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Automatic Extension of Work Permits Will Help American Economy, Workers, and Families
AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini welcomed the news that USCIS will modify the period of automatic extensions of work permits for up to 540 days; this change was one of the ten policy recommendations AILA recently made to the Biden Administration.
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SCOTUS Wrong to Allow TX SB4 Implementation
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Texas to implement SB.4, saying it "threatens to create chaos."

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AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Appeals Court Ruling on Title 42

AILA President Allen Orr stated “The decision of the appeals court to lift the stay on Title 42 expulsions is a travesty, but the fact the Biden administration appealed the original decision was an abandonment of the commitments and principles that the administration pledged to uphold.”

10/1/21 AILA Doc. No. 21100190. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA: Implementation Will Show if New ICE Guidelines Go Far Enough

AILA welcomed new guidelines announced by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas which would shape actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across the country.

9/30/21 AILA Doc. No. 21093011. Removal & Relief
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AILA Executive Director Welcomes New Direction at EOIR

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson welcomed the appointment of David Neal to be Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).

9/24/21 AILA Doc. No. 21092405.
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AILA: Goal of Resettling More Refugees Promising But Biden Must Do More

AILA welcomed President Biden’s move to increase the refugee “cap” to 125,000 for FY2022, but AILA President Allen Orr hoped, “the administration will recognize the urgency and aim to resettle 200,000 refugees which is consistent with the levels given protection during major refugee emergencies.”

9/21/21 AILA Doc. No. 21092110. Asylum
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AILA Urges the Biden Administration to Immediately Course Correct on Rapid Expulsion of Haitians

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) denounced the decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rapidly expel hundreds of Haitians using policies that deny asylum seekers the opportunity to seek protection.

9/20/21 AILA Doc. No. 21092016.
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AILA: Reconciliation Efforts Must Continue; Immigration Reform Cannot Wait

AILA responded to the Senate parliamentarian's advice that the proposed immigration reforms would not, in her opinion, be appropriate to include in the budget reconciliation; Allen Orr noted, "hitting a roadblock the first time is nothing new in the push for immigration reform."

9/20/21 AILA Doc. No. 21092021.
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Today’s Court Decision on Title 42

AILA President Allen Orr responded to Judge Sullivan’s ruling that the use of Title 42 against families with young children seeking asylum is illegal, noting the U.S. “can and must protect public health while honoring our humanitarian values and policies that offer protection to asylum seekers.”

9/16/21 AILA Doc. No. 21091612. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Supreme Court Fails to Act — Burden on Biden to Undo Inhumane Trump Policy Denying Protection to Asylum Seekers

AILA disagrees with the Supreme Court’s denial of DOJ’s emergency request to halt a lower court ruling requiring the government to restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a Trump-era policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending in the United States.

8/25/21 AILA Doc. No. 21082508. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA Applauds Congress for Passing Historic Budget Resolution that Includes Legalization Programs for Dreamers, TPS Holders, Essential Workers, and Ot

AILA issued a statement in response to yesterday’s passage by the House of Representatives of a budget resolution that includes over $100 billion to support legalization programs for Dreamers, TPS recipients, essential workers, and other eligible immigrants.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Urges the Biden Administration to Extend the Afghan Troop Withdrawal Date to Guarantee Safe Passage for All

AILA called on the Biden administration to extend the U.S. troop withdrawal date beyond August 31 to ensure the safe evacuation of all U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents, Afghan special immigrants, and other at-risk Afghans.

8/24/21 AILA Doc. No. 21082406.
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Federal Judge Blocks ICE Enforcement Guidelines and Attempts to Upend Prosecutorial Discretion

AILA and the American Immigration Council respond to the decision issued by a federal judge in Texas blocking the Biden administration's immigration enforcement priorities.

8/19/21 AILA Doc. No. 21081962. Prosecutorial Discretion, Removal & Relief
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Press Statement: Court Orders Government To Issue 9,095 Reserved 2020 Diversity Visas

On Tuesday evening, August 17, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Biden Administration to issue 9,095 diversity visas from Fiscal Year 2020 that the court reserved nearly a year ago.

8/18/21 AILA Doc. No. 21081838.
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to the Escalating Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

AILA President Allen Orr responded to the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, noting that the “lives of countless Afghans depend on the U.S. government acting promptly to exercise humanitarian parole, resume and rapidly scale up special immigrant visa (SIV) and immigrant visa processing.”

8/18/21 AILA Doc. No. 21081840. Consular Processing
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Federal Judge Decision to Reinstate “Remain in Mexico” Asylum Policy

AILA President Allen Orr shared a statement in response to the nationwide injunction issued on August 13, 2021, directing the Biden administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly known as “Remain in Mexico.”

8/16/21 AILA Doc. No. 21081634. Admissions & Border, Removal & Relief
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AILA Welcomes Immigration Reform Opportunity

AILA welcomed the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution measure which would allow the Judiciary Committee to start the process of drafting legislative text to create a path to permanent status for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and essential workers.

8/11/21 AILA Doc. No. 21081131.
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AILA Welcomes New USCIS Director Confirmed by the Senate

AILA welcomed the confirmation of Ur Jaddou, the first Senate-confirmed woman and the first person of Arab and Mexican descent, to lead USCIS; AILA looks forward to working with Ms. Jaddou as she and USCIS staff rebuild and restore trust in our immigration system.

8/2/21 AILA Doc. No. 21080244.
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Biden Administration’s Latest Move Does Real Harm to Asylum-Seeking Families

AILA denounced the Biden administration for plans announced to apply expedited removal to families apprehended in the southern border region; AILA is adamantly opposed and urges the administration to rethink this decision.

7/27/21 AILA Doc. No. 21072791. Asylum, Expedited Removal, Removal & Relief
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AILA: No Surprise that Texas Judge Puts Politics Ahead of Sound Legal Precedent

AILA President Allen Orr and Executive Director Benjamin Johnson responded to the ruling by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in this statement, urging the administration and Congress to protect Dreamers.

7/16/21 AILA Doc. No. 21071699. DACA, Deferred Action, Removal & Relief
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AG Garland Gives Immigration Judges Back Authority to Administratively Close Cases

Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated the precedent decision in Matter of Castro-Tum, restoring “administrative closure,” a key tool used by immigration judges for decades to manage dockets and increase efficiency.

7/15/21 AILA Doc. No. 21071540. Removal & Relief
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AG Garland Vacates Asylum Precedents That Harmed Victims of Violence

AG Garland vacated decisions in Matter of A-B- and Matter of L-E-A-, both of which had arbitrarily overturned years of established case law. By vacating these two decisions, the AG has restored access to asylum for many people fleeing persecution abroad.

6/16/21 AILA Doc. No. 21061648. Asylum
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Nine Years Since DACA Was Announced – the Senate Needs to Act

AILA celebrated the ninth anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, but AILA President Allen Orr, Jr. called on Congress to enact permanent protection for Dreamers, saying it “would be a moral and economic victory for the entire country.”

6/15/21 AILA Doc. No. 21061537. DACA, Deferred Action, Removal & Relief
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AILA Elects New Officers for 2021-2022

AILA selected officers for the 2021-2022 term. Allen Orr, Jr. was installed as President and the following officers were elected: Jeremy McKinney as President-Elect, Farshad Owji as First Vice President, Kelli Stump as Second Vice President, Jeff Joseph as Treasurer, and Alexis Axelrad as Secretary.

6/10/21 AILA Doc. No. 21061042.
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AILA Presents Robert Juceam with the Founders Award

AILA recognizes Robert Juceam, of New York, NY, 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.

6/9/21 AILA Doc. No. 21060935.
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AILA Presents Sarah Peterson with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA recognizes Sarah Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

6/8/21 AILA Doc. No. 21060830.
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AILA Recognizes Lily S. Axelrod with the 2021 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA recognizes Lily S. Axelrod of Memphis, TN, with the 2021 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of her outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

6/7/21 AILA Doc. No. 21060733.