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  • NCLR Commends Senate for Historic Immigration Vote(11 KB - 5/26/2006)
    NCLR will work to improve the legislation as it proceeds to a House/Senate conference committee. “While we support this bill moving forward, we intend to fight for changes to make it more workable, more effective, and fairer.” AILA Doc. No. 06052613.
    AILA Doc. No. 06052613.
  • HIAS Commends Senate for Constructive Immigration Reform, Work Still Needed(43 KB - 5/30/2006)
    The Hebrew Immigrant Aide Society’s press statement on final passage of S. 2611- HIAS is cautiously optimistic about progress made on comprehensive immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 06053063.
    AILA Doc. No. 06053063.
  • Coalition for Immigration Security Supports CIR(161 KB - 7/19/2006)
    The Coalition for Immigration Security argues that it is in our national security interests to implement comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to permanent status for the current undocumented population and a temporary worker program to meet future economic need.
    AILA Doc. No. 06071967.
  • Southern Baptist Leader Supports CIR (7/20/2006)
    Remarks by Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072064.
  • U.S. Mayors Adopt Resolution Calling for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (7/21/2008)
    The U.S. Conference of Mayors officially adopted a resolution calling for a comprehensive immigration reform solution "which promotes the reunification of families, provides legal status with a path to earned citizenship, and a plan for current and future immigrant workers."
    AILA Doc. No. 08072160.
  • AILF Responds to New Voluntary Departure Rule(225 KB - 12/23/2008)
    AILF's Legal Action Center has analyzed EOIR's new voluntary departure rule and concluded that it is a mixed bag. The new regulations, which go into effect on January 20, 2009, address various aspects of voluntary departure, including what happens to voluntary departure when motions to reopen and reconsider and petitions for review are filed. AILA Doc. No. 08122334.
    AILA Doc. No. 08122334.
  • DOD Announces Pilot Program Temporarily Permitting Military Service Enlistment for Some Nonimmigrants(79 KB - 12/9/2008)
    On 12/5/08 the DOD announced that it has authorized the military services to implement a pilot program; temporarily permitting enlistment into military service certain nonimmigrants (who have lived in the United States for at least two years) and hold skills that are critically needed in the military. AILA Doc. No. 08120960.
    AILA Doc. No. 08120960.
  • Immigrants' Rights Organizations Sue DHS Over Stipulated Removal (11/12/2008)
    On 11/12/08 the Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, NILC, ACLU of Southern California and the National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to gain access to agency records about stipulated removal. NLGSF et al. v U.S. DHS. AILA Doc. No. 08111267.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111267.
  • Department of Education Launches Website to Help Immigrants Learn English (11/12/2008)
    On 9/7/08 the U.S. Department of Education announced the launch of U.S.A. Learns, a website designed to help immigrants learn English. AILA Doc. No. 08111263.
    AILA Doc. No. 08111263.
  • Position Statement on the One-time Renewal of I-600A Approvals (10/14/2008)
    The Joint Council on International Children’s Services released a position statement on the one-time renewal of I-600A approvals and the impact on Potential Adoptive Parents. AILA Doc. No. 08101463.
    AILA Doc. No. 08101463.
  • ACLU Releases Statement Opposing Change to BIA Requirements Regarding Counsel Error (10/8/2008)
    On 10/7/08 ACLU released a statement regarding its opposition to Attorney General Mukasey's briefing schedule regarding the proposed change to the Board of Immigration Appeals requirements governing ineffective assistance of counsel to immigrants. AILA Doc. No. 08100863.
    AILA Doc. No. 08100863.
  • Leaders of Diverse Faiths to Gather at OH Statehouse to Call for End to Raids and Deportations(39 KB - 9/10/2008)
    More than 200 leaders of diverse faiths and traditions will gather on the law of the Ohio Statehouse at 5:15 pm on 9/10/08 to call on the government to stop raids and deportations, and to enact humane, just immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 08091069.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091069.
  • America's Voice Releases Video on FAIR (9/10/2008)
    America’s Voice released a new video ad on the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). FAIR is lobbying on capitol hill 9/8-9/11 2008. AILA Doc. No. 08091072.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091072.
  • U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops to Ask DHS to Abandon Raids(25 KB - 9/10/2008)
    On 9/10/08 the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops is holding a press conference on a statement to be issued to DHS and President Bush that requests the abandonment of worksite raids as an immigration enforcement tool. AILA Doc. No. 08091063.
    AILA Doc. No. 08091063.
  • Mississippi Rights Alliance Warns of a Possible Raid(14 KB - 8/22/2008)
    An 8/22/08 Mississippi Rights Alliance release warns of what appear to be preparations for an ICE raid somewhere on the Gulf Coast. AILA Doc. No. 08082230.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082230.
  • Rhode Island Bishop Calls for Moratorium on Immigration Raids (8/21/2008)
    In an 8/19/08 letter to ICE, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, and 15 Pastors call for a moratorium on immigration raids in Rhode Island. The letter is available on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence website. AILA Doc. No. 08082171.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082171.
  • Donald Kerwin to Leave CLINIC(60 KB - 8/20/2008)
    Donald Kerwin, Executive Director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), has announced he will leave the agency in mid-October. AILA Doc. No. 08082064.
    AILA Doc. No. 08082064.
  • National Immigrant Bond Fund (7/25/2008)
    Information on the newly launched National Immigrant Bond Fund. AILA Doc. No. 08072563.
    AILA Doc. No. 08072563.
  • Detention Watch Network Posts Story on Rhode Island Courthouse Raids (7/17/2008)
    Detention Watch Network posted a new story to its website regarding ICE raids of 6 Rhode Island Courthouses on 7/16/08. The story reports that dozens of foreign nationals employed by contractors have been arrested. The raid led to a demonstration of about 100 people outside ICE's Providence office on the night of 7/16/08. AILA Doc. No. 08071764.
    AILA Doc. No. 08071764.
  • Fervor for REAL ID is Fading Says Cato’s Jim Harper (6/26/2008)
    DHS may have awarded almost $80 million in grants for REAL ID implementation, but the Cato Institute’s Jim Harper thinks that the fervor for REAL ID is fading. Also, he details one man’s experience with IDless travel, which resulted in a background check that included his political affiliation. AILA Doc. No. 08062634.
    AILA Doc. No. 08062634.
  • Jim Harper Blogs on the Millions Granted for REAL ID (6/23/2008)
    On 6/20/08, the Cato Institute's Jim Harper blogged about the REAL ID grant process, concluding that DHS effectively doled out around $80 million in a no-bid contract for a program states don't want. AILA Doc. No. 08062365.
    AILA Doc. No. 08062365.
  • Cato Director Harper Responds to Baker's Third Piece on E-Verify (6/5/2008)
    Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, responds to DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker’s third Leadership Journal piece on E-Verify, “Debunking Three More E-Verify Myths.”
    AILA Doc. No. 08060569.
  • Director of CATAO Institute Rebuts DHS Again on E-Verify (5/23/2008)
    Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, responds to DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker’s second Leadership Journal piece on E-Verify, “Debunking the E-Verify Capacity Problem.”
    AILA Doc. No. 08052361.
  • "The Key to Innovation is Immigration" - NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (5/22/2008)
    On 5/19/08, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered the commencement address at UPenn, noting that accepting immigrants is one of our nation's greatest historic strengths. AILA Doc. No. 08052256.
    AILA Doc. No. 08052256.
  • Debunking "Debunking": A Critique of the DHS Journal Piece on the E-Verify Error Rate (5/22/2008)
    Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, responds to DHS Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart Baker’s 5/21/08 Leadership Journal piece “Debunking the 'E-Verify Error Rate.'” AILA Doc. No. 08052274.
    AILA Doc. No. 08052274.
  • Traveling Safely With Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices(96 KB - 12/28/2007)
    This advisory from SafeTravel.dot.gov discusses the new rules which apply to the spare lithium batteries travelers carry onto aircraft in case the battery in a device runs low. AILA Doc. No. 07122870.
    AILA Doc. No. 07122870.
  • Lawsuit Filed to Speed Natz Application Adjudications Delayed Because of FBI Name Checks(393 KB - 12/5/2007)
    On 12/4/07 the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) issued a press release on the lawsuit filed by ACLU of Southern California, NILC, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and Munger, Tolles & Olson requesting enforcement of the time limits on name checks for naturalization applicants. AILA Doc. No. 17120563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07120563.
  • New Immigration Procedures for Visitors to Japan(1213 KB - 11/15/2007)
    This document, courtesy of Carol Friend, outlines new security requirements in effect for visitors to Japan. AILA Doc. No. 07111565.
    AILA Doc. No. 07111565.
  • CGFNS Denies Visa Screens for Some Filipino Nurses (2/22/2007)
    Press release, and follow up information, from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, announcing that it is denying visa screen certifications for nurses who obtained Philippine licensure on the basis of passing the "compromised" 6/06 nursing licensure examination. AILA Doc. No. 07022260.
    AILA Doc. No. 07022260.
  • EEOC Resolves Human Trafficking Suit Against H-2B Employer (2/12/2007)
    Announcement from EEOC regarding $1 million settlement on behalf of 48 Thai welders who were contracted under H-2B visas. AILA Doc. No. 07021261.
    AILA Doc. No. 07021261.
  • CLINIC Updates Guide on Asylee Eligibility for Resettlement Assistance (1/16/2007)
    Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC) has published an updated guide to resettlement assistance available to asylees. Courtesy of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., (CLINIC). AILA Doc. No. 07011660.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011660.
  • Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition Denounces Raids and Calls for CIR(18 KB - 12/14/2006)
    In a 12/14/06 statement, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), a statewide coalition of over 80 community, faith and labor organizations, denounces the ICE raids on Swift & Co. facilities, and calls upon Congress and the President to pass comprehensive and humane immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 06121440.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Fact Sheet on Comprehensive Immigration Reform(35 KB - 8/24/2006)
    This fact sheet, issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, explains the need for comprehensive immigration reform, outlines President Bush’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform, and provides an overview of the contributions immigrants make to the United States. AILA Doc. No. 06082473.
    AILA Doc. No. 06082473.
  • Evangelical Lutheran Leader Speaks in Support of CIR (7/24/2006)
    Remarks of Bishop Allan C. Bjornberg, Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, in support of comprehensive immigration reform, delivered at the Interfaith Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference and Advocacy Day on July 12, 2006.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072460.
  • Statement by Episcopal Church on Faith and Migration Conference (7/24/2006)
    Statement by the Episcopal Church describing the Faith and Migration Conference on 7/12/06, an interfaith conference in support of comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072462.
  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs on Undocumented Immigration (7/24/2006)
    Rabbi Steve Gutow, Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, speaks about the imperative to “love the stranger.” He delivered these remarks at the Interfaith Comprehensive Immigration Reform Conference and Advocacy Day on July 12, 2006.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072461.
  • National Black Church Initiative Supports CIR (7/24/2006)
    Remarks by Reverend Anthony Evans, National Black Church Initiative, in support of a compassionate response to the immigration crisis, delivered at the Faith and Migration Conference on 7/12/06.
    AILA Doc. No. 06072463.
  • Racist Groups Exploit Immigration Issues in Effort to Promote Anti-Hispanic Agenda, Says Anti-Defamation League (6/16/2005)
    The world's leading organization in the fight against anti-Semitism addresses the exploitation by anti-immigration groups of illegal immigration issues and points to their outreach to hate groups.
    AILA Doc. No. 05061662.
  • Letter Urging Senate to Oppose REAL ID Act from 9/11 Families (4/6/2005)
    A letter from the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, urging senators to oppose H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act if it is presented either as part of the Supplemental Appropriations bill or as separate legislation to be amended to that bill.
    AILA Doc. No. 05040669.
  • Letter from Brennan Center for Justice Urging Senate Majority Leader Not to Support REAL ID Act(162 KB - 3/22/2005)
    NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Frist on 3/18/05, urging him not to lend his support to the REAL ID Act of 2005.
    AILA Doc. No. 05032270.