AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Welcomes the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the Opportunities Ahead on Immigration

11/7/20 AILA Doc. No. 20110639.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) congratulates the incoming Biden-Harris administration and pledges to offer solutions that will ensure our nation’s immigration policies reflect America’s founding principles and contribute to our shared prosperity.

AILA President Jennifer Minear expressed her hopes for the incoming administration, noting, “To make it through this pandemic and rebuild the economy, America must restore its tradition of welcoming immigrants which has long been the bedrock of our economic and social health. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with the new administration and with members of Congress from both parties. AILA stands ready to offer solutions that will help undo the previous administration’s harmful immigration policies and to work toward a better future for all of us.”

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson stated, “We agree with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris that the United States deserves an immigration policy that reflects our highest values as a nation,’ but creating fair and just immigration law and policy is going to take hard work and immense effort. In the coming months and years, we must work past partisan divisions and not let political rhetoric define us. We need a return to civility, bipartisan efforts, and ultimately smart and reasonable immigration policies. AILA is ready and willing to work with the new administration, stakeholders, and legislators to make that happen. In the meantime, we urge President Trump to do what every American President has done since George Washington and that has served as America’s most enduring gift to the world for more than two centuries - respect the results of the democratic process and work with the new administration on a peaceful transition of power.”