AILA advisory explains the recent announcements regarding the DHS immigration case review process, prosecutorial discretion, and administrative closure. This is not amnesty, and does not create legal status. A Spanish version follows.
AILA statement on a report from the New York Immigrant Representation Study that shows without a right to appointed counsel in immigration court, many immigrants represent themselves in removal proceedings with unsuccessful outcomes; others have inadequate representation.
AILA applauds DHS for terminating its 287(g) agreement with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and restricting the County's access to Secure Communities following the release of a DOJ report indicating discriminatory bias and unconstitutional policing.
AILA's statement on Wednesday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY2012 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year.
A joint report released on 11/9/11 by AILA and AIC, "Holding DHS Accountable on Prosecutorial Discretion," highlights the discrepancies seen by immigration attorneys at all 28 ICE offices nationwide in regards to the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.
AILA commends the new Policy Memorandum issued by USCIS on NTAs involving inadmissible and removable aliens and for its movement away from enforcement actions and back towards its original service-minded focus.
Washingtonian Magazine has chosen AILA as one of the top 50 places to work in the Washington, D.C., area. The selection was based on employees' survey responses and reflects the satisfaction of AILA staff members.
The House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement hearing "STEM the Tide: Should America Try to Prevent an Exodus of Foreign Graduates of U.S. Universities with Advanced Science Degrees?" moves the conversation on immigration reform in a positive direction.
AILA opposes Congressman Lamar Smith’s latest attempt to mandate E-Verify with his proposed "Legal Workforce Act." This bill would harm American workers and businesses, and it would do nothing to fix the nation's immigration problems.
An AILA consumer advisory clarifying the 8/18/11 DHS announcement regarding immigration enforcement priorities. It is not a legalization program and does not create legal status. Immigrants with questions should see certified legal professionals. A Spanish version follows.
AILA press statement responding to DHS announcement establishing a high-level committee to ensure implementation of its enforcement priorities and to relieve pressure on an already overburdened immigration court system.
AILA announces the release of Immigration Enforcement Off Target: Minor Offenses with Major Consequences, a report featuring 127 cases where DHS took enforcement action against harmless people who were picked up and referred by local police officers.
AILA is proud to announce a new partnership with DREAM Act advocacy groups. AD2 provides an opportunity for AILA members to volunteer to take on DREAM Act cases on a pro bono basis in conjunction with the grassroots work of these partners.
AILA response to 8/5/11 ICE declaration that the MOAs previously executed with 42 states to implement the Secure Communities program were “terminated,” opining that no agreement with states or local law enforcement was necessary.
The official launch of the first member section is an exciting change for AILA. The Federal Court Litigation Section will offer a new community for members who argue immigration cases in federal court.
AILA statement welcoming the introduction of the CIR Act of 2011 by Senator Menendez and others. The bill includes fixes to the family and business visa systems, a legalization program, and tough enforcement measures.
AILA statement on DHS 6/17/11 written policies directing ICE officers, agents, and attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion to implement its priorities for immigration enforcement as well as reforms to the Secure Communities program.
On Thursday evening of its annual conference, AILA announced the election results for the 2011-2012 Executive Committee. Eleanor Pelta was installed as AILA President during a morning session of the conference where she eloquently presented her goals for the year.
AILA statement on the introduction of the Refugee Protection Act of 2011. The bill, introduced June 15, 2011, addresses shortfalls in current law and would, among other fixes, eliminate the one-year filing deadline for asylum seekers.
AILA attorneys hosted a three hour pro bono session for San Diego residents in need of legal advice regarding immigration concerns on Wednesday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m. The clinic is AILA’s way to thank the city for hosting its annual conference.
AILA awards Bernard Wolfsdorf of Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, the 2011 AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.
AILA awards Anthony Weigel, the principal of Weigel Law Office, LLC, located in the Kansas City, Missouri area, the 2011 Advocacy Award for his outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA awards Ronald Wada, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP, with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA awards Cyrus D. Mehta, founder and managing attorney of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC, in New York. He is honored with the 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA awards Kiran Khalid, a news producer for CNN’s New York Bureau, the 2011 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.
AILA awards Russell Abrutyn, an immigration law practitioner at Marshal E. Hyman & Associates in Troy, MI, with the 2011 Sam Williamson Mentor Award for his steadfast dedication to guiding new lawyers through the complexities of immigration law.
AILA statement explaining its new partnership with community organizations, FTC, USCIS, and DOJ to protect immigrant communities from harmful and dishonest practitioners of immigration law and also improve immigrants’ access to qualified legal advice.
AILA statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Arizona Legal Workers Act, a state law that imposes requirements and sanctions on employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. The decision could lead to a patchwork of immigration enforcement policies.
AILA statement welcoming the introduction of legislation that would allow noncitizen immediate family members of active military service members to apply to become lawful permanent residents of the United States.
AILA press statement on upcoming House hearing to discuss H.R. 1932, a bill that would strip important due process protections of harmless individuals by needlessly increasing the government’s already broad authority to detain noncitizens.
AILA statement in response to DHS's decision to extend TPS for Haitian nationals and re-designate Haiti for TPS so that nationals who arrived within the year following the earthquake can also apply for temporary status.
AILA press statement welcoming the introduction of the DREAM Act. The legislation gives thousands of young immigrant students a chance to pursue the American dream. The bill passed the House last November, but could not win enough votes to pass the Senate.
AILA statement on the 5/11/11 review by the House Immigration Subcommittee of the Secure Visas Act, a bill that would radically change the way visas are processed by shifting authority from DOS to DHS and curtailing the power of courts to review decisions made by officers.
AILA’s statement on President Obama’s address on immigration from El Paso, TX. AILA commends his commitment to immigration reform, but calls for more leadership on appropriate use of agency authority in the enforcement arena.
AILA will celebrate its 5th Annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011, by helping more than 2,500 legal permanent residents apply to become US citizens at 50 naturalization clinics in 19 states.
AILA looks forward to what is expected to be the first balanced hearing on immigration policy from the House Immigration Subcommittee. It is titled, “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers.”
AILA expresses deep disappointment with and opposes the decision of the Obama Administration to resume deportations to Haiti which had been suspended since a catastrophic earthquake devastated the country last January.
AILA calls on Congress to show leadership by creating viable immigration policy that can create more jobs and push the economy forward. Unfortunately today’s House Immigration Subcommittee hearing only serves to play politics about unemployment during the recession.
AILA urges Congress not to fall prey to the politics of division in Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement's Subcommittee Hearing on "Making Immigration Work for American Minorities."
AILA calls upon Congress to tell Americans the full story of the flawed electronic employment verification system in a statement regarding the upcoming E-Verify hearing in the House Immigration Subcommittee.
AILA's statement on Thursday’s announcement from USCIS that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for FY2011 since the filing window opened on April 1 last year.
The political gamesmanship has begun with today’s hearing in the House Subcommittee on Immigration. The hearing is an example of backward thinking in tackling America’s broken immigration system. It represents an extension of a policy paradigm that has already failed.