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The Trump Administration Expands Legal Immigration Ban, Using COVID-19 Pandemic as Excuse

The Trump administration has banned foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas from entering the United States. The new ban begins June 24, at 12:01 am ET. The administration also extended its April 23 ban on the entry of certain immigrants, which would have expired on June 22. These bans could be permanent. They currently […]

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Tools of the (Immigration Law) Trade

In this blog post, AILA past president Kathleen Campbell Walker reflects on her path into immigration law, the complicated nature of the field, and some of the reasons she reads and re-reads the INA/CFR.

Sharp decline in remittances expected in 2020 amid COVID-19 lockdowns in top sending nations

The Pew Research Center - June 22, 2020 - 12:00

Remittances – money sent by migrants to their home countries – are projected to fall by a record 20% this year.

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How Do We Respond to the George Floyd Tragedy?

AILA member Paschal O. Nwokocha calls on all immigration attorneys to take concrete steps to address racism and injustice, writing "We cannot be patient anymore; we cannot wait for racial inequality and injustice to recede. We must be involved actors in the future we seek."

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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