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Press Releases and Statements
AILA Applauds Challenge by U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Federal Government’s Attempt to Expand E-Verify Program
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) applauds the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today in challenging the legality of requiring federal contractors and sub-contractors to use the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) E-Verify system. AILA Doc. No. 08122342.
There They Go Again: DHS Issues Final Rule Subjecting Lawful Permanent Residents To US-VISIT Requirements
AILA expresses deep concern over the Department of Homeland Security issuance of a final rule that suddenly and exponentially expands the population of immigrants who will be subject to US-VISIT requirements to nearly all immigrants, including lawful permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 08121821
EOIR Shows Lack of Balance, Lack of Diversity of Experience with New BIA Appointees
AILA expresses concern regarding EOIR’s announcement of five new appointees to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), none of whom, save one, have any experience in private immigration practice. AILA Doc. No. 08121764.
AILA Applauds New Program for Immigrants in the Military
AILA commends DOD Secretary Gates for authorizing the armed forces to recruit more nonimmigrants with work authorization to make up for chronic shortages of doctors, nurses and linguists available for wartime duty. AILA Doc. No. 08121230.
AILA Strongly Opposes Forced DNA Collection for Civil Detainees
AILA expresses concern over the DOJ final rule (73 FR 74932, 12/10/08) that holds serious implications for people who are detained on possible immigration violations, by forcing them to submit their DNA to federal officials. AILA Doc. No. 08121164.
AILA Applauds the Introduction of the Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act (H.R. 7255) which Seeks to End Detainee Abuse
AILA applauds the introduction of the Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act (H.R. 7255) by Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), which calls for an end to unlawful detention and detainee abuse. AILA Doc. No. 08100330.
AILA Commends Senators Menendez and Kennedy for Introducing Raids and Detention Bill
AILA welcomes the introduction of the Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act (S.3594) by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), which would establish minimum standards of treatment for U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and immigrants who are impacted by immigration enforcement operations. AILA Doc. No. 08092968.
AILA Commends House Judiciary Committee For “Mark-Up” Of Four Immigration-Related Bills
AILA commends Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the House Immigration Subcommittee, for pressing forward in a toxic political environment to “mark up” four important immigration-related bills: H.R. 6020, H.R. 5882, H.R. 5924, HR 5950. AILA Doc. No. 08091070.
Big Surprise - Operation Scheduled Departure a Bust
To the surprise of no one, ICE announced today that, due to lack of interest, it would not be continuing its “Operation Scheduled Departure," which asked people who had been subject to a final order of deportation to turn themselves in for removal. AILA Doc. No. 08082275.
Enough! AILA Decries Detainee's Death While in ICE Custody
AILA decries the reported circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Hiu Lui Ng while in ICE custody, the result of policies and a culture that have led to the abandonment of responsible law enforcement in favor of a pretext of enforcement of a broken system. AILA Doc. No. 08081562.
ICE in the Realm of the Bizarre
Yesterday’s announcement by ICE of a program to “encourage” the undocumented to report for deportation is the latest bit of strangeness in the increasing loss of rationality in the way the U.S. deals with immigration. Offering no inducement to do so, the agency simply asks that people turn themselves in. AILA Doc. No. 08073163.
Railroad Justice Run Amok
As more information about the planning, execution and aftermath of the Postville, Iowa raid on the Agriprocessors facility comes to light, it has become increasingly apparent that this was a travesty of justice that could not have occurred without the full complicity of the federal district court for the northern district of Iowa. AILA Doc. No. 08073161.
Politicized Hiring of Immigration Judges and BIA: Not the End of the Story
AILA congratulates the DOJ Offices of Professional Responsibility and Inspector General for the difficult work reflected in their 7/28/08 report highlighting the malfeasance of the DOJ with respect to the hiring of Immigration Judges and BIA members. AILA Doc. No. 08073068.
Doing the Right Thing on HIV Travel Ban
AILA commends Congress and the President for enacting the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act which includes an important provision that repeals a controversial immigration law barring HIV-positive individuals from entering the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 08073067.
AILA Installs New National Officers for 2008-2009 in Vancouver, BC
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During its Annual Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, AILA installed Charles Kuck, Bernard Wolfsdorf, David Leopold, Eleanor Pelta, Laura Lichter and Douglas Stump to their new posts as national officers for the 2008-2009 year. AILA Doc. No. 08070869.
AILA Commends Congressional Hearing on Devastating Impact of Workforce Raids
AILA expresses appreciation to the leadership shown by the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee for holding a hearing on the impact of immigration raids, which helped shine a long overdue light on the harsh consequences these raids visit upon American children, families, and communities. AILA Doc. No. 08052063.
A Compromised Judiciary
In a troubling turn of events, it appears that the Federal judiciary has become complicit in an effort to deprive employees of an Iowa meat packing plant of their basic rights. AILA calls upon the court system and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to restore due process and maintain the presumption of innocence. AILA Doc. No. 08051960.
Give Me Your Papers in Natural Disasters
AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker's official statement regarding the Border Patrol's policy of verifying the immigration status of those seeking shelter from hurricanes and natural disasters. AILA Doc. No. 08051631.
AILA Condemns ICE's Failure to Provide Basic Medical Care
AILA applauds the introduction of the Detainee Basic Medical Care Act of 2008. This bill takes an important step in addressing ICE’s outrageous failure to provide medical treatment in detention facilities which has resulted in serious harm to detainees and in some cases, even death. AILA Doc. No. 08051562.
AILA Statement on Employment-Based Immigration Programs: Worker Protections and Systemic Reform
AILA reiterates its commitment to a fair, transparent, and efficient employment-based immigration system, and its opposition to any measures that would undermine protections against abuse of workers, in the agricultural worker or any other context. AILA Doc. No. 08050268.
AILA Applauds a Glimmer of Common Legislative Sense
AILA applauds Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) for introducing bipartisan legislation to “recapture” employment-based and family-based green cards that Congress authorized in the past, but went unused before the end of the fiscal year, because of government processing delays. AILA Doc. No. 08050160.
Save Our Summer - America Needs to Expand H-2B Visas
By holding a hearing today, and by including both supporters of the H-2B program as well as those who are familiar with situations where the program has been misused, Chairman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) is clearly intending to find a balanced solution for the businesses and workers that use the program. AILA Doc. No. 08041669.
AILA Announces Citizenship Day 2008
On April 19, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will sponsor “Citizenship Day 2008,” a single-day workshop with sites around the country providing assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization. AILA Doc. No. 08040972.
AILA Announces National Day of Action 2008
On April 3, the American Immigration Lawyers Association will hold “National Day of Action 2008,” an advocacy event for the association’s members and clients to meet with their representatives in Congress to discuss immigration issues. Last year, over 400 attorneys met with 386 Congressional offices to discuss the need for immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 08040277.
AILA Says It's Time To Address the Cap on H-1B Visas
For U.S. employers, April 1st marks the day that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting new H-1B visa petitions for 2009. And once again, America's companies will be left in the lurch as the sparse annual allotment of H-1B visas will be reached on the very first day. AILA Doc. No. 08040139.
No-Match is No Solution
The Department of Homeland Security today announced a “supplemental proposed rule” concerning the actions required of employers who receive “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration. AILA Doc. No. 08032140.
H-1B Lottery Redux: Continuing Immigration Policy Chaos
AILA welcomes today’s announcement by USCIS of an interim final rule to make the “lottery” process for obtaining scarce H-1B numbers more equitable. AILA calls on Congress to enact legislation to fix the broken H-1B system as well as to provide new legal avenues for employers to fill legitimate labor needs. AILA Doc. No. 08031841.
AILA Statement Regarding Hearing on “Problems with ICE Interrogation, Detention and Removal Procedures”
AILA statement regarding the House Subcommittee on Immigration’s hearing on “Problems with ICE Interrogation, Detention and Removal Procedures” which took place on 02/13/08. AILA calls on Congress to reform these laws to ensure that due process is respected. AILA Doc. No. 08030369.
AILA Releases New Resource Guide for State and Local Policymakers
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released its newest tool, a resource guide for state and local policymakers and immigration advocates, this week. In “Navigating the Immigration Debate,” AILA identifies and addresses the top seven immigration-related issues plaguing state and local governments. AILA Doc. No. 08022267.
AILA Urges DHS to Ensure Due Process During Raids
The American Immigration Lawyers Association urges the Department of Homeland Security to ensure due process during raids, and that detainees and individuals encountered during raids are treated humanely. AILA Doc. No. 08021560.
AILA Supports the Launch of NCLR's "We Can Stop the Hate" Campaign
The American Immigration Lawyers Association applauds National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) new initiative titled "We Can Stop the Hate" which is aimed at curtailing the influence of noted anti-immigrant media personalities. AILA Doc. No. 08020132.
AILA to Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance to U.S. Military Personnel
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is joining with United States military Legal Assistance Offices to create the AILA Military Assistance Program, providing free legal assistance to military members and their families who may be facing serious immigration consequences in the absence of a skilled immigration advocate. AILA Doc. No. 08011561.
AILA Wins ASAE’S 2008 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence
The American Immigration Lawyers Association has won the Award of Excellence in the 2008 Associations Advance America Awards program for its nationwide “Citizenship Day” project. Fourteen AILA State Chapters and hundreds of AILA members volunteered their time to assist 1,700 eligible legal permanent residents to prepare naturalization applications at little or no cost. AILA Doc. No. 08011161.
Here We Go Again – USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap For Second Half of Fiscal Year 2008
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AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker responds to the USCIS announcement on January 3, 2008 that the congressionally mandated H-2B cap has already been reached for the second half of fiscal year 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08010331.
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