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AILA Saddened By Binghamton Tragedy

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09040460 (posted Apr. 4, 2009)"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, April 3, 2009
CONTACT:
George Tzamaras
202-507-7649
gtzamaras@aila.org

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is deeply saddened by today's shocking tragedy in Binghamton, NY. From all accounts, it appears that the American Civic Association, an agency serving immigrants and refugees, was the crime scene and our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and their families. As an organization that promotes justice and advocates for fair and reasonable immigration laws, we share a mission with the immigration services center -- providing guidance for our newest Americans and those seeking to join our ranks. This is a terrible day for America and for the immigrant community. We urge everyone to come together and resist the tendency towards divisiveness and inflammatory rhetoric that runs rampant through the immigration debate.

Our prayers and condolences go to the families of all involved.

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.