2019

AILA: AG Aims to Detain Asylum Seekers, Intruding Further on Immigration Court Independence

4/17/2019
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 19041734

AILA: H-1B Cap Reached Within Days, Highlighting America’s Need for Foreign Professionals to Fill Critical Workforce Gaps

4/12/2019
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 Doc. No. 19041231

AILA Joins Senators in Call for Immigration Court Reform and Access to Counsel

3/6/2019
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 Doc. No. 19030633

After Congress Refuses to Fund Border Wall to His Liking, President Trump Attempts End Run Around Constitution

2/15/2019
AILA responds to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to get funds for a border wall.
AILA Doc. No. 19021541

Trump Administration Unveils More Severe Restrictions on Due Process and Asylum in “Remain in Mexico”

1/28/2019
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.
AILA Doc. No. 19012842

Damaging Bill Is a Bait-and-Switch on Immigration

1/22/2019
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.
AILA Doc. No. 19012237

End the Shutdown so Good Faith Negotiations on Immigration Can Begin

1/19/2019
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 19011970