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Article: Jeff Sessions Is Quietly Transforming the Nation’s Immigration Courts

10/17/2018
The Atlantic reports on attacks on judicial independence at EOIR. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said the Attorney General’s September comments to immigration judges would be normal if made to attorneys to “set prosecutorial policy,” but “that doesn’t translate to immigration judges.”
AILA Doc. No. 18101733

Article: How E-Verify Works: Immigration Labor Program Draws Scrutiny

10/9/2018
Fox News reports on the E-Verify system and proposals to mandate its use for all employers. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr said heightened policing of law-abiding immigrants “does not solve the problem.”
AILA Doc. No. 18101006

Article: An ICE Memo Lays Out the Difference Between Trump and Obama on Immigration Enforcement

10/8/2018
Buzzfeed reports on a 2017 ICE OPLA memo. AILA Past President David Leopold explained that it “all but forb[ade] ICE prosecutors from using their commons sense or showing any compassion.” AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said attorneys now rarely see immigrants granted reprieves.
AILA Doc. No. 18100902

Article: DOJ Sets Quota for Immigration Judges to Reduce Backlog

10/3/2018
KRGV reports on case-completion quotas for immigration judges. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, “They’re going to mean that judges will feel compelled to rush through cases, which threatens their ability to remain independent and impartial.”
AILA Doc. No. 18100470

Article: TN Visas Survive Trade Deal, But Challenges May Remain

10/2/2018
Law360 reports on the new trade deal reached between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Former AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker said the new deal largely represents a continuation of the status quo for TN visas, but noted, “We’re worried what may happen in the future procedurally.”
AILA Doc. No. 18100305

Article: U.S. Citizens Applying for Green Cards for Noncitizen Spouses See Growing Waits

10/3/2018
NBC News reports on nationwide delays in processing times for marriage-based green cards. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the administration’s policy changes are responsible, explaining, “You’ve got hundreds of thousands of more people coming through the immigration offices.”
AILA Doc. No. 18100304

Article: Head of Minneapolis’ New Immigrants and Refugees Office Embraces Challenge

9/26/2018
The Star Tribune provides a profile of Michelle Rivero, Director of Minneapolis’ Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and AILA member.
AILA Doc. No. 18092735

Article: Dozens of Doctors Who Screen Immigrants Have Record of ‘Egregious Infractions,’ Report Says

9/26/2018
The New York Times reports on a DHS OIG report that found USCIS failed to effectively screen the civil surgeons who examine immigrants seeking green cards. Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, called the report’s findings “very troubling and frightening.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092734

Article: Trump’s Welfare Crackdown Targets Immigrants

9/26/2018
Axios reports on the Trump administration’s proposed rule on inadmissibility for public charge grounds. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd explained that the proposed rule would “endanger the well-being of families throughout the nation while placing all too many of them at risk of separation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092631

Article: An Illinois Priest Living Legally in the U.S. for 14 years Is Being Deported – Over a Single Vote He Shouldn’t Have Cast

9/24/2018
The Washington Post shares the story of the Reverend David Boase, who likely would not be facing deportation if it weren’t for a new USCIS policy that, in a July 2018 policy brief, AILA warned would “tie the hands of officials and eviscerate the concept of prosecutorial discretion.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092532

Article: Groups Decry Sessions’ Ruling That Limits Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/24/2018
ABA Journal reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) ruling forbidding IJs from dismissing cases as an act of judicial discretion. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the AG’s actions show that “an immigration court system housed under [DOJ] cannot be one that guarantees due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092531

Article: More Workplace Immigration Rules on Horizon for Year’s End

9/24/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on the expected release of several regulations affecting businesses that employ foreign workers. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence called USCIS’s regulatory agenda “very ambitious,” particularly for employment-based immigration programs.
AILA Doc. No. 18092530

Editorial: Attorney General’s Latest Decree Revs Up Trump’s ‘Deportation Machine’

9/23/2018
A Las Vegas Sun editorial criticizes recent DOJ actions that undermine immigration judges’ independence. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained the administration’s true goal with these actions is to “transform [EOIR] into a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092435

Editorial: While Donald Trump Berates Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Who Suffers? Immigrants

9/23/2018
A Dallas Morning News editorial calls for due process to not be sacrificed for expediency in immigration court. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson explained that recent DOJ actions will both undermine judicial independence and worsen the immigration courts’ “backlog and dysfunction.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092434

Editorial: Fire Jeff Sessions…As the Boss of Immigration Judges

9/21/2018
The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for for taking immigration courts out of the Justice Department, citing AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson, who explained that by undermining judicial independence in immigration courts, “Jeff Sessions gets to be the Supreme Court of immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092433

Article: Immigration Judges’ Union Accuses Jeff Sessions of Pushing for Speed over Fairness

9/21/2018
HuffPost reports on recent policy changes at EOIR. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said the changes show the immigration court system can be manipulated too easily, adding, “We really can’t have a neutral arbiter until its is taken out of the Department of Justice.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092400

Article: Immigration Policies Weigh on Indian Workers Seeking Green Cards

9/20/2018
Bloomberg reports that hundreds of thousands of immigrants may lose their temporary work visas while waiting for green cards. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said, “a whole puzzle with multiple pieces” created the situation, including a decades-long backlog and new USCIS policies.
AILA Doc. No. 18092139

Article: Sessions Limits Ability of Judges to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/20/2018
The Hill reports on the Attorney General placing new limits on immigration judges' ability to dismiss cases. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called the move part of an effort to "undermine judicial independence and minimize the role of judges in immigration court."
AILA Doc. No. 18092136

Article: As Storms Loom, Some Immigrant Families Wonder: Is It Safe to Seek Help?

9/19/2018
The New York Times reports on undocumented immigrants affected by Hurricane Florence who fear seeking help or evacuating to shelters. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney, said last-minute assurances from authorities made little difference because “they’ve already created this climate of distrust.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092031

Article: Jeff Sessions’ Latest Immigration Opinion Is Another Blow to the Independence of Immigration Judges, the Judges Union Said

9/19/2018
BuzzFeed reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the decision was “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092030

Article: Sessions Limits U.S. Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/19/2018
Reuters reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called it part of “a concerted effort by the AG to undermine judicial independence and to minimize the role of judges in immigration court.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092001

Article: Jeff Sessions Moves to Further Tighten Immigration Courts as Trump Attacks Him

9/19/2018
CNN reports on two decisions recently issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson called them “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092072

Article: Trump Moves to End Protections for Detained Immigrant Kids

9/6/2018
Law360 reports on the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “Stripping away these fundamental humanitarian protections will only benefit private prisons and waste billions in taxpayer money.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090735

Article: Jeff Sessions Is Executing Trump’s Immigration Plans with a Quiet, Efficient Brutality

9/7/2018
Mother Jones reports on actions taken by the Attorney General (AG) that are undermining judicial independence and severely limiting migrants’ due process rights. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the AG is “tak[ing] advantage of the structural flaws in our immigration court system.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090703

Article: The Family-Separation Crisis Is Not Over

9/5/2018
The Nation reports on the 700 families who remain separated despite a court ordering they be reunified and AILA and the American Immigration Council’s complaint regarding DHS’s “pervasive, and illegal, practice” of coercing parents into signing documents they may not have understood.
AILA Doc. No. 18090670

Article: Who Will Be Hurt by the Latest USCIS Decision on H-1B Visas?

9/5/2018
Forbes interviews former AILA President William Stock about USCIS extending and expanding its suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. Mr. Stock said, “USCIS just reduced substantially the number of H-1B petitions eligible for premium processing for the next five months.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090570

Article: How Trump Built an Invisible Wall Around America

9/2/2018
Quartz reports on how the administration is changing U.S. immigration policy and the concrete impacts of those changes. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explained that, among other impacts, “there’s not enough workers to fill jobs that desperately need to be filled.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090402

Article: Britons Hit by Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’ Against Legal Immigration

8/30/2018
The Telegraph reports on Britons having difficulty obtaining U.S. visas. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick, the administration is building an invisible wall against legal immigration through a myriad of policies and procedures.”
AILA Doc. No. 18083104

Article: Beyond Mexico: How DHS Rule Changes May Affect Black Immigrants

8/28/2018
Yahoo News reports that changes to the public charge rule may especially disadvantage black immigrants. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr noted, “The U.S. is not welcoming to immigrants in general. So anything that happens to the general population is exacerbated for people of color.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082931

Article: Hundreds of Separated Children Not Reunited Amid Slow Progress

8/24/2018
CNN reports on the slow progress in reunifying families separated at the border and allegations that the government illegally coerced parents into signing away rights. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said children were held “hostage in order to sabotage their right to seek asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082700

Article: Parents Were ‘Coerced’ to Waive Reunification Rights with Children, Complaint Says

8/23/2018
NPR reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. One mother gave testimony that when she asked an official what she was being asked to sign, he hid it and said she wouldn’t speak to her daughters again unless she signed it.
AILA Doc. No. 18082473

Article: Immigration Agents Told Parents They Must Agree to Deportation or Never See Their Children Again

8/23/2018
BuzzFeed reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Katie Shepherd of the Immigration Justice Campaign said the “coercive environment created by government officials really started at the moment these families entered U.S. soil.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082472

Article: New Complaint Accuses ICE of Threatening Undocumented Parents into Signing Deportation Papers or Never Seeing Their Kids Again

8/23/2018
Slate reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said DHS’s actions amounted to separating children and “hold[ing] them hostage in order to sabotage their right to apply for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082471

Article: Immigrant Parents Who Gave Up Their Kids Were Punished, Threatened, and Degraded, New Report Says

8/23/2018
Vice News reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Many parents interviewed for the complaint said they could not concentrate during credible fear interviews as they were pleading for information on their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18082407

Article: APNewsBreak: Complaint: Migrant Parents Coerced by Officials

8/23/2018
The Associated Press reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council detailing a pervasive practice of DHS officials coercing parents to sign documents they didn’t understand. Attorneys spoke to 76 parents who were asked to sign forms affecting their right to reunify with their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18082330

Article: The Thousands of Children Who Go to Immigration Court Alone

8/21/2018
The Atlantic reports on the challenges unaccompanied migrant children face in securing a lawyer, with insights from AILA members. The challenges are greater in California’s Central Valley than in the state’s coastal cities, with only 28 AILA members listed within a 50-mile radius of Fresno.
AILA Doc. No. 18082270

Article: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Limits When Immigration Judges Can Postpone Hearings

8/20/2018
Houston Public Media reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of L-A-B-R-. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The Attorney General has tightened the vise on immigration judges even further by interfering with an important case management tool.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082107

Article: 8,000 New Ways the Trump Administration Is Undermining Immigration Court Independence

8/20/2018
In an op-ed in The Hill, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd writes about Matter of Castro-Tum and the “8,000 cases this fiscal year that immigration judges had temporarily removed from the court docket” through administrative closure that ICE now seeks to reopen.
AILA Doc. No. 18082136

Article: To Save Asylum Seekers We Must Save Our Immigration Courts

8/20/2018
The Hill features an op-ed by AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen. He writes, “The Trump administration is closing our nation to asylum seekers, blocking them from humanitarian protection and endangering their lives,” and calls for an independent Article I immigration court.
AILA Doc. No. 18082135

Article: Immigration Judges Are Expected to Be Impartial. But They Report to Jeff Sessions.

8/15/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the immigration court system. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The structural problems with our immigration court system being housed within the DOJ have been longstanding,” but administration policies have made them “all the more stark.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081530

Article: A Clampdown Slowing Legal, Not Just Illegal, Immigration

8/13/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts to reduce legal immigration. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick the administration actually is making it more difficult for higher-skilled individuals to come to work in the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081330

Article: Immigration Judges, Worried Trump Is Seeking to Cut Them Out, Fight Back

8/9/2018
The Washington Post reports on NAIJ’s labor grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “We’re very concerned the immigration judges are simply being turned into law enforcement officers.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081039

Article: Immigration Judges Union Slams Trump Administration for Undermining Courts

8/8/2018
HuffPost reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch expressed concern that the recent removal of a high-profile case from a judge’s docket is “a slippery slope of where the agency’s heading.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080941

Article: Immigration Judges Lash Out at Sessions

8/8/2018
The Hill reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “The decisions and behavior by the attorney general have shone a spotlight on the fundamental flaws of the system as it exists now.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080940

Article: Immigration “Loophole” that Trump Bemoaned Returns After Zero Tolerance Rollback

8/7/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the Trump administration’s rollback of its zero tolerance policy. According to AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch, “The procedures that we’re seeing at the border are those that were previously conducted, prior to the announcement of zero tolerance.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080734

Article: Visa Applicants Being Asked If Americans Can Do Their Jobs

8/7/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on changes in consular interviews for those seeking L-1 visas. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the increased scrutiny at consular interviews has been a "big shift for a lot of Europeans," who were accustomed to just getting their passports stamped at the consulate.
AILA Doc. No. 18080733

Article: Immigrant Family Separations Are Over. Now What?

8/1/2018
USA Today reports on Congress’ review of the administration’s family separation policy. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said that Congress needs to put aside its long history of inaction and get to work.
AILA Doc. No. 18080203

Article: Trump Administration, Critics Spar Over Family Reunifications as Deadline Passes

7/26/2018
The Washington Times reports on the Trump administration’s claim that it met a court-ordered deadline for reuniting immigrant families. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The government’s conduct calls into question whether any of these parents understood what they were agreeing to.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072771

Article: Republicans Voted to Block Jeff Sessions’ Attacks on Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence

7/26/2018
Mother Jones reports that the House Appropriations Committee voted across party lines to block DHS from using funds to implement the attorney general’s decision in Matter of A-B-. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the committee vote “a significant step.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072770

Article: ICE more than Tripled its U.S. work place investigations in 2018 and made more than Five Times the immigration arrests compared to 2017

7/25/2018
Daily Mail reports that ICE has tripled its worksite investigations. Allen Orr is quoted, “This is just another political ploy by the administration… at a time when they should be using their resources to reunite these families that were separated at the border.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072511

Article: 'Incredibly chaotic' - Trump administration scrambles to reunite migrant families as deadline looms

7/25/2018
NBC News reports on efforts to reunify migrant families, Ben Johnson is quoted, “Under the best of circumstances, the immigration detention system is often rigged against people who face deportation… These are not the best of circumstances."
AILA Doc. No. 18072510

Article: Trump Ramps Up Scrutiny of Legal Immigrants

7/22/2018
The Hill reports on USCIS efforts to curb legal immigration, including recent memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The memos are really, layer by layer, going after people who are in line doing the right things.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072311

Article: Changes to Federal Policies Pave Way for Sudden Visa Denials, Deportation

7/19/2018
CBS News reports on recently released USCIS policy memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The big picture here is they’re attacking legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072005

Article: Foreign Tech Workers Face Higher Hurdles in Visa Applications

7/18/2018
Bloomberg reports on how USCIS’s new guidance on issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs could affect adjudication of H-1B applications. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the new policy could mean applicants will no longer have a chance to explain minor errors in their applications.
AILA Doc. No. 18071930

Article: The Trump Administration Is Working to Deport More Legal Immigrants

7/17/2018
Mother Jones reports on recent policy changes that will push more legal immigrants into deportation proceedings, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish, and AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear.
AILA Doc. No. 18071801

Article: Visa Policy Change Will Make It Easier for Trump Administration to Deny Applications

7/17/2018
CNN reports on USCIS’s recent policy memo that gives adjudicators greater discretion to reject applications without first issuing an RFE or NOID. Former AILA President William Stock noted that the memo returns USCIS to a “culture of ‘no.’”
AILA Doc. No. 18071740

Audio: Syrian Student Worries About Her Future At Northeastern

7/15/2018
WGBH tells the story of how the studies and travel of a Northeastern University student from Syria have been affected President Trump’s travel ban. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear described the advise she and other attorneys are offering to individuals affected by the ban.
AILA Doc. No. 18071634

Article: Impact of Sessions’ Asylum Move Already Felt at Border

7/14/2018
CNN reports that Matter of A-B- is causing unprecedented numbers of credible fear interview denials. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen and former AILA President David Leopold offer insight on whether USCIS guidance for applying the decision could be challenged in court.
AILA Doc. No. 18071633

Article: There Are New, Tougher Guidelines for Migrants Seeking Asylum in the United States

7/12/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on new DHS asylum guidance. Laura Lynch, Senior Policy Counsel at AILA, explained how the credible fear screening and asylum process has worked until now, stating that the new guidance “is effectively shutting off access to asylum in the U.S.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071340

Article: Trump Administration Activates New Asylum Crackdown; Potentially Valid Claims Could Be Denied

7/12/2018
USA Today reports on new DHS guidance on asylum. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “the administration has turned U.S. asylum law on its head” and that the guidance “incorrectly instructs asylum officers to deny domestic violence and gang-related claims as a matter of course.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071339

Article: Asylum Seekers Face Tougher Odds at Border Under Stricter Policy on Victims of Violence

7/12/2018
HuffPost reports on new guidance issued by USCIS on asylum. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said USCIS is “effectively pre-judging domestic violence and gang cases,” adding, “this means a possible death sentence for those who fled from violence and persecution.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071338

Article: While Migrant Families Seek Shelter from Violence, Trump Administration Narrows Path to Asylum

7/10/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on Trump administration efforts to narrow who can qualify for asylum. Dree Collopy, Chair of AILA’s Asylum and Refugee Committee, said, “The opportunity to seek protection in this country is becoming less and less realistic.”

Article: Kavanaugh Could Stymie Trump’s Immigration Policies

7/10/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, and his positions on immigration, with insight from former AILA President David Leopold on longstanding positions of the Supreme Court that relate to immigration and executive power.

Article: Deportation Referral Policy Could Be Employers’ ‘Final Straw’

7/10/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on USCIS’s update to its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. AILA President Anastasio Tonello said the new policy could “discourage businesses from sponsoring employees” and Matthew Kolken of AILA’s Board of Governors discussed how the policy could play out.
AILA Doc. No. 18071033

Article: What ICE Really Does

7/1/2018
Slate provides an explainer on the roles that ICE and CBP play in enforcing immigration laws in the United States. Kate Voigt, Associate Director of Government Relations at AILA, contributed to the article.
AILA Doc. No. 18070537

Article: More Students Are Studying Immigration Law Because of President Trump's Policies

7/1/2018
Time reports that student interest in immigration law has increased at many schools in recent years, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association says its student membership has doubled in the past 18 months.
AILA Doc. No. 18070231

Article: Lawyers Seek Scrutiny of How Trump Carries Out Travel Ban

6/26/2018
Newsday reports on the Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s travel ban. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said attorneys must “dig deeper into this waiver process,” since the majority of waiver applications “should be granted because these individuals pose no threat to our country.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062735

Article: Thousands Cross the U.S. Border Seeking Asylum. Most Won’t Get It.

6/23/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on the asylum process in the United States. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the Attorney General’s recent decision in Matter of A-B- may not have an immediate impact on pending asylum cases because it “did not change the test for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062542

Article: Trump Attacks Immigration Laws, Calls for Deportations Without Trials

6/24/2018
Huffpost reports on President Trump’s tweets calling for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum seekers without due process of law. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said the tweets “further expose this administration’s lack of interest in democratic norms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062541

Article: Trump Says U.S. Should Expel Migrants Without Due Process

6/24/2018
Talking Points Memo reports on President Trump’s call for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum, “with no Judges or Court Cases.” AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the right to due process “extends to every person in the United States, irrespective of immigration status.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062539

Article: There Are Effective Alternatives to Family Detention. The Trump Administration Already Ended One

6/22/2018
TIME reports on alternatives to family detention, such as GPS tracking and home visits while a family’s case makes its way through the legal system, and cites an AILA fact sheet about the effectiveness and benefits of alternatives to detention.
AILA Doc. No. 18062202

Article: Lawyers ‘Not Confident’ Family Separations Will End Despite Trump Order

6/21/2018
The Guardian reports on concerns that Trump’s Executive Order won’t stop family separations. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney explains the Executive Order “provides wiggle room for the administration” to continue separating families.
AILA Doc. No. 18062201

Article: Experts Cast Doubt on DHS Claim that Traffickers Are Posing as Families at the Border

6/21/2018
NBC investigates the veracity of DHS’s claim that traffickers pose as families to avoid arrest. AILA Past President Annaluisa Padilla explained that children apprehended at the border frequently are traveling with a relative who has “been acting as a de-facto parent.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062200

Selected News Clips on Family Separation

7/27/2018
AILA and its members have been speaking out against the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children. Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of AILA and the volunteers from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 18062000

Article: Sessions: Domestic Violence Not Grounds for Asylum

6/11/2018
San Francisco Chronicle reports on yesterday’s decision issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that narrowed criteria for asylum seekers. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney said Sessions had “inappropriately prejudged probably most of the asylum claims that are pending in our courts.”
AILA Doc. No. 18061235

Video: Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated from Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations

6/5/2018
NBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the large numbers of children stuck in border stations after being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 18060632

Article: Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated from Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations

6/5/2018
NBC reports that migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border are spending extended periods in short-term border facilities as officials run out of space to house them, a situation AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called “highly inappropriate” and “unsafe.”
AILA Doc. No. 18060532

Article: Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ at U.S.-Mexico Border Is Filling Child Shelters

5/30/2018
Los Angeles Times reports on the growing numbers of migrant children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said HHS’s “workload has grown significantly” and criticized plans to house migrant children on military bases.
AILA Doc. No. 18053133

Article: Five Things to Know About ICE’s Plan to Deport Some Families

5/27/2018
The Arizona Republic reports on ICE’s plans to increase deportations of family units with final orders of removal, with insight from AILA President Benjamin Johnson about why some of these families facing removal may have never had the “day in court” that ICE claims they have had.
AILA Doc. No. 18052931

Article: U.S. Immigration Courts, Long Crowded, Are Now Overwhelmed

5/23/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on the U.S. immigration court system’s backlog increasing 25 percent since President Trump took office, with insights on the situation from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 18052342

Article: Jeff Sessions Uses Exceptional Power Over Immigration Courts to Limit Judges’ Authority

5/17/2018
HuffPost reports on AG Sessions’ decision holding immigration judges don’t have authority to administratively close cases, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney calling it “the epitome of bad docketing practice” to allow cases that could be resolved other agencies to “sit and linger.”
AILA Doc. No. 18051861

Article: Justice Dept. Restricts a Common Tactic of Immigration Judges

5/17/2018
The New York Times reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum regarding administrative closures, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson about how the move undermines judicial independence and due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18051860

Article: Separating Families Caught at the Border: Rhetoric or Real Policy?

5/16/2018
Newsy reports on the administration’s plans to separate families at the United States’ southern border, citing AILA’s position that the practice violates “our nation’s laws and most cherished values.”
AILA Doc. No. 18051739

Article: Jeff Sessions Is Exerting Unprecedented Control Over Immigration Courts – By Ruling on Cases Himself

5/14/2018
Vox reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has referred an unprecedented number of BIA cases to himself for review, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt and AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 18051400

Article: AG Sessions Vows to Separate Kids from Parents, Prosecute All Illegal Border-Crossers

5/8/2018
AZ Republic reports on the Attorney General’s plan to separate family units who cross the border without authorization and prosecute the parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the plan the administration’s “latest push” to “undermine America’s asylum system.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050930

Article: Homeland Security Promises to Prosecute 100 Percent of Illegal Immigration Cases

5/7/2018
Texas Monthly reports on DOJ and DHS’s plans to prosecute all cases of illegal entry and forcibly separate families. Given illegal entries are at a 40-year low, AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney called the policy “yet another solution in search of a problem.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050832

Video: Greg Chen on the Asylum Process in the U.S.

5/3/2018
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen is interviewed about the asylum process in the United States and answers questions from viewers on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
AILA Doc. No. 18050334

Article: Trump Administration Bucks Report to Institute Quotas at Immigration Courts

4/27/2018
Government Executive reports on DOJ’s plans to use case completion quotas when evaluating immigration judges’ job performance, which appears to contradict recommendations made in a 2017 report that was commissioned by the Immigration Review office and obtained by AILA through a FOIA request.
AILA Doc. No. 18043032

Audio: Lawyers Say Recommended Fixes to Immigration Courts Going Unheeded by Trump Admin

4/23/2018
Southern California’s KPCC features a segment on DOJ’s failure to implement recommendations to improve the immigration court system that were part of an independent study that the agency commissioned and that AILA and the American Immigration Council obtained through a FOIA request.
AILA Doc. No. 18042531

Article: Successful Immigration Program to End April 30

4/23/2018
Texas Monthly reports on EOIR closing its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and implementing numeric quotas on immigration judges, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining that the administration’s actions are part of an effort to turn the immigration courts into “a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18042530

Article: Migrant Caravan Prompts Trump Administration to Send More Attorneys, Judges to Border

4/23/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the president’s plans to send additional officials to the border in response to the arrival of an annual caravan of Central American migrants, with AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson’s providing insight on what kind of impact the extra resources will have.
AILA Doc. No. 18042407

Article: Justice Report’s Findings Clash with Sessions’ Actions

4/23/2018
CNN reports on a study about the immigration courts that was commissioned by EOIR and obtained through a FOIA request made by AILA and the American Immigration Council, noting AILA’s concerns over “recommendations that seemed ignored or on which opposite action was taken” by EOIR.
AILA Doc. No. 18042440

Article: Big American Tech Companies Are Snapping Up Foreign-Worker Visas, Replacing Indian Outsourcing Firms

4/20/2018
CNBC reports that Indian IT companies that operate in the U.S. are hiring fewer H-1B workers, a trend AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson says isn’t surprising given that “unpredictable” new policies and regulations have created an “invisible wall” on lawful immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 18042010

Article: Capitol Hill’s Immigration Impasse Likely to Stay in Ryan’s Wake

4/16/2018
Bloomberg Law features analysis from AILA members and others about what to expect from Congress on immigration in light of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) upcoming retirement.
AILA Doc. No. 18041843

Article: Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women

4/17/2018
Politico reports on actions taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the ability of victims of domestic abuse to receive asylum or other forms of relief from deportation, with commentary from AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 18041734

Article: H-1B Cap Met in 5 Days, Even with Application Roadblocks

4/9/2018
CIO Dive reports on why demand for H-1B visas has not decreased despite a more rigorous application process, with insights from AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear.
AILA Doc. No. 18040937

Audio: Will New Quotas for Immigration Judges Reduce Case Backlog?

4/4/2018
A segment on Atlanta’s WABE discusses DOJ’s new case completion quota for immigration judges, featuring commentary from Tracie Klinke, Chair of AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter, about how the measure will impact due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18040534

Article: Jeff Sessions Wants to Impose Quotas on Immigration Judges. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Idea.

4/5/2018
Mother Jones reports on DOJ’s new case quotas for immigration judges and its likely impact, with analysis from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas.
AILA Doc. No. 18040533

Article: Lawyers See Immigration Court as Trump ‘Deportation Machine’

4/4/2018
In this Bloomberg Politics article, immigration judges and immigration lawyers respond to DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for judges in immigration court, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney commenting, “Everything’s about speed. They’re converting the court into a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18040531

Article: New Quotas for Immigration Judges Are ‘Incredibly Concerning,’ Critics Warn

4/2/2018
The Daily Beast reports on immigrant advocates’ concerns about DOJ’s plan to evaluate immigration judges using case completion quotas, with AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explaining the plan pressures judges to rush cases, undermining due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18040333

Article: Justice Department Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges

4/3/2018
The Associated Press reports on DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for immigration judges. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch told the AP that numerical goals for judges undermines the core judicial principle of “a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 18040332

Article: Trump Administration Tries to Curb Asylum

4/1/2018
The Houston Chronicle reports on changes made by the Trump administration to restrict who can qualify for asylum, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney about the Attorney General’s use of his authority to refer BIA cases to himself.
AILA Doc. No. 18040264

Article: New ICE Policy Makes Detention More Likely for Pregnant Women

3/29/2018
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on ICE’s policy directive ending presumption of release for all pregnant detainees, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla, who called the policy “an egregious human rights offense.”
AILA Doc. No. 18033006

Article: Attorneys Decry ‘Invisible Wall’ Blocking Legal Immigration

3/26/2018
Bloomberg BNA reports on AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence, AILA USCIS National Benefits Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen, and AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist.
AILA Doc. No. 18032732

Article: Sailor Faces Deployment and Immigrant Wife’s Deportation

3/22/2018
The Military Times shares the story of Navy Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Juan Quiroz, who is preparing for an at-sea deployment while also worrying that his wife could be deported. Martin Lester of AILA’s Military Assistance Program explains how common this situation is in the U.S. military.
AILA Doc. No. 18032333

Article: All Sides Claim Victory on Spending Bill; No One Seems to Agree on What’s in It

3/22/2018
The Washington Times reports on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled by Republican and Democratic leadership and what it does and does not include, with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explaining its biggest problem is that it lacks a solution Dreamers.

Selected News Clips on Family Detention Pro Bono Efforts

12/29/2016
Want to see the impact our volunteers have made on families in detention? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 14120305

Article: The Wall Does Not Exist Yet, But Trump Has Already Erected New Barriers for Foreign Workers

3/21/2018
The Washington Post covers AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall and the Trump administration policies that have restricted legal immigration to the United States. AILA First Vice President Marketa Lindt discusses the impact these policies are having on employers.
AILA Doc. No. 18032236

Article: Fast-Track Option for High-Skill Visas Delayed Until September

3/21/2018
Bloomberg BNA reports on USCIS’s announcement that it will suspend premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions until September 10, 2018, with analysis from AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear and AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen.
AILA Doc. No. 18032234

Article: This Mother Was Arrested in Front of Her Screaming Daughters. But She Hasn’t Been Charged with a Crime.

3/18/2018
BuzzFeed News reports on CBP’s arrest of Perla Morales-Luna for alleged involvement in human smuggling, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney into DHS’s wide use of the smuggler accusation, which can be cause for deportation even in the absence of criminal charges.
AILA Doc. No. 18031934

Article: Fed. Immigration Enforcement Is ‘Indiscriminate,’ Attys Say

3/15/2018
Law360 features an article on the release of AILA’s report Cogs in the Deportation Machine, with additional commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 18031635

Article: What DOJ’s California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country

3/14/2018
Governing the States and Localities reports on DOJ’s lawsuit challenging three California laws related to immigration enforcement, with AILA Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage discussing how the outcome could impact other jurisdictions with similar laws.
AILA Doc. No. 18031540

Article: Jeff Sessions Has Power to Shape Asylum Policy. He Could Be Gearing Up to Use It to Deny Relief to Domestic Violence Victims.

3/14/2018
HuffPost reports on the Attorney General’s referral of a BIA decision in a domestic violence-related asylum case to himself for review. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney expresses concern that it’s an attempt to reverse “the hard-fought gains” made to protect domestic violence victims.
AILA Doc. No. 18031539

Article: Trump Administration Moves to Reshape Who Qualifies for Asylum

3/12/2018
NPR reports on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ interventions in two immigration cases and the potential “big implications for people who come to the U.S. and seek asylum,” with AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining what those implications could be.
AILA Doc. No. 18031233

Article: Plea Advice Required Deportation Warning, S.C. High Court Says

3/7/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that found a Jamaican national received ineffective counsel when his attorney failed to warn him that a guilty plea for marijuana possession could result in his deportation, with legal analysis from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 18030933

Article: Advocates Say Sessions’ Decision to Toss Rule on Asylum Hearings Endangers Thousands

3/7/2018
The Washington Post reports on the Attorney General referring a 2014 BIA decision to himself and vacating the original decision, thus eliminating the requirement that asylum seekers get a full hearing before an immigration judge, and AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney discusses the likely impact.
AILA Doc. No. 18030833

Article: Trump’s Deadline Just Passed and Young Immigrants Are Terrified

3/6/2018
Vice News reports on the uncertainty facing DACA recipients, Congress’ inaction on the Dream Act, and court decisions that are currently enjoining President Trump’s DACA rescission, with commentary from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and AILA members Mo Goldman and Sarah Pierce.
AILA Doc. No. 18030736

Article: On DACA’s Termination Date, Path Forward Remains Unclear

3/5/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on court decisions that have temporarily allowed the DACA program to continue beyond the March 5 end date set by President Trump and where the Dream Act stands in Congress, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 18030601

Video: Greg Chen on Immigration Policy Reform

3/1/2018
C-SPAN’s Washington Journal features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the future of the DACA program and the need to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18030132

Article: March 5th DACA Deadline May Be Obsolete, but Uncertainty Is Increasing for Dreamers

2/26/2018
Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on how the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari on the DACA case and the pending appeals in lower courts will extend the program beyond the deadline set by President Trump. Former AILA President William Stock warns that this is far from relief for Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18022733

Article: By the Time ICE Arrested Syed Jamal, He Was Low on Options with Immigration Law

2/26/2018
The Kansas City Star reports on the arrest and potential deportation of Bangladeshi national Syed Ahmed Jamal, who has lived and worked in academia in the Kansas City area for 30 years, with insights from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney and other AILA members.
AILA Doc. No. 18022634

Article: U.S. Visa Boss Insists Mission Statement Isn’t Anti-Immigrant

2/26/2018
The Associated Press reports on USCIS’s recent rewrite of its mission statement, with comments from USCIS Director Francis Cissna and criticism from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla about the change.
AILA Doc. No. 18022633

Article: His Church Keeps His Picture in a Pew and Prays He Won’t Be Deported

2/23/2018
CNN reports on a North Carolina man with significant health problems who is currently in detention facing deportation to the Republic of Congo, where his pastor says, “he will die.” AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen describes changing trends in immigration enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 18022342

Article: DACA Parents Become Flashpoint in Negotiations

2/14/2018
CNN covers the negotiations for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, reporting on concerns from lawmakers that Dreamers would later sponsor their parents for citizenship. Former AILA President William Stock explains that “nearly all” of Dreamers’ parents would be subject to the 10-year bar.
AILA Doc. No. 18021531

Video: Immigration Enforcement; Understanding "Orthorexia"; Inside American Greetings

2/12/2018
Ohio PBS features a discussion with Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, about how immigration enforcement has evolved in the past year, both nationwide and specifically in Northeast Ohio.
AILA Doc. No. 18021437

Article: ICE Deportation Cases: Your Questions Answered

2/13/2018
The New York Times answers questions about how ICE carries out enforcement actions and what happens after the agency arrests an individual, with comments from Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 18021436

Article: The President's Cuts to Legal Immigration Are Dangerous

2/9/2018
In this opinion piece, which first appeared in the Christian Post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains what the Trump administration’s plans for legal immigration would mean for American families and the economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18021235

Article: Four Myths About “Chain Migration,” Debunked

2/8/2018
The Daily Dot fact checks myths that are currently circulating about the family-based immigration system, with expert insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish about how family immigration actually functions in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 18020839

Article: HIV-Positive Immigrant Fighting Deportation to Venezuela, Where Life-Saving Medicine Is Scarce

2/7/2018
ABC News reports on Ricardo Querales, a Miami-based hairstylist and HIV-positive gay immigrant, who is facing deportation to Venezuela, with AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explaining how deportation trends have changed under the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 18020838

Article: ICE Arrest of Kansas Professor Highlights Complicated Paths to Citizenship

2/7/2018
NBC News reports on the detention of a Kansas father of three who was previously protected under prosecutorial discretion, with insights on the complexities of immigration law and changing policy from Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 18020837

Article: Republican Bill Would Treat Low-Income Dreamers as Criminals

2/5/2018
Mother Jones reports on Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the bill’s criminal provisions would affect Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18020633

Article: DHS Officials in San Antonio Call for Tighter Asylum Laws

2/1/2018
The San Antonio Express-News reports on DHS officials calling on Congress to reform the country’s asylum laws to close supposed “loopholes,” with commentary from former AILA President Laura Lichter on the importance of protections for asylum seekers.
AILA Doc. No. 18020235

Article: U.S. to Prioritize Recent Asylum Applications

1/31/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s decision to prioritize interviews for asylum seekers who entered the United States most recently, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen on the impact this will have on asylum seekers in the current interview backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 18020140

Article: Immigration Agency to Review Newest Asylum Cases First in Bid to Deter Fraud

1/31/2018
Reuters reports on USCIS’s announcement regarding changes in how affirmative asylum interviews are scheduled, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the new policy will leave asylum seekers currently waiting in the backlog “severely disadvantaged.”
AILA Doc. No. 18020139

Article: Trump’s Path to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Will Leave Out Nearly Half of All Dreamers

1/30/2018
The Associated Press reports on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security, noting that AILA and other organizations believe Trump’s proposed path to citizenship for only a portion of Dreamers “is not worth the formidable costs” of other elements of the proposal.
AILA Doc. No. 18013138

Article: CNN’s Reality Check Team Vets Trump’s State of the Union

1/31/2018
A team of reporters, researchers, and editors from CNN rates key statements from Trump’s first State of the Union Address as either true, true but misleading, or false, citing AILA to debunk the president’s false claims about the U.S. family-based immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 18013137

Article: Lawmakers Call on Trump to Drop Bid for Legal Immigration Cuts

1/28/2018
The Washington Post reports on the reactions of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to the president’s latest immigration reform proposal, with analysis on the proposal’s content and prospects in Congress from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 18012940

Article: As H-1B Applications Get Under Way, Foreigners Face New Challenges

1/25/2018
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on H-1B filing season and a bill introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Flake (R-AZ) that would increase the number of available H-1B visas, with comments from former AILA President William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 18012636

Article: ICE Puts Employers in Its Crosshairs

1/22/2018
U.S. News reports on ICE’s recent series of raids at 7-Eleven stores across the nation and how employer-focused enforcement has changed over the years, with insight from former AILA President William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 18012335

Article: Pinellas Sheriff, Feds Announce Changes to Controversial Immigrant Detention Policy

1/17/2018
Tampa Bay Times reports on an agreement between Tampa Bay-area sheriffs and ICE to allow local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for ICE while protecting them from civil rights lawsuits. AILA’s Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains they will likely still face litigation.
AILA Doc. No. 18011849

Article: The Case of the “Perfect” Undocumented Immigrant

1/17/2018
Splinter features a profile of Erlin San Martin, a Honduran immigrant and dedicated father with no criminal record and a pending U visa application, who is now in detention awaiting deportation. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board of Governors explains how common his story is becoming.
AILA Doc. No. 18011846

Article: Trump Is Making It Harder for Canadians to Legally Immigrate to the U.S., Lawyers Say

1/12/2018
The Toronto Star reports on how the Trump administration has made it more difficult for Canadians to move to the United States. Nan Berezowski, Chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, told the Star, “We’re seeing more refusals, and often more refusals for small things.”
AILA Doc. No. 18011761

Article: What Authority Do Local Police Have to Enforce Immigration Laws?

1/14/2018
The San Antonio Express-News investigates local police departments’ legal authority to enforce immigration laws, and AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains what federal law actually mandates regarding this issue.
AILA Doc. No. 18011760

Article: Chain Migration: How Conservatives Created the Transformative Policy They’re Now Attacking

1/13/2018
Mic reports on the origins of the U.S. family-based immigration system, with insights from AILA that debunk many of the myths currently being circulated by the Trump administration and anti-immigration activists about family-based immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 18011644

Article: Trump is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

1/11/2018
Quartz reports that the Trump administration is increasing scrutiny of H-1B applications with insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish.
AILA Doc. No. 18011206

Article: What “Dreamers” Say About the Great Immigration Debate

1/10/2018
The New York Times reports on congressional negotiations for the Dream Act, the recent district court decision on DACA, and the young immigrants whose futures are on the line, with reflections from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney on the uncertainty and its emotional toll on Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18011133

Article: After El Salvador Loses Special Protections from Deportation, Local Hondurans Fear They’re Next

1/9/2018
The Times-Picayune reports on DHS’s decision to cancel TPS for El Salvador, with reactions from AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Honduran TPS beneficiaries in the New Orleans area.
AILA Doc. No. 18010965

Video: Daniel Stein and Ben Johnson on Immigration Reform

1/3/2018
C-SPAN hosts a discussion about the prospects for immigration reform in 2018 with AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein.
AILA Doc. No. 18010331

Article: How Trump Went After Immigrants in 2017

12/30/2017
VICE reports on how President Trump transformed the immigration system, from the travel ban to efforts to deporting undocumented immigrants to the plan to limit even legal immigration. Anastasia Tonello is quoted discussing delays at USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 18010203

Article: One Year of Immigration Under Trump

12/31/2017
The Intercept reports on President Trump’s first year in office. Annaluisa Padilla is quoted, “I think it’s clear that this administration wants to bring any sort of immigration to the U.S. to a halt, whether it’s legal or what’s touted as illegal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18010202

Article: To Curb Illegal Border Crossings, Trump Administration Weighs New Measures Targeting Families

12/21/2017
The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration is considering separating parents from their children to halt Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border. Greg Chen states, “These are families that have no other choice for their survival.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122600

Article: Without New Laws or Walls, Trump Presses the Brake on Legal Immigration

12/20/2017
The New York Times reports on President Trump’s quieter immigration agenda, slowing down legal immigration programs and more frequently denying business-related visa applications. AILA’s President-elect Anastasia Tonello commented to the Times, “The wall is being built.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122039

Article: Good Luck Recruiting Top Talent, America

12/20/2017
Mother Jones reports on increasing hurdles for foreign nationals looking to live and work legally in the United States, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish on the “constant slew of policy changes that have been difficult to keep up with.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122037

Article: Outlook 2018 – More Scrutiny, Enforcement for Employment Visas

12/18/2017
Bloomberg BNA reports on what is on the horizon for immigration policy in 2018, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence.
AILA Doc. No. 17122034

Article: Startups Are Hacking Past New Immigration Rules

12/18/2017
OZY reports on a new wave of startups with products to guide individuals and companies through immigration and visa applications. AILA’s Director of Practice and Professionalism warns of their limitations when it comes to complex immigration cases in the current era of changing policies.
AILA Doc. No. 17121931

Article: Trump Team Immigration Push Undercut by NY Attack Facts, Critics Say

12/13/2017
CNN reports on the Trump administration’s attempt to blame terrorist attacks in the United States on family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, a connection that lacks evidence, as AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained to CNN.
AILA Doc. No. 17121334

Article: Complaint Accuses DHS of Increasingly Separating Families at the Border

12/12/2017
BuzzFeed News reports on a complaint recently filed with DHS by the Immigrant Justice Campaign and six other immigrant and refugee advocacy groups on behalf of family members who were forcibly separated while in DHS custody at the U.S. southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17121238

Article: What DACA Recipients Really Need Is for Their Bosses to Break the Law

11/30/2017
Splinter calls on employers to defy the law and continue employing DACA recipients whose work permits expire, until the Dream Act is passed. Former AILA President William A. Stock reflects, “Defying laws that people think are immoral in some way has a long tradition in America.”
AILA Doc. No. 17120133

Article: Local Family Shattered by Immigration Crackdown

11/28/2017
The Sun Community News reports on the deportation of a Clintonville, NY resident to his native Niger and the impact it has had on his family. AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explains how the administration’s mass deportation agenda ensnares families like this one.
AILA Doc. No. 17112936

Article: A Growing Lawyer “Army” Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

11/23/2017
The Nation reports on efforts to mobilize attorneys to represent immigrants pro bono, highlighting the work of the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative of AILA and the American Immigration Council.
AILA Doc. No. 17112739

Article: Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

11/19/2017
The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the employment-visa application process. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains, “The goal of the administration seems to be to grind the process to a halt or slow it down so much that they achieve a reduction in legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 17112104

Article: In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

11/16/2017
The New York Times reports on USCIS's decision to accept DACA renewals that were previously rejected due to mail delays. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explains how this problem could have been avoided.
AILA Doc. No. 17111634

Article: The Trump Administration Rejected 4,000 “Late” DACA Renewals. Some Were Sitting in Its Mailbox at the Deadline.

11/15/2017
Vox reports on a lawsuit filed by individuals whose DACA renewals were rejected as late, despite having arrived by the deadline, with insight on the situation from Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 17111662

Article: DOJ Details Plan to Slash Immigration Court Backlog

11/3/2017
The Washington Post reports on DOJ's plans to reduce the immigration court backlog by half by 2020. Gregory Chen, AILA's Director of Government Relations, expressed concerns that the plans would "undermine judicial independence."
AILA Doc. No. 17110731

Article: U.S. Tightens Renewal Requirements for Nonimmigrant Worker Visas

10/27/2017
NBC News reports on stricter renewal requirements for nonimmigrant worker visas following a recent update to USCIS policy, and former AILA President William Stock provides analysis on the impact of this change.
AILA Doc. No. 17110109

Article: Trump Administration Toughens H-1B Visa Renewal Process

10/25/2017
CNN reports that USCIS advised officers to "apply the same level of scrutiny" to H-1B extension requests and other nonimmigrant visas. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that this greater level of scrutiny will cause unnecessary delays even when the underlying facts have not changed.
AILA Doc. No. 17102633