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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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Taking Pro Bono Virtual

January 15, 2021 - 13:01
AILA Pro Bono Committee Chair Adonia Simpson offers reasons engaging virtually on pro bono activities can be efficient and effective and highlights some easy to plug into opportunities for AILA members.

Farewell (Perhaps?) Mr. Wolf. Hello Secretary Mayorkas!

January 14, 2021 - 11:05
In this blog post AILA SoCal Chapter Media Liaison John Manley takes a stab at breaking down the tenure of Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary of DHS and the back and forth during the end of the Trump administration as we look forward to new leadership at the agency.

Prolonged and Indefinite Detention is Inhumane and Must End

January 11, 2021 - 13:54
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Manager Katy Murdza describes how ICE is indefinitely detaining people far past the time allowed by law, and why the Justice Campaign will be advocating for the use of proven alternatives to detention in 2021 and the abolition of immigration detention.

Shocking, Despicable, Injustice on Display

January 7, 2021 - 16:31
AILA President Jennifer Minear reflects on the events of January 6, 2021 and the inequality and injustice on full display, and offers some ideas of what we can and should be doing.

Screaming Into the Void: 5 Reasons to Always Comment on Proposed Regulations

January 6, 2021 - 13:09
AILA member Sarah Pitney shares insights into why they participate in public comment campaigns and why all AILA members should do the same to benefit their clients, share their expertise, and hopefully ensure better regulations result.

Our Immigration Laws Were Last Updated Before the Internet Was a Thing

January 4, 2021 - 13:35
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Tammy Lin of San Diego reflects on the last major reforms made to U.S. immigration laws by Congress and why we "can and should push for updating our immigration system now with this new administration."

Top AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2020

December 31, 2020 - 10:06
This blog post highlights the most-read blog posts and most-watched videos AILA published and produced in 2020 - take a look, learn something new, and see you in 2021!

Trump Pardons Border Patrol Agents Bringing A Familiar Pain for Our Border Communities

December 28, 2020 - 12:44
Andrew Nietor, chair of AILA's Southern Border Taskforce, shares insights into President Trump's recent pardon of former Border Patrol agents and the harmful impact of this and other actions by his administration on border communities.

Hopes for 2021 and the New Administration

December 22, 2020 - 11:57
Several members of the AILA Media Advocacy Committee shared their hopes for the incoming administration and what next year may bring, including changes both large and small to make our immigration system more fair and just.

A “Wish List” on Immigration

December 18, 2020 - 12:26
The Lady Immigration Lawyers of Minnesota celebrated the season with their own rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” this year and shared some of their wishes in this blog post for Think Immigration.

Digital Evidence in the Immigration Law Context

December 15, 2020 - 16:09
AILA member Gabriela Pinto Vega and coauthor Andrew Wellisch share insights in these two videos about their article on digital evidence featured in the AILA Law Journal Fall 2020 edition, transcripts follow.

Why I Do Federal Court Immigration Litigation: A Short Elegy

December 11, 2020 - 11:49
AILA member Brad Banias reflects on why he began focusing on federal court litigation and the case that started him down that path, highlighting the tremendous impact of Judge G. Ross Anderson who recently passed away

An Immigrant’s Reflection on the 2020 Election Results

December 9, 2020 - 12:21
AILA member Paschal O. Nwokocha shares his insights as an immigrant and immigration attorney about the work to be done post-election and how we all can work together to ensure that "America is once more open to the world."

The Burden of Proof for Revoking Spousal Petitions

December 7, 2020 - 15:51
AILA Law Journal article author Nathan Chan shares some insights into his recent article on marriage bona fides answering some questions from AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen.

Some Experiences as a Black Female Immigration Attorney

November 30, 2020 - 10:03
Part of the Diversity and Inclusion Blog Post Series In 1998, I moved to Mississippi from my hometown of Detroit, Michigan to work as a reference librarian at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.  I had always had one foot in the law and one foot outside it.  In 1997, I earned a […]

YOU Can Do Something about Trump’s Illegal H-1B Changes

November 24, 2020 - 14:05
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, and expert on business immigration, Sandra Feist highlights the problems with the recent H-1B salary level rule and urges attorneys and members of the public to take action and submit a comment before the comment period closes Dec 2.

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.