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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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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.

One Way to Tell if it is Paranoia or Good Practice: Ask the Experts

June 28, 2019 - 11:21
AILA member Amanda Brill shares a recent experience in which lessons learned from other AILA experts in the Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science (ACES) interest group helped her serve her clients, and encourages others to attend the upcoming first-ever ACES conference in August.

Lighting the Beacon of Hope for Our Clients and Our Country

June 25, 2019 - 08:42
This blog post is adapted from the president's installation speech given by Marketa Lindt at AILA's Annual Conference 2019 in Orlando, FL. A video of the speech is embedded as well.

Why Immigration Lawyers Shouldn’t Do Math

June 19, 2019 - 17:10
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist shares the math behind where the H-1B fees have been going, supporting more than $5 billion in training and scholarships in STEM fields for Americans and making a huge difference to researchers and educators alike.

President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” Program Is an Assault on Human Rights

June 12, 2019 - 14:49
AILA member Isabel Duarte describes a recent immigration court hearing with families impacted by the Remain in Mexico or Migrant Protection Protocols policy, showing how the program harms families and is an assault on human rights and due process.

Immigration Attorneys, It’s Time to Add a Whole New Section to Your Client Screening Sheets

June 7, 2019 - 11:27
In this blog post, AILA member and ACLU MN Policy Counsel Julia Decker highlights recent changes to social media information collection and the "serious" civil liberties implications and chilling effect the collection will have.

AILA Bylaws Amendments! Now That I’ve Got Your Attention…

June 3, 2019 - 15:46
In this blog post, AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney urges AILA members to vote on a set of bylaws amendments, writing that while most of them aren't Earth-shattering, there are amendments that would provide much needed "structure, formality, risk management, and most importantly, due process."

Let’s Break Down the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype

May 24, 2019 - 07:46
In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, committee member Olivia Lee explores her own family's history and urges all of us to break down the "perpetual foreigner" stereotypes that divide us.

The Fight on Behalf of Transgender Asylum Seekers Detained in Pearsall

May 15, 2019 - 12:47
AILA Senior Counsel of Pro Bono Program Jocelyn Dyer highlights recent wins for transgender asylum seekers detained in Pearsall as part of the Immigration Justice Campaign and urges readers to get involved to help more detained immigrants get a fair day in court.

Advocacy in Action: Congress Demands Answers from USCIS

May 13, 2019 - 15:59
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Fiona McEntee reflects on NDA 2019 and the successful effort to have Congress hold USCIS accountable for crisis-level processing delays.

But the Royal Baby Actually is a U.S. Citizen…

May 8, 2019 - 15:40
AILA member John Manley explains why the citizenship of the new British royal baby is even a question, and highlights some of the complexities of U.S. immigration law.

A Spotlight on Misinformation

May 7, 2019 - 14:52
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson details recent misinformation from the president about the border, immigrants, and asylum seekers, and notes, “Sadly, the Trump administration’s border enforcement strategy remains largely unchanged even as the nature of the challenge has changed dramatically.”