Refugees currently undergo the most rigorous security screening process of anyone who comes to the United States.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) elected Anastasia Tonello, an immigration lawyer from New York, NY, as the association’s Second Vice President for the 2015-2016 term.
Ms. Tonello is Managing Partner of Laura Devine Attorneys in New York and is also a Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She was a charter member and officer of AILA’s Rome District Chapter and served as the Chair of AILA’s Department of State Committee. She has been recognized in Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 UK Edition, Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession, and SuperLawyers.
Having spent the majority of her career practicing US law as an immigrant in London, Ms. Tonello has experienced many of the issues and obstacles immigrants in this country encounter—both personally and professionally.
Ms. Tonello joined AILA as a member in 1998. She is a frequent speaker on consular issues having spoken at professional conferences and at the world’s leading business schools in the US and abroad.
She received her B.A. from Indiana University and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
Business, Consular, Family, Investors, Global, U.K., General
Selected Recent Blog Posts
Seeing the Forest for the Trees in the Immigration Debate (AILA Leadership Blog, October 2, 2015)
From Systems to Substance, Digital Innovation is Welcome News for Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, July 21, 2015)
The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (AILA Leadership Blog, February 24, 2015)
Welcoming Brilliance to Our Shores (AILA Leadership Blog, October 14, 2014)
What the Tony Awards Can Teach Us About Immigration (AILA Leadership Blog, June 4, 2014)
H-4 Work Authorization: A (First)
Step in the Right Direction? (AILA Leadership Blog, May 15, 2014)
Could Religion Be the Common Ground for Immigration Reform? (AILA Leadership Blog, April 16, 2014)
Top Ten Similarities Between March Madness and the U.S. Immigration System (AILA Leadership Blog, March 25, 2014)
One Year Later (AILA Leadership Blog, November 1, 2014)
Selected Video Appearances:
Arise America: Immigration Reform (Arise, November 20, 2014)