Benjamin “Ben” Johnson: December 7, 2016

WHAT TRUMP’S ELECTION REALLY MEANS FOR IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (AILA) URGES IMMIGRANTS TO STAY CALM AND SEEK COUNSEL TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

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Benjamin “Ben” Johnson
Executive Director – AILA

 

During the campaign, Donald Trump offered immigration policy proposals for his presidency that will be starkly different from President Obama’s. Now that he is President-elect, there is a lot of fear and misinformation among immigrants and their families as to what impact the election will have on their future.

For more than 70 years, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has been an advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law. AILA is urging the immigrant community to arm themselves with the facts they need and understand their legal rights. For example, President-elect Trump says he wants to detain or deport 2-3 million “criminal aliens,” but unlawful presence is not a criminal act and being in the United States without documentation is generally a civil offense.

As president, Mr. Trump also needs to balance his legal authority with what makes sense for the country. In the past several years, 75 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republican voters, have supported a legalization plan for the undocumented that includes permanent legal status. There are a lot of things a president can do and the Trump Administration will not be enacting any policy changes in a vacuum; immigrants, communities, and the public will need to help ensure that any policy changes respect our country’s values and the important contributions immigrants currently and have always made to America.

In this satellite interview, Ben Johnson from the American Immigration Lawyers Association will discuss how Mr. Trump’s plans will affect immigrants, the economy, and America’s security.

MORE ABOUT BENJAMIN JOHNSON:

Benjamin Johnson serves as the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s executive director. Mr. Johnson comes to AILA after leading the American Immigration Council for many years. From the very start of his career, Ben has been committed to excellence and service. His significant impact on immigration policy began when he became AILA’s Associate Director of Advocacy in 1999, focusing on legislative and policy work related to due process and family issues as well as weathering the shifts related to a post-9/11 framework. His impressive tenure at the American Immigration Council began in 2003; since then he has led the Council to become the highly respected and influential source for data and perspectives on immigration that it is today. AILA welcomes Ben as an expert, as an advocate, and as a leader as the organization continues to enhance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice.

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