshe with the 2013 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA will award Robert E. Juceam with the 2013 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will recognize AILA’s Rome District Chapter with the 2013 Sam Williamson Mentor Award in acknowledgment of its efforts to help its members, and all AILA members, develop successful, thriving consular processing practices.
As the House Judiciary Committee begins work on H.R. 2131, the SKILLS Act, AILA President Laura Lichter notes that while the legislation includes positive elements, “without much needed changes to this bill, it remains far short of the real reform we need.”
AILA opposes the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772) because it will harm American workers and businesses and do nothing to fix the nation's immigration problems. Standing alone, this measure represents yet another fatally flawed enforcement-only effort.
AILA President Laura Lichter applauds the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA and notes, “AILA believes that LGBT/same sex families should be included in the definition of the American family and that should be reflected in our immigration laws.”
On Saturday, 6/29/13, AILA, in partnership with San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative, will offer free immigration law services focused on naturalization applications. Volunteer interpreters in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, and other languages will be in attendance.
AILA’s statement on today’s critical Senate vote to move the bipartisan compromise bill, S. 744 forward on what is technically an amendment proposed by Senators Corker (R-TN), and Hoeven (R-ND). This marks a historic decision for millions of immigrants and our nation as a whole.
AILA acknowledged the tremendous step forward in the Senate on the part of negotiators who arrived at a difficult political compromise on immigration reform but noted that some of the details of that compromise can potentially damage, rather than improve, the immigration system.
The CBO reports that S. 744 would cut hundreds of billions from the federal deficit over the next two decades, prompting AILA President Laura Lichter to note, "Now that they have this new report in hand… there is no excuse for Congressional inaction.”
AILA urges the House Judiciary Committee to join the Senate in considering bipartisan common-sense legislation. In the statement, AILA President Laura Lichter advises that the SAFE Act being discussed by the Committee, “completely misses the mark on the kind of reform our country needs.”
AILA, joined by AIC and Public Citizen, is challenging the refusal of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to disclose complaints alleging misconduct by immigration judges and records that would reveal whether the agency adequately investigates and resolves those complaints.
AILA President Laura Lichter was invited by the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify at a hearing on immigration reform today; the topics that Ms. Lichter has been asked to share her expertise on include families, refugees, due process, courts, and access to counsel.
AILA responded to today’s briefing by the Gang of Eight noting that the needs of families and businesses must be met and that the Senate bill “provides an intelligent architecture on which we can build a modern, commonsense immigration system for our country.”
AILA’s 7th annual Citizenship Day will be held on Saturday, 4/20/13, giving AILA attorneys and other stakeholders the chance to help thousands of lawful permanent residents apply for citizenship at 40 sites in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
AILA President Laura Lichter commended the Senate “Gang of Eight” for introducing their bipartisan immigration bill, saying “As a framework for reform, this is closer than we’ve come in years to meaningful change.”
AILA President Laura Lichter commented on today’s announcement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that within mere days of accepting applications, the cap on H-1B petitions had been reached for FY2014 and a lottery will be held.
AILA commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding today’s hearing on “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values” and urges Congress to take the necessary steps to create an immigration system that lives up to American values.
AILA applauds the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections for holding a hearing today on the role of lower-skilled guest worker programs in the U.S. economy.
On 2/28/13, the House passed the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the same bill which had passed the Senate three weeks ago. AILA applauds this important step forward in expanding protections for all victims of crime and human trafficking.
Today, as the House Immigration Subcommittee holds its hearing, "How E-Verify Works and How It Benefits American Employers and Workers," AILA calls upon Congress to fix the significant problems in the E-Verify program before including it in any immigration reform package.
AILA applauds the introduction last month of H.R. 435, the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act, by Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) that provides an opportunity for immigrants to serve in our Armed Forces, and urges Congress to make the bill part of a broader reform effort.
AILA applauds President Obama for emphasizing immigration reform in his State of the Union Address by focusing on the economic benefits of immigration and the consensus that is building around the need for immigration reform.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is proud to salute the AILA members who participated in the Pro Bono Pledge of 2012. Of those AILA members who reported volunteer pro bono time, nearly 15,000 hours were recorded; unreported were countless hours more.
AILA press release highlights yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing which failed to focus on some issues that are vital to successful immigration reform. AILA President Laura Lichter noted, “We need to create an immigration system that is balanced and inclusive.”
AILA applauds the introduction of the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (S. 169) by Senators Hatch (R-UT), Klobuchar (D-MN), Rubio (R-FL) and Coons (D-DE). The “I-Squared” Act provides critical reforms needed in the area of high-skilled immigration.
A new report from AILA shows that border security benchmarks of Senate immigration reform bills from 2006, 2007 and 2010 have been met or exceeded and cautions that current realities do not justify continued build-up modeled on past proposals.
AILA applauds President Obama’s commitment to key principles at the heart of meaningful immigration reform, starting with an earned path to legal status that eventually could be converted to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented in our communities.
AILA calls on Congress to embrace principles released today by a bipartisan group of Senators and move forward on creating an immigration system that will meet the needs of the U.S. economy, businesses, families, and undocumented immigrants.
AILA commends DHS for issuing a final rule that will allow certain family members of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States to remain in the country while applying for the waiver they need to become permanent residents.
AILA commends DHS for its announcement today of a proposed change to the current waiver processing requirements, which will allow spouses and children of U.S. citizens to apply for the waiver while still in the U.S.
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