On June 4th 2019 the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide protection from deportation and a path to citizenship to over 2 million Dreamers and TPS and DED recipients, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 237 to 187. Learn more about the significance of this development.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released information on the recent processing delays at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), saying that the delays have reached crisis levels. We are sharing this information to our clients and readers experiencing delays with the adjudication of their immigration applications at USCIS.
REVISED: October 1, 2018
On September 22, 2018, the Trump administration announced the upcoming publication of a proposed rule that if implemented as written, would prevent immigrants from securing lawful permanent residence and remaining with their families in the United States, simply because at any time in the past, they (or their dependents) received some type of basic health care support, nutrition assistance, or other vital services.
On Friday, August 3, 2018, U.S. Federal Judge John Bates ruled that the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances, and that it must fully restore the program with a 20-day postponement until August 23, 2018, to allow the government to respond and appeal.
UPDATED JULY 30, 2018
On July 5, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new guidance, dated June 28, 2018, regarding Notices to Appear (NTA). An NTA is a charging document that is issued to foreign nationals, placing them in removal proceedings and directing them to appear before an immigration judge. Immigration advocates fear that this will new policy will make immigrants more vulnerable and have a chilling effect on communities of color.
On this AILA Quicktake Video, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas discusses the injunction issued by a court in California and explains the Immigration Justice Campaign's involvement in the family separation crisis on the border, with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Communication Specialist, Tessa Wiseman.
On June 16, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the third, reengineered version of President Trump's travel ban by a vote of 5 to 4. Anastasia Tonello, President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a statement.
We Have Rights is a national immigrant empowerment campaign that will provide critical information to communities threatened by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and engage the broader American public in an urgent conversation about immigrant justice in our country.
On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the much-debated $1.3 billion spending bill averting another government shutdown. American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Director of Government Relations Greg Chen reacts to the spending bill Congress passed that will fund the government through the end of FY2018 and shares what it means for immigration policy.
American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence highlights details from AILA's latest report, Deconstructing the Invisible Wall: How Policy Changes by the Trump Administration are Slowing and Restricting Legal Immigration.