ICE Deportations Show Need to Better Implement Priorities

The announcement from ICE indicating FY2011 deportation statistics underscores the need for prosecutorial discretion to be utilized on a wider scale. AILA President Eleanor Pelta issues her comments.
AILA Doc. No. 11101809

AILA Consumer Advisory: What You Need to Know About Recent DHS Announcements (Updated 12/30/11 7pm)

AILA advisory explains the recent announcements regarding the DHS immigration case review process, prosecutorial discretion, and administrative closure. This is not amnesty, and does not create legal status. A Spanish version follows.
AILA Doc. No. 11123061

AILA Shares Concern About Representation of Immigrants

AILA statement on a report from the New York Immigrant Representation Study that shows without a right to appointed counsel in immigration court, many immigrants represent themselves in removal proceedings with unsuccessful outcomes; others have inadequate representation.
AILA Doc. No. 11121906

DHS and DOJ Do Right by Maricopa County

AILA applauds DHS for terminating its 287(g) agreement with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and restricting the County's access to Secure Communities following the release of a DOJ report indicating discriminatory bias and unconstitutional policing.
AILA Doc. No. 11121509

AILA Welcomes Senator Leahy's Hearing on Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program

AILA is pleased to see Senator Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee discussing the reauthorization of the EB-5 program for its potential as a driver of economic growth and job creation.
AILA Doc. No. 11120768

AILA Recognizes H-1B Cap Reached and Recommends Changes

AILA's statement on Wednesday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY2012 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year.
AILA Doc. No. 11231102

AILA Applauds ICE for Progress on Immigration Case Review

AILA welcomes new guidance issued in a memo from ICE that outlines the process for reviewing pending and incoming immigration cases for their eligibility to apply prosecutorial discretion.
AILA Doc. No. 11171121

AILA/AIC Survey Reveals ICE Officials’ Sporadic Exercise of Prosecutorial Discretion

A joint report released on 11/9/11 by AILA and AIC, "Holding DHS Accountable on Prosecutorial Discretion," highlights the discrepancies seen by immigration attorneys at all 28 ICE offices nationwide in regards to the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.
AILA Doc. No. 11110946

AILA Calls USCIS NTA Guidance a Positive Step

AILA commends the new Policy Memorandum issued by USCIS on NTAs involving inadmissible and removable aliens and for its movement away from enforcement actions and back towards its original service-minded focus.
AILA Doc. No. 11110809

AILA Recognized as Great Place to Work in D.C. by Washingtonian Magazine

Washingtonian Magazine has chosen AILA as one of the top 50 places to work in the Washington, D.C., area. The selection was based on employees' survey responses and reflects the satisfaction of AILA staff members.
AILA Doc. No. 11102160

AILA Applauds Hearing on Foreign Students Graduating with Advanced Degrees

The House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hearing "STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?" moves the conversation on immigration reform in a positive direction.
AILA Doc. No. 11100567

The Lamar Smith Bill to Mandate E-Verify Should Not Move Forward

AILA opposes Congressman Lamar Smith’s latest attempt to mandate E-Verify with his proposed "Legal Workforce Act." This bill would harm American workers and businesses, and it would do nothing to fix the nation's immigration problems.
AILA Doc. No. 11091470

AILA Consumer Advisory: DHS Immigration Announcement is NOT a Legalization Program (Updated 8/23/11)

An AILA consumer advisory clarifying the 8/18/11 DHS announcement regarding immigration enforcement priorities. It is not a legalization program and does not create legal status. Immigrants with questions should see certified legal professionals. A Spanish version follows.
AILA Doc. No. 11082009

AILA Calls DHS Prioritization Plan Strong Step Forward for Immigration Enforcement

AILA press statement responding to DHS announcement establishing a high-level committee to ensure implementation of its enforcement priorities and to relieve pressure on an already overburdened immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 11081809

New AILA Report Says DHS Immigration Enforcement is Far “Off Target”

AILA announces the release of Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses with Major Consequences, a report featuring 127 cases where DHS took enforcement action against harmless people who were picked up and referred by local police officers.
AILA Doc. No. 11081608

AILA Creates New Pro Bono Program; Partners With DREAM Act Advocacy Groups

AILA is proud to announce a new partnership with DREAM Act advocacy groups. AD2 provides an opportunity for AILA members to volunteer to take on DREAM Act cases on a pro bono basis in conjunction with the grassroots work of these partners.
AILA Doc. No. 11080967

In Abrupt Shift, ICE Announces Secure Communities to be Imposed on States

AILA response to 8/5/11 ICE declaration that the MOAs previously executed with 42 states to implement the Secure Communities program were “terminated,” opining that no agreement with states or local law enforcement was necessary.
AILA Doc. No. 11080609

AILA Launches First Member Section to Focus on Federal Court Litigation

The official launch of the first member section is an exciting change for AILA. The Federal Court Litigation Section will offer a new community for members who argue immigration cases in federal court.
AILA Doc. No. 11080330

AILA Calls Politically Polarizing Legislation Unworthy of Full Committee Hearing

On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement conducted a hearing on legislation called the Hinder the Administration's Legalization Temptation Act (HALT Act).
AILA Doc. No. 11072661

AILA Commends Senator Schumer for Holding Tuesday’s Hearing, “The Economic Imperative for Enacting Immigration Reform”

AILA calls on Congress to follow Senator Schumer’s lead by joining him in creating viable immigration policy that can produce more jobs and push the economy forward.
AILA Doc. No. 11072660

AILA Applauds First-Ever Senate Hearing on the DREAM Act

AILA statement on the Senate hearing chaired by Senator Durbin on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, to discuss the DREAM Act. AILA member Margaret Stock served as a witness at the hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 11062872

AILA Commends Senate Leaders for Solution-Oriented Plan on Immigration

AILA statement welcoming the introduction of the CIR Act of 2011 by Senator Menendez and others. The bill includes fixes to the family and business visa systems, a legalization program, and tough enforcement measures.
AILA Doc. No. 11062242

Installation Speech of Incoming AILA President Eleanor Pelta

Text of the installation speech delivered by incoming AILA President Eleanor Pelta on Thursday, June 16, 2011 during the 2011 AILA Annual Conference in San Diego.
AILA Doc. No. 11062238

AILA Comments on DHS Promise to Reform Enforcement with New Policies

AILA statement on DHS 6/17/11 written policies directing ICE officers, agents, and attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion to implement its priorities for immigration enforcement as well as reforms to the Secure Communities program.
AILA Doc. No. 11061709

AILA Elects 2011-2012 Officers

On Thursday evening of its annual conference, AILA announced the election results for the 2011-2012 Executive Committee. Eleanor Pelta was installed as AILA President during a morning session of the conference where she eloquently presented her goals for the year.
AILA Doc. No. 11061609

AILA Applauds Bill to Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers

AILA statement on the introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2011. The bill, introduced June 15, 2011, addresses shortfalls in current law and would, among other fixes, eliminate the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers.
AILA Doc. No. 11061539

AILA Applauds Introduction of Rep. Lofgren’s High Skill Immigration Reform Bill

AILA calls the introduction by U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) of a high skill immigration reform measure an important step towards addressing an urgent issue of national importance.
AILA Doc. No. 11061560

AILA to Congress: Stop H.R. 2164’s Mandatory Employment Verification Scheme

AILA statement about the House Immigration Subcommittee hearing on legislation to mandate E-Verify within two years. The bill from Rep. Lamar Smith is called the “Legal Workforce Act.”
AILA Doc. No. 11061509

AILA To Provide Free Legal Consultations To San Diego Immigrant Community

AILA attorneys hosted a three hour pro bono session for San Diego residents in need of legal advice regarding immigration concerns on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is AILA’s way to thank the city for hosting its annual conference.
AILA Doc. No. 11061336

AILA Presents Past President Bernard P. Wolfsdorf with the 2011 AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA awards Bernard Wolfsdorf of Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, the 2011 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. 11061375

AILA Presents Anthony Weigel with the 2011 Advocacy Award

AILA awards Anthony Weigel, the principal of Weigel Law Office, LLC, located in the Kansas City, Missouri area, the 2011 Advocacy Award for his outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 11061374

AILA Presents Ronald Wada with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA awards Ronald Wada, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP, with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 11061373

AILA Presents United We Dream with the 2011 Advocacy Award

AILA awards United We Dream with the 2011 Advocacy Award for the group’s outstanding efforts in support of positive immigration legislation, specifically the DREAM Act.
AILA Doc. No. 11061372

AILA Presents the Padilla v. Kentucky Litigation Team with the 2011 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA awards the Padilla v. Kentucky Litigation Team with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 11061371

AILA Presents Professor Nancy Morawetz with the 2011 Elmer Fried Excellence Award

AILA awards Nancy Morawetz, a professor at New York University School of Law (NYU), the 2011 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professors in the area of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 11061370

AILA Presents Cyrus D. Mehta with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA awards Cyrus D. Mehta, founder and managing attorney of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC, in New York. He is honored with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 11061369

AILA Presents CNN Producer Kiran Khalid with 2011 Media Leadership Award

AILA awards Kiran Khalid, a news producer for CNN’s New York Bureau, the 2011 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 11061367

AILA Presents Russell Abrutyn with the 2011 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA awards Russell Abrutyn, an immigration law practitioner at Marshal E. Hyman & Associates in Troy, MI, with the 2011 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his steadfast dedication to guiding new lawyers through the complexities of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 11061366

AILA Presents Jason Abrams with the 2011 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA awards Jason Abrams, a partner with Abrams & Abrams in New York, with the 2011 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 11061365

AILA Applauds New Government Initiative to Halt Immigration Service Scams

AILA statement explaining its new partnership with community organizations, FTC, USCIS, and DOJ to protect immigrant communities from harmful and dishonest practitioners of immigration law and also improve immigrants’ access to qualified legal advice.
AILA Doc. No. 11060965

AILA Troubled by Supreme Court Decision That Opens Door to 50 Different Laws on Employment Verification

AILA statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Arizona Legal Workers Act, a state law that imposes requirements and sanctions on employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. The decision could lead to a patchwork of immigration enforcement policies.
AILA Doc. No. 11052610

AILA Welcomes Introduction of Military Families Act

AILA statement welcoming the introduction of legislation that would allow noncitizen immediate family members of active military service members to apply to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 11052662

AILA Denounces House Detention Bill

AILA press statement on upcoming House hearing to discuss H.R. 1932, a bill that would strip important due process protections of harmless individuals by needlessly increasing the government’s already broad authority to detain noncitizens.
AILA Doc. No. 11052460

AILA Commends Government for Temporary Relief to Haitian Nationals

AILA statement in response to DHS's decision to extend TPS for Haitian nationals and re-designate Haiti for TPS so that nationals who arrived within the year following the earthquake can also apply for temporary status.
AILA Doc. No. 11051867

AILA Welcomes Introduction of DREAM Act in Congress

AILA press statement welcoming the introduction of the DREAM Act. The legislation gives thousands of young immigrant students a chance to pursue the American dream. The bill passed the House last November, but could not win enough votes to pass the Senate.
AILA Doc. No. 11051160

AILA Opposes Secure Visas Act

AILA statement on the 5/11/11 review by the House Immigration Subcommittee of the Secure Visas Act, a bill that would radically change the way visas are processed by shifting authority from DOS to DHS and curtailing the power of courts to review decisions made by officers.
AILA Doc. No. 11051161

President Gets it Right on Immigration, Economy; Leadership Needed in Enforcement Arena

AILA’s statement on President Obama’s address on immigration from El Paso, TX. AILA commends his commitment to immigration reform, but calls for more leadership on appropriate use of agency authority in the enforcement arena.
AILA Doc. No. 11051068

AILA Urges Timeout on the Secure Communities Program

AILA statement on House Border Subcommittee hearing calling on Congress to examine the Secure Communities program which AILA calls inadequate and harmful to community policing.
AILA Doc. No. 11050364

AILA and Partners to Help Thousands Apply for Citizenship on Saturday, April 30

AILA will celebrate its 5th Annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, by helping more than 2,500 legal permanent residents apply to become US citizens at 50 naturalization clinics in 19 states.
AILA Doc. No. 11042931

AILA Welcomes End of NSEERS Country Listings, Calls for Program’s Complete Termination

AILA’s statement on 4/27/11 notice from DHS that the agency will depopulate the country listings from the NSEERS database, calling the move a good first step toward eliminating the whole program.
AILA Doc. No. 11042731

Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law Ruled Unconstitutional

AILA applauds today’s decision by the Ninth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s SB 1070 because states do not have inherent authority to make or enforce immigration laws.
AILA Doc. No. 11041131

AILA Denounces Deportations to Haiti as Life-Threatening

AILA's public statement calling on Obama Administration to suspend deportations to Haiti until life-threatening conditions in that country are resolved.
AILA Doc. No. 11040710

AILA Anticipates Balanced Hearing on H-1B Visas

AILA looks forward to what is expected to be the first balanced hearing on immigration policy from the House Immigration Subcommittee. It is titled, “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers.”
AILA Doc. No. 11033110

AILA Opposes Obama Administration’s Decision to Resume Deportations to Haiti

AILA expresses deep disappointment with and opposes the decision of the Obama Administration to resume deportations to Haiti which had been suspended since a catastrophic earthquake devastated the country last January.
AILA Doc. No. 11031564

AILA Calls on Congress to Focus on Viable Immigration Solutions

AILA calls on Congress to show leadership by creating viable immigration policy that can create more jobs and push the economy forward. Unfortunately today’s House Immigration Subcommittee hearing only serves to play politics about unemployment during the recession.
AILA Doc. No. 11030910

AILA Stresses the Need for Immigration Solutions that Expand Opportunity for all Americans

AILA urges Congress not to fall prey to the politics of division in Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement's Subcommittee Hearing on "Making Immigration Work for American Minorities."
AILA Doc. No. 11022810

E-Verify Not the Right Solution for American Economy

AILA calls upon Congress to tell Americans the full story of the flawed electronic employment verification system in a statement regarding the upcoming E-Verify hearing in the House Immigration Subcommittee.
AILA Doc. No. 11020864

AILA Recognizes H-1B Cap Reached; Recommends Changes to Visa Program

AILA's statement on Thursday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY2011 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year.
AILA Doc. No. 11012910

AILA Responds to House Worksite Enforcement Hearing

The political gamesmanship has begun with today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Immigration. The hearing is an example of backward thinking in tackling America’s broken immigration system. It represents an extension of a policy paradigm that has already failed.
AILA Doc. No. 11012662