No Ruling in Case Deciding Fate of DACA Immigration Program
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge did not immediately rule Tuesday on a closely watched case over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which confers limited protections on hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought into the U.S. as children.
Assessing President Trump’s Legacy On U.S. Immigration Policy
AILA – Rescission of Furlough Threats Is an Important First Step in Holding USCIS Accountable
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini and AILA President Jennifer Minear respond to USCIS’s announcement that it will cancel its planned furlough of over 13,000 employees.
AILA: Trump’s Wind-Down of DACA Once Again Throws Dreamers’ Lives into Turmoil
AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson respond to the Trump administration announcement that it will begin to wind down legal protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients while it conducts a review of the program.
NY Judge Blocks Public Charge Rule During Pandemic
A New York federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration from implementing its controversial wealth test for immigrants during the national health emergency stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Senate bill seeks more visas for foreign health workers in US
AILA Condemns Trump Administration’s Expansion of Discriminatory Travel Ban
The Danger of Migrant Protection Protocols and What to Expect from U.S. Immigration Policy in 2020 | The Takeaway | WNYC Studios
Editorial: Three years in, Trump is still pushing his crazy border wall
Separated For 16 Months Over Immigration Confusion, Geneva Couple Happy To Be Reunited
UNICEF USA BrandVoice: We Are Americans. We Were Raised Here. A DACA Recipient’s Story
Young Immigrants File First Of Its Kind Supreme Court Video Brief In Fight To Stop Trump From Terminating DACA
Glare of public outrage budges Trump admin on medical deferrals
Mahsa Khanbabai, American Immigration Lawyers' New England chapter chair, talks with Rachel Maddow about an apparent gesture by the Trump administration to grant relief to immigrants on Medically Deferred Action and why the new policy is not only still cruel but a waste of government resources.
Attacks On Legal Immigration
Group Blasts Former Trump Chief of Staff for Joining Board of Company Housing Migrant Children
Today, following news that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has joined the board of directors for a company operating the largest shelter for migrant children in the United States, Restore Public Trust blasted the former Trump administration official for his role pursuing anti-immigrant policies that supported family separations and a massive increase in the number of migrant children in U.S. custody.
Pollster calls Trump emergency declaration a personal emergency
Democratic-controlled House To Start Oversight Hearings on Trump Family Separation Agenda
Feb.7, the new House Democratic majority will hold its first hearing on the inhumane Trump family separation policy in the Energy and Commerce Committee, an opportunity to finally hold the administration accountable for family separation and its lingering effects.
Senate rejects two measures to end shutdown
Trump: Keep immigrants who work the farms
During a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, President Donald Trump said that we need to build the wall to "keep the wrong ones" out, but Trump says he will make it easier for migrants who help farmers to become citizens.
Trump too scared of Stephen Miller and Ann Coulter to compromise on his wall
Conservative MSNBC commentator Charlie Sykes said Thursday that Democrats and Republicans can present any deal they like to President Donald Trump — but that anti-immigrant TV personalities like Ann Coulter will goad the president into walking away from an agreement.
Senators question Customs and Border Protection commissioner
The Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing with the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Tuesday and the high cost of the proposed wall was a main topic discussed.
Mississippi’s Rep. Bennie Thompson may be key player in Democrat’s plan to be check on Trump immigration policies
Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi’s lone Democrat in Congress, is poised to become one of the most influential members of the U.S. House and a key player in House Democrats’ plan to serve as a check on President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
Republican Anti-Immigrant Ads Fall Short In Election Results
Republican candidates across the country aired a lot of campaign ads intended to stoke fears about illegal immigration. But the results were mixed, and some of the most outspoken hard-liners lost.
Federal judge rules against Texas request to end Dreamers program
A federal judge on Friday denied a request by Texas and other states governed by Republicans to immediately end a program launched by Democratic former president Barack Obama that protects immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
Donald Trump’s War on New York City Immigrants
An estimated half-million New Yorkers are undocumented. Whether they’ve lived here for two months or 20 years, they came to this city of immigrants—a place where more than a third of the population was born in another country—looking for the same things that have brought newcomers here for centuries: work and school opportunities, religious freedom, family, and a haven from violence, persecution, political upheaval, and natural disaster.
AILA: U.S. Must Reunify Families, Stay Their Removal, and Provide for the Return of 400+ Parents Deported Without Their Children
AILA calls for an immediate stay of the removal and release from custody of all of the victims of this family separation strategy so the families are afforded the chance to be represented by an attorney and to file claims for relief if they are eligible.
Issuance of Certain RFEs and NOIDs–New USCIS Denial policies
The memo, quietly issued on Friday, means the government can deny visas if applications do not include all the necessary information when submitted. It also lets the government deny visas without specifying what additional information would have been necessary to complete the application.
AILA – New USCIS Policy Will Needlessly Push Thousands More Cases into the Deportation Machinery
In this statement, AILA highlights how the new guidance published by USCIS regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs) will needlessly push thousands more cases into the deportation machinery, further clogging the already backlogged immigration court system.
Associated Press: U.S. Army Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Growing up in eastern China, Panshu Zhao fell in love with America. He read the Bible his parents gave him, watched Hollywood movies and studied the ideals of democracy. He jumped at the chance to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University. In 2016, Zhao enlisted in the U.S. Army as part of a special recruitment program offering immigrants in the country legally a path to citizenship. Now, he is one of the dozens of immigrant recruits and reservists struggling with abrupt, often unexplained military discharges and canceled contracts.
Congress Must Protect Dreamers, Reject Extreme House Bills
El gobierno de Trump cancela el TPS de los hondurenos y les da 18 meses para irse del pais
Honduras se suma a países como El Salvador, Haití y Nicaragua a los que Trump les quito ese estatus migratorio. Ahora tienen 18 meses para regularizar su estatus o abandonar el país. En total, mas de 300,000 indocumentados de esos países quedarian sin proteccion.
Capitol Hill’s Immigration Impasse Likely to Stay in Ryans Wake
The announced departure of House Speaker Paul Ryan and several other mostly Republican members of Congress probably won’t shift the power balance enough to loosen the immigration logjam that has persisted for years.
Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced
States vow to fight U.S. plan to ask citizenship question on census
New York, California and other states vowed on Tuesday to stop the U.S. government from asking in the 2020 census whether people are citizens, arguing the question could stop immigrants from participating and skew the makeup of Congress.
Exclusive: Visa waivers rarely granted under Trump’s latest U.S. travel ban
In the first weeks after President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was implemented on Dec. 8, around 100 waivers were granted to thousands of applicants for U.S. visas from the eight countries subject to its restrictions, according to State Department data provided to Reuters.
11,000 people renewed DACA in weeks after judges ruling
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says about 11,000 people renewed protections under a program shielding young immigrants from deportation in the weeks after a judge partially reopened it.
AILA – Rewrite of USCIS Mission Statement Cannot Change America’s Identity as a Nation of Immigrants
AILA expresses its deep disappointment at the Trump administration’s rewrite of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) mission statement to, among other things, remove the "phrase a nation of immigrants."
AILA – Senate Bipartisan Efforts to Save Dreamers Destroyed by Veto Threat
AILA expressed deep disappointment in the failure of the Senate to pass commonsense reforms to protect Dreamers. At the same time, AILA commends the many senators who stood firm against the nativist voices demanding legislation to gut legal immigration and make our country weaker.
Republican Graham says temporary immigration protections likely
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he believed Congress would likely agree to a temporary continuation of protections for so-called Dreamers who were brought to the United States illegally as children.
Travel Ban Updates
A Supreme Court decision allowed the travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges proceed. See our Litigation Update on the right.International students and scholars from the affected countries should consult with ISSS or the Immigration Response Team for questions and concerns.
White House Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security–Nothing Reasonable here…
Securing the Southern and Northern border of the United States takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, authorities, and the ability to close legal loopholes that are exploited by smugglers, traffickers, cartels, criminals and terrorists.
AILA: Latest Travel Ban Will Weaken Not Strengthen America
AILA expressed concerns about the new travel ban, with AILA President Annaluisa Padilla noting the changes...will add unnecessary steps to our already robust visa screening procedures and ultimately will block or slow the entry of legitimate business, family, and other travelers.
Lawsuit Challenges Postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule
Entrepreneurs, start-up companies and a trade association joined together to oppose the postponement of the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule, with an effective date of July 17, 2017, would have permitted foreign entrepreneurs to travel to or stay in the United States to grow new businesses.
Immigrants in California — American Immigration Council
AILA – Courts Halt of SB 4 Is Win for Immigrants and Entire Nation
AILA welcomed the decision by federal judge Orlando Garcia to enjoin the implementation of several unconstitutional provisions of SB 4, a Texas law targeting immigrant communities which would have taken effect September 1.
Poll: Most Oppose Trumps Pardon for Ex-Sheriff Arpaio, Booting Dreamers
DACA Works – Why Protections and Opportunities for Dreamers are Good for Texas and America
Commentary: Austin, TX – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 124,000 in Texas.
Who could be the next DHS secretary?
As retired Marine Gen. John Kelly moving to the White House Monday as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, he leaves behind an opening at the top of the Department of Homeland Security.
DHS Announces Implementation Of Travel Restriction Provisions | Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Departments of State and Justice, will begin the implementation of certain travel restriction provisions in the Presidents Executive Order.
U.S. lays out criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations
(SBU) Summary: On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partiallylifted preliminary injunctions that barred the Department from enforcingsection 2 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, which suspends the entry to theUnited States of, and the issuance of visas to, nationals of six designatedcountries, as well as section 6, which relates to the Refugee AdmissionsProgram. A June 14, 2017 Presidential Memorandum announced each enjoinedprovision would become effective the date and time at which the referencedinjunctions are lifted or stayed, with implementation of each relevantprovision within 72 hours after all applicable injunctions are lifted or stayed with respect to that provision. As a result, implementation of those sections for which injunctions have been lifted will begin June 29, 2017, as detailed below.
AILA – AILA Announces 2018 Annual Conference Will be Held in San Francisco
AILA announced that the associations 2018 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco, CA, June 13-16, 2018. The conference had been set for Grapevine, TX, but the Board of Governors voted earlier this month to move the event after weighing the potential impact of SB 4.
Trump admin ends Obama-era protection of undocumented immigrant parents | TheHill
The Trump administration on Thursday night ended an Obama-era policy that protected undocumented immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, known as DAPA, or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, according to multiple news reports.
Republicans look to fulfill Trump’s vow on Kate’s Law
During the presidential campaign, Trump highlighted the murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was shot by a Mexican immigrant who had unlawfully re-entered the country after being convicted of a separate crime and deported.Now, Republicans are working on legislation to impose a mandatory five-year minimum prison sentence for immigrants who have twice been charged with illegally re-entering the country or have prior aggravated felony convictions.
U.S. judge blocks federal move against immigration lawyers
A U.S. judge issued an order on Wednesdayblocking the Department of Justice from taking actions thatimmigration lawyers say would severely limit their ability to provide services for people facing deportation.
Texas House passes most hardline immigration bill since Arizona’s SB 1070
After 16 hours of heated debate that ran until 3 a.m. Thursday, the Republican majority of the Texas House of Representatives pushed through SB 4, known as the anti-sanctuary city bill. It prohibits cities and counties from enacting laws that prevent the use of local resources for immigration enforcement. During the hearing phase of the bill, even police chiefs and sheriffs spoke out against it, saying that it will undermine public safety.
Challenges for Visa Waiver Program Overstays
Given the ramp up in removals from the interior of the United States, and those who have entered the country through the Visa Waiver Program should take note the convenience of VWP comes with a price. In order to enter the U.S. through the VWP, participants must sign a waiver agreeing to forfeit the ability to challenge a decision preventing them from entering the U.S. or, if admitted, from remaining there, including forfeiting the statutory right to appear in immigration court if they remain in the U.S. for longer than 90 days and have an opportunity to seek continued lawful status.
AILA: President’s Border and Immigration Enforcement Policies Will Undermine Rights and Weaken Public Safety
AILA condemns President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders on border security and immigration enforcement and calls for an end to these divisive policies that undermine rights and weaken public safety.
DHS Statement on Compliance with Recent Court Order
In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
President Obamas Legacy on Immigration
Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President Obama will leave office today with a mixed legacy on immigration.Reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements.
AILA – Ending NSEERS Closes Dark Chapter in U.S. History
AILA welcomed the rescission of the regulatory framework for the discriminatory National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), with AILA President William A. Stock noting that it “wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and caused unnecessary harm to thousands.”
Loretta Lynch: Blanket pardon for Dreamers impossible
International Entrepreneur Proposed Rule
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations implementing the Secretary of Homeland Security's discretionary parole authority to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States. The proposed rule would add new regulatory...
Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General is Highly Concerning to Future of Immigration Policy
AILA – Concerns Raised Regarding Attorney General Nominee’s Positions
AILA raised concerns about the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, with AILA President Bill Stock noting that the role “has a tremendous impact within our justice system, including responsibility for administration of the immigration courts throughout the United States.”
Obama Should Pardon ‘Dreamer’ Immigrants, Democrats Say
A group of House Democrats called on President Barack Obama to pardon about 750,000 young undocumented immigrants who are temporarily shielded from deportation under a 2012 executive order, a move that reflects growing concern about a shift in immigration policy expected after President-elect Donald Trump takes power in January.
Thanks, Donald, for finally waking up the Latino vote!
This is what Republicans like Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer think of the Latino vote: Nah. They don’t get out and vote. They do not vote. Normally, she’d be right. But that was before Donald Trump.
U.S. suspends deportations of Haitians after Hurricane Matthew
The United States on Tuesday said it has temporarily suspended deportations of Haitians after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the Caribbean nation last week, killing at least a thousand people and leaving 1.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance.
AILA: SCOTUS Denies Rehearing in Deferred Action Case Leaving Millions of Immigrants Out in the Cold
AILA is disappointed with today’s Supreme Court decision denying the request for a rehearing in United States v. Texas; AILA President Bill Stock noted, “the Supreme Court has once again allowed state governments to block federal policy initiatives with which they disagree.”
National Academies Report Underscores Immense Economic Importance of Immigrants to America
Welcoming a new report on immigration from the National Academies, AILA President Bill Stock noted it confirms decades of research, and “what most Americans have always known” that immigrants who come to America “share our ideals and values and contribute to our communities, society, and economy.”