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AILA Quicktake #185: Senate Confirmation Hearings

1/12/2017
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen joins to discuss the Senate confirmation hearings of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Retired General John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security Secretary held on January 10, 2017, and January 11, 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17011131

AILA Quicktake #184: AILA ICE Liaison Committee Update

12/13/2016
AILA ICE Liaison Committee Chair Heather Prendergast provides updates from the committee’s 12/1/16 meeting with ICE and shares how the committee is preparing for the new administration.
AILA Doc. No. 16121345

AILA Quicktake #183: BRIDGE and SAFE Acts

12/12/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares updates on the BRIDGE and SAFE Acts introduced in Congress on Friday and provides details on the continuing resolution passed to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 16121239

AILA Quicktake #182: Dispelling Rumors

12/9/2016
As the Trump administration gears up for the transition, rumors about what could be in store for immigration have spread. AILA member Ian Wagreich shares a plan for determining fact from fiction.
AILA Doc. No. 16120903

AILA Quicktake #181: Final Weeks of the 114th Congress

12/1/2016
As we near the end of the 114th Congress, AILA’s Senior Associate Director Bob Sakaniwa shares what to expect and what it means for immigration programs that need to be reauthorized.
AILA Doc. No. 16120134

AILA Quicktake #180: Immigration in the Trump Administration

11/17/2016
AILA President William Stock looks at the transition to a new Trump administration and what that could mean for the practice of immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 16111730

AILA Quicktake #179: The 2016 Election

11/9/2016
AILA's Executive Director Benjamin Johnson discusses what the election results mean for immigration law and policy and what AILA is planning to do in 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 16110935

AILA Quicktake #178: Immigration in the Presidential Debate

10/20/2016
AILA's Executive Director Benjamin Johnson provides an update on the third and final presidential debate and the role immigration played.
AILA Doc. No. 16102007

AILA Quicktake #177: DHS Committee Recommends End of Family Detention

10/11/2016
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas shares recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers' report on family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 16101138

AILA Quicktake #176: Continuing Resolution Passed in Congress

9/29/2016
AILA's Senior Associate Director Bob Sakaniwa shares what yesterday's Continuing Resolution passage means for the EB-5, Conrad 30, and special immigrant non-ministerial religious workers visas.
AILA Doc. No. 16092932

AILA Quicktake #175: Arizona Senate Bill 1070 Agreement

9/19/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details of an agreement reached between civil rights groups and the state of Arizona on the enforcement of the most contentious section of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070.
AILA Doc. No. 16092060

AILA Quicktake #174: Response to Trump's Immigration Policy Platform

9/1/2016
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares takeaways after Donald Trump's address on immigration policy.
AILA Doc. No. 16090130

AILA Quicktake #173: Proposed Entrepreneurial Parole Rule

8/30/2016
AILA’s Second Vice President Marketa Lindt shares information on USCIS’s proposed rule on entrepreneurial parole that would take a step toward welcoming immigrant entrepreneurs.
AILA Doc. No. 16083035

AILA Quicktake #172: Berks Hunger Strike Update

8/19/2016
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas shares the latest information on the mothers' hunger strike in the Berks detention facility.
AILA Doc. No. 16081900

AILA Quicktake #171: Fourth DACAversary

8/15/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen celebrates the four-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s acceptance of the first DACA applications and points out that while the program is important, comprehensive reform is still needed.
AILA Doc. No. 16081530

AILA Quicktake #170: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Flores Settlement

7/8/2016
The American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of the Flores Settlement Agreement stating that the Obama administration's family detention practices violate that agreement.
AILA Doc. No. 16070806

AILA Quicktake #169: Supreme Court Decision on U.S. v. Texas

6/24/2016
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares news of the June 23rd decision from the Supreme Court on United States v. Texas and what may happen next.
AILA Doc. No. 16062435

AILA Quicktake #168: Due Process Denied

6/15/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details from AILA's report on the due process violations Central Americans are experiencing as they seek protection in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 16061568

AILA Quicktake #167: Prepping for the Impact of ICE Raids

5/19/2016
AILA General Counsel Laura Lichter shares information on what AILA members need to know about how they can help women and unaccompanied children who may be subject to raids and what resources are available.
AILA Doc. No. 16051906

AILA Quicktake #166: ICE Announces New Surge of Arrests

5/18/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares information regarding ICE's announcement that it would be conducting another surge of arrests aimed at families and unaccompanied minors across the nation and what AILA is doing.
AILA Doc. No. 16051805

AILA Quicktake #165: Texas Approves Karnes Childcare License

5/5/2016
AILA member and head of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas Law School Denise Gilman shares news of the Texas Department of Family Services' decision to approve the Karnes City, Texas, application to be a licensed childcare facility and what AILA members can do.
AILA Doc. No. 16050509

AILA Quicktake #164: USCIS Field Operations Update

4/27/2016
AILA's USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee Chair Tracie Klinke recaps a recent meeting with USCIS Field Operations, including information on the processing of biometrics for applicants in proceedings and adjudications at local field offices.
AILA Doc. No. 16042733

AILA Quicktake #163: H-1B Cap Reached

4/8/2016
AILA's President-Elect William Stock reacts to USCIS's announcement that the agency reached the cap for H-1B petitions of FY2017.
AILA Doc. No. 16040833

AILA Quicktake #162: CARA Files Psychological Trauma Complaint

4/1/2016
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas shares why the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project submitted a complaint to OCRCL and the Office of the Inspector General, which highlights eight cases of deep psychological trauma affecting mothers held in family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 16040165

AILA Quicktake #161: CARA's One-Year Anniversary

3/31/2016
AILA President Victor Nieblas shares what the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project has accomplished in the last year and why family detention must end.
AILA Doc. No. 16040160

AILA Quicktake #160: Reuniting Families Act

3/21/2016
AILA's Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa discusses the Reuniting Families Act, reintroduced last week by Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), and how it helps families.
AILA Doc. No. 16032134

AILA Quicktake #159: AILA's Letter to USCIS Director Rodriguez on Processing Delays

3/14/2016
AILA's Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt shares details of a 3/11/16 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, which expresses concerns regarding processing backlogs and a lack of transparency in communicating processing times to the public.
AILA Doc. No. 16031437

AILA Quicktake #158: DACA at Year Three

3/2/2016
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin shares details of a report released by the Council, DACA at Year Three, which looks at the challenges and opportunities in accessing higher education and employment for DACA recipients.
AILA Doc. No. 16030206

AILA Quicktake #157: Senate Hearing on H-1Bs

2/26/2016
AILA Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa discusses the recent Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing on high-skilled immigration and H-1Bs and how to get involved by attending AILA's National Day of Action and by submitting case examples.
AILA Doc. No. 16022605

AILA Quicktake #156: Elimination of 90-Day Adjudication/Interim EAD Rule

2/25/2016
AILA member Scott Pollock shares details on the proposed change that will eliminate the rule requiring USCIS to grant interim EADs if the agency does not adjudicate the application within the 90-day regulatory time period. Submit comments to USCIS by 2/29/16. AILA has provided model comments.
AILA Doc. No. 16022561

AILA Quicktake #155: Updates on Supreme Court DACA/DAPA Case

2/18/2016
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin discusses how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death might impact the upcoming case on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
AILA Doc. No. 16021805

AILA Quicktake #154: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act Introduced

2/11/2016
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details on the bill introduced in the Senate that would provide access to counsel to children, families, and other vulnerable populations facing deportation. He also discusses hearings on EB-5 and AILA's upcoming National Day of Action.
AILA Doc. No. 16021130

AILA Quicktake #153: Supreme Court Grants Cert in Texas v. United States

1/21/2016
The American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow discusses the Supreme Court's announcement to hear the case on President Obama's executive actions on expanded DACA and DAPA and looks to what to expect next.
AILA Doc. No. 16012102

AILA Quicktake #152: DHS Raids on Central American Families

1/4/2016
AILA General Counsel and Past President Laura Lichter shares the latest information on the ICE raids that target Central American families who have fled persecution.
AILA Doc. No. 16010408

AILA Quicktake #151: DHS Proposed Rule Affecting High-Skilled Workers

12/31/2015
AILA's Director of Liaison Betsy Lawrence shares details of the Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule that will affect high-skilled workers.
AILA Doc. No. 16010460

AILA Quicktake #150: Congress Tees Up Omnibus Appropriations Bill

12/16/2015
Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details on what was included.
AILA Doc. No. 15121630

AILA Quicktake #149: Legislative Update on Visa Waiver Program

12/8/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides the latest on the December 8th House vote on the Visa Waiver Program and shares what else is happening on the Hill as the December 11 deadline for the appropriations bill looms near.
AILA Doc. No. 15120831

AILA Quicktake #148: Syrian Refugee Response

11/18/2015
AILA President Victor Nieblas Pradis shares the latest on the response to the Syrian refugee crisis and what AILA members can do to encourage lawmakers to welcome refugees.
AILA Doc. No. 15111800

AILA Quicktake #147: CBP Announcement on Body Cameras

11/13/2015
AILA President Victor Nieblas Pradis shares AILA's disappointment that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff will expand the agency's camera review rather than move forward with body cameras.
AILA Doc. No. 15111361

AILA Quicktake #146: 5th Circuit Rules on Immigration Action

11/10/2015
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow sits down to discuss the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on President Obama's latest deferred action initiatives and what the next steps might be.
AILA Doc. No. 15111031

AILA Quicktake #145: AILA USCIS Headquarters Liaison Committee Update

10/28/2015
AILA USCIS Headquarters Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen shares highlights from a recent meeting with USCIS, including updates on the preparer's declaration and CARRP cases.
AILA Doc. No. 15110330

AILA Quicktake #144: AILA ICE Liaison Committee Update

10/28/2015
AILA ICE Liaison Committee Vice Chair Heather Drabek Prendergast shares updates from an October 19, 2015, meeting with ICE. Help the committee by filling out this survey, Prosecutorial Discretion Prior to Issuance of NTA.
AILA Doc. No. 15102864

AILA Quicktake #143: Flores Compliance Deadline

10/23/2015
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas discusses today's deadline for the federal government to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee's ruling regarding the incarceration of mothers and children fleeing violence.

AILA Quicktake #142: Stop Sanctuary Cities Act Blocked

10/21/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares an update on S. 2146, a bill intended to stop sanctuary cities, that was blocked in the Senate yesterday.
AILA Doc. No. 15102130

AILA Quicktake #141: Extreme Hardship Draft Guidance

10/8/2015
AILA Director of Liaison Betsy Lawrence sits down to discuss the new extreme hardship draft guidance, including what changes the guidance would bring if implemented and what to expect next.
AILA Doc. No. 15100800

AILA Quicktake #140: Continuing Resolution Passes in Congress

10/1/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen recaps the Continuing Resolution that will fund the government through December 11, which extends the E-Verify, as well as the Conrad 30, religious worker, and EB-5 visa programs.
AILA Doc. No. 15100103

AILA Quicktake #139: Pope Francis Visits the United States

9/17/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses Pope Francis' visit to the United States and how AILA members can push for a discussion on immigration in this Quicktake.
AILA Doc. No. 15091700

AILA Quicktake #138: Changes to Visa Bulletin

9/11/2015
AILA member Sandra Sheridan Reguerin shares the latest on changes to the visa bulletin that may provide some relief to certain individuals stuck in the immigrant visa backlogs.
AILA Doc. No. 15091400

AILA Quicktake #137: Access to Counsel in Dilley

9/8/2015
AILA member and CARA volunteer Kim Hunter shares the latest access to counsel issues in Dilley and how it affects detainees' cases in this Quicktake.
AILA Doc. No. 15090807

AILA Quicktake #136: Updates on EB-5

9/4/2015
AILA past president and chair of the 2015 AILA EB-5 Conference Bernard Wolfsdorf shares updates from the conference, including the October 2015 visa bulletin cutoff date, CSPA guidance, and NVC tips.
AILA Doc. No. 15090439

AILA Quicktake #135: Judge Gee's Flores Ruling

8/25/2015
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details on U.S. District Judge Gee's ruling in Flores v. Lynch, which ruled that children should generally be released from family detention within five days.
AILA Doc. No. 15082540

AILA Quicktake #134: Flores Litigation Update

8/17/2015
American Immigration Council's Legal Fellow Lindsay Harris delves into the government and plaintiffs' responses on Judge Gee's Order to Show Cause in the ongoing Flores settlement litigation and tells us what to expect next.
AILA Doc. No. 15081800

AILA Quicktake #133: Flores v. Johnson Ruling

7/27/2015
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled in Flores v. Johnson—a decision that should signal the end of the mass incarceration of children and mothers seeking asylum in the U.S. In this Quicktake, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams explains the decision and discusses what is coming next.
AILA Doc. No. 15072766

AILA Quicktake #132: Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act

7/24/2015
AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 241-179, and offers alternative solutions to the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 15072405

AILA Quicktake #131: USCIS Retrieving Erroneously Issued 3-Year DACA EADs

7/15/2015
AILA President Victor Nieblas Pradis discusses USCIS's recently issued letters to some DACA recipients requiring them to return their three-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that are being retrieved after an injunction in Texas v. United States.
AILA Doc. No. 15071501

AILA Quicktake #130: Appearance Rates for Families and Children

7/9/2015
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin offers accurate data on family and children appearance rates after the Center for Immigration Studies and Fox News got it wrong and explains why lawyers are so important in improving appearance rates.
AILA Doc. No. 15070960

AILA Quicktake #129: Sec. Johnson Announcement on Family Detention

6/24/2015
AILA President Victor Nieblas Pradis reacts to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson's announcement on ICE's changes to family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 15062437

AILA Quicktake #128: ICE FAQs Released

6/20/2015
This week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement released FAQs regarding civil enforcement priorities and prosecutorial discretion. AILA Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt discusses what the FAQs address and what to expect next.
AILA Doc. No. 15062001

AILA Quicktake #127: 5th Circuit Appeals Decides on Emergency Stay

5/27/2015
American Immigration Council's Melissa Crow discusses the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to refuse to lift the emergency stay on President Obama's executive actions yesterday.
AILA Doc. No. 15052800

AILA Quicktake #126: ICE Announcement on Family Detention

5/14/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) announcement of plans for “enhanced oversight for family residential centers.”
AILA Doc. No. 15051501

AILA Quicktake #125: First Asylum Win in Dilley

5/12/2015
AILA member and CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project volunteer Kim Hunter shares the news of her client's asylum victory after her client was detained in the Dilley family detention facility.
AILA Doc. No. 15051230

AILA Quicktake #124: Deferred Action Litigation Update

4/10/2015
Patrick Taurel, American Immigration Council's DACA Legal Services Fellow, provides updates on two rulings made this week in Crane v. Johnson and Texas v. United States regarding President Obama's 2012 and 2014 deferred action programs.
AILA Doc. No. 15041005

AILA Quicktake #123: H-1B Visa Cap Reached

4/8/2015
In this Quicktake, AILA First Vice President William Stock discusses the H-1B cap limit for FY2016 and what it means for the U.S. economy.
AILA Doc. No. 15040803

AILA Quicktake #122: CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

4/6/2015
AILA's Director of Practice and Professionalism Reid Trautz shares why the new CARA project, made up of AILA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is so important to ended family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 15040764

AILA Quicktake #121: The Latest on Executive Action Litigation

2/25/2015
In this Quicktake, Beth Werlin, Director of Policy at the American Immigration Council, joins to discuss the latest with the litigation in Texas on expanded DACA and DAPA.
AILA Doc. No. 15031301

AILA Quicktake #120: Clean DHS Funding Bill Passes

3/4/2015
In this Quicktake, AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides updates on the Department of Homeland Security funding, House Judiciary Committee mark ups on immigration bills, and litigation on President Obama's executive actions.
AILA Doc. No. 15030560

AILA Quicktake #119: DHS Funding Recap and What’s Next

2/27/2015
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen explains what is happening today, Friday, February 27, 2015, on DHS funding in Congress and previews next week’s potential action on immigration in the Senate and House.
AILA Doc. No. 15022766

AILA Quicktake #118: Legislative Update on DHS Funding

2/25/2015
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen recaps the week on Capitol Hill and discusses his testimony in a subcommittee hearing as well as the upcoming deadline to keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded.
AILA Doc. No. 15022661

AILA Quicktake #117: Judicial Victory Protects Central American Mothers and Children

2/23/2015
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details of a U.S. District Judge's decision to enjoin the federal government from detaining Central American mothers and children for the purpose of deterring future immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 15022366

AILA Quicktake #116: UPDATED - Injunction Delays President Obama's Executive Actions

2/23/2015
AILA President Leslie Holman discusses U.S. District Court Judge Hanen decision to issue an injunction against President Obama's proposed immigration executive actions that would expand DACA and create DAPA.
AILA Doc. No. 14021850

AILA Quicktake #115: Update on Border Bill, DHS Funding, and Attorney General Confirmation

1/27/2015
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides an update on what's happening on the Hill, including an update on the House border bill vote, the Senate DHS appropriations bill and the upcoming Attorney General confirmation hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 15012748

AILA Quicktake #114: Beginning Arguments of Texas Lawsuit

1/16/2015
American Immigration Council's Melissa Crow sits down to discuss what happened at Thursday's hearing, the beginning arguments on the lawsuit filed by Texas and 20-some other states seeking to negate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 15011643

AILA Quicktake #113: The 114th Congress Convenes

1/6/2015
With the start of the new Republican-controlled Congress, AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen describes what immigration priorities may take place this legislative session.
AILA Doc. No. 15010646