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AILA Presents Lindsay M. Harris with the 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

AILA recognizes Lindsay M. Harris, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, and Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, with the 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

6/8/20 AILA Doc. No. 20060860.
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AILA Presents Russell Abrutyn with the 2020 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA recognizes Russell Abrutyn of Berkley, MI, with the 2020 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.

6/5/20 AILA Doc. No. 20060560.
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AILA Presents the LGBT Asylum Project with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award

AILA recognizes the LGBT Asylum Project of San Francisco, CA, with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.

6/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20060462. LGBTQ
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AILA Presents Taylor Levy with the 2020 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

AILA recognizes Taylor Levy of El Paso, TX, with the 2020 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

6/3/20 AILA Doc. No. 20060360.
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AILA: EOIR Director Attempts to Buy Out Remaining Board Members to Solidify Control of Immigration Courts

AILA responded to the recent effort by EOIR Director McHenry to buy out the remaining pre-Trump administration BIA members and highlighted the continuing push by this administration to manipulate the functions of the BIA, underscoring the urgent need for an independent immigration court system.

5/28/20 AILA Doc. No. 20052830. Removal & Relief
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Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Protect Families from Decades of Separation

AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of U.S. citizens and LPRs petitioning for their children and derivative relatives to join them in the U.S. who would “age-out” while the administration’s ban is in place.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases, Advocacy & Media

AILA: Trump Administration’s Indefinite Border Closure Is a Campaign Tool, Not a Public Safety Measure

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson responds to the announcement by DHS and the CDC extending indefinitely their order blocking entry to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

5/20/20 AILA Doc. No. 20052038. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA Urges Strict Congressional Oversight Over Any Emergency Appropriations for USCIS

AILA urges congressional appropriators to demand accountability, conduct strict oversight, and ensure conditions are met before agreeing to an emergency funding request by USCIS.

5/20/20 AILA Doc. No. 20052036.
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AILA Urges Support for the HEROES Act

AILA urges support for the HEROES Act which would help protect the health and safety of all communities and provide a plan for this nation to rebuild, ensuring our shared prosperity.

5/15/20 AILA Doc. No. 20051533.
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US: Lawsuit Over ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Secrecy

AILA joined the American Immigration Council, Human Rights Watch, and the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District of California to compel the release of records about the U.S. Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program.

5/14/20 AILA Doc. No. 20051433. Admissions & Border
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Trump Administration’s Continued Disdain for U.S. Asylum Law and Lack of Concern for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers on Display at Border

AILA opposes MPP and the new procedures announced Sunday, May 10, which create more confusion and instability for the thousands of asylum seekers waiting for their U.S. immigration court hearings in violent and dangerous conditions in Mexico.

5/11/20 AILA Doc. No. 20051190. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA Supports House Introduction of the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA commends the introduction of the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act” in the House; the bill is companion legislation to a Senate bill intended to help address the critical healthcare shortage in the United States, a weakness that has been evident during the COVID-19 national emergency.

5/8/20 AILA Doc. No. 20050835. Physicians & Healthcare
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Complaint Details ICE’s Failure to Protect Those in Its Custody Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas and National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd detail why ICE’s failure to protect those in its custody during the COVID-19 pandemic demands immediate oversight by DHS.

5/7/20 AILA Doc. No. 20050737. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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New Documents Reveal Immigration Judge Hiring Plan Designed to Stack the Courts, Prioritize Politics Over Justice

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson and American Immigration Council Executive Director Beth Werlin react to documents obtained by the organizations via FOIA revealing DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review’s updated hiring plan for Immigration Judges and Appellate Immigration Judges.

5/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20050441. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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Ninth Circuit Panel Prevents Trump Administration from Implementing Health Care Ban

AILA and our partners welcomed the Ninth Circuit 2-1 panel decision today to refuse the federal government a stay pending appeal of the preliminary nationwide injunction in Doe v. Trump; the government had sought a stay of the injunction granted by the U.S. District Court in Portland, OR.

5/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20050443.
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AILA Supports the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA welcomes the announcement by Senators Perdue, Durbin, Young, and Coons that they will introduce bipartisan legislation which would help address the critical healthcare shortage in the United States, a weakness that has been evident during the COVID-19 national emergency.

4/30/20 AILA Doc. No. 20043033. Physicians & Healthcare
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Plaintiffs Will Continue Fight to Halt Dangerous and Unconstitutional Practices by EOIR and ICE

The decision denying the emergency TRO in NIPNLG, et al., v. EOIR, et al., is deeply disappointing; the lawsuit against EOIR and ICE was brought to protect the health of attorneys, immigrants, and the public from the impact of dangerous and unconstitutional policies.

4/28/20 AILA Doc. No. 20042800. Asylum, Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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Civil Rights Coalition Files Emergency Motion to Halt Implementation of President Trump’s Immigration Ban

Litigators from the Justice Action Center, AILA, and Innovation Law Lab are filing an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Trump Administration’s recent immigration ban; the TRO would protect underage children protected under Doe v. Trump.

4/25/20 AILA Doc. No. 20042501.
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President Focuses on Irrational Policy Instead of Choosing to Strengthen America

AILA denounced President Trump’s decision to temporarily block access to immigrant visas with some exceptions, with AILA President Marketa Lindt noting, “We don’t need to suspend immigration, we need to strengthen and improve our immigration system to respond to the challenges of our times.”

4/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20042335.
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AILA Urges Rational Response on COVID-19 and Immigration Policy; Condemns Divisive Presidential Tweet to Suspend Immigration

AILA responds to President Trump’s tweet announcing his plan to suspend immigration by urging the White House and agencies to implement rational, policy-based measures that promote the public health and economic interests of our country rather than resort to distraction and political theater.

4/21/20 AILA Doc. No. 20042106.
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Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Challenge USCIS’s Unlawful Denial of H-1B Petitions Filed by American Businesses

AILA joined the Council and the law firms Van Der Hout, LLP, Joseph & Hall P.C., and Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC in filing a nationwide class action lawsuit today challenging USCIS’s pattern and practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B petitions for market research analysts positions.

4/16/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041635. Business Immigration, H-1B & H-1B1 Specialty Occupation
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Temporary Restraining Order Requested to Stop Dangerous EOIR and ICE Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AILA and our partners moved for an emergency Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against EOIR and ICE to protect the health of immigration attorneys, immigrants, and the public from the impact of dangerous and unconstitutional policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4/8/20 AILA Doc. No. 20040831. Asylum, Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA Files Lawsuit Against USCIS Seeking Maintenance of Status for Nonimmigrants, Extended Immigration Benefit Deadlines

AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless and AILA President Marketa Lindt detail the importance of AILA’s complaint against USCIS seeking the immediate suspension of immigration benefit deadlines and the maintenance of status for nonimmigrants in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

4/3/20 AILA Doc. No. 20040331.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases, Advocacy & Media

Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, AILA and our partners demanded that DOJ EOIR and ICE take immediate necessary actions to prioritize the health and safety of attorneys and clients at risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/30/20 AILA Doc. No. 20033090. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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Citing Coronavirus Risks and a New Irresponsible Policy for Immigration Courts, Groups Urge Protecting the Health and Safety of Government Employees,

AILA and the American Immigration Council, with over 100 other organizations, sent a letter to EOIR and ICE calling for the prioritization of the health and safety of government employees, detained individuals, and their legal representatives amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

3/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032331. Asylum, Removal & Relief