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2007

  • Nursing Mothers and Asylum Seekers — Both Groups Need Alternatives To Detention! (11/14/2007)
    ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers highlighted the importance of ICE agents exercising discretion when making arrests of undocumented immigrants who are nursing mothers after a case was brought to ICE’s attention in which a nursing mother was separated from her 6-month-old baby and two young children, and imprisoned for more than 2 weeks. AILA Doc. No. 07111462.
    AILA Doc. No. 07111462.
  • Senate Shatters Students’ DREAM (10/24/2007)
    Statement released on 10/24/07 to express AILA’s deep disappointment that Congress failed to move forward with debate on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 or DREAM Act (S. 2205). AILA Doc. No. 07102470.
    AILA Doc. No. 07102470.
  • Respect Rights and the Rule of Law, Stop Indiscriminate Raids!(16 KB - 10/5/2007)
    AILA calls on the government to respect the rule of law and individuals' rights in its immigration "enforcement" actions. AILA Doc. No. 07100530.
    AILA Doc. No. 07100530.
  • Isn't Lady Justice Still Blind? (9/10/2007)
    AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker states support for those who engaged in educating immigrants on their legal rights, and criticizes an ICE spokesperson's reported statement "encouraging" organizations that provide this information to stop doing so. AILA Doc. No. 07091061.
    AILA Doc. No. 07091061.
  • AILA Statement on DHS “No-Match” Rule (8/10/2007)
    The American Immigration Lawyers Association says the new DHS “No-Match” rule will leave employers between a rock and a hard place, and can worsen worker shortages in many industries. AILA Doc. No. 07081065.
    AILA Doc. No. 07081065.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Urgently Needed “Enforcement-Only” not a Viable Option (8/3/2007)
    This statement was released on 8/3/07 to express AILA’s deep disappointment that Congress once again failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As this Congress adjourns for August recess, AILA renews its call on leaders of both parties to come back to the table and negotiate a fair and reasonable reform. AILA Doc. No. 07080364.
    AILA Doc. No. 07080364.
  • AILA Statement on Visa Bulletin Announcement: A Reversal for the Rule of Law (7/18/2007)
    AILA applauds the government for its decision to reverse its July 2 decision, and applauds all those whose efforts helped bring this change about. AILA Doc. No. 07071868.
    AILA Doc. No. 07071868.
  • Administration Slams Door on Thousands of Legal Immigrants: AILA Condemns Agencies’ Bait and Switch (7/2/2007)
    The American Immigration Lawyers Association strongly condemns the bait and switch perpetrated by the federal government on thousands of intending immigrants who have waited in line for years and were following the rules for obtaining a “green card.” AILA Doc. No. 07070264.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070264.
  • AILA Statement on Senate Cloture Vote (6/28/2007)
    AILA's statement on the Senate's failure at immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 07062865.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062865.
  • Labor Certification’s Critical Role in Protecting U.S. Workers (6/22/2007)
    This statement released June 22, 2007 stresses the importance that AILA holds in its commitment to educating its members and to ensuring respect for, and compliance with, the law and regulations. AILA Doc. No. 07062270.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062270.
  • AILA Statement on Revival of Senate Bill (6/20/2007)
    As of June 20, 2007, it is AILA’s position that, “the Senate immigration reform bill is unworkable in its current form.” This statement outlines AILA’s continuing top concerns with the current bill, and reiterates AILA’s position on the necessary architecture for meaningful immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 07062067.
    AILA Doc. No. 07062067.
  • Kathleen Campbell Walker Installed as New President of AILA (6/15/2007)
    News release issued June 14, 2007 to announce the installation of Kathleen Campbell Walker as the new National President of AILA. AILA Doc. No. 07061565.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061565.
  • Charles Kuck Installed as President-Elect of AILA (6/15/2007)
    News release issued June 14, 2007 to announce the installation of Charles Kuck as President- Elect of AILA AILA Doc. No. 07061564.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061564.
  • Bernard P. Wolfsdorf Named First Vice President of AILA (6/15/2007)
    News Release issued June 14, 2007 to announce the installation of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf as First Vice President of AILA. AILA Doc. No. 07061563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061563.
  • David Leopold Installed as Second Vice President of AILA (6/15/2007)
    News Release issued June 14, 2007 to announce the installation of David Leopold as Second Vice President of AILA. AILA Doc. No. 07061562.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061562.
  • Eleanor Pelta Named Treasurer of AILA (6/15/2007)
    News release issued June 14, 2007 to announce Eleanor Pelta as the new National Treasurer of AILA. AILA Doc. No. 07061561.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061561.
  • AILA Names Laura Lichter as New National Secretary (6/15/2007)
    News Release issued June 14, 2007 to announce the election of AILA's new National Secretary, Laura Lichter. AILA Doc. No. 07061560.
    AILA Doc. No. 07061560.
  • AILA Calls on Congress to "Get It Right" on Comprehensive Immigration Reform(22 KB - 6/8/2007)
    Although the Senate has temporarily suspended debate on immigration reform following a failed cloture vote, AILA strongly urges Congress to get it right and to pass a workable and comprehensive bill before the end of the year. AILA Doc. No. 07060840.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060840.
  • AILA Urges Support of Comprehensive Reform, but Not At Expense of Fundamental Principles (5/17/2007)
    The Senate's "grand bargain" is no such thing. AILA Doc. No. 07051769.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051769.
  • H-1B Quota Exceeded On First Day of Filing, AILA Issues Response (4/3/2007)
    Applications for H-1B visas officially exceeded the 65,000 cap on the first day applications could be filed. April 2 was marked by a rush to fill the inadequate quota, a glaring indication of the disconnect between current immigration policy and the needs of our economy. AILA Doc. No. 07040372.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040372.
  • AILA: Current Cap on H-1B Visas Greatly Underestimates the Need for High-Skilled Workers in the US (3/30/2007)
    The allocation of H-1B visas is expected to be exhausted on the first day applications may be filed due to the current cap. Carlina Tapia-Ruano, President of AILA: “The shortage of H-1Bs is hitting a critical point and that isn’t good news for U.S. employers.” AILA urges that comprehensive immigration reform is the only way to fix this crisis now. AILA Doc. No. 07033060.
    AILA Doc. No. 07033060.
  • AILA Objects to the Enforcement Methods and Tactics Used in Recent Workplace Raids (3/27/2007)
    AILA supports smart and effective enforcement of just laws, but recent raids have been conducted without respect for due process rights. Carlina Tapia-Ruano, President of AILA: “The recent workplace raids are a prime example of a broken immigration system... The raids underscore the urgency of the need for comprehensive immigration reform NOW.” AILA Doc. No. 07032761.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032761.
  • AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Unveiling of the STRIVE Act (3/22/2007)
    AILA enthusiastically welcomes the 3/22/07 introduction of the STRIVE Act, a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano stated about the bill, “It is both tough and fair and strikes the right balance between protecting our security, strengthening our economy, and treating people fairly and humanely.” AILA Doc. No. 07032268.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032268.
  • AILA Lauds the Introduction of the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (3/8/2007)
    AILA supports the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 because it begins the process of knocking down barriers that keep legal immigrants from becoming citizens. President Carlina Tapia-Ruano states, “We appreciate this recognition of the urgency to put up the government’s fair share by appropriating funds for (USCIS) to properly do its job.” AILA Doc. No. 07030860.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030860.
  • AILA Opposes Proposal by USCIS to Increase Immigration Filing Fees (1/31/2007)
    AILA opposes the newest bid by USCIS to raise filing fees to pay for immigration services, agency overhead and law enforcement activities. It’s time for the Administration and Congress to step up and fund the government’s fair share of the process. Funding an entire agency on the backs of immigrants and their US citizen spouses is beyond the pale.
    AILA Doc. No. 07013179.
  • AILA is Encouraged by President Bush’s Pledge to Push for Immigration Overhaul (1/24/2007)
    AILA President Carlina Tapia-Ruano issues an official statement to express the organization’s sense of encouragement by President Bush’s request for comprehensive immigration reform, made through his State of the Union address. AILA Doc. No. 07012460.
    AILA Doc. No. 07012460.
  • AILA Welcomes Bi-Cameral Introduction of AgJOBS: A Significant Opening Salvo in the Immigration Reform Campaign (1/10/2007)
    AILA commends the bi-partisan congressional coalition that on the same day introduced an Agricultural Jobs, Opportunity, Benefits, and Security (AgJOBS) Act of 2007 in both the House and Senate. AILA Executive Director Jeanne Butterfield expresses that this is an important first step toward fixing our broken immigration system. AILA Doc. No. 07011069.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011069.
  • AILA Heartened by Congressional Commitment to Immigration Reform (1/5/2007)
    AILA appreciates the urgency with which the Senate is moving on immigration reform, namely by placing immigration on its list of high priority legislation. In this press release, AILA applauds the early bipartisan effort made the Senate and urges the new Congress to follow through with real comprehensive immigration reform in this first session. AILA Doc. No. 07010560.
    AILA Doc. No. 07010560.