Immigration News Resources

It’s Time for Real Alternatives to Immigration Detention

Every year the U.S. government locks up thousands of non-citizens in a prison system few Americans know about—the immigration detention system. Though immigration detention is termed “civil” rather than criminal, in practice it is no different from criminal detention and is rife with abuse and neglect. The pandemic has made it more dangerous than ever […]

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Adjectives Matter: What Does “Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship” Mean?

AILA Member Eva Loney writes about the importance of adjectives in immigration law, specifically what "exceptional" and "extremely unusual" mean when considered in a removal case, highlighting why her article on the topic in the Spring AILA Law Journal was important to share.

Iranians Forced Into Military Service Face Immigration Blockade

AILA member Scott Emerick details litigation recently filed to ensure Iranian nationals forced to serve in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aren't harmed by the U.S. government's decision to retroactively name it a terrorist organization.

Biden Administration Begins Reuniting the First of Thousands of Migrant Families Still Separated

Four families separated under the Trump administration will be reunited this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced. They will be the first families to be reunited thanks to the efforts of the Family Reunification Task Force, launched by the Biden administration in February. It’s estimated that over 1,000 children are still separated from […]

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Views About National Identity Becoming More Inclusive in U.S., Western Europe

The Pew Research Center - May 5, 2021 - 10:00

Large ideological divides persist on views of tradition, national pride and discrimination, especially in the U.S.

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Biden Moves to End Trump’s War on ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The Biden administration has ended a Trump-era policy of denying so-called sanctuary cities from receiving certain forms of federal funding. The policy had been used in retaliation against local and state governments who did not cooperate fully with federal immigration enforcement. Many courts had already ruled against these funding restrictions. There is no set definition […]

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Stand with Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) Against this Rising Tide of Hate

In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Vice Chair Evangeline Chan shares her personal experience and provides insights into ways we can stand together against anti-AANHPI hate, writing "By standing together, we can root out racial injustice and create a truly inclusive society."

Most Americans Are Critical of Government’s Handling of Situation at U.S.-Mexico Border

The Pew Research Center - May 3, 2021 - 14:54

Republican support for allowing undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the United States has declined.

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Supreme Court Rejects Government Practice of ‘Notice-by-Installment’ in Niz-Chavez v. Garland

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Niz-Chavez v. Garland that immigration law requires the government to give noncitizens complete notice about the initiation of their immigration court case at one time. The April 29 ruling denounces the government’s current practice of providing necessary information over time and in multiple documents, which can lead […]

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Problems at USCIS Persist, Despite Biden’s Progress on Immigration in His First 100 Days

When President Biden took office, he inherited a legal immigration system that was teetering on the brink of collapse. Delays within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have reached historic levels and some work permit applications are taking so long to process that thousands are losing their jobs. A new report from the American Immigration […]

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Wanted: A Fierce Advocate for Immigrant Rights!

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Fiona McEntee shares what a "want ad" for a fierce immigration law advocate in the Biden administration might look like, modeled after the song in Mary Poppins listing the specific qualities being sought for an extremely important position.

Key facts about Asian origin groups in the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - April 29, 2021 - 13:57

Here’s a look at how individual origin groups compare with the nation’s overall Asian American population.

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Sinema and Cornyn Propose Changes to Asylum Processing at the Border

The current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border has once again exposed the flaws of our country’s asylum system. On April 22, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and John Cornyn and Representatives Tony Gonzales and Henry Cueller introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill as an effort to alleviate some of the system’s greatest deficiencies. While the bill includes some […]

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Helping Asylees Find Welcome

In this blog post, AILA Law Journal authors Ben Levey and Rachel Zoghlin of HIAS share how they came to write about the reasons why asylees aren't accessing benefits they are eligible for, and policy recommendations to effect change and help clients.

The House Has Passed Two Major Immigration Bills. Here’s What They Would Do.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed two major bills to protect the rights of certain noncitizens entering the United States. The bills—the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act—passed on April 21. They would restrict presidential powers to institute travel bans and ensure access to attorneys for certain people detained at ports […]

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Firsthand Experiences Inside ICE Facilities During the Pandemic Underscore Why Immigration Detention Should be Abolished

This blog is the second in a three-part series examining President Biden’s first 100 days in office from the Immigration Justice Campaign. Many of us will always vividly remember the fear and lack of control that took hold as COVID-19 spread through our communities. While many people and communities took precautions against the virus, individuals […]

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Supreme Court Considers the Future for Thousands of People With TPS

The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument this week on the question of whether certain people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and who have developed strong connections with their communities that have made them eligible for more permanent status, may get their green card. The outcome of the case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, has serious implications for […]

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Coercive Population Control and Immigration Law

AILA member Sylvia Miller shares insights into why she wrote for the Spring 2021 edition of the AILA Law Journal, "Ultimately my hope is that this article helps continue and broaden conversations, both within the legal community and between attorneys and our clients" about coercive population control grounds for asylum.

The First 100 Days: Biden on Immigration Detention

This blog is the first in a three-part series from the Immigration Justice Campaign. Reflecting on his release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Thomas,* a man who fled near-death in Cameroon, said: “I will always remember that day, it felt like Christmas day. I was overwhelmed with joy, it felt like the […]

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The Arab American Struggle for an Inclusive Immigration System

AILA member and Executive Director of NIPNLG Sirine Shebaya writes for Think Immigration about how we must ensure administrations "understand the complexity and diversity of our Arab American community and uphold our values of compassion and respect for everyone’s rights in both word and policy."

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