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

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.’”
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Audio: Syrian Student Worries About Her Future At Northeastern

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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.
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Article: What ICE Really Does

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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Article: Sessions: Domestic Violence Not Grounds for Asylum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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Article: Successful Immigration Program to End April 30

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

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

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

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

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.
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Article: Trump Administration Wants to Shut Door on Abused Women

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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Article: Justice Department Imposes Quotas on Immigration Judges

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.”
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Article: Trump Administration Tries to Curb Asylum

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

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.”
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Article: Attorneys Decry ‘Invisible Wall’ Blocking Legal Immigration

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.
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Article: Sailor Faces Deployment and Immigrant Wife’s Deportation

The Military Times shares the story of Navy Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Juan Quiroz, who is preparing for an at-sea deployment while also worrying that his wife could be deported. Martin Lester of AILA’s Military Assistance Program explains how common this situation is in the U.S. military.
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Article: All Sides Claim Victory on Spending Bill; No One Seems to Agree on What’s in It

The Washington Times reports on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled by Republican and Democratic leadership and what it does and does not include, with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explaining its biggest problem is that it lacks a solution Dreamers.

Selected News Clips on Family Detention Pro Bono Efforts

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.
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Article: The Wall Does Not Exist Yet, But Trump Has Already Erected New Barriers for Foreign Workers

The Washington Post covers AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall and the Trump administration policies that have restricted legal immigration to the United States. AILA First Vice President Marketa Lindt discusses the impact these policies are having on employers.
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Article: Fast-Track Option for High-Skill Visas Delayed Until September

Bloomberg BNA reports on USCIS’s announcement that it will suspend premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions until September 10, 2018, with analysis from AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear and AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen.
AILA Doc. No. 18032234

Article: This Mother Was Arrested in Front of Her Screaming Daughters. But She Hasn’t Been Charged with a Crime.

BuzzFeed News reports on CBP’s arrest of Perla Morales-Luna for alleged involvement in human smuggling, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney into DHS’s wide use of the smuggler accusation, which can be cause for deportation even in the absence of criminal charges.
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Article: Fed. Immigration Enforcement Is ‘Indiscriminate,’ Attys Say

Law360 features an article on the release of AILA’s report Cogs in the Deportation Machine, with additional commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
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Article: What DOJ’s California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country

Governing the States and Localities reports on DOJ’s lawsuit challenging three California laws related to immigration enforcement, with AILA Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage discussing how the outcome could impact other jurisdictions with similar laws.
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Article: Jeff Sessions Has Power to Shape Asylum Policy. He Could Be Gearing Up to Use It to Deny Relief to Domestic Violence Victims.

HuffPost reports on the Attorney General’s referral of a BIA decision in a domestic violence-related asylum case to himself for review. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney expresses concern that it’s an attempt to reverse “the hard-fought gains” made to protect domestic violence victims.
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Article: Trump Administration Moves to Reshape Who Qualifies for Asylum

NPR reports on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ interventions in two immigration cases and the potential “big implications for people who come to the U.S. and seek asylum,” with AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining what those implications could be.
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Article: Plea Advice Required Deportation Warning, S.C. High Court Says

Bloomberg Law reports on a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that found a Jamaican national received ineffective counsel when his attorney failed to warn him that a guilty plea for marijuana possession could result in his deportation, with legal analysis from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
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Article: Advocates Say Sessions’ Decision to Toss Rule on Asylum Hearings Endangers Thousands

The Washington Post reports on the Attorney General referring a 2014 BIA decision to himself and vacating the original decision, thus eliminating the requirement that asylum seekers get a full hearing before an immigration judge, and AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney discusses the likely impact.
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Article: Trump’s Deadline Just Passed and Young Immigrants Are Terrified

Vice News reports on the uncertainty facing DACA recipients, Congress’ inaction on the Dream Act, and court decisions that are currently enjoining President Trump’s DACA rescission, with commentary from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and AILA members Mo Goldman and Sarah Pierce.
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Article: On DACA’s Termination Date, Path Forward Remains Unclear

Bloomberg Law reports on court decisions that have temporarily allowed the DACA program to continue beyond the March 5 end date set by President Trump and where the Dream Act stands in Congress, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
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Video: Greg Chen on Immigration Policy Reform

C-SPAN’s Washington Journal features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the future of the DACA program and the need to pass legislation to protect Dreamers.
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Article: March 5th DACA Deadline May Be Obsolete, but Uncertainty Is Increasing for Dreamers

Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on how the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari on the DACA case and the pending appeals in lower courts will extend the program beyond the deadline set by President Trump. Former AILA President William Stock warns that this is far from relief for Dreamers.
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Article: By the Time ICE Arrested Syed Jamal, He Was Low on Options with Immigration Law

The Kansas City Star reports on the arrest and potential deportation of Bangladeshi national Syed Ahmed Jamal, who has lived and worked in academia in the Kansas City area for 30 years, with insights from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney and other AILA members.
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Article: U.S. Visa Boss Insists Mission Statement Isn’t Anti-Immigrant

The Associated Press reports on USCIS’s recent rewrite of its mission statement, with comments from USCIS Director Francis Cissna and criticism from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla about the change.
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Article: His Church Keeps His Picture in a Pew and Prays He Won’t Be Deported

CNN reports on a North Carolina man with significant health problems who is currently in detention facing deportation to the Republic of Congo, where his pastor says, “he will die.” AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen describes changing trends in immigration enforcement.
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Article: DACA Parents Become Flashpoint in Negotiations

CNN covers the negotiations for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, reporting on concerns from lawmakers that Dreamers would later sponsor their parents for citizenship. Former AILA President William Stock explains that “nearly all” of Dreamers’ parents would be subject to the 10-year bar.
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Video: Immigration Enforcement; Understanding "Orthorexia"; Inside American Greetings

Ohio PBS features a discussion with Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, about how immigration enforcement has evolved in the past year, both nationwide and specifically in Northeast Ohio.
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Article: ICE Deportation Cases: Your Questions Answered

The New York Times answers questions about how ICE carries out enforcement actions and what happens after the agency arrests an individual, with comments from Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
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Article: The President's Cuts to Legal Immigration Are Dangerous

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

Article: Four Myths About “Chain Migration,” Debunked

The Daily Dot fact checks myths that are currently circulating about the family-based immigration system, with expert insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish about how family immigration actually functions in the United States.
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Article: HIV-Positive Immigrant Fighting Deportation to Venezuela, Where Life-Saving Medicine Is Scarce

ABC News reports on Ricardo Querales, a Miami-based hairstylist and HIV-positive gay immigrant, who is facing deportation to Venezuela, with AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explaining how deportation trends have changed under the Trump administration.
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Article: ICE Arrest of Kansas Professor Highlights Complicated Paths to Citizenship

NBC News reports on the detention of a Kansas father of three who was previously protected under prosecutorial discretion, with insights on the complexities of immigration law and changing policy from Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 18020837

Article: Republican Bill Would Treat Low-Income Dreamers as Criminals

Mother Jones reports on Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the bill’s criminal provisions would affect Dreamers.
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Article: DHS Officials in San Antonio Call for Tighter Asylum Laws

The San Antonio Express-News reports on DHS officials calling on Congress to reform the country’s asylum laws to close supposed “loopholes,” with commentary from former AILA President Laura Lichter on the importance of protections for asylum seekers.
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Article: U.S. to Prioritize Recent Asylum Applications

The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s decision to prioritize interviews for asylum seekers who entered the United States most recently, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen on the impact this will have on asylum seekers in the current interview backlog.
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Article: Immigration Agency to Review Newest Asylum Cases First in Bid to Deter Fraud

Reuters reports on USCIS’s announcement regarding changes in how affirmative asylum interviews are scheduled, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the new policy will leave asylum seekers currently waiting in the backlog “severely disadvantaged.”
AILA Doc. No. 18020139

Article: Trump’s Path to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Will Leave Out Nearly Half of All Dreamers

The Associated Press reports on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security, noting that AILA and other organizations believe Trump’s proposed path to citizenship for only a portion of Dreamers “is not worth the formidable costs” of other elements of the proposal.
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Article: CNN’s Reality Check Team Vets Trump’s State of the Union

A team of reporters, researchers, and editors from CNN rates key statements from Trump’s first State of the Union Address as either true, true but misleading, or false, citing AILA to debunk the president’s false claims about the U.S. family-based immigration system.
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Article: Lawmakers Call on Trump to Drop Bid for Legal Immigration Cuts

The Washington Post reports on the reactions of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to the president’s latest immigration reform proposal, with analysis on the proposal’s content and prospects in Congress from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
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Article: As H-1B Applications Get Under Way, Foreigners Face New Challenges

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on H-1B filing season and a bill introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Flake (R-AZ) that would increase the number of available H-1B visas, with comments from former AILA President William Stock.
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Article: ICE Puts Employers in Its Crosshairs

U.S. News reports on ICE’s recent series of raids at 7-Eleven stores across the nation and how employer-focused enforcement has changed over the years, with insight from former AILA President William Stock.
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Article: Pinellas Sheriff, Feds Announce Changes to Controversial Immigrant Detention Policy

Tampa Bay Times reports on an agreement between Tampa Bay-area sheriffs and ICE to allow local jails to hold undocumented immigrants for ICE while protecting them from civil rights lawsuits. AILA’s Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains they will likely still face litigation.
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Article: The Case of the “Perfect” Undocumented Immigrant

Splinter features a profile of Erlin San Martin, a Honduran immigrant and dedicated father with no criminal record and a pending U visa application, who is now in detention awaiting deportation. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board of Governors explains how common his story is becoming.
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Article: Trump Is Making It Harder for Canadians to Legally Immigrate to the U.S., Lawyers Say

The Toronto Star reports on how the Trump administration has made it more difficult for Canadians to move to the United States. Nan Berezowski, Chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, told the Star, “We’re seeing more refusals, and often more refusals for small things.”
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Article: What Authority Do Local Police Have to Enforce Immigration Laws?

The San Antonio Express-News investigates local police departments’ legal authority to enforce immigration laws, and AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage explains what federal law actually mandates regarding this issue.
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Article: Chain Migration: How Conservatives Created the Transformative Policy They’re Now Attacking

Mic reports on the origins of the U.S. family-based immigration system, with insights from AILA that debunk many of the myths currently being circulated by the Trump administration and anti-immigration activists about family-based immigration.
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Article: Trump is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

Quartz reports that the Trump administration is increasing scrutiny of H-1B applications with insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish.
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Article: What “Dreamers” Say About the Great Immigration Debate

The New York Times reports on congressional negotiations for the Dream Act, the recent district court decision on DACA, and the young immigrants whose futures are on the line, with reflections from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney on the uncertainty and its emotional toll on Dreamers.
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Article: After El Salvador Loses Special Protections from Deportation, Local Hondurans Fear They’re Next

The Times-Picayune reports on DHS’s decision to cancel TPS for El Salvador, with reactions from AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Honduran TPS beneficiaries in the New Orleans area.
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Video: Daniel Stein and Ben Johnson on Immigration Reform

C-SPAN hosts a discussion about the prospects for immigration reform in 2018 with AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein.
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Article: How Trump Went After Immigrants in 2017

VICE reports on how President Trump transformed the immigration system, from the travel ban to efforts to deporting undocumented immigrants to the plan to limit even legal immigration. Anastasia Tonello is quoted discussing delays at USCIS.
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Article: One Year of Immigration Under Trump

The Intercept reports on President Trump’s first year in office. Annaluisa Padilla is quoted, “I think it’s clear that this administration wants to bring any sort of immigration to the U.S. to a halt, whether it’s legal or what’s touted as illegal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 18010202

Article: To Curb Illegal Border Crossings, Trump Administration Weighs New Measures Targeting Families

The Washington Post reports that the Trump administration is considering separating parents from their children to halt Central American families and unaccompanied minors coming across the Mexican border. Greg Chen states, “These are families that have no other choice for their survival.”
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Article: Without New Laws or Walls, Trump Presses the Brake on Legal Immigration

The New York Times reports on President Trump’s quieter immigration agenda, slowing down legal immigration programs and more frequently denying business-related visa applications. AILA’s President-elect Anastasia Tonello commented to the Times, “The wall is being built.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122039

Article: Good Luck Recruiting Top Talent, America

Mother Jones reports on increasing hurdles for foreign nationals looking to live and work legally in the United States, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish on the “constant slew of policy changes that have been difficult to keep up with.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122037

Article: Outlook 2018 – More Scrutiny, Enforcement for Employment Visas

Bloomberg BNA reports on what is on the horizon for immigration policy in 2018, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence.
AILA Doc. No. 17122034

Article: Startups Are Hacking Past New Immigration Rules

OZY reports on a new wave of startups with products to guide individuals and companies through immigration and visa applications. AILA’s Director of Practice and Professionalism warns of their limitations when it comes to complex immigration cases in the current era of changing policies.
AILA Doc. No. 17121931

Article: Trump Team Immigration Push Undercut by NY Attack Facts, Critics Say

CNN reports on the Trump administration’s attempt to blame terrorist attacks in the United States on family-based immigration and the diversity visa lottery program, a connection that lacks evidence, as AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained to CNN.
AILA Doc. No. 17121334

Article: Complaint Accuses DHS of Increasingly Separating Families at the Border

BuzzFeed News reports on a complaint recently filed with DHS by the Immigrant Justice Campaign and six other immigrant and refugee advocacy groups on behalf of family members who were forcibly separated while in DHS custody at the U.S. southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17121238

Article: What DACA Recipients Really Need Is for Their Bosses to Break the Law

Splinter calls on employers to defy the law and continue employing DACA recipients whose work permits expire, until the Dream Act is passed. Former AILA President William A. Stock reflects, “Defying laws that people think are immoral in some way has a long tradition in America.”
AILA Doc. No. 17120133

Article: Local Family Shattered by Immigration Crackdown

The Sun Community News reports on the deportation of a Clintonville, NY resident to his native Niger and the impact it has had on his family. AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explains how the administration’s mass deportation agenda ensnares families like this one.
AILA Doc. No. 17112936

Article: A Growing Lawyer “Army” Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

The Nation reports on efforts to mobilize attorneys to represent immigrants pro bono, highlighting the work of the Immigration Justice Campaign, a joint initiative of AILA and the American Immigration Council.
AILA Doc. No. 17112739

Article: Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants

The Wall Street Journal reports on changes to the employment-visa application process. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains, “The goal of the administration seems to be to grind the process to a halt or slow it down so much that they achieve a reduction in legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 17112104

Article: In Reversal, Immigration Agency Will Consider Delayed DACA Requests

The New York Times reports on USCIS's decision to accept DACA renewals that were previously rejected due to mail delays. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explains how this problem could have been avoided.
AILA Doc. No. 17111634

Article: The Trump Administration Rejected 4,000 “Late” DACA Renewals. Some Were Sitting in Its Mailbox at the Deadline.

Vox reports on a lawsuit filed by individuals whose DACA renewals were rejected as late, despite having arrived by the deadline, with insight on the situation from Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 17111662

Article: DOJ Details Plan to Slash Immigration Court Backlog

The Washington Post reports on DOJ's plans to reduce the immigration court backlog by half by 2020. Gregory Chen, AILA's Director of Government Relations, expressed concerns that the plans would "undermine judicial independence."
AILA Doc. No. 17110731

Article: U.S. Tightens Renewal Requirements for Nonimmigrant Worker Visas

NBC News reports on stricter renewal requirements for nonimmigrant worker visas following a recent update to USCIS policy, and former AILA President William Stock provides analysis on the impact of this change.
AILA Doc. No. 17110109

Article: Trump Administration Toughens H-1B Visa Renewal Process

CNN reports that USCIS advised officers to "apply the same level of scrutiny" to H-1B extension requests and other nonimmigrant visas. AILA’s Betsy Lawrence said that this greater level of scrutiny will cause unnecessary delays even when the underlying facts have not changed.
AILA Doc. No. 17102633

Article: What Trump’s DOJ’s Numbers Don’t Say About Immigration Court Backlog

Talking Points Memo reports that President Trump’s mass deportation machine is worsening immigration court backlogs.“If the Trump administration is solely focused on deporting people, they’re actually shooting themselves in the foot,” said AILA’s Greg Chen. Sarah Owings is also quoted.
AILA Doc. No. 17102332

Article: Immigration Judges Say Proposed Quotas from Justice Dept. Threaten Independence

The Washington Post reports that DOJ wants to introduce quotas on IJs, drawing a rebuke from judges. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said that to force judges to complete cases under a time frame undermines their ability to make careful, well thought-out decisions.
AILA Doc. No. 17101331

Article: Should the United States Defend Undocumented People in Immigration Court?

The International Business Times reports that more than 600,000 immigrants are currently battling deportation or fighting for asylum in U.S. courts. AILA Secretary Jeremey McKinney debates whether universal representation should be extended to represent them.
AILA Doc. No. 17100433

Article: Crisis in the Courts

NBC reports that the immigration courts are so backlogged with cases that some hearings are being scheduled as far in the future as July 2022. "The problem was years in the making but this administration is making it much, much worse," said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 17092635

Article: Jeff Sessions Warns Gang Members: "We Will Hunt You Down"

Associated Press reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions said violent gangs are exploiting the unaccompanied minors program and sending members to the United States. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the assertion “truly baseless.”
AILA Doc. No. 17092206

Article: What the Waiting List for Legal Residency Actually Looks Like

The Atlantic discusses how a figurative line of immigrants waiting to obtain legal status is often invoked. “It’s the general line for everyone except the countries that have used all of their visas—and then, those lines are even worse.” said AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 17092139

Article: Trump Says He’s Taken “No Action” on DACA, but 700,000 Dreamers Now Can’t Leave the Country

Mother Jones reports that after the rescission of DACA, advance parole no longer exists for 700,000 Dreamers. “It’s unnecessarily cruel to take away their travel during this phase-out,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 17091441

Article: Borrowed Time

The Atlantic reports that for many DACA recipients, gaining legal status is not an option and this can be particularly worrisome for DACA recipients as they think through how to financially sustain themselves and often, their families. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney is quoted.
AILA Doc. No. 17091201

Article: Why Common Critiques of DACA Are Misleading

The New York Times offers a fact-checking assessment on the Trump administration’s reasoning behind the decision to end the DACA program. AILA's Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt shares concern about USCIS sharing information about DACA recipients with ICE.
AILA Doc. No. 17091200

Article: Administration Isn’t Sharing Dreamers’ Information with ICE, but Another Threat Looms

Mother Jones reports that “there’s definitely a reason for DACA recipients to be alarmed,” said AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney, because if DACA ends, Dreamers would join other law-abiding undocumented immigrants who are being detained “without abandon” by the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 17091101

Article: Trump Tweet Unlikely to Calm Anxious Immigrants

ABC reports that a tweet by President Trump assuring DACA recipients of their future legal status isn’t likely to alleviate their anxiety. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the tweet didn't carry weight without more specific instructions to DHS.
AILA Doc. No. 17090837

Article: Desperate Dreamers Have a Few Small Slivers of Hope Remaining

Vice reports that Dreamers are counting on either Congress or the courts to come through to protect them. "Trump can be a real unifier here. He said he wants Congress to act and his next step should be to say, 'I support this,'" AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said.
AILA Doc. No. 17090834

Video: Response on DACA Rescission

MSNBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen who said that Attorney General Sessions’ legal argument for rescinding DACA is flawed. “Past Presidents, Eisenhower, President Reagan, Bush Snr., all used the same kind of authority, deferred action,” Mr. Chen said.
AILA Doc. No. 17090635

Article: Federal Judge Blocks Texas Ban on Sanctuary Cities in Blow for Trump

The Guardian reports that a federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that blocks key parts of Texas’s ban on sanctuary cities, two days before the law was scheduled to go into effect. AILA moved its 2018 conference out of the Dallas area in protest at SB 4.
AILA Doc. No. 17083140

Article: Immigration Agency May Be Expanding Anti-Fraud Program

Bloomberg reports that immigration attorneys are seeing what could be an expansion of a USCIS effort to root out fraud in the immigration system. It’s “clear” the agency is looking for fraud across all visa categories, AILA Treasurer Allen Orr said.
AILA Doc. No. 17083138

Article: One Immigrant's Story of Life Under DACA

Mlive reports on the journey of Kevin Vazquez who moved to the United States from Mexico when he was eight and is currently protected by the DACA program. “It is more important now than it has ever been to protect DREAMers,” said Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations.
AILA Doc. No. 17083047

Article: Scoring a High-Skill Visa Just Got a Little Bit Harder

Bloomberg reports that although there haven’t been any regulations or new policies issued in response to President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, “they’re changing the rules by adjudication,” said AILA Treasurer Allen Orr.
AILA Doc. No. 17081801

Article: Immigration Raids Are Sweeping Up More People Who Weren't Targets

TIME reports that on immigration raids with Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, said, "It's basically a push through a lot of different ways to try to deport as many people as possible without regard to whether or not they're a public safety threat."
AILA Doc. No. 17081133

Article: Deportation Order Splits Oakland Family and Highlights Shift Under Trump

The San Francisco Chronicle describes a deportation order splitting up an Oakland family, “If these sorts of cases are being denied, then who gets to stay here, and who is safe? Arguably it is no one,” said Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
AILA Doc. No. 17081130

Article: DHS May Not Have Capacity to Hire 15,000 Officers Trump Promised

Cronkite News reports that DHS may not have the resources to hire the new CBP agents President Trump has ordered. “The ramp-up of the number of agents quickly, with the scale-back of the polygraph testing, is extremely concerning,” said AILA Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage.
AILA Doc. No. 17080733

Article: Trump's Immigration Crackdown Straining Courts, Advocates Say

NBC reports that President Trump's illegal immigration crackdown has seen about one-third of the nation's IJs reassigned, backlogging already jammed immigration courts. There was a need for a IJ reshuffle under President Obama in 2014, but not anymore, said AILA secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AILA Doc. No. 17072575

Article: Visa Issues Take Spotlight After Burundi Teens Exit Event

The AP reports that the disappearance of the six Burundi teens from an international robotics contest is casting a spotlight on the visa process. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence said that the tourist visas granted to the teens are a result of reciprocal negotiations.
AILA Doc. No. 17072404

Article: Trump’s Unified Agenda

Politico reports that DHS requested $91 million in reprogrammed funds for detention beds this year, nearly a 5 percent increase over the $2 billion devoted to beds in 2017. Greg Chen, AILA’s Director of Government Relations, called it a “backdoor” way to ramp up deportations.
AILA Doc. No. 17072199

Article: Trump Administration Suspends Rule for “Startup Visas"

The Mercury News reports that the Trump administration has suspended the startup visa program which allows immigrant business founders to stay in the United States while growing their companies. “It’s unfortunate,” said AILA President Anastasia Tonello.
AILA Doc. No. 17071400

Video: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Interviews Ben Johnson About Former DACA Recipient Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez

AILA’s Executive Director Benjamin Johnson was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN to discuss the case of Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez, who had been approved for DACA in 2014 and was removed to Mexico on 2/20/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17042040

Selected News Clips Highlighting AILA and its Members Responding to the Muslim/Refugee Ban

There have been many news stories about the work being done to push back against the Executive Order banning Muslims and refugees; this page compiles selected clips chronicling the work being done by AILA and its members.
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