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