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

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
George Tzamaras or Jenny Werwa
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WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) urges Congress not to fall prey to the politics of division in today's House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement's Subcommittee Hearing on "Making Immigration Work for American Minorities."

"We must be careful to not allow politicians to create a wedge between immigrants and minorities," said David Leopold, President of AILA. "Historically, immigrants are blamed for problems for which they are not responsible. Sowing divisions between immigrants and minorities is only a distraction from doing that hard work of getting immigration policy right. Our leaders must be held accountable to provide the answers for a flagging economy and the broken immigration system that are holding America back."

AILA urges that we pursue policies that serve the interests of all workers, and that Congress roll up its sleeves and find a solution. Tougher enforcement can be done to ensure proper workplace standards, including fair wage and overtime requirements, safety and health and other labor laws, but within a smart and workable immigration reform policy.

Leopold added, "Studies show that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy and job growth. It is well documented that immigrants raise the overall standard of living of American workers by increasing wages and lowering prices. In fact, a recent economic study shows that immigration produces an increase in wages for most native-born workers, including African Americans and that immigrants complement the work of U.S. employees and increase their productivity."


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 11022810.