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This blog is by the elected leadership 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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“What Do You Mean I’m Not a U.S. Citizen?”

April 19, 2019 - 13:33
In this blog post, AILA member Tracie Klinke shares some situations and tough questions she has encountered recently in practicing family immigration law and how her experiences have fed into the development of sessions for AILA’s Annual Conference Family Track.

Americans Abroad Among Those Being Left in the Lurch by the Trump Administration

April 18, 2019 - 10:39
AILA member Jeremy Weber shares insights into the vital role USCIS International Operations serve and highlights how closure of those offices will negatively impact all too many Americans, their families, American businesses, and refugees.

The Chess Prodigy and Asylum Policy

April 9, 2019 - 16:58
AILA member and Senior Legal Editor Rizwan Hassan writes about the recent New York State Scholastic Chess child champion Tanitoluwa Adewumi as an example of the asylum seekers and refugees who have made America great over generations, urging that we take action and call for good immigration policy.

Lift the H-1B Cap to Benefit U.S. Employers and U.S. Workers

April 2, 2019 - 14:00
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Doug Penn describes how lifting the cap on H-1B visa numbers could "help the large and small employers who need employees with these skills to meet workforce demands, build up U.S. workforce training programs, and enhance fraud detection and prevention efforts."

Saluting AILA’s Women Trailblazers

March 29, 2019 - 14:47
In this blog post for Women's History Month, the women on AILA’s Executive Committee recognize some of the many women who have played a key role in the history of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Despite the #MeToo Movement, Roll-Backs in Protection Endanger Immigrant Women: It is Time for #ImmigrantWomenToo

March 27, 2019 - 13:04
In this blog post, Morgan Weibel shares the importance of humanitarian protections for immigrant victims of sexual assault and violence, how they are being undermined, and the need to unite behind the move to recognize and address the plight of #ImmigrantWomenToo.

14 Year Odyssey to get U.S. Citizenship Back After Forced Renunciation

March 26, 2019 - 14:00
In this blog post, AILA member Alice Yardum-Hunter recounts the fourteen year battle her client fought to regain his citizenship which he had not voluntarily renounced.

Read All About It: ABA Report Calls for Independent Immigration Courts

March 20, 2019 - 14:00
Jeremy McKinney describes what he is seeing in his practice which underscores the need for an independent immigration court, a call echoed by the American Bar Association's new report on the immigration system released March 20, 2019.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media as an Immigration Attorney

March 19, 2019 - 12:42
William Stock, past AILA president and active social media user, describes some techniques and tactics for engaging on social media and harnessing the power of several digital platforms to help you develop your brand and establish yourself as a thought leader.

The View from the Chair

March 15, 2019 - 07:04
In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, committee member Caroline Ostrom explains how "incorporating ways to include those with disabilities into your practice as colleagues, employees, and clients, makes business sense and is the right thing to do."

On-the-Ground Advocacy at a Women and Children’s Detention Center

March 13, 2019 - 13:40
Recent Dilley Pro Bono Project volunteers and AILA law student members Alex George and Carolina Solano share their experience helping mothers and children incarcerated in Texas, the impact of recent policies and decisions, and why we need to #EndFamilyDetention.

Re-imagine the H-1B to Match Our Economy’s Needs

March 8, 2019 - 11:35
AILA First VP Jennifer Minear explains the impact of new policies USCIS Director Cissna recently highlighted in a CNN op-ed, noting that "We don't need to reconfigure the logistical administration of the outdated and ill-equipped H-1B system that we have. We need to re-imagine that system..."

“Migrant Protection Protocols” Policy is a Death Sentence for Asylum Seekers

March 5, 2019 - 12:56
Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign, writes about the immense harm and due process obstacles asylum seekers will face in light of the “Migrant Protection Protocols” or “Remain in Mexico” policy, and why Secretary Nielsen must immediately halt it.

USCIS Processing Delays Soared While Application Rates Fell

March 1, 2019 - 15:38
AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights newly released USCIS data and shows how the new information "has cast an even harsher glare on the agency’s well-documented failure to process its caseload in a timely fashion."

Black Immigrant History is Part of Black History Month

February 26, 2019 - 15:06
In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr recognizes Black History Month, shares important research and analysis, and writes, "In the drive for immigration reform, black immigrants must not be forgotten or left out of the equation."

Shining Some FOIA Light on the Immigration Courts

February 21, 2019 - 14:30
AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch describes an EOIR memo, obtained via FOIA by AILA and the American Immigration Council, which lays out a plan, purportedly to lessen the immigration court backlog but which has done the opposite, bloating the backlog and undermining due process.

America’s Seasonal Worker Visa Program Desperately Needs an Update

February 20, 2019 - 11:46
In this blog post, AILA member Adam Greenberg explains the benefits of the H-2B visa program and the significant obstacles employers face trying to bring in seasonal workers, including artificially low caps on the number of visas, and technical problems like the iCERT system failing in early January.

Governing with Blinders On

February 16, 2019 - 20:19
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson describes how the border security debate ignores how border enforcement "works in the real world" and highlights how our "immigration system is very much out of step with economic and social reality."

Tool Time: What You Need to Sue the Government

February 12, 2019 - 10:56
AILA member Lori Chesser describes how business immigration law experts may want to explore litigation as an option for clients and highlights her recent win along with some useful AILA resources.

AILA Stands with Our Members Against Government Retaliation

February 9, 2019 - 15:56
In this blog post, AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt and AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney describe recent troubling events which could impact access to counsel for asylum seekers at the border and avow "We stand with our members...We stand ready to fight."