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AILA Correspondence

Sign-On Letter to House Judiciary Leaders on H.R. 5992

9/12/2016
On 9/12/16, AILA joined EB-5 stakeholder groups in sending a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI) that outlines concerns with H.R. 5992, the American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2016.
AILA Doc. No. 16091502

Sign-On Letter to DHS on Ending Use of Private Immigration Detention Centers

9/16/2016
On 9/14/16, AILA joined 343 organizations in urging the Secretary of Homeland Security to end DHS reliance on private prison companies to detain immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 16091403

Sign-On Letter to Members of Congress on Reauthorizing of EB-5 Visa Program

9/7/2016
On 9/7/16, AILA joined a number of EB-5 stakeholder groups in urging key Congressional leaders to reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center Program, before it lapses on 9/30/16.
AILA Doc. No. 16091230

Sign-On Letter to President Obama on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

8/29/2016
On 8/29/16, AILA joined a number of national, state, and local organizations and faith communities in urging President Obama to demonstrate global leadership by making bold new commitments to refugee protection at home and abroad, in advance of the September 2016 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 16090606

ICE Director Saldaña Response to Sign-On Letter on Immigration Raids

8/12/2016
On 8/12/16, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña responded to a June 2016 sign-on letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the aggressive tactics against Central Americans.
AILA Doc. No. 16090600

Sign-On Letter Opposing DHS Social Media Collection Proposal

8/22/2016
On 8/22/16, AILA joined a number of human rights and civil liberties organizations to convey concern with the DHS proposal that certain categories of visitors to the U.S. be asked to disclose information about their “online presence” in their visa-waiver arrival/departure records.
AILA Doc. No. 16082403

Sign-On Letter to Senators on Opposing Mandatory Notification Legislation

7/11/2016
On 7/11/16, AILA joined 215 immigrant, legal, civil rights, faith-based, and labor organizations in urging U.S. Senators to oppose any legislation or amendment that would entangle state and local law authorities with immigration enforcement through mandatory notifications.
AILA Doc. No. 16071131

Sign-On Letter to Members of Congress on Reauthorizing the EB-5 Visa Program

7/5/2016
On 7/5/16 AILA joined other EB-5 stakeholder groups in sending a letter to key Senate and House leaders in support of extending the EB-5 Regional Center Program, which is set to expire on September 30, 2016.
AILA Doc. No. 16070704

Sign-On Letter Urging Senators to Oppose S. 3100 and S. 2193

7/6/2016
On 7/6/16, AILA joined 169 immigrant, civil rights, faith-based, and labor organizations in urging members of the U.S. Senate to vote against S. 3100, Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act, and S. 2193, Stop Illegal Reentry Act, and any similar legislation that jeopardizes public safety.
AILA Doc. No. 16070606

Sign-On Letter on Immigration Raids and Other Enforcement Actions Against Central American

6/16/2016
On 6/16/16, more than 156 organizations joined AILA in urging DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to stop using aggressive tactics against Central Americans, especially families and children, and to ensure due process before an individual is deported.
AILA Doc. No. 16061601

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