April 11, 2013 USCIS/FOD-AILA Meeting Notes

"On April 11, 2013, USCIS Field Operations Directorate (FOD) hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS FOD discussed issues related to waivers of inadmissibility, Form I-130 petitions, the security screening process, as well as other issues. The information below provides a review of...

USCIS/AILA Oct. 23, 2013 Q&A: Field Operations Directorate

"On October 23, 2013, the USCIS Field Operations Directorate hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS addressed questions related to Customer Identity Verification (CIV), I-94 automation, Form I-601A, and same-sex marriage adjudications. The information below provides a review of the...

PIP ('Parole-in-Place') Practice Pointer

Practice Pointer: Understanding the November 15, 2013 Policy Memorandum on Parole of Certain Military Family Members - AILA Military Assistance Program Task Force, Dec. 10, 2013 . The Nov. 15, 2013 USCIS Memo is here . A short video with expert Margaret D. Stock , AILA Quicktake #61: Immigration...

BIA on 212(c): Matter of Abdelghany, Int. Dec. 3796, 26 I&N Dec. 254 (BIA 2014)

(1) A lawful permanent resident who has accrued 7 consecutive years of lawful unrelinquished domicile in the United States and who is removable or deportable by virtue of a plea or conviction entered before April 24, 1996, is eligible to apply for discretionary relief under former section 212(c) of the...

AILA Memo to CBP re Unlawful Presence

"The American Immigration Lawyers Association renews its request that CBP adopt the interpretation of unlawful presence for non-controlled aliens enunciated by USCIS." - AILA, Mar. 18, 2014 .

'Serious Flaw' in H-1B Visa Process: AILA President

"Doug Stump, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), commented on today's announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that on the first day it can count petitions, USCIS has received more than enough to reach the 85,000 maximum H-1B visas that...

AILA Analysis of Deportation Numbers

"There are two key statistics regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) deportation numbers. First are returns, individuals apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who are then returned to their country without a removal on...

DHS Cowed, Settles Denver Immigration Court Access Lawsuit

"The Federal Protective Service has a heavy responsibility. Their mission is to keep federal properties safe and secure for employees, officials and visitors, alike. One such property is the newly renovated Byron G. Rodgers Federal Building in downtown Denver. Among other tenants in this otherwise...

Q&A from USCIS / AILA Meeting, April 10, 2014

"On April 10, 2014 USCIS hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS addressed questions related to I-130 adjudications, provisional waivers, and DACA among several other topics. The information below provides a review of the questions solicited by AILA and the responses provided by USCIS...

Q&A from USCIS International Operations Liaison Meeting with AILA, April 9, 2014

"On April 9, 2014 USCIS International Operations (IO) Division hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. IO addressed questions related to IO operations, I-601 waivers, biometrics, international adoptions and I-130 filings among several other topics. The information below provides a review...

Q&A from USCIS / AILA Meeting, April 15, 2014

"On April 15, 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...

AILA Weighs In On Detention Cases

In a letter to Attorney General Holder and two BIA amicus briefs, AILA makes the case: "Dear Mr. Attorney General: Currently pending before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) are cases raising fundamental interpretative questions about the administration of the immigrant detention system...

USCIS Q&A: April 10, 2014 Field Operations Directorate Meeting

"On April 10, 2014 USCIS Field Operations Directorate hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS addressed questions related to same sex marriage adjudications, customer identity verification, and interview rescheduling and delays among several other topics. The information below provides...

AILA Files CA9 Amicus Brief in Consular Non-Reviewability Case

"This brief presents a collection of case examples that AILA has compiled from attorneys whose clients have been denied visas based on decisions untethered to facially legitimate or bona fide reasons. Through these stories, AILA seeks to illustrate that the issues presented in the instant appeal...

In-Depth Report on Immigration Detention Litigation: Video

"Stephen Manning gives an in-depth analysis of prolonged detention in the immigration system. Recently, AILA filed two briefs encouraging Attorney General Eric Holder to adopt a comprehensive, rational immigration detention policy." - AILA, May 22, 2014 .

At the AILA Conference in Boston...Meet the Experts!

Come to the LexisNexis booth to meet: Wednesday, June 18 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Daniel M. Kowalski Thursday, June 19 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lindsay A. Curcio ; 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Ronald Y. Wada Friday, June 20 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Stephen Yale-Loehr Lindsay A. Curcio...

LexisNexis Raffle at AILA Boston - 4 Chances to Win!

Visit the LexisNexis Booth (207-209) at the Exhibit Hall, view one product demo and you are eligible to win: 1. Apple® TV 2. Immigration Law and Procedure: Business Immigration eBook (Free 1 year subscription) 3. Bender’s Immigration Bulletin eBook (Free 1 year subscription) 4....

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...