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Day One of the Biden Presidency Focuses on Key Immigration Reforms
Jan 20, 2021

Day One of the Biden Presidency Focuses on Key Immigration Reforms

AILA commended the Day One actions on immigration undertaken by the Biden administration, recognizing that "the Biden team got straight to work fulfilling promises on immigration."

U.S. Government Records Reveal Expanded Methods to Rush Deportations at Border
Jan 20, 2021

U.S. Government Records Reveal Expanded Methods to Rush Deportations at Border

AILA, the Council, HRW, and Winston & Strawn LLP obtained documents about the Migrant Protection Protocols which reveal U.S. immigration agencies' efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of people from the United States through the little-known Electr

Biden Administration Continues Taking Necessary Steps to Bring Our Immigration and Asylum Policies Back in Line with Our Values, However More Needs to Be Done
Jan 20, 2021

Biden Administration Continues Taking Necessary Steps to Bring Our Immigration and Asylum Policies Back in Line with Our Values, However More Needs to Be Done

AILA welcomed actions taken by the Biden administration that will continue to ameliorate the damage done over the past four years and move our immigration and asylum policies toward fairness and justice, however leaders cautioned that much more needs to b

AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Dream Act of 2021; Calls on Congress to Take Action on This and Other Necessary Immigration Legislation
Jan 20, 2021

AILA Welcomes Bipartisan Dream Act of 2021; Calls on Congress to Take Action on This and Other Necessary Immigration Legislation

AILA welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021, calling on Congress "to pass this bill as a step forward toward legalization of the undocumented, and the many other necessary changes to our immigration laws our country requires."

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual Citizenship Day Events
Jan 20, 2021

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual Citizenship Day Events

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans are proud to sponsor AILA's 15th Annual Citizenship Day, taking place virtually on Saturday, February 20, 2021, with dozens of naturalization clinics across the country.

ICE Memo Offers Promising Changes but More Reforms are Needed
Jan 20, 2021

ICE Memo Offers Promising Changes but More Reforms are Needed

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed changes to immigration enforcement priorities outlined in a memo from Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson but flagged key areas requiring additional action. The interim guidance is effective immedia

AILA Welcomes Biden Plans to Reimagine America's Immigration System

AILA Welcomes Biden Plans to Reimagine America's Immigration System

AILA welcomed the planned reimagining of America's immigration laws and policies by the incoming Biden-Harris administration; this reasoned framework lays out the guideposts of smart and necessary immigration reform, something our country has desperately

AILA Welcomes Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead DHS for the Biden Administration

AILA Welcomes Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead DHS for the Biden Administration

AILA welcomes the news that President-elect Biden will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

New Rule Spells Death for the Asylum System - AILA and the Council Urge the Biden Administration to Prioritize Its Undoing

New Rule Spells Death for the Asylum System - AILA and the Council Urge the Biden Administration to Prioritize Its Undoing

AILA and American Immigration Council leadership respond to the latest asylum regulation that would make it nearly impossible for most applicants to successfully claim humanitarian protection in the United States.

Big Win on Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

Big Win on Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

AILA and our litigation partners celebrate today's summary judgment in our pro bono lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor's attempt to change prevailing wage determinations.

New H-1B Regulation Defies Congressional Intent and Threatens to Hurt U.S. Economy

New H-1B Regulation Defies Congressional Intent and Threatens to Hurt U.S. Economy

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini respond to a new H-1B regulation that will harm U.S. workers and businesses.

Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Secretive Expansion of Judicial Black Sites for Immigration Cases

Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Secretive Expansion of Judicial Black Sites for Immigration Cases

AILA joined the American Immigration Council and the National Immigrant Justice Center in litigation against EOIR and GSA. The lawsuit requests information on the expansion and creation of immigration adjudication centers, which were established as part o

AILA Welcomes the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the Opportunities Ahead on Immigration

AILA Welcomes the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the Opportunities Ahead on Immigration

AILA congratulates the incoming Biden-Harris administration and pledges to offer solutions that will ensure our nation's immigration policies reflect America's founding principles and contribute to our shared prosperity.

AILA Publishes Immigration Road Map for Incoming Biden-Harris Administration

AILA Publishes Immigration Road Map for Incoming Biden-Harris Administration

AILA released recommendations on immigration reform and called upon the incoming Biden-Harris administration to take swift action to fix the immigration system because "nothing short of a comprehensive plan is needed to restore American values and our sta

Lawsuit Now Covers Hundreds of H-1B Petitions for Market Research Analyst Positions Filed by American Businesses

Lawsuit Now Covers Hundreds of H-1B Petitions for Market Research Analyst Positions Filed by American Businesses

A federal judge has granted class certification in AILA's lawsuit, filed with the Council, Van Der Hout LLP, Joseph & Hall P.C., and Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, challenging USCIS's practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petiti

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Assist Aspiring Citizens Through Citizenship Day Events

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Assist Aspiring Citizens Through Citizenship Day Events

AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans, are proud to sponsor the dozens of naturalization clinics in cities and towns across the country as part of the 14th AILA Citizenship Day, taking place on Saturday, February 1,

Immigration Judges, Prosecutors, and Attorneys Renew Call for Immediate Closure of All Immigration Courts

Immigration Judges, Prosecutors, and Attorneys Renew Call for Immediate Closure of All Immigration Courts

AILA, NAIJ, and AFGE #511 (ICE Professionals Union) all say that it is urgent for the public’s safety that DOJ immediately close all 68 immigration courts operated by EOIR. AILA's Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney states, "All live in-person hearing

Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, AILA and our partners demanded that DOJ EOIR and ICE take immediate necessary actions to prioritize the health and safety of attorneys and clients at risk from the COVID-19

Temporary Restraining Order Requested to Stop Dangerous EOIR and ICE Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Temporary Restraining Order Requested to Stop Dangerous EOIR and ICE Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AILA and our partners moved for an emergency Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against EOIR and ICE to protect the health of immigration attorneys, immigrants, and the public from the impact of dangerous and unconstitutional policies during the COVID-19 p

Civil Rights Coalition Files Emergency Motion to Halt Implementation of President Trump’s Immigration Ban

Civil Rights Coalition Files Emergency Motion to Halt Implementation of President Trump’s Immigration Ban

Litigators from the Justice Action Center, AILA, and Innovation Law Lab are filing an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Trump Administration’s recent immigration ban; the TRO would protect underage children protected under

Plaintiffs Will Continue Fight to Halt Dangerous and Unconstitutional Practices by EOIR and ICE

Plaintiffs Will Continue Fight to Halt Dangerous and Unconstitutional Practices by EOIR and ICE

The decision denying the emergency TRO in NIPNLG, et al., v. EOIR, et al., is deeply disappointing; the lawsuit against EOIR and ICE was brought to protect the health of attorneys, immigrants, and the public from the impact of dangerous and unconstitution

Ninth Circuit Panel Prevents Trump Administration from Implementing Health Care Ban

Ninth Circuit Panel Prevents Trump Administration from Implementing Health Care Ban

AILA and our partners welcomed the Ninth Circuit 2-1 panel decision today to refuse the federal government a stay pending appeal of the preliminary nationwide injunction in Doe v. Trump; the government had sought a stay of the injunction granted by the U.

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Protect Families from Decades of Separation

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Protect Families from Decades of Separation

AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, have filed a lawsuit on behalf of U.S. citizens and LPRs petitioning for their children and derivative relatives to join them in the U.S. who would "age-out

Children of Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens Exempt from New Immigration Ban

Children of Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens Exempt from New Immigration Ban

Representatives from AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab react to the carve-out exemption in President Trump’s immigration ban expansion for children or child relatives who could be separated from their families if they age out while the

Advocates Demand Release of Individuals Endangered in Texas Detention Facility

Advocates Demand Release of Individuals Endangered in Texas Detention Facility

On June 23, 2020, the law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, through their pro bono work with the Immigration Justice Campaign, filed a group habeas petition demanding the release of individuals detained in the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas

Individuals, Employers, and Organizations Join to File First Lawsuit Challenging Entirety of Trump’s Immigration Ban

Individuals, Employers, and Organizations Join to File First Lawsuit Challenging Entirety of Trump’s Immigration Ban

AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, sued the Trump Administration on behalf of 23 individual and organizational plaintiffs to prevent the devastating effects of President’s Trump’s unlawful

Civil Rights Coalition Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Immigration Ban

Civil Rights Coalition Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Immigration Ban

AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the Trump Administration’s imm

New FOIA Request Filed to Force Agency to Release Immigration Court Operations Information on COVID-19 Pandemic

New FOIA Request Filed to Force Agency to Release Immigration Court Operations Information on COVID-19 Pandemic

AILA, the Council, and NIPNLG filed a FOIA request to obtain documents related to EOIR’s response to COVID-19, noting that EOIR has repeatedly ignored requests for information and seeking expedited release of documents that are integral to understanding

Court Orders Trump Administration to Allow Diversity Visa Lottery Winners In

Court Orders Trump Administration to Allow Diversity Visa Lottery Winners In

Litigators from AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab respond to the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia's preliminary injunction to stop the Trump administration from denying immigrant visas to 2020 diversity visa winners.

AILA and Board of Governors’ Members File Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

AILA and Board of Governors’ Members File Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

AILA joins Jeff Joseph, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind in suing to enjoin, in its entirety, the Department of Labor Interim Final Rule, "Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”

New Trump Administration Policy Attempts to Turn Consular Officers into Pregnancy Police and Creates a Back-Door Health Care Ban

New Trump Administration Policy Attempts to Turn Consular Officers into Pregnancy Police and Creates a Back-Door Health Care Ban

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson details several concerns with the new "birth tourism” rule and notes, "Given the limited information provided in the rule and the failure to provide sufficient notice and comment to the public, litigation is almo

AILA Condemns Trump Administration’s Expansion of Discriminatory Travel Ban

AILA Condemns Trump Administration’s Expansion of Discriminatory Travel Ban

AILA leadership condemned the Trump administration’s expansion of its travel ban to include nationals from Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan , Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Bipartisan Legislation Underscores Need for Transparency and Accountability Within USCIS

Bipartisan Legislation Underscores Need for Transparency and Accountability Within USCIS

AILA welcomes the Case Backlog and Transparency Act of 2020 introduced in the House to hold USCIS accountable for severe case processing delays and an ever-growing immigration backlog.

New Rule Seems Designed to Halt Valid Immigration Court Petitions By Drastically Hiking Fees

New Rule Seems Designed to Halt Valid Immigration Court Petitions By Drastically Hiking Fees

AILA expressed serious concerns about a new proposed rule that would detrimentally impact individuals seeking a fair day in immigration court by drastically increasing fees required for forms submitted to EOIR.

Ninth Circuit Defends Asylum in Two Rulings

Ninth Circuit Defends Asylum in Two Rulings

AILA welcomed two Ninth Circuit decisions; one again halts the "Migrant Protection Protocols,” and the second ensures that the administration cannot block someone from seeking asylum solely due to where they presented themselves, either at a port of ent

Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Problematic Board of Immigration Appeals’ Hiring Procedures

Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Problematic Board of Immigration Appeals’ Hiring Procedures

AILA and the Council filed federal litigation on March 17, 2020, to compel DOJ to release records about the Executive Office for Immigration Review’s hiring procedures for appellate immigration judges and Board of Immigration Appeals members.

Citing Coronavirus Risks and a New Irresponsible Policy for Immigration Courts, Groups Urge Protecting the Health and Safety of Government Employees, Lawyers, and Immigrants

Citing Coronavirus Risks and a New Irresponsible Policy for Immigration Courts, Groups Urge Protecting the Health and Safety of Government Employees, Lawyers, and Immigrants

AILA and the American Immigration Council, with over 100 other organizations, sent a letter to EOIR and ICE calling for the prioritization of the health and safety of government employees, detained individuals, and their legal representatives amid the COV

AILA Files Lawsuit Against USCIS Seeking Maintenance of Status for Nonimmigrants, Extended Immigration Benefit Deadlines

AILA Files Lawsuit Against USCIS Seeking Maintenance of Status for Nonimmigrants, Extended Immigration Benefit Deadlines

AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless and AILA President Marketa Lindt detail the importance of AILA’s complaint against USCIS seeking the immediate suspension of immigration benefit deadlines and the maintenance of status for nonimmigrants in

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Challenge USCIS’s Unlawful Denial of H-1B Petitions Filed by American Businesses

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks to Challenge USCIS’s Unlawful Denial of H-1B Petitions Filed by American Businesses

AILA joined the Council and the law firms Van Der Hout, LLP, Joseph & Hall P.C., and Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC in filing a nationwide class action lawsuit today challenging USCIS’s pattern and practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B petitions for market

AILA Urges Rational Response on COVID-19 and Immigration Policy; Condemns Divisive Presidential Tweet to Suspend Immigration

AILA Urges Rational Response on COVID-19 and Immigration Policy; Condemns Divisive Presidential Tweet to Suspend Immigration

AILA responds to President Trump’s tweet announcing his plan to suspend immigration by urging the White House and agencies to implement rational, policy-based measures that promote the public health and economic interests of our country rather than reso

President Focuses on Irrational Policy Instead of Choosing to Strengthen America

President Focuses on Irrational Policy Instead of Choosing to Strengthen America

AILA denounced President Trump’s decision to temporarily block access to immigrant visas with some exceptions, with AILA President Marketa Lindt noting, "We don’t need to suspend immigration, we need to strengthen and improve our immigration system to

AILA Supports the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA Supports the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA welcomes the announcement by Senators Perdue, Durbin, Young, and Coons that they will introduce bipartisan legislation which would help address the critical healthcare shortage in the United States, a weakness that has been evident during the COVID-1

New Documents Reveal Immigration Judge Hiring Plan Designed to Stack the Courts, Prioritize Politics Over Justice

New Documents Reveal Immigration Judge Hiring Plan Designed to Stack the Courts, Prioritize Politics Over Justice

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson and American Immigration Council Executive Director Beth Werlin react to documents obtained by the organizations via FOIA revealing DOJ Executive Office for Immigration Review’s updated hiring plan for Immigratio

Complaint Details ICE’s Failure to Protect Those in Its Custody Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Complaint Details ICE’s Failure to Protect Those in Its Custody Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas and National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd detail why ICE’s failure to protect those in its custody during the COVID-19 pandemic demands immediate oversight by DHS.

AILA Supports House Introduction of the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA Supports House Introduction of the “Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act”

AILA commends the introduction of the "Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act” in the House; the bill is companion legislation to a Senate bill intended to help address the critical healthcare shortage in the United States, a weakness that has been evident

Trump Administration’s Continued Disdain for U.S. Asylum Law and Lack of Concern for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers on Display at Border

Trump Administration’s Continued Disdain for U.S. Asylum Law and Lack of Concern for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers on Display at Border

AILA opposes MPP and the new procedures announced Sunday, May 10, which create more confusion and instability for the thousands of asylum seekers waiting for their U.S. immigration court hearings in violent and dangerous conditions in Mexico.

US: Lawsuit Over ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Secrecy

US: Lawsuit Over ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Secrecy

AILA joined the American Immigration Council, Human Rights Watch, and the law firm Winston & Strawn LLP in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District of California to compel the release of records about the U.S. Migrant Protection Protocols, also know

AILA Urges Support for the HEROES Act

AILA Urges Support for the HEROES Act

AILA urges support for the HEROES Act which would help protect the health and safety of all communities and provide a plan for this nation to rebuild, ensuring our shared prosperity.

AILA Urges Strict Congressional Oversight Over Any Emergency Appropriations for USCIS

AILA Urges Strict Congressional Oversight Over Any Emergency Appropriations for USCIS

AILA urges congressional appropriators to demand accountability, conduct strict oversight, and ensure conditions are met before agreeing to an emergency funding request by USCIS.

AILA: Trump Administration’s Indefinite Border Closure Is a Campaign Tool, Not a Public Safety Measure

AILA: Trump Administration’s Indefinite Border Closure Is a Campaign Tool, Not a Public Safety Measure

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson responds to the announcement by DHS and the CDC extending indefinitely their order blocking entry to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

AILA: EOIR Director Attempts to Buy Out Remaining Board Members to Solidify Control of Immigration Courts

AILA: EOIR Director Attempts to Buy Out Remaining Board Members to Solidify Control of Immigration Courts

AILA responded to the recent effort by EOIR Director McHenry to buy out the remaining pre-Trump administration BIA members and highlighted the continuing push by this administration to manipulate the functions of the BIA, underscoring the urgent need for

AILA Presents Taylor Levy with the 2020 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

AILA Presents Taylor Levy with the 2020 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

AILA recognizes Taylor Levy of El Paso, TX, with the 2020 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

AILA Presents the LGBT Asylum Project with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award

AILA Presents the LGBT Asylum Project with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award

AILA recognizes the LGBT Asylum Project of San Francisco, CA, with the 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.

AILA Presents Russell Abrutyn with the 2020 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA Presents Russell Abrutyn with the 2020 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA recognizes Russell Abrutyn of Berkley, MI, with the 2020 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.

AILA Presents Lindsay M. Harris with the 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

AILA Presents Lindsay M. Harris with the 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

AILA recognizes Lindsay M. Harris, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, and Director of the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, with the 2020 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

AILA Presents Wasden Banias LLC with the 2020 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA Presents Wasden Banias LLC with the 2020 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA recognizes Wasden Banias LLC with the 2020 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.

AILA Presents Sabrina Damast with the 2020 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA Presents Sabrina Damast with the 2020 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA recognizes Sabrina Damast, of Los Angeles, CA, with the 2020 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for her outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.

AILA Presents Hamed Aleaziz with the 2020 Media Leadership Award

AILA Presents Hamed Aleaziz with the 2020 Media Leadership Award

AILA recognizes Hamed Aleaziz, of San Francisco, CA, with the 2020 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.

AILA Presents Sidley Austin LLP with the 2020 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA Presents Sidley Austin LLP with the 2020 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA recognizes Sidley Austin LLP with the 2020 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.

AILA: Proposed Rule Would Deny Asylum Seekers Fundamental Human Rights

AILA: Proposed Rule Would Deny Asylum Seekers Fundamental Human Rights

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule seeks to fundamentally rewrite U.S. asylum laws and policies, and remove almost any chance for those fleeing persecution to gain protection. AILA highlights some changes of extreme concern, and we urge the public

AILA Recognizes Kathleen M. Gillespie with the 2020 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA Recognizes Kathleen M. Gillespie with the 2020 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA recognizes Kathleen M. Gillespie with the 2020 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of her outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

AILA Presents Alexis S. Axelrad with the 2020 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA Presents Alexis S. Axelrad with the 2020 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA recognizes Alexis S. Axelrad, of New York, NY, with the 2020 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members a

AILA Presents Greg Siskind with the 2020 Advocacy Award

AILA Presents Greg Siskind with the 2020 Advocacy Award

AILA recognizes Greg Siskind of Memphis, TN, with the 2020 Advocacy Award for outstanding efforts in support of AILA's advocacy agenda.

AILA Celebrates Supreme Court’s DACA Decision, Calls for Permanent Protection

AILA Celebrates Supreme Court’s DACA Decision, Calls for Permanent Protection

AILA applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision blocking the rescission of DACA. The decision underscores the incredible importance of our nation’s foundational principle of separation of powers and the need for accountability in government agency act

AILA Elects New Officers for 2020-2021

AILA Elects New Officers for 2020-2021

Jennifer Minear was installed as AILA’s President, and the following officers were elected today for the 2020-2021 term: Allen Orr as President-Elect, Jeremy McKinney as First Vice President, Farshad Owji as Second Vice President, Kelli J. Stump as Trea

Administration Expands Ban on Legal Immigration – Pursuing Campaign Promise to Shut Down Legal Immigration

Administration Expands Ban on Legal Immigration – Pursuing Campaign Promise to Shut Down Legal Immigration

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson respond to President Trump’s Proclamation barring access to certain nonimmigrant workers until the end of the 2020.

Trump Administration Makes Immigration Courts an Enforcement Tool by Appointing Prosecutors to Lead

Trump Administration Makes Immigration Courts an Enforcement Tool by Appointing Prosecutors to Lead

AILA condemns the Trump administration’s recent ramp-up of efforts to turn the immigration court system into an enforcement tool rather than an independent arbiter for justice.

Administration Plans Unnecessary and Unconscionable Ban on Asylum Seekers Masked Behind False Public Health Premise

Administration Plans Unnecessary and Unconscionable Ban on Asylum Seekers Masked Behind False Public Health Premise

AILA and the Council expressed deep concern about the administration’s soon-to-be-published proposed rule that would allow DHS to ban people from seeking asylum or withholding of removal in the United States solely because they traveled from or through

LPR Applicants, Their Sponsors, and Immigrant and Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Law Violations in Implementation of Trump Administration’s Public Charge “Wealth Test”

LPR Applicants, Their Sponsors, and Immigrant and Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Law Violations in Implementation of Trump Administration’s Public Charge “Wealth Test”

Today, AILA and our partners filed a complaint on behalf of a group of applicants for lawful permanent residence, their sponsors, and nonprofit immigration legal service providers, suing the Trump administration for violating the law in its implementation

AILA: Trump’s Wind-Down of DACA Once Again Throws Dreamers’ Lives into Turmoil

AILA: Trump’s Wind-Down of DACA Once Again Throws Dreamers’ Lives into Turmoil

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson respond to the Trump administration announcement that it will begin to wind down legal protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients while it conducts a

AILA and Sidley Austin, LLP Challenge Trump Administration’s Unlawful USCIS Fee Rule on Behalf of Immigrants’ Rights Organizations

AILA and Sidley Austin, LLP Challenge Trump Administration’s Unlawful USCIS Fee Rule on Behalf of Immigrants’ Rights Organizations

On August 20, 2020, AILA and Sidley Austin, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations challenging the Trump administration’s unlawful USCIS Fee Rule. The law suit seeks to prevent the rule

AILA Releases New Edition of Immigration Law and the Family

AILA Releases New Edition of Immigration Law and the Family

AILA’s Executive Director Benjamin Johnson comments on the release of the sixth edition of Immigration Law and the Family by Charles Wheeler.

Rescission of Furlough Threats Is an Important First Step in Holding USCIS Accountable

Rescission of Furlough Threats Is an Important First Step in Holding USCIS Accountable

AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini and AILA President Jennifer Minear respond to USCIS’s announcement that it will cancel its planned furlough of over 13,000 employees.

DOJ Proposes Regulation to Turn Immigration Appeals into Tool of the Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

DOJ Proposes Regulation to Turn Immigration Appeals into Tool of the Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch and AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney respond to a new rule proposed by DOJ that would overhaul Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) processes.

AILA Releases Fifth Edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court

AILA Releases Fifth Edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson comments on the release of the fifth edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, authored by Robert Pauw.

AILA Releases New Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook

AILA Releases New Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson comments on the release of the 17th edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, authored by Ira J. Kurzban.

USCIS Fee Rule Halted in Its Entirety in Response to Litigation Filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP

USCIS Fee Rule Halted in Its Entirety in Response to Litigation Filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP

AILA applauds Judge White’s decision to halt USCIS’s Fee Rule in its entirety following litigation filed with Sidley Austin LLP on August 20, 2020.

Organizations Call for Immediate Investigation into Reports of Unnecessary Procedures and Inadequate Care in ICE Facility

Organizations Call for Immediate Investigation into Reports of Unnecessary Procedures and Inadequate Care in ICE Facility

In a joint statement, AILA and the American Immigration Council respond to reports of inadequate medical care and unnecessary hysterectomies in ICE detention.

House Condemns Atrocities Against Immigrants in Custody

House Condemns Atrocities Against Immigrants in Custody

AILA welcomed the passage of the bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 1153 which condemns unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals in immigration detention without their full, informed consent.

Sweeping Changes Will Alter H-1B Process and Harm American Businesses

Sweeping Changes Will Alter H-1B Process and Harm American Businesses

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson respond to sweeping rules that will alter the H-1B process.

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