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  • Critical Response to Study Downplaying Farm Labor Shortage (11/6/2007)
    Agricultural economist Dr. James Holt responds to the “superficial and complacent conclusions” of a study conducted by Dr. Phillip Martin which conclude that farm labor shortages are not a reality. Dr. Martin’s study has been circulated widely by restrictionists groups as an excuse for continued Congressional inaction on immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 07110632.
    AILA Doc. No. 07110632.
  • Letter to Speaker Pelosi on the Need for Immediate H-1B & EB Visa Reform(71 KB - 9/28/2007)
    Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), signed by AILA and other members of the Compete America coalition, on the need for H-1B and EB visa reform to be enacted this legislative session. AILA Doc. No. 07092833.
    AILA Doc. No. 07092833.
  • Letter from 13 U.S. Governors Urging Congressional Action to Increase Availability of H1-B and Permanent Resident Visas(229 KB - 9/12/2007)
    Text of a letter from thirteen U.S. governors to leaders of the House and Senate urging Congressional action this year to increase the availability of H1-B visas, and permanent resident visas in order to meet their states’ immediate need to recruit and retain a skilled workforce in key sectors. AILA Doc. No. 07091262.
    AILA Doc. No. 07091262.
  • AILA Chapter Raid Preparation Plan (9/11/2007)
    Program for chapters to put in place to plan for responding to mass workplace enforcement actions by ICE and other law enforcement agencies before they happen. AILA Doc. No. 07091164.
    AILA Doc. No. 07091164.
  • Study Finds Need for More Nurses (9/7/2007)
    A study by the National Foundation for American Policy, authored by Stuart Anderson, points to the critical consequences of the U.S. nursing shortage and recommends increases in nursing school infrastructure and immigration quotas to address the problem. AILA Doc. No. 07090770.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090770.
  • Raids Response Action Plan(113 KB - 9/5/2007)
    Plan for chapters and communities to respond to mass workplace enforcement actions by ICE and other law enforcement agencies. AILA Doc. No. 07090563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090563.
  • Resources for Responding to Large-Scale ICE Raids (9/5/2007)
    Listing of resources to assist in responding to workplace enforcement raids in your community. AILA Doc. No. 07090562.
    AILA Doc. No. 07090562.
  • DREAM Act/Student Adjustment for Deserving Children (Updated 7/9/07)(69 KB - 7/9/2007)
    AILA Position Paper on the DREAM Act/American Dream Act. This legislation addresses the situation faced by young people who were brought to the U.S. years ago as undocumented immigrant children but who have grown up here, stayed in school, and kept out of trouble. AILA Doc. No. 03031754.
    AILA Doc. No. 03031754.
  • Sample Op-Ed for Immigration Raids (7/5/2007)
    This sample op-ed is ready to be submitted as is or it can be adapted to a particular regional experience. Use this article to make the case that immigration raids only point to the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform – raids have not and will not solve the immigration crisis in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 07070574.
    AILA Doc. No. 07070574.
  • A ‘Point System’ is Not the Right Way to Resolve the U.S. Immigration Problem - June 2007 (6/5/2007)
    Use this feature to disseminate the message to local media that the points-based system being considered in Congress is not a solution to the problems plaguing our immigration system. This article breaks down the merit system in common terms and points out some of the inherent problems with this proposed revolutionary overhaul. AILA Doc. No. 07060562.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060562.
  • AILA’s Talking Points on the Myth of “Chain Migration”(118 KB - 6/5/2007)
    These talking points dispel widespread myths about “chain migration” and outline the benefits of family-based immigration. Prepared by AILA National. AILA Doc. No. 07060564.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060564.
  • Sample Op-Ed: “Successful Immigrants” (6/5/2007)
    Use this article as an op-ed or editorial to reach out to your local media with a message about a different side of immigration – a side that needs to be considered when debating comprehensive immigration reform – that is, immigrants who come to America for success. AILA Doc. No. 07060567.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060567.
  • Letter in Support of the Obama-Menendez Amendment to Sunset the Point System(10 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Sign-on letter to members of the Senate urging support for the Obama-Menendez amendment (SA 1202) to the Senate CIR bill (S. 1348). This amendment would sunset the merit-based point system after five years. AILA Doc. No. 07060574.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060574.
  • Letter Opposing the Inhofe “English-Only” Amendment(14 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Sign-on letter to members of the Senate urging opposition to the Inhofe “English-only” amendment to the Senate CIR bill (S. 1348). AILA Doc. No. 07060573.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060573.
  • Letter in Support of Menendez-Hagel Amendment on Family Petition Cut-Off Date(65 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Sign-on letter to members of the Senate urging support for the Menendez-Hagel amendment (SA 1194) to the Senate CIR bill (S. 1348). This amendment would move the cut-off date for family-based immigrant petitions from May 1, 2005, to January 1, 2007. AILA Doc. No. 07060572.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060572.
  • Letter in Support of Dodd Amendment on Parent Visas(22 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Sign-on letter to members of the Senate urging support for the Dodd Amendment (SA 1199) to the Senate CIR bill (S. 1348). This amendment would increase the number of immigrant visas for parents of U.S. citizens and increase the length of time parents can remain in the U.S. on temporary visas. AILA Doc. No. 07060571.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060571.
  • Letter in Support of Clinton-Hagel-Menendez Amendment(14 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Sign-on letter to members of the Senate urging support for the Clinton-Hagel-Menendez Amendment to the Senate CIR bill (S. 1348). This amendment would modify the “immediate relative” category for family-visa petitions to include minor children and spouses of legal permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 07060570.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060570.
  • Interfaith Letter in Support of Obama Amendment to Sunset Point System(12 KB - 6/5/2007)
    Letter from faith-based organizations to members of the Senate urging support for Senator Obama’s amendment #1202 to the Senate CIR bill. This amendment would “sunset” the points-based immigration system proposed in S. 1348 and allow the U.S. to revert to the current system of family- and employer-sponsored immigration after five years. AILA Doc. No. 07060563.
    AILA Doc. No. 07060563.
  • Sign-on Letter in Support of Family Reunification Amendment(12 KB - 5/24/2007)
    Sign-on letter from NGOs to members of the Senate in support of the Clinton-Hagel-Menendez Amendment. This amendment would to make changes to the “immediate relative” category for family-visa petitions to include minor children and spouses of legal permanent residents. AILA Doc. No. 07052413.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052413.
  • New York Times Editorial on Senate Immigration Bill (5/20/2007)
    Link to New York Times editorial noting that "The Senate last week seized a once-in-a-generation opportunity to overhaul a broken system and emerged with a deeply flawed compromise." AILA Doc. No. 07052061.
    AILA Doc. No. 07052061.
  • Compete America Letter to Congress Regarding H-1B and EB Visas(73 KB - 5/10/2007)
    Sign-on letter from Compete America, a coalition of corporations, educators, research institutions and trade associations (including AILA), urging Congress to put an end to our nation’s growing crisis in highly-skilled immigration by fixing our broken H-1B visa and employment-based (EB) green card systems this year. AILA Doc. No. 07051064.
    AILA Doc. No. 07051064.
  • Essential Worker Immigration Coalition Runs Ad on CIR(2801 KB - 4/26/2007)
    The Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, of which AILA is a member, ran this ad calling for a comprehensive solution to America’s immigration problems in Congressional Quarterly and the Hill. AILA Doc. No. 07042664.
    AILA Doc. No. 07042664.
  • H-1B and EB Advocacy for Your Clients – 3 Strategic Steps! (Updated 4/18/07) (4/18/2007)
    Help your clients advocate for relief from the H-1B cap and employment-based green card backlogs! AILA presents three simple ways for you to help your clients advocate for the legislative fix they need. AILA Doc. No. 06091160.
    AILA Doc. No. 06091160.
  • H-1B & EB Green Card Advocacy for Your Clients: Discreetly Show Support with a Personalized Letter (Updated 10/30/07) (4/17/2007)
    The H-1B blackout and employment-based (EB) green card backlogs are bad for business and must be rectified. Help your clients advocate for the legislative fix they need. Encourage your clients to urge Congress for H-1B and EB relief with a personalized letter.
    AILA Doc. No. 06091168.
  • AILA Advocacy as Professional Networking(5783 KB - 4/5/2007)
    AILA attorneys are uniquely positioned to advocate for immigration reform. This presentation instructs viewers to engage other business professionals in immigration advocacy work so that they can advocate for reform and network at the same time. AILA Doc. No. 07040518
    AILA Doc. No. 07040518.
  • Due Process: A Matter of Life and Liberty - April 2007 (4/4/2007)
    This is the third in a series of feature articles that make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. Donna Lipinski, AILA Associate Director of Advocacy, Family and Due Process, answers “What does ‘due process’ mean?” and explains why due process is an essential element that must be part of any meaningful comprehensive reform legislation. AILA Doc. No. 07040470.
    AILA Doc. No. 07040470.
  • AILA and Allies Run Ad Urging Action on CIR(700 KB - 3/29/2007)
    On 3/29/07, AILA, the National Council of La Raza, the National Immigration Forum, and UNITE HERE ran an ad in Roll Call thanking Congressmen Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for their leadership and urging enactment of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. AILA Doc. No. 07032962.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032962.
  • CCIR Principles for Comprehensive Immigration Reform(74 KB - 3/26/2007)
    Seven principles for comprehensive immigration reform, developed by the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR). AILA Doc. No. 07032668.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032668.
  • Sample Thank You Note to Members of Congress and Staff(9 KB - 3/20/2007)
    Follow up is an important part of advocacy! Use this sample thank you note to guide your follow up with the Members of Congress and staff with whom you met at Lobby Day! Try and fax your letter within a week of your meeting. AILA Doc. No. 07032010.
    AILA Doc. No. 07032010.
  • The Time Is Now - February 2007 (3/13/2007)
    This is the first in a series of feature articles that make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. Marshall Fitz, AILA Director of Advocacy, sets the stage with “The Time is Now” by explaining why he believes comprehensive reform will happen in 2007. Other articles will detail key components that are necessary for meaningful reform to work. AILA Doc. No. 07031360.
    AILA Doc. No. 07031360.
  • U.S. Needs Visa Program for ‘Essential Workers’ - March 2007 (3/13/2007)
    This is the second in a series of feature articles that make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. Bob Sakaniwa, AILA Associate Director of Advocacy, makes the case for a fair and workable program that establishes legal channels for immigrants to fill our nation’s essential worker needs. AILA Doc. No. 07031362.
    AILA Doc. No. 07031362.
  • Sample Lobby Day Press Releases (3/2/2007)
    Use these sample press releases to assist your local media outreach plan. They are designed to be user-friendly, and drafted so that you can fill-in-the-blank and adapt them to fit your specific Lobby Day/ National Day of Action experience. AILA Doc. No. 07030269.
    AILA Doc. No. 07030269.
  • AILA Resource Guide: Making the Case for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (2/27/2007)
    AILA has developed a Resource Guide to foster a greater understanding of the interlocking architectural components necessary to support a realistic and comprehensive overhaul of our immigration system. Here we present an electronic version of the Guide, as well as additional contacts and resources on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. AILA Doc. No. 07022172
    AILA Doc. No. 07022172.
  • How to Meet with Members of Congress (Updated 2/6/07)(109 KB - 2/6/2007)
    These tips will walk you through the process of setting up a meeting with your legislator, preparing for the meeting, discussing your concerns and asking for your legislator’s support, and following up afterward. AILA Doc. No. 06031018.
    AILA Doc. No. 06031018.
  • State Legislature Links (2/2/2007)
    This directory of state legislatures will help you find the contact information you need to educate your state senators and representatives about fair and meaningful immigration initiatives. AILA Doc. No. 07020261.
    AILA Doc. No. 07020261.
  • Update on NSEERS Advocacy (1/12/2007)
    Summary of recent advocacy efforts by community-based organizations to end Special Registration. Courtesy of the National Immigration Forum. AILA Doc. No. 07011260.
    AILA Doc. No. 07011260.