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Press Releases and Statements

AILA Urges Swift Passage of the Afghan Adjustment Act

8/9/2022
AILA welcomes the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral “Afghan Adjustment Act” which would help Afghans fleeing the Taliban takeover find safety and security in the United States. This bill enables the United States to keep its promises to the Afghans who served alongside American troops.
AILA Doc. No. 22080900

The American Immigration Lawyers Association Urges Senators to Do No Harm to Immigrants

8/3/2022
AILA urges senators to keep the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022” focused on deficit reduction, the climate crisis, and prescription drug prices, and to vote no on any amendments that would exclude or harm immigrant communities and that would function as “poison pills” killing the entire bill.
AILA Doc. No. 22080331

AILA President Jeremy McKinney Responds to SCOTUS Move Keeping ICE Priorities On Hold

7/21/2022
In this statement, AILA President Jeremy McKinney responds to the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 vote to maintain a nationwide injunction blocking the Biden Administration from setting prosecutorial discretion policies for ICE. The court also decided to take up the case in December.
AILA Doc. No. 22072152

AILA’s Immigration Law Practice and Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials: Second Edition Now Shipping!

7/11/2022
The 2nd edition of AILA’s Immigration Law Practice and Procedure Manual: A “Cookbook” of Essential Practice Materials is now available, providing expanded “thorough, how-to guidance on preparing and filing many of the more common immigration applications and petitions.”
AILA Doc. No. 22071139

AILA President Jeremy McKinney Responds to Texas Governor’s Reprehensible Border Announcement

7/7/2022
In this statement, AILA President Jeremy McKinney responds to the announcement from Texas Governor Greg Abbott calling on Texas law enforcement officials and Texas National Guard members to illegally involve themselves in federal immigration policy.
AILA Doc. No. 22070714

AILA's Law Journal Welcomes New Editor-In-Chief Cyrus Mehta

7/7/2022
AILA announced the new Editor-in-Chief for the AILA Law Journal will be renowned expert Cyrus D. Mehta of New York, NY. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia ends her tremendously successful service in the role for the first three years of the law journal’s existence and is passing the torch this month.
AILA Doc. No. 22070703

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms the Biden Administration’s Authority to End MPP

6/30/2022
AILA welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Biden v. Texas, which affirmed the Biden Administration’s authority to end the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
AILA Doc. No. 22063006

AILA Elects New Officers for 2022-23 Term

6/16/2022
Jeremy McKinney was installed as AILA’s President for the 2022-23 term and the following officers were elected today: Farshad Owji as President-Elect, Kelli J. Stump as First Vice President, Jeff Joseph as Second Vice President, Alexis S. Axelrad as Treasurer, and Jacqueline Watson as Secretary.
AILA Doc. No. 22061609

Ten Years Later – Where are Permanent Protections for DREAMers?

6/15/2022
Today, AILA celebrates 10 years since the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative but calls on Congress to pass permanent protections; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson notes, “Congress’ inaction on this issue is a moral and political failure.”
AILA Doc. No. 22061409

AILA Presents Charles Oppenheim with the Founders Award

6/15/2022
AILA recognizes Charles Oppenheim 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.
AILA Doc. No. 22060256

AILA Presents Marc Van Der Hout with the 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/14/2022
AILA recognizes Marc Van Der Hout with the 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of his outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
AILA Doc. No. 22060257

AILA Recognizes Ian Wagreich with the 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

6/13/2022
AILA recognizes Ian Wagreich with the 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of his outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 22060255

AILA Presents AILA’s Afghan Response Task Force with the 2022 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

6/10/2022
AILA recognizes the AILA Afghan Response Task Force with the 2022 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 22060254

AILA Presents Camilo Montoya-Galvez with the 2022 Media Leadership Award

6/9/2022
AILA recognizes Camilo Montoya-Galvez of CBS News with the 2022 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 22060253

AILA Presents Matthew T. Galati with the 2022 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

6/8/2022
AILA recognizes Matthew T. Galati with the 2022 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 22060252

AILA Presents Immigration IMMpact Litigation with the 2022 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

6/7/2022
AILA recognizes Immigration IMMpact Litigation with the 2022 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 22060251

AILA Presents Rebecca Kitson with the 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

6/6/2022
AILA recognizes Rebecca Kitson with the 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching in the area of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 22060154

AILA Presents Sandra A. Grossman with the 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

6/3/2022
AILA recognizes Sandra A. Grossman with the 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 22060153

AILA Presents Olivia Serene Lee with the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

6/2/2022
AILA recognizes Olivia Serene Lee with the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.
AILA Doc. No. 22060152

AILA Presents Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

6/1/2022
AILA recognizes Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.
AILA Doc. No. 22060151

AILA and the American Immigration Council Welcome Angela Kelley as Chief Advisor – Policy and Partnerships

6/1/2022
AILA and the American Immigration Council welcome Angela Kelley as Chief Advisor – Policy and Partnerships. In her role, Ms. Kelley will be a critical member of the executive management team of both organizations; she most recently served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
AILA Doc. No. 22060100

AILA President Allen Orr: Pause on Title 42 Rollback Unsurprising; the Fight Continues

5/20/2022
Allen Orr responded to the preliminary injunction keeping Title 42 in place as a border expulsion policy noting, “We are disappointed but in no way surprised by this decision…we will overcome this decision and ensure America’s compassion and commitment to fairness and justice prevail.”
AILA Doc. No. 22052009

AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Patel v. Garland

5/16/2022
AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney responded to the decision in Patel v. Garland, stating, “This decision strips non-citizens of an important avenue for relief after incorrect decisions by immigration judges. It does so by ignoring the plain language of the statute.”
AILA Doc. No. 22051605

Texas AG “Investigating” Texas Bar Foundation is an Attempt to Shift Attention and Undermine the Rule of Law

5/9/2022
AILA and the American Immigration Council stand in support of the Texas State Bar Foundation in response to TX AG Ken Paxton’s investigation of the Foundation for supporting organizations that provide legal representation, citizenship classes, and other legal needs to the immigrant community in TX.
AILA Doc. No. 22050904

AILA Welcomes USCIS Action to Address Effect of Processing Delays on Families and the U.S. Economy

5/3/2022
AILA welcomed news that USCIS will automatically extend work permits for up to 540 days beginning May 4, 2022. AILA President Allen Orr said, “It is a great step forward, but there remain many more simple changes the Biden Administration can and should make to right the ship at USCIS.”
AILA Doc. No. 22050302

AILA Welcomes New Humanitarian Parole Process for Ukrainians, but Administration Needs to Recognize Disparate Treatment of Populations

4/21/2022
AILA welcomed the announcement the Biden administration is building out a process to allow U.S.-based individuals and organizations to more easily sponsor Ukrainian refugees but must redouble its efforts to correct what continues to be starkly disparate treatment of other populations.
AILA Doc. No. 22042101

AILA Welcomes Designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

4/15/2022
AILA welcomed the recent designation of Cameroon for TPS which will protect thousands of Cameroonian nationals currently in the U.S. but noted, “We cannot sacrifice one vulnerable population for another. These decisions must be centered in equity and our common humanity.”
AILA Doc. No. 22041504

New ICE Guidelines for Its Attorneys Prioritize Prosecutorial Discretion

4/6/2022
AILA welcomed the recent memo from ICE Principal Legal Advisor Kerry Doyle directing prosecutors “to use their discretion to look for opportunities to resolve cases promptly and in the interest of justice for all parties involved.” The memo will take effect April 25, 2022.
AILA Doc. No. 22040651

Ending Title 42 Finally on the Horizon

4/1/2022
AILA welcomes the announcement from the Biden Administration that the use of Title 42, a public health law, to expel vulnerable migrants at our border will finally end on May 23, 2022. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted, “This day has been far too long in coming.”
AILA Doc. No. 22040151

AILA Welcomes ICE Announcement to Close Etowah Detention Center

3/25/2022
AILA welcomed the news that ICE will close the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama and limit the use of three other detention facilities across the country. AILA Policy Counsel Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock stated, “the next step as the wind down is implemented is the release of individuals.”
AILA Doc. No. 22032552

Asylum Changes from the Biden Administration Will Not Ensure Due Process as Required by U.S. Asylum Law

3/24/2022
AILA and the Council responded to today’s release of an interim final rule related to asylum procedures with deep concern, noting that “the tight deadlines and rapid scheduling of hearings” will undoubtedly curtail due process and interfere with the ability to obtain legal representation.
AILA Doc. No. 22032403

ACLU-NM and Immigrant Rights Groups Call for the Immediate Release of People Detained in Torrance County Detention Facility, and for the Termination of Its ICE Contract

3/18/2022
AILA joined partners in calling for the immediate release, not transfer, of people detained by ICE at the Torrance County Detention Facility following deeply disturbing findings announced by a federal watchdog agency.
AILA Doc. No. 22031816

AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Recent Slaying of Immigration Attorney Jim Li in New York

3/17/2022
AILA President Allen Orr responded to news that AILA member Jim Li was slain in New York, stating, “It is a tragedy that Jim’s life was cut short, and we will mourn the man he was: someone called to help others.”
AILA Doc. No. 22031751

AILA President Allen Orr Responds to D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Rejecting “Title 42”

3/4/2022
AILA President Allen Orr called the D.C. Circuit decision on Title 42 expulsions a “significant victory for the migrant families who have correctly and consistently asserted that the law of this nation protects those fleeing persecution, and for all of us advocating for this cruel policy to end.”
AILA Doc. No. 22030403

AILA Welcomes Biden Administration Moves to Help Ukrainian Nationals But More Needs to Be Done on Several Fronts

3/4/2022
AILA welcomed the designation of Ukraine for TPS while also calling on the administration to do more for Ukraine, and move rapidly to offer similar protections to nationals of several other countries that already face dire circumstances on the ground such as Cameroon and Haiti.
AILA Doc. No. 22030401

AILA President Allen Orr Responds to SCOTUS Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

2/25/2022
AILA President Allen Orr welcomed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, noting she has “legal knowledge of immense depth and breadth” and is someone “who embodies the strength that comes through diversity and inclusion.”
AILA Doc. No. 22022502

AILA Calls on Biden Administration to Help Ukrainian Nationals as Russia Invades

2/24/2022
AILA calls on the Biden administration to move immediately to help Ukrainian nationals as Russia invades Ukraine, including expeditious processing and humanitarian relief such as Temporary Protected Status and a moratorium on removals.
AILA Doc. No. 22022402

AILA: USCIS Needs to Give Meaning to the Words of Its New Mission Statement

2/9/2022
AILA applauded the Biden administration’s rewrite of the USCIS mission statement which clearly signals a more welcoming and respectful attitude towards immigrants and recognition of the importance of immigration to America’s success.
AILA Doc. No. 22020906

Eighty-Five Immigrant and Human Rights Groups Call for Investigation and Demand Private Prison Ban Extend to ICE Detention

2/9/2022
AILA and our partners requested the DHS and DOJ OIGs review the implementation of President Biden’s EO phasing out DOJ’s use of private prisons; the request was supported by 85 immigrant and human rights groups that delivered a complementary letter demanding the findings be made public.
AILA Doc. No. 22020903

AILA Welcomes Legislation to Create Independent Immigration Court

2/3/2022
AILA welcomed newly introduced legislation that would create an independent immigration court system. The “Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022” was introduced by Representatives Lofgren (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), and Johnson (D-GA), following two hearings on this issue over the past few years.
AILA Doc. No. 22020351

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual and In-Person Citizenship Events

2/3/2022
AILA is proud to join NALEO Educational Fund and NPNA for AILA’s 16th Citizenship Day, taking place virtually and in-person at 20+ events across the country on or around Saturday, February 12, 2022, to help lawful permanent residents take the final steps toward U.S. citizenship.
AILA Doc. No. 22020255

Capital Good Fund and AILA Partnership Brings Financial Support to Immigrant Communities

2/1/2022
Capital Good Fund and AILA have launched a national program to give AILA members the benefit of offering an affordable financing option to their clients, allowing more people to access legal representation.
AILA Doc. No. 22013109

AILA Welcomes Administration’s Changes to Attract and Retain STEM Talent

1/21/2022
AILA welcomed policy changes that will help America attract and retain individuals with STEM expertise. President Allen Orr noted, “These changes are in line with several recommendations AILA has urged the Biden administration to consider as part of our Vision for a Welcoming America.”
AILA Doc. No. 22012108

One Year Later, Promises on Immigration Have Fallen Short

1/19/2022
AILA reviewed and analyzed the Biden administration’s promises on immigration and the actions taken, or not taken, in our new report. “Still Striving – The First Year of the Biden Administration” covers promises kept and those left unfulfilled in the year since President Biden’s inauguration.
AILA Doc. No. 22011852