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  • AILA: Will the Administration and Congress Get it Right?(132 KB - 12/1/2004)
    As President Bush and Members of Congress refocus this week on intelligence reform, we urge them to reject the anti-immigrant and anti-civil liberty measures included in H.R. 10. We applaud Senate and House conferees who have resisted ill-conceived measures that will not make us safer.
    AILA Doc. No. 04120160.
  • House and Senate Conferees Meet on 9/11 Legislation (10/21/2004)
    The Congressional conferees held their first meeting to resolve legislative differences between H.R. 10 and S. 2845. Congress and the White House must reject the onerous restrictions in H.R. 10 and produce a bipartisan measure behind which this nation can unite.
    AILA Doc. No. 04102160.
  • AILA: U.S. Slams the Door Shut on Highly Educated Foreign Professionals(44 KB - 10/4/2004)
    On 10/1/04, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap had been reached. Unless Congress acts, employers will be barred from hiring new H-1B foreign professionals for an entire year. AILA calls upon Congress and the Administration to restore U.S. access to this important talent.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100411.
  • Congress Should Heed 9/11 Commission and Enact Measures that Enhance Our Security(44 KB - 10/4/2004)
    Both the House and Senate will vote on bills intended to implement the bipartisan 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. AILA urges House leadership to heed the 9/11 Commission’s admonitions and repudiate the use of this legislation to advance an anti-immigrant agenda, not our nation’s security needs.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100460.
  • AILA: U.S. Employers Out of Luck?(43 KB - 10/1/2004)
    With the new fiscal year beginning, time is running out for employers who seek to hire H-1B professionals and H-2B non-agricultural seasonal workers. Due to restrictive numerical limits on both visa programs, employers are anticipating a year-long blackout on H-1B and H-2B visas.
    AILA Doc. No. 04100166.
  • AILA: Congress Needs to Reject H.R. 10, An Anti-Immigrant Bill(60 KB - 9/29/2004)
    AILA urges the House of Representatives to reject H.R. 10 as a fatally flawed bill that includes negative immigration-related provisions that would distract our government from effectively enhancing our security.
    AILA Doc. No. 04092960.
  • Implementing 9-11 Commission’s Immigration Recommendations: Need to Get It Right (9/7/2004)
    Congress must vigorously and carefully debate the first major bill to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, which if enacted, has the potential to profoundly impact our immigration system.
    AILA Doc. No. 04090762.
  • AILA: Visa Denials and “Culture of No” Hurt America (9/7/2004)
    The denial of scholar Tariq Ramadan's visa is an example of the “culture of no” that has permeated the visa issuance and immigration admissions process since 9/11.
    AILA Doc. No. 04090760.
  • AILA: CBP Commissioner Bonner Strikes the Right Balance (8/13/2004)
    AILA applauds the recent announcement by Bureau of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Robert Bonner that gives CBP officers new discretion to grant no-risk travelers who overstayed under the Visa Waiver Program on a prior visit a one-time parole.
    AILA Doc. No. 04081377.
  • AILA: The Senate Needs to Be Allowed to Vote on AgJobs (7/8/2004)
    AgJobs Act (S. 1645) has strong bipartisan support with 63 senators who are cosponsoring this important measure. It is long past time for the Senate to consider and pass AgJobs. We urge the Senate to swiftly take up and pass this important measure.
    AILA Doc. No. 04070862.
  • AILA’s Statement on Recent Supreme Court Decisions Supporting Due Process (7/2/2004)
    AILA’s statement on the Supreme Court’s 6/28/04 decisions in which the Court held that U.S. citizens subjected to indefinite detention as enemy combatants and noncitizens jailed at the Guantanamo Naval Base must be permitted to challenge their detention in court.
    AILA Doc. No. 04070263.
  • AILA: It is Time to Restore Due Process and Civil Liberties (6/16/2004)
    On 6/16/04, Sens. Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), and Corzine (D-NJ) and Reps. Berman (D-CA) and Delahunt (D-MA) introduced the Civil Liberties Restoration Act, balanced legislation restoring critical protections and fundamental freedoms without compromising our safety.
    AILA Doc. No. 04061667.
  • AILALink Wins ACLEA Award(100 KB - 6/7/2004)
    AILA's research CD-ROM, AILALink, has just won Outstanding Achievement in the Best Use of Technology category from the international Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).
    AILA Doc. No. 04060710.
  • Legislation that Gives “Fairness” a Bad Name (5/20/2004)
    Senators Hatch (R-UT), Kyl (R-AZ), Chambliss (R-GA) and Cornyn (R-TX) on May 19, 2004, introduced the Fairness in Immigration Litigation Act. AILA opposes this bill as a broad attack on judicial review and habeas corpus.
    AILA Doc. No. 04052063.
  • AILA’s Statement on the SOLVE Act (5/4/2004)
    AILA’s statement on the “Safe, Orderly Legal Visas and Enforcement (SOLVE) Act of 2004,” comprehensive immigration reform legislation introduced on 5/4/04 by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
    AILA Doc. No. 04050468.
  • Event Highlights End of Educational Dreams for Immigrant Students (4/21/2004)
    On 4/20/04, elected officials and hundreds of students and advocates from around the country held a rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of the DREAM Act, S. 1545, and the Student Adjustment Act, H.R. 1684. AILA strongly supports the passage of this bipartisan legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 04042166.
  • AILA: Increased USCIS Fees Will Not Do The Job (4/15/2004)
    AILA calls on Congress and the Administration to step up to the plate and change how they fund adjudications by directly appropriating funds to supplement user fees. Increased immigration application fees will not do the job alone.
    AILA Doc. No. 04041561.
  • AILA: Legislation to Provide Emergency Relief to “Save Summer” Introduced (3/31/2004)
    AILA urges Congress to quickly pass the “Save Summer Act of 2004,” introduced on 3/29/04 in the House and the Senate. This critical bipartisan legislation would provide an emergency increase for the current fiscal year in the number of H-2B workers who enter the U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 04033162.
  • A Year in Review: The Department of Homeland Security (3/1/2004)
    March 1, 2004 marks the one-year anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) assumption of U.S. immigration functions. The American Immigration Lawyers Association offers its assessment.
    AILA Doc. No. 04030161.
  • AILA: H-1B Cap Reached Signals Change Needed (2/18/2004)
    AILA statement on H-1B visa cap being reached on 2/17/04. AILA calls on Congress for immediate change to the visa program.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021865.
  • AILA’s Statement on Legislation Preserving DV Eligibility in the Face of Processing Delays (2/13/2004)
    AILA comments on legislation (S. 2089) introduced by Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) on 2/12/04 that would allow aliens who are eligible for diversity visas to be eligible beyond the fiscal year in which they applied.
    AILA Doc. No. 04021367.
  • Statement of AILA on Proposed USCIS Fee Increase and the President’s Proposed FY2005 Budget (2/3/2004)
    USCIS proposed increase in fees for immigration applications of up to 55%. AILA calls on the Administration to conduct a study to determine what level of funding is necessary to adequately support USCIS’s adjudications functions, eliminate the backlog, and put this bureau on sound financial footing.
    AILA Doc. No. 04020311.
  • AILA's Statement on House Democratic Principles to Fix Broken Immigration Laws (1/29/2004)
    AILA commends House Democratic Leaders for issuing a comprehensive set of principles to guide immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012912.
  • AILA’s Statement on the Introduction of the Immigration Reform Act of 2004 (1/21/2004)
    AILA commends Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tom Daschle (D-SD) upon introduction of their bill, the Immigration Reform Act of 2004: Strengthening America’s National Security, Economy, and Families.
    AILA Doc. No. 04012147.
  • AILA’s Statement on the Bush Administration’s Immigration Reform Proposal (1/8/2004)
    AILA issues a statement on the immigration proposal unveiled by the Bush Administration on 1/7/04.
    AILA Doc. No. 04010811.
  • AILA: Bush Administration to Refocus on Immigration Reform (1/6/2004)
    President Bush is expected to announce on 1/7/04 his Administration’s immigration reform proposal. This announcement comes before the President meetings with Mexican President Vicente Fox. While details of the proposal are still unknown, AILA discusses the necessary components of any such reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 04010616.
 
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