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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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Opening a Wider World on Citizenship Day

September 13, 2022 - 12:19

AILA Senior Pro Bono Associate Erin Lynum writes about the upcoming 17th AILA Citizenship Day and how naturalization opens a wider world; AILA is proud to partner with NALEO Educational Fund and NPNA again for this inspiring effort.

The post Opening a Wider World on Citizenship Day first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

New Documentary Exposes the Realities of Life in Afghanistan for Women

August 31, 2022 - 10:47

Inspired by a new documentary about the issue, AILA member Mona Shah and co-authors Sarah Salarano and Shaun Chaudhry describe the terrible situation facing women and girls in Afghanistan and urge all of us to become informed and to take action.

The post New Documentary Exposes the Realities of Life in Afghanistan for Women first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Cascading Errors of a Wrong Address 

August 24, 2022 - 14:31

AILA Practice and Policy Counsel Amy Grenier highlights the due process concerns that arise when CBP enters incorrect addresses for vulnerable migrants, sending vital paperwork astray and undermining the migrants' chances to successfully request asylum and protection.

The post Cascading Errors of a Wrong Address  first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Afghan Allies Still Waiting for America’s Help One Year Later

August 15, 2022 - 11:37

As we recognize the one-year anniversary of Kabul's fall, Mahsa Khanbabai, Parastoo Zahedi, and Spojmie Nasiri highlight efforts of the AILA Afghan Taskforce and why the Afghan Adjustment Act is so important for the U.S. to live up to its promises to protect our allies.

The post Afghan Allies Still Waiting for America’s Help One Year Later first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Why We’re Celebrating the Senate’s Passage of Legislation Without Immigration

August 8, 2022 - 15:54

AILA's Greg Chen describes the Senate passage of the budget reconciliation bill and the fight against the many anti-immigrant amendments offered.

The post Why We’re Celebrating the Senate’s Passage of Legislation Without Immigration first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

You’d Think the Threat of Death Would Be Enough

August 5, 2022 - 10:47

In this blog post, AILA President Jeremy McKinney describes a recent win for his client in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that will help protect asylum seekers and how this case only emphasizes why we need an independent immigration court, free from politicization.

The post You’d Think the Threat of Death Would Be Enough first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Abuse in ICE Detention Continues and So Does the Funding for It

July 19, 2022 - 12:13

AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock describes the reports and examples of harmful, unnecessary, and wasteful ICE detention and urges readers to take action and tell Congress to reduce ICE detention bed funding for Fiscal Year 2023.

The post Abuse in ICE Detention Continues and So Does the Funding for It first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Why Supporting “Documented Dreamers” Is A Good Idea

July 12, 2022 - 11:15

AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer explains the plight of "Documented Dreamers" who are children of employment-based visa holders waiting for permanent residency and urges support of the America's Children Act of 2021 to alleviate their uncertainty.

The post Why Supporting “Documented Dreamers” Is A Good Idea first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Immigration and the Power of Storytelling

July 7, 2022 - 10:49

In this blog post, AILA member John Wheaton writes on the power of storytelling in bringing people together and creating community, encouraging his fellow attorneys to consider asking clients to share their stories and increase understanding of the immigrant experience.

The post Immigration and the Power of Storytelling first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

SCOTUS Gets it Right: The Biden Administration Can End the Inhumane Remain in Mexico Program

July 6, 2022 - 10:57

AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Amy Grenier describes the recent Supreme Court decision, affirming the Biden administration can indeed end the inhumane Remain in Mexico/Migrant Protection Protocols implemented by the Trump administration, and previews what comes next.

The post SCOTUS Gets it Right: The Biden Administration Can End the Inhumane Remain in Mexico Program first appeared on Blog: Think Immigration.

Ten Years Later, DREAMers and So Many Others Still Need Permanent Protection

June 15, 2022 - 09:00
Jeremy McKinney reflects on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative but urges Congress to take long overdue action to permanently protect DREAMers and other immigrants who have uncertainty.

U.S. Immigration Law – Looking Back 30+ Years

June 13, 2022 - 16:19
Long-time AILA member Michael Davis shares insights from his decades of practice, including the impact of 245(i) and some reflections on processes and procedures from years past, as part of our final blog post series celebrating AILA's 75 years.

AILA Members Share Dramatic and Complex 245(i) Stories, Part 1

June 7, 2022 - 12:46
For our final blog post series to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share their most dramatic or interesting 245(i) story with us on Think Immigration. In this post, read about hidden eligibility, tears, unique circumstances, and cases that are still ongoing today!