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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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Fighting for Freedom from Detention During COVID-19

July 13, 2020 - 14:10
National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd of the Immigration Justice Campaign shares the recent work with pro bono counsel Gibson Dunn that aims to free immigrants from the appalling conditions at Joe Corley detention facility.

The Administration is Weaponizing COVID-19 to End Immigration

July 9, 2020 - 11:21
AILA Past President Ira Kurzban details how the Trump Administration has weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic to implement long-sought immigration policies, banning immigrants and non-immigrants alike.

During the Pandemic, We Need H-2A Temporary Workers More Than Ever

July 6, 2020 - 13:37
In this blog post, AILA law student member Maria Jaramillo highlights the indispensable workers who come to the U.S. on H-2A visas and ensure the U.S. food supply continues, and how employers need to step up and protect them during the pandemic.

USCIS Hypocrisy Reaches New Levels

June 30, 2020 - 12:03
Asylum experts Dree Collopy and Lindsay Harris highlight the ways in which asylum adjudication inefficiencies have contributed to USCIS' $1.2 billion budget shortfall and urge that Congress hold USCIS accountable, linking to AILA's Take Action on the issue that members of the public can easily use.

Reuniting Mirna’s Family Despite the Immigration Ban

June 26, 2020 - 12:10
In this blog post, Michael Eatroff shares Mirna's story; she was one of the plaintiffs in the litigation filed by AILA, Justice Action Center, Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono counsel Mayer Brown to protect children from aging out under the April 22 Proclamation.

Stooping to A New Low – USCIS Statement Throws Constitution Out the Window

June 25, 2020 - 12:44
AILA Member Matt Maiona highlights a recent outrageous USCIS statement in response to the SCOTUS DACA ruling, which showcases the dire need for agency reform, writing, "Perhaps now more than ever, government institutions must strive to restore the faith of Americans in the integrity of government."

Tools of the (Immigration Law) Trade

June 23, 2020 - 12:21
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.

How Do We Respond to the George Floyd Tragedy?

June 19, 2020 - 09:46
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."

Fight Back Against Chevron Deference in Asylum and Withholding Cases

June 18, 2020 - 08:54
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."

Recognizing the Commonality of Our Struggles

June 12, 2020 - 09:32
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."

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $1 Billion Dollars Without Changes at USCIS

June 9, 2020 - 12:17
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini shares insights from her time at USCIS related to the agency's request to Congress for $1.2 billion, and urges Congress to "ensure that the agency is transparent about its spending, accountable for its inefficiencies, and on track towards fiscal responsibility."

Where We Are and Where We Need to Be: LaJuan’s Story

June 8, 2020 - 14:54
In this blog post, AILA Customer Services Manager LaJuan Campbell shares the experience she has had with racism and injustice and the difficult conversations it forced her to have with her son Dominick about America's societal prejudices and how he could stay as safe as possible.

#BlackLivesMatter – Perspectives from the AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

June 5, 2020 - 12:10
The AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee is deeply saddened by the recent unjust and tragic police killings of Black Americans and we stand in solidarity for the demands for justice and accountability. This blog post includes four member perspectives and calls for change.

Are We Still Here?

June 4, 2020 - 17:36
As part of AILA’s internal reflection during this time, staff were invited to share perspectives and experiences relating to America’s divisive and unjust past, the current situation, and our commitment to a better future. In this blog post, we welcome these insights from Joy Hardy.

Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 in the International Tax Sphere

June 1, 2020 - 10:26
AILA member Patrick McCormick reviews some of the alterations to Internal Revenue Service policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they could impact multinationals in particular, noting however "we all realize that guidance related to COVD-19 is evolving,"

Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era – Post 13

May 22, 2020 - 10:21
AILA Member Kevin Gregg shares his experience during COVID-19 thus far, including the fact that with the time freed up from less travel and commuting, he has started a podcast on precedential immigration decisions.

Who Creates American Jobs?

May 19, 2020 - 10:28
In response to rumored plans by the administration to tighten nonimmigrant visas, AILA member Doug Penn shares the impact one of his clients has had creating American jobs while in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa and why the administration should not block these job creators from the U.S.

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 12

May 15, 2020 - 12:19
AILA Member Alex George highlights how the pandemic has impacted her life and practice as a new attorney, writing, “My ‘wins’ used to look like approval notices and green cards…[now] success looks like making that person feel seen and heard, even when you have to tell them no.”

Litigation Works for Clients

May 14, 2020 - 09:40
AILA Past President Chuck Kuck highlights the H-1B class action litigation and renews the call for plaintiffs, noting "The only way to stop USCIS from continuing to rewrite immigration law through RFE and denial is to challenge them boldly, fiercely, and publicly in the federal courts."

Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 11

May 12, 2020 - 10:15
AILA Member Jennifer Schear offers a glimpse into her work and office situation in Tel Aviv, Israel, and shares how during this time she has gleaned some “valuable insights into law firm management, productivity, efficiency, what and who is truly essential.”