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The Supreme Court Gave DACA a Lifeline. Now Trump and Congress Need to Create a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers.  

The Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in DHS v. Regents of the University of California—the case challenging the administration’s attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. The Court ruled on June 18 that the administration did not adequately explain its decision to end DACA and its reasoning to do so […]

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Fight Back Against Chevron Deference in Asylum and Withholding Cases

In this blog post, AILA member Maureen Sweeney previews her AILA Law Journal article and describes several factors litigators can argue weigh against applying Chevron in asylum and withholding cases "and in favor of robust judicial review of BIA and AG decisions."

USCIS Wants $1.2 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars. The Agency Should Do These 3 Things Before Getting a Bailout.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made a request for $1.2 billion in emergency funding from Congress. USCIS’ funding is unique since it primarily flows from the fees people pay in pursuing immigration benefits, such as petitions for noncitizen workers and applications for naturalization. USCIS is justifying this billion-dollar bailout based on a projected 61% […]

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Americans broadly support legal status for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children

The Pew Research Center - June 17, 2020 - 15:00

91% of Democrats favor granting legal status to immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children; 54% of Republicans say the same.

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Three Timely Reasons to Protect DACA

Implemented during the Obama administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a quasi-legal status that provides beneficiaries temporary relief from deportation and work permits.

US Refugee Program Faces Grim Milestone: Historically Low Admissions

Each year on June 20, World Refugee Day celebrates the resiliency of refugees who have fled persecution in their home countries. It also honors the process that allows countries to take in refugees. This year, the occasion is more somber in the United States, where refugee admissions are historically low. World Refugee Day was established […]

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Attitudes Toward Diversity in 11 Emerging Economies

The Pew Research Center - June 16, 2020 - 09:52

Across the surveyed countries, opinion varies widely about the value of diversity. But interacting with people of different backgrounds is related to more positive attitudes about the role of diversity in society.

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DACA Made It Possible For Me to Fight Against COVID-19. The Supreme Court May Soon Make That Impossible.

My name is Sonia Martinez. I am a Certified Nursing Assistant working to help treat patients with COVID-19 at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. I am also one of the 650,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the United States today. According to the government, I am an essential worker. I’m married […]

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Recognizing the Commonality of Our Struggles

AILA Website Editorial Manager Kritika Argawal shares insights about the civil rights movement's impact on immigrants and how we must "recognize the commonality of our struggles with the struggles of Black Americans and take concrete steps to support their fight against racism and injustice."

What You Need to Know About Trump’s Proposal to Eliminate the US Asylum System

In sweeping new proposed regulations announced on June 11, the Trump administration took the first step toward administering a final blow to the U.S. asylum system. The proposed rules, which impose nearly a dozen new bars to asylum, would rewrite asylum law to exclude nearly all people seeking refuge. Should the rules go into effect, […]

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The Government Said It Wouldn’t Separate Families at Ports of Entry. It Was Lying.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently condemned U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its role in separating families at the border in 2018. Like previous inspections, the government oversight agency said CBP repeatedly underreported the number of people it separated. This time, the OIG found that a component of CBP—the Office of […]

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A majority of Americans say immigrants mostly fill jobs U.S. citizens do not want

The Pew Research Center - June 10, 2020 - 10:00

About three-quarters of U.S. adults say undocumented immigrants mostly fill jobs U.S. citizens do not want.

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The Federal Agency Running the Immigration Courts Keeps Deleting Asylum Records

With 1.2 million cases pending in immigration court, transparency into how the courts are run is more important than ever. Unlike traditional courts where records are public, the only way to get data on immigration court cases is through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or through a narrow set of summaries posted on the […]

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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $1 Billion Dollars Without Changes at USCIS

AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini shares insights from her time at USCIS related to the agency's request to Congress for $1.2 billion, and urges Congress to "ensure that the agency is transparent about its spending, accountable for its inefficiencies, and on track towards fiscal responsibility."

Immigrant IT Workers Play Critical Role in the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Virtual Economy 

The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the U.S. workforce. Many people have lost their jobs, while others have had to continue to go to work despite the serious health risks. Some sectors within the U.S. economy, however, have been able to shift toward working remotely. And immigrants working in the information technology sector have once again proven essential throughout this transition. Data compiled by New American Economy highlights the significant impact immigrants have made in maintaining the digital economy across the country. Immigrants have helped […]

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Where We Are and Where We Need to Be: LaJuan’s Story

In this blog post, AILA Customer Services Manager LaJuan Campbell shares the experience she has had with racism and injustice and the difficult conversations it forced her to have with her son Dominick about America's societal prejudices and how he could stay as safe as possible.

Cities with ‘Sanctuary’ Policies Save Lives from Domestic Violence

Many communities across the U.S. have adopted so-called “sanctuary policies” that are intended to ensure that we all live in safe neighborhoods. When these policies are in place, local police don’t take part in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. These policies allow immigrants to work with local law enforcement in reporting and investigating crimes […]

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#BlackLivesMatter – Perspectives from the AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee is deeply saddened by the recent unjust and tragic police killings of Black Americans and we stand in solidarity for the demands for justice and accountability. This blog post includes four member perspectives and calls for change.

Are We Still Here?

As part of AILA’s internal reflection during this time, staff were invited to share perspectives and experiences relating to America’s divisive and unjust past, the current situation, and our commitment to a better future. In this blog post, we welcome these insights from Joy Hardy.

Supreme Court Safeguards Federal Court Review of Torture Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court found on Monday that federal courts have the authority to review certain claims from people who are seeking protection from torture. The case, Nasrallah v. Barr, is about what happens when certain people seeking protection under the Convention Against Torture are denied protection by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The […]

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