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Press Releases and Statements
AILA Applauds the Introduction of Rep. Gutierrez’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
AILA views the introduction by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) of a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill as an important step in creating momentum for an overhaul of our nation’s broken immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 09121565.
AILA Doc. No. 09121565.
AILA Welcomes Sen. Menendez’s (D-NJ) Introduction of the Military Families Act
AILA welcomed the introduction by Senators Menendez, Landrieu, Inouye, Durbin, Gillibrand, and Feingold of the Military Families Act (S.2757). The bill would grant LPR status to immediate family members of active immigrant members of the military and veterans even when the sponsoring solider has lost his or her life in service. AILA Doc. No. 09111210.
AILA Doc. No. 09111210.
AILA Welcomes Rep. Gutierrez (D-IL) Unveiling of Core Principles for a New Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill
AILA welcomed the call by Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) yesterday for comprehensive immigration reform. Gutierrez presented an outline of core principles that could serve as a basis for a new CIR bill. AILA Doc. No. 09101463.
AILA Doc. No. 09101463.
AILA Applauds the Obama Administration’s Plans to Improve the Nation’s Immigration Detention System
AILA applauds the Obama Administration's efforts to repair the "scandal-plagued" immigration detention system. According to the announcement, DHS would consolidate many detainees in facilities with conditions that reflect their status as non-criminals, provide sound medical care and establish more centralized oversight of detention centers. AILA Doc. No. 09100860.
AILA Doc. No. 09100860.
AILA Names Crystal L. Williams as its New Executive Director
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced that Crystal L. Williams has been named as its new Executive Director. AILA Doc. No 09092810.
AILA Doc. No. 09092810.
AILA Mourns the Loss of Senator Ted Kennedy
AILA recognizes the sad passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, the lion of the Senate, by honoring his heroic contributions to our nation. A lifetime public servant and distinguished leader of the Senate chamber, Sen. Kennedy tirelessly worked to promote and protect the rights of all Americans and to welcome immigrants in pursuit of the American Dream. AILA Doc. No. 09082666.
AILA Doc. No. 09082666.
AILA Encouraged by Positive White House Meeting on Immigration Reform
AILA applauds the positive message on immigration reform conveyed by President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano at an 8/20/09 White House meeting of advocates and others. AILA looks forward to the President’s and the Secretary’s leadership on this issue in the days ahead. AILA Doc. No. 09082080.
AILA Doc. No. 09082080.
AILA Applauds Today’s Congressional Effort to Reform Detention Legislation
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds Senators Menendez (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for bringing forth a package of legislation to reform our country's detention system. The two-bill proposal includes: the
Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention Act (S. 1549)
Protect Citizens from Unlawful Detention (S.1550)
. AILA Doc. No. 09073165.
AILA Doc. No. 09073165.
AILA Position Statement on Business Immigration Reform Principles
AILA lists the elements needed to fix a broken business immigration system. As a solution, some have proposed an immigration commission to set immigration levels. The commission concepts that have been proposed to date are flawed, thus AILA cannot endorse them, though expert study of labor needs and migration flows is needed. AILA Doc. No. 09072161.
AILA Doc. No. 09072161.
Senate Appropriations Bill a Mixed Bag of Immigration Provisions
On 7/9/09 the U.S. Senate passed the FY10 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill (H.R. 2892) by a vote of 84-6, which includes new immigration-related provisions representing a mixed bag of worksite enforcement and humanitarian legislation. AILA Doc. No. 09071075.
AILA Doc. No. 09071075.
AILA Echos Call from Bipartisan Task Force for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
AILA welcomes the recommendations released on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by an independent and bipartisan task force on immigration at the Council on Foreign Relations. AILA Doc. No. 09070967
AILA Doc. No. 09070967.
AILA Welcomes CDC Proposal to Remove HIV from Definition of Communicable Diseases
AILA welcomes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposal to remove “Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection” from the definition of “communicable disease of public health significance” which previously barred individuals from entering the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 09070130.
AILA Doc. No. 09070130.
AILA Welcomes Obama's Proactive Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform This Year
Following President Obama’s meeting today with Congressional leaders, AILA applauds the President’s commitment to moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform this year. AILA Doc. No. 09062536.
AILA Doc. No. 09062536.
AILA Applauds Congressional Effort to End the Immigration Widow Penalty
AILA praises Senator Ben Nelson (D-FL) and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) for their statements today in support of their bipartisan, bicameral, legislation to end the immigration widow penalty. AILA Doc. No. 09062330.
AILA Doc. No. 09062330.
Bernie Wolfsdorf Installed as New President of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today announced Bernard Wolfsdorf as its new National President for the 2009-2010 term. AILA Doc No. 09060510.
AILA Doc. No. 09060510.
David Leopold Installed as New President-Elect of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today installed David Leopold as the President-Elect of AILA for the 2009-2010 term. AILA Doc. No. 09060511.
AILA Doc. No. 09060511.
Eleanor Pelta Named First Vice President of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today installed Eleanor Pelta of Washington, D.C., as the association’s First Vice President. AILA Doc. No. 09060512.
AILA Doc. No. 09060512.
Laura Lichter Named Second Vice President of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed Laura Lichter, an immigration attorney and expert from Denver, CO as the association’s Second Vice President. AILA Doc. No. 09060513.
AILA Doc. No. 09060513.
Douglas Stump Named National Treasurer of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed T. Douglas Stump, an immigration attorney from Oklahoma City, OK as the association’s new Treasurer. AILA Doc. No. 09060514.
AILA Doc. No. 09060514.
Leslie A. Holman Named New National Secretary of AILA
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today appointed Leslie A. Holman, an immigration attorney from Burlington, VT as the association’s new National Secretary. AILA Doc. No. 09060515.
AILA Doc. No. 09060515.
AILA Praises Decision by Attorney General to Withdraw Matter of Compean
On June 3, 2009, Attorney General, Eric Holder, vacated the decision in
Matter of Compean
regarding claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. AILA is grateful for this restoration of a basic constitutional process—Due Process, in the immigration court system. AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09060322.
AILA Doc. No. 09060322.
AILA President Chuck Kuck's Statement on the Uniting American Families Act
This statement from Chuck Kuck, AILA President, has been submitted to U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the hearing on “The Uniting American Families Act: Addressing Inequality in Federal Immigration Law. AILA Doc. No. 09060135.
AILA Doc. No. 09060135.
AILA Is Proud To Be an Active Participant in the "Reform Immigration for America" Campaign
AILA is excited to announce its involvement in the “Reform Immigration for America” campaign, which kicked off on 6/1/09. The campaign is a unified effort to fix America’s broken immigration system through a comprehensive legislative approach. AILA Doc. No. 09060134.
AILA Doc. No. 09060134.
Momentum for Immigration Reform Continues to Build
AILA welcomes several developments that signal that immigration reform is gaining momentum, including the introduction of legislation that seeks to restore America's commitment to family unity and a White House announcement of a high-level meeting with Congressional leaders on 6/8/09 to discuss plans for immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 09052030.
AILA Doc. No. 09052030.
Obama Administration Continues to Signal its Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
The Obama administration continues to indicate that Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) is on the agenda. Recently DHS Secretary Napolitano reiterated her support for the DREAM act, and yesterday White House officials unveiled a $27 billion plan for border and transportation security as part of the 2010 budget. AILA Doc. No. 09050763.
AILA Doc. No. 09050763.
Attorney General Should Call for Investigation of Postville Following Supreme Court Identity Theft Decision
In light of the Supreme Court identity theft decision in
, AILA believes that Attorney General Eric Holder should order a full investigation of the criminal convictions of undocumented workers following the May 2008 raid on Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa. AILA Doc. No. 09050570.
AILA Doc. No. 09050570.
All Signs Point to Immigration Reform this Year: AILA Optimistic that the President and Congress will Push for CIR this Year
AILA is encouraged by events of the past 24 hours as President Obama renewed his Administration’s pledge to pursue CIR, DHS announced its intention to focus worksite enforcement actions more on criminal prosecutions of employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers, and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration held a CIR hearing. AILA Doc. No. 09043010
AILA Doc. No. 09043010.
AILA Applauds Labor Support for CIR, Challenges Mischaracterizations of Employment-Based Visa Programs
AILA was pleased that the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Change to Win joined together and agreed to support comprehensive immigration reform that would include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. However, AILA is concerned by proposals put forth in a new report released in partnership with the A.F.L.-C.I.O that attack H-1B and L visa programs. AILA Doc. No. 09041730.
AILA Doc. No. 09041730.
AILA Commends President Obama’s Commitment to CIR
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) commends President Obama for the Administration’s statement today that it plans to advance the effort to reform our immigration system including eliminating illegal immigration and providing a path to citizenship for hardworking immigrant families. AILA Doc. No. 09040931.
AILA Doc. No. 09040931.
H-1Bs Reflect the Economic Conditions
Today USCIS advised that, during the initial filing window for H-1Bs, it has not received even half the number of petitions to reach the 65,000 cap. AILA Doc. 09040810
AILA Doc. No. 09040810.
AILA Saddened By Binghamton Tragedy
AILA is saddened by the April 3 tragedy in Binghamton, NY. Our condolences to the victims' families. AILA Doc. No. 09040460.
AILA Doc. No. 09040460.
H-1B Lottery: There Has To Be a Better Way
The rush to file H-1B petitions on April 1st serves as a reminder that the numerical limitation on H-1B visas prevents American businesses from timely, targeted and sufficient access to the global workforce of professionals that can open the door to innovation and international markets. AILA Doc. No. 09040163.
AILA Doc. No. 09040163.
AILA Welcomes Introduction of the DREAM Act in Congress
AILA welcomes the introduction on 3/26/09 of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, commonly known as the DREAM Act, which allows high achieving immigrant students to receive the chance for higher education or military service, and the opportunity to contribute to America in a strikingly productive way. AILA Doc. No. 09032762.
AILA Doc. No. 09032762.
AILA Applauds Introduction of the “Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2009”
AILA applauds the bill introduced today by Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Kennedy (D-MA). The “Immigration Fraud Prevention Act of 2009” (S. 577) would make it a Federal crime to defraud individuals – citizens and non-citizens alike – in connection with any matter arising under the immigration laws. AILA Doc. No. 09031210
AILA Doc. No. 09031210.
287(g) Just Doesn’t Work
AILA notes that the release of a GAO report on ICE’s 287(g) program, which coincided with a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing, confirms what community groups and local law enforcement authorities have known for a long time: the 287(g) program just doesn’t work. AILA Doc. No. 09030530.
AILA Doc. No. 09030530.
AILA Critical Over Economic Stimulus Bill Inclusion of Sanders H-1B Amendment
AILA expresses its disappointment that the Sanders H-1B amendment, which saddles TARP fund recipients with strict regulations for hiring foreign workers under the H-1B program, remains part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R.1), which was passed by the House on 2/13/09, and now moves on to the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 09021330.
AILA Doc. No. 09021330.
Congress Takes a Wrong Turn on Way to Stimulus
Congress has taken a disturbing step backwards to an era of employment protectionism. It adopted by voice vote an amendment that in effect will make financial institutions who receive funding under the TARP program hard pressed to hire any foreign nationals (or extend the visas of currently employed foreign workers) for a 2-year period. AILA Doc. No. 09020666.
AILA Doc. No. 09020666.
“Investigation” of Banks’ Usage of H-1B Visas Gets It Wrong
AILA refutes Associated Press stories that misunderstand and mis-characterize H-1B petitions filed by banks. Immigration is not the problem; it's part of the solution. AILA Doc. No. 09020567.
AILA Doc. No. 09020567.
AILA Commends Congress for Passing the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act
AILA commends Congress for passing the "Legal Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act" (ICHIA) as part of the SCHIP reauthorization. ICHIA authorizes states to waive the current five-year waiting period that limits millions of legal permanent resident children and pregnant women from receiving health insurance benefits AILA Doc. No. 09020330.
AILA Doc. No. 09020330.
AILA Hopeful that Attorney General Holder Will Rescind
Matter of Compean
AILA welcomes Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement that he will reexamine a Bush Administration legal decision about the right to counsel in immigration hearings because the Constitution and immigration law require that deportation proceedings be fundamentally fair. AILA Doc. No. 09020375.
AILA Doc. No. 09020375.
Maintaining America’s Global Competitiveness in a Time of World Economic Crisis
America’s economy is in a tailspin. As our nation struggles to reverse the downward spiral and get back on course, America’s H-1B program has come under fire. Recent articles have targeted the program as "anti-American” and “unpatriotic,” but what exactly is America’s H-1B program designed to do? Let’s set the record straight! AILA Doc. No. 09020372.
AILA Doc. No. 09020372.
AILA Congratulates Kristen Gillibrand on Her Selection to U.S. Senate
Noting her new position representing one of the most populous and immigrant dense states in the country, Kristen Gillibrand is congratulated by AILA for her selection to fill the vacant New York Senate seat. AILA Doc. No. 09012373.
AILA Doc. No. 09012373.
AILA Calls for a More Rational and Just Immigration Policy
The American Immigration Lawyers Association calls upon the new Administration to eschew the harsh, indiscriminate enforcement-only policies of the past 8 years in favor of a more rational and just approach to immigration policy that restores the rule of law and serves America’s core economic, security, and humanitarian interests. AILA Doc. No. 09012263.
AILA Doc. No. 09012263.
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