Register for AILA’s National Day of Action (NDA) on April 11, 2019, to meet with members of Congress and share how the administration’s immigration policy changes are harming American families, businesses, and communities.
AILA leadership recommended solutions to restore order to the border region, in contrast to President’s Trump’s planned new tariffs on Mexican imports to the United States, calling for improved “processing of migrants without sacrificing fundamental humanitarian values and damaging our economy.”
AILA urged Congress to move forward legislation to offer permanent legal status for “Dreamers” – young people brought to America as children – and the thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders whose protections have been put in jeopardy.
AILA leaders Anastasia Tonello and Benjamin Johnson responded to President Trump's new plan to reform America’s legal immigration system which, if implemented, would prioritize merit-based immigration and reduce family-based immigration.
A bipartisan group of 38 senators led by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent two letters to the administration, calling it to account for the crisis-level case processing delays at USCIS and demanding an assessment of how USCIS’s own policies contribute to this trend.
AILA is proud to release the 2019 editions of the INA and CFR; AILA President Anastasia Tonello noted, “Especially as USCIS continues to create new standards and requirements…in-depth knowledge and easy access to primary sources of immigration law are vital for any successful practice.”
AILA responded to the White House memo of April 29, 2019, raising concerns that while the memo itself does not change asylum policy, it directs the DHS and DOJ to issue regulations that would dramatically alter how asylum seekers obtain protection and dilute their rights during that process.
AILA welcomes Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini as Director of Government Relations; she will focus on the employment-based and immigration benefits sphere, and will partner with current Government Relations Director Gregory Chen in leading the department.
AILA and Fastcase announced the release of the inaugural edition of the AILA Law Journal featuring articles by experts on topics such as the renunciation of U.S. citizenship, Central American asylum seekers, extraordinary ability adjudications, travel ban waivers, and more.
In response to the AG’s decision in Matter of M-S-, AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney stated, “This decision further expands mandatory and prolonged detention of people who are neither dangerous nor flight risks, practices which are constitutionally suspect and a waste of taxpayer money.”
USCIS announced receipt of more than 201,000 H-1B visa petitions for FY2020; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted that, “the lack of adequate visas is only hurting American businesses and workers. Congress needs to raise the cap so the number of visas reflects the needs of our economy.”
AILA welcomes the introduction of the “Immigration Court Improvement Act of 2019” and the “Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2019” in the U.S. Senate; the bills would provide safeguards for children and adults and help shore up immigration courts’ independence.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson raises concerns with new procedures described today by USCIS in which an “assessment” that determines whether Central American asylum applicants can pursue their claims from within the U.S. would be made, but access to counsel would be prohibited.
A bill slated for introduction in the Senate would fund President Trump’s border wall, but as AILA notes, it also includes many extreme provisions impacting asylum law, Temporary Protected Status holders, and more, that go far beyond what the president laid out in his recent speech.
After President Trump’s speech today, AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson expressed skepticism that “the President is attempting to use his own failed policies as bargaining chips” and instead should re-open the government so “lawmakers can begin serious talks to reform our immigration system.”