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Press Releases and Statements
AILA Commends Senate Confirmation of Homeland Security Deputy
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 Doc. No. 13122048.
AILA Welcomes Confirmation of New Homeland Security Chief
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 13121742.
AILA and AIC Staff are Joined by Over 150 AILA Members in Fast for Immigration Reform
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13121040.
AILA Commends President’s Call for House Action on Immigration Reform
AILA President Doug Stump joined President Obama’s renewed call for the House of Representatives to move forward and pass common sense, comprehensive immigration reform by the end of the year.
AILA Doc. No. 13102444.
As House Democrats Introduce Compromise, AILA Urges Speaker Boehner to Act Now on Immigration
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 Doc. No. 13100207.
AILA Congratulates Margaret Stock on MacArthur Fellowship
AILA congratulates Margaret Stock for being named one of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation’s Fellows due to her immigration law efforts on behalf of veterans and their families.
AILA Doc. No. 13092548.
New “Pocket DACA” Mobile App Helps Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action
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 Doc. No. 13081440.
AILA Urges the California State Legislature to Vote Against AB 1159
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 Doc. No. 13080201.
AILA Applauds Fifth Circuit Decision Striking Down Local Anti-Immigrant Ordinance
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 Doc. No. 13072601.
House Republican Leadership Disappoints with Message on Immigration
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 Doc. No. 13071061.
AILA Elects 2013-2014 Officers
At its 57th Annual Conference, AILA announced its elected officers for the 2013-2014 term and installed Mr. T. Douglas Stump as the new AILA President during a morning session of the conference.
Senate Passes Vitally Important Compromise Immigration Reform Bill
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 13062753.
AILA Presents Mycuéntame.org with the 2013 Advocacy Award
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award mycuéntame.org with the 2013 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 13062750.
AILA Presents Michael S. Vastine with the 2013 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award
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.
AILA Presents Mekela Goehring with the 2013 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062749.
AILA Presents Thomas Ragland with the 2013 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Thomas Ragland with the 2013 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 13062748.
AILA Presents Perkins Coie LLP with the 2013 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062747.
AILA Presents the Huffington Post’s Elise Foley with the 2013 Media Leadership Award
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062746.
AILA Presents Sarah L. Moshe with the 2013 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award
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 Doc. No. 13062745.
AILA Presents Robert E. Juceam with the 2013 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062744.
AILA Recognizes the Rome District Chapter with the 2013 Sam Williamson Mentor Award
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062743.
AILA Presents Rob Cohen with the 2013 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will award Rob Cohen with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in business immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 13062742.
AILA President: SKILLS Act Falls Short
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 Doc. No. 13062643.
AILA Opposes Legal Workforce Act
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 Doc. No. 13062642.
Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA Should Give Equal Immigration Rights to Lawfully Married Same Sex Couples
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 13062641.
San Francisco Immigrants Can Receive Free Legal Consultations on Naturalization from AILA Members
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 Doc. No. 13062503.
Flawed Senate Immigration Bill Nevertheless Should Move Forward
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 Doc. No. 13062469.
AILA Lauds Senate Negotiators’ Compromise But Notes Concerns on Impact
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13062166.
CBO Report States New Immigration Bill Would Save the U.S. Nearly Nine Hundred Billion Dollars
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 Doc. No. 13061905.
AILA Urges House Committee to Move Away from Ineffective “Enforcement-Only” Immigration Legislation
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 Doc. No. 13061343.
Lawsuit Seeks to Learn How Government Responds to Complaints of Misconduct by Immigration Judges
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 Doc. No. 13060645.
AILA Commends Senate Judiciary Committee and Calls On Full Senate to Show Similar Commitment to Immigration Reform
AILA commends the Senate Judiciary Committee as it wrapped up weeks of work on immigration reform by passing S. 744 out of committee with a bipartisan vote of 13 to 5.
AILA Doc. No. 13052260.
Senators Advance Both Good and Bad Amendments on Bipartisan Bill
AILA released a press statement regarding the hundreds of amendments to S. 744 filed yesterday by Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 13050809.
AILA President Laura Lichter to Testify at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
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 Doc. No. 13042260.
AILA Believes Senate Immigration Bill Is A Good Start
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 Doc. No. 13041849.
AILA Teams Up with Partners to Help Thousands Become U.S. Citizens
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 Doc. No. 13041843.
AILA Commends Senate “Gang of Eight” for Bipartisan Immigration Bill
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 Doc. No. 13041761.
H-1B Cap Reached Within First Week, Highlights Need for Immigration Reform
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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 Doc. No. 13040544.
AILA Urges Congress to Create an Immigration System that Lives Up to American Values
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 Doc. No. 13032051.
AILA Applauds House Hearing on “Examining the Role of the Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today’s Economy”
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13031440.
AILA Commends Hearing Addressing the Critical Reforms Needed in the Area of High-Skilled Immigration
AILA commends the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for holding the hearing entitled, “Enhancing American Competitiveness through Skilled Immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 13030660.
AILA Applauds Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13030148.
AILA Calls on Congress to Address Shortcomings in E-Verify System Before Including It in Immigration Reform
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 Doc. No. 13022746.
AILA Supports the Military Enlistment Opportunity Act
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 Doc. No. 13022646.
AILA Applauds Re-Introduction of the Reuniting Families Act
AILA applauds the re-introduction of the Reuniting Families Act (“RFA”) by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). This important measure is aimed at promoting family unity in the immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 13021521.
AILA Applauds President’s Remarks on Immigration Reform in State of the Union and Calls on Congress to “Get It Done”
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.
AILA Doc. No. 13021344.
AILA Salutes the Pro Bono Heroes of 2012
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 Doc. No. 13021360.
House Hearing Failed to Focus on Several Key Issues Crucial to Successful Immigration Reform
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 Doc. No. 13020640.
AILA Finds Border Security Benchmarks Have Been Met
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 Doc. No. 13013149.
President Immigration Speech Highlights Key Principles at the Heart of Immigration Reform
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 Doc. No. 13012950.
AILA Calls on Congress to Embrace Principles Laid out by Bipartisan Group of Senators
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 Doc. No. 13012870.
AILA Commends DHS Rule Amending Immigration Waiver Process for Close Family Members of U.S. Citizens
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 Doc. No. 13010246.
AILA Applauds Plans for a Revised Immigration Waiver Process
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.
AILA Doc. No. 12010648.
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