Register for AILA’s National Day of Action (NDA) on April 11, 2019, to meet with members of Congress and share how the administration’s immigration policy changes are harming American families, businesses, and communities.
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt discusses DHS's announcement about a new policy, effective 7/23/19, to dramatically expand expedited removal, which will ramp up ICE's power everywhere in the United States, subjecting hundreds of thousands of people to rapid deportation.
AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch shares information on AILA resources for AILA members, their clients, advocates, the Hill, and the public, for the upcoming ICE raids, including know your rights handouts and local raids response hotlines that can be found at https://www.aila.org/raids.
This week, both the Senate and the House passed emergency border spending bills that would be used primarily by CBP and ICE for the custody, transport, and care of migrants. AILA’s Director of Government Relations Greg Chen provides an update and discusses the need for a more comprehensive solution.
The American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide protection from deportation and a path to citizenship to over 2 million Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients, passed the House. AILA's Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt discusses the significance of this landmark bill.
AILA's Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch provides an update on the state of our nation’s immigration courts including the letter from 55 members of Congress to Attorney General Barr asking to reverse the Matter of M-S- and AILA’s policy brief on DOJ’s “Myth vs. Fact” document.
DHS and DOL published a temporary final rule increasing the H-2B cap for FY2019 by an additional 30,000 visas. Diane Rish, AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relations, discusses the key aspects of the H-2B rule that the AILA members should be aware of.
On April 29, 2019, the White House released a presidential memorandum in response to the large numbers of people apprehended at the southern border this year. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis discusses the three major changes to asylum law that the memo proposes.
Reports of increasing numbers of asylum seekers at the southern border have resulted in the administration charging that the federal government cannot manage the arrivals without more resources. AILA’s Greg Chen explains why what we really need is a better management of the available resources.
AILA’s Associate Director of Government Relation Kate Voigt discusses H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which would allow certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, commonly known as Dreamers, and immigrants with TPS to apply for permanent legal status.
AILA National, with the help of AILA’s USCIS HQ Liaison Committee, sent a letter to USCIS regarding the announcement of a revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, both with mandatory effective dates. AILA’s President-Elect Marketa Lindt explains AILA’s concerns over these significant changes.
Greg Chen, Director of AILA's Government Relations, discusses the spending bill introduced by the Senate late Monday night. The bill includes many concerning provisions regarding DACA, TPS, and asylum policy.
Greg Chen, AILA's Director of Government Relations, discusses President Trump's remarks from his speech on January 8, 2019, and explains why we need to invest in the immigration courts rather than a border wall.
AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd explains the Trump administration's announcement of a proposed rule entitled, "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," under which immigrants who legally use public benefits could be denied green cards.
AILA's Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt discusses the Attorney General's decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-, which limits the ability of immigration judges to terminate cases. Join fellow AILA members in signing a petition calling for independent immigration courts.
Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas discusses the injunction issued by a court in California and explains the Immigration Justice Campaign's involvement in the family separation crisis on the border.
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explains the implications of the Department of Homeland Security's announcement that up to an additional 15,000 H-2B visas will be available for the remainder of FY2018.
AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence highlights details from AILA's latest report, Deconstructing the Invisible Wall: How Policy Changes by the Trump Administration are Slowing and Restricting Legal Immigration.
AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen shares where things stand with the DACA program now that the March 5 deadline has passed and looks ahead to the spending bill that must be passed by March 23 to fund the government.
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish digs into the I-Squared bill, introduced last week by Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Flake. The bill seeks to modernize and reform the H-1B visa and employment-based green card programs.
AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen responds to the White House immigration reform proposal that would provide a path to citizenship for some Dreamers in exchange for border wall funding and family reunification restrictions.
As the federal government begins accepting DACA renewal applications following a federal court ruling, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt shares what this means and how the Department of Justice’s appeal will impact the applications.
The Trump administration announced the rescission of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador on January 8. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen breaks down the decision and discusses its impact.
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen discusses what's on Congress' plate as they look to fund the government by December 22 and how AILA members can get involved to get the Dream Act passed.
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish shares what we know about the in-person interview requirements for all employment-based green card applicants and what AILA members should expect during the interviews.
Chair of the Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee Daniel Parisi provides updates from the October 2017 meeting with DOS, including DOS' advice for visa applicants when a consular post is closed or not present in a country.
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear takes a look at the two temporary injunctions of President Trump's latest travel ban, issued by judges in Hawaii and Maryland, and discusses the impact and next steps.
Chair of AILA's Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Liaison Committee Kelli Stump shares how the Trump administration's proposed case completion quotas for immigration judges would harm the immigration court system.
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen responds to the announced immigration priorities and principles set by the Trump administration. He discusses why the policies are harmful and how you can take action.
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen shares why the Dream Act of 2017, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Dubrin, is important. He also discusses details of the bill and what AILA members can do.
American Immigration Council staff attorney Caroline Walters shares details of the lawsuit filed July 12, 2017, that charges that the government violated individuals' rights to seek asylum and lays out what comes next.
AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen takes a look at the House Appropriations Committee's FY2018 DHS appropriations bill, which includes funding for a border wall and President Trump's deportation force. Take action and tell your representative to vote no.
Legal Director for the American Immigration Council Melissa Crow shares why the Dilley Pro Bono Project filed suit to challenge a new ICE policy that arbitrarily restricts the types of legal services that the project may provide.
AILA’s President William Stock shares why AILA will move its 2018 Annual Conference, previously scheduled for Grapevine, TX, to another state due to the recently passed anti-immigrant SB 4 legislation in Texas.
AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence discusses the joint AILA and Council filing of a petition for rulemaking, which asks DHS and DOS to promulgate regulations providing access to counsel in consular proceedings and during the secondary and deferred inspection processes.
On May 23, 2017, President Trump released his FY2018 budget request, which would fund massive increases in immigration enforcement and border security. AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen shares how the proposed budget would undermine due process and what members can do.
AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen provides updates on three enforcement-only bills being marked up in the House Judiciary Committee on 5/18/17 and how these will undermine public safety.
AILA President William Stock shares details on Texas Senate Bill 4, which Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law. Bill Stock discusses how the "show me your papers" law will harm communities in Texas.
Congress has reached an agreement on the funding bill to keep the government open for the rest of FY2017. AILA's Director of Government Relations Greg Chen gives an overview of the major immigration provisions, including funding for border security and interior enforcement, and limited H-2B relief.
On 4/28/17, Congress passed a one-week Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the government funded. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains what that means and what to look for as Congress works toward a long-term spending bill.
AILA President William Stock shares insights on the potential impact President Trump’s 4/18/17 Executive Order that requires a full review of the employment-based visa programs and singles out the H-1B program for particular scrutiny.
AILA DOS Liaison Committee Chair Daniel Parisi recaps the committee's April 6, 2017, meeting with Department of State, including updates on the effect of President Trump's Executive Orders as well as provisional and prudential revocations and LegalNet inquiries.
AILA’s USCIS Liaison Committee Chair Rob Cohen recaps the committee's April 6, 2017, meeting with USCIS, including updates on enforcement of President Trump's Executive Orders and CSPA, as well as what to look for with future USCIS engagement.
AILA ICE Liaison Committee Chair Heather Prendergast recaps the committee's April 6 meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including updates on prosecutorial discretion and the DHS memo on interior enforcement.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen previews AILA's National Day of Action and what messages AILA members will be taking to the Hill on April 6, 2017. Follow along with the conversation on Twitter with #AILANDA.
Author of AILA’s Asylum Primer Dree Collopy shares details from USCIS’s revised Credible Fear and Reasonable Fear lesson plans that went into effect on February 27, 2017, and explains what the changes mean for lawyers.
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson provides updates on how President Trump’s Executive Order targeting Muslims and refugees impacted those traveling this weekend, how AILA has responded, and what members can do.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen joins to discuss the Senate confirmation hearings of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General and Retired General John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security Secretary held on January 10, 2017, and January 11, 2017.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares updates on the BRIDGE and SAFE Acts introduced in Congress on Friday and provides details on the continuing resolution passed to fund the federal government through April 28, 2017.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details of an agreement reached between civil rights groups and the state of Arizona on the enforcement of the most contentious section of Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen celebrates the four-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s acceptance of the first DACA applications and points out that while the program is important, comprehensive reform is still needed.
The American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ affirmation of the Flores Settlement Agreement stating that the Obama administration's family detention practices violate that agreement.
AILA General Counsel Laura Lichter shares information on what AILA members need to know about how they can help women and unaccompanied children who may be subject to raids and what resources are available.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares information regarding ICE's announcement that it would be conducting another surge of arrests aimed at families and unaccompanied minors across the nation and what AILA is doing.
AILA member and head of the immigration clinic at the University of Texas Law School Denise Gilman shares news of the Texas Department of Family Services' decision to approve the Karnes City, Texas, application to be a licensed childcare facility and what AILA members can do.
AILA's USCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee Chair Tracie Klinke recaps a recent meeting with USCIS Field Operations, including information on the processing of biometrics for applicants in proceedings and adjudications at local field offices.
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas shares why the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project submitted a complaint to OCRCL and the Office of the Inspector General, which highlights eight cases of deep psychological trauma affecting mothers held in family detention.
AILA's Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt shares details of a 3/11/16 letter from AILA to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, which expresses concerns regarding processing backlogs and a lack of transparency in communicating processing times to the public.
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin shares details of a report released by the Council, DACA at Year Three, which looks at the challenges and opportunities in accessing higher education and employment for DACA recipients.
AILA Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Bob Sakaniwa discusses the recent Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing on high-skilled immigration and H-1Bs and how to get involved by attending AILA's National Day of Action and by submitting case examples.
AILA member Scott Pollock shares details on the proposed change that will eliminate the rule requiring USCIS to grant interim EADs if the agency does not adjudicate the application within the 90-day regulatory time period. Submit comments to USCIS by 2/29/16. AILA has provided model comments.
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin discusses how U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death might impact the upcoming case on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details on the bill introduced in the Senate that would provide access to counsel to children, families, and other vulnerable populations facing deportation. He also discusses hearings on EB-5 and AILA's upcoming National Day of Action.
The American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow discusses the Supreme Court's announcement to hear the case on President Obama's executive actions on expanded DACA and DAPA and looks to what to expect next.
Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares details on what was included.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides the latest on the December 8th House vote on the Visa Waiver Program and shares what else is happening on the Hill as the December 11 deadline for the appropriations bill looms near.
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow sits down to discuss the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on President Obama's latest deferred action initiatives and what the next steps might be.
AILA ICE Liaison Committee Vice Chair Heather Drabek Prendergast shares updates from an October 19, 2015, meeting with ICE. Help the committee by filling out this survey, Prosecutorial Discretion Prior to Issuance of NTA.
AILA's Associate Director of Advocacy Karen Lucas discusses today's deadline for the federal government to comply with U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee's ruling regarding the incarceration of mothers and children fleeing violence.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen recaps the Continuing Resolution that will fund the government through December 11, which extends the E-Verify, as well as the Conrad 30, religious worker, and EB-5 visa programs.
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details on U.S. District Judge Gee's ruling in Flores v. Lynch, which ruled that children should generally be released from family detention within five days.
American Immigration Council's Legal Fellow Lindsay Harris delves into the government and plaintiffs' responses on Judge Gee's Order to Show Cause in the ongoing Flores settlement litigation and tells us what to expect next.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee ruled in Flores v. Johnsona decision that should signal the end of the mass incarceration of children and mothers seeking asylum in the U.S. In this Quicktake, AILA Executive Director Crystal Williams explains the decision and discusses what is coming next.
AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses H.R. 3009, Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 241-179, and offers alternative solutions to the bill.
AILA President Victor Nieblas Pradis discusses USCIS's recently issued letters to some DACA recipients requiring them to return their three-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that are being retrieved after an injunction in Texas v. United States.
American Immigration Council's Director of Policy Beth Werlin offers accurate data on family and children appearance rates after the Center for Immigration Studies and Fox News got it wrong and explains why lawyers are so important in improving appearance rates.
This week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement released FAQs regarding civil enforcement priorities and prosecutorial discretion. AILA Associate Director of Liaison Kate Voigt discusses what the FAQs address and what to expect next.
Patrick Taurel, American Immigration Council's DACA Legal Services Fellow, provides updates on two rulings made this week in Crane v. Johnson and Texas v. United States regarding President Obama's 2012 and 2014 deferred action programs.
AILA's Director of Practice and Professionalism Reid Trautz shares why the new CARA project, made up of AILA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is so important to ended family detention.
In this Quicktake, AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides updates on the Department of Homeland Security funding, House Judiciary Committee mark ups on immigration bills, and litigation on President Obama's executive actions.
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen explains what is happening today, Friday, February 27, 2015, on DHS funding in Congress and previews next week’s potential action on immigration in the Senate and House.
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen recaps the week on Capitol Hill and discusses his testimony in a subcommittee hearing as well as the upcoming deadline to keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded.
American Immigration Council's Legal Director Melissa Crow shares details of a U.S. District Judge's decision to enjoin the federal government from detaining Central American mothers and children for the purpose of deterring future immigration.
AILA President Leslie Holman discusses U.S. District Court Judge Hanen decision to issue an injunction against President Obama's proposed immigration executive actions that would expand DACA and create DAPA.
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides an update on what's happening on the Hill, including an update on the House border bill vote, the Senate DHS appropriations bill and the upcoming Attorney General confirmation hearing.
American Immigration Council's Melissa Crow sits down to discuss what happened at Thursday's hearing, the beginning arguments on the lawsuit filed by Texas and 20-some other states seeking to negate President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.