American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chicago Chapter

Action Alert — May 3, 2017

Thanks for your all your hard work in emailing your elected officials opposing the President’s funding request for more deportation agents, increasing detention beds, and the construction of the border wall.  Collectively we sent close to 3,800 messages to 94 Senators and 275 House Representatives!

Today the House passed legislation  on a 309-118 vote to fund the government through the end of the Fiscal Year.  The Senate is expected to pass the bill before the Friday deadline.

Thanks to your efforts, the funding bill that Congress has negotiated for the remainder of the fiscal year does not include:

  • Funding for construction of the border wall; 
  • Money to hire additional Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents; or
  • A rider that would have permitted the Administration to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

The bill does include a provision that could allow DHS to increase the H-2B cap and provide limited relief to businesses using the H2B program.  It also reauthorizes the EB-5, Conrad 30, Special Religious Workers, and E-Verify programs through September 30, 2017.

Unfortunately, the bill increases funding for immigration detention by $390 million, which will enable ICE to detain more people in the interior, many of whom have strong ties to the U.S. and no criminal background. It also provides funding for additional hiring of immigration judges, and calls for EOIR to set case completion goals.

For more information on what’s in the spending bill, read AILA’s summary.


Thanks again!


Chicago Chapter Advocacy Committee