2019

House Passes the American Dream and Promise Act

6/4/2019
AILA applauds the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act in the House of Representatives.
AILA Doc. No. 19060571

Tariffs Hurt Americans, Won’t Stop Asylum Seekers

5/31/2019
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 Doc. No. 19053133

Moving on Dream and Temporary Protected Status Is the Right Path

5/21/2019
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 Doc. No. 19052141

President’s Speech Short on Details of Workable Immigration Plan

5/16/2019
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.
AILA Doc. No. 19051639

Bipartisan Group of 38 Senators Calls USCIS to Account for Crisis-Level Processing Delays

5/14/2019
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 Doc. No. 19051433

AILA Releases New Edition of INA and CFR

5/1/2019
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 Doc. No. 19050135

AILA: Presidential Memo Seeks to Deny Asylum Seekers Fundamental Human Rights

4/30/2019
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 Doc. No. 19043033

AILA Welcomes Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini as Government Relations Director

4/29/2019
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 Doc. No. 19042930

Fastcase and American Immigration Lawyers Association Release Inaugural Issue of AILA Law Journal

4/25/2019
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.
AILA Doc. No. 19042441

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