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Press Releases and Statements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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