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Press Releases and Statements
ICE Deportations Show Need to Better Implement Priorities
The announcement from ICE indicating FY2011 deportation statistics underscores the need for prosecutorial discretion to be utilized on a wider scale. AILA President Eleanor Pelta issues her comments.
AILA Doc. No. 11101809.
AILA Consumer Advisory: What You Need to Know About Recent DHS Announcements (Updated 12/30/11 7pm)
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AILA advisory explains the recent announcements regarding the DHS immigration case review process, prosecutorial discretion, and administrative closure. This is not amnesty, and does not create legal status. A Spanish version follows. AILA Doc. No. 11123061.
AILA Doc. No. 11123061.
AILA Shares Concern About Representation of Immigrants
AILA statement on a report from the New York Immigrant Representation Study that shows without a right to appointed counsel in immigration court, many immigrants represent themselves in removal proceedings with unsuccessful outcomes; others have inadequate representation. AILA Doc. No. 11121906.
AILA Doc. No. 11121906.
DHS, DOJ Do Right by Maricopa County
AILA applauds DHS for terminating its 287(g) agreement with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and restricting the County's access to Secure Communities following the release of a DOJ report indicating discriminatory bias and unconstitutional policing. AILA Doc. No. 11121509
AILA Doc. No. 11121509.
AILA Welcomes Senator Leahy's Hearing on Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program
AILA is pleased to see Senator Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the reauthorization of the EB-5 program for its potential as a driver of economic growth and job creation. AILA Doc. No. 11120768.
AILA Doc. No. 11120768.
AILA Recognizes H-1B Cap Reached; Recommends Changes to System
AILA's statement on Wednesday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2012 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year. AILA Doc. No. 11231102.
AILA Doc. No. 11231102.
AILA Applauds ICE for Progress on Immigration Case Review
AILA welcomes new guidance issued in a memo from ICE that outlines the process for reviewing pending and incoming immigration cases for their eligibility to apply prosecutorial discretion. AILA Doc. No. 11171121.
AILA Doc. No. 11171121.
AILA-AIC Survey Reveals ICE Officials’ Sporadic Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion
A joint report released on 11/9/11 by AILA and AIC, "Holding DHS Accountable on Prosecutorial Discretion," highlights the discrepancies seen by immigration attorneys at all 28 ICE offices nationwide in regards to the exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion. AILA Doc. No. 11110946.
AILA Doc. No. 11110946.
AILA Calls USCIS Guidance a Positive Step
AILA commends the new Policy Memorandum issued by USCIS for its movement away from enforcement actions and back towards its original service-minded focus. AILA Doc. No. 11110809.
AILA Doc. No. 11110809.
AILA Recognized as Great Place to Work in DC by Washingtonian Magazine
Washingtonian Magazine has chosen AILA as one of the top 50 places to work in the Washington, DC, area. The selection was based on employees' survey responses and reflects the satisfaction of AILA staff members. AILA Doc. No. 11102160.
AILA Doc. No. 11102160.
AILA Applauds Hearing on Foreign Students Graduating with Advanced Degrees
The House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hearing "STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?" moves the conversation on immigration reform in a positive direction.
AILA Doc. No. 11100567.
The Lamar Smith Bill to Mandate E-Verify Should Not Move Forward
AILA opposes Congressman Lamar Smith’s latest attempt to mandate E-Verify with his proposed "Legal Workforce Act." This bill would harm American workers and businesses, and it would do nothing to fix the nation's immigration problems. AILA Doc. No. 11091470.
AILA Doc. No. 11091470.
AILA Consumer Advisory: DHS Immigration Announcement is NOT a Legalization Program (Updated 8/23/11)
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An AILA consumer advisory clarifying the 8/18/11 DHS announcement regarding immigration enforcement priorities. It is not a legalization program and does not create legal status. Immigrants with questions should see certified legal professionals. A Spanish version follows. AILA Doc. No. 11082009.
AILA Doc. No. 11082009.
AILA Calls DHS Prioritization Plan Strong Step Forward for Immigration Enforcement
AILA press statement responding to DHS announcement establishing a high-level committee to ensure implementation of its enforcement priorities and to relieve pressure on an already overburdened immigration court system. AILA Doc. No. 11081809
AILA Doc. No. 11081809.
New AILA Report Says DHS Immigration Enforcement is Far “Off Target”
AILA announces the release of Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses with Major Consequences, a report featuring 127 cases where DHS took enforcement action against harmless people who were picked up and referred by local police officers. AILA Doc. No. 11081608
AILA Doc. No. 11081608.
AILA Creates New Pro Bono Program; Partners With DREAM Act Advocacy Groups
AILA is proud to announce a new partnership with DREAM Act advocacy groups. AD2 provides an opportunity for AILA members to volunteer to take on DREAM Act cases on a pro bono basis in conjunction with the grassroots work of these partners. AILA Doc. no. 11080967.
AILA Doc. No. 11080967.
In Abrupt Shift, ICE Announces Secure Communities to be Imposed on States
AILA response to 8/5/2011 ICE declaration that the MOAs previously executed with 42 states to implement the Secure Communities program were “terminated,” opining that no agreement with states or local law enforcement was necessary. AILA Doc. No. 11080609.
AILA Doc. No. 11080609.
AILA Launches First Member Section to Focus on Federal Court Litigation
The official launch of the first member section is an exciting change for AILA. The Federal Court Litigation Section will offer a new community for members who argue immigration cases in federal court. AILA Doc. No. 11080330.
AILA Doc. No. 11080330.
AILA Calls Politically Polarizing Legislation Unworthy of Full Committee Hearing
On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement conducted a hearing on legislation called the Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act (HALT Act). AILA Doc. No. 11072661.
AILA Doc. No. 11072661.
AILA Commends Senator Schumer for Holding Tuesday’s Hearing, “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform”
AILA calls on Congress to follow Sen. Schumer’s lead by joining him in creating viable immigration policy that can produce more jobs and push the economy forward. AILA Doc. No. 11072660.
AILA Doc. No. 11072660.
AILA Applauds First-Ever Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act
AILA statement on the Senate hearing chaired by Senator Durbin on Tuesday, June 28, to discuss the DREAM Act. AILA member Margaret Stock served as a witness at the hearing. AILA Doc. No. 11062872.
AILA Doc. No. 11062872.
AILA Commends Senate Leaders for Solution-Oriented Plan on Immigration
AILA statement welcoming the introduction of the CIR Act of 2011 by Senator Menendez and others. The bill includes fixes to the family and business visa systems, a legalization program, and tough enforcement measures. AILA Doc. No. 11062242.
AILA Doc. No. 11062242.
Installation Speech of Incoming AILA President Eleanor Pelta
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Text of the installation speech delivered by incoming AILA President Eleanor Pelta on Thursday, June 16 during the 2011 AILA Annual Conference in San Diego. AILA Doc. No. 11062238.
AILA Doc. No. 11062238.
AILA Comments on DHS Promise to Reform Enforcement with New Policies
AILA statement on newly issued DHS written policies directing ICE officers, agents, and attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion to implement its priorities for immigration enforcement as well as reforms to the Secure Communities program. AILA Doc. No. 11061709
AILA Doc. No. 11061709.
AILA Elects New Officers
On Thursday evening of its annual conference, AILA announced the election results for the 2011-2012 Executive Committee. Eleanor Pelta was installed as AILA President during a morning session of the conference where she eloquently presented her goals for the year. AILA Doc. No. 11061609
AILA Doc. No. 11061609.
AILA Applauds Bill to Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers
AILA statement on the introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2011. The bill, introduced June 15, 2011, addresses shortfalls in current law and would, among other fixes, eliminate the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers. AILA Doc. No. 11061539.
AILA Doc. No. 11061539.
AILA Applauds The Introduction Of Rep. Lofgren’s High Skill Immigration Reform Bill
AILA calls the introduction by U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) of a high skill immigration reform measure an important step towards addressing an urgent issue of national importance. AILA Doc. No. 11061560.
AILA Doc. No. 11061560.
AILA to Congress: Stop H.R. 2164’s Mandatory Employment Verification Scheme
AILA Statement about the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing on legislation to mandate E-Verify within two years. The bill from Rep. Lamar Smith is called the “Legal Workforce Act.” AILA Doc. No. 11061509.
AILA Doc. No. 11061509.
AILA To Provide Free Legal Consultations To San Diego Immigrant Community
AILA attorneys will host a will host a three hour pro bono session for San Diego residents in need of legal advice regarding immigration concerns on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is AILA’s way to thank the city for hosting its annual conference. AILA Doc. No. 11061336.
AILA Doc. No. 11061336.
AILA Presents Past President Bernard P. Wolfsdorf with the 2011 AILA Service Excellence Award
AILA awards Bernard Wolfsdorf of Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, the 2011 AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves. AILA Doc. No. 11061375.
AILA Doc. No. 11061375.
AILA Presents Anthony Weigel with the 2011 Advocacy Award
AILA awards Anthony Weigel, the principal of Weigel Law Office, LLC, located in the Kansas City, Missouri area, the 2011 Advocacy Award for his outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda. AILA Doc. No. 11061374.
AILA Doc. No. 11061374.
AILA Presents Ronald Wada with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award
AILA awards Ronald Wada, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP, with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 11061373.
AILA Doc. No. 11061373.
AILA Presents United We Dream with the 2011 Advocacy Award
AILA awards United We Dream with the 2011 Advocacy Award for the group’s outstanding efforts in support of positive immigration legislation, specifically the DREAM Act. AILA Doc. No. 11061372.
AILA Doc. No. 11061372.
AILA Presents the
Padilla v. Kentucky
Litigation Team with the 2011 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award
AILA awards the
Padilla v. Kentucky
Litigation Team with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 11061371.
AILA Doc. No. 11061371.
AILA Presents Professor Nancy Morawetz with the 2011 Elmer Fried Excellence Award
AILA awards Nancy Morawetz, a professor at New York University School of Law (NYU), the 2011 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professors in the area of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 11061370.
AILA Doc. No. 11061370.
AILA Presents Cyrus D. Mehta with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award
AILA awards Cyrus D. Mehta, founder and managing attorney of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC, in New York. He is honored with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field. AILA Doc. No. 11061369.
AILA Doc. No. 11061369.
AILA Presents CNN Producer Kiran Khalid with 2011 Media Leadership Award
AILA awards Kiran Khalid, a news producer for CNN’s New York Bureau, the 2011 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants. AILA Doc. No. 11061367.
AILA Doc. No. 11061367.
AILA Presents Russell Abrutyn with the 2011 Sam Williamson Mentor Award
AILA awards Russell Abrutyn, an immigration law practitioner at Marshal E. Hyman & Associates in Troy, MI, with the 2011 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his steadfast dedication to guiding new lawyers through the complexities of immigration law. AILA Doc. No. 11061366.
AILA Doc. No. 11061366.
AILA Presents Jason Abrams with the 2011 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award
AILA awards Jason Abrams, a partner with Abrams & Abrams in New York, with the 2011 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law. AILA Doc. No. 11061365.
AILA Doc. No. 11061365.
AILA Applauds New Government Initiative to Halt Immigration Service Scams
AILA statement explaining its new partnership with community organizations, FTC, USCIS, and DOJ to protect immigrant communities from harmful and dishonest practitioners of immigration law and also improve immigrants’ access to qualified legal advice. AILA Doc. No. 11060965.
AILA Doc. No. 11060965.
AILA Troubled by Supreme Court Decision That Opens Door to 50 Different Laws on Employment Verification
AILA statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Arizona Legal Workers Act a state law that imposes requirements and sanctions on employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. The decision could lead to a patchwork of immigration enforcement policies. AILA Doc. No. 11052610.
AILA Doc. No. 11052610.
AILA Welcomes Introduction of Military Families Act
AILA statement welcoming the introduction of legislation that would allow noncitizen immediate family members of active military service members to apply to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. AILA Doc. No. 11052662.
AILA Doc. No. 11052662.
AILA Denounces House Detention Bill
AILA press statement on upcoming House hearing to discuss H.R. 1932, a bill that would strip important due process protections of harmless individuals by needlessly increasing the government’s already broad authority to detain noncitizens. AILA Doc. No. 11052460.
AILA Doc. No. 11052460.
AILA Commends Government for Temporary Relief to Haitian Nationals
AILA statement in response to DHS decision to extend TPS for Haitian nationals and re-designate Haiti for TPS so that nationals who arrived within the year following the earthquake can also apply for temporary status. AILA Doc. No. 11051867.
AILA Doc. No. 11051867.
AILA Welcomes Introduction of DREAM Act in Congress
AILA press statement welcoming the introduction of the DREAM Act. The legislation gives thousands of young immigrant students a chance to pursue the American dream. The bill passed the House last November, but could not win enough votes to pass the Senate. AILA Doc. No. 11051160.
AILA Doc. No. 11051160.
AILA Opposes Secure Visas Act
AILA statement on the 5/11/11 review by the House Immigration Subcommittee of the Secure Visas Act, a bill that would radically change the way visas are processed by shifting authority from DOS to DHS and curtailing the power of courts to review decisions made by officers. AILA Doc. No. 11051161.
AILA Doc. No. 11051161.
President Gets it Right on Immigration, Economy; Leadership Needed in Enforcement Arena
AILA’s statement on President Obama’s address on immigration from El Paso, TX. AILA commends his commitment to immigration reform, but calls for more leadership on appropriate use of agency authority in the enforcement arena. AILA Doc. No. 11051068.
AILA Doc. No. 11051068.
AILA Urges Timeout on the Secure Communities Program
AILA Statement on House Border Subcommittee hearing. Congress should examine the Secure Communities program which AILA calls inadequate and harmful to community policing. AILA Doc. No. 11050364.
AILA Doc. No. 11050364.
AILA and Partners to Help Thousands Apply for Citizenship on Saturday, April 30
AILA will celebrate its 5th Annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 30 by helping more than 2,500 legal permanent residents apply to become US citizens at 50 naturalization clinics in 19 states. AILA Doc. No. 11042931.
AILA Doc. No. 11042931.
AILA Welcomes End of NSEERS Country Listings, Calls for Program’s Complete Termination
AILA’s statement on April 27th notice from DHS that the agency will depopulate the country listings from the NSEERS database calling the move a good first step toward eliminating the whole program. AILA Doc. No. 11042731.
AILA Doc. No. 11042731.
Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Ruled Unconstitutional
AILA applauds today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s SB 1070 because states do not have inherent authority to make or enforce immigration laws. AILA Doc. No. 11041131.
AILA Doc. No. 11041131.
AILA Denounces Deportations to Haiti as Life-Threatening
AILA's public statement calling on Obama Administration to suspend deportations to Haiti until life threatening conditions in that country are resolved. AILA Doc. No. 11040710.
AILA Doc. No. 11040710.
AILA Anticipates Balanced Hearing on H-1B Visas
AILA looks forward to what is expected to be the first balanced hearing on immigration policy from the House Immigration Subcommittee. It is titled, “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers.” AILA Doc. No. 11033110
AILA Doc. No. 11033110.
AILA Opposes Obama Administration’s Decision to Resume Deportations to Haiti
AILA expresses deep disappointment with and opposes the decision of the Obama Administration to resume deportations to Haiti which had been suspended since a catastrophic earthquake devastated the country last January. AILA Doc. No. 11031564.
AILA Doc. No. 11031564.
AILA Calls on Congress to Focus on Viable Immigration Solutions That Create Jobs and Drive the Economy Forward
AILA calls on Congress to show leadership by creating viable immigration policy that can create more jobs and push the economy forward. Unfortunately today’s House Immigration Subcommittee hearing only serves to play politics about unemployment during the recession. AILA Doc. No. 11030910.
AILA Doc. No. 11030910.
AILA Stresses the Need for Immigration Solutions that Expand Opportunity for all Americans
AILA urges Congress not to fall prey to the politics of division in Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement's Subcommittee Hearing on "Making Immigration Work for American Minorities." AILA Doc. No. 11022810.
AILA Doc. No. 11022810.
E-Verify Not the Right Solution for American Economy
AILA calls upon Congress to tell Americans the full story of the flawed electronic employment verification system in a statement regarding the upcoming E-Verify hearing in the House Immigration Subcommittee. AILA Doc. No. 11020864.
AILA Doc. No. 11020864.
AILA Recognizes H-1B Cap Reached; Recommends Changes to Visa Program
AILA's statement on Thursday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year 2011 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year. AILA Doc. No. 11012910.
AILA Doc. No. 11012910.
AILA Responds to House Worksite Enforcement Hearing
The political gamesmanship has begun with today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Immigration. The hearing is an example of backward thinking in tackling America’s broken immigration system. It represents an extension of a policy paradigm that has already failed. AILA Doc. No. 11012662.
AILA Doc. No. 11012662.
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