AILA is disappointed that, after successful passage in the House, the Senate failed to advance the DREAM Act today. The legislation did not garner enough votes to pass a procedural hurdle, even though with 55 votes it had the support of a majority of the chamber’s lawmakers.
AILA views today’s Senate vote to table the DREAM Act (S.3992) as a strategic move that will give more time to consider the version of the bill that passed the House last night and make the path to victory far simpler.
AILA congratulates the House of Representatives for passing the DREAM Act today by a vote of 216 to 198. With their yea votes, members of Congress showed a willingness to help hundreds of thousands of high achieving young immigrants to pursue the American dream.
AILA is proud to debut StopNotarioFraud.org, a dynamic new consumer protection resource dedicated to combating the unscrupulous exploitation of immigrants in need of legal counsel. The bilingual website is slated to go live on 12/7/10.
The results of the 2010 mid-term elections lead AILA to fear that prospects for broad immigration legislation in the 112th Congress will remain stalled, with new House leadership expected to press for increased border security and intensive enforcement actions.
AILA press release on a report by the DHS Office of Inspector General finding gross deficiencies and lack of oversight in the federal immigration enforcement program known as “287(g),” which allows local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
AILA views the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932) by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as an important step in advancing reforms of our nation's broken immigration system.
AILA applauds this week’s announcement that Senate Leader Harry Reid will bring up the bi-partisan DREAM Act as an amendment to the Defense Reauthorization bill. AILA believes this is a welcome step forward toward reform and urges all Senators to vote in support of the bill.
An independent judging panel of employee benefits experts named AILA as one of the 2010 winners of The Principal® 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security, citing their extraordinary efforts to avoid cutting benefits.
On 8/12/10, Congress passed a $600 million immigration enforcement supplemental appropriations package for additional border enforcement funding through the FY2011. AILA responded with a call for comprehensive immigration reform.
AILA applauds the decision of Judge Susan R. Bolton of the U.S. District Court for Arizona enjoining the most damaging and dangerous provisions of Arizona's SB 1070, which were set to go into effect tomorrow.
The American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center filed a lawsuit against DHS and USCIS on behalf of AILA seeking the public release of records concerning agency policies and procedures for the H-1B visa program.
AILA's new officers were announced during the Membership Meeting at AILA's Annual Conference: President David Leopold, President-Elect Eleanor Pelta, First Vice President Laura Lichter, Second VP Doug Stump, Treasurer Leslie Holman, and Secretary Victor Nieblas Pradis.
AILA awarded Lee O’Connor of the Immigrants’ & Language Rights Center at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. with the 2010 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his steadfast dedication to the many lawyers he advises through AILA’s mentor program.
AILA awarded Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, NY, the 2010 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA awarded Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post homeland security correspondent, the 2010 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA awarded Deborah Notkin of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP in New York, NY, the 2010 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA awarded Maria Baldini-Potermin, founder of the Chicago-based firm Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, PC, with the 2010 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA awarded Congressman David Price, the 2010 Congressional Leadership Award, awarded annually to members of Congress who most advanced the cause of immigration and immigrants during the previous year.
AILA awarded Ahilan Arulanantham, Director, Immigrants’ Rights and National Security, ACLU of Southern California, the 2010 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for his innovative litigation and its benefits for the rights of vulnerable non-citizens.
AILA awarded Kathleen Campbell Walker of Brown McCarroll LLP in El Paso, TX the 2010 AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding service in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
AILA is dismayed with the announcement on 6/9/10 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will seek an average 10% increase in immigration fees in order to close a projected $200-million deficit for 2010-11, stating that users must receive better value for fees paid.
AILA is encouraged by an emerging immigration proposal—the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR)—put forth by a group of Democratic Senators that provides a path forward for both political parties to work on comprehensive immigration reform this year.
The Board of Governors of AILA, moments after the Arizona Governor signed into law the harshest anti-immigration bill passed in the U.S. in over a decade, instructed its Executive Committee to move the fall 2010 conference, previously scheduled for Arizona, to another state.
On 4/2/10, the DHS Office of Inspector General issued a comprehensive report confirming civil rights abuses in the federal program. AILA urges Secretary Napolitano to terminate immediately the entire 287(g) program and calls upon Congress to end its funding.
On 3/27/10, internal ICE memos were released revealing deep dissension at the highest levels of ICE leadership that seriously risk derailing the Obama Administration’s reforms to our nation’s troubled immigration enforcement and detention system.
AILA applauds Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for introducing “The Refugee Protection Act of 2010” to ensure that refugees and asylum seekers are protected by the United States.
AILA welcomes President Obama’s announcement that his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform is unwavering and that he would proceed with an overhaul of the immigration system this year if he could attract necessary Republican support.
AILA welcomes the granting of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals already residing in the United States. The announcement was made on 1/15/10 by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.