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Greg Chen


Gregory Chen is director of advocacy for AILA. Prior to joining AILA, he served three years as director for legislative affairs with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and three years as director for policy and advocacy at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. He served five years in San Francisco at Legal Services for Children ,representing children in detention and removal proceedings and other immigration matters, as well as in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and education law proceedings. He is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Recent Articles Quoting Mr. Chen

Article: Immigration Courts Remain Partly Open but Political Asylum Cases Delayed (10/2/2013)
The Washington Post quotes AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen in an article on what the government shutdown means for immigration services and the potential repercussions, particularly for asylum seekers.

Article: Chaffetz Wants Tougher Treatment of Illegal Border Crossers (4/9/2013)
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen is quoted in a Salt Lake Tribune article focused on border security, saying the current system gives border agents wide discretion to immediately deport people without a legal review and runs the risk “of eroding fairness and due process.”

Article: Immigration Tactics Aimed at Boosting Deportations (2/19/2013)
“If this is what ICE is currently doing, it's very problematic,” said AILA’s Director of Advocacy Greg Chen in an interview with USA Today about internal ICE documents that lay out proposed new tactics aimed at raising deportation numbers.

Video Clips

AILA Quicktake #58: Chances for Reform in 2013 (10/22/2013)
Now that Congress has temporarily resolved its latest budget fight, President Obama has said he plans to make a renewed push on immigration, one of his top domestic priorities. AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen joins us to discuss immigration reform chances in 2013.

AILA Quicktake #53: House Democrats Introduce Bill (10/3/2013)
In this Quicktake, AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen discusses the new H.R. 15 immigration reform bill proposed by several Democrats in the House of Representatives.

AILA Quicktake #52: Looming Government Shutdown (9/30/2013)
The possibility of a US government shutdown looms as lawmakers are unable to strike a deal to continue funding federal operations. Joining us to discuss the potential shutdown and its ramifications is AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen