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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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Ten Years Later, DREAMers and So Many Others Still Need Permanent Protection

June 15, 2022 - 09:00
Jeremy McKinney reflects on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative but urges Congress to take long overdue action to permanently protect DREAMers and other immigrants who have uncertainty.

U.S. Immigration Law – Looking Back 30+ Years

June 13, 2022 - 16:19
Long-time AILA member Michael Davis shares insights from his decades of practice, including the impact of 245(i) and some reflections on processes and procedures from years past, as part of our final blog post series celebrating AILA's 75 years.

AILA Members Share Dramatic and Complex 245(i) Stories, Part 1

June 7, 2022 - 12:46
For our final blog post series to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share their most dramatic or interesting 245(i) story with us on Think Immigration. In this post, read about hidden eligibility, tears, unique circumstances, and cases that are still ongoing today!

Efforts to Restore Asylum at the Border Hobbled by the Courts and Congress

June 3, 2022 - 09:57
AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Amy Grenier shares insights on where things stand with Title 42, and the new interim final rule on asylum and credible fear, noting that "both face challenges before the federal courts and Congress."

AILA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Work

May 31, 2022 - 11:12
AILA 2021-22 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Ban Al-Wardi shares insights into the committee's accomplishments this year and how the AILA community can engage on various DEI Committee efforts, including the 21-Day Invitation starting June 1.

Detention Ombudsman Reports 52% of Complaints Were About Living Conditions

May 25, 2022 - 11:22
AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock writes about the Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO) including the office's history, the data it has shared so far, and some key questions that remain; she urges everyone to use AILA's advocacy tool to tell Congress immigration detention is inhumane and urge change.

With A Gun To Their Head

May 24, 2022 - 16:08
In this video blog post, AILA Law Student Member Nathan Hall describes why he decided to dig into the issue of the “serious nonpolitical crime” bar and its impact on asylum seekers when he wrote his piece for the April 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal.

Fast Tracking Asylum at the Border will Undermine Due Process

May 23, 2022 - 12:25
In this blog post, AILA's Amy Grenier walks through the significant due process concerns that have been expressed about the Interim Final Rule on asylum processing from the Biden administration and why having sufficient time, to seek counsel and pull together a substantive claim, is so important.

Tackling Jurisdictional Questions

May 17, 2022 - 09:33
AILA member Geoffrey A. Hoffman shares insights on the article he wrote for the Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal focused on the issue of jurisdiction and how the defective NTA-jurisdictional question could play a crucial part in resolving and reducing the 1.6 million case backlog. AILA members, don’t forget you have digital access to all Law Journal editions on!

Broadening the Reach of Pro Bono Through Virtual Clinics

May 12, 2022 - 15:09
In this blog post, AILA Pro Bono Committee Chair Adonia Simpson and Sarah Burrows, Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships at HIAS, share insights into how AILA South Florida successfully pivoted to virtual pro bono events and how you can replicate this effort.

Fan Letters to AILA Members’ Favorite Resources

May 11, 2022 - 09:47
As we continue to celebrate AILA's 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share a fan letter to their favorite AILA resource, in two or three sentences, or haiku form.  Read about five favorites in this blog post on Think Immigration.

The “SS EOIR” is Changing Course; Encouraging Winds Ahead

May 10, 2022 - 10:30
AILA member Stacy Caplow reflects on her Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal article entitled “The Sinking Immigration Court: Change Course, Save the Ship” in this blog post and why readers should take heart given a recent shift in EOIR hiring.

How Legal Ethics Has Evolved in Immigration Practice

May 5, 2022 - 11:32
In this blog post, AILA members Michele Carney and Beth Persky reflect on the changes to legal ethics over the last 75 years, and encourage colleagues to learn more about those changes as a way to look down the road to more changes that may come.

Knowing the History of “The Huddled Masses”

May 3, 2022 - 14:08
In this blog post, AILA member and Law Journal author John Medeiros introduces his piece featured in the recent special edition of the AILA Law Journal celebrating AILA’s 75 years; his piece “Huddled Masses” chronicles the history of U.S. immigration and the development of U.S. immigration law.

A Special Edition of the AILA Law Journal Celebrates #AILA75Years

April 26, 2022 - 11:37
In this blog post, we walk through the Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal which features an interview between editor-in-chief Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and AILA President Allen Orr, along with special and substantive pieces from AILA members as we celebrate AILA’s 75 Years.

Reopening America’s Doors to Immigration Requires Addressing the Visa Backlog

April 12, 2022 - 15:49
AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci shares insights into the backlogs facing businesses trying to bring foreign talent to the U.S. and families trying to reunite due to Department of State backlogs and highlights AILA's recommendations for reopening America's doors.

Why We Need an Independent Immigration Court System

April 5, 2022 - 13:37
In this video blog post, AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney joins Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen to discuss the need for immigration court reform and the prospects for the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act which will be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee this week.

AILA Members’ Favorite AC Memories – Part 2

April 1, 2022 - 12:44
As we continue to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, and look forward to the Annual Conference in June, we asked members to share their favorite memories from Annual Conferences in the past. Today we share memories from three members in the second part of this blog post series.

Fulfilling America’s Promise: Helping Immigrant Service Members Naturalize

March 30, 2022 - 16:01
Margaret Stock shares insights into challenges facing military service members seeking to naturalize and offers information about key resources, including an upcoming webinar, designed to ensure AILA members have the tools they need to help these heroes become citizens.

Collateral Damage: The Consequences of Delays in Immigration

March 29, 2022 - 12:18
AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into what backlogs and delays at USCIS mean for clients, communities, and our economy, while highlighting the recent AILA policy brief which has concrete recommendations for USCIS to right the ship.