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AILA Doc. No. 23041804 | Dated April 24, 2023
Comprised of more than 16,000 immigration professionals representing people and businesses in every part of our country and in every area of immigration law, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) offers unparalleled expertise to lawmakers searching for commonsense solutions.
We call on Congress to put aside partisan divisions and advance the following solutions that serve American communities. As a nonpartisan association, AILA stands ready to assist any member of Congress committed to reform.
For decades, the immigration system has been unable to meet the needs of America’s rapidly changing economy. Immigration agencies suffer from crisis-level delays that have resulted in lost jobs, prolonged family separation, and impaired travel for foreign visitors, students, and workers. Millions of individuals on the path to permanent residency are stuck in green card backlogs that have left their lives and their family and employer’s future in limbo. Congress needs to relieve these severe backlogs by properly funding agencies to ensure sufficient staffing and efficient operations and by providing relief to individuals stuck in green card backlogs to move our immigration system and economy forward.
Creating a fair, orderly, and humane enforcement system is not only possible—it’s necessary. Congress needs to work with the Administration to modernize border processing and ensure meaningful access to asylum. Within our borders, Congress needs to create an independent immigration court system to make sure judges can work through cases efficiently and fairly. Instead of relying on detention—which is inhumane and expensive—Congress should fund community-based case management programs to ensure people understand the legal system and attend their court proceedings.
Immigrants have lived in the United States for years, investing in their communities and families, building businesses, and contributing billions to the economy. Congress should pass legislation that legalizes people who are undocumented and provides permanent legal status to those whose status is temporary.
Gregory Z. Chen, Esq., Senior Director, Government Relations
Jennifer Coberly, Esq., Business Immigration Litigation Attorney
Sharvari (Shev) Dalal-Dheini, Esq., Director, Government Relations
Michael Turansick, Esq., Supervisory Policy and Practice Counsel
Amy Grenier, Esq., Policy and Practice Counsel
Joy Hardy, Government Relations Assistant
Blanca Hernandez, Liaison Coordinator
Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock, Esq., Supervisory Policy and Practice Counsel
Sofia Rosales-Zeledon, Grassroots Advocacy Associate
Paul Stern, Policy Associate
Jonathan Valdez, Liaison Coordinator
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 23041804.
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