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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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Why Immigration Lawyers Should Care about the TRAP Act – It Will Address INTERPOL Abuse

November 26, 2019 - 10:26
AILA Member Sandra Grossman highlights the efforts in Congress to address the abuse of INTERPOL Red Notices in the U.S. immigration context and urges support for the TRAP Act which would move INTERPOL to improve transparency and deter abuse of their system.

Names are Important

November 25, 2019 - 10:23
In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Blog Post Series, AILA Member L. Patricia Ice explains the reasoning behind shifting the name of the AILA African American Interest Group to the African Diaspora Interest Group and invites interested AILA members to join the group.

Prepping for the Next Debate: Where the Candidates Stand on Immigration

November 20, 2019 - 06:02
Greg Chen and Cara Pavlak highlight the positions of the Democratic presidential candidates on immigration and encourage readers to use the AILA 2020 Election Guide, and the accompanying social media toolkit, to engage on immigration during the debate.

Disturbing Lack of Transparency Implicates Government Data Reliability

November 15, 2019 - 11:38
AILA Member Alison Griffith describes the recent concerns regarding the reliability of EOIR immigration court data received via FOIA and urges people to contact Congress about the need for EOIR to share accurate data upon which the public depends.

AILA University – Your New Resource for Immigration Law Knowledge

November 13, 2019 - 14:14
AILA University Committee Vice Chair Teddy Chadwick describes the new resources available to AILA members today and going forward through AILAU - "I'm sure that no matter your immigration law knowledge or experience, you will find AILA University useful."

DREAMERs Hope: Fate of DACA at the Supreme Court

November 11, 2019 - 15:13
AILA Member Faye Kolly describes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear November 12, 2019, relating to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urges support for permanent protection for DREAMers, writing "While the Supreme Court decision is important, it is not a solution."

For Our Tomorrow, Immigrant Veterans Gave Their Today

November 8, 2019 - 12:12
This Veterans Day is a good time to reflect on the Trump administration’s policy changes that impact veterans and servicemembers; AILA encourages readers to contact congressional representatives and advocate for simple but immensely important changes to help veterans and their families.

Keyword: Temporary. Why the War Over the President’s Health Insurance Proclamation Has Just Begun

November 5, 2019 - 13:45
AILA Director of Federal Litigation, Jesse, Bless, offers insight into the recent litigation against the president's proclamation requiring health insurance and the next steps in the lawsuit, including seeking additional plaintiffs.

Standing Up for Immigrants in the Midst of an Immigration Crackdown

November 1, 2019 - 11:46
Karen Lucas, director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, highlights the incredible impact that pro bono help can have, writing, “Immigration attorneys…attorneys from different areas of law…and volunteers from other fields altogether, have made an immense—often lifesaving—difference.

Can We Talk?: Avoiding “Gotcha” Moments

October 25, 2019 - 10:43
In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, committee member Dahlia French uses Canadian PM Trudeau as an example of how "gotcha" moments occur and urges a proactive alternative, "Frank and civil conversations about meaningful diversity and inclusion efforts..."

Ten Destructive Measures Advanced Under USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli

October 23, 2019 - 13:34
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights ten measures undertaken by USCIS's Acting Director which "constitute an abandonment of USCIS’s duty to fairly and efficiently facilitate legal immigration" and urges Congress to hold the agency fully accountable.

Immigration in the 2020 Election

October 11, 2019 - 12:32
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Fiona McEntee describes her plans to use the new 2020 presidential election guide from AILA now, and during the upcoming debates; she also highlights some specific responses garnered from candidates regarding USCIS accountability.

You Are the World’s Heroes

October 8, 2019 - 14:27
AILA Member Andrea Martinez recently participated in a Netflix Docuseries “Living Undocumented” and in this blog post she shares the key takeaways from conversations with viewers, namely that audiences feel that the work of immigration attorneys is important, difficult, necessary, and yes, heroic.

Amicus Committee Supports Virginia Asylum Applicant Seeking In-State Tuition

October 2, 2019 - 15:37
In this blog post, AILA Amicus Committee member Sabrina Damast highlights the impact of amicus efforts, describing them in the context of a case affecting in-state tuition in Virginia for someone in the asylum backlog.

Successful Practice Management from the Ground Up

September 26, 2019 - 14:13
Ruby Powers, author of the recently released AILA resource "Build and Manage Your Successful Immigration Law Practice (Without Losing Your Mind)" shares some insights that helped her develop and maintain her own practice, surmounting various challenges.

A Firsthand Look at the Port Courts in Laredo and Brownsville

September 16, 2019 - 11:12
This week, AILA staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis are on the ground to observe and learn about the newly opened "port courts" which they are describing as a "Due process disaster in the making" - follow along all week for updates!

We All Need to #HoldUSCISAccountable

September 12, 2019 - 13:23
In this blog post, AILA Administrative Litigation Task Force leaders Tammy Fox-Isicoff and Ron Klasko urge everyone to do their part to hold USCIS accountable for the unprecedented inaction and delays in adjudications by utilizing resources AILA offers designed to move a case forward.

Life Happens – Making Accommodations for Your Caregiving Workforce

September 6, 2019 - 13:49
In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce's blog post series, AILA member Ann Cun shares her personal family experience and how it shaped her understanding of the need to have flexible options for caregivers to meet personal and professional needs.

Thinking Beyond the Border When U.S. Immigration Hurdles Arise

August 26, 2019 - 17:00
In this blog post, AILA member Roman Zelichenko and co-author Michelle LePage describe the differences between U.S. and Irish immigration policies related to business needs and how "if the U.S. isn't able to compete, other countries will benefit."