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AILA On The Issues
Sign-on Letter Calling for Solution to the H-1B Blackout and Lengthy Green Card Backlogs
(59 KB - 11/21/2006)
Over 900 American businesses, schools, and hospitals have signed on to a letter calling upon Congress to enact relief from the restrictive H-1B cap and employment-based green card backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 06111466.
AILA’s 2006 Election Analysis
AILA’s preliminary analysis of mid-term election outcomes and the role of immigration in key races. We consider the failure of immigration hard-liners to make immigration a wedge electoral issue, and take a first look at the prospects for CIR in the 110th Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 06110811.
Lame Duck 101: An Overview of the Post-Election Congressional Session
When Congress returns to Washington on November 13, they will reconvene in a post-election session known as the “lame duck” session. Learn more about the priorities and constraints of the lame duck session and some possible outcomes for this November’s session. AILA Doc. No. 06103164.
AILA Doc. No. 06103164.
What Was True Purpose of Immigration 'Road Show'? - September 2006
Do you recall the series of ‘town hall meetings’ – hearings on immigration showcased by members of Congress through the summer of 2006? This article looks at what may have been the real motivation behind this ‘road show’…and it wasn’t comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 06100362.
Interfaith Statement on Immigration Concerns
(121 KB - 9/29/2006)
Faith-based leaders and organizations call on President Bush and Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that establishes a safe and humane immigration system. This statement was published in Roll Call, a publication of congressional news and information, on 9/20/06. AILA Doc. No. 06092964.
AILA Doc. No. 06092964.
Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge Explains Why Enforcement Is Not Enough
In a commentary piece published in the Washington Times on 9/10/06, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge explains why an enforcement-only approach to immigration reform is destined to fail. AILA Doc. No. 06092263.
AILA Doc. No. 06092263.
EWIC Letter to Congressional Leadership Opposes Enforcement-Only Approach
(333 KB - 9/18/2006)
On 9/15/06, members of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition sent letters to four congressional leaders expressing their continued opposition to enforcement-only immigration legislation. The letter addressed to Senator Frist is available here; EWIC sent identical letters to Senator Reid, Representative Boehner, and Representative Hastert. AILA Doc. No. 06091862.
AILA Doc. No. 06091862.
Major Cities Chiefs Position Statement on Enforcement of Immigration Laws by Local Police Agencies
(1111 KB - 8/21/2006)
This statement outlines concerns and presents the position of 57 Chief Executive Officers of police departments in major metropolitan areas regarding the enforcement of immigration laws by local police agencies. Adopted by Major Cities Chiefs in June 2006. AILA Doc. No. 06082162.
AILA Doc. No. 06082162.
Open Letter from Economists and Social Scientists on Immigration
Open letter to President Bush and Members of Congress on the importance of immigration to the U.S. economy. Signed by over 500 economists and other social scientists. AILA Doc. No. 06081864.
AILA Doc. No. 06081864.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Updated 7/20/06)
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AILA Issue Paper on immigration reform. (AILA Doc. No. 03031744).
AILA Doc. No. 03031744.
Immigration Backgrounders (Updated 7/20/06)
(160 KB - 7/20/2006)
AILA Backgrounder Packet, including Legal Immigration to the United States, Family-Based Immigration, Business Immigration to the United States: A Basic Overview, Employment-Based Immigration, and Nonimmigrant (Temporary) Visas: A Basic Primer. AILA Doc. No. 04030263.
AILA Doc. No. 04030263.
Southern Baptist Convention Resolution on Illegal Immigration
Resolution “On the Crisis of Illegal Immigration” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 13-14, 2006. The resolution encourages “Christian churches to . . . reach out to meet the . . . needs of all immigrants, to start English classes on a massive scale, and to encourage them toward the path of legal status and/or citizenship.” AILA Doc. No. 06072065.
AILA Doc. No. 06072065.
CCIR Statement on House Hearings and Opposition to “Trigger” Policy
(60 KB - 7/7/2006)
Press release from the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform expressing disappointment in the House’s plan to hold field hearings rather than seek consensus with the Senate on an immigration reform plan. The statement also expresses opposition to an “enforcement-first” approach with “triggers.” Released on 7-6-06. AILA Doc. No. 06070764.
AILA Doc. No. 06070764.
Open Letter Signed by 500 Economists on the Benefits of Immigration
Over 500 economists have signed the Independent Institute's Open Letter on Immigration on the economic benefits of immigration. The letter reminds Congress and the President of America’s history as an immigrant nation, the overall economic and social benefits of immigration, and the power of immigration to lift the poor out of poverty. AILA Doc. No. 060662.
AILA Doc. No. 06063062.
Compete America Applauds Senate Inclusion of H-1B Visa and EB Green Card Relief Provisions in Comprehensive Immigration Bill
(68 KB - 5/26/2006)
Compete America today applauded the Senate for including critically important provisions to reform both the H-1B visa and employment based (EB visa) green card processes. Both the H-1B and EB visa programs are designed to facilitate the legal employment of highly educated foreign nationals, and are critical to American competitiveness. AILA Doc. No. 06052666.
AILA Doc. No. 06052666.
EWIC Applauds the Senate on the Passage of CIR
(76 KB - 5/26/2006)
EWIC commends senate for bipartisan passage of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 (S. 2611): A Necessary Step Towards Greater Economic and National Security. AILA Doc. No. 06052665.
AILA Doc. No. 06052665.
Letter to Senators Frist & Reid from Elected Officials from Western States
(95 KB - 5/18/2006)
Letter from elected officials from western states to Majority Leader Frist and Minority Leader Reid, urging passage of a positive and workable Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 06051860.
AILA Doc. No. 06051860.
EWIC Press Release - Taking the Spin Out of the Debate and Focusing on the Reality
(83 KB - 5/16/2006)
Press release from the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition stating support for CIR that includes a guest worker program, earned adjustment, and increased border security. AILA Doc. No. 06051660.
AILA Doc. No. 06051660.
Letter to Senators Frist & Reid from EWIC
(365 KB - 5/11/2006)
Letter from the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition to Majority Leader Frist and Minority Leader Reid, urging passage of a positive and workable Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill in the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 06051160.
AILA Doc. No. 06051160.
Washington State Congressional Delegation Expresses Concerns to OMB About WHTI
(555 KB - 5/1/2006)
Letter from members of the Washington state congressional delegation to OMB Director Joshua Bolten, expressing concerns about the economic impact of WHTI. AILA Doc. No. 06050163.
AILA Doc. No. 06050163.
ABA Supports Leahy-Coleman Amendment to Protect Refugees and Asylum-Seekers
(238 KB - 4/28/2006)
Letter sent by the ABA to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter on 4/26/06 in support of the Leahy-Coleman Amendment to the FY 2006 supplemental appropriations bill that would protect vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers. AILA Doc. No. 06042810.
AILA Doc. No. 06042810.
Know Your Rights: Can an Employer Fire an Employee Because the Employee Participated in an Immigration Rally? (Updated 4/26/06)
(47 KB - 4/25/2006)
AILA Doc. No. 06042568.
AILA Doc. No. 06042568.
South Asian Advocates Urge Congress to Pass Immigration Reform That Respects Civil Rights of Immigrants
(29 KB - 4/24/2006)
South Asian groups nationwide urge Congress to pass legislation that establishes a path to permanent residency and citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reduces the visa backlog and expedites the processing of applications, and promotes citizenship and civic participation. AILA Doc. No. 06042468.
AILA Doc. No. 06042468.
How to Use Contact Congress
A simple Q&A on Contact Congress, AILA’s tool to help you contact your legislators, as well as local and national media, and find information about immigration-related legislation pending in Congress. AILA Doc. No. 06042061.
AILA Doc. No. 06042061.
Judicial Conference of the United States Opposes Certificate of Reviewability Provision
(156 KB - 4/5/2006)
Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee from the Judicial Conference of the United States, expressing concerns about the certificate of reviewability provision that was included as section 707 of the Chairman’s Mark and is included as section 507 of the Securing America’s Borders Act (S. 2454), sent 3/31/06. AILA Doc. No. 06040574.
AILA Doc. No. 06040574.
Los Angeles County Bar Association and Public Counsel Oppose Provisions Limiting Judicial Review of Immigration Appeals
(342 KB - 4/5/2006)
Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Public Counsel, expressing opposition to provisions that would limit judicial review of immigration appeals, sent 3/23/06. AILA Doc. No. 06040573.
AILA Doc. No. 06040573.
Coalition for Immigration Security Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The Coalition for Immigration Security, comprising former high-level officials in the Executive Branch, argues that it is in our national security interests to implement comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to permanent status for the current undocumented population and a temporary worker program to meet future economic need.
AILA Doc. No. 06040467.
NAACP Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Reform That Does Not Criminalize Undocumented Workers
(38 KB - 4/3/2006)
Statement on immigration reform released by the NAACP on 3/31/06. The NAACP supports “proposals that would allow people to earn the right of citizenship through hard work, the commitment of several years and meeting several monetary, security and related requirements.” The NAACP “strongly opposes any efforts to criminalize undocumented immigrants.” AILA Doc. No. 06040362.
AILA Doc. No. 06040362.
Letter from Chief Judge Mary Schroeder to Senators Specter & Leahy Regarding Judicial Review Provisions in CIR Act
(105 KB - 3/31/2006)
Letter from Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Mary Schroeder expresses concerns about the provisions in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 that would direct all immigration appeals to a specialized Article III court. AILA Doc. No. 06033169.
AILA Doc. No. 06033169.
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Urges Senate to Reject Frist Bill and Keep Improving the Chairman’s Mark
(53 KB - 3/31/2006)
Letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights opposing the Secure America’s Borders Act (S. 2454) and calling for further improvements to the Chairman’s Mark, sent to the Senate on 3/31/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033168.
AILA Doc. No. 06033168.
Letter from ABA-IPL to Sens. Specter and Leahy Opposing Consolidation of Immigration Appeals in Federal Circuit
(20 KB - 3/30/2006)
Letter from the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law to Senators Specter and Leahy, expressing opposition to provisions in immigration reform legislation that would consolidate immigration appeals in the Federal Circuit, sent 3/30/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033027.
AILA Doc. No. 06033027.
Letter from ABA-IPL to Sen. Frist Opposing Consolidation of Immigration Appeals in Federal Circuit
(19 KB - 3/30/2006)
Letter from the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law to Senator Frist, expressing opposition to provisions in immigration reform legislation that would consolidate immigration appeals in the Federal Circuit, sent 3/30/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033026.
AILA Doc. No. 06033026.
Letter from ABA-IPL to Sen. Reid Opposing Consolidation of Immigration Appeals in Federal Circuit
(19 KB - 3/30/2006)
Letter from the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law to Senator Reid, expressing opposition to provisions in immigration reform legislation that would consolidate immigration appeals in the Federal Circuit, sent 3/30/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033025.
AILA Doc. No. 06033025.
AILA and Allies Run New Ad Supporting CIR
(261 KB - 3/30/2006)
Ad run by the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, of which AILA is a member, in Roll Call and CQ Today on 3/30/06. AILA Doc. No. 06033024.
AILA Doc. No. 06033024.
Letter from Evangelical Leaders in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Letter sent by Evangelical leaders and churches to President Bush and Congress on 3/24/06, in support of comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to permanent legal status for the current undocumented population, legal avenues for foreign workers to come here to work, and reduction of the family-based immigration backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 06032866.
Eliminating the Employment-Based Visa Backlog: Vital to America’s Economic Competitiveness
(92 KB - 3/15/2006)
AILA’s position paper on the need to reform the permanent employment-based visa program so that U.S. employers can hire the foreign talent necessary for the American economy to remain vibrant and competitive. AILA Doc. No. 06031565.
AILA Doc. No. 06031565.
AILA’a Talking Points to Explain Why IRCA Failed
(78 KB - 3/10/2006)
Talking points to help AILA members explain why IRCA failed. AILA Doc. No. 06031017.
AILA Doc. No. 06031017.
AILA’s Talking Points About Temporary Workers
(79 KB - 3/10/2006)
General talking points to help AILA members talk about temporary workers. AILA Doc.No. 06031014.
AILA Doc. No. 06031014.
Highly Educated Foreign Professionals: Vital to America’s Economic Competitiveness (Updated 7/20/06)
(120 KB - 3/10/2006)
The H-1B visa is a vital tool necessary to keep the U.S. economy competitive in the world market and to keep jobs in America. AILA Doc. No. 06031012.
AILA Doc. No. 06031012.
Earned Legalization Is Not an Amnesty
(84 KB - 3/8/2006)
These talking points will help you explain how earned legalization proposals, such as that in the McCain/Kennedy Secure America Act, are different from an “amnesty.” AILA Doc. No. 06030869.
AILA Doc. No. 06030869.
Ad Supporting CIR Run By AILA & Dozens of Other Organizations
(1167 KB - 3/27/2006)
AILA and other concerned groups run ad in Congressional Quarterly urging comprehensive solution to our immigration problems. AILA Doc. No. 06032713.
AILA Doc. No. 06032713.
Nearly 800 American Businesses and Universities Call for a Reasonable Solution to the H-1B Blackout and Lengthy “Green Card” Backlogs
(55 KB - 2/6/2006)
Nearly 800 U.S. businesses and universities signed a letter supporting the Senate proposal, initially included in the budget reconciliation bill, to recapture unused H-1B and employment-based visa numbers. This letter was delivered to both the Senate and the House in November and December 2005. AILA Doc. No. 06020663.
AILA Doc. No. 06020663.
Letter to Senators Specter and Leahy from John Walker, Chief Judge of Second Circuit
(112 KB - 3/24/2006)
Letter from John Walker, Chief Judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, expressing his strong opposition to the provisions in the Chairman’s Mark that would direct all immigration appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. AILA Doc. No. 06032417.
AILA Doc. No. 06032417.
Letter from the Judicial Conference of the United States Concerning the Judicial Review Provisions of the Specter Mark
(1634 KB - 3/24/2006)
A letter from the Judicial Conference of the United States opposing the provision of the Chairman’s Mark that would consolidate all immigration appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. AILA Doc. No. 06032413.
AILA Doc. No. 06032413.
Letter from Judge Richard A. Posner Concerning the Judicial Review Provisions of the Specter Mark
(112 KB - 3/21/2006)
Letter from Judge Richard A. Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, expressing his concerns with the provisions of the Chairman’s Mark that would direct all immigration appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and create a new “certificate of reviewability” system for such appeals. AILA Doc. No. 06032111.
AILA Doc. No. 06032111.
AILA and Coalition Partners Run Ad Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(329 KB - 3/7/2006)
This advertisement supporting comprehensive immigration reform appeared in CQ Today, a prominent Capitol Hill news source, during the week of 2/1/06. AILA and several other organizations sponsored the ad. AILA Doc. No. 06030775.
AILA Doc. No. 06030775.
Interfaith Statement in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Updated 7/20/06)
(121 KB - 7/20/2006)
Statement in support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform signed by more than 200 faith-based organizations nationwide. AILA Doc. No. 06030772.
AILA Doc. No. 06030772.
AILA and Others Run Ad Supporting Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(308 KB - 3/1/2006)
This advertisement supporting comprehensive immigration reform appeared in the 3-1-06 edition of CQ Today, a prominent Capitol Hill news source. AILA and several other organizations sponsored the ad. AILA Doc. No. 06030167.
AILA Doc. No. 06030167.
Letter to White House from Latino Organizations, in Support of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
(24 KB - 3/1/2006)
A February 2006 letter to President Bush from a large number of Latino organizations, in support of comprehensive immigration reform and in opposition to H.R. 4437. AILA Doc. No. 06030165.
AILA Doc. No. 06030165.
Sample Op-Eds for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Use these sample opinion pieces as a framework for your own personalized op-ed. Use the media tool on Contact Congress to submit your letter to the local media.
AILA Doc. No. 06021440.
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