AILA Correspondence

AILA Issues Vote Recommendation on H.R. 3548

10/4/2017
AILA urges members of Congress to vote NO on Representative Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) Border Security for America Act of 2017 (H.R. 3548), which would among other things, authorize a southern border wall, increase the number of Border Patrol agents, and identify visa overstays.
AILA Doc. No. 17100401

AILA Statement to Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on End of DACA

10/3/2017
AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for a hearing on “Oversight of the Administration’s Decision to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” AILA urges members of Congress to call for an immediate vote on the Dream Act, extend the DACA renewal deadline, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 17100231

Statement to House Foreign Affairs Committee on DOS Reorganization

9/26/2017
On 9/26/17, AILA joined 16 other organizations in a statement to the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the proposed DOS reorganization. The groups oppose the reorganization, and state that PRM and DOS are interdependent and indivisible from each other.
AILA Doc. No. 17092509

Sign-On Letter Opposing Senate Amendment 463

9/12/2017
AILA joined 39 other organizations in a letter to Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI) of the Senate Armed Services Committee to oppose the Flake Amendment (S.A. 463) to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17092003

AILA Issues Vote Recommendation on H.R. 3697

9/13/2017
AILA urges members of Congress to vote NO on Representative Barbara Comstock’s (R-VA) Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which would amend the INA’s grounds of inadmissibility and deportability for those associated with criminal gangs, as well as amend the INA’s definition of a gang member.
AILA Doc. No. 17091233

Sign-On Letter Calling on Senate LHHS Appropriations Committee to Protect UAC Funding

8/14/2017
On 8/14/17, AILA joined 112 organizations in urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services to protect the existing funding for the authorized Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC) Program for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17081535

Sign-On Letter Calling on DHS Secretary to Stop Raids on UAC’s and Their Sponsors

8/10/2017
On 8/10/17, AILA joined 376 organizations in urging Acting DHS Secretary Duke to cease the ICE raids on unaccompanied children and their sponsors. The letter cites the negative effects raids have on communities, including reduced engagement with local law enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 17081000

Sign-On Letter Calling on Congress to Oppose ICE and USCIS Authorization Bills

6/20/2017
On 6/20/17, AILA joined 13 other organizations expressing opposition to House legislation that authorizes ICE and USCIS, because it would dramatically redirect funding towards enforcement functions and away from the customer service and benefits functions that are also vital to their missions.
AILA Doc. No. 17073101

AILA Statement Opposing Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017

7/25/2017
On 7/25/17, AILA submitted a statement opposing H.R. 391, Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017, which would dramatically alter U.S. asylum and humanitarian protection law. The bill is scheduled for markup before the House Judiciary Committee on 7/26/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17072505

Sign-On Letter Calling on Congress to Oppose ICE’s Funding Request

7/18/2017
On 7/18/17, AILA joined nearly 200 other organizations in urging members of Congress to oppose ICE’s 6/30/17 request for a reprogramming of funds to cover detention costs for the remainder of FY2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17072043

AILA Statement Opposing the House DHS Appropriations Bill for FY2018

7/14/2017
On 7/14/17, AILA issues a statement opposing the FY2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which was released by the House Appropriations Committee on 7/11/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17071430

AILA Statement Opposing H.R. 3003 and H.R. 3004

6/27/2017
AILA issued a statement opposing the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004).
AILA Doc. No. 17062501

AILA Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Markup of H.R. 495

6/13/2017
On 6/13/17, AILA submitted the following statement opposing H.R. 495, Protection of Children Act of 2017, scheduled for markup on 6/14/17 before the House Judiciary Committee. This bill would amend the TVPRA to undermine fundamental principles governing the care and protection of UACs.
AILA Doc. No. 17061336

AILA Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Markup of H.R. 2826

6/13/2017
On 6/13/17, AILA submitted the following statement opposing H.R. 2826, Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017, scheduled for markup on 6/14/17 before the House Judiciary Committee. This bill would have devastating consequences on the U.S. Refugee Assistance Program.
AILA Doc. No. 17061335

Sign-On Letter Calling on Members of Congress to Oppose the House Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2213)

6/6/2017
On 6/6/17, AILA joined 42 organizations in urging members of Congress to oppose the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2213), which would eliminate critical polygraph requirements for some U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) applicants.
AILA Doc. No. 17060730

Sign-On Letter Calling on Members of Congress to Oppose H.R. 2213 and S. 595

5/17/2017
On 5/17/17, AILA joined 67 organizations in urging members of Congress to oppose the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2213) and the Senate Boots on the Border Act (S.595).
AILA Doc. No. 17060704

AILA Issues Vote Recommendation on H.R. 2213

6/6/2017
AILA urges members of Congress to vote NO on Representative Martha McSally’s (R-AZ) Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to waive polygraph examination requirements for applicants.
AILA Doc. No. 17060630

Sign-On Letter Calling on the Appropriations Committees to Reject the President’s “Enforcement Only” Budget Request

6/5/2017
On 6/5/17, AILA joined 273 organizations in urging the Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT); and House Appropriations Chairman Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Ranking Member Lowey (D-NY) to oppose President Trump’s “Enforcement Only” budget request.
AILA Doc. No. 17060660

Sign-On Letter Calling on President Trump, DHS, and DOS Secretaries to Extend TPS for Haitian Nationals

5/18/2017
On 5/18/17, AILA joined 329 organizations and individuals in urging President Trump, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to extend Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for the 50,000 Haitians whose remittances sustain as many as 500,000 relatives in Haiti.
AILA Doc. No. 17051900

AILA Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Markup of H.R. 2406, H.R. 2407, and H.R. 2431

5/17/2017
On 5/17/17, AILA submitted the following statement opposing three immigration related bills (H.R. 2407, H.R. 2406, and H.R. 2431) scheduled for markup on 5/18/17 before the House Judiciary Committee. These bills would constitute an unprecedented expansion of the immigration enforcement.
AILA Doc. No. 17051738

Sign-On Letter Calling on DHS Secretary Kelly to Halt the Expansion of Immigration Detention

5/8/2017
On 5/8/17, AILA joined 271 other organizations, urging DHS Secretary John Kelly to halt the expansion of immigration detention and to strengthen rather than lessen standards and monitoring of a system that already endangers the lives and due process rights of asylum seekers and immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 17051132

Sign-On Letter Urging House Leadership to Support H-2B Cap Relief in Future Spending Measures

3/23/2017
On 3/23/17, AILA joined members of H-2B Workforce Coalition urging House Leadership to include H-2B cap relief in future FY2017 spending measures and the future FY2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17041036

Sign-On Letter Urging Senate Leadership to Support H-2B Cap Relief in Future Spending Measures

3/23/2017
On 3/23/17, AILA joined members of H-2B Workforce Coalition urging Senate Leadership to include H-2B cap relief in future FY2017 spending measures and the future FY2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17041035

Sign-On Letter Urging Senate Appropriators to Support H-2B Cap Relief in Future Spending Measures

3/23/2017
On 3/23/17, AILA joined members of H-2B Workforce Coalition urging Senate Appropriators to include H-2B cap relief in future FY2017 spending measures and the future FY2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17041034

Sign-On Letter Urging House Appropriators to Support H-2B Cap Relief in Future Spending Measures

3/23/2017
On 3/23/17, AILA joined members of H-2B Workforce Coalition urging House Appropriators to include H-2B cap relief in future FY2017 spending measures and the future FY2018 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17041033

Sign-On Letter Urging Congress to Not Fund President Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan and Border Wall

3/17/2017
On 3/23/17, AILA joined over 400 organizations from the progressive and faith-based communities urging congressional leadership to not fund President Trump’s mass deportation plan and border wall.
AILA Doc. No. 17032830

Sign-On Letter to Senate Judiciary on Holding an Oversight Hearing on Immigration Executive Orders

3/10/2017
On 3/10/17, AILA joined over 130 national, state, and local organizations urging the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration to hold oversight hearings on the immigration executive orders issued by President Trump.
AILA Doc. No. 17031536

Sign-On Letter to House Judiciary on Holding an Oversight Hearing on Immigration Executive Orders

3/10/2017
On 3/10/17, AILA joined over 130 national, state, and local organizations urging the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration to hold oversight hearings on the immigration executive orders issued by President Trump.
AILA Doc. No. 17031511

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Kelly on the Proposed Rulemaking Regarding EB-5 Program

2/24/2017
On 2/24/17, AILA joined a number of EB-5 stakeholder groups in resubmitting their request urging DHS Secretary Kelly to withdraw the EB-5 “midnight rule” proposed by USCIS on 1/13/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17030900

AILA Statement to House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Proposed Regulations Reforming the Investor Visa Program

3/8/2017
On 3/8/17, AILA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the DHS’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on January 2017 to be withdrawn for further consideration.
AILA Doc. No. 17030836

AILA Statement on the Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

2/3/2017
AILA submitted a statement to the United States Senate on the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) of Attorney General, stating that “AILA is deeply troubled by the likely confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.”
AILA Doc. No. 17020238

Sign-On Letter to President Trump on Withdrawing EB-5 “Midnight Rule”

1/20/2017
On 1/20/17, AILA joined a number of EB-5 stakeholder groups in urging President Trump to withdraw the EB-5 “midnight rule” proposed by USCIS on 1/13/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17012462

Sign-On Letter to President-Elect Trump Regarding DACA

1/18/2017
On 1/18/17, AILA and 867 other national, state, and local religious, civil rights, ethnic, and immigration rights organizations asked President-Elect Trump to continue DACA.
AILA Doc. No. 17011966

Sign-On Letter to IACHR Requesting Hearing on Access to Asylum in the U.S.

1/15/2017
On 1/15/17, AILA joined other organizations in requesting a thematic hearing during the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (IACHR) 161 Period of Sessions on measures taken by or at the request of the U.S. that impede access to asylum and interfere with the right to family life.
AILA Doc. No. 17011704

AILA Statement for Senate Judiciary Hearing on Attorney General Nomination

1/10/2017
AILA’s statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the Nomination Hearing of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Attorney General on January 10, 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17010633