2021

AILA Welcomes New USCIS Director Confirmed by the Senate

8/2/2021
AILA welcomed the confirmation of Ur Jaddou, the first Senate-confirmed woman and the first person of Arab and Mexican descent, to lead USCIS; AILA looks forward to working with Ms. Jaddou as she and USCIS staff rebuild and restore trust in our immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 21080244

Biden Administration’s Latest Move Does Real Harm to Asylum-Seeking Families

7/27/2021
AILA denounced the Biden administration for plans announced to apply expedited removal to families apprehended in the southern border region; AILA is adamantly opposed and urges the administration to rethink this decision.
AILA Doc. No. 21072791

AILA: No Surprise that Texas Judge Puts Politics Ahead of Sound Legal Precedent

7/16/2021
AILA President Allen Orr and Executive Director Benjamin Johnson responded to the ruling by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in this statement, urging the administration and Congress to protect Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 21071699

AG Garland Gives Immigration Judges Back Authority to Administratively Close Cases

7/15/2021
Attorney General Merrick Garland vacated the precedent decision in Matter of Castro-Tum, restoring “administrative closure,” a key tool used by immigration judges for decades to manage dockets and increase efficiency.
AILA Doc. No. 21071540

AG Garland Vacates Asylum Precedents That Harmed Victims of Violence

6/16/2021
AG Garland vacated decisions in Matter of A-B- and Matter of L-E-A-, both of which had arbitrarily overturned years of established case law. By vacating these two decisions, the AG has restored access to asylum for many people fleeing persecution abroad.
AILA Doc. No. 21061648

Nine Years Since DACA Was Announced – the Senate Needs to Act

6/15/2021
AILA celebrated the ninth anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, but AILA President Allen Orr, Jr. called on Congress to enact permanent protection for Dreamers, saying it “would be a moral and economic victory for the entire country.”
AILA Doc. No. 21061537

AILA Elects New Officers for 2021-2022

6/10/2021
AILA selected officers for the 2021-2022 term. Allen Orr, Jr. was installed as President and the following officers were elected: Jeremy McKinney as President-Elect, Farshad Owji as First Vice President, Kelli Stump as Second Vice President, Jeff Joseph as Treasurer, and Alexis Axelrad as Secretary.
AILA Doc. No. 21061042

AILA Presents Robert Juceam with the Founders Award

6/9/2021
AILA recognizes Robert Juceam, of New York, NY, with the Founders Award, which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy.
AILA Doc. No. 21060935

AILA Presents Sarah Peterson with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/8/2021
AILA recognizes Sarah Peterson of Minneapolis, MN, with the 2021 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
AILA Doc. No. 21060830

AILA Recognizes Lily S. Axelrod with the 2021 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

6/7/2021
AILA recognizes Lily S. Axelrod of Memphis, TN, with the 2021 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of her outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 21060733

AILA Presents Margo Cowan with the 2021 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

6/4/2021
AILA recognizes Margo Cowan of Tucson, AZ, with the 2021 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 21060436

AILA Presents Stuart Anderson with the 2021 Media Leadership Award

6/3/2021
AILA recognizes Stuart Anderson, senior contributor to Forbes Magazine and Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy with the 2021 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 21060332

AILA Presents Brittany Faith with the 2021 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

6/2/2021
AILA recognizes Brittany Faith, of Chattanooga, TN, with the 2021 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 21060239

AILA Presents Paul Hughes and Mary Kenney with the 2021 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

6/1/2021
AILA recognizes two litigators this year with the 2021 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law: Paul Hughes and Mary Kenney.
AILA Doc. No. 21060132

AILA Presents David Thronson with the 2021 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

5/27/2021
AILA recognizes David Thronson, the Alan S. Zekelman Professor of Int’l Human Rights Law at the Michigan State University College of Law, director of the Talsky Ctr for Human Rights of Women and Children, and cofounder of the Imm. Law Clinic, with the 2021 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.
AILA Doc. No. 21052700

AILA Presents Rekha Sharma-Crawford with the 2021 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

5/26/2021
AILA recognizes Rekha Sharma-Crawford of Kansas City, MO, with the 2021 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 21052632

AILA Presents Dahlia Walker-Huntington with the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award

5/25/2021
AILA recognizes Dahlia Walker-Huntington of Hollywood, FL, with the 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.
AILA Doc. No. 21052533

AILA Presents Elizabeth Jordan with the 2021 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

5/24/2021
AILA recognizes Elizabeth Jordan of Denver, CO, with the 2021 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.
AILA Doc. No. 21052438

AILA Presents Luis Cortes Romero with the 2021 Advocacy Award

5/21/2021
AILA recognizes Luis Cortes Romero of Kent, WA, with the 2021 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s advocacy agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 21052133

AILA Urges Further Shift Away from Detention as DHS Announces End to Contracts with Two Facilities

5/20/2021
AILA welcomes news that ICE will end contracts with two detention facilities in Irwin County and Bristol County, but urges the Biden administration to take further action by conducting a full review of all people currently held in ICE custody and expanding community-based case management programs.
AILA Doc. No. 21052040

AILA Welcomes Biden Administration Expansion of Access to Justice and Legal Representation

5/19/2021
AILA welcomed news that President Biden will renew DOJ's efforts to expand access to justice and legal representation, noting that, “Having legal representation is the most important factor in ensuring fair and just proceedings.”
AILA Doc. No. 21051901

AILA and Members of AILA’s Board of Governors File Complaint to Block H-1B Lottery Rule

5/17/2021
Today, five nonprofit organizations and businesses, represented by AILA, Jeff Joseph, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind, sued to enjoin the H-1B lottery rule.
AILA Doc. No. 21051736

Civil Rights Coalition Welcomes Rescission of Trump’s Illegal Healthcare Ban

5/14/2021
Today, litigators from the Justice Action Center, AILA, and the Innovation Law Lab, with Sidley Austin LLP, welcomed the rescission of President Trump’s long-enjoined healthcare insurance ban.
AILA Doc. No. 21051401

Immigration Groups Push Back Against Arizona and Montana’s Efforts to Invoke Unlawful Trump-Era Agreement Restricting DHS Policymaking

5/7/2021
AILA joined in an amicus brief opposing Arizona and Montana’s challenge to the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement priorities guidance.
AILA Doc. No. 21050733

Much Accomplished in First 100 Days, But Biden Administration Has Much Still to Do on Immigration

4/29/2021
AILA unveils a new resource tracking actions and decisions by the Biden administration over its first 100 days in office. The resource charts what has been accomplished and highlights what remains to be done based on AILA’s recommendations to the president released in November 2020.
AILA Doc. No. 21042930

Litigation Team Sues Biden Administration’s State Department as Agency Unlawfully Refuses to Issue Visas

4/8/2021
AILA joined Jeff Joseph, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind in filing litigation on behalf of scores of plaintiffs against Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, alleging that he and the Department of State have unlawfully refused to issue visas because of temporary regional bans.
AILA Doc. No. 21040836

Civil Rights Coalition Celebrates End of Harmful Visa Ban

4/1/2021
AILA and our litigation partners celebrated the end of the harmful nonimmigrant visa ban that AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless noted, “was based on a false premise that foreign nationals take away jobs.” He urged the Biden administration to redress the wrongs caused by the ban.
AILA Doc. No. 21040131

AILA and Wasden Banias, LLP File Lawsuit Against DHS for L-2 and H-4 Processing Delays

3/23/2021
AILA and Wasden Banias, LLP filed a lawsuit against DHS on March 22, 2021, challenging extraordinary processing delays on extensions of status and extensions of employment authorization documents (EAD) for H-4 and L-2 nonimmigrant spouses.
AILA Doc. No. 21032301

AILA Welcomes End to Trump Administration’s Public Charge “Wealth Test”

3/10/2021
AILA celebrates the end of the Trump administration’s public charge “wealth test” and offers gratitude to “everyone who collectively fought to see the battle against this unjust rule through to victory.”
AILA Doc. No. 21031034

Civil Rights Coalition Celebrates Partial End of Immigration Ban

2/24/2021
President Biden revoked former president Trump’s immigrant visa ban, rejecting the previous administration’s proclamation that the entry of immigrants presents a risk to the U.S. economy during the pandemic. However, he did not take action to revoke the entry ban on temporary nonimmigrant workers.
AILA Doc. No. 21022500

Court Preserves Validity of 2020 Diversity Visas

2/22/2021
AILA and our litigation partners welcomed the district court emergency injunction which preserves and extends the validity of most visas from the 2020 lottery, and the news that the State Department had issued national interest exceptions for DV winners with visas expiring Feb 17-28.
AILA Doc. No. 21022200

ICE Memo Offers Promising Changes but More Reforms Are Needed

2/18/2021
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed changes to immigration enforcement priorities outlined in a memo from ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson but flagged key areas requiring additional action. The interim guidance is effective immediately.
AILA Doc. No. 21021890

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual Citizenship Day Events

2/16/2021
AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans are proud to sponsor AILA’s 15th Annual Citizenship Day, taking place virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021, with dozens of naturalization clinics across the country.
AILA Doc. No. 21021633

AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Dream Act of 2021; Calls on Congress to Take Action on This and Other Necessary Immigration Legislation

2/4/2021
AILA welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021, calling on Congress “to pass this bill as a step forward toward legalization of the undocumented, and the many other necessary changes to our immigration laws our country requires.”
AILA Doc. No. 21020437

Biden Administration Continues Taking Necessary Steps to Bring Our Immigration and Asylum Policies Back in Line with Our Values, However More Needs to Be Done

2/2/2021
AILA welcomed actions taken by the Biden administration that will continue to ameliorate the damage done over the past four years and move our immigration and asylum policies toward fairness and justice, however leaders cautioned that much more needs to be done.
AILA Doc. No. 21020200

U.S. Government Records Reveal Expanded Methods to Rush Deportations at Border

1/27/2021
AILA, the Council, HRW, and Winston & Strawn LLP obtained documents about the Migrant Protection Protocols which reveal U.S. immigration agencies' efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of people from the United States through the little-known Electronic Nationality Verification (ENV) program.
AILA Doc. No. 21012700

Day One of the Biden Presidency Focuses on Key Immigration Reforms

1/20/2021
AILA commended the Day One actions on immigration undertaken by the Biden administration, recognizing that “the Biden team got straight to work fulfilling promises on immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 21012042

AILA Welcomes Biden Plans to Reimagine America's Immigration System

1/19/2021
AILA welcomed the planned reimagining of America's immigration laws and policies by the incoming Biden-Harris administration; this reasoned framework lays out the guideposts of smart and necessary immigration reform, something our country has desperately needed for decades.
AILA Doc. No. 21011941