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AILA Correspondence

Sign-On Letter to Attorney General Lynch on Appointing Counsel to Children

4/29/2016
On 4/29/16, AILA joined faith-based, human rights, and immigrants’ rights groups in urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch to halt the practice of pursuing deportation proceedings against children who do not have counsel and to guarantee that every child facing deportation is provided legal counsel.
AILA Doc. No. 16042930

Sign-On Letter to the President Opposing DHS’s Operation Border Guardian

3/31/2016
On 3/30/16, AILA joined over 150 organization in opposing a program that the Department of Homeland Security has named “Operation Border Guardian,” and the consequence it may have on refugees fleeing violence from Central America
AILA Doc. No. 16033163

Sign-on Letter Opposing H.R. 4731: Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016

3/15/2016
On March 15, 2016, AILA joined over 200 organizations in urging the House Judiciary Committee to oppose the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R. 4731), which would dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
AILA Doc. No. 16031834

Letter to Director Rodríguez on USCIS Processing Delays

3/11/2016
A 3/11/16 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, expressing concerns over significant backlogs in processing a variety of applications and petitions for immigration benefits, and a lack of transparency communicating current processing times to the public.
AILA Doc. No. 16031103

Sign-On Letter Opposing Amendment to Eliminate Protections for Unaccompanied Children

3/8/2016
On 3/8/16, AILA signed on to a letter opposing Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) Amendment No. 3407, which would eliminate protections for unaccompanied children by stripping away critical protections in the TVPRA of 2008 for all unaccompanied children arriving in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 16030907

AILA Statement to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on the High-Skilled Immigration System

2/25/2016
AILA submitted the following statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and National Interest for a 2/25/16 hearing “The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers.”
AILA Doc. No. 16022504

Sign-on Letter Requesting DHS Secretary Johnson to Waive Discriminatory Prohibitions Under Visa Waiver Program Act

2/22/2016
On 2/22/16, AILA joined civil rights, immigrant rights, and human rights organizations in urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson to use his waiver authority to ensure individuals are not barred from the Visa Waiver Program on the basis of their national origin or family heritage.
AILA Doc. No. 16022306

AILA Statement to Senate Judiciary on Protecting Children, Families, and Other Border Arrivals

2/23/2016
AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2/23/16 hearing “The Unaccompanied Children Crisis: Does the Administration Have a Plan to Stop the Border Surge and Adequately Monitor the Children?”
AILA Doc. No. 16022304

Sign-on Letter to DHS on Enhancing Due Process for Refugees

2/18/2016
On 2/18/16, AILA joined immigrants’ rights, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, and legal service providers in urging Department of Homeland Security to enhance due process for Central American refugees and stop the raids.
AILA Doc. No. 16022204

Sign-on Letter Supporting H.R. 4380, the “Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016”

2/1/2016
On 2/1/16, AILA joined over 60 organizations urging U.S. representatives to support for the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (H.R. 4380), bipartisan legislation to address recent amendments to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that discriminate against certain dual nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 16020407

Sign-on Letter to the Senate Supporting S. 2449, the “Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016”

2/1/2016
On 2/1/16, AILA joined over 60 organizations urging U.S. senators to support for the Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016 (S. 2449), bipartisan legislation to address recent amendments to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that discriminate against certain dual nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 16020403

AILA Statement to House Judiciary on Protecting Children, Families, and Other Border Arrivals

2/4/2016
AILA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the 2/4/16 hearing “Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants Along the Southwest Border: Is This the Obama Administration's New Normal?”
AILA Doc. No. 16020310

AILA Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the EB-5 Regional Center Program

2/2/2016
AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2/2/16 hearing “The Failures and Future of the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Can it be Fixed?” expressing strong support of the EB-5 Regional Center program.
AILA Doc. No. 16020260

Sign-on Letter to President Obama Requesting TPS for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

1/25/2016
On 1/25/16, AILA joined over 270 civil rights, labor rights, immigrant, human rights, and humanitarian organizations, who sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration grant Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
AILA Doc. No. 16012505

AILA’s Recommendation To Ensure Vulnerable Central Americans Are Treated Fairly and Humanely and Are Protected from Deportation

1/15/2016
AILA urges the president and DHS to halt the raids and deportations of vulnerable Central Americans and recommends that procedures be established that ensure these families receive fair and humane treatment and can meaningfully seek humanitarian protection under U.S. law.
AILA Doc. No. 16011501

Sign-on Letter Urging Senators to Oppose Legislation that Would Stop the Resettlement for Refugees

1/15/2016
On 1/15/16, AILA joined humanitarian aid organizations, faith, labor, civil, and human rights groups in expressing support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and opposition to H.R. 4038 and any other proposals to stop, pause, or restrict funding for Syrian and other refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 16011500

AILA and the Council Letter to DHS Secretary Johnson on Raids Targeting Central American Families

1/6/2016
On 1/6/16, AILA and the Council requested a meeting with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson to discuss the agency’s current aggressive tactics to apprehend and deport Central American families.
AILA Doc. No. 16010660