AILA Story Ideas for the Press

AILA provides potential pitch ideas to the press.

Detention of Families and Individuals Seeking Asylum

Families and individuals have been fleeing the violence and turmoil in Central America and elsewhere while LGBT individuals are fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation. Our asylum laws require that due process be granted while claims for asylum are adjudicated but instead when asylum seekers get to the U.S. they find something very different. Some are refused at the border, contrary to U.S. and international laws. Some are incarcerated and denied a meaningful chance to claim protection. Children are retraumatized in detention, despite a federal judge's ruling that children cannot be detained for long periods of time. Learn more about AILA's efforts to end family detention and our continued commitment to ending the denial of due process for detained immigrants via the following links. Our Communications staff would be happy to facilitate interviews with AILA volunteers, and clients where appropriate.

Business Adjudications

Business adjudications sound complicated but they shouldn't be. The process used to be pretty straightforward - you submit the application for the foreign worker who will stand up your factory, or build your business, and back it up with facts and you'd get a visa for that worker. No longer. Now the adjudicators send back Request for Evidence (RFEs) that are "boilerplate" and don't even pretend to reference your specific enterprise.

So you're faced with even longer delays for workers who you needed yesterday. Eventually even the savviest business with the best of intentions will give up. They'll throw up their hands and walk away, often deciding to build a factory or start a company overseas. Find out more at the following links and don't hesitate to reach out for quotes from our experts and concrete examples of how businesses are giving up in the face of a bureaucracy seemingly bent on denials:

Notario Fraud

Sadly, when new immigration reforms are announced or new programs are implemented, the scammers come out in force. For years, AILA has dedicated its attention to combatting this "notario fraud," so called because of the confusion many scammers capitalize on when dealing with Latin American immigrants. "Notarios" in Mexico and other countries are trained in the law but in the U.S. that label is abused by those who lack required training and promise things they can't deliver.

To speak to an expert about these efforts and the dangers of notarios and why qualified immigration counsel is so important, please reach out to the AILA Communications Department (contacts available to the right). For links to our Public Service Announcements and other materials, please see below:

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 15011361.