Immigration Resources for the 112th Congress

Immigration 112th

Legislative proposals AILA anticipates will be made in the 112th Congress. Many of these proposals may sound appealing—as easy fixes or ways to get tough on illegal immigration—but they would do little to address America’s immigration needs.


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  • Legal Scholars Letter on President Authority to Exercise Discretion(555 KB - 11/26/2014)
    A letter from 136 law professors on the legal basis for granting certain noncitizens in the United States “deferred action” status as a temporary reprieve from deportation.
    AILA Doc. No. 14112600.
  • AILA’s Take on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action(737 KB - 11/24/2014)
    AILA’s summary and analysis of President Obama’s “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” plan announced 11/20/14.
    AILA Doc. No. 14112448.
  • Family Detention- Asylum Grant Examples(800 KB - 11/6/2014)
    Compilation of case examples of mothers and children at the Artesia family detention center who have been granted asylum.
    AILA Doc. No. 14102446.
  • Domestic Violence Advocates Call for End of Family Detention(987 KB - 10/16/2014)
    A statement from advocates of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault calling for an end to the use of detention centers for immigrant women and children fleeing violence.
    AILA Doc. No. 14101609.
  • AILA's Take on Asylum for Detained Families(899 KB - 9/22/2014)
    AILA’s take on the Obama administration’s decision to deny asylum to Central American families fleeing violence.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092257.
  • Family Detention Case Examples(813 KB - 9/22/2014)
    A compilation of case examples of mothers and children detained at the Artesia family detention center.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092256.
  • AILA's Take on Family Detention(794 KB - 9/22/2014)
    AILA calls on the Obama administration to stop the mass detention and rapid deportation of Central American mothers and children in this backgrounder document.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092255.
  • AILA's Take on Bond for Detained Families(798 KB - 9/22/2014)
    AILA backgrounder on the Obama Administration’s decision to denying bond to all Central American families being detained.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092254.
  • House Briefing on Family Detention(690 KB - 9/18/2014)
    A 9/22/14 AILA-sponsored briefing in the House on family detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091847.
  • September Update: AILA Response to Central American Humanitarian Crisis(580 KB - 9/4/2014)
    September 2014 AILA member update on coordinated efforts to effect change on the UAC humanitarian crisis through liaison, legislative, and policy channels, as well as coordinating a pro bono response. This update is includes what we know, what actions are being pursued, and how to get involved.
    AILA Doc. No. 14090407.
  • Written Testimony of Leon Rodriguez on Oversight of USCIS(6914 KB - 7/30/2014)
    Written testimony of Leon Rodriguez from a 7/29/14 hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on oversight of USCIS, covering a wide range of topics including the timely adjudication of I-130 immediate relative petitions, L-1A site visits, DACA, EB-5, transformation, and unaccompanied minors.
    AILA Doc. No. 14073048.
  • National Sign-On Letter to House on Supplemental Funding(540 KB - 7/29/2014)
    On 7/29/14 AILA joined 190 other organizations in a sign-on letter to the House urging the passage of a clean supplemental funding bill and opposing changes to the TVPRA that would water down protections for children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072951.
  • NAIJ Letter to Senate Leadership on Juveniles in Immigration Courts(737 KB - 7/25/2014)
    A 7/22/14 letter from the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the unique concerns and protections that should be afforded juveniles in immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072544.
  • NAIJ Letter to House Leadership on Juveniles in Immigration Courts(724 KB - 7/25/2014)
    A 7/22/14 letter from the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on juveniles in immigration courts, stating that children and juveniles are a vulnerable population with special needs under the judicial system.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072543.
  • Special Member Update: Response to Central American Humanitarian Crisis (Updated 7/25/14)(606 KB - 7/25/2014)
    AILA National has been coordinating efforts to effect change on the UAC humanitarian crisis through liaison, legislative, and policy channels, as well as coordinating a pro bono response. This update is on what we know, what actions we are continuing to pursue, and how you can get involved.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072451.
  • AILA Talking Points on H.R. 5137 (Goodlatte UAC Bill)(680 KB - 7/23/2014)
    AILA talking points on H.R. 5137, the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act,” by Reps. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chaffetz (R-UT). The bill dismantles nearly every humanitarian protection available for vulnerable children and will send thousands back to dangerous conditions from which they fled.
    AILA Doc. No. 14072346.
  • Section-by-Section of Goodlatte H.R. 5137 (Goodlatte UAC Bill)(703 KB - 7/21/2014)
    An AILA section-by-section of H.R. 5137, the “Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act,” introduced by Reps. Goodlatte (R-VA) and Chaffetz (R-UT). The bill seeks to “to stop the surge of children, teenagers, and families from Central America seeking to enter the United States illegally.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14072149.
  • AILA MN/Dakotas Letter to Sens. Franken and Klobuchar on UACs(610 KB - 7/17/2014)
    A 7/16/14 sign-on letter from AILA Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter and 36 other Minnesota-based organizations to Minnesotan Senators Klobuchar and Franken urging them to oppose any plans to expedite the deportation of Central American children, or lessen protections included in the TVPRA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071745.
  • Take Action (7/16/14) (7/16/2014)
    Make your voice heard for immigration reform! With AILA’s easy to use tool you can send emails to your elected officials in seconds on the issues that matter most to you. This page will be update frequently with action items, so check back often. This tool is for all to use so please share widely.
    AILA Doc. No. 13070945.
  • Talking Points on Proposals to Roll Back TVPRA Protections for UACs (Updated 7/16/14)(809 KB - 7/16/2014)
    Talking Points on why Congress should not roll back protections for unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries guaranteed under the TVPRA. Authored by the Women’s Refugee Commission, First Focus Campaign for Children, The Voices and Faces Protect and AILA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071145.
  • AILA NY Letter to Sen. Schumer on UACs(514 KB - 7/15/2014)
    A 7/15/14 letter from the AILA New York Chapter and the New York Immigration Coalition to Senator Schumer (D-NY) urging him to oppose any plans to expedite the deportation of Central American children to the dangers they escaped in their countries, or lessen protections included in the TVPRA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071549.
  • Resources and Links on Central American Humanitarian Crisis(664 KB - 7/15/2014)
    A resource guide with statistics and information about the humanitarian crisis in the Northern Triangle (Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala) of Central America. Includes links to additional resources with information on the multiple push factors driving children to flee their home countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071546.
  • Law Professors Letter of Fairness for Central American Children(835 KB - 7/15/2014)
    A 7/14/14 letter to President Obama signed by 112 professors and researchers with experience teaching and practicing in the areas of immigration, human rights, and international law urging him to maintain the obligations to treat children differently under immigration laws and uphold the TVPRA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071541.
  • AILA Recommendations on Legal Standards and Protections for Unaccompanied Children(853 KB - 7/8/2014)
    An AILA background document on the current regional humanitarian crisis affecting the southwestern border of the United States, with AILA recommendations on legal standards and protections for unaccompanied children.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070847.
  • Sen. Hirono (D-HI) Addresses AILA Members (6/21/2014)
    A 6/21/14 video from Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono thanking AILA for its work to help pass S.744 in the Senate and continuing the push for immigration reform, and asking AILA members to speak out in support of the unaccompanied children crossing the southern border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062120.
  • National Call-in Day to #Endthequota (Updated 6/13/14) (6/13/2014)
    On 3/11/14 AILA joins other national organizations for a call-in day to end the detention bed quota. AILA asks members to call members of Congress and ask them to eliminate the detention bed quota, which ensures funding to keep 34,000 immigrants locked up in detention facilities on any given day.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031043.
  • AILA’s Take on No Process Removals(905 KB - 6/3/2014)
    An AILA backgrounder on no-process removals, i.e. expedited removal and reinstatement of removal.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060349.
  • Civil Immigration Detainers Backgrounder(897 KB - 5/14/2014)
    An AILA background guide on civil immigration detainers.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051443.
  • AILA Analysis of Deportation Figures(808 KB - 4/16/2014)
    AILA analysis of deportation numbers from FY2002 to FY2012 showing the increase in removals at a time of decrease in apprehensions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041640.
  • Reforming Immigration for the 21st Century-2014 NDA(1373 KB - 4/3/2014)
    A four page document for AILA’s 2014 National Day of Action outlining AILA’s priorities and principles for reforming immigration for the 21st Century.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040345.
  • AILA's Recommendations on 2015 Appropriations(550 KB - 4/3/2014)
    AILA’s recommendation on appropriations for fiscal year 2015, with focus on the detention bed quota, the number of detention beds, alternatives to detention and immigration courts.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040342.
  • AILA's Recommendations to DHS on Enforcement (Updated 4/3/14)(555 KB - 4/3/2014)
    These are AILA's recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security to consider immediately to protect families and ensure enforcement practices comport with the American values of due process, equal rights, and human dignity.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032541.
  • AILA's Take on Detention(786 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA’s take on detention, with a specific focus on ending the detention bed quota, affording due process to those who are detained, and encouraging the greater use of alternatives to detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040252.
  • AILA’s Take on the Detention Bed Quota (Updated 4/2/14)(784 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA’s take on the detention bed quota, an arbitrary number of detention beds set by Congress each year during the appropriations process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012744.
  • The Myth of Immigration 'Non-Enforcement'(689 KB - 4/2/2014)
    AILA background document detailing how the country has seen a dramatic increase in enforcement under President Obama’s administration. Includes graphs on DHS removals, numbers of individuals in detention, number of ‘no-process’ removals, and federal criminal prosecutions for immigration violations.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040250.
  • AILA NDA 2014 Resource Guide(4459 KB - 3/27/2014)
    2014 AILA resource guide on immigration for lawmakers, AILA members, the media and other advocates to use during the immigration reform debate.
    AILA Doc. No. 14032743.
  • AILA's Take on Local Detainer Ordinances(797 KB - 3/4/2014)
    AILA’s take on local detainer ordinances and the legal and due process concerns with local law enforcement agencies honoring ICE detainer requests.
    AILA Doc. No. 14030444.
  • Senate Letter to State Department on TPS for Filipinos(742 KB - 2/14/2014)
    Nineteen senators sent a letter to Secretary Kerry of the Department of State urging he positively recommend the Philippines for a TPS designation.
    AILA Doc. No. 14021454.
  • State Immigration Enforcement: Bad for Business(740 KB - 1/28/2014)
    AILA infographic demonstrating the negative impact on businesses of state enforcement-only laws likes those in Arizona and Alabama.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012850.
  • State Immigration Enforcement: Broken Strategies(724 KB - 1/28/2014)
    AILA infographic demonstrating the problems with state and local enforcement of immigration laws, such as racial profiling and its impact on communities.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012849.
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