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2006

  • ICE Raids Reveal Flaws in Current US Immigration Policy (12/13/2006)
    This is the public statement released by AILA in response to the December 12 (2006) raids by ICE officials at meat-processing plants in 6 states throughout middle-America. Official remarks are given by AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano. AILA Doc. No. 06121369.
    AILA Doc. No. 06121369.
  • AILA Urges Congress to Act Swiftly to Complete a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Plan (11/9/2006)
    In the aftermath of the 2006 midterm elections, AILA calls attention to the fact that America’s immigration system remains broken and in need of a comprehensive reform plan. There is a “good chance” that the next Congress can accomplish meaningful reform, and we urge this new Congress to seize the opportunity.
    AILA Doc. No. 06110910.
  • AILA Believes Secure Fence Act Will Have Minimal Impact on Reducing Unauthorized Migration (10/26/2006)
    The President of AILA, Carlina Tapia- Ruano, responds to President Bush’s signing of the Secure Fence Act with an explanation of why this “simple political gesture” fails to solve the overall problem; that our immigration system is broken and enforcement-only measures cannot and will not fix it. AILA Doc. No. 06102663.
    AILA Doc. No. 06102663.
  • Hispanic Business Magazine Names AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano One of America’s Most Influential Hispanics (10/4/2006)
    The announcement recognizes AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano for being named among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the country by the Hispanic Business Magazine in its October 2006 edition. A brief biographical profile is also provided. AILA Doc. No. 06100465
    AILA Doc. No. 06100465.
  • AILA Disappointed by Border Fence Bill (10/3/2006)
    AILA gives official statement of disappointment over Border Fence bill passed by the 109th Congress. AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano expresses being let down after what looked to be a promising session for comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 06100363.
  • AILA Acknowledges Tenth Anniversary of IIRIRA (9/29/2006)
    The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act is a vast and controversial law that has done little to reform our immigration system and much to create hardship and suffering for thousands of immigrants and their U.S. families. Enacted September 30, 1996.
    AILA Doc. No. 06092910.
  • AILA Launches New Service to Simplify Search for an Immigration Attorney (9/5/2006)
    AILA has launched its newest online service, Immigration Lawyer Search (ILS), to help the public find an immigration lawyer who fits their needs based on location, language, and/or specialty.
    AILA Doc. No. 06090570.
  • AILA Board Endorses TPS for Lebanese Nationals (8/11/2006)
    By unanimous vote of the AILA Board of Governors, AILA endorses Senate Bill 3765 to extend Temporary Protected Status to nationals of Lebanon under INA section 244(b).
    AILA Doc. No. 06081163.
  • Reaching the H-1B Master's Cap Shows Need for Visa Reform (8/2/2006)
    Having reached the cap for the H-1B exemption for graduates of U.S. advanced degree program more than 2 months before the start of the fiscal year, and having reached the overall H-1B cap more than 4 months before the fiscal year's start, it is clear that visa reform is necessary.
    AILA Doc. No. 06080266.
  • New ‘SKIL Bill’ to Provide a Fix to Programs that Assist U.S. Employers Hire Highly Educated Foreign Talent (6/30/2006)
    The introduction of the SKIL Bill in the House is a positive sign that both the U.S. Congress and Bush Administration are serious about correcting the growing competitiveness crisis for the United States and reform the visa system for highly educated foreign nationals.
    AILA Doc. No. 06063075.
  • Campbell Walker Installed as President-Elect of AILA (6/28/2006)
    Kathleen Campbell Walker of El Paso, TX was installed as the President-Elect of AILA today during sessions of the association’s 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. An expert in various areas of immigration law Campbell Walker has served as a leading AILA spokesperson on these issues.
    AILA Doc. No. 06062878.
  • Good Policy, not Politics, Must Drive Immigration Debate (6/28/2006)
    The Senate has crafted legislation that would provide both security and workability. The House of Representatives, in contrast, has embraced a bill that provides neither security nor workability. Now House Republican leaders are taking their short-sighted plan on the road, to whip up their conservative base and focus attacks on the Senate approach.
    AILA Doc. No. 06062876.
  • Tapia-Ruano Installed as First Hispanic President of AILA (6/23/2006)
    Carlina Tapia-Ruano of Chicago was installed as President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) today during the association’s 50th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. Tapia-Ruano is the first Hispanic to be elected to this position in the 60 year history of AILA.
    AILA Doc. No. 06062310.
  • AILA on Reaching of H-1B Cap (6/1/2006)
    Press release from AILA regarding USCIS announcement that it has met the 65,000 H-1B congressionally mandated cap for the 2007 fiscal year, which means that companies that need workers with critical skills will have to wait more than a year before they can obtain this needed expertise.
    AILA Doc. No. 06060110.
  • AILA Statement on Senate Immigration Legislation and Next Steps (5/31/2006)
    AILA's views and perspective on S. 2611.
    AILA Doc. No. 06053162.
  • Senate Passes Comprehensive Immigration Reform, House Remains Obstacle to Enactment (5/26/2006)
    AILA applauded the action of a bipartisan coalition of Senators who today voted 62 to 36 to pass a compromise version of comprehensive immigration reform. “This historic action by the Senate creates the possibility that our 20th century immigration laws may finally be reformed to meet the needs of a 21st century America”, stated Deborah Notkin, president of the Association.
    AILA Doc. No. 06052660.
  • AILA Urges The Senate To Enact Workable Comprehensive Immigration Reform (5/15/2006)
    AILA is pleased that the Senate leadership appears to have broken its deadlock and is poised to begin debate again on S. 2611, the so-called Hagel-Martinez compromise immigration bill.
    AILA Doc. No. 06051566.
  • AILA Calls On Senate Leadership: Move Forward With Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform(16 KB - 4/14/2006)
    AILA is greatly dismayed at the partisan finger-pointing that has escalated in the week since the Senate failed to reach agreement about the procedure for moving a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill forward. AILA calls on Senators Frist and Reid to come back to the negotiating table. AILA Doc. No. 06041422.
    AILA Doc. No. 06041422.
  • Senate Misses Opportunity To Pass Comprehensive Immigration Bill(20 KB - 4/14/2006)
    AILA is greatly disappointed in the Senate’s failure to reach an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform, leaving in doubt prospects for passing a bill offering the hope of citizenship to millions of men, women and children living in the United States illegally. AILA Doc. No. 06041421.
    AILA Doc. No. 06041421.
  • AILA Press Release on Senate's Tentative Bi-Partisan Compromise on CIR (4/6/2006)
    AILA is pleased to learn that leaders in the Senate are striving to overcome partisan divisions and reach a compromise agreement on immigration reform legislation. We believe this compromise can bridge the divide in how to deal with the undocumented, but there must be agreement that it will be protected from damaging amendments on the Floor. AILA Doc. No. 06040669.
    AILA Doc. No. 06040669.
  • AILA Commends Senate Judiciary Committee For Passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (3/30/2006)
    AILA commends members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for voting on Monday to provide an opportunity for the nation’s 11-12 million undocumented immigrants to earn the privilege of permanent legal status and eventual citizenship after paying hefty fines, working for the coming 6 years, passing criminal background checks, learning English and paying taxes.
    AILA Doc. No. 06033030.
  • AILA Press Release Welcoming the Attorney General's Review of Immigration Judges and BIA Processes (1/11/2006)
    AILA strongly commends Attorney General Gonzales’ announcement that he is launching a comprehensive review of the immigration courts, including the Board of Immigration Review.
    AILA Doc. No. 06011162.