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Article: Democrats Must Do Everything Possible to Resist Trump’s Excesses. Here’s What That Might Look Like.

1/5/2017
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.
AILA Doc. No. 17010638

Selected News Clips on Family Detention Pro Bono Efforts

12/29/2016
Want to see the impact our volunteers have made on families in detention? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 14120305

Article: Immigrant Screening Tool Trump Could Use Dismantled by Obama

12/23/2016
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.”

Article: Registry Used To Track Arabs and Muslims Dismantled by Obama Administration

12/22/2016
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 The Obama administration has publicly acknowledged that the program is obsolete and unnecessary as a counterterrorism tool.”

Article: We Asked a Lawyer What Immigrants Should Do to Cope with a Trump Presidency

12/13/2016
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 Doc. No. 16121437

Video: C-SPAN: Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration

12/14/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16121436

Article: Fearing Trump Crackdown, “Dreamers” Advised to End Travel

12/11/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16121240

Article: What’s That in Kris Kobach’s Hand? It Might Be a Hint About What He’d Do for Trump

11/21/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16112236

Article: Obama Urged to Free Asylum-Seekers Before Trump Takes Office

11/22/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16112235

Article: Trump’s Attorney General Pick Could Spell Bad News for Undocumented Immigrants

11/15/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16112145

Article: As AG, Sessions Could Radically Influence Immigration Enforcement

11/18/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16112141

Article: What It Will Take for President Trump to Deport Millions and Build the Wall

11/9/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16110937

Article: U.S. Election 2016: Immigration May Decide the Winner

11/8/2016
This AlJazeera article discusses how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different immigration plans. AILA President William Stock speaks at 10:05 and then again at 17:00.
AILA Doc. No. 16110839

Article: Donald Trump Could Deport Half a Million People a Year Without Changing a Single Law

11/4/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16110703

Article: How a Unique Visa Lottery Promotes the Dream of American Diversity—50,000 Green Cards at a Time

10/28/2016
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.

Article: U.K. Wants U.S.-Style Immigration System? It Will Look Like This

10/13/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16101402

Article: Justices’ Immigration Denial Means More Litigation

10/4/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16100432

Article: H-1B Visa Lottery Challenge Still Alive

9/26/2016
This Bloomberg BNA article reports that a federal lawsuit challenging the annual H-1B lottery overcame a legal hurdle and will be allowed to go forward, and quotes AILA President William Stock.
AILA Doc. No. 16092630

Article: Is Physicians Visa Program Ailing as EB-5 Spat Roils?

9/22/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16092301

Article: Melania Trump Releases More Immigration Details, No Records

9/15/2016
This Associated Press article on Melania Trump’s immigration history quotes AILA President William Stock on the qualifications for self-sponsoring an EB-1 “extraordinary ability” petition.
AILA Doc. No. 16091661

Article: Five Burning Questions About Trump's Immigration Plan

9/3/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16090605

Article: Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Failure: His Harsh Immigration Policy Would Hurt Immigrants and Citizens Alike

9/2/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16090264

Article: AILA President: Trump Speech Was Fantasy, Not Policy

9/1/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16090165

Article: Immigration Advocates Go on Offensive on Eve of Trump Speech

8/30/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16083165

Article: Trump’s Immigration Muddle: He’s “Softening” Without Actually Moderating and Confusing Everyone

8/30/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16083066

Article: U.S. to Review Use of Private Immigration Prisons, Shares Slide

8/29/2016
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."
AILA Doc. No. 16083065

Article: Proposed “Social Media ID, Please” Law Draws Outrage

8/25/2016
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.”

Article: Can Trump Have It Both Ways on Immigration?

8/22/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16082362

Article: Can Facts on the Economic Benefits of Immigration Bring Reform in 2017?

8/3/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16080407

Article: U.S. Partners with Costa Rica to Protect Central American Refugees

7/26/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16072701

Article: Trump Loss Would Fuel Push for Immigration Reform, Advocates Hope

7/19/2016
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."
AILA Doc. No. 16072000

Article: Child Migrants Will Be Released from Family Detention Centers, But What About Their Parents?

7/14/2016
This Vice News article quotes AILA Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas on the urgent need for DHS to end family detention: “The administration started this policy and they can end it.”
AILA Doc. No. 16071502

Article: U.S. Colleges Court Foreign Entrepreneurs Who Need Visas

7/6/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16070631

Article: Immigrants in Limbo Before Supreme Court Decision Still in Limbo

6/24/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16062730

Article: Immigration Raids Are Targeting People with Valid Asylum Claims, According to a New Report

6/16/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16061705

Article: Some Central American Families Arrested Before They Could Seek Protection

6/16/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16061603

Article: Economic Promises a President Trump Could (and Couldn’t) Keep

5/21/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16052306

Article: Obama Aides Vexed by Visa Crackdown

4/12/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16041372

Article: Teenage Immigrants Are Being Denied Asylum Because They Have No Right to an Attorney

4/12/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16041371

Article: Senate to Take Up Controversial EB-5 Visa Program for Foreign Investors

4/12/2016
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 16041370

Article: Less Than a Week After Applications Opening, 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Hit

4/11/2016
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?"
AILA Doc. No. 16041139

Article: A Deported Central American Family Can Now Return to the U.S. to Seek Asylum

3/17/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16031832

Article: Leadership on Immigration Reform Is Needed

3/18/2016
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."
AILA Doc. No. 16031830

Article: Court Hears Case on Misconduct of Immigration Judges

2/17/2016
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.
AILA Doc. No. 16021702

Video: Huffington Post Live: Immigrant Children Get Hepatitis Vaccine Overdose

7/7/2015
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.
AILA Doc. No. 15070930

Article: Complaint: Family Detention Can Lead to Psychological Harm

7/1/2015
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.
AILA Doc. No. 15070160

Article: Feds Blocked Volunteers from Migrant Detention Center

5/28/2015
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.
AILA Doc. No. 15061067

Article: Clinton Criticizes Immigrant Detentions Under Obama

5/6/2015
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.”
AILA Doc. No. 15061066

Article: The Shame of America’s Family Detention Camps

2/4/2015
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.
AILA Doc. No. 15020463

Audio File: Q&A with Media about Dilley Detention Center Opening

1/14/2015
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
AILA Doc. No. 15011444