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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!

Visit the LexisNexis booth at the AILA 2015 Annual Conference on Immigration Law. Meet the Experts! - Win Prizes!

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...

USCIS to DACA Recipients: Return 3-Year EADs

AILA reports: " USCIS sent a letter to DACA recipients who have not returned their three-year EAD, stating "USCIS must receive your EAD by 7/17/15. Failure to return the invalid EAD without good cause may affect your deferred action and employment authorization." On July 7, 2015, Judge...

The Real Alternatives to Family Detention

On July 8, 2015 AILA, LIRS, NIJC and WRC distributed this important document - The Real Alternatives to Family Detention "For more information, contact Karen Lucas, American Immigration Lawyers Association, klucas@aila.org; Royce Murray, National Immigrant Justice Center, rmurray@heartlandalliance...

AILA Practice Alert: USCIS Taking Extreme Measures to Retrieve Erroneously Issued 3-Year DACA EAD

AILA Doc No. 15070802 | Dated July 14, 2015 As a result of the judge's July 7, 2015 order threatening contempt citations in the ongoing litigation in Texas v. United States , USCIS advised stakeholders in a telephone call on the evening of July 13, 2015, that it is implementing additional,...

Deplorable Medical Treatment at Family Detention Centers - Complaint Filed

"Ten mothers came forward to lodge formal complaints about the substandard medical care they and their children received while detained by the Department of Homeland of Security (DHS). The complaints describe the severe suffering families have endured due to poor access to and quality of care, and...

Groups Slam ICE Selection of GEO Group for Detention Management Contract

AILA Doc. No. 15091830, Sept. 18, 2015 - "Today, Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro...

Groups Allege Coercion and Intimidation of Detained Mothers and Children in Texas Immigration Lockup

AIC, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC), the American Immigration Council, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), partners in the CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project, submitted...

AILA Welcomes Benjamin Johnson as New Executive Director

AILA Doc No. 15102930 | Dated October 29, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced today that Benjamin Johnson will serve as AILA's new executive director beginning January 11, 2016. Mr. Johnson comes to AILA after leading the American Immigration...

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...