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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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Four Members’ Reflections on AILA’s 75 Years

November 30, 2021 - 16:13
In this blog post, part of a months-long series leading up to the formal celebration of AILA’s 75th year at the upcoming Annual Conference in June, 2022, four AILA members reflect on what they see as AILA’s greatest strengths and the relationships they’ve built during their membership of AILA.

A Little about that “Einstein” Visa

November 24, 2021 - 09:55
In this blog post, AILA Law Journal author Sasha Kaskel shares some insights about the "Einstein" visa and how immigration attorneys might approach client cases; AILA members can read her full article and other pieces in their free digital copy of the journal.

Our Nation’s First People

November 12, 2021 - 13:28
AILA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee member Christine Alden reflects on the meaning of Native American Heritage month and urges readers to learn more in order to "help protect and preserve this important culture."

No More Sleeps ‘til the End of the Travel Ban

November 8, 2021 - 11:13
As many fully vaccinated grandparents finally get to travel to see grandkids this week after months-long separations, AILA member Fiona McEntee welcomes the reunions while also urging continued advocacy to help other families reunite.

Breaking Down the Invisible Wall: It’s Past Due!

November 2, 2021 - 14:46
AILA member Mo Goldman shares a recent example of how the antiquated systems at USCIS Customer Service caused concern and wasted time as he sought to help a client and offers ideas of how to increase efficiency.

Leading AILA: Beyond our 75th Year

October 29, 2021 - 14:19
AILA President Allen Orr reflects on what it means to be AILA's president in this 75th year and highlights some fun ways to remember some key milestones and share your own fond memories of AILA this year.

The Fruits of our Afghan Labor Have Arrived

October 27, 2021 - 10:04
Author Joyce Brake shares insights from her recent pro bono work with Afghan evacuees and helping them find their footing in the new situation they are in; she urges readers to reach out and do the same.

Process Work Authorizations If You Want More Workers!

October 21, 2021 - 16:11
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Emily Haverkamp highlights the huge obstacles facing asylum seekers seeking work permits while their asylum request is being processed, noting the impact of bad policies on the asylum seekers but also employers seeking workers.

Afghanistan and the United States’ Responsibilities

October 6, 2021 - 14:48
AILA member Manish Daftari shares insights into the situation facing those fleeing from Afghanistan and the urgent need to simplify processing of vulnerable Afghan evacuees, similar to the treatment of Vietnamese evacuees in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

“Thank You, Next”: What the State Department Needs to Do Since Travel Bans Are Being Rescinded

September 30, 2021 - 15:05
AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern welcomes the rescission of the regional travel bans that will take effect in November but urges additional changes recommended by AILA because "The Department of State faces an uphill battle to overcome the significant delays and backlog created by the pandemic."

Curbing Entropy in my Practice – Life Lessons About Matters Pending Before the Service

September 29, 2021 - 10:40
In this blog post, AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares common concerns immigration attorneys and their clients deal with as they wait because of USCIS processing delays and highlights some of the AILA recommended solutions that could effect change.

Helping Afghan Refugees Brings Me Full Circle

September 27, 2021 - 14:45
In this blog post, AILA member Spojmie Nasiri shares insights and information about the situation facing Afghan evacuees and how we can help. She was interviewed by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Chair Ban Al-Wardi.

Somos – Razones Para Celebrar; We are – Reasons to Celebrate

September 24, 2021 - 09:17
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee member Ruben Reyes shares his story and perspective on the discussion around National Hispanic Heritage Month and invites readers to learn from and listen to each other, writing “This is an American story, and it is ours to live.”

We Know Litigation Works, But How Do You Get Started?

September 14, 2021 - 13:15
In this blog post, expert litigator and past AILA president Ron Klasko gives a few examples of cases that could benefit from litigation, and highlights the upcoming Federal Court Conference as a chance to learn skills to help your clients.

Recognizing Dale Schwartz, Rest in Power

September 9, 2021 - 11:28
AILA pays tribute to the career and impact of Dale Schwartz, past president of AILA with two videos from Allen Orr and Greg Siskind who share insights as they reflect on his life and legacy.