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2002

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  • AILA’s Statement in Opposition to the Special Registration Program (12/16/2002)
    AILA press release on the special registration call-in program, stating "While the call-in registration program does little to seek out and identify those in the U.S. who might be intending to harm us, it diverts law enforcement resources from initiatives that effectively enhance our security."
    AILA Doc. No. 02121644.
  • Congress Poised to Pass Flawed Homeland Security Measure (11/14/2002)
    AILA's statement on the passage of Homeland Security legislation (H.R. 5710), approved by the House on 11/13/02 and currently under debate in the Senate. “While reforming our immigration functions are essential to help make us safer, H.R.5710 largely does not get it right.”
    AILA Doc. No. 02111433.
  • The CAIR Coalition and AILA Announce the Filing of a Lawsuit Challenging New BIA Regulations (10/25/2002)
    The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the decisionmaking process used by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
    AILA Doc. No. 02102541.
  • AILA’s Press Release on the Introduction of the Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act (10/10/2002)
    AILA’s press release on the Earned Legalization and Family Unification Act of 2002, introduced on October 10, 2002, by House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO).
    AILA Doc. No. 02101071.
  • Ashcroft Changes to BIA: A Slap in the Face to Immigrants (8/26/2002)
    AILA decries Ashcroft's changes to the Board of Immigration Appeals. The changes severely compromise due process and the independence of the immigration court system.
    AILA Doc. No. 02082644.
  • AILA Statement on INS Commissioner Resignation (8/16/2002)
    AILA receives with regret the news today that INS Commissioner James Ziglar has announced his resignation, effective at the end of this year.
    AILA Doc. No. 02081645.
  • House Judiciary Committee Approves Due Process Reform Measure (7/26/2002)
    AILA expresses support for the House Judiciary Committee passage of the bipartisan Family Reunification Act, which would provide a limited opportunity for certain long-term legal permanent residents to ask a judge to consider the facts of their case before deciding whether to deport them.
    AILA Doc. No. 02072606.
  • Homeland Security and the INS: Need To Get It Right (6/27/2002)
    AILA expresses its concerns regarding the inclusion of INS in the proposed Homeland Security Department and stresses the importance of INS reorganization. AILA also addresses civil rights concerns, visa processing, and EOIR in the context of the proposed Homeland Security Department.
    AILA Doc. No. 02062740.
  • AILA In Opposition to the Department of Justice Registration Proposal (6/6/2002)
    AILA statement opposing the Department of Justice’s recently announced proposal that would require fingerprinting, photographing, and registering of nationals of certain countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 02060641.
  • New Safeguards to Protect America Against Terrorism (5/8/2002)
    AILA expresses support for the Senate and House passage of bipartisan security legislation that tightens visa screening, border inspections, and tracking of foreigners. The President has pledged to sign this legislation into law.
    AILA Doc. No. 02050840.
  • House Passes INS Reorganization Bill (4/25/2002)
    On 4/25/02, the House passed H.R. 3231, a bill that would reorganize the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). AILA looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration on an improved reorganization plan.
    AILA Doc. No. 02042501.
  • Senate Approves Border Security and Visa Reforms (4/19/2002)
    The Senate, on April 18, 2002, approved by a 97-0 vote a bipartisan security bill (H.R. 3525) that tightens visa screening, border inspections, and tracking of foreigners. The House, which has strongly supported this measure, is expected to take it up for a vote in the very near future.
    AILA Doc. No. 02041932.
  • Setting the Record Straight on Section 245(i) of our Immigration Law (4/5/2002)
    A joint release of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Forum on the modest extension of a provision of immigration law known as Section 245(i).
    AILA Doc. No. 02040534.
  • The GAO Misses Opportunity and Issues Flawed Report (2/22/2002)
    AILA's statement on the General Accounting Office report on immigration benefit fraud, finding that the report presents opinions as facts, makes no attempt to corroborate allegations raised, and portrays the INS’s successful efforts at fraud detection as examples of a broken system.
    AILA Doc. No. 02022259.
  • Bush Administration Proposed Changes to BIA Threaten Due Process (2/20/2002)
    AILA press release on proposed changes to the BIA, asking the Attorney General to promote reform that affirms the independence and impartiality of the Board of Immigration Appeals.
    AILA Doc. No. 02022059.
 
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