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Congress Debates Reauthorization of Expired Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark piece of legislation that was the first to offer clear protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is up for reauthorization this year. The law has been instrumental in providing protections for immigrants who have faced this type of violence. Due to the government shutdown, […]

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Read All About It: ABA Report Calls for Independent Immigration Courts

Jeremy McKinney describes what he is seeing in his practice which underscores the need for an independent immigration court, a call echoed by the American Bar Association's new report on the immigration system released March 20, 2019.

Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and have a disproportionate impact on women. This new rule derives […]

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Harnessing the Power of Social Media as an Immigration Attorney

William Stock, past AILA president and active social media user, describes some techniques and tactics for engaging on social media and harnessing the power of several digital platforms to help you develop your brand and establish yourself as a thought leader.

An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the Trump administration gave TPS holders from […]

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Immigration Groups Are Using This Tool to Expose Government Secrets

Many of the country’s top immigration agencies operate in secret. This lack of transparency in how immigration laws are implemented, administered, and enforced has the potential to devastate the lives of millions of immigrants and their families. Fortunately, there is a powerful tool—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—that ensures government agencies comply with their obligations […]

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The View from the Chair

In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, committee member Caroline Ostrom explains how "incorporating ways to include those with disabilities into your practice as colleagues, employees, and clients, makes business sense and is the right thing to do."

Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden

The Pew Research Center - March 14, 2019 - 11:54

Majorities in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries. Yet publics are divided on immigrants' willingness to adopt their host country's customs.

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Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families

In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked a federal judge to expand […]

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On-the-Ground Advocacy at a Women and Children’s Detention Center

Recent Dilley Pro Bono Project volunteers and AILA law student members Alex George and Carolina Solano share their experience helping mothers and children incarcerated in Texas, the impact of recent policies and decisions, and why we need to #EndFamilyDetention.

After Shutdown Loss, Trump Doubles Down on Immigration in His New Budget

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress averted a second government shutdown last month by reaching a bipartisan agreement on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget—a budget which gave President Trump very little of his border demands. Undeterred, the president made a budget request for the next fiscal year on Monday. He called for $8.6 billion […]

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Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court […]

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20 metro areas are home to six-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in U.S.

The Pew Research Center - March 11, 2019 - 10:00

In 2016, the 20 U.S. metro areas with the most unauthorized immigrants were home to 6.5 million of them, or 61% of the estimated total.

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Estimates of U.S. unauthorized immigrant population, by metro area, 2016 and 2007

The Pew Research Center - March 11, 2019 - 09:53

Explore estimates of unauthorized immigrant populations in 182 U.S. metropolitan areas.

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America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […]

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Re-imagine the H-1B to Match Our Economy’s Needs

AILA First VP Jennifer Minear explains the impact of new policies USCIS Director Cissna recently highlighted in a CNN op-ed, noting that "We don't need to reconfigure the logistical administration of the outdated and ill-equipped H-1B system that we have. We need to re-imagine that system..."

Many immigrants with Temporary Protected Status face uncertain future in U.S.

The Pew Research Center - March 8, 2019 - 11:00

Roughly 318,000 immigrants have this status after fleeing dangerous conditions in their countries. Learn more on the status for the largest origin groups now protected under TPS.

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DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family Separation, Asks Congress to Limit Asylum Protections

In a combative hearing before Congress on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified for the first time since Democrats became the majority in the House of Representatives. During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Nielsen refused to admit culpability in family separation, denied reports that asylum seekers are being turned away […]

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Latinos’ Incomes Higher Than Before Great Recession, but U.S.-Born Latinos Yet to Recover

The Pew Research Center - March 7, 2019 - 09:58

The overall gain in income among Latino workers is driven by a rise in the share of higher-income immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more years. Yet the incomes of U.S.-born Latinos are still less than since the recession began.

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Families Hit Hardest by State Department Visa Denial Uptick

Family reunification has long been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policies. Yet, last year when the administration made changes to guidance around “public charge”—a term that many consider an economic litmus test for who can come to or stay in the U.S.—advocates decried the impact it would have on families. These fateful predictions are ringing […]

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