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Press Releases and Statements

DHS Instruction to Asylum Officers Violates U.S. and International Law

7/12/2018
Late on July 11, 2018, USCIS and ICE issued guidance redefining core principles of America’s asylum laws which will have far-reaching implications for asylum seekers, refugees, and others.
AILA Doc. No. 18071233

New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery

7/6/2018
In this statement, AILA highlights how the new guidance published by USCIS regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs) will needlessly push thousands more cases into the deportation machinery, further clogging the already backlogged immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 18070604

Supreme Court Upholds Muslim Ban, Strengthens “Invisible Wall”

6/26/2018
Reflecting on the 5-4 Supreme Court decision today, AILA President Anastasia Tonello stated that AILA will continue to “work to ensure that fairness, due process, and the free exercise of religion and expression are reflected in our nation’s immigration laws and policies.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062637

AILA: Expanding Family Detention Is Not the Answer to Cruel Family Separation Policy

6/20/2018
Responding to the Executive Order regarding family separation, AILA President Anastasia Tonello stated, “The barriers to due process that AILA attorneys have encountered at every detention facility only underscore what needs to happen: both family separation and family detention must end.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062036

AILA: Once Again, Congress Holds DREAMers Hostage

6/15/2018
As Congress gears up to vote on two immigration bills next week, AILA President Anastasia Tonello and Executive Director Ben Johnson raise serious concerns about the provisions which would, among other things, severely cut legal immigration, undermine vital protections for vulnerable populations.
AILA Doc. No. 18061561

AILA Elects New Officers for 2018-2019

6/14/2018
Today, Anastasia Tonello was installed as AILA’s President at AILA’s Annual Conference and the following officers were elected: Marketa Lindt as President-Elect, Jennifer Minear as First Vice President, Allen Orr as Second Vice President, Jeremy McKinney as Treasurer, and Farshad Owji as Secretary.
AILA Doc. No. 18061430

New Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook Released by AILA

6/14/2018
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is proud to release the 16th edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference being held in San Francisco this week.
AILA Doc. No. 18061400

AILA Presents Cyrus D. Mehta with the 2018 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Cyrus D. Mehta with the 2018 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. He will receive the award this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061331

Immigration Attorneys Offer Free Legal Consultations in San Francisco on June 16

6/12/2018
This Saturday, June 16, 2018, AILA, in partnership with AILA’s Northern California Chapter and La Raza Centro Legal, will offer free immigration law consultations. Immigration attorneys will be available to answer questions and assist immigrants with a variety of immigration-related questions.
AILA Doc. No. 18061231

Attorney General Pushes Immigration Judges to Deny Asylum to Victims of Violence

6/11/2018
AILA responds to the Attorney General's precedent decision in which he vacated the BIA decision in Matter of A- B and announced that in his view, domestic violence victims and other victims of crimes perpetrated by private, non-government actors do not generally qualify for asylum.
AILA Doc. No. 18061136

AILA Presents the MAVNI Litigation Team of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP with the 2018 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize the MAVNI Litigation Team of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with the 2018 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061195

AILA Recognizes Helen L. Tarokic with the 2018 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Helen L. Tarokic, of Wilmington, North Carolina, with the 2018 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for her outstanding counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance. The award will be presented this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061194

AILA Presents Dagmar Butte with the 2018 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Dagmar Butte of Portland, OR, with the 2018 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award for her outstanding service in advancing the mission, development, and values of AILA. She will receive the award this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061193

AILA Presents Patrick Taurel with the 2018 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Patrick Taurel, of Washington, D.C., with the 2018 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law. He will receive the award this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061192

AILA Presents Jonathan Blitzer and Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker with the 2018 Media Leadership Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize The New Yorker's Jonathan Blitzer and Sarah Stillman with the 2018 Media Leadership Award, for individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants. The award will be presented this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061191

AILA Presents Sheila Starkey Hahn with the 2018 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Sheila Starkey Hahn, of Memphis, Tennessee, with the 2018 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field. The award will be presented this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061190

AILA Presents John C. Keller with the 2018 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize John C. Keller with the 2018 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061106

AILA Presents Rebecca Sharpless with the 2018 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Rebecca Sharpless of the University of Miami School of Law with the 2018 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061105

AILA Presents Dilruba Hashim and Tracie L. Klinke with the 2018 Advocacy Award

6/11/2018
AILA will recognize Dilruba Hashim, of Washington, D.C., and Tracie L. Klinke, of Marietta, Georgia, with the 2018 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s advocacy agenda. They will accept their awards this week during AILA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.
AILA Doc. No. 18061104

Complaint Filed with DHS Oversight Bodies Calls for Improvements to Medical and Mental Health Care of Immigrants in Aurora Detention Center

6/4/2018
AILA and American Immigration Council released a press release on their complaint, filed 6/4/18, regarding inadequate access to medical and mental health care for immigrants detained at the Denver Contract Detention Facility, which is owned and operated by the private prison company Geo Group, Inc.
AILA Doc. No. 18060433

AG’s Latest Move Further Erodes the Independence of Immigration Judges

5/17/2018
The AG announced that immigration judges and members of the BIA may no longer “administratively close” cases, except cases that meet very narrow criteria, eliminating a critical docket management tool and effectively ensuring that the courts will remain encumbered with massive backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 18051753

ICE Has Missed Two Detention Reporting Deadlines Set by Congress in March

5/17/2018
AILA joined other organizations calling on congressional appropriators to hold ICE accountable for violations of congressionally imposed transparency obligations in the ever-expanding immigration detention system.
AILA Doc. No. 18051738

DOJ and DHS Decide to Forcibly Separate Families and Prosecute Asylum Seekers

5/8/2018
As DHS and DOJ announced new efforts that will result in the forcible separation of vulnerable families seeking protection in the United States under U.S. law, AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the decision “a gross injustice.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050800

Termination of TPS for Honduras Will Tear Apart Families and Harm American Businesses

5/4/2018
DHS announced that TPS for approximately 57,000 Honduran nationals will end on January 5, 2020. In this statement, AILA President Annaluisa Padilla responded to the news and called on Congress to “pass a permanent fix to provide relief for long-term TPS beneficiaries.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050436

DOJ Reverses Course on Legal Orientation Program, For Now

4/25/2018
AILA and the American Immigration Council welcomed the news that the Department of Justice will not halt the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) for now; AILA and the Council again highlighted the LOP’s benefits to the efficiency and effectiveness of the immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 18042539

DOJ Ignores Set of Recommendations to Strengthen Immigration Court System Efficiency and Effectiveness

4/23/2018
In response to a FOIA request, AILA and the American Immigration Council received a partially redacted report written by Booz Allen Hamilton and commissioned by EOIR which offers recommendations to ensure efficient proceedings and due process. The administration, however, has done the opposite.
AILA Doc. No. 18042015

AILA Statement on Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System Hearing

4/18/2018
On 4/18/18, AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration urging that Congress create an independent immigration court system in the form of an Article I court and monitor EOIR practices to ensure individuals the right to a full and fair hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 18041646

AILA: H-1B Numbers Show America is Losing Out on Talent

4/13/2018
AILA responds to the news that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 190,098 new H-1B visa cap-subject petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, down from approximately 199,000 in FY 2018.
AILA Doc. No. 18041332

DOJ Cuts Immigrants’ Access to Counsel in Latest Attack on Due Process

4/11/2018
AILA and the American Immigration Council responded to the recent news that DOJ was halting the Legal Orientation Program despite the program’s success and congressional directives to maintain it.
AILA Doc. No. 18041133

AILA: Outdated Immigration Laws Locking Out Job Creators

4/6/2018
AILA responded to the USCIS announcement that the agency has received more than enough H-1B petitions within the first five business days of the FY2019 filing period to reach the annual H-1B cap.
AILA Doc. No. 18040637

DOJ Strips Immigration Courts of Independence

4/3/2018
In a joint statement, AILA and the American Immigration Council responded to the imposition of strict quotas as part of immigration judges’ performance evaluations, a shift that strips away the independence held by judges who are making high stakes decisions about whether a person will be deported.
AILA Doc. No. 18040330

ICE Formalizes Inhumane Detention Policies for Pregnant Women

3/29/2018
In a joint statement with the American Immigration Council, AILA responds to a recently released ICE directive that formalizes the agency’s practice of detaining pregnant women.
AILA Doc. No. 18032937

Congress Set to Approve Funding Deal, Leaves Dreamers Out in the Cold

3/21/2018
With Congress set to approve billions of additional funding for immigration enforcement as part of the spending package funding the federal government through September 30, AILA President Annaluisa Padilla noted, “It is absolutely shameful that there is no solution for Dreamers in this legislation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18032107

AILA’s “Invisible Wall” Report Sheds Light on Trump Administration Policies to Restrict Legal Immigration

3/21/2018
AILA’s new report, “Deconstructing the Invisible Wall: How Policy Changes by the Trump Administration are Slowing and Restricting Legal Immigration” highlights the broad array of policy and procedural changes that are harming U.S. businesses, American families, and the national economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18031936

AILA Report “Cogs in the Deportation Machine” Shows Massive Escalation of Immigration Enforcement

3/14/2018
AILA released a new report detailing how the Trump administration has systematically increased enforcement, using harsh, indiscriminate methods to deport thousands of families, asylum seekers, and people who have lived and worked for years in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 18031239

Civil Rights Report Describes Legal Liabilities for Local Police that Detain Immigrants for ICE

3/7/2018
AILA and four other organizations issued a press release about their new report detailing the illegalities inherent in each of the U.S. government’s attempts to enlist local law enforcement authorities to arrest and detain people on behalf of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
AILA Doc. No. 18030638

SCOTUS Jennings Decision Won’t Be the Last Word on Bond Hearings for Immigrants

2/27/2018
AILA reacted to and explained today’s Supreme Court decision in Jennings v. Rodriguez; AILA President Annaluisa Padilla emphasized that the decision “does not mean that immigrants may be detained indefinitely and it does not mean that prolonged detention is constitutional.”
AILA Doc. No. 18022741

Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants

2/23/2018
AILA expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration’s rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the phrase “a nation of immigrants.”
AILA Doc. No. 18022333

Senate Bipartisan Efforts to Save Dreamers Destroyed by Veto Threat

2/16/2018
AILA expressed deep disappointment in the failure of the Senate to pass commonsense reforms to protect Dreamers. At the same time, AILA commends the many senators who stood firm against the nativist voices demanding legislation to gut legal immigration and make our country weaker.
AILA Doc. No. 18021635

White House Appeals to Nativist Base with Anti-Immigrant Proposal

1/25/2018
AILA denounced the latest iteration of the Trump administration’s proposal on immigration as destructive and untenable.
AILA Doc. No. 18012561

Another Bipartisan Failure to Protect Dreamers

1/22/2018
AILA issued a statement about how “Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, once again let politics take precedence over the lives of real people, and has squandered another opportunity to protect Dreamers.”
AILA Doc. No. 18012244

President’s Discriminatory Rhetoric Is an Affront to American Values

1/12/2018
AILA responded to President Trump’s derogatory and hateful comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and several African countries.
AILA Doc. No. 18011299

Immigration Justice Campaign and Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Announce New Partnership

1/12/2018
The Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative between AILA and the American Immigration Council, announces its partnership with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) in an effort to increase the legal representation of detained immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 18011205

AILA Condemns Termination of TPS for Salvadorans, Calls on Congress to Act

1/8/2018
AILA is deeply disappointed by the administration’s decision to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 200,000 nationals of El Salvador, effective September 9, 2019, stating that the “misguided and inhumane decision” will harm “communities, families, and businesses across the nation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18018061