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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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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.”

Michelle Angela Ortiz: Illuminating Injustice Through Art

May 6, 2019 - 09:15
AILA Senior Legal Editor Rizwan Hassan highlights a visual artist and community educator, Michelle Angela Ortiz, who has brought attention to families detained in Berks, PA, writing "we must use whatever skills and talents we have at our disposal to battle the injustices we see."

USCIS Acknowledges That Its Own Policies Compound Case Processing Delays

April 30, 2019 - 14:41
AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights data from a recent USCIS response to Congress, noting evidence that “USCIS policies are undermining the agency’s statutory mandate to efficiently process applications and petitions for immigration benefits” and calling for USCIS to be held to account.

A New Resource on Immigration Law: AILA Law Journal is Live!

April 26, 2019 - 16:23
In this blog post, AILA President Anastasia Tonello announces the inaugural edition of the AILA Law Journal, highlighting the articles and themes within the seven pieces and inviting articles for future editions.

“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.