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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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Honoring Latinx Heritage and Its Champions

September 17, 2020 - 15:53
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, AILA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member Magaly Rojas Cheng shares her family’s story along with key data about the contributions of the Latinx community to our shared prosperity.

The Green Card Process Through the Lens of a DMV Visit

September 8, 2020 - 13:38
AILA member Peter Choi shares an analogy that he has found makes explaining the green card process to clients easier by comparing it to a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles with various queues and required paperwork.

Searching for Hope Among the Ruins of Our Asylum System

September 1, 2020 - 15:45
Dree Collopy, chair of AILA's upcoming Virtual Asylum Conference highlights some of the changes impacting asylum that have come recently and what will be covered by the conference, noting that while this is a tough fight to keep up, "We can lift each other up, help each other succeed, and save our clients' lives."

Sometimes You Just Have to Take ‘Em to Court

August 6, 2020 - 11:37
AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney describes his first foray into litigation, and what tools and resources can help AILA members litigate and win cases, writing that litigation "can benefit your clients, it can benefit the immigration bar, and ultimately, it can benefit everyone."

How To: Take Cases to Immigration Court

August 5, 2020 - 13:44
AILA Immigration Courts Conference Chair Michael Vastine shares insights on how AILA members can prepare themselves for immigration court, offering insights into the need to be “uniformly prepared, comprehensively trained, and conditioned to assertively and persuasively defend.”

USCIS to Congress: “Give Us $1.2 Billion,” But Does the Data Pass the Sniff Test?

August 4, 2020 - 13:00
In this blog post, members of AILA New England highlight the many questions about how USCIS has engendered a deficit requiring a congressional bailout and raises concerns about the need for data transparency and accountability.

The Year Ahead

July 29, 2020 - 15:50
AILA President Jennifer Minear looks forward to the year ahead during her installation speech and calls on all of us to "push ahead, sure in our cause, guided by the strength of our convictions, and buoyed by the support of this AILA community."

The View from the Chair

July 24, 2020 - 11:22
In recognition of the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and acknowledgment that there is still much work to be done, AILA republishes, with permission, a piece from Diversity & Inclusion Committee member Caroline Ostrom on avoiding reinforcing the social perceptions around disabilities.

Reflections on a Year to Remember

July 22, 2020 - 15:43
This blog post is the published transcript of the year-end speech given by Immediate Past President Marketa Lindt during AILA’s Virtual Annual Conference on July 20, 2020.

An Even Rougher Version of the RAISE Act?

July 21, 2020 - 12:56
AILA Member John Manley compares the provisions in the RAISE Act (which Congress failed to pass) and the executive actions being taken by the Trump administration during the COVID-19 pandemic and notices some similarities.

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."