Agency Report

This is a report on the American Immigration Lawyers Association, who they are, what they do and what their vies are. 

A.        Title of agency or organization? American Immigration Lawyers Association

B.        Where is home base (city/state/country)? Washington, D.C. / USA

C.        Date founded? 1946

D.        Names of key spokespersons/officers

Paul L. Zulkie - President, Deborah J. Notkin - President Elect, Carlina Tapia-Ruano – First Vice President, Kathleen Campbell Walker – Second Vice President, Charles H. Kuck – Treasurer, Bernard P. Wolfsdorf - Secretary

E.        What/who is key constituency or audience? Immigrant families, businesses that sponsor foreign workers, foreign students, foreign athletes, asylum seekers and people who just want to become better educated about immigration law.

F.        What are the agency’s main activities? Represent clients in the immigration court system and increase awareness of immigration law.

G.        Mission statement?

“The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.”

H.        What are the key immigration issues of concern to this agency? The greatest issues of concern are the fair and ethical practice of immigration law.

I.        What appears to be the most common informational basis for statements issued, press releases, reports, etc.? They have a “For the Press” page on their website that contains all of their press releases, Issued Papers, Congressional Testimony and other reports.

J.        Any publications? Under “For the Press” they have a page entitled “Issued Papers” where they post their publications. One of the papers is entitled “Immigration Myths” it dispels common myths held by the public about immigration.

K.        Give at least one citation of this agency in a newspaper article (preferably an Arizona newspaper). I found an article from The Arizona Republic from a week ago, here is what Jeanne Butterfield from the American Immigration Lawyers Association said in the article “’We all agree that our immigration system is broken, but making immigrants the problem is not the solution.’”

Arizona Republic
Sergio Bustos
Republic Washington Bureau
Jan. 27, 2005 12:00 AM

L.        Other issues of interest? Helping immigration lawyers refine their skills, they offer lost of events and workshops for lawyers.

M.        Is the agency noticeably pro or con immigration? The agency is very obviously pro immigration based on all of the press releases that they issue and their mission statement.

N.        Web site?

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