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AILA: CBP Finally Taking Steps in Right Direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, May 30, 2014 - Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14053050 (posted May. 30, 2014)" CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Belle Woods 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675 gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org AILA...

Snapshot: USCIS/AILA Meeting re ELIS

"On April 9, 2014, the Office of Transformation Coordination (OTC), in collaboration with the Customer Service and Public Engagement Directorate (CSPED), conducted its Transformation Liaison Committee Meeting with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). USCIS provided updates on USCIS...

Cornyn-Cuellar Bill Trades Safety for Expediency

"Several recently-introduced proposals, such as the HUMANE Act introduced by Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Cuellar, would put vulnerable children in harm’s way by stripping away critical protections in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 for children from El Salvador...

AILA: U.S. Shamefully Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 31, 2014 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Ellie Rutledge 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7611 gtzamaras@aila.org - erutledge@aila.org Washington, DC - "According to documents obtained at the remote family...

Rocket Docket Immigration Court Hearings for Refugee Children (Video)

"AILA Southern California Chair Heather Poole joins us to discuss due process violations happening as California accelerates master calendar notifications for unaccompanied children." - AILA, Aug. 5, 2014 .

AILA Leadership Blog: Obama's Secret Deportation Machine: Artesia

From the AILA Leadership Blog - "There is a town in El Salvador where a woman named M-C- lived. In 2003, her husband beat her face until the purple welts glowed. Your bloody face means you are mine, he said. He hit her for asking why he hit her. An open palm. A closed fist. On her arms. On her...

Open Letter from AILA to White House, DHS and DOJ

"The undersigned Chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national bar association of more than 13,000 immigration lawyers and law professors, calls for the Obama Administration to immediately review its current detention and removal policies towards children and families...

AILA: Administration Turns Its Back on American Values with Mammoth New Family Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2014 Washington, DC - Leslie A. Holman , President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) responded to the opening of a massive new private jail by the Department of Homeland Security in Dilley, Texas with the following statement: “By...

USCIS Claims it Does Not Rely Exclusively on EDGE Database for Educational Opinions; We Disagree

"In a March 13, 2014 letter to Joseph Crowley, Member, US House of Representatives, recently obtained by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, USCIS Chief James W. McCament claims that, “USCIS does not endorse or encourage the use of EDGE over other types of credible resource material...

Q&A from Nov. 6, 2014 USCIS / AILA Verification Meeting

"On November 6, 2014 The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with the USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Washington, DC. The questions below were submitted by AILA and responses were provided by...

Identities of Immigration Judges Shielded in FOIA Litigation: AILA v. EOIR

"The conduct of the nation’s immigration judges has been the focus of considerable public concern in recent years. Seeking to shed additional light on this important issue, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”...

At AILA's Urging, USCIS Postpones Date When New I-129 Will Be Required

On January 8, 2015, AILA sent a letter to USCIS Director León Rodríguez, asking him to postpone the mandatory effective date of the new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (10/23/14 Ed.) until May 1, 2015. (AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14120207, posted 1/9/15.) On January 9, 2015...

AILA Letter to USCIS: Continue to Process H-2B Cases

"AILA sent the following message to USCIS, asking the agency to resume processing of H-2B petitions already filed, and to accept and process H-2B petitions supported by temporary labor certifications issued prior to March 4, 2015. Dear Director Rodríguez: The American Immigration Lawyers...

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project

"You can call it a 'Family Residential Center' but it is a prison…That's not what these women and children deserve." - Leslie Holman, AILA President "Immigrants' rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention...

Immigrants’ Rights Groups Announce Plans to Provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Children and Their Mothers Detained in Texas

"Immigrants’ rights and immigrant legal services groups are announcing the establishment of a family detention project to provide legal services to children and their mothers detained in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, and to advocate for the end of family detention. The Catholic Legal Immigration...

Fighting to #EndFamilyDetention - Laura Lichter, AILA Leadership Blog

"I was on a flight to San Antonio Sunday morning and a short while after that was making my way across open farmland to Dilley, Texas, about an hour and half southeast. For this week, I’ll be heading up a team of legal volunteers for CARA at the euphemistically named “South Texas Family...

Harvard Clinical Prof. Deborah Anker Wins Human Rights Award

"Clinical Professor of Law Deborah Anker and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) will receive a prestigious human rights award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the leading immigration bar association, in June. Anker, one of the most widely known asylum...

Immigration Attys Say DOJ Isn't Complying With FOIA Request

"The American Immigration Lawyers Association on Thursday urged a D.C. federal court to enforce an order that the Executive Office for Immigration Review must turn over documents related to AILA’s request for information on complaints against immigration judges, saying the government is shirking...

From AILA: USCIS Provides I-601 and I-601A Statistics for FY2010 - FY2015

"USCIS provided statistics on approval rate, denial rate, and RFE rate for Forms I-601 and Forms I-601A, for FY2010 through FY2015. Information was provided in response to an AILA FOIA. The highlights: Since FY2010 thru January of FY2015, the average approval rate for I-601s is 79.6% and...

Q&A With AILA Secretary Marketa Lindt (Sidley Austin, Chicago)

Law360, May 13, 2015 - " Marketa Lindt is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP , where she works with U.S. and multinational corporations to implement efficient business immigration visa programs. Marketa leads Sidley’s I-9 compliance practice, where she counsels companies regarding their hiring...

LexisNexis at AILA Conference in DC: Meet the Experts, Win Prizes!

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CBP Claims 3-Year-Old Came to U.S. 'To Look for Work'

"Last summer, at a United States Border Patrol station along the U.S.-Mexico border, a parade of Border Patrol agents interviewed Y-F-. Addressing Y-F- directly in Spanish, a government agent told Y-F- that "I am an officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security." He informed...

Public Records Show CBP-Created 'Statements' Not Reliable - AILA Amicus Brief

"AILA filed an amicus brief in a case arising from an asylum grant in Artesia. The DHS appealed the grant arguing that the respondent was not credible because her merits testimony contradicted prior border statements and credible fear statements. AILA took the position that the BIA should adopt...

Infants And Toddlers Are Coming To The U.S. To Work, According To Border Patrol

"Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security argued that deportation proceedings should continue against a child because she "illegally entered the United States by wading across the Rio Grande River near the Presidio, Texas Port of Entry on January 15, 2015 with the intention of...

Obama Immigration Adviser Faces Protests At AILA Speech: Law360

Allissa Wickham at Law360 writes : " Cecilia Munoz, a top immigration adviser to the president, was confronted with protesters challenging the Obama administration’s use of family detention while she addressed a large group of immigration lawyers Thursday at a convention center outside Washington...