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Greg Chen


Gregory Chen is Director of Advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Prior to joining AILA in 2010, Greg worked for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. He came to Washington, D.C. after spending five years in San Francisco at Legal Services for Children representing children in immigration matters as well as child welfare, juvenile delinquency, and education law proceedings. He is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School and clerked for the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Greg has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and is regularly quoted in major print media or on national news broadcasts.

Recent Articles Quoting Mr. Chen

News appearance: "Gregory Chen discusses Obama's deportation reform" (3/18/2015)
CCTV America interviews Greg Chen regarding the Executive Action reforms and immigration enforcement.

Article: "Obama answers immigration ruling with vow to fight courts and Congress" (2/17/2015)
The LA Times quotes Greg Chen about the Executive Action plan.

Article: 'Bid to halt Obama's immigration plan likely to fail, legal experts say" (2/17/2015)
The Guardian quotes Greg Chen on the lawsuit against Executive Action.

Article: "U.S. Delays Thousands of Immigration Hearings by Nearly 5 Years" (1/28/2015)
The Wall Street Journal quotes Greg Chen on the backlog of cases before the Immigration Court.

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 #120: Clean DHS Funding Bill Passes (3/4/2015)
In this Quicktake, AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides updates on the Department of Homeland Security funding, House Judiciary Committee mark ups on immigration bills, and litigation on President Obama's executive actions.

AILA Quicktake #119: DHS Funding Recap and What's Next (2/27/2015)
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen explains what is happening today, Friday, February 27, 2015, on DHS funding in Congress and previews next week's potential action on immigration in the Senate and House.

AILA Quicktake #118: Legislative Update on DHS Funding (2/25/2015)
AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen recaps the week on Capitol Hill and discusses his testimony in a subcommittee hearing as well as the upcoming deadline to keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

AILA Quicktake #115: Update on Border Bill, DHS Funding, and Attorney General Confirmation (1/27/2015)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen provides an update on what's happening on the Hill, including an update on the House border bill vote, the Senate DHS appropriations bill and the upcoming Attorney General confirmation hearing.

AILA Quicktake #112: Omnibus Passes in Congress (12/15/2014)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed in Congress this weekend and what to look for next.

AILA Quicktake #111: House Hearings on Executive Action (12/3/2014)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen shares highlights from this week's House hearings on President Obama's executive action and lays out the activity happening next week in Congress.

AILA Quicktake #108: Administrative Action Outlook (11/18/2014)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses possible actions President Obama will take, what the timing might be and AILA's plans post-announcement.

AILA Quicktake #106: Midterm Elections 2014 (11/5/2014)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses the outcomes of the midterm elections and what a Republican-controlled Congress will mean for immigration in 2015.

AILA Quicktake #97: Deputy Secretary Mayorkas' Speech and Artesia Hearings (9/19/2014)
AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen sits down to provide a recap on Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas' appearance at the National Press Club this week. Chen also discusses the immigration court proceedings happening for detainees in Artesia.

AILA Quicktake #90: Legislative Update on Unaccompanied Minors (7/17/2014)
AILA's Advocacy Director Greg Chen updates on the progress of the President's supplemental in Congress and discusses the proposed bill by Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar that would make it easier to deport unaccompanied migrant children to their home countries.

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