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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...

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."