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This blog is by the membership of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), to help focus the national debate on the real facts about immigration and the means to achieve a just and rational system.
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How You Can Fight the Wrongful Deportation of Cameroonian Asylum Seekers

November 20, 2020 - 11:30
In this blog post, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas highlights the harm faced by Cameroonian asylum seekers who are being wrongfully deported by ICE and urges the public to take action to draw attention to this injustice.

Big-Picture, Clean-Slate Immigration Reforms for the Biden-Harris Administration

November 19, 2020 - 10:45
AILA members Angelo A. Paparelli and Stephen Yale-Loehr offer some insights and ideas for the incoming Biden-Harris administration on actions that would make the immigration system more transparent, efficient, and welcoming.

Thinking Creatively about Using the Hague Convention to Combat Family Separation

November 18, 2020 - 12:42
AILA Law Journal author Sarah Diaz shares in a short video a bit about the process of writing for the Law Journal, the topic she chose, and how AILA members and others can use the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction to help children separated from their parents.

The Biden Administration Needs to Add Digital Modernization into Its Immigration Plans

November 17, 2020 - 11:39
AILA Board of Governors Member Greg Siskind highlights how the Biden-Harris administration should implement digital modernization of immigration filings, as well as a plea to make sure that attorneys and stakeholders be part of the testing of any new process.

Resilience Among LGBTQ+ Immigrants

November 13, 2020 - 12:19
AILA Law Journal author Sarah Houston is interviewed by AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen for the blog, sharing how she became an advocate for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and how transgender women and men in particular face a hidden epidemic of physical and psychological abuse.

When State Marijuana Acceptance and Immigration Law Collide

November 5, 2020 - 13:24
AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen interviewed Kaelyn Mostafa, author of an article in the Fall 2020 edition of the AILA Law Journal entitled "The Effect of States’ Legalization of Marijuana on Good Moral Character and Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship" to learn more about her process and topic.

Election Day 2020 Is Here

November 3, 2020 - 14:32
In this post, adapted from a message to the AILA Board of Governors on November 3, 2020, AILA President Jennifer Minear reflects on what today's election means, and noted, "Together, we will get through this day and all the days to come, and I firmly believe that we will emerge stronger than ever."

So, You Have a Law Firm. Here’s What I’ve Learned Seven Months into the Pandemic

October 30, 2020 - 15:12
The events of 2020 were not in my vision board nor on my list of conceivable scenarios, but here we are. Seven months into the pandemic and an economic recession, if you are running a business/law firm like I am, what should we be doing during this time to stay alive, thrive, and prepare for […]

Remote Pro Bono Work in the Midst of a Pandemic

October 22, 2020 - 17:21
Jacqueline Shi, AILA member and member of the AILA National Pro Bono Committee, shares how attorneys continue to provide pro bono services to vulnerable immigrant communities during the pandemic by using technology and innovation.

Voting Feels Different This Year but is More Important than Ever

October 13, 2020 - 14:57
AILA Board of Governors member Ally Bolour shares his personal story of naturalization and why he feels the obligation to vote and encourage others to vote as well, including his 98-year-old father who will vote for the first time ever!

Bending the Curve – Getting Out the New Citizen Vote

October 6, 2020 - 11:57
AILA President Jennifer Minear shares how she is working to ensure her new citizen clients are ready to vote, writing "I'm not telling my clients how to vote, but I am making darn sure they remember the capacity they have to reshape their future, to decide who will have the power...to effect change."

Honoring Latinx Heritage and Its Champions

September 17, 2020 - 15:53
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, AILA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member Magaly Rojas Cheng shares her family’s story along with key data about the contributions of the Latinx community to our shared prosperity.

The Green Card Process Through the Lens of a DMV Visit

September 8, 2020 - 13:38
AILA member Peter Choi shares an analogy that he has found makes explaining the green card process to clients easier by comparing it to a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles with various queues and required paperwork.

Searching for Hope Among the Ruins of Our Asylum System

September 1, 2020 - 15:45
Dree Collopy, chair of AILA's upcoming Virtual Asylum Conference highlights some of the changes impacting asylum that have come recently and what will be covered by the conference, noting that while this is a tough fight to keep up, "We can lift each other up, help each other succeed, and save our clients' lives."

Sometimes You Just Have to Take ‘Em to Court

August 6, 2020 - 11:37
AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney describes his first foray into litigation, and what tools and resources can help AILA members litigate and win cases, writing that litigation "can benefit your clients, it can benefit the immigration bar, and ultimately, it can benefit everyone."

How To: Take Cases to Immigration Court

August 5, 2020 - 13:44
AILA Immigration Courts Conference Chair Michael Vastine shares insights on how AILA members can prepare themselves for immigration court, offering insights into the need to be “uniformly prepared, comprehensively trained, and conditioned to assertively and persuasively defend.”

USCIS to Congress: “Give Us $1.2 Billion,” But Does the Data Pass the Sniff Test?

August 4, 2020 - 13:00
In this blog post, members of AILA New England highlight the many questions about how USCIS has engendered a deficit requiring a congressional bailout and raises concerns about the need for data transparency and accountability.