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  • Article: Immigration Courts Remain Partly Open but Political Asylum Cases Delayed (10/2/2013)
    The Washington Post quotes AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen in an article on what the government shutdown means for immigration services and the potential repercussions, particularly for asylum seekers.
    AILA Doc. No. 13100200.
  • Sorting Out Legal Rights in Same-Sex Marriages (8/16/2013)
    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that according to immigration experts, citizens can now sponsor a foreign-born same-sex spouse for permanent residence as long as they wed legally in a state or country that allows it and have a bona fide marriage.
    AILA Doc. No. 13081647.
  • Online Game League of Legends Star Gets U.S. Visa as Pro Athlete (8/16/2013)
    Online game League of Legends star Danny 'Shiphtur' Le of Canada is the first to be granted a U.S. visa as a pro athlete, a sign of eSports' growing popularity.
    AILA Doc. No. 13081646.
  • Article: Overcoming Immigration and Same-Sex Issues in Sight for Some Couples (7/25/2013)
    In an article highlighting the recent DOMA ruling, the Las Vegas Sun quoted AILA Nevada Chapter Chair Peter Ashman as saying, “This doesn’t make it any easier to immigrate, but it puts same-sex couples and heterosexual couples on the same footing.”
    AILA Doc. No. 13072543.
  • Article: Rep. Bob Goodlatte Floats Pathway to Legalization (7/24/2013)
    Politico highlights a plan considered by House Judiciary Chair Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) that would allow some undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, however AILA past president David Leopold notes the plan would “not accommodate people with no family ties or employment ties.”
    AILA Doc. No. 13072442.
  • Article: Experts Say Bachmann's Off Base on Immigration Claims (7/19/2013)
    The St. Cloud Times quoted AILA President Doug Stump in an article clarifying immigration law and voting rights, noting that misinformation is “one of the reasons we’re having difficulty in achieving immigration reform.”
    AILA Doc. No. 13071940.
  • Article: Attorney Says Immigration Reform Would Bring Needed Degreed, Unskilled Workers (7/12/2013)
    AILA President Doug Stump answered some questions from The Oklahoman focused on Congressional immigration reform prospects and discussed his goals and duties as AILA President.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071242.
  • Article: A Year Later, Only Half of Those Eligible for Deferred Deportation Have Applied (6/21/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter is quoted by Cronkite News highlighting some of the difficulties facing those who might be eligible to apply for Deferred Action saying, ““People do understand what an incredible opportunity DACA is, but it’s just not that easy.”
    AILA Doc. No. 13062160.
  • Article: Deals for Industries, Immigrants Tucked in Senate Bill (6/17/2013)
    Bob Sakaniwa, AILA Associate Director of Advocacy, is quoted in this USA Today article discussing the wide variety of provisions in the Senate immigration bill, noting “This bill is the best chance for a lot of people to have a lot of their specific issues addressed.”
    AILA Doc. No. 13061741.
  • Op-Ed: Sessions Amendment Would Harm Military Families (5/20/2013)
    The Hill published an op-ed piece by AILA member Margaret Stock on the potential impact on military families of an amendment to S. 744 filed by Senator Sessions which would mandate the imprisonment for 60 to 90 days of people who overstay their permission to be in the U.S. AILA Doc. No. 13052056.
    AILA Doc. No. 13052056.
  • Article: A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms (5/17/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter is quoted in The Atlantic on the difficulties that some Deferred Action applicants have faced proving they were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012 and some creative and innovative ways that lawyers and clients have found to show presence. AILA Doc. No. 13051740.
    AILA Doc. No. 13051740.
  • Article: U.S. Reforms Could Slash African Immigration Levels (5/7/2013)
    In an interview with Interpress, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams noted that the proposed elimination of the diversity visa in the Senate bill “isn’t one of our favourite elements of the new proposal, as we think there’s real value in the diversity visa system.” AILA Doc. No. 13050756.
    AILA Doc. No. 13050756.
  • Article: Deferred Action: A Bird In Hand For Young Immigrants (4/25/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter was interviewed by NPR about the Deferred Action initiative and why young immigrants should consider applying now while the debate on comprehensive immigration reform is ongoing. AILA Doc. No. 13042560.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042560.
  • Article: Amid Renewed Terrorism Concern, Immigration Bill Would Expand Asylum Opportunities (4/22/2013)
    In a piece examining immigration and the Boston bombing suspects, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams noted, “From the information we have now, both of these individuals entered as children. Whatever points of view they developed, they developed in the United States.” AILA Doc. No. 13042244.
    AILA Doc. No. 13042244.
  • Article: Gang Of 8 Bill Gives Immigration Advocates Lots To Like (4/18/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter was quoted by the Huffington Post, saying that while the newly released Senate immigration reform bill isn't perfect, “it's probably better than good.” AILA Doc. No. 13041845.
    AILA Doc. No. 13041845.
  • Opinion: Balance Higher Fences with Wider Gates for the Best Minds and the Hardest Workers (4/17/2013)
    Eleanor Pelta, AILA’s Immediate Past President, argued for smarter border enforcement to be a part of immigration reform in an opinion piece published by USAToday. AILA Doc. No. 13041762.
    AILA Doc. No. 13041762.
  • Article: The Immigration Line: Who’s On It And For How Long? (4/11/2013)
    Annaluisa Padilla, AILA Secretary, spoke to NBC Latino about the reality of what “the back of the line” means within the immigration reform debate. AILA Doc. No. 13041144.
    AILA Doc. No. 13041144.
  • Article: Chaffetz Wants Tougher Treatment of Illegal Border Crossers (4/9/2013)
    AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen is quoted in a Salt Lake Tribune article focused on border security, saying the current system gives border agents wide discretion to immediately deport people without a legal review and runs the risk “of eroding fairness and due process.” AILA Doc. No. 13040959.
    AILA Doc. No. 13040959.
  • Article: U.S. Quickly Hits Visa Cap for Skilled Foreign Workers (4/8/2013)
    After USCIS announced that the 2014 H-1B cap was reached in five days, AILA President Laura Lichter was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, saying that the cap ”just isn’t based on actual labor force demand and the human resource needs of U.S. companies.” AILA Doc. No. 13040844.
    AILA Doc. No. 13040844.
  • Article: Unusual DACA Documentation Includes Speeding Tickets, Netflix, and Facebook (3/28/2013)
    David Leopold, AILA’s General Counsel, applauded the USCIS officials reviewing DACA applications, saying that they’ve “been very helpful about accepting alternative forms of evidence that show…that [DACA applicants] were present around June 15." AILA Doc. No. 13032851.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032851.
  • Article: Young Immigrants, Seeking Deferred Action Help, Find Unexpected Path (3/25/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter is quoted in a New York Times article saying that “one of the very good things” to come out of DACA is the significant number of immigrants who discover they are eligible for another type of relief when they discuss their situation with counsel. AILA Doc. No. 13032541.
    AILA Doc. No. 13032541.
  • The Hill: Family Reunification Must Be Part of Immigration Reform (3/15/2013)
    The Hill published a blog post by AILA President Laura Lichter arguing that Congress should not “be tempted to dismiss family-based immigration as a quaint, but merely historical tribute to the self-reliance & perseverance that has shaped us as a nation of immigrants.” AILA Doc. No. 13031545.
    AILA Doc. No. 13031545.
  • Article: Immigration Officials Release Hundreds of Detainees to Save Money (2/27/2013)
    The Denver Post asked AILA President Laura Lichter about the release of detainees by ICE; she noted that "Denver has many tools to avoid using up bed space, which could range from not taking immigrants into custody in the first place to using alternatives to detention.” AILA Doc. No. 13022742.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022742.
  • Article: McCain Compares Immigrants, Speeders (2/25/2013)
    In the Arizona Republic, AILA’s Crystal Williams called Senator McCain’s recent comparison of undocumented immigrants with speeders, “an almost perfect analogy” for those who overstay visas but noted that the difference “is that the repercussions are so much more profound.” AILA Doc. No. 13022560.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022560.
  • Article: Many Immigrants Facing Deportation Must Wait 550 Days for Their Day in Court (2/22/2013)
    Speaking to the Washington Post for an article on possible reforms to the immigration court system, AILA President Laura Lichter noted, “If you look at statistics of people in detention, a very large number have either no criminal history or a very minor criminal history.” AILA Doc. No. 13022254.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022254.
  • Article: Attorneys Want Fixes to Legal Immigration System, Too (2/21/2013)
    In an article in the Texas Tribune, AILA General Counsel David Leopold discussed the 1986 immigration reforms and why they didn’t end unauthorized immigration, saying “they completely failed to account for future flow and future economic needs.” AILA Doc. No. 13022143.
    AILA Doc. No. 13022143.
  • Article: Immigration Tactics Aimed at Boosting Deportations (2/19/2013)
    “If this is what ICE is currently doing, it's very problematic,” said AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen in an interview with USA Today about internal ICE documents that lay out proposed new tactics aimed at raising deportation numbers. AILA Doc. No. 13021942.
    AILA Doc. No. 13021942.
  • Radio Interview: The Morning Edge 2/11/13 with AILA Treasurer William Stock (2/12/2013)
    The Morning Edge welcomed AILA Treasurer William Stock to discuss the immigration reform proposals from the Senate Group of Eight and the President; he also answered questions about the current immigration system and problems faced by immigrants (section begins at 14:58). AILA Doc. No. 13011260.
    AILA Doc. No. 13011260.
  • The Hill Congress Blog: Beware of Moving Goal Posts on Border Security Enforcement (2/5/2013)
    The Hill posted a piece by AIC’s Ben Johnson in which he cautions that the Senate and White House CIR proposals have “significant differences…particularly those having to do with immigration enforcement,” and highlights AILA’s recent report on border benchmarks. AILA Doc. No. 13020552.
    AILA Doc. No. 13020552.
  • Article: Pitfalls Ahead For Senators’ Immigration Plan (1/30/2013)
    AILA’s President Laura Lichter was quoted in the Washington Post on potential issues of concern in the bipartisan Senate immigration reform framework released Monday, highlighting both the border enforcement and “back of the line” provisions in particular. AILA Doc. No. 13013045.
    AILA Doc. No. 13013045.
  • Article: US Immigration Lawyers Welcome Senators' Plan for Citizenship Path (1/30/2013)
    AILA’s President-Elect Doug Stump spoke with the Guardian last month; this week they published an article looking at the challenges immigrants to the U.S. face, highlighting the reasons why many stakeholders received the bipartisan Senate framework with such enthusiasm. AILA Doc. No. 13013060.
    AILA Doc. No. 13013060.
  • Article: This Is the Biggest Immigration Reform Breakthrough Since 2007, Advocates Say (1/29/2013)
    In a Washington Post’s Wonk Book piece AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen talks about the feeling of forward momentum associated with the recently released bipartisan Senate immigration reform framework. AILA Doc. No. 13012961.
    AILA Doc. No. 13012961.
  • Article: Immigrants Take Guilty Pleas Without Lawyers and Can Later Be Deported (1/28/2013)
    AILA President Laura Lichter was quoted saying, “It’s not about giving somebody preference in the actual process. It’s about making sure people understand what’s at stake,” in a Washington Post article on the deportation risk to immigrants who plead guilty to a crime. AILA Doc. No. 13012861.
    AILA Doc. No. 13012861.
  • Article: Undocumented Youth With Work Permits Seek Professional Licenses (1/23/2013)
    In a Fox News Latino piece on DACA recipients who may not be able to acquire required professional licenses, AILA President Laura Lichter pointed out, “You have someone who is educated, and ready to contribute, and there is a piece of paper standing in his way.” AILA Doc. No. 13012345.
    AILA Doc. No. 13012345.
  • News Clip: Crystal Williams Talks Immigration Reform on Local Fox News (1/8/2013)
    AILA’s Executive Director Crystal Williams discussed the new stateside waiver process and the chances for comprehensive immigration reform on local Fox5 News this morning. AILA Doc. No. 13010841.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010841.
  • Article: Immigration Change to Ease Family Separations (1/3/2013)
    AILA’s President Laura Lichter was quoted in the New York Times about the new provisional unlawful presence waiver rule that will come into effect on March 4, calling it “leaps and bounds better than what we have now.” AILA Doc. No. 13010360.
    AILA Doc. No. 13010360.
 
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