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2014

Immigration, Civil Rights, and Labor Groups Join Legal Effort to Defend President’s Executive Action on Immigration

12/29/2014
AILA joined the American Immigration Council and other immigration, civil rights, and labor groups on an amicus brief in the case, State of Texas vs. United States, opposing the states’ request for a preliminary injunction against the Obama Administration’s new deferred action initiatives.
AILA Doc. No. 14123002

AILA: Administration Turns Its Back on American Values with Mammoth New Family Prison

12/17/2014
AILA President Leslie A. Holman expressed outrage over the opening of the Dilley family detention center noting that for families, “Moving from a make-shift prison to one run by the private prison industry brings no more humanity to an inhumane situation.”
AILA Doc. No. 14121745

AILA: President Obama’s Use of His Legal Authority Can Fix Broken Elements of the Immigration System

11/20/2014
AILA President Leslie Holman welcomed the President’s plans for administrative action, saying “The actions he has taken will indeed offer relief that takes into account the need to boost businesses, keep families together, and alleviate some of the daily tragedies our broken system engenders.”
AILA Doc. No. 14112061

AILA: Administration’s Shell Game Doesn’t Change the Need to End Inhumane Family Detention

11/18/2014
As ICE announced the imminent closure of the Artesia, NM detention facility and the shift to new facilities in Texas, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams stated, “All this does is move the shame of detaining children and their mothers to a different state without solving a single problem.”
AILA Doc. No. 14111800

AILA: Administration’s Decision on Haiti is a Step Forward

10/23/2014
As the Obama Administration announced a Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program, AILA President Leslie Holman noted, “This change will ease the pain of family separation and alleviate hardships that they suffer in a country still struggling to recover from devastating natural disaster.”
AILA Doc. No. 14102340

AILA: Obama Talks Big on Immigration Reform, But is Not Delivering

10/6/2014
AILA President Leslie Holman responds to two recent announcements from the Obama Administration regarding the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program and a plan to allow young children from Central American countries to apply for refugee status from outside the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 14100640

AILA: Expansion of Family Detention Means the United States Will Jail More Victims of Violence

9/23/2014
AILA President Leslie Holman reacts to confirmation that a massive family detention facility will open in Texas saying, “You can call it a ‘Family Residential Center’ but it is a prison. Dilley will be the largest immigration detention facility nationwide—all for the purpose of jailing families.”
AILA Doc. No. 14092345

AILA: Administration Trying to Drag Mothers and Children Back to Detention

9/23/2014
In response to the Administration appealing bond decisions for some mothers and children released from Artesia, AILA President Leslie Holman stated, “I am utterly outraged by the latest tactics the Obama Administration has used to inflict needless misery on mothers and children seeking asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 14092351

President Obama Doubles Down on Immigration Failures: Delays Executive Action and Ramps Up Jailing of Families

9/6/2014
AILA President Leslie Holman reacts to the delay on executive action, saying “The attempt to deny protection to desperate refugees, and the delay on immigration action, make absolutely no fiscal or moral sense, and are built on questionable political assumptions.”
AILA Doc. No. 14090640

AILA: U.S. Shamefully Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule

7/31/2014
AILA’s President Leslie Holman discusses the U.S. government’s decision to refuse release on bond of Central American mothers and children. “They should be permitted to seek the comfort and stability of life outside a detention facility while they wait for a fair decision.”
AILA Doc. No. 14073142

AILA: Artesia Detention Center a Due Process Failure

7/24/2014
Following a visit to the Artesia detention facility this week and observing severe due process violations, AILA calls for the suspension of all deportations from the facility until fundamental improvements can be made.
AILA Doc. No. 14072449

AILA: House Republican Plan Will Endanger Children Fleeing Violence and Persecution

7/23/2014
AILA’s President Leslie Holman discusses the House Republican plan to address the humanitarian crisis at the southern border as a plan that, “will harm vulnerable child victims of violence.”
AILA Doc. No. 14072460

AILA: Terrible Legislation Would Shred Protections for Children Seeking Refuge

7/18/2014
AILA’s President Leslie Holman describes two recently introduced bills relating to unaccompanied children that would “essentially gut the protections currently afforded children who may be trafficking victims or are fleeing untenable violence.”
AILA Doc. No. 14071843

AILA: Administration Request for Funding – Not Enough to Protect Children

7/8/2014
AILA President Leslie Holman detailed some of AILA’s concerns with the Administration’s funding request to Congress for additional resources to address the needs of unaccompanied children, noting that ”Some of the request is absolutely essential but much portends steps in the wrong direction.”
AILA Doc. No. 14070850

AILA Strongly Condemns Reported Plans to Return Migrant Children to Danger

6/30/2014
AILA President Leslie A. Holman reacted to reported plans to expedite removal of migrant children: “Rapid deportations without any meaningful hearing for children who are rightly afraid of the violence and turmoil from which they fled is wrong, and contradicts the fundamental values of this nation.”
AILA Doc. No. 14063060

AILA Presents the Franco-Gonzalez Litigation Team with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award the Franco-Gonzalez Litigation Team with the Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in business immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 14062149

AILA Presents Diane Chappell-Daly with the 2014 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Diane Chappell-Daly of Syracuse, NY, with the 2014 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.
AILA Doc. No. 14062145

AILA Presents Raymond R. Bolourtchi with the 2014 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

6/21/2014
AILA will recognize Raymond R. Bolourtchi, of Cofman & Bolourtchi LLC, St. Louis, MO, with the 2014 Sam Williamson Mentor Award in acknowledgment of his outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 14062148

AILA Presents Jennifer Minear with the 2014 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Jennifer Minear of Richmond, VA, with the 2014 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award in recognition of her 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 Doc. No. 14062147

AILA Presents Dree K. Collopy with the 2014 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Dree K. Collopy of Benach Ragland LLP with the 2014 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions in the field of immigration and nationality law.
AILA Doc. No. 14062146

AILA Presents Eleanor Pelta with the 2014 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Eleanor Pelta, of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, with the 2014 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 14062144

AILA Presents Immigration Equality with the 2014 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Immigration Equality with the 2014 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.
AILA Doc. No. 14062143

AILA Presents Kathleen Campbell Walker with the Founders Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Kathleen Campbell Walker of El Paso, TX, with the Founders Award, which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy.
AILA Doc. No. 14062142

AILA Presents Geoffrey Hoffman with the 2014 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Geoffrey Hoffman, of the University of Houston Immigration Clinic, Houston TX, with the 2014 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding professor in the area of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 14062141

AILA Presents Lisa Baker Jones, Tammy Lin, Cynthia Lucas, and Sweta Khandelwal with the 2014 Advocacy Award

6/21/2014
AILA will award Lisa Baker Jones, Tammy Lin, Cynthia Lucas, and Sweta Khandelwal with the 2014 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA’s legislative agenda.
AILA Doc. No. 14062140

AILA: Increasing Detention Won’t Solve Humanitarian Crisis

6/20/2014
AILA President Leslie A. Holman responded to the Obama Administration’s announcement that the detention of families will increase saying, “Frankly, I’m surprised at this because I believe that our country’s values center on protecting families, and these particular families are so very vulnerable.”
AILA Doc. No. 14062049

AILA Elects New Officers; Leslie A. Holman to Serve as President of Association

6/19/2014
AILA today elected new officers to its Executive Committee for the 2014-2015 term; Leslie A. Holman was installed as AILA’s President.
AILA Doc. No. 14061944

Boston Welcomes Immigration Lawyers June 18-21, 2014; DHS Deputy Secretary Mayorkas to Give Keynote Address

6/18/2014
AILA is hosting its 58th Annual Conference beginning today in Boston, MA. The conference is expecting more than 3,000 attorneys from around the world to flock to the Marriott Copley Place, Westin Copley Place, and Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
AILA Doc. No. 14061841

AILA Releases New Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook

6/18/2014
On the release of the 14th edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams noted, “Anyone who works in immigration law knows that Kurzban’s Sourcebook is an investment in your knowledge base that will pay dividends time and time again.”
AILA Doc. No. 14061840

Boston Area Immigrants Can Receive Free Legal Consultations from Immigration Attorneys

6/17/2014
On June 21, AILA and its partners will offer free immigration law services at the fourth annual Pro Bono Clinic to be held at the Boston Public Library; attorneys will make direct positive contributions to aspiring new citizens by helping to remove cost, access, language, and knowledge barriers.
AILA Doc. No. 14061740

AILA Welcomes Program to Help Unaccompanied Migrant Children

6/6/2014
AILA President Doug Stump on the creation of "justice AmeriCorps" to help children in immigration court proceedings noted that "Building on the strong tradition of Americorps service is an inspired choice as these people want to make a difference and these children desperately need their help."
AILA Doc. No. 14060653

AILA: Renewal Process for DACA Opens; Get Started As Soon as You Can!

6/5/2014
As USCIS announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process, AILA President Doug Stump noted, “These two-year grants of deferred action have already made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many young people and on the communities in which they live, study, and work.”
AILA Doc. No. 14060545

AILA: CBP Finally Taking Steps in Right Direction

5/30/2014
AILA President Doug Stump responded to CBP’s release of the PERF report and its Use of Force Policy Handbook saying, “This step toward greater transparency is a good start. If Secretary Johnson and Commissioner Kerlikowske are serious about real reform, CBP will continue and expand upon this path.”
AILA Doc. No. 14053050

AILA Releases Important New Resource on Citizenship and Naturalization Law

5/28/2014
AILA announces the release of AILA's Guide to U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Law, an important new volume that offers an in-depth analysis of the laws and procedures governing acquisition of citizenship and the process for naturalization.
AILA Doc. No. 14052840

AILA President: Window Closing on Immigration – House Must Delay No More

5/28/2014
AILA President Doug Stump responded to news reports that President Obama has delayed the completion of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) review of deportation policy until August, by calling on Congress to “use this time to do what is right for our country” and pass immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 14052846

AILA: Immigration Court Computer Failure Emphasizes Need for Increased Funding

5/21/2014
AILA President Doug Stump welcomed the news that EOIR has fixed the month-long computer system failure that had plagued the country’s immigration courts but called for funding “sufficient to ensure that this kind of systemic failure doesn’t happen again.”
AILA Doc. No. 14052100

Danielle Alvarado Awarded 2014 Michael Maggio Immigrants’ Rights Summer Fellowship

5/20/2014
AILA, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP/NLG), are delighted to announce Danielle Alvarado has been named the recipient of the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship for 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 14052000

AILA: Proposed Reforms to Highly Skilled Visa Rules Will Help

5/6/2014
AILA President Doug Stump welcomed the DHS announcement proposing three new rules aimed at attracting and retaining highly skilled workers from around the world, but emphasized that “It remains incumbent on Congress to act to fix our laws so that these small measures are not necessary.”
AILA Doc. No. 14050651

Thousands Will Receive Help from AILA Members to Apply for Citizenship

4/22/2014
AILA is proud to sponsor the eighth annual Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 26, 2014 to provide assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization. This year, the effort will result in more than 50 naturalization clinics in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
AILA Doc. No. 14042254

Another Year, Another H-1B Cap Reached Right Away

4/7/2014
AILA President Doug Stump commented on the H-1B visa cap reached today, saying that “it’s become increasingly clear that keeping the same cap we’ve had on these visas for more than ten years is absolutely the last thing we should be doing.”
AILA Doc. No. 14040742

AILA Disappointed in House Hearing on Enforcement that Ignores the Obvious

2/26/2014
In response to the House Judiciary Committee hearing, AILA President Doug Stump noted that “Instead of much of the rhetoric we heard at this hearing, our lawmakers should turn their attention to smart enforcement strategies as part of a comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system.”
AILA Doc. No. 14022644

AILA Encouraged By Release of House Republican Immigration Standards

1/30/2014
AILA President Doug Stump: “The release of these standards is a much needed sign of movement. While the principles articulated are vague, and amenable to any number of meanings, they show some promise of a willingness to look at our existing system and work across the aisle to find ways to fix it.”
AILA Doc. No. 14013030

AILA Agrees with President Obama: "It’s Time for Immigration Reform"

1/29/2014
AILA applauds the renewed commitment to real immigration reform exemplified by President Obama in his State of the Union address. During his speech he focused on many topics but on immigration he was focused and concise, tying fixing our broken immigration system to economic growth.
AILA Doc. No. 14012904

AILA Commends USCIS for Clarifying Waiver Policy for Immediate Family Members of U.S. Citizens

1/27/2014
AILA commends USCIS for clarifying its policy regarding immediate family members of U.S. citizens who are seeking a provisional unlawful presence waiver and who may have minor infractions on their record.
AILA Doc. No. 14012741

AILA Announces New Author for Premier Asylum Resource

1/17/2014
AILA announced that Dree K. Collopy, Partner, Benach Ragland, has signed on to author the 7th edition of AILA’s Asylum Primer. The Primer is the “go-to” asylum resource and the 7th edition will be released in late fall.
AILA Doc. No. 14011741