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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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Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 4

April 6, 2020 - 15:18
In this blog post, AILA Board of Governors member Neena Dutta muses on the COVID19 pandemic, the varying impacts on peoples' lives and livelihoods, and her personal experience, reminding everyone that in this time, socially distant though we may be, we are not alone.

Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 3

April 2, 2020 - 14:23
AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney shares his plans to apply for assistance through the Small Business Administration during the COVID19 crisis to help his law firm stay in business; an update on how he navigates the process is forthcoming.

Immigrants Are Behind the Wheel of Detroit’s Revival

March 31, 2020 - 15:23
AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer shares the positive impact that immigrants have had on Detroit, Michigan as the city orchestrates a comeback from bankruptcy only a few years ago, writing "Detroit's history was written by immigrants and I firmly believe they will help author its future as well."

Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era – Post 2

March 30, 2020 - 16:04
Alma Rosa Nieto, AILA Media Advo Committee member, offers some details from her day-in-the-life of an immigration attorney amid the COVID19 pandemic, writing: "This too will pass and we will all have learned new ways of doing things, skills we can use later."

We Must Right the Wrongs Being Committed in Our Name on Our Southern Border

March 27, 2020 - 14:47
AILA Asylum Committee Vice Chair Lindsay Harris describes the asylum seekers she met with just before the COVID-19 pandemic really began in the U.S. She encourages us all to take action and "right the wrongs being committed in our name on our Southern border."

Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID19 Era – Post 1

March 26, 2020 - 09:50
Sandra Feist, Chair of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, shares a glimpse into the life of an immigration attorney during the COVID19 pandemic, ending with a positive note: "My hope is that we all come out of seclusion with greater self-confidence about our own fortitude in a crisis and a greater connectivity with our community, as we come together to support one another."

No End in Sight: New Analysis Shows USCIS Case Processing Backlog Keeps Growing

March 19, 2020 - 12:47
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson highlights USCIS processing delays, writing, "Even before the COVID-19 virus, backlogs and processing delays were staggering at USCIS. They have continued to grow thanks to burdensome policies and inefficient procedures that needlessly bog down the adjudications process."

Business Continuity Planning: Immigration Law Practice In the Era of Covid-19

March 16, 2020 - 17:15
In this blog post, AILA member Ruby Powers offers some tips she has learned from practicing law through hurricanes and running her practice from half a world away, tips that can be applied in our current COVID-19 era..

When a Phone Call Truly Means Life or Death

March 10, 2020 - 12:57
In this blog post, AILA member, and Immigration Justice Campaign volunteer with the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC), Elizabeth Fiechter describes the Kafkaesque labyrinth of obstacles she and her client faced trying to simply speak by phone ahead of an extremely important bond hearing.

My Time in Dilley, Texas

March 4, 2020 - 11:05
In this blog post, part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog post series, AILA member L. Patricia Ice describes her time volunteering at the Dilley detention center helping families and how the shared bond of being members of the African diaspora helped her connect with one client.

Trump Administration’s Continued Discriminatory and Unlawful Immigration Policies Toward Haiti

February 28, 2020 - 11:20
In this blog post, part of the Diversity & Inclusion Blog post series, AILA members John Pratt and Kevin Gregg offer insights into efforts to terminate TPS for Haitians, and highlights how "The work of litigators, therefore, is critical in the fight to expose and legally challenge…immigration decisions."

Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency? More like an Administrative Strip Search

February 27, 2020 - 13:51
AILA member Kara Hart takes a look at the new I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency required to meet the new "public charge" rule and considers whether she'd be able to meet the requirements herself.

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."