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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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Resolve to Do Pro Bono – One Attorney’s Experience

January 13, 2020 - 15:09
AILA member Kursten Phelps shares a recent volunteer experience with asylum seekers and urges that we all resolve to engage, writing, "There are naturalization clinics to staff, border assistance projects to plug into, translations, remote CFI and bond hearing assistance to support."

The Travel Ban – Iran as an Example of Why the Administration Should Revisit This Cruel Policy

January 3, 2020 - 12:14
AILA BOG member Ally Bolour describes the impact of the administration's travel ban, using the example of Iran to show how and why the ban is "cruel and unnecessary." He urges everyone to "continue to fight against it for all those impacted, their families, American businesses, and our communities."

Top AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2019

December 31, 2019 - 11:06
This blog post highlights the most-read blog posts and most-watched videos AILA produced and published in 2019 - take a look, and see you in 2020!


December 27, 2019 - 13:13
In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Blog Post series, AILA Member Sarah Pitney describes how taking 30 seconds to discuss pronouns with a client or colleague can ensure your firm is more welcoming and inclusive.

Germany’s New Business Immigration Law

December 20, 2019 - 14:03
In this blog post, AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci explains how Germany, through measures such as The Skilled Immigration Act, is opening its arms to foreign workers.

Individuals Seeking Protection in El Paso Detention Centers Continue to Face the Impossible. Help Us Push Back.

December 18, 2019 - 16:32
In this blog post, AILA member Rebekah Wolf explores some of the hurdles asylum seekers are facing in El Paso, Texas and how to help push back by getting involved with the Immigration Justice Campaign and the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC).

Eyes on the Border but Shut Out of the Tent Courts

December 13, 2019 - 12:40
In this blog post, AILA leaders share insights from the border delegation where they witnessed the terrible impact of the Remain in Mexico policy, urging "more coordination among advocates, more aggressive litigation in each immigration courtroom, more petitions and class actions..."

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.