Immigration Resources for the 112th Congress

Immigration 112th

Legislative proposals AILA anticipates will be made in the 112th Congress. Many of these proposals may sound appealing—as easy fixes or ways to get tough on illegal immigration—but they would do little to address America’s immigration needs.


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Advocacy Documents

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  • Talking Points on Proposals to Roll Back TVPRA Protections for UACs(800 KB - 7/11/2014)
    Talking Points on why Congress should not roll back protections for unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries guaranteed under the TVPRA. Authored by the Women’s Refugee Commission, First Focus Campaign for Children, The Voices and Faces Protect and AILA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071145.
  • AILA Recommendations on Legal Standards and Protections for Unaccompanied Children(853 KB - 7/8/2014)
    An AILA background document on the current regional humanitarian crisis affecting the southwestern border of the United States, with AILA recommendations on legal standards and protections for unaccompanied children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070847.
  • Sen. Hirono (D-HI) Addresses AILA Members (6/21/2014)
    A 6/21/14 video from Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono thanking AILA for its work to help pass S.744 in the Senate and continuing the push for immigration reform, and asking AILA members to speak out in support of the unaccompanied children crossing the southern border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062120.
  • National Call-in Day to #Endthequota (Updated 6/13/14) (6/13/2014)
    On 3/11/14 AILA joins other national organizations for a call-in day to end the detention bed quota. AILA asks members to call members of Congress and ask them to eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in detention facilities on any given day.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031043.
  • AILA’s Take on No Process Removals(1079 KB - 6/3/2014)
    An AILA backgrounder on no-process removals, i.e. expedited removal and reinstatement of removal.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060349.
  • Civil Immigration Detainers Backgrounder(897 KB - 5/14/2014)
    An AILA background guide on civil immigration detainers.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051443.
  • AILA Analysis of Deportation Figures(808 KB - 4/16/2014)
    AILA analysis of deportation numbers from FY2002 to FY2012 showing the increase in removals at a time of decrease in apprehensions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041640.
  • Reforming Immigration for the 21st Century-2014 NDA(1373 KB - 4/3/2014)
    A four page document for AILA’s 2014 National Day of Action outlining AILA’s priorities and principles for reforming immigration for the 21st Century.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040345.
  • AILA's Recommendations on 2015 Appropriations(550 KB - 4/3/2014)
    AILA’s recommendation on appropriations for fiscal year 2015, with focus on the detention bed quota, the number of detention beds, alternatives to detention and immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040342.
  • AILA's Recommendations to DHS on Enforcement (Updated 4/3/14)(555 KB - 4/3/2014)
    These are AILA's recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security to consider immediately to protect families and ensure enforcement practices comport with the American values of due process, equal rights, and human dignity.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032541.
  • AILA's Take on Detention(786 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA’s take on detention, with a specific focus on ending the detention bed quota, affording due process to those who are detained, and encouraging the greater use of alternatives to detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040252.
  • AILA’s Take on the Detention Bed Quota (Updated 4/2/14)(784 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA’s take on the detention bed quota, an arbitrary number of detention beds set by Congress each year during the appropriations process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012744.
  • The Myth of Immigration 'Non-Enforcement'(689 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA background document detailing how the country has seen a dramatic increase in enforcement under President Obama’s administration. Includes graphs on DHS removals, numbers of individuals in detention, number of ‘no-process’ removals, and federal criminal prosecutions for immigration violations.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040250.
  • AILA NDA 2014 Resource Guide(4459 KB - 3/27/2014)
    2014 AILA resource guide on immigration for lawmakers, AILA members, the media and other advocates to use during the immigration reform debate.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032743.
  • AILA's Take on Local Detainer Ordinances(797 KB - 3/4/2014)
    AILA’s take on local detainer ordinances and the legal and due process concerns with local law enforcement agencies honoring ICE detainer requests.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030444.
  • Senate Letter to State Department on TPS for Filipinos(742 KB - 2/14/2014)
    Nineteen senators sent a letter to Secretary Kerry of the Department of State urging he positively recommend the Philippines for a TPS designation.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021454.
  • State Immigration Enforcement: Bad for Business(740 KB - 1/28/2014)
    AILA infographic demonstrating the negative impact on businesses of state enforcement-only laws likes those in Arizona and Alabama.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012850.
  • State Immigration Enforcement: Broken Strategies(724 KB - 1/28/2014)
    AILA infographic demonstrating the problems with state and local enforcement of immigration laws, such as racial profiling and its impact on communities.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012849.
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