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No, Out of Sight Doesn’t Mean Out of Mind This Time

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares four concrete steps the administration should take to improve the asylum process rather than try and strong-arm Mexico into helping deny asylum seekers the due process mandated by our laws.

What Happens to Dreamers Now That the Supreme Court Is Hearing the DACA Case?

After months of speculation, last week the Supreme Court agreed to review three cases challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Court is expected to issue its decision by June 2020, coming in the midst of the presidential race. In the meantime, current DACA recipients remain eligible to […]

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More Women and U.S. Citizens Impacted by Immigration Enforcement Actions

The Trump administration’s approach to immigration enforcement is seriously impacting noncitizens and citizens around the country. A new report by the American Immigration Council highlights how the administration’s indiscriminate, aggressive enforcement approach has created new categories of individuals who are more vulnerable to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) encounters, arrest, and potential deportation. Since […]

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Supreme Court Rules Against Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

In a rebuke to the Trump administration, the Supreme Court ruled against adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 U.S. Census form—for now. Critics feared the question may discourage immigrant, mixed-status, and minority households from participating in the Census, resulting in widespread undercounting and dramatic shifts in political representation. The controversy centers on whether […]

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One Way to Tell if it is Paranoia or Good Practice: Ask the Experts

AILA member Amanda Brill shares a recent experience in which lessons learned from other AILA experts in the Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) interest group helped her serve her clients, and encourages others to attend the upcoming first-ever ACES conference in August.

What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

The Pew Research Center - June 28, 2019 - 09:00

While Mexico is the United States' largest source of immigrants, the number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined since 2007.

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Federal Court Tells ICE to Stop Arrests in Massachusetts Courthouses

In Massachusetts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are barred from making civil arrests in courthouses. Such arrests have a chilling effect on the administration of justice—those who fear civil arrest in court are much less likely to seek a court’s help for resolving disputes. Since 2018, an ICE policy has been encouraging its […]

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Up to 5 Migrant Children Are Still Separated From Their Family Every Day, New Government Data Shows

New government documents show that family separations continue—despite the Trump administration’s claims to the contrary. Documents uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that children continue to be separated from their parents at the border in high numbers. This cruel practice continues despite a June 2018 executive order, which ostensibly ended President […]

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The Government Ended an Effective and Less Costly Alternative to Immigration Detention

Case management isn’t necessarily something you would think of in relation to the U.S. immigration system, but a few years ago—for the first time in more than a decade—officials chose to invest in a model of individualized case management to support families seeking protection in the United States – and it worked. A recent study […]

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Lighting the Beacon of Hope for Our Clients and Our Country

This blog post is adapted from the president's installation speech given by Marketa Lindt at AILA's Annual Conference 2019 in Orlando, FL. A video of the speech is embedded as well.

Read the 2019 ‘Celebrate America’ Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest Winning Entry

The American Immigration Council is proud to announce the winner of the 22nd Annual Celebrate America Fifth Grade Creative Writing Contest. The contest encourages educators to incorporate lessons on U.S. immigration into their classrooms and gives fifth graders the opportunity to explain, in their own words, why they are proud America is a nation of […]

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The Changing Face of Undocumented Immigration

Undocumented flows are declining, more people are coming from Central America and Asia, and more arrive on valid visas.

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Why Immigration Lawyers Shouldn’t Do Math

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist shares the math behind where the H-1B fees have been going, supporting more than $5 billion in training and scholarships in STEM fields for Americans and making a huge difference to researchers and educators alike.

USCIS Will Transfer Applications Out of Its Busiest Offices to Reduce Wait Times

USCIS is beginning to transfer cases out of its busiest offices to even out the processing times across the country. Transferred cases will go to USCIS offices that have more manageable workloads.

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Canada now leads the world in refugee resettlement, surpassing the U.S.

The Pew Research Center - June 19, 2019 - 13:38

Canada resettled 28,000 refugees in 2018, similar to its 2017 total. Meanwhile, the U.S. resettled 23,000, down from the previous year.

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As World Refugee Day Approaches, A Reminder That We Must Do Better

World Refugee Day serves as a reminder that as a nation we must do better to protect those who are fleeing harm.

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Providing Humanitarian Aid to People Crossing the Border Should Never Be a Crime

Since President Trump took office, a target has been placed on humanitarian aid workers. One person in particular has come under fire—Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer with the Arizona-based humanitarian aid group No More Deaths.

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New Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigrants Highlights Education, Economic Opportunity Gaps

Over 12.3 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) immigrants live in the United States, placing them among the fastest-growing racial groups in the country. Between 2010 and 2017, the number of AAPI immigrants grew four times as fast as the total U.S. population. Yet, despite being an integral and expanding part of American communities, […]

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Hate crimes associated with both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism have a long history in America's past

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted recently that “Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are two sides of the same bigoted coin.” Her comments came in response to media reports that the suspect behind the shooting at a San Diego synagogue was also under investigation for burning a mosque.

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