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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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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."

Ending Protections for World War II Veterans, What’s Next?

August 13, 2019 - 12:12
In this blog post, Alma Rosa Nieto, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee describes the Trump administration's announced termination of a parole program benefitting Filipino World War II veterans and writes, "If we are truly committed to honoring these brave veterans, then we must do all that we can to ensure that they are supported and cared for."

The Trump Administration’s Recent Efforts to Undermine Asylum, Explained

August 5, 2019 - 12:24
AILA member Catha (Nikki) Lyons describes how the administration's "Asylum Ban 2.0" is contrary to both domestic and international laws and encourages other lawyers to do their best to inform and educate the public about U.S. laws.

How to Shrink the USCIS Backlog in One Minute or Less

July 31, 2019 - 10:27
USCIS leadership recently testified about a backlog reduction plan which, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd argues, would simply move the goalposts and not solve the backlog at all, writing "We deserve a USCIS that rises to its processing time goals, not one that runs from them."

It Is Time to Stop Detaining Asylum Seekers 

July 25, 2019 - 16:03
Allegra Love urges an end to the detention of asylum seekers, highlighting the immense harm of detention via two videos writing, "It is time we act, so the story of our country is the bravery and resilience of people like Alpha and Luz, and not the brutality of detention that further harms them."

What Would Fix the Immigration Courts? Well, Independence is a Start!

July 19, 2019 - 14:56
AILA Secretary Kelli Stump highlights recent efforts by AILA and its partners to urge Congress to establish an Article I immigration court system to ensure that "when cases are as serious as they are, when lies and livelihoods are on the line” justice is served and people get a fair day in court.

When Will the U.S. Government Stop Detaining and Abusing Migrant Children?

July 18, 2019 - 15:00
In this blog post, AILA member Ola Mohamed draws attention to the conditions migrant children have been subjected to and encourages a "grassroots movement, a sustained outcry for the abolishment" of the detention of migrant children.

Why Would A Busy Immigration Lawyer Start a Podcast?

July 16, 2019 - 13:26
In this blog post, AILA member David Wilks shares his experience launching a podcast to address the "general misunderstanding of how the immigration system works" that members of the public often seem to share and also includes links to other AILA member podcasts.

Continuing to Build Vital Bridges

July 5, 2019 - 11:04
In this blog post, adapted from her speech as outgoing AILA president, Anastasia Tonello reflects on the past year and the bridges AILA and our members have built and the impact we have had.

No, Out of Sight Doesn’t Mean Out of Mind This Time

July 3, 2019 - 13:18
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares four concrete steps the administration should take to improve the asylum process rather than try and strong-arm Mexico into helping deny asylum seekers the due process mandated by our laws.