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AILA Doc. No. 20111000 | Dated November 10, 2020
Aims to ameliorate the damage done by the executive branch since Trump took office
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released recommendations on immigration reform and called upon the incoming Biden-Harris administration to take swift action to fix the immigration system. The set of key actions were developed in consultation with AILA’s national policy committees and its network of pro bono volunteer lawyers.
AILA President Jennifer Minear stated, “After four years of a destructive and anti-immigrant agenda, America needs a new vision that strengthens our families, communities, and economy and re-establishes us as a welcoming nation. AILA’s plan offers a way forward for the Biden-Harris administration to alleviate much of the damage done by the Trump administration and set us on the right path for the future.”
AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted, “This is the beginning of a new era for America that will provide us with the opportunity to be a nation that protects those fleeing persecution, embraces people hailing from different shores, and promotes our shared prosperity. AILA’s vision covers every aspect of the immigration system and every agency that administers it. Families must be able to reunify, enforcement must be humane, immigration courts must be impartial, and undocumented people living in our country should no longer live in fear. Nothing short of a comprehensive plan is needed to restore American values and our standing in the world.”
While ultimately, Congress must pass legislation to ensure lasting structural reforms, the incoming Biden-Harris administration has broad powers it can immediately exercise, including:
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. 20111000.