The brand-new 18th edition of Kurzban's Immigration Law Sourcebook is now shipping.Order Now
AILALink puts an entire immigration law library at your fingertips! Search the AILALink database for all your practice needs—statutes, regs, case law, agency guidance, publications, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 18061561 | Dated June 15, 2018
San Francisco, CA - Speaker Paul Ryan announced this week that the House of Representatives will hold votes next week on two immigration bills; both have provisions that protect some DREAMers. The first, sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, has no prospect of passage. The second pairs Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) provisions with severe cuts to legal immigration, policies that undermine vital protections for vulnerable populations, and ballooning funding for enforcement.
AILA President Anastasia Tonello responded, "AILA recognizes compromise is the name of the game, but this legislation would hold protection for DREAMers as ransom in exchange for the most dramatic cuts to the legal immigration system in a century. This 'compromise' reportedly reached within the Republican party is inherently flawed and runs contrary to what the American public supports. The bill is not good for American families, businesses or our country. Taken together, the changes would upend our immigration system and betray our values."
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "In another act of political pandering on immigration, what started out as an effort to force a vote to protect Dreamers has now turned into a vote on two draconian bills that are more about appeasing the most extreme anti-immigrant voices in Congress and the administration. The vast majority of Americans, including most Republicans, support a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and that's what deserves a clean vote. The evisceration of family unity and the construction of a wall that 65% of Americans oppose just aren't mainstream positions. Constituents should tell their representatives that this so-called 'compromise' is an extreme proposal that must be voted down."
The White House bill would:
Provide $25 billion for a border wall; End several categories of family immigration; Undermine access to asylum for individuals; and Terminate the diversity visa program that facilitates the arrival of Africans and immigrants from other nations historically excluded from the United States.
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. 18061561.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
1331 G Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005
Copyright © 1993-
American Immigration Lawyers Association.
AILA.org should not be relied upon as the exclusive source for your legal research. Nothing on AILA.org constitutes legal advice, and information on AILA.org is not a substitute for independent legal advice based on a thorough review and analysis of the facts of each individual case, and independent research based on statutory and regulatory authorities, case law, policy guidance, and for procedural issues, federal government websites.