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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Opposes Border Wall Funding in Minibus Package

On 7/24/17, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) issued a statement opposing funding for the border wall in “minibus” appropriations package.
AILA Doc. No. 17072500

Senator Feinstein Seeks Information from DHS on Asylum Process at the Border

On 7/24/17, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requested that DHS Secretary John Kelly detail the agency’s efforts to follow federal law requiring that those seeking asylum be given the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.
AILA Doc. No. 17072570

Congressional Border Caucus Urges House Appropriators Not to Fund Trump’s Wall

On 7/21/17, members of the Congressional Border Caucus sent a letter to House Appropriators expressing their opposition to the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which funds the construction of a wall along the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17072108

Senators Urge DOS and DHS to Extend TPS Designations

On 7/18/17, a group of 26 senators sent a letter urging Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to the approximately 320,000 recipients from ten designated countries.
AILA Doc. No. 17072041

Representative Roybal-Allard's Statement Opposing FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

On 7/12/17, Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), issued a statement opposing the committee’s markup of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17071960

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urges Appropriators to Reject Increasing DHS Funding

On 7/17/17, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) urged House Appropriators to reject increased funding for ICE and CBP, in particular increased funding for immigration detention and ICE and Border Patrol agents.
AILA Doc. No. 17071834

CAPAC Chair Condemns Proposal to Fund Border Wall and Mass Deportation Force

On 7/17/17, Chair Judy Chu (D-CA) of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) urged her colleagues to reject the House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY2018, which would create a mass deportation force, build a border wall, and tear families apart.
AILA Doc. No. 17071832

Congressional Quad-Caucus Letter Urging to ICE to Publish Data on Detainees and Facilities

On 7/10/17, leaders of the of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged ICE to collect and publish data on its facilities and detainee populations in an accessible and public way.
AILA Doc. No. 17071206

Statement from DHS to Senate Judiciary on “the MS-13 Problem”

Statement from DHS for a hearing investigating gang membership as well as its nexus to illegal immigration, before the Senate Judiciary committee, including information on the treatment of unaccompanied children. Between FY2012 and FY2016, ICE removed a total of 10,188 UACs from the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17062903

Senators Letter to Appropriations Committee on DHS’s FY2018 Appropriations Bill

On 6/22/17, nineteen senators sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations requesting a reduction in funding for President Trump's detention beds and deportation force, and asked that no funding be made available for a wall along the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17062235

Letter from Senator Grassley to DHS and SEC Regarding EB-5 Investor

A 5/24/17 letter from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to DHS and the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting a review of “potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations” by Qiaowai Group and the U.S. Immigration Fund and their involvement with the EB-5 investor visa program.
AILA Doc. No. 17060931

Congressional Letter to Secretary Kelly Regarding the Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the Border

On 5/25/17, 40 members of Congress sent a letter to DHS requesting an immediate investigation into claims that individuals fleeing violence and persecution have been denied the opportunity to apply for asylum or other forms of humanitarian protection at ports of entry along the border.
AILA Doc. No. 17052540

OIG Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Visa Overstays

Written testimony of Inspector General John Roth before a House subcommittee hearing on visa overstays, stating that the results of the OIG audit revealed that DHS’ information technology (IT) systems do not effectively support ICE visa tracking operations.
AILA Doc. No. 17052404

Congressional Black Caucus Submits Letter to DHS Secretary on Extending Haiti TPS

On 5/2/17, the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter urging the DHS Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nations by 18 months.
AILA Doc. No. 17051933

Massachusetts Members of Congress Call on DHS Secretary to Extend TPS for Haiti

On 5/4/17, a group of 11 members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation sent a letter urging DHS Secretary Kelly to extend TPS to Haitian nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 17051932

Senators Feinstein and Durbin’s Statement on Drastic, Unilateral Changes to Private Bills

On 5/8/17, the Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senate Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued a statement in response to ICE’s decision to discontinue a bipartisan policy of issuing stays of removal for private immigration bills.
AILA Doc. No. 17051838

U.S. Senators Urge DOS and DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

On 4/26/17, a bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter urging DOS Secretary Rex Tillerson and DHS Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals, which is set to expire on 7/22/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17051137

DOL Letter to Congress Regarding Enforcement Actions Taken on the H-1B Program

The Department of Labor responds to a letter from Senator Grassley and colleagues regarding H-1B workers and their potential impact on American workers. DOL notes that the OIG is creating a MOU to share data between OFLC and OIG via DHS VIBE and OFLC will provide DOS with access to iCERT.
AILA Doc. No. 17050832

Senators Request DHS and DOL To Take Actions on H-1B Visa Abuse

In response to the 3/19/17 “60 Minutes” episode “You’re Fired,” seven congressmen requested DHS and DOL respond to several questions outlining what actions the agencies are taking to address the issue of H-1B visa abuse after the episode investigated businesses that laid off American workers.
AILA Doc. No. 17050806

Senators Request Information on the Administration of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

On 5/4/17, a bipartisan group of 17 members of Congress, led by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Lankford (R-OK), sent a letter to DOS and DHS, regarding the current administration of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
AILA Doc. No. 17050800

Written Testimony of DHS Secretary to House Committee on Homeland Security

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly provided written testimony for a 2/7/17 House Committee on Homeland Security hearing entitled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security,” discussing the Executive Orders, border security and enforcement, and interagency and international cooperation.
AILA Doc. No. 17050505

Members of Congress Call on DHS to Extend TPS to Haitian Nationals

On 3/24/17, a bipartisan group of 10 members of the Florida congressional delegation, including Senators Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D), sent a letter urging DHS Secretary Kelly to extend TPS to Haitian nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 17042701

House Members Call for Thorough Investigation of Muslim Ban Executive Order Implementation

On 2/8/17, Representative José Serrano (D-NY) and 38 other House members sent DHS Inspector General and CRCL a letter, urging them to investigate the enactment of Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” at ports of entry.
AILA Doc. No. 17032036

House Members Urge the Trump Administration to Stop Targeting Sanctuary Cities

On 3/15/17, Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and 32 other House members sent President Trump a letter requesting he rescind the section of EO Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which directs the federal government to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
AILA Doc. No. 17032000

Written Testimony Before House Subcommittee: Immigration Benefits Vetting

DHS Inspector General John Roth provided written testimony before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, highlighting a number of recent reviews related to USCIS systems for processing immigration benefits and ELIS. USCIS concurred with most recommendations.
AILA Doc. No. 17031707

GAO Testimony On Immigration Benefits System

Written statement from Carol C. Harris, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues before a House Subcommittee on the USCIS Transformation Program cost increases and schedule delays and program management challenges that have contributed to increasing risks to the new system.
AILA Doc. No. 17031631

Senators Urge President Trump to Rescind Travel Ban

On 3/10/17, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with eight other senators, signed a letter calling for President Trump to rescind his Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 17031334

Written Testimony from GAO on the Immigrant Investor Program

Written testimony from the GAO before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, which provides information regarding its work reviewing proposed project investments in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) and the proportion of petitioners who invested in a rural or high unemployment TEA.
AILA Doc. No. 17030930

Senator Durbin Calls for Hearing on the President’s Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

On 2/8/17, Senator Dick Durbin (D-NV) called on Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, to hold a series of hearings on President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive orders that were signed in January 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17030308

Secretary Johnson Letter to the Congress on Safeguarding DACA Applicant Information

DHS Secretary Johnson sent a 12/30/16 letter to Congress regarding the use of personal identifying info of DACA applicants, stating, “DHS has consistently made clear that information… would be safeguarded from other immigration-related purposes…these representations… must continue to be honored.”
AILA Doc. No. 17010600

Senator Graham and Senator Durbin’s Press Release on S. 3542: BRIDGE Act

On 12/9/16, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued a press release introducing S. 3542: Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act.
AILA Doc. No. 16121438

Senator Flake’s Press Release on S. 3546: Securing Active and Fair Enforcement Act

On 12/9/16, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) issued a press release introducing S. 3546: Securing Active and Fair Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act.
AILA Doc. No. 16121346

House Members Urge President Obama to Pardon DREAMers

On 11/17/16, Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) urged President Obama to exercise his constitutional authority to provide pardons to DREAMers.
AILA Doc. No. 16120604

Members of Congress Urge President Obama to Protect Personal Information

On 12/5/16, Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) along with 110 other members of Congress called on President Obama to protect private data and information on DACA recipients.
AILA Doc. No. 17030309

House Members Urge President Obama to Rescind NSEERS

On 12/1/16, House Democrats urged President Obama to rescind the regulatory framework behind the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) located at 8 CFR §264.1(f).
AILA Doc. No. 16120603

House Members Letter to Leadership on H-2B Returning Worker Exemption

On 12/2/16, a bipartisan group of representatives urged the House leadership to reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption in the Continuing Resolution that is being drafted to fund the government. The H-2B returning worker exemption expired on 9/30/16.
AILA Doc. No. 16120602

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Urge DOS and DHS to Grant TPS to Haitians

On 10/12/16, New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand urged the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible Haitian nationals in the wake of Hurricane Matthews and the ongoing cholera epidemic.
AILA Doc. No. 16101406

U.S. Senators Request DOS and DHS to Grant TPS for Haiti

On 10/13/16, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthews, twelve Senators urged Department of State Secretary John Kerry and Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 16101460

House Members Call on President Obama to Stop Haitian Deportations

On 10/5/16, more than 50 representatives urged President Obama to reconsider the resumption of non-criminal deportations to Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. They also asked for undocumented Haitians to be ensured full and fair asylum hearings and effective assistance of counsel.
AILA Doc. No. 16101230

Senators Call on DHS to Ensure Proper Review Process of Private Immigration Detention

On 9/26/16, twelve U.S. senators urged DHS Secretary Johnson to ensure that the review process of DHS’s use of private immigration detention centers be transparent and include input from outside experts. The senators also shared their concerns of the inadequate conditions of detention facilities.
AILA Doc. No. 16100702

Senate Democrats Urge DHS To Release Children and Mothers in Detention

On 9/27/16, a group of senators urged DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to release families that have been detained for prolonged periods at Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania, unless there is compelling evidence that they pose a specific public safety or flight risk.
AILA Doc. No. 16100504

ICE Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Oversight of ICE

Statement of ICE Director Sarah Saldaña for a hearing on oversight of ICE before the House Committee on the Judiciary, including information on ICE use of private detention facilities.
AILA Doc. No. 16100500

Senate Democrats Urge President to End the Deportation Raids

On 6/8/16, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) led 24 Senate Democrats in urging the President to end the deportation raids targeting Central American families and unaccompanied minors; and consider designating Guatemala, and re-designating El Salvador and Honduras for TPS.
AILA Doc. No. 16060960

Written Testimony from ICE Director Sarah Saldana on Criminal Aliens

Written testimony from Sarah Saldana, Director of ICE, for the 4/28/16 hearing “Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security” before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where she discussed ICE enforcement and removal operations.
AILA Doc. No. 16050330

DHS Testimony Before Senate on the Security of U.S. Visa Programs

Testimony of DHS Inspector General John Roth before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on the security of U.S. visa programs, discussing USCIS progress in transforming its paper-based processes, human trafficking, the Visa Security Program, and the EB-5 program.
AILA Doc. No. 16031609

AILA Testimony for Senate Hearing on Impact of Immigration on U.S. Workers

AILA testimony from Executive Director Benjamin Johnson submitted to the Senate subcommittee on immigration and the national interest committee on the judiciary for a 3/16/16 hearing titled, “Impact of High Levels of Immigration on U.S. Workers.”
AILA Doc. No. 16031600

Letter From Senator Grassley to USCIS Director Rodriguez on Entrepreneurs

In a 2/25/16 letter to USCIS, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) expresses his concern that some users of the H-1B visa are being allowed to “shoehorn workers into existing cap-exempt categories” thus undermining the integrity of the H-1B visa.
AILA Doc. No. 16030401

GAO Testimony on Additional Actions Needed to Assess Resource Deployment and Progress on Southwest Border

The GAO issued testimony before the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, discussing DHS efforts to deploy resources on the southwest border and measure the effectiveness, as well as DHS efforts to develop performance goals and measures for achieving situational awareness and border security.
AILA Doc. No. 16030201

Statement by Juan P. Osuna on Unaccompanied Children at Senate Judiciary Hearing

Statement of Juan P. Osuna before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, for a 2/23/16 hearing titled: “The Unaccompanied Alien Children Crisis: Does the Administration Have a Plan to Stop the Border Surge and Adequately Monitor the Children.”
AILA Doc. No. 16022407

New Mexico Senators Urge the President to Suspend Removals of Central American Families

On 2/10/16 Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico asked President Obama to suspend immigration removal actions against children and families from Central America.
AILA Doc. No. 16021705

Letter to Secretary Johnson Opposing Priority Enforcement Program

A 2/11/16 letter from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson express concern over the Priority Enforcement Program.
AILA Doc. No. 16021607

GAO Testimony Before the House on the Immigrant Investor Program

GAO testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary on the immigrant investor program, stating that additional actions are needed to better assess fraud risks and report economic benefits.
AILA Doc. No. 16021116

Senate Democrats Tell the President to End the Immigration Raids

A 1/21/16 Senate letter to President Obama demanding that the administration stop immigration home raids against Central American children and their families; and consider designating Guatemala, and re-designating El Salvador and Honduras for temporary protected status.
AILA Doc. No. 16012205

House Democrats Tell the President to End the Immigration Raids

A 1/12/16 letter from 146 House members to President Obama demanding an end to immigration home raids that have targeted Central American families with children.
AILA Doc. No. 16011313

Senators Leahy, Durbin, Heller, and Flake Express Concern with Visa Waiver Program Legislation

On 12/13/15, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) expressed concerns with the dual nationality provision contained in the House-passed Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 158).
AILA Doc. No. 15122112

Ranking Senator Cardin Expresses Concern Over Inclusion of H.R. 158 in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

On 12/14/15, Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) urged Congressional leaders to consider changes to Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 158) prior to its inclusion in the omnibus appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 15122108

Thirty-Three Lawmakers Urge Congressional Leaders to Consider Improvements To Visa Waiver Bill Provisions

On 12/11/15, 33 representatives, including those who voted for the House-passed visa waiver bill, urged Congressional leaders to make improvements to bill before considering it in the Senate or as part of the omnibus appropriation bill.
AILA Doc. No. 15121700

Senator Leahy’s Statement on His Adopted Amendment to Not Bar Individuals Based on Their Religion

On 12/10/15, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released a statement on his amendment that prohibits the U.S. government from barring any individual from entering the country based on their religion, after it was adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 15121009

Over 80 Representatives Sign Letter Opposing Anti-Refugee Appropriation Riders

On 12/4/15, 96 House Representatives sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) opposing any riders that would block, defund, or limit refugees from seeking to find safety in the U.S. Additionally the members ask the Speaker to increase funding for vetting and placement of refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 15121007

Written Testimony from Leon Rodriguez for Oversight Hearing Before House Judiciary Subcommittee

Written testimony from Leon Rodriguez, Director of USCIS, for a hearing on “Oversight of USCIS before the House Judiciary Committee on Immigration and Border Security” on 12/9/15. He discussed executive actions, the refugee admissions program, improving customer service, FDNS, TPS, EB-5, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 15121006

Written Testimony from Juan Osuna on EOIR Oversight

Written testimony from Juan P. Osuna, Director of EOIR, for the 12/3/15 “Oversight of the Executive Office for Immigration Review” before the House Committee on the Judiciary, where he discussed the current state of the courts, IJ hiring, agency organization, leveraging technology, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 15120403

Upcoming Congressional Hearings on Immigration

Listing of upcoming immigration-related Congressional hearings.
AILA Doc. No. 15031600

Senators Grassley, Corker, and Johnson Oppose Reauthorization of EB-5 Regional Center Program

In a letter to the Senate majority and minority leaders, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) opposed the reauthorization of EB-5 Regional Center program as part of the appropriation bill for FY2016.
AILA Doc. No. 15111261

Written Testimony from USCIS on Syrian Humanitarian Crisis

Written testimony from Leon Rodriguez, Director of USCIS, for the 10/27/15 “Examining the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis from the Ground (Part II) hearing. Mr. Rodriguez discussed refugee resettlement case processing, security checks, and the refugee admissions pipeline.
AILA Doc. No. 15103031

Senator McCaskill Requests that DHS Investigate the Modified Contract to Manage Dilley

On 4/27/15, Senator Claire McCaskilll (D-MO) requested that the DHS OIG review the process DHS used to modify an existing contract with the City of Eloy, Arizona for management of an ICE facility to extend to management of the Dilley detention facility by a private prison company.
AILA Doc. No. 15102160

Written Testimony from USCIS for Senate Hearing on FY2016 Refugee Admissions

Written testimony from USCIS before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s subcommittee on immigration and the national interest for the 10/1/15 hearing on FY2016 refugee admissions.
AILA Doc. No. 15100200

Senator Grassley Expresses Concerns With USCIS L-1B Memo

In a 9/15/15 letter to USCIS, Senator Grassley expresses his concern with the 8/17/15 USCIS memo on L-1Bs, stating “…I have concerns relating to the intent of the memo, substance of the memo, as well as process by which the changes described in the memo are going to be implemented.”
AILA Doc. No. 15091802

Representative Bennie Thompson Expresses Concern on ICE Actions in Family Detention Centers

Letter from Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña expressing concern regarding recent ICE actions restricting access to counsel and providing misinformation to detainees at the family detention centers in Dilley and Karnes, TX.
AILA Doc. No. 15090906

Written Testimony by USCIS Director at Senate Hearing on Enforcement Priorities

Written testimony by USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez for a Senate Committee on Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Priorities: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims.”
AILA Doc. No. 15072301

Written Testimony by DHS Secretary at House Judiciary Hearing

Written testimony of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson for House Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on 7/14/15. Johnson discussed border security, family detention, and executive actions.
AILA Doc. No. 15071503

35 Representatives Call for an End to Detention of LGBT Immigrants

A 6/23/15 letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson from 35 members of the House of Representatives, calling on the administration to end to the detention of LGBT immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 15062663

Statement by DHS Inspector General at House Hearing on Executive Actions

Statement by John Roth, Inspector General for DHS, at a 6/17/15 House hearing titled “A Review of the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration.” Testimony focused on the results of OIG’s audit of DHS’s use of prosecutorial discretion data.
AILA Doc. No. 15062435

33 Senators Call on Administration to End Family Detention Policy

A 6/1/15 letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson from 33 senators stating, “the prolonged detention of asylum-seeking mothers and children who pose no flight risk or danger to the community is unacceptable and goes against our most fundamental values.”
AILA Doc. No. 15060202

Sign-On Letter from Senators Calling for TPS for Nepal

A 5/5/15 letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson from 12 Senators, calling for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal due to the massive earthquake on 4/25/15.
AILA Doc. No. 15050806

Letter from Congress Calling for DHS Accountability on Immigration Enforcement Priorities

A 5/11/15 letter to Secretary Jeh Johnson from 39 members of Congress, requesting that DHS adhere to the November 2014 enforcement priorities, stating that ICE failed to apply, or inconsistently applies, mandated exceptions and, in some cases, even targeted individuals outside the priorities.
AILA Doc. No. 15051208

Representatives Call for End to Family Detention

On 5/13/15, Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez (D- IL), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) issued a statement calling on DHS to end its family detention policy after a new set of actions was announced by ICE.
AILA Doc. No. 15051461

Senator Menendez Responds to ICE Family Detention Announcement

On 5/14/15, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) issued a statement in reaction to ICE’s family detention announcement, stating “The Administration’s efforts simply do not go far enough and are an unacceptable response to adequately address the grave concerns of detaining women and children.”
AILA Doc. No. 15051509

Senator Reid Statement On Administration’s Decision To Review Family Detention Policies

On 5/15/15, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) reacted to the ICE family detention announcement, stating “…the proposed reforms are not enough. Ending family detention is the only answer. Detaining mothers and their children who are fleeing extreme poverty, persecution, abuse and violence is unacceptable...”
AILA Doc. No. 15051530

136 House Members Call For an End to Family Detention

A 5/27/15 letter from 136 members of the House of Representatives to DHS, calling for an end to family detention, stating “We believe the only solution to this problem is to end the use of family detention.”
AILA Doc. No. 15052702

Congressional Letter Requesting Investigation into Claim of Displaced U.S. Workers by H-1B Visa Holders

A 4/9/15 letter from Senator Sessions, Durbin, and others to DOJ, DHS, and DOL, requesting an investigation into the claim that Southern California Edison used the H-1B guest worker program to replace U.S. workers.
AILA Doc. No. 15041605

Senate Judiciary Hearing on Business Immigration Reforms

A 3/17/15 hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers.”
AILA Doc. No. 15031665

House Hearing on DHS Policies and Procedures Towards Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the U.S.

A 2/25/15 hearing in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on, “A Review of the Department of Homeland Security’s Policies and Procedures for the Apprehension, Detention, and Release of Non-Citizens Unlawfully Present in the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 15022467

House Judiciary Hearing on Enforcing Nation’s Immigration Laws

A 2/3/15 hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on, “Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws."
AILA Doc. No. 15020248

Senate Democrats Letter to the President on Executive Action

A 11/17/14 letter from Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) to President Obama supporting his decision to use his well-established executive authority to fix our broken immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 14111744

House Democrats Letter to the President on Executive Action

A 11/13/14 letter from 117 House Democrats to President Obama calling on him to take “bold and meaningful executive action” on immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 14111761

House Democrats Press DHS Against Expansion of Family Detention System

A 10/27/14 letter from 32 House Democrats, led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), to President Obama opposing expansion of the family detention system, citing concerns with the no-bond/high-bond policy, the disparity in credible fear interview rates, and the lack of child care in the facilities.
AILA Doc. No. 14102843

Senate Democrats Press DHS Against Expansion of Family Detention System

A 10/16/14 letter from ten Senate Democrats, led by Senator Leahy (D-VT) to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson opposing the expansion of the family detention system, specifically the Dilley family detention facility planned for Texas.
AILA Doc. No. 14101608

Democratic Letter to President on Administrative Business Fixes

A 9/30/14 letter from House Democrats to President Obama urging him to implement administrative business fixes.
AILA Doc. No. 14100242

House GOP Working Group Recommendations on Humanitarian Crisis

Recommendations of the Republican working group assembled by Speaker Boehner (R-OH) and led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) in response to the humanitarian crisis in Central America.
AILA Doc. No. 14072348

Speaker Boehner Letter to President Obama on TPVRA

A 7/23/14 letter from Speaker Boehner (R-OH) to President Obama arguing that it will be difficult to make “progress on this issue without strong, public support from the White House for much-needed reforms, including changes to the 2008 [TVPRA] law.”
AILA Doc. No. 14072352

Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Root Causes Behind Rise in UACs

A 7/16/14 hearing in the Senate Homeland Security Committee on, “Challenges at the Border: Examining and Addressing the Root Causes Behind the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border.”
AILA Doc. No. 14071543

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on UACs

A 7/17/14 hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on, “Dangerous Passage: Central America in Crisis and the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors,” presided by Senator Menendez (D-NJ).
AILA Doc. No. 14071542

Senate Letter to President on Protections of UACs

A 7/10/14 letter from Senators Hirono (D-HI), Gillibrand (D-NY), Heitkamp (D-ND) and Feinstein (D-CA) called on President Obama to humanely address the surge of unaccompanied children at the southern border and consider the humanitarian and legal rights of the unaccompanied children.
AILA Doc. No. 14071050

Senate Homeland Security Hearing on Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border

A 7/9/14 hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee, “Challenges at the Border: Examining the Causes, Consequences, and Responses to the Rise in Apprehensions at the Southern Border.”
AILA Doc. No. 14070940

Senate Appropriations Hearing on President's Emergency Supplemental Request for UAC Matters

A 7/10/14 hearing in the Senate Appropriations committee, “Review of the President’s Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters.”
AILA Doc. No. 14070741

Representative Issa Letter Asking President to End DACA

A 7/2/14 letter from Representative Issa (R-CA), signed by 32 of his Republican House colleagues, offering suggestions to President Obama on how to curtail the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, including telling him to end deferred action for childhood arrivals.
AILA Doc. No. 14070252

House Homeland Security Hearing on Unaccompanied Alien Minors

A 06/24/14 hearing in the House Homeland Security Hearing, “Dangerous Passage: The Growing Problem of Unaccompanied Children Crossing the Border.”
AILA Doc. No. 14062546

Secretary Johnson Congressional Testimony on Unaccompanied Children

DHS written testimony of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House Committee on Homeland Security on DHS efforts to address the recent rise in number of unaccompanied children and others crossing border in Rio Grande Valley.
AILA Doc. No. 14062444

House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Unaccompanied Alien Minors

A 06/25/14 hearing in the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on, “Children Migrating from Central America: Solving a Humanitarian Crisis.”
AILA Doc. No. 14062543

House Judiciary Hearing on Unaccompanied Alien Minors

A 06/25/14 hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on, "An administration made disaster: the South Texas border surge of unaccompanied alien minors."
AILA Doc. No. 14062542

House Letter to President Obama on Deportations and Detention

6/12/14 letter from 59 members of the House of Representatives urging President Obama to provide relief from deportation and increase use of alternatives to detention.
AILA Doc. No. 14061251

Senate Appropriations Field Hearing on Immigrant Enlistment in the Military

A 05/19/14 Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee field hearing on “Immigrant Enlistment: A Force Multiplier for the U.S. Armed Forces.”
AILA Doc. No. 14051941

House Letter to Secretary Johnson of DHS on TPS for Filipinos

Thirty-five representatives sent a letter to Secretary Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security to continue to support the designation of the Philippines for TPS.
AILA Doc. No. 14032744

Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) Letter to DHS on Detention

A 3/24/14 letter from Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to Department of Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson with recommendation to decrease prolonged immigration detention, including the use of bonds or conditional parole and the definition of custody for mandatory detention.
AILA Doc. No. 14032742

House Judiciary Hearing on The President’s Duty to Execute Laws (Updated 2/26/14)

A 02/26/14 hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on, “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.”
AILA Doc. No. 14022549

House Homeland Security Hearing with Secretary Johnson (Updated 2/26/14)

A 02/26/14 House Homeland Security Hearing on, "The Secretary’s Vision for the Future—Challenges and Priorities."
AILA Doc. No. 14022548

House Judiciary Hearing on Asylum Fraud (Updated 2/11/14)

A 02/11/14 House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Asylum fraud: Abusing America’s Compassion?”.
AILA Doc. No. 14021041

House Republicans “Standards for Immigration Reform”

On January 30, 2014, House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards include enforcement, reforming the legal immigration system, and addressing the undocumented immigrant population.
AILA Doc. No. 14013053

16 Republicans' Letter to the President

A 01/08/14 letter from 16 Republican members of the House of Representatives to President Obama asking him to reconsider his push to pass immigration reform through Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 14010944

16 Democrats’ Letter to CBP on Use of Force Policy

A 11/25/13 letter from 16 Democratic members of the House of Representatives to CBP Acting Commissioner Winkowski requesting a meeting on CBP’s use of force policy and practices.
AILA Doc. No. 14011548