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Press Releases and Statements

AG’s Latest Move Further Erodes the Independence of Immigration Judges

The AG announced that immigration judges and members of the BIA may no longer “administratively close” cases, except cases that meet very narrow criteria, eliminating a critical docket management tool and effectively ensuring that the courts will remain encumbered with massive backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 18051753

ICE Has Missed Two Detention Reporting Deadlines Set by Congress in March

AILA joined other organizations calling on congressional appropriators to hold ICE accountable for violations of congressionally imposed transparency obligations in the ever-expanding immigration detention system.
AILA Doc. No. 18051738

DOJ and DHS Decide to Forcibly Separate Families and Prosecute Asylum Seekers

As DHS and DOJ announced new efforts that will result in the forcible separation of vulnerable families seeking protection in the United States under U.S. law, AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the decision “a gross injustice.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050800

Termination of TPS for Honduras Will Tear Apart Families and Harm American Businesses

DHS announced that TPS for approximately 57,000 Honduran nationals will end on January 5, 2020. In this statement, AILA President Annaluisa Padilla responded to the news and called on Congress to “pass a permanent fix to provide relief for long-term TPS beneficiaries.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050436

DOJ Reverses Course on Legal Orientation Program, For Now

AILA and the American Immigration Council welcomed the news that the Department of Justice will not halt the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) for now; AILA and the Council again highlighted the LOP’s benefits to the efficiency and effectiveness of the immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 18042539

DOJ Ignores Set of Recommendations to Strengthen Immigration Court System Efficiency and Effectiveness

In response to a FOIA request, AILA and the American Immigration Council received a partially redacted report written by Booz Allen Hamilton and commissioned by EOIR which offers recommendations to ensure efficient proceedings and due process. The administration, however, has done the opposite.
AILA Doc. No. 18042015

AILA Statement on Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System Hearing

On 4/18/18, AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration urging that Congress create an independent immigration court system in the form of an Article I court and monitor EOIR practices to ensure individuals the right to a full and fair hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 18041646

AILA: H-1B Numbers Show America is Losing Out on Talent

AILA responds to the news that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 190,098 new H-1B visa cap-subject petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, down from approximately 199,000 in FY 2018.
AILA Doc. No. 18041332

DOJ Cuts Immigrants’ Access to Counsel in Latest Attack on Due Process

AILA and the American Immigration Council responded to the recent news that DOJ was halting the Legal Orientation Program despite the program’s success and congressional directives to maintain it.
AILA Doc. No. 18041133

AILA: Outdated Immigration Laws Locking Out Job Creators

AILA responded to the USCIS announcement that the agency has received more than enough H-1B petitions within the first five business days of the FY2019 filing period to reach the annual H-1B cap.
AILA Doc. No. 18040637

DOJ Strips Immigration Courts of Independence

In a joint statement, AILA and the American Immigration Council responded to the imposition of strict quotas as part of immigration judges’ performance evaluations, a shift that strips away the independence held by judges who are making high stakes decisions about whether a person will be deported.
AILA Doc. No. 18040330

ICE Formalizes Inhumane Detention Policies for Pregnant Women

In a joint statement with the American Immigration Council, AILA responds to a recently released ICE directive that formalizes the agency’s practice of detaining pregnant women.
AILA Doc. No. 18032937

Congress Set to Approve Funding Deal, Leaves Dreamers Out in the Cold

With Congress set to approve billions of additional funding for immigration enforcement as part of the spending package funding the federal government through September 30, AILA President Annaluisa Padilla noted, “It is absolutely shameful that there is no solution for Dreamers in this legislation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18032107

AILA’s “Invisible Wall” Report Sheds Light on Trump Administration Policies to Restrict Legal Immigration

AILA’s new report, “Deconstructing the Invisible Wall: How Policy Changes by the Trump Administration are Slowing and Restricting Legal Immigration” highlights the broad array of policy and procedural changes that are harming U.S. businesses, American families, and the national economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18031936

AILA Report “Cogs in the Deportation Machine” Shows Massive Escalation of Immigration Enforcement

AILA released a new report detailing how the Trump administration has systematically increased enforcement, using harsh, indiscriminate methods to deport thousands of families, asylum seekers, and people who have lived and worked for years in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 18031239

Civil Rights Report Describes Legal Liabilities for Local Police that Detain Immigrants for ICE

AILA and four other organizations issued a press release about their new report detailing the illegalities inherent in each of the U.S. government’s attempts to enlist local law enforcement authorities to arrest and detain people on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
AILA Doc. No. 18030638

SCOTUS Jennings Decision Won’t Be the Last Word on Bond Hearings for Immigrants

AILA reacted to and explained today’s Supreme Court decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez; AILA President Annaluisa Padilla emphasized that the decision “does not mean that immigrants may be detained indefinitely and it does not mean that prolonged detention is constitutional.”
AILA Doc. No. 18022741

Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants

AILA expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration’s rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the phrase “a nation of immigrants.”
AILA Doc. No. 18022333

Senate Bipartisan Efforts to Save Dreamers Destroyed by Veto Threat

AILA expressed deep disappointment in the failure of the Senate to pass commonsense reforms to protect Dreamers. At the same time, AILA commends the many senators who stood firm against the nativist voices demanding legislation to gut legal immigration and make our country weaker.
AILA Doc. No. 18021635

White House Appeals to Nativist Base with Anti-Immigrant Proposal

AILA denounced the latest iteration of the Trump administration’s proposal on immigration as destructive and untenable.
AILA Doc. No. 18012561

Another Bipartisan Failure to Protect Dreamers

AILA issued a statement about how “Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, once again let politics take precedence over the lives of real people, and has squandered another opportunity to protect Dreamers.”
AILA Doc. No. 18012244

President’s Discriminatory Rhetoric Is an Affront to American Values

AILA responded to President Trump’s derogatory and hateful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and several African countries.
AILA Doc. No. 18011299

Immigration Justice Campaign and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Announce New Partnership

The Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative between AILA and the American Immigration Council, announces its partnership with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in an effort to increase the legal representation of detained immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 18011205

AILA Condemns Termination of TPS for Salvadorans, Calls on Congress to Act

AILA is deeply disappointed by the administration’s decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 nationals of El Salvador, effective September 9, 2019, stating that the “misguided and inhumane decision” will harm “communities, families, and businesses across the nation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18018061