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Article: The Trump Administration's Policy of Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico Has Come to El Paso

3/21/2019
The Texas Tribune reports DHS expanded the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico plan, to the El Paso port of entry. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, “Whether or not a person is forced to remain in Mexico could mean the difference between life and death."
AILA Doc. No. 19032231

Article: Applications for H-1B Visa Comparable to the Size of Marin County, California, Population

3/19/2019
Forbes reports on the H-1B visa, recent trends in its use, and upcoming changes to its processing. A recent survey found 47 percent of employers feel the H-1B process has become more difficult. According to AILA, the average case processing time has increased by 91 percent since 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 19032033

Article: Asylum Seekers Returned from Mexico Plead to Stay in U.S.

3/19/2019
Reuters reports asylum seekers due to be returned to Mexico after appearing in U.S. immigration court asked permission to stay in the United States, citing safety concerns in Mexico. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said major concerns exist about the Remain in Mexico policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19032030

Article: Concerns Rise over U.S. Plan to Close All Overseas Immigration Offices

3/14/2019
NBC News reports on USCIS’s plan to close its international offices and concerns that doing so will further exacerbate the agency’s backlog. AILA analyses show there has been a 91 percent increase in the overall average case processing time at USCIS since FY2014.
AILA Doc. No. 19031535

Article (Subscription Required): U.S. Moves to Close Overseas Immigration Offices

3/12/2019
The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s plans to close its international offices. The move comes as policy changes have created “crisis-level delays” at USCIS offices in the U.S., according to a report from AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 19031334

Article (Subscription Required): Trump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad

3/12/2019
The New York Times reports USCIS plans to close its international offices. Transferring their workload to already overburdened DOS staff and USCIS domestic offices could lead to longer delays at an agency where, according to a report from AILA, processing times have already recently surged.
AILA Doc. No. 19031307

Article: ICE Supervisors Sometimes Skip Required Review of Detention Warrants Emails Show

3/13/2019
CNN reports that ICE officers improperly signed warrants on behalf of their supervisors and supervisors gave officers pre-signed blank warrants. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said, “If there’s evidence of that, that’s a big deal…that’s the root of an illegal arrest.”
AILA Doc. No. 19031306

Article (Subscription Required): Uptick in Visa Scrutiny Pushing Employers to Move Abroad

3/11/2019
Law360 reports on the impact that increased visa denials and Requests for Evidence are having on employers. AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt explains how she is altering her filing strategies to improve the odds of an approval for her clients.
AILA Doc. No. 19031237

Article: Memo to President Trump: Central American Families Seeking Asylum in the U.S. Are Not Law Breakers

3/12/2019
The Dallas Morning News features an op-ed about the current situation at the southern border. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson explained that “like previous generations of immigrants,” Central American families fleeing violence are “coming here seeking hope and opportunity.”
AILA Doc. No. 19031236

Article: Hirono Unveils Package of Immigration Bills

3/6/2019
Maui Now reports on the package of immigration bills introduced yesterday by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and colleagues. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt and representatives of other organizations joined the senators for their public event to introduce the bills.
AILA Doc. No. 19030737

Article: One Detained Baby Remains in ICE Custody in Dilley, Texas

3/6/2019
CBS News reports that as of Tuesday, one detained infant remained in ICE custody in Dilley, TX. Fifteen other infants were released from the same detention center soon after AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC filed a complaint calling for all of the infants’ immediate release.
AILA Doc. No. 19030733

Article: Almost One Million Migrants Are in Limbo as Court Backlog Balloons

3/6/2019
Bloomberg reports on the immigration court system's backlog of cases. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “For years the immigration courts have been underfunded, and there has been more emphasis on funding the DHS enforcing agencies.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030630

Article: Immigration Detention Center in Aurora Opens to Media Amid Criticism of Mumps, Chicken Pox Quarantines

3/4/2019
The Colorado Sun reports 357 individuals in ICE detention in Aurora, CO, are in quarantine due to exposure to contagious illnesses. AILA and the American Immigration Council previously filed a complaint accusing the Aurora center of failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care.
AILA Doc. No. 19030532

Article: U.S. Immigration Is Stuck in the Stone Age—and It’s Putting Lives in Danger

3/5/2019
The Nation reports on USCIS’s dysfunction. Former Chair of AILA’s Chicago Chapter Michael Jarecki is unsure USCIS wants to improve based on recent policy changes. He said, “Part of my cynical response…would be an invisible wall type of thing, where the agency wants to slow things down.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030531

Article: At Least Nine Babies Are Being Detained by U.S. Immigration Authorities, a Complaint Says

2/28/2019
Buzzfeed News reports that according to a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC, at least nine infants under the age of 1, and some as young as 6 months, have been detained by ICE at a Texas detention center where they lack adequate medical care.
AILA Doc. No. 19030136

Article: ICE Detaining ‘Alarming’ Number of Infants as Young as 5 Months, Immigration Groups Claim

2/28/2019
Buzzfeed News reports ICE has been accused of detaining “alarming” number of infants at a rural Texas detention center without providing the legally required level of care. A complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC urged officials to “intervene immediately.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030135

Article: Infants as Young as 5 Months Old Are Being Detained by ICE, Groups Claim

2/28/2019
CBS News reports on a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC regarding infants held in ICE detention in Dilley, TX. The complaint states, “We have grave concerns about the lack of specialized medical care available in Dilley for this vulnerable populations.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030134

Article: At Least Nine Babies Held in ICE Detention in Texas

2/28/2019
The Guardian reports on a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC that warns of an “alarming increase” in the numbers of detained infants and requests immediate release of detained infants.
AILA Doc. No. 19030133

Article: 28 Women May Have Miscarried in ICE Custody Over the Past Two Years

2/27/2019
USA Today reports on women experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths while in ICE detention. Advocacy groups have long complained about poor medical care in immigration detention, where at least 34 people have died since December 2015, according to AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 19022833

Article: Immigration Courts Recover from Federal Shutdown as Historic Backlog Piles Up

2/25/2019
Houston Public Media reports on the case backlog at immigration courts, citing a report by AILA that demonstrates policies implemented to address the ballooning backlog are failing.
AILA Doc. No. 19022660

Article: After Long Wait, U.S. Moves Forward with Proposal to End Work Permits for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

2/22/2019
NBC News reports on DHS’s plan to end work permits for H-4 spouses of H-1B visas holders. Past AILA President William Stock said that once OMB reviews the proposed regulation, it could be sent back to DHS or cleared for publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule.
AILA Doc. No. 19022530

Article: Trump Plan Fails to Cut Immigration Court Backlog, as Caseload Soars More than 26 Percent

2/21/2019
The Los Angeles Times reports that EOIR’s backlog reduction plan has failed, with average wait times for a hearing now two years. According to AILA, the administration “has not only failed to reduce the backlog, but has eroded the court’s ability to ensure due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 19022238

Article: Slow Immigration Processing Times Draw Criticism and Questions

2/19/2019
The National Law Review reports on AILA’s policy brief about crisis-level case processing delays at USCIS, as well as the letter that more than 80 members of Congress sent to USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna that cited AILA’s policy brief and expressed “grave concerns” about the delays.
AILA Doc. No. 19022030

Article: EOIR Rules Are Biased Against Immigration Attys, AILA Says

2/19/2019
Law360 reports on a letter sent by AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and AILA President Anastasia Tonello to EOIR Director James McHenry expressing concerns that a memo he issued “perpetuated” the “continued imbalance in the treatment of counsel” appearing in immigration courts.
AILA Doc. No. 19022001

Article: Budget Leaves Neither Side in Immigration Debate Satisfied

2/14/2019
Law360 reports on the spending bill that Congress passed and President Trump is expected to sign. AILA said the budget needed “critical checks on reprogramming and transfer authority” that would bar ICE from spending more money on detention than authorized by Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 19021572

Article: How Sessions Reshaped the U.S. Immigration Court System

2/14/2019
The Regulatory Review reports on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s lasting impact on immigration courts. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “Congress can delay no longer in conducting rigorous oversight of the courts and establishing an independent immigration court system.”
AILA Doc. No. 19021403

Article: Trump’s Wall ‘Emergency’ Would Be the First to Overrule Congress on Spending

2/12/2019
HuffPost reports on the president's warnings that he will declare an emergency to fund the wall. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen commented that the law doesn't give him "authority to throw a tantrum just because Congress chooses not to give him the toys that he likes."
AILA Doc. No. 19021331

Article: ‘My Whole Town Practically Lived There’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a Pipeline of Illegal Workers for Trump Goes Back Years

2/8/2019
The Washington Post reports on the president’s long history of using lax hiring practices to employ undocumented workers at his businesses. AILA President Anastasia Tonello explains details of an employers’ responsibility to determine employees are eligible to work in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 19021138

Article: Trump Signals Shift on Legal Immigration

2/10/2019
The Wall Street Journal reports on President Trump’s recent expressions of support for legal immigration and employers’ concerns about USCIS’s growing backlog. A recent AILA report states there are “crisis-level delays” in USCIS case processing under the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 19021134

Article: Hispanic Lawmakers Call for Answers on Policy of Keeping Asylum Seekers in Mexico

2/7/2019
The Hill reports the Congressional Hispanic Caucus questioned DHS about the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC recently sent a letter to DHS saying asylum seekers would face “significant harm” if kept in Mexico and calling for a reversal of the policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19020830

Article: Immigrants Are Waiting 46 Percent Longer for Visas and Other Petitions

2/4/2019
Houston Public Media reports that USCIS delays have nearly doubled since 2014. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said, “Throughout the nation, these delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses that depend on timely adjudications.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020571

Article: Confidential Documents Show CBP Prepping for Lawsuits over New Asylum Limits

1/31/2019
The Tucson Sentinel reports that CBP is prepping for lawsuits over the administration’s new Remain in Mexico policy. According to AILA, the new policy will “prevent most, if not all, returned asylum seekers from receiving a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020433

Article: It Takes Twice as Long to Get a U.S. Visa, Compared with 2014

2/4/2019
Quartz India reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS case processing delays have reached crisis levels. According to AILA, “Other agency data lays bare a USCIS ‘net backlog’ exceeding 2.3 million delayed cases at the end of FY2017.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020432

Article: Immigrant Tech Workers Struggle to Get H-1B Visas Under Trump: ‘I’ve Never Felt So Helpless’

2/1/2019
The Los Angeles Times reports the process of applying for an H-1B has become murkier and more difficult. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said immigration policy changes are inhibiting efficiency and Past AILA President William Stock said USCIS “is creating more work for themselves.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020430

Article: Delays Reach ‘Crisis Level’ at Citizenship and Immigration Services

1/31/2019
Minnesota Public Radio reports on USCIS processing time delays. Tammy Lin and Matthew Maiona of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee share how delays are impacting their clients. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd notes that case processing times increased in FY2018 as case volume receipt decreased.
AILA Doc. No. 19020109

Article: DHS Caused Hundreds of Immigrants to Show Up Thursday for Fake Court Dates

1/31/2019
Mother Jones reports that ICE ordered many immigrants to appear in immigration court on January 31, but their hearings weren’t actually scheduled. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said immigration attorneys have been seeing these Notices to Appear with fake dates since the summer.
AILA Doc. No. 19020106

Article: Hundreds Show Up for Immigration-Court Hearings That Turn Out Not to Exist

1/31/2019
The Washington Post reports ICE ordered people to appear in immigration court for hearings that weren’t scheduled. AILA received reports of more than 1,000 incorrect court dates issued in Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; Omaha, NE; and San Diego and San Francisco, CA.
AILA Doc. No. 19020105

Article: New Wave of ‘Fake Dates’ Cause Chaos in Immigration Courts Thursday

1/31/2019
CNN reports that AILA tracked over 1,000 people who showed up in immigration court on January 31 to find out their hearing notices contained a fake date. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “The immigration courts have reached a new crisis point.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020170

Article: USCIS Immigration Delays Grow Longer and Longer

1/31/2019
Forbes reports on USCIS processing time delays. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd’s research found the average case processing time increased by 46 percent the past two fiscal years and employment-based green card delays have undermined U.S. businesses’ ability to “fill critical workforce gaps.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013131

Article: ICE Told Hundreds of Immigrants to Show Up to Court Thursday – for Many, Those Hearings Are Fake

1/31/2019
CBS News reports many immigrants received NTAs with a hearing date for Thursday, January 31, that turned out to be fake, leading to chaotic scenes at immigration courts. AILA issued a practice alert warning members “the next upcoming date on NTAs that appears to be fake is this Thursday.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013130

Article: Report: Immigration Applications Are Seeing “Crisis-Level” Delays Under the Trump Administration

1/30/2019
Mother Jones reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS processing time delays have reached a crisis level. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said the impacts are “serious and sweeping…families struggle to make ends meet, survivors of violence and torture face danger, and U.S. companies fall behind.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013106

Article: Lawyer Group Says Trump Policies Have Erected “Invisible Wall” to Slow Legal Immigration

1/30/2019
The Texas Tribune reports on AILA’s analysis of USCIS processing time delays. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said various policy changes “inhibit efficiency, and they act as, essentially, bricks in the Trump administration’s invisible wall against legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013105

Article: Immigration Lawyers Blast Delays in Citizenship, Green Cards

1/30/2019
The Associated Press reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS processing delays have reached crisis levels. According to AILA’s report, “Throughout the nation, these delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses that depend on timely adjudications.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013104

Article: Mexico Takes Stand Against U.S., Refuses to Accept Minors Awaiting U.S. Asylum Claims

1/29/2019
Newsweek reports on the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA branded the policy a “due process disaster for asylum seekers” that would “prevent most, if not all, returned asylum seekers from receiving a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013030

Article: Closed Cafeterias, Missed Emails: Government Dusts Off After Shutdown

1/28/2019
CNN reports on the government reopening after the partial shutdown. According to AILA, immigration courts were expecting confusion upon reopening.
AILA Doc. No. 19012930

Article: Fast-Track Processing Back On for H-1Bs Submitted in Lottery

1/28/2019
Bloomberg Law reports on USCIS reopening premium processing for FY2019 H-1B cap petitions. Past AILA President William Stock said it’s a “helpful sign that further processing improvements are on their way” and would allow some of the “most critical” delayed cases to be decided quickly.
AILA Doc. No. 19012975

Article: USCIS to Bar Attys from Migrants Before Removal to Mexico

1/28/2019
Law360 reports asylum seekers will undergo a new screening without the presence of counsel. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “By blocking access to counsel, USCIS will prevent many families and individuals with legitimate claims for asylum from having a fair shot at protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012973

Article: U.S. Immigration Authorities Detail So-Called Return-to-Mexico Guidance for Migrants

1/28/2019
CNN reports on the government’s plan to return certain Central American asylum seekers to Mexico. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch raised due process concerns with the plan, explaining, “It would be incredibly difficult to prepare an asylum case when your client is in another country.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012971

Article: The Country’s Busiest Border Crossing Will Allow 20 People to Claim Asylum a Day. They Used to Take up to 100

1/25/2019
CBS News reports on the Remain in Mexico policy. Ruby Powers of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee said the "sharp reduction" in the number of asylum seekers accepted at the San Ysidro port of entry would "continue to exacerbate an already intense backlog of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico."
AILA Doc. No. 19012830

Article: U.S. to Begin Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico for Duration of Immigration Proceedings

1/24/2019
CNN reports on the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which DHS announced it would begin implementing. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch tweeted that the plan “will make it nearly impossible for #asylum seekers to access the protections they are entitled to.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012532

Article: As Soon as Friday, Asylum Seekers Will Be Forced to Wait in Tijuana for Their Day in Immigration Court

1/24/2019
CBS News reports the Trump administration will begin implementing its “Remain in Mexico” policy. AILA called the policy a “due process disaster for asylum seekers,” noting asylum seekers waiting in Mexico “would encounter substantial barriers to accessing U.S. attorneys.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012531

Article: Fact Checker – President Trump Spins Asylum Restrictions as Humanitarian Relief

1/23/2019
The Washington Post analyzes the president’s proposed changes to U.S. asylum law. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “This is a major change to asylum law that will block tens of thousands of children who are now showing up at our borders from ever getting protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012435

Article: DACA, Asylum Restrictions Would Tighten Under Trump’s Proposal

1/22/2019
Bloomberg Government reports on the president’s proposed immigration bill. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the bill “does a bait and switch” and is “actually a strategy to cut out people and deport more individuals.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012434

Article: What’s in the Republican Immigration Bill, and Why Democrats Oppose It

1/23/2019
USA Today reports on the GOP immigration bill. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained the bill would forbid Central American minors from getting asylum for at least eight months.
AILA Doc. No. 19012433

Article: Revamped DACA Protections and Stripped Safeguards: Details of Trump’s Border Wall ‘Compromise’

1/23/2019
ABC reports on the president’s proposal to end the government shutdown. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the proposal “totally changes our concept of asylum protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012432

Article: The Border Wall Isn’t the Only Reason Democrats Oppose Plan to End the Shutdown

1/22/2019
NPR reports on opposition to the president’s proposal to end the government shutdown. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the proposal includes a “historic change in asylum law [that] would categorically block tens of thousands of children from ever applying for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012431

Article: Government Shutdown Claims Immigration Judge Paychecks as Morale Hits a “Historic Low”

1/24/2019
CBS News reports on how the government shutdown is affecting immigration judges. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explained that forcing judges to rush through their quotas could have a devastating impact on immigration hearings.
AILA Doc. No. 19012430

Article: G.O.P. Bill to End Shutdown Draws Protests Over Asylum Restrictions

1/22/2019
The New York Times reports on a Senate bill promoted as a compromise that is drawing fierce opposition from immigrant rights groups. Greg Chen is quoted, “The effect of the law will be to send people back into harm’s way, which would be a violation of international law.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012343

Article: Republicans Load Spending Bill with Hard-Line Measures Targeting Asylum

1/22/2019
Politico discussed the Senate Republican bill with hard-line changes that make it unlikely to generate bipartisan support. “Any senator who is genuinely concerned about maintaining America’s commitment to protecting asylum seekers and refugees cannot support this bill,” said Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 19012301

Article: These States’ Immigration Courts Are Most Impacted by the Government Shutdown

1/17/2019
CBS News reports on how the shutdown is affecting immigration courts across the country. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, “Every day the shutdown continues, the immigration court backlog gets worse and people’s lives are unfairly held in the balance.”
AILA Doc. No. 19011834

Article: Security, Immigration Controls Fray as Impasse Over Trump’s Wall Stretches into Its Fourth Week

1/17/2019
USA Today reports on how the shutdown is impacting security and immigration controls. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said that one by one, he’s watched as his clients’ long-awaited hearings have been canceled due to the shutdown.
AILA Doc. No. 19011832

Article: Courts Thwart Trump’s Bid to Enact Hard-Line Immigration Agenda as Congress Dithers

1/15/2019
The Washington Post reports on federal courts striking down many Trump administration efforts to remake the immigration system. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “President Trump has rolled out unlawful and unconstitutional policies so frequently that it becomes the norm.”
AILA Doc. No. 19011633

Article: Report Estimates More Than 42,000 Immigration Hearings Canceled Due to Shutdown

1/14/2019
CNN reports on the shutdown’s impact on the immigration court backlog. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch noted that “as soon as the court reopens,” a case that was cancelled due to the shutdown “won’t be put on the calendar until there’s a date available, likely two to three years.”
AILA Doc. No. 19011531

Article: Government Shutdown Could Cancel More Than 100,000 Immigration Hearings This Month, Study Finds

1/14/2019
CBS News reports that nearly 43,000 immigration court hearings have already been cancelled due to the shutdown. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Ruby Powers, and former AILA South Florida Chapter Chair Sui Chung explain the impact of these cancellations.
AILA Doc. No. 19011530

Article: ‘Their Lives Are on Hold’: Miami’s Immigration Court Grinds to a Halt Because of Shutdown

1/12/2019
The Miami Herald reports on how the government shutdown is affecting immigration courts. Tammy Fox-Isikoff of AILA’s Board of Governors and AILA South Florida Chapter Secretary Karla Lammers share about the situation on the ground at Miami immigration court and Krome Detention Center.
AILA Doc. No. 19011431

Article: Thousands of Migrants in Legal Limbo as Shutdown Forces Multi-Year Court Delays

1/11/2019
CBS News reports on how the government shutdown has led to postponed hearings in long-delayed immigration court cases. Sui Chung, former President of AILA’s South Florida Chapter said, “Everyone’s on edge…It’s mentally, emotionally, and financially disruptive to everyone involved.”
AILA Doc. No. 19011430

Article: Trump Says Changes Coming in U.S. Handling of High-Tech Visas

1/11/2019
The Associated Press reports on the administration’s plans to change the H-1B program. Regarding a proposal to prioritize visas for individuals with advanced degrees, AILA cautioned that using an advanced degree as a sole method of determining the value of a worker could hurt some industries.
AILA Doc. No. 19011406

Article: Beyond the Wall – The White House Wish List for Immigration Funding

1/8/2019
Yahoo News reports on the administration’s immigration-related funding requests. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The administration has continued to increase use of detention in thousands of cases, when it has been demonstrated that detention is not necessary.”
AILA Doc. No. 19010930

Audio: Stuck in Limbo – How the Government Shutdown Is Affecting Immigration Courts

1/7/2019
WNYC features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the lapse in appropriations is affecting U.S. immigration courts, migrants with cases in the immigration courts, and immigration attorneys.
AILA Doc. No. 19010830

Article: What Do Experts Predict Will Be the Immigration Law Battles in 2019?

1/3/2019
The ABA Journal interviews immigration law experts on what’s to come in 2019. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish discusses what the Democratic majority in the House will likely prioritize, as well as regulatory and policy changes expected from the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 19010733

Article: Immigration Courts at a Standstill During Government Shutdown, Undermining President Trump’s Agenda

1/4/2019
CNBC reports on how the government shutdown is impacting immigration courts. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said the shutdown “could not have come at a worse time due to this unprecedented backlog.”
AILA Doc. No. 19010732

Article: Immigration Case Backlog Keeps Growing as Shutdown Drags On

1/7/2019
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt told Roll Call that the shutdown “will undoubtedly make the immigration court backlog worse.” AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr said this means the courts “are going to be looking to hit numbers rather than administer justice.”
AILA Doc. No. 19010731

Article: Immigration Attorney Discusses How Shutdown Is Affecting Backlog of Cases

1/4/2019
NPR interviews AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney about how the government shutdown is impacting immigration courts. “The situation was already dire, and now this shutdown is just making it all the worse,” said Mr. McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 19010730

Article: How the Shutdown Is Interfering with the Trump Administration’s Immigration Agenda

1/3/2019
CNN reports that the government shutdown is interfering with U.S. immigration enforcement. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said, “It’s a lose-lose for the government and our clients,” who will now face “the anxiety and the uncertainty of potential deportation” for even longer.
AILA Doc. No. 19010430

Article: Government Shutdown Closes Immigration Courts Adding to Record-High 800,000 Case Backlog

1/2/2019
CBS News reports on how the government shutdown is impacting the immigration court backlog. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt noted that “holding the government hostage for a border wall” won’t make the country safer, “but it will make the immigration courts worse.”
AILA Doc. No. 19010236

Article: ICE Drafts Guidelines with Fewer Restrictions on Restraining Pregnant Women

12/20/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on new National Detention Standards (NDS) proposed by ICE that were made available to AILA and other organizations for feedback, as well as the comments that AILA submitted to ICE in response to the proposed revisions.
AILA Doc. No. 18122105

Article: Asylum Ruling Erodes Ex-AG Sessions’ Immigration Vision

12/20/2018
Law360 reports on a federal court overturning a policy barring asylum claims based on domestic or gang violence. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the ruling cements that the attorney general doesn’t have the authority “rewrite asylum law.”
AILA Doc. No. 18122104

Article: Undocumented Parents Scared to Enroll Citizen Children in Benefits, Say Experts

12/21/2018
The Guardian reports on the impact the proposed public charge rule is having in immigrant communities. Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee said, “The fear is quite great, and I’ve heard of many saying they’re terminating their benefits.”
AILA Doc. No. 18122103

Article: Mom Who Couldn’t See Dying Son Due to Travel Ban Granted Waiver

12/19/2018
CBS News reports that a Yemeni woman who was denied entry to the United States under the travel ban has been granted a waiver so she can enter the country to say goodbye to her dying son. According to AILA, the travel ban allows for waiver applications for undue hardship if entry is denied.
AILA Doc. No. 18121903

Article: Honduran Mom Teargassed at Border Allowed into U.S., Lawmakers Say

12/18/2018
CBS News reports that a woman who was teargassed with her children at the border has been allowed into the United States to apply for asylum. AILA confirmed that she and her family as well as eight unaccompanied children were admitted near San Diego.
AILA Doc. No. 18121902

Article: Lawyers Sue over Detained Immigrants’ Access to Counsel

12/17/2018
The Associated Press reports on a suit filed by AILA and others over ICE detainees’ access to counsel at four California detention centers. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said similar problems exist elsewhere, but are “particularly serious” at these facilities.
AILA Doc. No. 18121836

Article: Immigrant Asylum Claims Increase at U.S. Southern Border

12/10/2018
The LA Times reports on CBP data showing an increase in asylum claims during FY2018. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “We are at an all-time high of resources being devoted to the border…For us not to be able to afford to process people at the border is laughable.”
AILA Doc. No. 18121134

Article: Are There Really 600 Criminals in the Migrant Caravan at the Border?

12/7/2018
NBC News reports that many of the members of the migrant caravan who DHS claims are criminals have only ever been charged with illegal entry. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “Many people who cross the border between ports of entry have valid asylum claims.”
AILA Doc. No. 18121002

Article: H-1B Rule Change Unveiled: Proposal to Benefit Advanced Degree Holders

12/6/2018
The Mercury News reports on the proposed H-1B rule change. In 2011, AILA stated that a similar registration requirement proposal would create “a flood of unnecessary or unqualified registrations, potentially numbering in the thousands, that will ultimately be abandoned or denied.”
AILA Doc. No. 18120734

Article: The Department of Justice Just Took a Step to Make Asylum Even More Difficult for Central Americans

12/5/2018
CBS reports on Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker certifying Matter of L-E-A-. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, “These types of certifications basically allow the AG or acting AG to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with little to no oversight.”

Article: Asylum Changes Wanted, Not Expected as Democrats, GOP Share Control in Incoming Congress

12/3/2018
AZCentral.com reports on prospects for immigration reform in Congress. Past AILA President David Leopold said, “I would be very surprised if there were any positive changes in the asylum law in this lame-duck Congress,” adding that Democrats may take on the issue in the House in January.
AILA Doc. No. 18120433

Article: Pastors: Phoenix-Area Churches Receiving Migrant Families Awaiting Asylum Daily

11/27/2018
AZFamily.com reports on local churches who are supporting asylum-seeking families. Ruben Reyes, of the AILA Board of Governors, explained that many of the families will likely wait years to find out if they will be granted asylum because of the asylum backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 18112931

Article: Baltimore Sues Trump Administration over Legal Immigrants’ Access to Public Benefits

11/28/2018
The Washington Post reports on Baltimore’s lawsuit challenging changes to public charge provisions in the DOS Foreign Affairs Manual. AILA says it has seen a surge since April in denials of visa applications on public-charge grounds at the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Mexico.
AILA Doc. No. 18112970

Article: Jeff Sessions’ Unfinished Legacy of Reversing Courts’ Pro-Immigrant Rulings

11/26/2018
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on decisions issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In a filing in a case that Sessions had referred to himself, AILA questioned whether acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has authority to handle the case.
AILA Doc. No. 18112735

Article: Judge: Trump's Asylum Ban 'Irreconcilably Conflicts' with Federal Law

11/20/2018
The Tucson Sentinel reports on an injunction blocking the ban on certain individuals applying for asylum. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson stated, “The separation of powers delineated in our Constitution is not an annoyance the Trump administration can push aside when it gets in the way.”
AILA Doc. No. 18112171

Article: As Refugees Are at Historic Lows, Trump Presses Forward as If We Face a Crisis

11/16/2018
The Dallas Morning News features an editorial on the administration’s attacks on legal immigration, including asylum. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said the Central American gangs asylum seekers are fleeing are “as violent and in control of an area as al-Qaeda is in the Middle East.”
AILA Doc. No. 18111605

Article: Foreign Students Who Work Stymied on Post-Graduation Employment

11/16/2018
Bloomberg reports that USCIS is denying H-1B visas to former international students. According to AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear, “There’s definitely been a laser-like focus on F-1 students changing status to H-1B” after they graduate.
AILA Doc. No. 18111631

Article: DREAMer: ICE Used an Elaborate Ruse to Arrest Me

11/14/2018
The Daily Beast reports ICE agents posed as local police to arrest a DACA beneficiary. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board said this practice is becoming “more brazen.” ICE has since denied him his medication in detention. Past AILA President David Leopold said this violates ICE’s own policy.
AILA Doc. No. 18111471

Article: Within Hours, Rights Groups Sue to Overturn Trump Order on Asylum

11/9/2018
Yahoo News reports on the president’s proclamation on asylum and a lawsuit filed that challenges its legality. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said, “It’s not hyperbole to say that [the proclamation] will put the lives of vulnerable asylum seekers at risk.”
AILA Doc. No. 18111275

Article: DHS, DOL Propose Moving H-2 Visa Recruitment Online

11/8/2018
Law360 reports on a proposed rule to allow employers to satisfy the American worker recruitment requirement for H-2A and H-2B visas using online job postings. The notices of the proposed rule cite comments submitted by AILA in 2015 that advocated for a switch to online recruitment.
AILA Doc. No. 18110938

Article: A Forgotten Chinese Cook’s Supreme Court Case Affirmed Birthright Citizenship

11/8/2018
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the 1898 Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark. Past AILA President William Stock explained, “The case set a bright-line rule: When you’re born here, you’re part of us.”
AILA Doc. No. 18110937

Article: Jeff Sessions’s Legacy Will Be Catastrophic for Asylum Seekers

11/8/2018
The Nation reports on how Jeff Sessions changed asylum policies by issuing his own decisions. In one case, AILA and others argued that decades of case law affirmed domestic violence victims’ eligibility for asylum; nevertheless, Sessions held that they would generally not qualify.
AILA Doc. No. 18110934

Article: Jeff Sessions May Be Gone, But His Impact on Immigration Policy Will Live On

11/7/2018
Buzzfeed News reports on how the former attorney general shaped immigration policy. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said Jeff Sessions oversaw “dramatic changes” that “undermined the integrity of the immigration court system and the independence of judges.”
AILA Doc. No. 18110933

Article: The Immigration Crisis Jeff Sessions Leaves Behind

11/7/2018
The Marshall Project reports on how Jeff Sessions changed immigration policy. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The aggressive nature of his actions infringing on the independence of the courts has made the need for a new court system even more urgent.”
AILA Doc. No. 18110932

Article: Can Trump Stop Asylum Seekers?

11/2/2018
The Los Angeles Times reports on President Trump’s plans to stop asylum seekers from entering the country. Lindsay Harris, Vice Chair of the AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee, noted that most families seeking asylum do attend their court hearings, contrary to the president’s claim.
AILA Doc. No. 18110631

Article: Trump Pledges Asylum Crackdown, Tent Cities; Is It Legal?

11/1/2018
The Associated Press reports on the president’s speech about his plans for responding to migrant caravans. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the president is “trying to scare the American public” in a “classic strategy that goes back to 19th century nativist thinking.”
AILA Doc. No. 18110273

Article: Will Donald Trump Be Breaking the Law with New Asylum Policy? Immigration Experts Question Legality of Proposal

11/1/2018
Newsweek reports on the president’s speech about the border, migrant caravans, and his plans to restrict who can apply for asylum. “The law and our treaties have been very clear,” said AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson, “You don’t send people back to be tortured or killed.”
AILA Doc. No. 18110271

Article: ICE Holding Detainees in Clayton Prison After Atlanta Turned Them Away

10/30/2018
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on ICE detaining immigrants in a privately operated prison near Atlanta after the city’s mayor banned ICE from holding detainees in Atlanta’s jail, with insights from AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Chair Eli Echols, who advised the mayor on the issue.
AILA Doc. No. 18103137

Article: Trump’s Own Supreme Court Appointees Could Strike Down His Attempt to End Birthright Citizenship

10/29/2018
Business Insider reports on the president’s announced plans to end birthright citizenship by executive order. Matthew Kolken of AILA’s Board of Governors said, “there might be nine separate opinions explaining why Trump can’t do that” if such an executive order went before the Supreme Court.
AILA Doc. No. 18103136

Article: Latin American Asylum Seekers Hit U.S. Policy “Wall”

10/29/2018
IRIN reports on the Trump administration restricting people’s ability to file asylum claims. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said that “turnbacks” of asylum seekers at the border are part of the policies and practices that appear “aimed at shutting out asylum seekers from the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 18103135

Article: Chickenpox Outbreak at ICE Detention Site in Aurora Prompts Outcry from Immigration Rights’ Groups

10/25/2018
The Denver Post reports on a chickenpox outbreak at an Aurora, CO, immigrant detention center. In June 2018, AILA and the American Immigration Council filed a complaint demanding an investigation into “woefully inadequate medical and mental health care,” at the same facility.
AILA Doc. No. 18102670

Article: Jeff Sessions Is Quietly Transforming the Nation’s Immigration Courts

10/17/2018
The Atlantic reports on attacks on judicial independence at EOIR. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said the Attorney General’s September comments to immigration judges would be normal if made to attorneys to “set prosecutorial policy,” but “that doesn’t translate to immigration judges.”
AILA Doc. No. 18101733

Article: How E-Verify Works: Immigration Labor Program Draws Scrutiny

10/9/2018
Fox News reports on the E-Verify system and proposals to mandate its use for all employers. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr said heightened policing of law-abiding immigrants “does not solve the problem.”
AILA Doc. No. 18101006

Article: An ICE Memo Lays Out the Difference Between Trump and Obama on Immigration Enforcement

10/8/2018
Buzzfeed reports on a 2017 ICE OPLA memo. AILA Past President David Leopold explained that it “all but forb[ade] ICE prosecutors from using their commons sense or showing any compassion.” AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said attorneys now rarely see immigrants granted reprieves.
AILA Doc. No. 18100902

Article: TN Visas Survive Trade Deal, But Challenges May Remain

10/2/2018
Law360 reports on the new trade deal reached between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Former AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker said the new deal largely represents a continuation of the status quo for TN visas, but noted, “We’re worried what may happen in the future procedurally.”
AILA Doc. No. 18100305

Article: U.S. Citizens Applying for Green Cards for Noncitizen Spouses See Growing Waits

10/3/2018
NBC News reports on nationwide delays in processing times for marriage-based green cards. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the administration’s policy changes are responsible, explaining, “You’ve got hundreds of thousands of more people coming through the immigration offices.”
AILA Doc. No. 18100304

Article: Head of Minneapolis’ New Immigrants and Refugees Office Embraces Challenge

9/26/2018
The Star Tribune provides a profile of Michelle Rivero, Director of Minneapolis’ Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and AILA member.
AILA Doc. No. 18092735

Article: Dozens of Doctors Who Screen Immigrants Have Record of ‘Egregious Infractions,’ Report Says

9/26/2018
The New York Times reports on a DHS OIG report that found USCIS failed to effectively screen the civil surgeons who examine immigrants seeking green cards. Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, called the report’s findings “very troubling and frightening.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092734

Article: Trump’s Welfare Crackdown Targets Immigrants

9/26/2018
Axios reports on the Trump administration’s proposed rule on inadmissibility for public charge grounds. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd explained that the proposed rule would “endanger the well-being of families throughout the nation while placing all too many of them at risk of separation.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092631

Article: An Illinois Priest Living Legally in the U.S. for 14 years Is Being Deported – Over a Single Vote He Shouldn’t Have Cast

9/24/2018
The Washington Post shares the story of the Reverend David Boase, who likely would not be facing deportation if it weren’t for a new USCIS policy that, in a July 2018 policy brief, AILA warned would “tie the hands of officials and eviscerate the concept of prosecutorial discretion.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092532

Article: Groups Decry Sessions’ Ruling That Limits Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/24/2018
ABA Journal reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) ruling forbidding IJs from dismissing cases as an act of judicial discretion. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the AG’s actions show that “an immigration court system housed under [DOJ] cannot be one that guarantees due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092531

Article: More Workplace Immigration Rules on Horizon for Year’s End

9/24/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on the expected release of several regulations affecting businesses that employ foreign workers. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence called USCIS’s regulatory agenda “very ambitious,” particularly for employment-based immigration programs.
AILA Doc. No. 18092530

Editorial: Attorney General’s Latest Decree Revs Up Trump’s ‘Deportation Machine’

9/23/2018
A Las Vegas Sun editorial criticizes recent DOJ actions that undermine immigration judges’ independence. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained the administration’s true goal with these actions is to “transform [EOIR] into a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092435

Editorial: While Donald Trump Berates Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Who Suffers? Immigrants

9/23/2018
A Dallas Morning News editorial calls for due process to not be sacrificed for expediency in immigration court. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson explained that recent DOJ actions will both undermine judicial independence and worsen the immigration courts’ “backlog and dysfunction.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092434

Editorial: Fire Jeff Sessions…As the Boss of Immigration Judges

9/21/2018
The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for for taking immigration courts out of the Justice Department, citing AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson, who explained that by undermining judicial independence in immigration courts, “Jeff Sessions gets to be the Supreme Court of immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092433

Article: Immigration Judges’ Union Accuses Jeff Sessions of Pushing for Speed over Fairness

9/21/2018
HuffPost reports on recent policy changes at EOIR. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said the changes show the immigration court system can be manipulated too easily, adding, “We really can’t have a neutral arbiter until its is taken out of the Department of Justice.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092400

Article: Immigration Policies Weigh on Indian Workers Seeking Green Cards

9/20/2018
Bloomberg reports that hundreds of thousands of immigrants may lose their temporary work visas while waiting for green cards. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said, “a whole puzzle with multiple pieces” created the situation, including a decades-long backlog and new USCIS policies.
AILA Doc. No. 18092139

Article: Sessions Limits Ability of Judges to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/20/2018
The Hill reports on the Attorney General placing new limits on immigration judges' ability to dismiss cases. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called the move part of an effort to "undermine judicial independence and minimize the role of judges in immigration court."
AILA Doc. No. 18092136

Article: As Storms Loom, Some Immigrant Families Wonder: Is It Safe to Seek Help?

9/19/2018
The New York Times reports on undocumented immigrants affected by Hurricane Florence who fear seeking help or evacuating to shelters. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney, said last-minute assurances from authorities made little difference because “they’ve already created this climate of distrust.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092031

Article: Jeff Sessions’ Latest Immigration Opinion Is Another Blow to the Independence of Immigration Judges, the Judges Union Said

9/19/2018
BuzzFeed reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the decision was “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092030

Article: Sessions Limits U.S. Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

9/19/2018
Reuters reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called it part of “a concerted effort by the AG to undermine judicial independence and to minimize the role of judges in immigration court.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092001

Article: Jeff Sessions Moves to Further Tighten Immigration Courts as Trump Attacks Him

9/19/2018
CNN reports on two decisions recently issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson called them “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092072

Article: Trump Moves to End Protections for Detained Immigrant Kids

9/6/2018
Law360 reports on the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “Stripping away these fundamental humanitarian protections will only benefit private prisons and waste billions in taxpayer money.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090735

Article: Jeff Sessions Is Executing Trump’s Immigration Plans with a Quiet, Efficient Brutality

9/7/2018
Mother Jones reports on actions taken by the Attorney General (AG) that are undermining judicial independence and severely limiting migrants’ due process rights. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the AG is “tak[ing] advantage of the structural flaws in our immigration court system.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090703

Article: The Family-Separation Crisis Is Not Over

9/5/2018
The Nation reports on the 700 families who remain separated despite a court ordering they be reunified and AILA and the American Immigration Council’s complaint regarding DHS’s “pervasive, and illegal, practice” of coercing parents into signing documents they may not have understood.
AILA Doc. No. 18090670

Article: Who Will Be Hurt by the Latest USCIS Decision on H-1B Visas?

9/5/2018
Forbes interviews former AILA President William Stock about USCIS extending and expanding its suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. Mr. Stock said, “USCIS just reduced substantially the number of H-1B petitions eligible for premium processing for the next five months.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090570

Article: How Trump Built an Invisible Wall Around America

9/2/2018
Quartz reports on how the administration is changing U.S. immigration policy and the concrete impacts of those changes. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explained that, among other impacts, “there’s not enough workers to fill jobs that desperately need to be filled.”
AILA Doc. No. 18090402

Article: Britons Hit by Trump’s ‘Invisible Wall’ Against Legal Immigration

8/30/2018
The Telegraph reports on Britons having difficulty obtaining U.S. visas. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick, the administration is building an invisible wall against legal immigration through a myriad of policies and procedures.”
AILA Doc. No. 18083104

Article: Beyond Mexico: How DHS Rule Changes May Affect Black Immigrants

8/28/2018
Yahoo News reports that changes to the public charge rule may especially disadvantage black immigrants. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr noted, “The U.S. is not welcoming to immigrants in general. So anything that happens to the general population is exacerbated for people of color.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082931

Article: Hundreds of Separated Children Not Reunited Amid Slow Progress

8/24/2018
CNN reports on the slow progress in reunifying families separated at the border and allegations that the government illegally coerced parents into signing away rights. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said children were held “hostage in order to sabotage their right to seek asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082700

Article: Parents Were ‘Coerced’ to Waive Reunification Rights with Children, Complaint Says

8/23/2018
NPR reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. One mother gave testimony that when she asked an official what she was being asked to sign, he hid it and said she wouldn’t speak to her daughters again unless she signed it.
AILA Doc. No. 18082473

Article: Immigration Agents Told Parents They Must Agree to Deportation or Never See Their Children Again

8/23/2018
BuzzFeed reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Katie Shepherd of the Immigration Justice Campaign said the “coercive environment created by government officials really started at the moment these families entered U.S. soil.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082472

Article: New Complaint Accuses ICE of Threatening Undocumented Parents into Signing Deportation Papers or Never Seeing Their Kids Again

8/23/2018
Slate reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said DHS’s actions amounted to separating children and “hold[ing] them hostage in order to sabotage their right to apply for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082471

Article: Immigrant Parents Who Gave Up Their Kids Were Punished, Threatened, and Degraded, New Report Says

8/23/2018
Vice News reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Many parents interviewed for the complaint said they could not concentrate during credible fear interviews as they were pleading for information on their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18082407

Article: APNewsBreak: Complaint: Migrant Parents Coerced by Officials

8/23/2018
The Associated Press reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council detailing a pervasive practice of DHS officials coercing parents to sign documents they didn’t understand. Attorneys spoke to 76 parents who were asked to sign forms affecting their right to reunify with their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18082330

Article: The Thousands of Children Who Go to Immigration Court Alone

8/21/2018
The Atlantic reports on the challenges unaccompanied migrant children face in securing a lawyer, with insights from AILA members. The challenges are greater in California’s Central Valley than in the state’s coastal cities, with only 28 AILA members listed within a 50-mile radius of Fresno.
AILA Doc. No. 18082270

Article: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Limits When Immigration Judges Can Postpone Hearings

8/20/2018
Houston Public Media reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of L-A-B-R-. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The Attorney General has tightened the vise on immigration judges even further by interfering with an important case management tool.”
AILA Doc. No. 18082107

Article: 8,000 New Ways the Trump Administration Is Undermining Immigration Court Independence

8/20/2018
In an op-ed in The Hill, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd writes about Matter of Castro-Tum and the “8,000 cases this fiscal year that immigration judges had temporarily removed from the court docket” through administrative closure that ICE now seeks to reopen.
AILA Doc. No. 18082136

Article: To Save Asylum Seekers We Must Save Our Immigration Courts

8/20/2018
The Hill features an op-ed by AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen. He writes, “The Trump administration is closing our nation to asylum seekers, blocking them from humanitarian protection and endangering their lives,” and calls for an independent Article I immigration court.
AILA Doc. No. 18082135

Article: Immigration Judges Are Expected to Be Impartial. But They Report to Jeff Sessions.

8/15/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the immigration court system. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The structural problems with our immigration court system being housed within the DOJ have been longstanding,” but administration policies have made them “all the more stark.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081530

Article: A Clampdown Slowing Legal, Not Just Illegal, Immigration

8/13/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts to reduce legal immigration. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick the administration actually is making it more difficult for higher-skilled individuals to come to work in the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081330

Article: Immigration Judges, Worried Trump Is Seeking to Cut Them Out, Fight Back

8/9/2018
The Washington Post reports on NAIJ’s labor grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “We’re very concerned the immigration judges are simply being turned into law enforcement officers.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081039

Article: Immigration Judges Union Slams Trump Administration for Undermining Courts

8/8/2018
HuffPost reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch expressed concern that the recent removal of a high-profile case from a judge’s docket is “a slippery slope of where the agency’s heading.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080941

Article: Immigration Judges Lash Out at Sessions

8/8/2018
The Hill reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “The decisions and behavior by the attorney general have shone a spotlight on the fundamental flaws of the system as it exists now.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080940

Article: Immigration “Loophole” that Trump Bemoaned Returns After Zero Tolerance Rollback

8/7/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the Trump administration’s rollback of its zero tolerance policy. According to AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch, “The procedures that we’re seeing at the border are those that were previously conducted, prior to the announcement of zero tolerance.”
AILA Doc. No. 18080734

Article: Visa Applicants Being Asked If Americans Can Do Their Jobs

8/7/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on changes in consular interviews for those seeking L-1 visas. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the increased scrutiny at consular interviews has been a "big shift for a lot of Europeans," who were accustomed to just getting their passports stamped at the consulate.
AILA Doc. No. 18080733

Article: Immigrant Family Separations Are Over. Now What?

8/1/2018
USA Today reports on Congress’ review of the administration’s family separation policy. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said that Congress needs to put aside its long history of inaction and get to work.
AILA Doc. No. 18080203

Article: Trump Administration, Critics Spar Over Family Reunifications as Deadline Passes

7/26/2018
The Washington Times reports on the Trump administration’s claim that it met a court-ordered deadline for reuniting immigrant families. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The government’s conduct calls into question whether any of these parents understood what they were agreeing to.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072771

Article: Republicans Voted to Block Jeff Sessions’ Attacks on Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence

7/26/2018
Mother Jones reports that the House Appropriations Committee voted across party lines to block DHS from using funds to implement the attorney general’s decision in Matter of A-B-. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the committee vote “a significant step.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072770

Article: ICE more than Tripled its U.S. work place investigations in 2018 and made more than Five Times the immigration arrests compared to 2017

7/25/2018
Daily Mail reports that ICE has tripled its worksite investigations. Allen Orr is quoted, “This is just another political ploy by the administration… at a time when they should be using their resources to reunite these families that were separated at the border.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072511

Article: 'Incredibly chaotic' - Trump administration scrambles to reunite migrant families as deadline looms

7/25/2018
NBC News reports on efforts to reunify migrant families, Ben Johnson is quoted, “Under the best of circumstances, the immigration detention system is often rigged against people who face deportation… These are not the best of circumstances."
AILA Doc. No. 18072510

Article: Trump Ramps Up Scrutiny of Legal Immigrants

7/22/2018
The Hill reports on USCIS efforts to curb legal immigration, including recent memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The memos are really, layer by layer, going after people who are in line doing the right things.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072311

Article: Changes to Federal Policies Pave Way for Sudden Visa Denials, Deportation

7/19/2018
CBS News reports on recently released USCIS policy memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The big picture here is they’re attacking legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072005

Article: Foreign Tech Workers Face Higher Hurdles in Visa Applications

7/18/2018
Bloomberg reports on how USCIS’s new guidance on issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs could affect adjudication of H-1B applications. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the new policy could mean applicants will no longer have a chance to explain minor errors in their applications.
AILA Doc. No. 18071930

Article: The Trump Administration Is Working to Deport More Legal Immigrants

7/17/2018
Mother Jones reports on recent policy changes that will push more legal immigrants into deportation proceedings, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish, and AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear.
AILA Doc. No. 18071801

Article: Visa Policy Change Will Make It Easier for Trump Administration to Deny Applications

7/17/2018
CNN reports on USCIS’s recent policy memo that gives adjudicators greater discretion to reject applications without first issuing an RFE or NOID. Former AILA President William Stock noted that the memo returns USCIS to a “culture of ‘no.’”
AILA Doc. No. 18071740

Audio: Syrian Student Worries About Her Future At Northeastern

7/15/2018
WGBH tells the story of how the studies and travel of a Northeastern University student from Syria have been affected President Trump’s travel ban. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear described the advise she and other attorneys are offering to individuals affected by the ban.
AILA Doc. No. 18071634

Article: Impact of Sessions’ Asylum Move Already Felt at Border

7/14/2018
CNN reports that Matter of A-B- is causing unprecedented numbers of credible fear interview denials. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen and former AILA President David Leopold offer insight on whether USCIS guidance for applying the decision could be challenged in court.
AILA Doc. No. 18071633

Article: There Are New, Tougher Guidelines for Migrants Seeking Asylum in the United States

7/12/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on new DHS asylum guidance. Laura Lynch, Senior Policy Counsel at AILA, explained how the credible fear screening and asylum process has worked until now, stating that the new guidance “is effectively shutting off access to asylum in the U.S.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071340

Article: Trump Administration Activates New Asylum Crackdown; Potentially Valid Claims Could Be Denied

7/12/2018
USA Today reports on new DHS guidance on asylum. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “the administration has turned U.S. asylum law on its head” and that the guidance “incorrectly instructs asylum officers to deny domestic violence and gang-related claims as a matter of course.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071339

Article: Asylum Seekers Face Tougher Odds at Border Under Stricter Policy on Victims of Violence

7/12/2018
HuffPost reports on new guidance issued by USCIS on asylum. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said USCIS is “effectively pre-judging domestic violence and gang cases,” adding, “this means a possible death sentence for those who fled from violence and persecution.”
AILA Doc. No. 18071338

Article: While Migrant Families Seek Shelter from Violence, Trump Administration Narrows Path to Asylum

7/10/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on Trump administration efforts to narrow who can qualify for asylum. Dree Collopy, Chair of AILA’s Asylum and Refugee Committee, said, “The opportunity to seek protection in this country is becoming less and less realistic.”

Article: Kavanaugh Could Stymie Trump’s Immigration Policies

7/10/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, and his positions on immigration, with insight from former AILA President David Leopold on longstanding positions of the Supreme Court that relate to immigration and executive power.

Article: Deportation Referral Policy Could Be Employers’ ‘Final Straw’

7/10/2018
Bloomberg Law reports on USCIS’s update to its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. AILA President Anastasio Tonello said the new policy could “discourage businesses from sponsoring employees” and Matthew Kolken of AILA’s Board of Governors discussed how the policy could play out.
AILA Doc. No. 18071033

Article: What ICE Really Does

7/1/2018
Slate provides an explainer on the roles that ICE and CBP play in enforcing immigration laws in the United States. Kate Voigt, Associate Director of Government Relations at AILA, contributed to the article.
AILA Doc. No. 18070537

Article: More Students Are Studying Immigration Law Because of President Trump's Policies

7/1/2018
Time reports that student interest in immigration law has increased at many schools in recent years, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association says its student membership has doubled in the past 18 months.
AILA Doc. No. 18070231

Article: Lawyers Seek Scrutiny of How Trump Carries Out Travel Ban

6/26/2018
Newsday reports on the Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s travel ban. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said attorneys must “dig deeper into this waiver process,” since the majority of waiver applications “should be granted because these individuals pose no threat to our country.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062735

Article: Thousands Cross the U.S. Border Seeking Asylum. Most Won’t Get It.

6/23/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on the asylum process in the United States. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the Attorney General’s recent decision in Matter of A-B- may not have an immediate impact on pending asylum cases because it “did not change the test for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062542

Article: Trump Attacks Immigration Laws, Calls for Deportations Without Trials

6/24/2018
Huffpost reports on President Trump’s tweets calling for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum seekers without due process of law. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said the tweets “further expose this administration’s lack of interest in democratic norms.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062541

Article: Trump Says U.S. Should Expel Migrants Without Due Process

6/24/2018
Talking Points Memo reports on President Trump’s call for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum, “with no Judges or Court Cases.” AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the right to due process “extends to every person in the United States, irrespective of immigration status.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062539

Article: There Are Effective Alternatives to Family Detention. The Trump Administration Already Ended One

6/22/2018
TIME reports on alternatives to family detention, such as GPS tracking and home visits while a family’s case makes its way through the legal system, and cites an AILA fact sheet about the effectiveness and benefits of alternatives to detention.
AILA Doc. No. 18062202

Article: Lawyers ‘Not Confident’ Family Separations Will End Despite Trump Order

6/21/2018
The Guardian reports on concerns that Trump’s Executive Order won’t stop family separations. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney explains the Executive Order “provides wiggle room for the administration” to continue separating families.
AILA Doc. No. 18062201

Article: Experts Cast Doubt on DHS Claim that Traffickers Are Posing as Families at the Border

6/21/2018
NBC investigates the veracity of DHS’s claim that traffickers pose as families to avoid arrest. AILA Past President Annaluisa Padilla explained that children apprehended at the border frequently are traveling with a relative who has “been acting as a de-facto parent.”
AILA Doc. No. 18062200

Selected News Clips on Family Separation

7/27/2018
AILA and its members have been speaking out against the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children. Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of AILA and the volunteers from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 18062000

Article: Sessions: Domestic Violence Not Grounds for Asylum

6/11/2018
San Francisco Chronicle reports on yesterday’s decision issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that narrowed criteria for asylum seekers. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney said Sessions had “inappropriately prejudged probably most of the asylum claims that are pending in our courts.”
AILA Doc. No. 18061235

Video: Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated from Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations

6/5/2018
NBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the large numbers of children stuck in border stations after being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 18060632

Article: Hundreds of Migrant Kids Separated from Parents Are Stuck at Border Stations

6/5/2018
NBC reports that migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border are spending extended periods in short-term border facilities as officials run out of space to house them, a situation AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called “highly inappropriate” and “unsafe.”
AILA Doc. No. 18060532

Article: Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ at U.S.-Mexico Border Is Filling Child Shelters

5/30/2018
Los Angeles Times reports on the growing numbers of migrant children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said HHS’s “workload has grown significantly” and criticized plans to house migrant children on military bases.
AILA Doc. No. 18053133

Article: Five Things to Know About ICE’s Plan to Deport Some Families

5/27/2018
The Arizona Republic reports on ICE’s plans to increase deportations of family units with final orders of removal, with insight from AILA President Benjamin Johnson about why some of these families facing removal may have never had the “day in court” that ICE claims they have had.
AILA Doc. No. 18052931

Article: U.S. Immigration Courts, Long Crowded, Are Now Overwhelmed

5/23/2018
The Wall Street Journal reports on the U.S. immigration court system’s backlog increasing 25 percent since President Trump took office, with insights on the situation from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 18052342

Article: Jeff Sessions Uses Exceptional Power Over Immigration Courts to Limit Judges’ Authority

5/17/2018
HuffPost reports on AG Sessions’ decision holding immigration judges don’t have authority to administratively close cases, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney calling it “the epitome of bad docketing practice” to allow cases that could be resolved other agencies to “sit and linger.”
AILA Doc. No. 18051861

Article: Justice Dept. Restricts a Common Tactic of Immigration Judges

5/17/2018
The New York Times reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum regarding administrative closures, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson about how the move undermines judicial independence and due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18051860

Article: Separating Families Caught at the Border: Rhetoric or Real Policy?

5/16/2018
Newsy reports on the administration’s plans to separate families at the United States’ southern border, citing AILA’s position that the practice violates “our nation’s laws and most cherished values.”
AILA Doc. No. 18051739

Article: Jeff Sessions Is Exerting Unprecedented Control Over Immigration Courts – By Ruling on Cases Himself

5/14/2018
Vox reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has referred an unprecedented number of BIA cases to himself for review, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt and AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 18051400

Article: AG Sessions Vows to Separate Kids from Parents, Prosecute All Illegal Border-Crossers

5/8/2018
AZ Republic reports on the Attorney General’s plan to separate family units who cross the border without authorization and prosecute the parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the plan the administration’s “latest push” to “undermine America’s asylum system.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050930

Article: Homeland Security Promises to Prosecute 100 Percent of Illegal Immigration Cases

5/7/2018
Texas Monthly reports on DOJ and DHS’s plans to prosecute all cases of illegal entry and forcibly separate families. Given illegal entries are at a 40-year low, AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney called the policy “yet another solution in search of a problem.”
AILA Doc. No. 18050832

Video: Greg Chen on the Asylum Process in the U.S.

5/3/2018
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen is interviewed about the asylum process in the United States and answers questions from viewers on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
AILA Doc. No. 18050334

Article: Trump Administration Bucks Report to Institute Quotas at Immigration Courts

4/27/2018
Government Executive reports on DOJ’s plans to use case completion quotas when evaluating immigration judges’ job performance, which appears to contradict recommendations made in a 2017 report that was commissioned by the Immigration Review office and obtained by AILA through a FOIA request.
AILA Doc. No. 18043032

Audio: Lawyers Say Recommended Fixes to Immigration Courts Going Unheeded by Trump Admin

4/23/2018
Southern California’s KPCC features a segment on DOJ’s failure to implement recommendations to improve the immigration court system that were part of an independent study that the agency commissioned and that AILA and the American Immigration Council obtained through a FOIA request.
AILA Doc. No. 18042531

Article: Successful Immigration Program to End April 30

4/23/2018
Texas Monthly reports on EOIR closing its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and implementing numeric quotas on immigration judges, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining that the administration’s actions are part of an effort to turn the immigration courts into “a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18042530

Article: Migrant Caravan Prompts Trump Administration to Send More Attorneys, Judges to Border

4/23/2018
The Texas Tribune reports on the president’s plans to send additional officials to the border in response to the arrival of an annual caravan of Central American migrants, with AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson’s providing insight on what kind of impact the extra resources will have.
AILA Doc. No. 18042407

Article: Justice Report’s Findings Clash with Sessions’ Actions

4/23/2018
CNN reports on a study about the immigration courts that was commissioned by EOIR and obtained through a FOIA request made by AILA and the American Immigration Council, noting AILA’s concerns over “recommendations that seemed ignored or on which opposite action was taken” by EOIR.
AILA Doc. No. 18042440

Article: Big American Tech Companies Are Snapping Up Foreign-Worker Visas, Replacing Indian Outsourcing Firms

4/20/2018
CNBC reports that Indian IT companies that operate in the U.S. are hiring fewer H-1B workers, a trend AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson says isn’t surprising given that “unpredictable” new policies and regulations have created an “invisible wall” on lawful immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 18042010

Article: Capitol Hill’s Immigration Impasse Likely to Stay in Ryan’s Wake

4/16/2018
Bloomberg Law features analysis from AILA members and others about what to expect from Congress on immigration in light of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) upcoming retirement.
AILA Doc. No. 18041843

Article: Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women

4/17/2018
Politico reports on actions taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the ability of victims of domestic abuse to receive asylum or other forms of relief from deportation, with commentary from AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 18041734

Article: H-1B Cap Met in 5 Days, Even with Application Roadblocks

4/9/2018
CIO Dive reports on why demand for H-1B visas has not decreased despite a more rigorous application process, with insights from AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear.
AILA Doc. No. 18040937

Audio: Will New Quotas for Immigration Judges Reduce Case Backlog?

4/4/2018
A segment on Atlanta’s WABE discusses DOJ’s new case completion quota for immigration judges, featuring commentary from Tracie Klinke, Chair of AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter, about how the measure will impact due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18040534

Article: Jeff Sessions Wants to Impose Quotas on Immigration Judges. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Idea.

4/5/2018
Mother Jones reports on DOJ’s new case quotas for immigration judges and its likely impact, with analysis from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas.
AILA Doc. No. 18040533

Article: Lawyers See Immigration Court as Trump ‘Deportation Machine’

4/4/2018
In this Bloomberg Politics article, immigration judges and immigration lawyers respond to DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for judges in immigration court, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney commenting, “Everything’s about speed. They’re converting the court into a deportation machine.”
AILA Doc. No. 18040531

Article: New Quotas for Immigration Judges Are ‘Incredibly Concerning,’ Critics Warn

4/2/2018
The Daily Beast reports on immigrant advocates’ concerns about DOJ’s plan to evaluate immigration judges using case completion quotas, with AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explaining the plan pressures judges to rush cases, undermining due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18040333

Article: Justice Department Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges

4/3/2018
The Associated Press reports on DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for immigration judges. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch told the AP that numerical goals for judges undermines the core judicial principle of “a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 18040332

Article: Trump Administration Tries to Curb Asylum

4/1/2018
The Houston Chronicle reports on changes made by the Trump administration to restrict who can qualify for asylum, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney about the Attorney General’s use of his authority to refer BIA cases to himself.
AILA Doc. No. 18040264

Article: New ICE Policy Makes Detention More Likely for Pregnant Women

3/29/2018
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on ICE’s policy directive ending presumption of release for all pregnant detainees, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla, who called the policy “an egregious human rights offense.”
AILA Doc. No. 18033006

Article: Attorneys Decry ‘Invisible Wall’ Blocking Legal Immigration

3/26/2018
Bloomberg BNA reports on AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence, AILA USCIS National Benefits Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen, and AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist.
AILA Doc. No. 18032732

Selected News Clips on Family Detention Pro Bono Efforts

12/29/2016
Want to see the impact our volunteers have made on families in detention? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 14120305

Article: The President's Cuts to Legal Immigration Are Dangerous

2/9/2018
In this opinion piece, which first appeared in the Christian Post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains what the Trump administration’s plans for legal immigration would mean for American families and the economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18021235