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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill Heard from AILA Loud and Clear, but there is More to Do!

AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish reflects on AILA’s National Day of Action and shares how AILA members and the public can continue making their voices heard on important immigration law and policy issues that matter to them.

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Combatting a War on the Christmas Spirit

The holidays are here, which supposedly make up the most wonderful time of the year. This year, the president has thrown in with Christmas in a big way, claiming that he has brought Christmas back and it’s “bigger and better than ever.” I’m not sure it was missing necessarily, but an emphasis on joy and generosity would be well worth it these days. Unfortunately, missing from this presidential proclamation is the actual SPIRIT of Christmas as more and more families and communities are ripped apart by harsh enforcement policies.

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Hardline Immigration Policies Keep Running into Legal Trouble

On November 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a nationwide permanent injunction blocking the federal government’s attempt to strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of federal funding. Judge William Orrick ruled the executive order unconstitutional, in violation of the Fifth and 10th Amendments. Explaining the severe due process violations, Judge Orrick stated, “the Executive Order’s vague language does not make clear what conduct it proscribes or give jurisdictions a reasonable opportunity to avoid its penalties.” Judge Orrick also highlighted President Trump’s motives for crafting this executive order stating, “The President has called it ‘a weapon’ to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement.”

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