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2003

Includes AILA's and other organizations.

  • AILA Press Release: Special Registration Changes Do Not Go Far Enough (12/1/2003)
    While AILA is pleased that DHS has suspended some aspects of this failed program, the program in its entirety should be terminated. AILA long has maintained that NSEERS is a false solution to a real problem and does not make us safer.
    AILA Doc. No. 03120142.
  • AILA Press Release: Visa Restrictions and Backlogs Create Unprecedented Problems (11/21/2003)
    During the holiday season, many immigrants in the United States will be unable to travel or have family members visit. This seasonal problem is a reflection of the problems faced year-round by families and business: visa policies and backlogs have made international travel and commerce a nightmare.
    AILA Doc. No. 03112116.
  • Government’s Crackdown on Immigrants Post 9/11 Creates Climate of Fear, Not Security (11/19/2003)
    Post 9/11, the U.S. government has adopted policies that target individuals for investigation, detention, and removal based on their religion or ethnicity, which fail to enhance our security, have infringed on immigrants’ civil liberties and have created a climate of fear and distrust.
    AILA Doc. No. 03111940.
  • AILA Calls for Support of Immigrant Troops and Their Families (11/11/2003)
    AILA strongly supports the Senate-passed provisions that would expedite the naturalization process for legal permanent residents who serve in the military.
    AILA Doc. No. 03111142.
  • Bipartisan DREAM Act, with Weakening Amendment, Moves through Senate Committee (10/27/2003)
    By marking up and passing the DREAM Act (S. 1545), the Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step to remove one of the barriers that deserving children face in their quest to attend colleges and legalize their status in the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 03102710.
  • AILA Press Release: Protecting the Most Vulnerable (10/22/2003)
    AILA urges support for the Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2003, and commends Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for introducing this crucial piece of legislation which addresses many of the problems facing the over 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children found in the U.S. each year.
    AILA Doc. No. 03102242.
  • AILA’s Statement on the AgJobs Act (9/23/2003)
    AILA issues a statement on the introduction of a bipartisan agricultural reform bill—the Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security (AgJobs) Act. Sponsors include Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Howard Berman (D-CA).
    AILA Doc. No. 03092317.
  • Economic Outlook Shows Vital Need for Immigrants in U.S. Economy (8/29/2003)
    AILA announces the release of its latest report, which finds, on the basis of recent economic studies, that immigrants are a key part of the U.S. economy and will become an increasingly important element in America's future economic growth and development.
    AILA Doc. No. 03082956.
  • AILA Press Release: BCIS 800 Number Offers Immigrants Little Service (8/29/2003)
    AILA announces the results of its survey of users of the DHS Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Service's 800 customer service number, which finds a 79% rate of dissatisfaction.
    AILA Doc. No. 03082941.
  • AILA Press Release: Bipartisan DREAM Act Introduced in Senate (8/4/2003)
    The Senate today took an important step toward helping deserving children reach their potential and our nation gain innumerable benefits with the introduction of the bipartisan DREAM Act. We urge the House and Senate to pass the DREAM Act quickly and the President to sign into law this worthy bill.
    AILA Doc. No. 03080443.
  • AILA Executive Committee Responds to Attack Against AILA Executive Director (7/14/2003)
    Content of e-mail sent to members from AILA's Executive Committee responding to an attack on AILA's Executive Director recently published on the Fox News website.
    AILA Doc. No. 03071443.
  • AILA Urges President and Congress to Get Serious about Backlog Reduction (7/3/2003)
    Application backlogs in obtaining permanent residence and citizenship should not continue at the current high levels. In this July 4th statement, AILA urges the President and Congress to fix the current system.
    AILA Doc. No. 03070314.
  • AILA Comments on Inspector General’s Report Detailing Post 9/11 Detention Practices (6/3/2003)
    AILA issued a press release commenting on an oversight report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that detailed the Department’s post-9/11 detention practices.
    AILA Doc. No. 03060340.
  • AILA Applauds Efforts to Honor Contributions of Immigrant Soldiers (6/5/2003)
    Both the House and the Senate, on 6/4/03, approved bills that would reduce the number of years required for legal permanent residents serving in the military during peacetime to become citizens, and make family members of fallen soldiers eligible for immigration benefits.
    AILA Doc. No. 03060540.
  • AILA Renews Call for an Independent Immigration Court (5/27/2003)
    AILA issued a press release on 5/27/03, renewing its call for an independent immigration court in the wake of a May 21 district court decision denying an APA challenge to the BIA “reform” regulations.
    AILA Doc. No. 03052744.
  • AILA Enumerates Concerns with the New U.S. VISIT Entry-Exit System (5/22/2003)
    AILA issued a press release highlighting its concerns with the ‘United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’ program (U.S. VISIT), the new automated entry-exit system that will be implemented at our nation’s borders.
    AILA Doc. No. 03052240.
  • AILA Press Release on Ninth Circuit Immigrant Investors Decision (5/12/2003)
    AILA has issued a press release on the 4/29/03 decision in Chang v. United States, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the INS/BCIS may not apply new rules retroactively to certain immigrant investors.
    AILA Doc. No. 03051241.
  • AILA Condemns AG’s Decision that Purports to Alter the Standards for Bond (4/25/2003)
    AILA press release condemning a precedent decision holding that in bond proceedings involving undocumented aliens, where the government offers evidence that such release would serve to stimulate mass migration and threaten national security, IJs and the BIA must consider such interests.
    AILA Doc. No. 03042540.
  • AILA's Statement on DHSs Imminent Takeover of our Immigration Functions (2/25/2003)
    Statement of the American Immigration Lawyers Association on the imminent dissolution of the INS and the takeover of our nation’s immigration functions by the new Department of Homeland Security.
    AILA Doc. No. 03022550.
  • AILA Urges Repeal of Special Registration (1/9/2003)
    In light of the serious flaws in the call-in Special Registration program, AILA urges that it be repealed. At a minimum, the program should be corrected to address its major flaws.
    AILA Doc. No. 03010940.
 
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