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CBP’s Plan to Expand Data Collection of Individuals Before Arrival at the Border Leaves Questions Unanswered

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) plan to collect information from more individuals before they arrive at the border has raised questions about how the agency will gather and use the information as well as privacy concerns. CBP’s proposal would broaden the category of individuals who may submit biographic and biometric information before appearing at […]

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Four Members’ Reflections on AILA’s 75 Years

In this blog post, part of a months-long series leading up to the formal celebration of AILA’s 75th year at the upcoming Annual Conference in June, 2022, four AILA members reflect on what they see as AILA’s greatest strengths and the relationships they’ve built during their membership of AILA.

A Little about that “Einstein” Visa

In this blog post, AILA Law Journal author Sasha Kaskel shares some insights about the "Einstein" visa and how immigration attorneys might approach client cases; AILA members can read her full article and other pieces in their free digital copy of the journal.

Key Ingredients for a Civil Thanksgiving Dinner? Empathy and Active Listening

This Thanksgiving, it’s fair to say many of us are experiencing a nagging malaise or even an existential crisis. The future feels unpredictable, even precarious, and a cascade of environmental and human crises have left us shaken. At the same time, we are confronting the stark realities of persistent injustice and inequality and questioning whether […]

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Here Are the Immigration Cases Before the Supreme Court This Term

The United States Supreme Court will face challenging questions impacting immigration law as it begins considering cases in its October 2021 term. The Court’s decisions on these cases will impact access to: Federal court review over certain immigration judge decisions. Bond hearings for certain noncitizens who have spent months in detention. Personal liability and damages […]

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Apprehensions at the Border Dropped 15% This Fall, Highlighting Mexico’s Role in Stopping Migrants

Data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows that the number of individuals apprehended by the Border Patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border fell by 15% from September to October, with the agency reporting nearly 27,000 fewer apprehensions than the previous month. October marks the third straight month of falling apprehensions, following a peak […]

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Family Separation Has Caused Life-Long Trauma Years Later

Four years ago, immigration lawyers and advocates began to see a disturbing practice emerge: the U.S. government began to forcibly separated children—some very young—from their parent at the border. Now, years later, some families are still separated. For those put back together, the scars of trauma are life-long and continue today Under the Trump administration’s […]

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Failure to Reauthorize Employment Harms Asylum Seekers and the U.S. Economy

U.S. workers are losing their jobs due to bureaucratic delays at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), despite an economy desperate for workers. Asylum seekers wanting to renew their employment authorization documents are often waiting for upwards of a year for renewal, resulting in job loss and associated benefits. On Wednesday, five workers filed a […]

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Our Nation’s First People

AILA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee member Christine Alden reflects on the meaning of Native American Heritage month and urges readers to learn more in order to "help protect and preserve this important culture."

Department Of Justice Urges Immigration Courts to Help Make Pro Bono Representation Easier

Research has long shown that access to a lawyer is one of the most important factors that determines whether an immigrant in removal proceedings will be able to remain in the United States. A new policy from the Biden administration is aimed to increase access to counsel by making it easier for pro bono lawyers […]

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Groups Call for Transparency Regarding Abuse and Mistreatment of Black Immigrants in Detention

By Tsion Gurmu, Legal Manager and Staff Attorney at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Emily Creighton, Legal Director of Transparency The public watched in horror this September as U.S. Border Patrol agents on horses chased down Haitians and other Black migrants who were coming to the United States to seek protection. Despite outcry […]

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ICE Begins Mass Mailing Court Notices to Asylum Seekers Released at the Border

Since President Biden took office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have released over 250,000 people seeking asylum directly at the border. In nearly half of these cases, people were not released with a formal “Notice to Appear” in immigration court. Instead, officers gave them a “Notice to Report” that told them to go […]

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What’s happening at the U.S.-Mexico border in 7 charts

The Pew Research Center - November 9, 2021 - 09:58

The U.S. Border Patrol reported more than 1.6 million encounters with migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year.

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No More Sleeps ‘til the End of the Travel Ban

As many fully vaccinated grandparents finally get to travel to see grandkids this week after months-long separations, AILA member Fiona McEntee welcomes the reunions while also urging continued advocacy to help other families reunite.

Changing Cut Off Dates Leave India EB-3 Applicants in an Immigration Limbo

Annual limits on immigrant visa numbers, combined with processing delays and wasted numbers, mean even longer waits for people to become U.S. permanent residents. In November, the “cut off” date for visa eligibility retrogressed (moved backward in time) for people born in India who are in the employment-based (EB) third preference category for skilled workers, […]

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$1/Day Labor Program for Immigrants in Detention Ruled Unlawful in Washington State

In a landmark court decision, Geo Group—one of the largest private prison companies that own and/or manage dozens of immigrant detention centers across the United States—was found to have violated Washington state’s minimum wage laws. The company has been ordered to pay over $23 million, $17.3 million of which will go directly to immigrants who […]

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Breaking Down the Invisible Wall: It’s Past Due!

AILA member Mo Goldman shares a recent example of how the antiquated systems at USCIS Customer Service caused concern and wasted time as he sought to help a client and offers ideas of how to increase efficiency.

Leading AILA: Beyond our 75th Year

AILA President Allen Orr reflects on what it means to be AILA's president in this 75th year and highlights some fun ways to remember some key milestones and share your own fond memories of AILA this year.

ICE Makes It Impossible for Immigrants in Detention to Contact Lawyers

“Ben G.” is a 35-year-old veterinarian from Nicaragua who fled to the United States after he was beaten and tortured by police. When he crossed the border into the United States, he requested asylum. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) eventually transferred Ben to the Winn County Correctional Center, an ICE detention facility in rural […]

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Here’s How Americans Can Sponsor Afghan Refugees as They Resettle in US Communities

Since the last evacuation flights left Afghanistan, there have been over 68,000 Afghan allies housed on Department of Defense bases waiting for resettlement. The scope and size of the mission, designated as Operation Allies Welcome, is of historic proportions. It has brought together interagency governmental taskforces, refugee resettlement organizations, non-profits, national and local philanthropy, the […]

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