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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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The Bill That Would Guarantee Attorney-Client Access (But Wait, Don’t We Already Have That?)

February 24, 2020 - 14:39
In this blog post, AILA member Brent Renison describes why new legislation to allow access to counsel for immigrants placed into secondary or deferred inspection upon entry would "allow fairness to have jurisdiction at the borders."

Defending Freedom Needs More Than Heroes – Governments Must Be Accountable

February 21, 2020 - 12:11
In this blog post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen calls for change as he describes the dichotomy with how the Venezuelan opposition leader was hailed at the State of the Union and how vulnerable Venezuelan asylum seekers are treated at the border.

An Inside Look – Tips from a Clinical Social Worker Helping Asylum Seekers

February 11, 2020 - 15:41
Psychological evaluations can be hugely important for vulnerable clients' cases, but attorneys may have some questions about how best to approach having one done. In this blog post, Jocelyn Dyer shares helpful tips from Aimee Miller, a clinical social worker.

Diversity in Immigration Law Firms

February 7, 2020 - 09:32
In this post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, AILA members John Pratt, David Calles Smith, and Elizabeth Montano highlight the myriad benefits of a diverse and inclusive immigration law firm.

The Truth About our Immigration Court System

January 31, 2020 - 12:40
AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney describes why an independent immigration court is so desperately needed and shares resources related to his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Immigration Subcommittee about this issue.

After AILA Attends Tour of the Laredo Tent Court, Questions Still Abound

January 30, 2020 - 14:39
In this blog post, Greg Chen, Leidy Perez-Davis, and Katy Murdza report back on the recently offered tour of tent court facilities in Texas as well as why AILA remains deeply concerned about lack of due process and urges the administration to "end the use of tent courts and the Remain in Mexico program."

Immigration Judge vs. Passport Agency – the Battle Over Mario’s Citizenship is Finally Over

January 28, 2020 - 12:33
In this blog post, AILA member Eva Garcia Mendoza describes the lengths she had to go to in order to protect her client Mario after repeated and concerted efforts to deny him the U.S. Citizenship which was rightfully his, noting "Immigration lawyers know that our work changes peoples' lives."

Resolve to Do Pro Bono – One Attorney’s Experience

January 13, 2020 - 15:09
AILA member Kursten Phelps shares a recent volunteer experience with asylum seekers and urges that we all resolve to engage, writing, "There are naturalization clinics to staff, border assistance projects to plug into, translations, remote CFI and bond hearing assistance to support."

The Travel Ban – Iran as an Example of Why the Administration Should Revisit This Cruel Policy

January 3, 2020 - 12:14
AILA BOG member Ally Bolour describes the impact of the administration's travel ban, using the example of Iran to show how and why the ban is "cruel and unnecessary." He urges everyone to "continue to fight against it for all those impacted, their families, American businesses, and our communities."

Top AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2019

December 31, 2019 - 11:06
This blog post highlights the most-read blog posts and most-watched videos AILA produced and published in 2019 - take a look, and see you in 2020!


December 27, 2019 - 13:13
In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Blog Post series, AILA Member Sarah Pitney describes how taking 30 seconds to discuss pronouns with a client or colleague can ensure your firm is more welcoming and inclusive.

Germany’s New Business Immigration Law

December 20, 2019 - 14:03
In this blog post, AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci explains how Germany, through measures such as The Skilled Immigration Act, is opening its arms to foreign workers.

Individuals Seeking Protection in El Paso Detention Centers Continue to Face the Impossible. Help Us Push Back.

December 18, 2019 - 16:32
In this blog post, AILA member Rebekah Wolf explores some of the hurdles asylum seekers are facing in El Paso, Texas and how to help push back by getting involved with the Immigration Justice Campaign and the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC).

Eyes on the Border but Shut Out of the Tent Courts

December 13, 2019 - 12:40
In this blog post, AILA leaders share insights from the border delegation where they witnessed the terrible impact of the Remain in Mexico policy, urging "more coordination among advocates, more aggressive litigation in each immigration courtroom, more petitions and class actions..."

Why Immigration Lawyers Should Care about the TRAP Act – It Will Address INTERPOL Abuse

November 26, 2019 - 10:26
AILA Member Sandra Grossman highlights the efforts in Congress to address the abuse of INTERPOL Red Notices in the U.S. immigration context and urges support for the TRAP Act which would move INTERPOL to improve transparency and deter abuse of their system.

Names are Important

November 25, 2019 - 10:23
In this blog post, part of the Diversity and Inclusion Blog Post Series, AILA Member L. Patricia Ice explains the reasoning behind shifting the name of the AILA African American Interest Group to the African Diaspora Interest Group and invites interested AILA members to join the group.

Prepping for the Next Debate: Where the Candidates Stand on Immigration

November 20, 2019 - 06:02
Greg Chen and Cara Pavlak highlight the positions of the Democratic presidential candidates on immigration and encourage readers to use the AILA 2020 Election Guide, and the accompanying social media toolkit, to engage on immigration during the debate.

Disturbing Lack of Transparency Implicates Government Data Reliability

November 15, 2019 - 11:38
AILA Member Alison Griffith describes the recent concerns regarding the reliability of EOIR immigration court data received via FOIA and urges people to contact Congress about the need for EOIR to share accurate data upon which the public depends.

AILA University – Your New Resource for Immigration Law Knowledge

November 13, 2019 - 14:14
AILA University Committee Vice Chair Teddy Chadwick describes the new resources available to AILA members today and going forward through AILAU - "I'm sure that no matter your immigration law knowledge or experience, you will find AILA University useful."

DREAMERs Hope: Fate of DACA at the Supreme Court

November 11, 2019 - 15:13
AILA Member Faye Kolly describes the cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear November 12, 2019, relating to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urges support for permanent protection for DREAMers, writing "While the Supreme Court decision is important, it is not a solution."