This opinion piece in the Washington Post quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on a new bill, set to be introduced by Democratic senators, that would block the executive branch from establishing a registry that is based on religion, national origin, or nationality.
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Bloomberg BNA article discusses how DHS dismantled NSEERS, which was used to track foreign nationals who came to the United States on temporary visas and quotes AILA President William Stock, “the usefulness of NSEERS “was always outweighed by its expense and intrusiveness.”
The Guardian quotes Greg Chen, NSEERS “upended the lives of… businessmen, scientists, families and other individuals lawfully present in our country. The Obama administration has publicly acknowledged that the program is obsolete and unnecessary as a counterterrorism tool.”
Vice News features an interview with AILA President William Stock on what immigrants can do to prepare for any changes in immigration policy in the coming years, including which campaign immigration pledges would be most possible for President-elect Donald Trump to enact.
AILA President William Stock participated in a discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policy, including his pledge to cut federal funding for so-called “sanctuary cities.”
This article from the Associated Press reports that some advocates are advising DACA recipients to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump is sworn in as president on January 20, 2017, and quotes AILA President William Stock on how Trump could rescind the DACA program.
This McClatchy DC article examines the immigration positions of Kris Kobach, who may be in line for a position at DHS, and quotes AILA President Bill Stock as stating, “The policies that he proposes … would be subjected to challenge from those who believe in due process and fairness.”
This Bloomberg article, which quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson, reports that advocates are asking the Obama administration to release about 4,000 detained Central American women and children seeking asylum in the United States, citing concerns that Donald Trump will deport them.
This Huffington Post article explains that, if confirmed as Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions would have considerable power to directly or indirectly affect how decisions are made in immigration cases, and quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen.
This Fiscal Times article discusses how President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General gives one of the most ardent anti-illegal immigration voices in the Congress tremendous power to reshape immigration enforcement. Bill Stock is quoted.
This Washington Post article explores what could happen if President Donald Trump sticks to the immigration pledges that he made during the campaign. AILA President Bill Stock discusses what it would take to deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
This Desert Sun article examines how through executive action and by reallocating resources, experts say Trump could easily double the number of people deported from the United States, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson on current immigration laws.
This Quartz article examines the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, which allots 50,000 permanent resident cards each year to randomly selected lottery winners, and quotes AILA President William Stock on the program’s impact.
This Bloomberg article examines American immigration practices and what their adoption would mean for British businesses, and quotes AILA President William Stock on how the H-1B visa program works in the United States.
This Bloomberg BNA article reports on the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of the Obama administration’s request to rehear United States v. Texas once a ninth justice is confirmed, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson.
This Bloomberg BNA article quotes AILA Treasurer Jennifer Minear and AILA Board of Governors member Greg Siskind on the Conrad State 30 visa waiver program, which is set to expire on 9/30/16; historically, the program’s reauthorization has been tied to the reauthorization of the EB-5 program.
This article in The Hill examines five areas in which experts and advocates would like more clarity on Donald Trump’s immigration plan; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson warned that Trump’s proposed “merit” stipulation could block thousands of low-skilled workers from entering the country.
This Salon opinion piece quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson on Donald Trump’s proposed “zero tolerance” policy for immigration violations, including visa overstays: “[It is] not workable, and it would be utterly destructive to our economy and to communities across the country.”
In this Fox News opinion piece, AILA President William Stock writes that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immigration policy proposals are “a wish-list of the ‘enforcement only’ approach that has been tried, and failed, for the past twenty years.”
This Cronkite News article quotes AILA’s Executive Director Ben Johnson as stating that the laws Donald Trump said he wants to follow “are the current source of our problem, so we can’t look to them as our solution,” and that Mr. Trump’s immigration proposals are “out of touch with reality.”
This Salon article reports that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s immigration position is under scrutiny as a result of some contradictory statements emanating from his campaign, and quotes AILA’s Executive Director Ben Johnson.
This Reuters article reports that DHS will review whether to discontinue using privately run immigration detention centers, and quotes AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen: "[T]he president should ensure that the phase-out of private prisons ... is extended to DHS operations immediately."
This Computerworld article reports on DHS’s social media collection proposal, and quotes AILA’s Director of Liaison Betsy Lawrence: “[T]here is concern people could be denied (entry) for reasons that are not necessarily warranted. It sort of feels a little bit like a fishing expedition.”
This Roll Call article reports that immigration experts are skeptical that Donald Trump could offer a softened approach to immigration enforcement without abandoning the fiery rhetoric that won him support among Republican primary votes, and quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen.
This NBC News article quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson on the launch of the Reason for Reform Campaign: “This campaign is an important reminder that there is and there always has been a broad coalition that supports immigration reform.”
This article in The Guardian reports on the Obama Administration’s announcement expanding opportunities for refugees in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to seek protection, and quotes AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on AILA’s reaction to the new initiatives.
This McClatchyDC article quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson on the impact of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election on the potential for immigration reform: "I think we'll make a run at it one way or another in 2017. It's just a question of what we'll be running at."
This Associated Press article quotes AILA President William Stock on the creation by some U.S. colleges of “global entrepreneur in residence programs,” which can help qualify their alumni for the H-1B cap exemption available to employees of universities.
This Houston Chronicle article reports that millions of undocumented immigrants should remain protected from deportation under President Obama’s 2014 enforcement priorities memo despite the Supreme Court’s 4-4 deadlock in U.S. v. Texas, and quotes AILA President William Stock.
Vice News reports on the recent CARA Family Detention Project update on Central American families seeking asylum or other legal protection at the U.S. border, and quotes AILA General Counsel Laura Lichter as stating, “[Women with children] don’t leave unless things are really, really bad.”
This NBC News article highlights the update released yesterday by the CARA Family Detention Project on recent ICE actions targeting Central American families, and quotes AILA General Counsel Laura Lichter as stating, “We have yet to have a client who has had a fair day in court.”
This New York Times article examines economic promises Donald Trump could and could not keep if elected president, and quotes AILA President-Elect William Stock on the broad power the president has to deny visas to those “whose entry is deemed to be detrimental to the interests of the U.S.”
This Politico article reports on the significant changes made to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) by the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (PL 114-113), and quotes AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on the impact those changes are having on VWP applicants.
This Vice News article quotes AILA Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas on the impact that being unrepresented has on immigrant youth seeking asylum. Between 2014 and 2015, 49 percent of minors in immigration court had no legal aid, and 89.2 percent of those deported had no attorney.
In this Dallas Morning News article, AILA President-Elect William Stock advocates for expansion of the EB-5 program, and is quoted as stating, “The U.S. has put handcuffs on its economy by saying we only want a certain amount of this investment from overseas. Let’s take the handcuffs off.”
This NBC News article reports that the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for 2017 has already been reached, and quotes AILA President-Elect William Stock on the need for reform: "We attracted people from other countries to attend the best schools on Earth. Why can't they stay?"
This Vice News article reports that a deported Central American family can return to the U.S. to pursue their asylum claim, and quotes AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen on the need for the government to end aggressive strategies that deny asylum seekers the right to humanitarian relief.
An opinion piece in The Hill by AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson highlights the crucial need for Congress to enact immigration reform, and explains that "our shared prosperity depends on us remaining a nation of immigrants, one with an immigration system that truly works for America."
This Politico article reports that a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit heard arguments on 2/16/16 over AILA's FOIA request for all records relating to the discipline process for immigration judges, including the names of judges who have been subject to official complaints.
Crystal Williams, AILA Executive Director, comments on the recent vaccine overdose given to 250 incarcerated children in Dilley, Texas, as the incident underscores again how detention of children and mothers is inhumane.
This Associated Press article quotes AILA’s Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas and highlights the complaint filed with CRCL by AILA, WRC, and the Council concerning the traumatizing impact of family detention on the mental health of children and mothers.
This Politico article quotes AILA’s Executive Director Crystal Williams on the obstacles thrown up in the way of the pro bono efforts to provide legal counsel to the children and mothers detained at Dilley.
Greg Chen, AILA’s Director of Advocacy, was quoted by U.S. News & World Report saying “It’s very encouraging that Hillary Clinton has pointed out that children and vulnerable people should not be detained and other options should be explored.”
The New York Times Magazine profiles the growth of family detention and the volunteers who represented the families held at the Artesia, NM facility and the continuing efforts to help those held in Karnes and Dilley, TX.
In this audio file, Lead Attorney for the AILA – Immigration Council Artesia Pro Bono Project, Christina Brown, answers questions from press about the Dilley detention center along with representatives from the Women’s Refugee Commission and the National Immigrant Justice Center
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