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AILA Encouraged by Positive White House Meeting on Immigration Reform

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09082080 (posted Aug. 20, 2009)"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, August 20, 2009
CONTACT:
George Tzamaras
202-507-7649
gtzamaras@aila.org

Washington, DC - At a meeting today hosted by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, and attended by some 130 immigrant advocates, business and labor leaders, and law enforcement representatives, President Barack Obama confirmed his commitment to fair and reasonable immigration reform. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds this positive message and looks forward to the President's and the Secretary's leadership on this issue in the days ahead.

"I was pleased to hear of the Secretary's intention to step up her leadership on immigration reform," said Crystal Williams, AILA's Acting Co-Executive Director, who participated in the meeting on behalf of AILA. "There cannot be effective enforcement of immigration laws until those laws are reformed to realistically address the needs of families, workers, and American business, and to promote our long-cherished values of fairness and due process."

The time is now to, once and for all, fix our broken immigration system. The Administration's commitment to this challenge is very much welcomed.

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