Tampa Bay Times reports on an agreement between Tampa Bay-area sheriffs and ICE to allow local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for ICE while protecting them from civil rights lawsuits. AILA’s Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains they will likely still face litigation.
Splinter features a profile of Erlin San Martin, a Honduran immigrant and dedicated father with no criminal record and a pending U visa application, who is now in detention awaiting deportation. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board of Governors explains how common his story is becoming.
The Toronto Star reports on how the Trump administration has made it more difficult for Canadians to move to the United States. Nan Berezowski, Chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, told the Star, “We’re seeing more refusals, and often more refusals for small things.”
The San Antonio Express-News investigates local police departments’ legal authority to enforce immigration laws, and AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains what federal law actually mandates regarding this issue.
Mic reports on the origins of the U.S. family-based immigration system, with insights from AILA that debunk many of the myths currently being circulated by the Trump administration and anti-immigration activists about family-based immigration.
The New York Times reports on congressional negotiations for the Dream Act, the recent district court decision on DACA, and the young immigrants whose futures are on the line, with reflections from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney on the uncertainty and its emotional toll on Dreamers.
VICE reports on how President Trump transformed the immigration system, from the travel ban to efforts to deporting undocumented immigrants to the plan to limit even legal immigration. Anastasia Tonello is quoted discussing delays at USCIS.
The Intercept reports on President Trump’s first year in office. Annaluisa Padilla is quoted, “I think it’s clear that this administration wants to bring any sort of immigration to the U.S. to a halt, whether it’s legal or what’s touted as illegal immigration.”
The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration is considering separating parents from their children to halt Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border. Greg Chen states, “These are families that have no other choice for their survival.”
The New York Times reports on President Trump’s quieter immigration agenda, slowing down legal immigration programs and more frequently denying business-related visa applications. AILA’s President-elect Anastasia Tonello commented to the Times, “The wall is being built.”
Mother Jones reports on increasing hurdles for foreign nationals looking to live and work legally in the United States, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish on the “constant slew of policy changes that have been difficult to keep up with.”
OZY reports on a new wave of startups with products to guide individuals and companies through immigration and visa applications. AILA’s Director of Practice and Professionalism warns of their limitations when it comes to complex immigration cases in the current era of changing policies.
CNN reports on the Trump administration’s attempt to blame terrorist attacks in the United States on family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, a connection that lacks evidence, as AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained to CNN.
BuzzFeed News reports on a complaint recently filed with DHS by the Immigrant Justice Campaign and six other immigrant and refugee advocacy groups on behalf of family members who were forcibly separated while in DHS custody at the U.S. southern border.
Splinter calls on employers to defy the law and continue employing DACA recipients whose work permits expire, until the Dream Act is passed. Former AILA President William A. Stock reflects, “Defying laws that people think are immoral in some way has a long tradition in America.”
The Sun Community News reports on the deportation of a Clintonville, NY resident to his native Niger and the impact it has had on his family. AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explains how the administration’s mass deportation agenda ensnares families like this one.
The Nation reports on efforts to mobilize attorneys to represent immigrants pro bono, highlighting the work of the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative of AILA and the American Immigration Council.
The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the employment-visa application process. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains, “The goal of the administration seems to be to grind the process to a halt or slow it down so much that they achieve a reduction in legal immigration.”
The New York Times reports on USCIS's decision to accept DACA renewals that were previously rejected due to mail delays. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explains how this problem could have been avoided.
Vox reports on a lawsuit filed by individuals whose DACA renewals were rejected as late, despite having arrived by the deadline, with insight on the situation from Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
The Washington Post reports on DOJ's plans to reduce the immigration court backlog by half by 2020. Gregory Chen, AILA's Director of Government Relations, expressed concerns that the plans would "undermine judicial independence."
NBC News reports on stricter renewal requirements for nonimmigrant worker visas following a recent update to USCIS policy, and former AILA President William Stock provides analysis on the impact of this change.
CNN reports that USCIS advised officers to "apply the same level of scrutiny" to H-1B extension requests and other nonimmigrant visas. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that this greater level of scrutiny will cause unnecessary delays even when the underlying facts have not changed.
Talking Points Memo reports that President Trump’s mass deportation machine is worsening immigration court backlogs.“If the Trump administration is solely focused on deporting people, they’re actually shooting themselves in the foot,” said AILA’s Greg Chen. Sarah Owings is also quoted.
The Washington Post reports that DOJ wants to introduce quotas on IJs, drawing a rebuke from judges. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said that to force judges to complete cases under a time frame undermines their ability to make careful, well thought-out decisions.
The International Business Times reports that more than 600,000 immigrants are currently battling deportation or fighting for asylum in U.S. courts. AILA Secretary Jeremey McKinney debates whether universal representation should be extended to represent them.
NBC reports that the immigration courts are so backlogged with cases that some hearings are being scheduled as far in the future as July 2022. "The problem was years in the making but this administration is making it much, much worse," said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
Associated Press reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions said violent gangs are exploiting the unaccompanied minors program and sending members to the United States. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the assertion “truly baseless.”
The Atlantic discusses how a figurative line of immigrants waiting to obtain legal status is often invoked. “It’s the general line for everyone except the countries that have used all of their visas—and then, those lines are even worse.” said AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney.
Mother Jones reports that after the rescission of DACA, advance parole no longer exists for 700,000 Dreamers. “It’s unnecessarily cruel to take away their travel during this phase-out,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
The Atlantic reports that for many DACA recipients, gaining legal status is not an option and this can be particularly worrisome for DACA recipients as they think through how to financially sustain themselves and often, their families. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney is quoted.
The New York Times offers a fact-checking assessment on the Trump administration’s reasoning behind the decision to end the DACA program. AILA's Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt shares concern about USCIS sharing information about DACA recipients with ICE.
Mother Jones reports that “there’s definitely a reason for DACA recipients to be alarmed,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney, because if DACA ends, Dreamers would join other law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are being detained “without abandon” by the Trump administration.
ABC reports that a tweet by President Trump assuring DACA recipients of their future legal status isn’t likely to alleviate their anxiety. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the tweet didn't carry weight without more specific instructions to DHS.
Vice reports that Dreamers are counting on either Congress or the courts to come through to protect them. "Trump can be a real unifier here. He said he wants Congress to act and his next step should be to say, 'I support this,'" AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said.
MSNBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen who said that Attorney General Sessions’ legal argument for rescinding DACA is flawed. “Past Presidents, Eisenhower, President Reagan, Bush Snr., all used the same kind of authority, deferred action,” Mr. Chen said.
The Guardian reports that a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks key parts of Texas’s ban on sanctuary cities, two days before the law was scheduled to go into effect. AILA moved its 2018 conference out of the Dallas area in protest at SB 4.
Bloomberg reports that immigration attorneys are seeing what could be an expansion of a USCIS effort to root out fraud in the immigration system. It’s “clear” the agency is looking for fraud across all visa categories, AILA Treasurer Allen Orr said.
Mlive reports on the journey of Kevin Vazquez who moved to the United States from Mexico when he was eight and is currently protected by the DACA program. “It is more important now than it has ever been to protect DREAMers,” said Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
Bloomberg reports that although there haven’t been any regulations or new policies issued in response to President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, “they’re changing the rules by adjudication,” said AILA Treasurer Allen Orr.
TIME reports that on immigration raids with Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, said, "It's basically a push through a lot of different ways to try to deport as many people as possible without regard to whether or not they're a public safety threat."
The San Francisco Chronicle describes a deportation order splitting up an Oakland family, “If these sorts of cases are being denied, then who gets to stay here, and who is safe? Arguably it is no one,” said Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
Cronkite News reports that DHS may not have the resources to hire the new CBP agents President Trump has ordered. “The ramp-up of the number of agents quickly, with the scale-back of the polygraph testing, is extremely concerning,” said AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage.
NBC reports that President Trump's illegal immigration crackdown has seen about one-third of the nation's IJs reassigned, backlogging already jammed immigration courts. There was a need for a IJ reshuffle under President Obama in 2014, but not anymore, said AILA secretary Jeremy McKinney.
The AP reports that the disappearance of the six Burundi teens from an international robotics contest is casting a spotlight on the visa process. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence said that the tourist visas granted to the teens are a result of reciprocal negotiations.
Politico reports that DHS requested $91 million in reprogrammed funds for detention beds this year, nearly a 5 percent increase over the $2 billion devoted to beds in 2017. Greg Chen, AILA’s Director of Government Relations, called it a “backdoor” way to ramp up deportations.
WNPR reports that a Connecticut mother without documentation for 24 years could be deported, leaving her children behind. Kate Voigt, AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, stated "You can see in the administration's budget that this is something that they wanted to prioritize.”
The Mercury News reports that the Trump administration has suspended the startup visa program which allows immigrant business founders to stay in the United States while growing their companies. “It’s unfortunate,” said AILA President Anastasia Tonello.
The IndyStar reports that the Marion County Sheriff's Office plans to drastically reduce its compliance with federal immigration detainer requests. Some cities have publicly declared that they would not honor ICE requests for a variety of reasons, said William Stock, past president of AILA.
The Orange County Register reports that attorneys and immigration advocates returned to LAX to provide legal advice in the wake of the implementation of Trump’s travel ban. “The key is at the airport when the individuals and refugees request entry,” said AILA President Annaluisa Padilla.
The Huffington Post reports that a judge delivered the latest legal hit against the government’s treatment of undocumented minors. AILA president Annaluisa Padilla said “we have steadily fought against family detention, and this decision hammers another nail into its coffin.”
Buzzfeed reports that private immigration bills used by Congress to delay the deportation of undocumented immigrants are set to change. AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said he’s concerned that under the new policy, most cases are not going to be able to get a full review.
Inside Higher Ed reports that a professor at the American University of Beirut was denied entry into the United States, renewing concerns about the administration’s policies on academic exchange. “We are seeing this all over,” said Ally Bolour from the AILA Board of Governors.
The New York Times reports that despite Donald Trump’s posturing on social media and the campaign trail, he has made little to no change in vetting immigrants. “President Trump is more interested in trying to win a rhetorical victory,” said AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
CQ Roll Call reports that even though Trump’s travel ban is tied up in court, visa travel from the targeted countries has plummeted. “There’s a significant deterrent effect, whether from the travel ban or the administration’s rhetoric,” AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said.
Politico reports that the fate of the DACA program remains uncertain, leading to potential negative economic implications. AILA’s Kate Voigt said, "The administration is going after a lot of different people. People with DACA, people who had DACA, people with no criminal convictions."
SF Gate reports that the “startup” visa rule has been sent to OMB for further review after a leaked draft suggested the rule might be finished. “The fact that it got pulled back seems to indicate the administration are interested in taking a second look,” said William Stock, AILA President.
Business Insider reports that President Trump has complicated his administration's Supreme Court appeal for a reinstatement of the revised travel ban after remarks he made on Twitter. "The whole series of tweets is relevant,” said AILA President, William Stock.
The Washington Post reports that U.S. embassies have started more intensive vetting of some visa applicants, including asking for social media handles. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that the new process is likely to discourage applicants with justifiable reasons to visit the United States.
ABC Radio discusses how because USCIS halted premium processing, foreign doctors may have to wait anywhere from eight months to more than a year to get their H-1B visas instead of the two weeks it used to take under premium processing. Jennifer Minear states “this is uncharted territory.”
The Hill reports that Republicans are going on the offensive with “Kate’s Law,” to impose a mandatory five-year minimum prison sentence for immigrants who have twice been charged with illegally re-entering the country or have aggravated felony convictions. AILA’s Greg Chen condemns the move.
BuzzFeed reports that a federal judge slammed the Trump administration's push to deport a father. AILA President William Stock, noted that the opinion stuck out for the judge's calling out of the president in particular. Judge Reinhardt has a reputation for being the “reigning liberal lion.”
According to Cronkite News, nearly 629,000 people who entered the United States on a visa in FY2016 overstayed and AILA President William A. Stock states that the figures indicate a need to reprioritize efforts of immigration enforcement agencies.
The Intercept discusses how lawmakers are pushing legislation that would add thousands of new deportation officers and, among other things, equip each of them with body armor and an assault rifle. Greg Chen said, “These bills constitute an unprecedented ramp up in enforcement.”
The Washington Post reports that 15,000 SIJ visas were approved in FY2016, compared to 1,600 in 2010. But judges interpret the program differently. Greg Chen said, “You may have courts in the same state but in different counties that have different policies in how they want to handle these.”
The Washington Post reports that immigration agents are arresting more than 400 immigrants a day, a sharp leap from 2016 that reflects one of President Trump’s most far-reaching campaign promises. Greg Chen states, ““This administration is fully implementing its mass-deportation agenda.”
Bloomberg reports that Trump says his immigration crackdown won’t hurt agriculture. William Stock is quoted, “Every administration tells agriculture that it’s not the intention to deny workers” to farms. But crops rotted when Georgia and Alabama cracked down on undocumented immigrants.
This Associated Press articles examines ICE’s reduction to the time the agency awaits congressional legislation that halts the deportation of individuals, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, who asserts the agency “wants greater latitude to deport more people.”
This Fox News article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: “It’s astounding that this administration would consider ending TPS in just a few months, in the beginning of next year, for Haitians with the reality that a humanitarian crisis in Haiti is still dire.”
This Internal Medicine News article examines President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, and quotes AILA Treasurer Jennifer Minear as stating that the order will have no immediate effect on the H-1B program or foreign physicians applying for H-1B visas.
This Washington Post article reports on the Diversity Visa Lottery, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson, who noted that if the injunction on President Trump’s travel ban is lifted, it would apply to this program, and no one from the banned countries would be allowed to enter.
This Computerworld article quotes AILA President William Stock on how much power President Trump has to change the H-1B visa lottery, how Trump's Executive Order will affect the H-1B visa approval process, and whether Congress will act on H-1B reform.
AILA’s Executive Director Benjamin Johnson was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN to discuss the case of Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, who had been approved for DACA in 2014 and was removed to Mexico on 2/20/17.
This India Today article quotes AILA President William Stock: “Any reforms proposed by the Trump administration as a result of this [Buy American and Hire American] Executive Order must ensure that our immigration system, including the H-1B program, remain a viable tool for U.S. businesses.”
This CNN Tech article reports on President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order signed on 4/18/17, and quotes AILA's Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence as stating, “Although released with ceremonial flair, the order will have no immediate impact on H-1Bs.”
This Wall Street Journal article reports that Attorney General Sessions directed federal prosecutors to pursue harsher charges against undocumented immigrants who commit crimes or repeatedly cross into the United States illegally, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
This U.S. News & World Report article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: "AG Sessions is pouring more resources into prosecuting people who cross the border illegally … rather than going after violent offenders and gun and drug smugglers who pose a real threat.”
This Associated Press article quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen: "Once again, Attorney General Sessions is scaring the public by linking immigrants to criminals, despite studies showing that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than the native born.”
This Marketplace blog post examines the practice of extreme vetting, and quotes AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, who stated that the practice could “discourage travelers from coming here for short– or long-term visits,” meanwhile raising concerns for existing backlogs.
This Politico article reports that the Trump administration is aiming to toughen regulatory enforcement of the H-1B visa program, and quotes AILA President William Stock: “I think we may see stricter adjudication standards for the cases that make it through the [H-1B visa lottery].”
This Rolling Stone article explains there has been an unofficial shift in national policy toward asylum seekers as ICE has virtually stopped granting detained immigrants bond or parole, and quotes AILA ICE Liaison Committee Chair Heather Prendergast and San Diego Chapter Chair Andrew Nietor.
This NBC News article reports on USCIS’s announcement that it is stepping up efforts to detect and deter fraud in the H-1B program; AILA President William Stock noted that DOJ and USCIS are emphasizing “the possibility of violations of the program, not the positive uses of the program.”
This CNN Money article reports that H-1B cap filing season opens on 4/3/17, and quotes AILA’s Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Robert Sakaniwa: “Like any other bureaucratic function, [visa petitions] pile up when there's a lot of people interested in filing and only limited resources.”
In this Washington Post article, AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen notes that heightened procedures for enhanced screening of visa applicants will “slow down the process for reviewing and granting visas, and create severe delays for businesses ... as well as families waiting on visas.”
This Washington Post article quotes AILA’s Advocacy Director Greg Chen: “The big picture concern is that the administration’s policies seem premised on the idea that immigration status is some kind of indicator for criminality.”
This New York Times article reports on cables sent from DOS Secretary Tillerson that implement heightened vetting of visa applicants, and quotes AILA’s Advocacy Director Greg Chen: “This will certainly slow down the screening process and impose a substantial burden on these applicants.”
This article in the San Francisco Chronicle states that immigration experts anticipate another record-breaking year for H-1B applications, and quotes AILA President William Stock, who noted that the real impact of the high number of H-1B applications will not be felt for a few years.
This Huffington Post article reports ICE has been testing the bounds of carrying out enforcement actions near “sensitive locations"; AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen noted that students should be able to attend school without fear that they, their parents, or classmates will be deported.
This Wall Street Journal article reports that immigrants’ rights groups are hailing the TROs that stopped President Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect, although AILA President William Stock noted, “I don't think anyone will feel 100% sure until the Supreme Court rules on it.”
This Voice of America article reports on President Trump’s call during his first address to a joint session of Congress for the United States to change its immigration system to one that is “merit-based,” and quotes AILA President William Stock.
This Vice article quotes several AILA members and discusses how immigration attorneys have helped clients file at least twice the typical number of applications since late January, when President Trump issued his executive order making all undocumented immigrations priorities for deportation.
This BuzzFeed article discusses a report released by AILA, Center for American Progress, and National Immigration Law Center that calculates the amount of funding sanctuary jurisdictions in 32 states could lose under the Trump administration, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson.
There have been many news stories about the work being done to push back against the Executive Order banning Muslims and refugees; this page compiles selected clips chronicling the work being done by AILA and its members.
This Cronkite News article notes that immigration advocates are unsure of what the “merit-based immigration system” called for by President Trump in his first address to Congress would entail, and quotes AILA President Bill Stock and AILA’s Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa.
This NBC article quotes AILA President William Stock on the pair of DHS memos implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement: “[T]hese memos … aren't going to make us safer, and they are already causing fear in communities across the nation.”
This Washington Post article quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on the risks that undocumented immigrants face by enrolling in the DACA program in light of sweeping new enforcement guidelines from DHS Secretary John Kelly that aim to ramp up deportations.
During an interview with Minnesota Public Radio News, AILA President William Stock described the content of the pair of DHS memos implementing Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and explained the impact they will have on immigration policy moving forward.
This Bloomberg BNA article reports on the release of two memos from DHS Secretary John Kelly implementing President Trump’s Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and quotes AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen on the implications of aggressive immigration enforcement tactics.
This New York Daily News article reports on the pair of DHS memos implementing Trump's Executive Orders on border and interior enforcement, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson: "They make clear that they intend to deport anyone and everyone that they find in the United States."
This CNN article quotes AILA Past President Leslie Holman and Chair of AILA’s CBP Liaison Committee Danielle Rizzo on what legal rights individuals have at the border, including whether CBP can search electronic devices and how to safeguard devices when traveling internationally.
This article in The Guardian discusses a leaked daft memo thatcalls for the mobilization of up to 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants, including millions living far from the Mexico border, and quotes AILA President William Stock.
This article in The Daily Beast explains how the recent large-scale enforcement actions by the Trump administration differ from those conducted under the Obama administration, and quotes AILA’s Executive Director Ben Johnson on the difference between a targeted enforcement action and a sweep.
This Business Insider article quotes AILA President William Stock on how President Trump’s past comments about a “Muslim ban” and the hasty rollout of his immigration order targeting seven Muslim-majority countries may undermine the government’s legal arguments for upholding the order.
AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen appeared on The Leslie Marshall Show to discuss President Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order imposing a travel and refugee ban and the litigation concerning it.
This Politico article states that uncertainty about Trump's "extreme vetting" policies continues to roil travelers, airlines, and foreign governments, and quotes AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson: "There's a complete vacuum of details and instructions on how to operationalize this order."
This Sinclair Media article quotes AILA President William Stock on President Trump's "completely unprecedented" Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees. Mr. Stock noted that the scope of Trump's act goes beyond previous exercises of executive power.
This article in The Atlantic quotes AILA President William Stock on President Trump’s 1/27/17 Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees: “The notion that dangerous individuals could rush into the country in the timeframe of a week flies in the face of reality.”
This Slate podcast features AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson, who discusses President Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees. Mr. Johnson states that the Order is “as ill-conceived as it is wrong.”
NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to William Stock, of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, about the order banning refugees and restricting citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson appeared on The Leslie Marshall Show to discuss President Donald Trump’s January 27, 2017, Executive Order that suspends the U.S. refugee program and restricts citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, among other things.
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