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AILA expressed deep concern at the rise in hate and violence, urging immediate action to ensure the protection and safety of those who are impacted by the conflict between Israel and Hamas and calling on Americans to “focus on our common humanity, not our differences.”
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AILA Urges Focus on Actual Solutions for Border Security and Management

As negotiators reportedly consider significant changes to America’s asylum system as well as a nationwide expansion of expedited removal, AILA urges the Biden Administration to turn away from destructive proposals and stand by its original funding request.

12/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23120835. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Expedited Removal, Removal & Relief
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Congress Should Focus Supplemental Funding Bill on Real Border Solutions

AILA and the Council share a statement urging Congress to focus supplemental funding discussions on solutions that would improve border processing as well as reduce backlogs elsewhere in the immigration system.

12/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23120406. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Congress Must Not Weaken Asylum System as Part of Budget Negotiations

AILA President Farshad Owji and Executive Director Ben Johnson urge that Senate negotiators reject the severe restrictions on America’s asylum system being entertained in exchange for a supplemental funding deal; the changes would be harmful and ineffective.

11/29/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112901. Asylum
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AILA Executive Director Responds to Plans from Trump Campaign and House Republicans’ Impeachment Efforts

AILA ED Ben Johnson called on the Republican party to reject the dark vision of America described in the Trump Campaign’s plans and urged Congress to “do what only they can do” to “ensure America’s immigration system serves the public good, upholds the law, and protects the nation’s prosperity.”

11/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23111401.
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AILA Deeply Troubled by Hate and Violence, Calls for Protections and Positive Change

AILA issued a statement regarding its deep concern at the rise in hate and violence, urging immediate action to ensure the protection and safety of those who are impacted by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and calling on Americans to “focus on our common humanity, not our differences.”

11/10/23 AILA Doc. No. 23111035.
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AILA Executive Director: Anti-Immigrant Provisions Tied to Necessary Funding Must Not Succeed

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the extreme anti-immigrant provisions espoused by Senate Republicans that were reported on today; the plan “takes a page out of the far-right House bill, H.R. 2, by functionally closing the door to asylum seekers.”

11/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23110603. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA President Welcomes Addition of Ecuador to Eligible Countries for Family Reunification Parole Process

AILA President Farshad Owji welcomed the news that Ecuador would be added to the list of countries eligible for Family Reunification Parole (FRP) noting it “will allow qualified individuals residing in Ecuador to reunite with their U.S. citizen and legal resident family members more quickly.”

10/18/23 AILA Doc. No. 23101807. Humanitarian Parole
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AILA Calls on Biden Administration to Help Those Displaced By Recent Violence in Middle East

AILA calls on the Biden Administration to move immediately to support the safety of all people affected by the recent violence in the Middle East, urging among other things, “deferred action, humanitarian parole, or Temporary Protected Status for those already in the United States.”

10/10/23 AILA Doc. No. 23110703.
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AILA Executive Director Responds to Harmful and Deadly Texas Border Actions

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to reports regarding the harmful actions taken by the Texas Governor, urging the Governor to reconsider and “Texas state employees and residents to join in the call for these inhumane and deadly tactics be immediately halted.”

7/19/23 AILA Doc. No. 23071905. Admissions & Border
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AILA Elects New Officers: Farshad Owji Installed as President of Association

AILA installed Farshad Owji as the association’s president for the 2023-24 term and elected officers to its Executive Committee.

6/22/23 AILA Doc. No. 23062202.
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Visalaw.ai and AILA Unveil Gen, a Groundbreaking AI-Based Solution for Immigration Lawyers

Today, Visalaw.ai and AILA unveiled Gen, a groundbreaking AI-based solution for immigration lawyers; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted the technology’s potential impact to empower AILA members and to “expand their capacity to meet the ever-growing need for legal advice and representation.”

6/21/23 AILA Doc. No. 23062161.
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AILA Presents Ira Kurzban with the Founders Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Ira Kurzban with the Founders Award, which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy.

6/19/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061502.
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AILA Presents Palma Yanni with the 2023 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Palma Yanni with the 2023 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her years of outstanding service in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

6/16/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061501.
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AILA Recognizes Brian S. Green with the 2023 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Brian S. Green with the 2023 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of his outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

6/15/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061401.
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AILA First-Time Survey of Asylum Practitioners Asks and Answers the Question: What Does it Take to Prepare a Migrant for the High-Stakes Asylum Proce

AILA released report on asylum entitled High-Stakes Asylum: How Long an Asylum Case Takes and How We Can Do Better; AILA President Jeremy McKinney noted that the report’s solutions “would go a long way toward ensuring the integrity of a system that is inefficient and often unjust.”

6/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061300. Asylum
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AILA Presents Troutman Pepper with the 2023 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Troutman Pepper with the 2023 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.

6/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061303.
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AILA Presents Priscilla Alvarez with the 2023 Media Leadership Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Priscilla Alvarez of CNN with the 2023 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.

6/13/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061201.
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AILA Presents Sarah Pitney with the 2023 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Sarah Pitney with the 2023 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for their outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.

6/12/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060900.
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AILA Presents the AILA Amicus Committee with the 2023 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes the AILA Amicus Committee with the 2023 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.

6/9/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060801.
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AILA Presents Karla McKanders with the 2023 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Karla McKanders with the 2023 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

6/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060700.
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AILA Presents Amy Nice with the 2023 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Amy Nice with the 2023 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.

6/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060600.
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AILA Presents Ban Al-Wardi and Maria Chavez with the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Ban Al-Wardi and Maria Chavez with the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.

6/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060500.
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AILA Presents the UndocuBlack Network with the 2023 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes UndocuBlack Network with the 2023 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

6/5/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060201.
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AILA Executive Director Responds to Introduction of the Dignity Act of 2023

AILA ED Ben Johnson responded to the introduction of the bipartisan Dignity Act of 2023 calling it a “heartening sign in this divided and ultra-partisan era… AILA doesn’t agree with everything in this bill but looks forward to working with these leaders to find a smart workable compromise.”

5/23/23 AILA Doc. No. 23052306.
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Draconian Anti-Immigrant Legislation Will Negatively Impact Florida’s Communities and Businesses

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) condemns two Florida bills, SB1718 and SB264, which will cause harm to communities and businesses throughout the state and beyond. Governor DeSantis is expected to sign both bills.

5/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23050405.