An extension of the DACA deadline is incredibly important. But it is only one of the innumerable immigration benefits that carry deadlines and demands. Instead of quickly recognizing that broader relief is mandated by this natural disaster, the administration thus far has been mute.
Faced with the reality of SB-4s ugly shadow hanging over Texas, AILA has made the decision to move its Annual Conference (AC) in 2018, originally scheduled to take place in Texas, to another state. As a member of AILA’s Executive Committee, I worked with my colleagues on the Board of Governors to review our options to determine how best to walk the talk of AILA’s mission. If we as an organization are committed to promoting fair and just immigration laws, how then should we respond when the state where we were to hold our premier event of the year – an event that brings thousands of immigration attorneys, professors, and law students together as well as millions of dollars in revenue and spending power – has passed a law that promotes injustice against our members and clients and is so blatantly contrary to our mission?
On July 13, Ann Saphir and Terry Wade reported for Reuters (Fed policymakers say immigration key to leaving rut of slow growth) on a point that perhaps all sides of the immigration debate can support: positive immigration growth leads to economic growth.