AILA Expresses Disappointment Over Failed Senate Vote on DREAM Act

AILA is disappointed that, after successful passage in the House, the Senate failed to advance the DREAM Act today. The legislation did not garner enough votes to pass a procedural hurdle, even though with 55 votes it had the support of a majority of the chamber’s lawmakers.
AILA Doc. No. 10121819

The DREAM Act Lives on; AILA Continues Push

AILA views today’s Senate vote to table the DREAM Act (S.3992) as a strategic move that will give more time to consider the version of the bill that passed the House last night and make the path to victory far simpler.
AILA Doc. No. 10120910

AILA Celebrates DREAM Act’s Victory in the House

AILA congratulates the House of Representatives for passing the DREAM Act today by a vote of 216 to 198. With their yea votes, members of Congress showed a willingness to help hundreds of thousands of high achieving young immigrants to pursue the American dream.
AILA Doc. No. 10120810

AILA Announces Launch of Consumer Protection Website

AILA is proud to debut StopNotarioFraud.org, a dynamic new consumer protection resource dedicated to combating the unscrupulous exploitation of immigrants in need of legal counsel. The bilingual website is slated to go live on 12/7/10.
AILA Doc. No. 10120669

AILA Urges Congress to Support the DREAM Act

AILA calls upon Congress to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that will strengthen our economy, our military, and our entire nation.
AILA Doc. No. 10120210

AILA Celebrates the Launch of the Immigration Advocates Network Pro Bono Resource Center

AILA is excited to support the new expansion of the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) Pro Bono Resource Center and the IAN Community Forum.
AILA Doc. No. 10110463

AILA Fears Immigration Overhaul Likely to Remain Stalled in 2011

The results of the 2010 mid-term elections lead AILA to fear that prospects for broad immigration legislation in the 112th Congress will remain stalled, with new House leadership expected to press for increased border security and intensive enforcement actions.
AILA Doc. No. 10110311

287(g) – Immigration Enforcement Program Fails in More Ways Than One

AILA press release on a report by the DHS Office of Inspector General finding gross deficiencies and lack of oversight in the federal immigration enforcement program known as “287(g),” which allows local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
AILA Doc. No. 10102630

Senators Menendez and Leahy Introduce First Comprehensive Immigration Bill of 2010

AILA views the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932) by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as an important step in advancing reforms of our nation's broken immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 10093068

AILA Welcomes Senator Reid's Commitment to the DREAM Act

AILA applauds this week’s announcement that Senate Leader Harry Reid will bring up the bi-partisan DREAM Act as an amendment to the Defense Reauthorization bill. AILA believes this is a welcome step forward toward reform and urges all Senators to vote in support of the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 10091601

AILA Selected as One of the Best in the Nation for Benefits

An independent judging panel of employee benefits experts named AILA as one of the 2010 winners of The Principal® 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security, citing their extraordinary efforts to avoid cutting benefits.
AILA Doc. No. 10082463

Congress Passes Border Bill; AILA Calls for Real Immigration Reform

On 8/12/10, Congress passed a $600 million immigration enforcement supplemental appropriations package for additional border enforcement funding through the FY2011. AILA responded with a call for comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 10081266

Let the Government Think

AILA responds to the now-public draft memo from USCIS, leaked without their permission, which examines the legal framework of immigration and explores possible solutions.
AILA Doc. No. 10073075

AILA Applauds Arizona Decision in SB 1070

AILA applauds the decision of Judge Susan R. Bolton of the U.S. District Court for Arizona enjoining the most damaging and dangerous provisions of Arizona's SB 1070, which were set to go into effect tomorrow.
AILA Doc. No. 10072820

AIC/AILA File Lawsuit Seeking Transparency on H-1B Visa Program

The American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center filed a lawsuit against DHS and USCIS on behalf of AILA seeking the public release of records concerning agency policies and procedures for the H-1B visa program.
AILA Doc. No. 10072068

AILA Commends the Courageous Action by the DOJ to File Suit Against Arizona Over S.B. 1070

AILA commends the courageous action today against the Arizona immigration law by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in filing a lawsuit challenging this misguided law.
AILA Doc. No. 10070620

AILA Praises President's Resolve to Move Forward on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

AILA welcomed President Obama’s appeal to Congress for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system in a speech delivered at American University School of International Service.
AILA Doc. No. 10070136

AILA Elects 2010-2011 Officers

AILA's new officers were announced during the Membership Meeting at AILA's Annual Conference: President David Leopold, President-Elect Eleanor Pelta, First Vice President Laura Lichter, Second VP Doug Stump, Treasurer Leslie Holman, and Secretary Victor Nieblas Pradis.
AILA Doc. No. 10070135

AILA Presents Karol Brown with the 2010 Advocacy Award

AILA awarded Karol Brown, an attorney at Global Justice Law Group, PLLC in Seattle, WA, the 2010 Advocacy Award for her outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 10062977

AILA Presents Lee O’Connor with the 2010 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA awarded Lee O’Connor of the Immigrants’ & Language Rights Center at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. with the 2010 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his steadfast dedication to the many lawyers he advises through AILA’s mentor program.
AILA Doc. No. 10062975

AILA Presents Judge Robert Katzmann with the 2010 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA awarded Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, NY, the 2010 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 10062974

AILA Presents Washington Post Correspondent Spencer Hsu with 2010 Media Leadership Award

AILA awarded Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post homeland security correspondent, the 2010 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 10062973

AILA Presents Past President Deborah Notkin with 2010 Media Leadership Award

AILA awarded Deborah Notkin of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP in New York, NY, the 2010 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 10062972

AILA Presents Maurice Goldman with the 2010 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA awarded Maurice H. Goldman of Goldman & Goldman PC in Tucson, AZ with the 2010 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 10062971

AILA Presents the 2009-2010 Amicus Committee with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA awarded the AILA 2009-2010 Amicus Committee with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 10062970

AILA Presents Professor James Austin with the 2010 Elmer Fried Excellence Award

AILA awarded James Austin of Austin & Ferguson LLC in Kansas City, MO the 2010 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding professors in the area of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 10062969

AILA Presents Angelo A. Paparelli with the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA awarded Angelo A. Paparelli of Seyfath Shaw LLP in Irvine, CA the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for the advancing the practice of law.
AILA Doc. No. 10062968

AILA Presents Maria Baldini-Potermin with the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA awarded Maria Baldini-Potermin, founder of the Chicago-based firm Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, PC, with the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 10062967

AILA Presents Rep. David Price with 2010 Congressional Leadership Award

AILA awarded Congressman David Price, the 2010 Congressional Leadership Award, awarded annually to members of Congress who most advanced the cause of immigration and immigrants during the previous year.
AILA Doc. No. 10062966

AILA Presents ACLU Attorney Ahilan Arulanantham with the 2010 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award

AILA awarded Ahilan Arulanantham, Director, Immigrants’ Rights and National Security, ACLU of Southern California, the 2010 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for his innovative litigation and its benefits for the rights of vulnerable non-citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 10062965

AILA Presents Past President Kathleen Campbell Walker with the 2010 AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA awarded Kathleen Campbell Walker of Brown McCarroll LLP in El Paso, TX the 2010 AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding service in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
AILA Doc. No. 10062964

AILA Dismayed With Proposed 10% USCIS Fee Increase

AILA is dismayed with the announcement on 6/9/10 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will seek an average 10% increase in immigration fees in order to close a projected $200-million deficit for 2010-11, stating that users must receive better value for fees paid.
AILA Doc. No. 10060910

AILA Welcomes Senate Proposal to Fix Our Nation’s Broken Immigration System

AILA is encouraged by an emerging immigration proposal—the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR)—put forth by a group of Democratic Senators that provides a path forward for both political parties to work on comprehensive immigration reform this year.
AILA Doc. No. 10042912

AILA Votes to Boycott Arizona After Signing of Anti-Immigrant Law

The Board of Governors of AILA, moments after the Arizona Governor signed into law the harshest anti-immigration bill passed in the U.S. in over a decade, instructed its Executive Committee to move the fall 2010 conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another state.
AILA Doc. No. 10042331

AILA and Partners to Help Thousands Apply for Citizenship on 4/17/10

AILA will celebrate its 4th Annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 17, 2010, by helping over 2,000 legal permanent residents apply to become U.S. citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 10041664

AILA Urges Arizona Governor to Veto Unconstitutional and Overly Punitive Anti-Immigrant Bill

AILA strongly urges Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill moving rapidly through the state legislature that would make it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant in the state.
AILA Doc. No. 10041660

DHS Inspector General Report Exposes Abuses in State and Local Immigration Enforcement

On 4/2/10, the DHS Office of Inspector General issued a comprehensive report confirming civil rights abuses in the federal program. AILA urges Secretary Napolitano to terminate immediately the entire 287(g) program and calls upon Congress to end its funding.
AILA Doc. No. 10040238

Internal Conflict at ICE Threatens to Stall Enforcement and Detention Reforms

On 3/27/10, internal ICE memos were released revealing deep dissension at the highest levels of ICE leadership that seriously risk derailing the Obama Administration’s reforms to our nation’s troubled immigration enforcement and detention system.
AILA Doc. No. 10033067

AILA Encouraged as Senators Schumer and Graham Present Their Blueprint for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

AILA is encouraged by the blueprint for immigration reform legislation presented by Senators Schumer and Graham in an editorial published in The Washington Post.
AILA Doc. No. 10031975

AILA Applauds Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Introduction of The Refugee Protection Act of 2010

AILA applauds Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for introducing “The Refugee Protection Act of 2010” to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are protected by the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 10031510

AILA Welcomes President Obama’s Commitment to Immigration Reform

AILA welcomes President Obama’s announcement that his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering and that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration system this year if he could attract necessary Republican support.
AILA Doc. No. 10031562

AILA Wins ASAE's 2010 Associations Advance America Award of Excellence

AILA is one of 13 programs to win the Award of Excellence in the 2010 Associations Advance America Awards program. AILA received the award for its Military Assistance Program (MAP).
AILA Doc. No. 10022570

AILA Applauds the Grant of TPS to Haitian Nationals

AILA welcomes the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals already residing in the United States. The announcement was made on 1/15/10 by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
AILA Doc. No. 10011511