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News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

AILA Names New Executive Director | On October 29, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association announced the selection of Benjamin Johnson as the organization’s new Executive Director. Johnson assumes the position from Crystal Williams, who was named Executive Director in 2009. Johnson...

AILA / USCIS Field Operations Directorate Liaison Q&As (Oct. 22, 2015)

AILA / USCIS Field Operations Directorate Liaison Q&As (Oct. 22, 2015)

Official Notes from Nov. 10, 2015 ICE / USCIS / AILA Meeting, Verification & Documentation Liaison

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2015 - "On November 10, 2015, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

AILA Calls for APA Notice and Comment Prior to Further Form I-9 Revision

AILA, Jan. 25, 2016 - "The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submits the following comments in response to the proposed revisions to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and the accompanying instructions, published in the Federal Register on November 24, 2015."

NIJC, KIND and AILA Provide Statements for House Border Hearing

At 9:00 a.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing entitled, "ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S NEW NORMAL?" The statement of Mary Meg...

In FOIA Litigation, DOJ Calls Immigration Judges "Low-Level Employees"

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Feb. 18, 2016 - "A federal appeals court is wrestling with the question of whether the government should be forced to make public the names of immigration judges accused of misconduct either on or off the job. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit heard arguments for nearly...

Model Comments: Elimination of 90-Day Adjudication/Interim EAD Rule

AILA, Feb. 22, 2016 - " Model/draft comments opposing the elimination of the requirement that USCIS grant an interim employment authorization document (EAD) if the agency does not adjudicate Form I-765 (the EAD application) within the 90-day regulatory time period, which is part of the Proposed...

Q&A from April 7, 2016 AILA / Department of State Liaison Meeting

Q&A from April 7, 2016 AILA / Department of State Liaison Meeting Topics include: Communicating with Posts Right to an Attorney at Renunciation Interviews [NIV] Revocation Policy B-1 in Lieu of H-1 Visa Issuance Following I-601 Approval Interpretation of 9 FAM 301.9-7; Alien...

Q&A from May 3, 2016 Joint Meeting with AILA, ICE & USCIS

"On May 3, 2016 , the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’ Verification Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address...

AILA Has 'Serious Concerns' About DOL Proposed Changes to OES Survey

AILA letter to DOL, June 13, 2016 - "The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submits the following comments in response to the Department of Labor’s “Proposed changes to occupation, industry, and area detail in the OES survey,” published on the Bureau of Labor Statistics...

AILA Member Talking Points on SCOTUS United States v. Texas Deadlock

AILA Doc. No. 16062336, June 23, 2016 : "While today's split decision sets no Supreme Court precedent, what it does mean is that these important, commonsense policies will remain blocked for now. The fact remains, DAPA and DACA+ are initiatives that are lawful, constitutional, and consistent...

MALDEF President Thomas A. Saenz Reflects on U.S. v. Texas

AILA, July 1, 2016 - "President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Foundation (MALDEF) Thomas A. Saenz, whose recent U.S. Supreme Court argument on behalf of immigrant mothers underscored the human impact of immigration policy, presented as the keynote speaker...

FOIA Victory Against EOIR: AILA v. EOIR

AILA v. EOIR, July 29, 2016 - "Immigration judges are employees of the Department of Justice. The American Immigration Lawyers Association submitted a request to the Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking disclosure of records related to complaints about the conduct of immigration...

AILA on Trump Immigration Speech

AILA: Trump Immigration Policy Unworkable and Inhumane AILA Quicktake #174: Response to Trump's Immigration Policy Platform AILA President: Trump speech was fantasy, not policy

AILA Calls for Rescission of NSEERS - Letter to White House

AILA, Nov. 23, 2016 - "On April 27, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced the elimination of the list of countries whose nationals are subject to registration under NSEERS, thus effectively ending the NSEERS registration process. While this was a welcome step, it did not go far enough...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS/ICE Liaison Meeting, Nov. 10, 2016

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2016 - "On November 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

AILA Files Lawsuit Against DHS and CBP to Compel Disclosure of Records Requested Under FOIA Relating to the ORT

AILA, Dec. 19, 2016 - "Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), represented by the American Immigration Council and Foley & Lardner LLP, filed a lawsuit to compel U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and to request...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS International Operations Nov. 9, 2016 Meeting

USCIS, Nov. 9, 2016 - "On November 9, 2016, the USCIS International Operations Division hosted an engagement with AILA representatives. USCIS discussed issues related to operations and various services, including I-130s, Transportation Letters, Adoptions and Humanitarian or Significant Public Benefit...

AILA FOIA Litigation Spurs Issuance of Guidance re Definition of 'Record'

DOJ OIP, Jan. 11, 2017 - "OIP ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON THE DEFINITION OF A RECORD AND THE PROCESSING OF RECORDS RESPONSIVE TO A REQUEST One of the first questions that an agency must answer as it begins to process a FOIA request is: “What exactly is the requester seeking?” The answer...

State-by-State UPIL Overview: CLINIC Legal

AILA & CLINIC Legal, Feb. 2017 - "The “Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law (UPIL): A State-by-State Overview of Legal Mechanisms to Combat these Deceptive Practices” resource is intended for immigration attorneys, recognized and accredited representative, and community-based...

Q&A from USCIS Intl. Ops. / AILA Feb. 15, 2017 Meeting

Questions and Answers, USCIS International Operations – American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Meeting, February 15, 2017 - "On February 15, 2017, the USCIS International Operations Division representatives from the Mexico City and San Salvador Field Offices participated in an engagement...

MAVNI Current Status (Margaret Stock, Mar. 30, 2017)

AILA Quicktake, Mar. 30, 2017 - "Author of "Immigration Law and the Military" and AILA member Margaret Stock shares details of where the MAVNI program stands."

Lawyers Convention Leaves Texas Over State's New Immigration Law (SB 4)

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, June 7, 2017 - "A 15,000-member association of attorneys and law professors said on Wednesday that it is relocating its 2018 convention out of Texas in response to the state legislature passing Senate Bill 4, a sweeping and controversial immigration enforcement measure...

Q&A from May 10, 2017 AILA / ICE / USCIS / IER Meeting

USCIS - Questions and Answers American Immigration Lawyers Association Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee Joint Meeting with USCIS Verification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights...

AILA Practice Alert: DHS and DOS Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Travel and Refugee Ban (Updated 6/30/17)

AILA Doc. No. 17012670 - "JUNE 30, 2017 ALERT (2:00PM): On June 29, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) both released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on its websites regarding the implementation of Executive Order 13780. Subsequent to the release of...