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Blog: Think Immigration

Think Immigration: The Senate Debate Begins: Let Your Voice Be Heard

In this blog post, Mo Goldman, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the current debate in the Senate on immigration and urges AILA members and the public to get involved and engage on this issue by making their voices heard as the debate ramps up.
AILA Doc. No. 18021433

Think Immigration: On Fatherhood and Motherhood in the Immigration Law Context

In this blog post, AILA member Alexander Carl highlights a clearly outrageous "example of how our immigration laws have not kept up with the times" when it comes to how LGBT parents are treated differently when it comes to determining the citizenship of their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18020936

Think Immigration: H-4 Work Permits - A Feminist Perspective

Sandra Feist, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the challenges facing H-4 spouses as the administration threatens to take away their work permits and urges Congress to "provide a path for H-4 spouses to fully participate in and contribute to their communities."
AILA Doc. No. 18020836

Think Immigration: Deal or No Deal, We Stand With the Dreamers

AILA National Treasurer Allen Orr describes the current efforts to protect Dreamers and urges the administration to get behind legislation with bipartisan support that makes sense both fiscally and morally, rather than forcing a stalemate that could result in the deportation of Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18020634

Think Immigration: Closed for Business

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matt Maiona takes a look at the already marked demand for H-2B visas and the potential impact on American employers and local economies when these key seasonal positions go unfilled.
AILA Doc. No. 18020141

Think Immigration: “I-Squared,” Not RAISE, Would Lift America Up

In this blog post, AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence breaks down the provisions of the Immigration Innovation or I-Squared Act introduced by Senators Hatch and Flake and describes what the bill's provisions would do to boost U.S. businesses and the American economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18012944

Think Immigration: People Are Stepping Up to Help with DACA Fees

In this blog post, AILA member Kara Lynum shares how the public is supporting DACA recipients by covering the filing fee for renewal applications, highlighting the recent example of an impromptu campaign that has brought in more than $23,000 thus far to hep Dreamers in Minnesota.
AILA Doc. No. 18012605

Think Immigration: Family Matters – Love, Support, and Entrepreneurship

In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish describes the family-based immigration system, writing that “as a cornerstone of American history and American values, family-based immigration can and must be protected, not derided with lies.”
AILA Doc. No. 18012430

Think Immigration: The Doctor is In, Let’s Not Send Her Out

AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear reflects on the “vital and sustained contributions that immigrants are making to our society on a daily basis” in the healthcare field, and the potential impact of anti-immigrant policies on medically underserved populations in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 18011931

Think Immigration: The Latest in Fearmongering

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matthew Maiona analyzes a questionable government report intended to incite fear of immigrants, writing "Now more than ever, we must stand-up for our core American values which are under attack. That’s what you, and all of us, should really be afraid of."
AILA Doc. No. 18011742

Think Immigration: The Current Status of DACA

Alma Rosa Nieto, vice chair of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, reflects on the current status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and highlights two DACA recipients in particular who exemplify why these young people should be permanently protected by Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 18011209

Think Immigration: Ban the Burnout

In this blog post, Reid Trautz, Director of AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center, highlights some key ways to reduce the risk of burnout in an incredibly busy “new normal” that immigration attorneys and their firms are facing.
AILA Doc. No. 18011103

Think Immigration: Finding Heroes

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman highlights the recent lawsuit by Washington AG Ferguson against Motel 6 for violating state consumer protection laws by sharing guest data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when ICE had no warrant to gather the information.
AILA Doc. No. 18010533

Think Immigration: From DC to Dilley – One Volunteer’s Firsthand Experience

In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas interviews recent family detention volunteer McKayla Eskilson about her experience, the work the project is doing, and the impact she had during her week at Dilley helping asylum seeking moms and kids incarcerated in the facility.

Think Immigration: Top 10 AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2017

A quick recap of the most viewed videos and most read blog posts this year, covering a variety of topics from H-1Bs to MAVNI to the latest travel ban updates, and more. There is truly something for everyone; take a look at these resources as you reflect on 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17122900

Think Immigration: Story of a Dreamer Sparks Generosity

AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney writes about how sharing client stories with the press and public can make a difference and highlights one recent example when a profile of a Dreamer unexpectedly sparked the generosity of a donor.
AILA Doc. No. 17122800

Think Immigration: Living Courage

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson reflects on 2017, highlighting the courage of Dreamers and the work of AILA members as inspirations for 2018 when he’ll “be looking to all of you to be fearless, steadfast, and courageous. Because next year and every year, #AILAStandsWithImmigrants.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122213

Think Immigration: Helping Daisy

AILA member Rebecca Minahan shares how she helped one young family at the Dilley detention facility through the credible fear process, writing that while she “would most likely never learn of their fate,” she “felt honored to have been a part of their lives if only for a very short time.”
AILA Doc. No. 17122131

Think Immigration: Combatting a War on the Christmas Spirit

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman writes about President Trump’s effort to “bring Christmas back,” asking “Is this the true spirit of Christmas? Scapegoating? Xenophobia? Blocking refugees from seeking safety? An inability to absolve someone, forgive them, for their actions?”

Think Immigration: Lawyering in an Ever-Changing Landscape

AILA Board of Governors member Gayle Oshrin reflects on the ever-changing landscape of both business and family immigration law and encourages AILA members to take opportunities to network and learn new tactics from each other, like the upcoming NYC conference.
AILA Doc. No. 17121243

Think Immigration: Hardline Immigration Policies Keep Running into Legal Trouble

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh shares insights into so-called “sanctuary cities” writing that “distortion of terminology such as ‘sanctuary cities’ only deteriorates the public’s ability to understand and discuss immigration policy in an informed and meaningful manner.”
AILA Doc. No. 17120803

Think Immigration: Momentum Builds Among Republicans for Dreamer Fix Before the Holidays

Kate Voigt, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, highlights the momentum building on the Hill for the Dream Act and why moving quickly on this issue is so critical.
AILA Doc. No. 17120601

Think Immigration: High-Skilled Immigration in a Time of High Uncertainty

Kevin Miner, one of the authors of Business Immigration: Law and Practice, highlights how “those who oppose immigration fully intend to make the process harder, more time consuming, and more expensive with the hope that employers will either give up or simply won’t bother at all.”
AILA Doc. No. 17120401

Think Immigration: When Law Professors Attack: Four False Assumptions in the WSJ Op-Ed

AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear rebuts a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, highlighting four of the piece’s most egregious false assumptions about the immigration bar and calling on all of us to work toward a “system that provides due process and equality before the law.”
AILA Doc. No. 17120132

Think Immigration: Two Business Immigration Lawyers in “Baby Jail”: A Report from Dilley

Michael Turansick and Rebecca van Uitert share their experience with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, writing “Volunteering at Dilley changes lives. It saves lives. You can save lives. Even lawyers like ourselves, who practice primarily business immigration law, can have a profound impact.”

Think Immigration: Gratitude for America and the Hands that Built it

Matt Maiona, member of the Media Advocacy Committee, urges readers to not forget our history and to be grateful for “the intangibles” — community, freedom, and liberties — that come from being in the United States, and the profound benefits that immigrants have brought this nation.
AILA Doc. No. 17112133

Think Immigration: Sounding the Alarm on State Department Staffing

Stephen Pattison, an AILA member with firsthand experience as a consular officer himself, expresses alarm at the slow evisceration of the Department of State (DOS) given its crucial role, writing “Make no mistake about it, our clients will suffer from a diminished DOS.”
AILA Doc. No. 17111433

Think Immigration: Getting Through the Reinstatement Maze

Robert Pauw, author of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, describes how the government has mistakenly reinstated removal orders and urged that such cases be challenged more often, writing that immigration attorneys “are the bulwark against the government’s denial of due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 17111334

Think Immigration: Staying in the Know About EB-5

AILA Business Committee member Stephen Yale-Loehr shares a preview of the upcoming AILA EB-5 Investors Summit and reflects on some of the connections he has made and information he has learned at past conferences.
AILA Doc. No. 17110935

Think Immigration: Stand Up and Be an Advocate: Your Talent and Expertise Can Effect Meaningful Change

Diane Rish, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, urges AILA members to engage with legislators and highlights several ways to do just that during next week’s “AILA Stands with Dreamers” campaign, including legislative visits, social media advocacy, and working with the media.
AILA Doc. No. 17110840

Think Immigration: On Immigration, It’s Time to Start Listening to Each Other

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares insights about why the issue of immigration is a contentious one for our nation and how listening to each other is a critical piece to finding “common ground on this issue, and real solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.”
AILA Doc. No. 17110764

Think Immigration: Rhetoric Versus Reality on Employment-Based Immigration

Sandra Feist, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, highlights new data released by the Trump administration concerning employment-based immigration and addresses several myths and misconceptions about the H-1B program and its impact on the American economy.
AILA Doc. No. 17110302

Think Immigration: IJ Performance Quotas: A Threat to Due Process and Judicial Independence

AILA EOIR Liaison Committee Vice Chair Merlyn Hernandez reflects on the proposed quotas for immigration judges writing, “There is no way to impose arbitrary fast-track quotas on immigration judges without damaging the chance a client has to present the applicable law and facts of their cases.”
AILA Doc. No. 17103101

Think Immigration: Defending the Practice of Immigration Law in an Age of Falsehoods

AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello responds to recent remarks by Attorney General Sessions, writing that attorneys “who know the law, who aggressively defend their clients within the scope of the law and who are ethical and passionate should be celebrated, not disparaged.”
AILA Doc. No. 17102630

Think Immigration: A Fighting Chance to Claim Asylum

Karen Lucas, director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, shares information about the innovative pro bono mentorship model developed by the campaign and the work being done on behalf of four detained asylum seekers, offering them a fighting chance to claim asylum.
AILA Doc. No. 17102500

Think Immigration: Decision on Temporary Protected Status for Sudanese Means Dust Off Those Case Files!

With the decisions made on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan and South Sudan, AILA member Michele McKenzie takes a look at what that decision could mean for the TPS holders and their immigration attorneys who may have to dust off twenty-year-old case files.
AILA Doc. No. 17101931

Think Immigration: Volunteering in Family Detention – Saving One Family at a Time

Jose Campos recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project and came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of asylum law and that “lawyers can literally save a life by helping women and their children fleeing violence find protection and build a future, safe from harm.”
AILA Doc. No. 17101731

Think Immigration: Good News You Can Use

Jill Marie Bussey shares some good news about the AILA DC Chapter’s Citizenship Day efforts and what they were able to accomplish, writing “there are a number of allies and community partners who are willing and eager to help vulnerable communities alongside us.”
AILA Doc. No. 17101332

Think Immigration: Fighting for the Underdog

AILA Southern California Chapter Chair Blake Miller highlights how “today’s immigration challenges shouldn’t stop us from working harder, smarter, and strongly advocating for our client’s rights and benefits” as he shares some AILA resources and opportunities that can help members hone their skills.
AILA Doc. No. 17101135

Think Immigration: In the Midst of Chaos, Where Is Our Lifeline?

AILA Puerto Rico Chapter Chair Maria del Rosario Garcia Miranda urges DHS to start responding to post-hurricane questions writing, “A broad policy of leniency for those impacted by Hurricane Maria seems like a relatively small, yet absolutely necessary, action to take.”
AILA Doc. No. 17100603

Think Immigration: Liberty and Due Process for Immigrants in the SCOTUS Lineup, Part 2

In this second segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held Tuesday on Jennings v. Rodriguez, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to prolonged detention.
AILA Doc. No. 17100403

Think Immigration: Liberty and Due Process for Immigrants in the SCOTUS Lineup, Part 1

In this first segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held today on Sessions v. Dimaya, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to the definition of “crime of violence.”
AILA Doc. No. 17100233

Think Immigration: RAISE Act Policies Won’t Lift Up America

Doug Penn, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, writes about the RAISE Act noting that “Dropping someone anywhere…without any ties to the community or job prospects is not a way to ensure that the person successfully integrates into the United States or contributes to our economy and society.”
AILA Doc. No. 17092903

Think Immigration: Extraordinary Strength in Numbers - AILA Launches New Interest Group for ACES

AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello highlights AILA’s new interest group for those with clients in athletics, culture, entertainment, and sciences (ACES) “fight back against arbitrary decisions, abuse of discretion, and ever-changing policies and trends that affect our clients and our practices.”
AILA Doc. No. 17092730

Think Immigration: Employment-Based Immigration in a “Hire American” Era

AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, Diane Rish, takes a hard look at the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order which “has served as the foundation by which this administration is swiftly re-shaping the employment-based immigration landscape.”
AILA Doc. No. 17092138

Think Immigration: Risk vs. Uncertainty - Advising and Advocating in the New Paradigm

AILA CSC Liaison Committee member Diana Bauerle shares some insights into risk and uncertainty and how “Taking on uncertainty means we need to be nimble and creative in our advice. It also means innovating and finding solutions that we have either never considered, or rarely had to use.”
AILA Doc. No. 17091961

Think Immigration: The New Front in the War on Immigrants – Administrative Action

AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear writes about administrative overreach noting that “The last time I checked, federal agencies don’t get to make new law; they are tasked with implementing existing law.”
AILA Doc. No. 17091530

Think Immigration: Deal or No Deal: Where Does DACA Stand?

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responds to the conflicting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) “deal” reports, writing that a “standalone bill focused exclusively on protecting Dreamers is the best solution.”
AILA Doc. No. 17091437

Think Immigration: Facing the Pro Bono Challenge Head On – One Perspective

AILA member Allegra Love shares insights into how planning, and thinking outside the box, can maximize the impact of pro bono efforts in your community, highlighting four important questions to consider in any pro bono planning process.
AILA Doc. No. 17091236

Think Immigration: Hurricane Harvey Hit Us Hard but We’re Rebuilding and Helping Each Other

Jason Mills, Immediate Past Chair of the AILA Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter, shares some of the disaster recovery efforts that local members are engaged in post-Harvey and some resources available to help AILA members rebuild.
AILA Doc. No. 17090831

Think Immigration: Back to School – The Immigrant Experience

AILA member Elissa Taub highlights recent ICE actions in Memphis that stoked the fears of immigrant families and how the community responded, showing that “so many people in Memphis are ready and willing to act when the need arises to ensure that our most vulnerable residents feel protected.”
AILA Doc. No. 17090662

Think Immigration: Mr. Speaker, It’s Time to Stand Up for Dreamers

Ken Schmitt, Advocacy and Media Liaison for the MO-KS Chapter, urges Congress and the American public to stand up and protect Dreamers, writing, “These young people, brought to the United States as children, are true Americans and have proven their value and worth to any who questioned it.”
AILA Doc. No. 17090560

Think Immigration: Wasting Money, One Interview at a Time

Anastasia Tonello, AILA President-Elect, highlights the wasteful new USCIS requirement that all employment-based adjustment of status applicants be subject to an in-person interview, noting “Officers will be charged with interviewing thousands of law abiding, qualified people who are already here.”
AILA Doc. No. 17083133

Think Immigration: Winning Cases – Good for the Client and the Attorney

Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee takes a look at the current state of agency-attorney relations, urging AILA members to take opportunities to share information because “This fight is bigger than one client and one attorney. We can’t do this alone, but we can do this together.”
AILA Doc. No. 17082902

Think Immigration: Trump Administration Endangers Children While Pretending to Fight Trafficking

AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains how ICE is jeopardizing the safety of unaccompanied children by going after their sponsors “who have given their names and addresses to the federal government and gone through assessments to ensure they will provide a safe home.”
AILA Doc. No. 17082531

Think Immigration: Business Immigration and Federal Litigation – Where to Start?

Olivia Lee, Immediate Past Chair of AILA’s Northern California Chapter, reflects on when she first stepped into the federal litigation arena for an H-1B client and highlights the resources offered by AILA and the American Immigration Council to help practitioners develop those skills.
AILA Doc. No. 17082331

Think Immigration: Protesting and Immigration – Know Your Rights

AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh offers insights that may be useful as AILA members and clients consider whether to attend planned protests in Arizona and elsewhere, including links to publicly available Know Your Rights resources shareable with the community.
AILA Doc. No. 17082236

Think Immigration: How Does U.S. Immigration Law Treat Trafficking Victims?

Given the recent tragedy in Texas involving the deaths of ten individuals, and injury of many more, who were being transported into the United States, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Evangeline Chan offers insights into how U.S. immigration law treats victims of trafficking.
AILA Doc. No. 17081865

Think Immigration: Dream On

AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh reflects on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urges those who support Dreamers to speak out and advocate for DACA to stay in place until a permanent solution for these young immigrants is enacted.
AILA Doc. No. 17081500

Think Immigration: H-1B Visa Trends: Is This the New Normal?

AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist highlights a new trend in H-1B petitions which has her concerned that USCIS is “enacting changes that will have widespread economic repercussions” and may deter “U.S. employers who seek to hire the best and the brightest international talent.”
AILA Doc. No. 17081433

Think Immigration: Time to Reboot the DHS SAVE System

AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence highlights a recent GAO report and recommendations on the DHS SAVE system, writing that the system is “one that AILA members already know is causing unnecessary headaches for immigrants and their families across the nation.”
AILA Doc. No. 17081032

Think Immigration: The American Economy Needs Changes to the H-2B Temporary Worker Program

Loan Huynh, a member of AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee, highlights how the H-2B visa program is currently failing to meet the needs of many American businesses seeking temporary seasonal workers and the reforms necessary to ensure the program helps contribute to our shared prosperity.
AILA Doc. No. 17080831

Think Immigration: Immigration Lawyers Save Lives

AILA NorCal Chapter Chair Tala Hartsough shares how immigration lawyers can save lives, saying the “reality is that the more of us who stand up and take on the representation of low income, detained immigrants, the more likely it will be that we save a life.”
AILA Doc. No. 17080408

Think Immigration: Congressional Recess is No Time to Rest

AILA Past President John L. Pinnix encourages members to use the August congressional recess to advocate for immigration with members of Congress and to build relationships with congressional constituent service staff.
AILA Doc. No. 17080343

Think Immigration: U.S. Immigration Law is Simultaneously Inscrutable, Strict, and Arbitrary

AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello discusses how the United States’ outdated immigration laws have an impact around the world and urges everyone to “share our experiences and expertise and expose the system,” to move toward immigration reform.
AILA Doc. No. 17073104

Think Immigration: Let’s Make America Great Again For International Students

AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Susan Bond highlights the anti-immigrant rhetoric that is impacting international students, writing “Whether we are driving these innovators and job creators away by making them feel unwelcome, or driving them away by making them feel unsafe, this needs to stop.”
AILA Doc. No. 17072697

Think Immigration: Divergent Approaches: Immigration Law and Policy in the U.S. and Canada

Heather Segal, a member of AILA’s BOG, highlights differences between U.S. and Canadian immigration law and urges the U.S. to both “encourage individuals to bring their skills and talents” while continuing its commitment to family reunification which has long-benefited America’s shared prosperity.
AILA Doc. No. 17072501

Think Immigration: A Righteous Act

Mo Goldman, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, urges readers to take action in support of the Dream Act, writing “It makes zero sense, on an economic or moral level, to suddenly strip hundreds of thousands of individuals of their work permits and make them targets for deportation.”
AILA Doc. No. 17072102

Think Immigration: There’s Always More to Learn

AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear reflects on how there is always more to learn in immigration law, writing “with more than a decade of experience as an immigration attorney behind me, the universe of what I do not know remains infinitely more vast than the universe of what I do.”
AILA Doc. No. 17071904

Think Immigration: An Obscure Trump Administration Policy that Needlessly Harms Americans

Patrick Taurel, a member of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, draws attention to the impact on American families stemming from new instructions given to Trump administration immigration court prosecutors to “oppose all, or nearly all, requests to close cases for stateside waiver purposes.”
AILA Doc. No. 17071804

Think Immigration: One Road to Immigration Law

AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney shares his journey into immigration law and the AILA community, writing, “You’ve undoubtedly heard it before and you will certainly hear it again: Immigration law is complicated. But AILA has the resources and tools you need to set you and your clients up for success.”
AILA Doc. No. 17071405

Think Immigration: Hypocrisy Unbridled: The Dismantling of the International Entrepreneur Rule

Betsy Lawrence, AILA Director of Government Relations explains how the dismantling of the International Entrepreneur Rule will harm American competitiveness; she urges the administration to work with Congress to create a start-up visa that would attract innovative job creators to the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 17071232

Think Immigration: Finding Equilibrium in an Unsteady World

In this blog post, Sandra Feist, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, writes about her recent outreach to local police in her area which has resulted in a productive dialogue with the police chief about immigration policies; she urges other AILA members to try similar outreach strategies.
AILA Doc. No. 17071162

Think Immigration: "Wait Your Turn and Come Lawfully" (in 30 Years)

Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the current process to procure lawful permanent resident status (a green card), writing that it is in “severe need of revamping to fit the needs of both the country and those who seek to lawfully immigrate to the U.S.”
AILA Doc. No. 17070731

Think Immigration: The Top Eleven Terrible Things in President Trump’s Budget

AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen details immigration-related items in President Trump’s budget and urges readers to tell Congress to “reject the increases that will hurt American families and businesses, and instead protect funding for programs that increase our shared prosperity.”
AILA Doc. No. 17070617

Think Immigration: Not Winning Hearts or Minds

AILA BOG member Neena Dutta highlights the recent story about the State Department’s denial of visas for a girls robotics team from Afghanistan and underscores the reasons why denying them visas was a missed opportunity.
AILA Doc. No. 17070530

Think Immigration: Will Government Employees Show Some Moxie in the Immigration Struggle?

AILA member Anthony Drago, Jr. wonders whether government officials will find ways to stand up to the anti-immigrant policies espoused by the Trump administration, writing that he hopes decent government employees will join AILA and other stakeholders in the fight.
AILA Doc. No. 17063037

Think Immigration: Travel Ban - An Update

Anastasia Tonello, AILA President-Elect, shares an update on the Supreme Court’s travel ban decision which she writes, “did little to provide clarity or consistency” and means “that more time will elapse before we have any real understanding of the final fate of this ill-conceived executive order.”
AILA Doc. No. 17062731

Think Immigration: New World Requires New Strategies

AILA member and AC 2017 Conference Chair Olsi Vrapi urges AILA members to zealously represent their clients writing that “requiring the government to meet its burden should be the rule, not the exception” in immigration court.
AILA Doc. No. 17062333

Think Immigration: Guardians of Our Constitution

AILA President Annaluisa Padilla shares insights and plans for the coming year in this adaptation of her installation speech given this morning at the 2017 AILA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
AILA Doc. No. 17062231

Think Immigration: New Name, New Look, New Content – This Blog’s for You!

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson welcomes readers to the new Think Immigration blog where AILA members share insights on immigration issues, from big, broad ideas down to specific cases.
AILA Doc. No. 17061991

AILA Leadership Blog: Dollars and Sense

AILA AZ Chapter Chair Ruben Luis Reyes shares some of his concerns about the potential impact of SB 4 in Texas and why he thinks the decision by the AILA Board of Governors to move the 2018 Annual Conference made sense.
AILA Doc. No. 17061332

AILA Leadership Blog: Walking the Talk – Why AILA Moved the 2018 AC Out of Texas

AILA First Vice President Anastasia Tonello highlights the discussion surrounding and the reasoning behind the decision by the AILA Board of Governors to move the Annual Conference in 2018 out of Texas.
AILA Doc. No. 17060833

AILA Leadership Blog: Take Action to Combat the Crisis in Post-Release Representation

AILA Pro Bono Committee Member Sheila Starkey Hahn highlights how and why the Mid-South chapter is training and mentoring non-immigration attorneys for asylum cases, noting that with technology, “being a mentor is no longer dependent on location, but on commitment and passion.”
AILA Doc. No. 17060535

AILA Leadership Blog: Dangerous Exceptions?

AILA Past President Victor Nieblas urges action against two bills which aim to exempt certain CBP applicants from the polygraph test requirement, writing, “Making it easier for people with criminal backgrounds or who are likely commit crimes or other abusive behavior to join CBP makes no sense.”
AILA Doc. No. 17060130

AILA Leadership Blog: Access to Counsel Should be Non-Negotiable

Brent Renison, who headed AILA’s Access to Counsel Task Force offers insights into the development of the petition for rulemaking AILA and the Council filed on March 25, 2017, and what it hopes to achieve, highlighting two powerful examples of why access to counsel is so important.
AILA Doc. No. 17052602

AILA Leadership Blog: Fair Treatment Under the Law

AILA member Tom Ruge shares details from the recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling protecting the rights of injured unauthorized immigrants to seek recovery of lost wages and decreased earning capacity and importantly, making their undocumented status inadmissible at trial in most cases.
AILA Doc. No. 17052432

AILA Leadership Blog: MAVNI: A Successful Program Currently SNAFUed

Bob Lenard, Vice Chair of the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee describes how the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program has stalled and urges AILA members to volunteer to help military service members and their families in immigration proceedings.
AILA Doc. No. 17051904

AILA Leadership Blog: Five Questions and Answers about the EB-5 Program

In this blog post, AILA First Vice President Anastasia Tonello answers five questions about the EB-5 visa program, explaining how the program works and what it is designed to do.
AILA Doc. No. 17051831

AILA Leadership Blog: Despite the Odds

In early 2016, the Obama administration swept up Central American families in a series of raids, trying to deport them without due process. In this blog post, AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee member Amalia Wille shares how she helped one family gain asylum despite the odds stacked against them.
AILA Doc. No. 17051701

AILA Leadership Blog: The Courage of Mothers in Family Detention

In honor of Mother’s Day, several volunteers who helped mothers in family detention describe the mother whose story stayed with them most powerfully. We encourage volunteers to share their own stories on the CARA Facebook page; more details are available at the end of the blog post.
AILA Doc. No. 17051239

AILA Leadership Blog: Standing Up for One Family and Making a Difference

AILA Asylum and Refugee committee member Lindsay Harris co-authored this blog post with law student Elisa Hawkins, sharing how together they helped prepare a mother and her little boy for a credible fear interview and urge readers to find ways to help as well.
AILA Doc. No. 17051031

AILA Leadership Blog: It’s Time to Tackle the 3/10 Year Bar!

Tahmina Watson, co-chair, AILA WA Chapter Response Committee, notes that while comprehensive immigration reform would be ideal, ending the 3- and 10-year bar would give immigrants “a chance to return, to rebuild their lives, to care for their children, and contribute to our communities and country.”
AILA Doc. No. 17050100

AILA Leadership Blog: Say It with Me: It Is Not Illegal to Seek Asylum

Annaluisa Padilla, AILA President-Elect, takes the opportunity to explain the asylum process in an effort to clear up the apparent confusion, common among the press and public, that asylum seekers are somehow “illegal.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042160

AILA Leadership Blog: Our Immigration Laws Are Bad for Small Businesses

Susan Bond, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the current H-1B visa program and says it “needs to be updated to keep up with the needs of U.S.-based companies, for the benefit of our economy and to ensure the U.S. remains competitive.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042034

AILA Leadership Blog: ICE Enforcement in Courthouses is a Dangerous Mistake

What impact will ramped up ICE enforcement efforts at courthouses have? In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Evangeline Chan covers why such actions are a dangerous mistake and weaken the safety of us all.
AILA Doc. No. 17041404

AILA Leadership Blog: Our Battles Are Only Beginning

In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh responds to an effort by a restrictionist group “to keep undocumented children out of public schools and to charge undocumented parents of United States citizen children ‘non-resident’ tuition.”
AILA Doc. No. 17041231

AILA Leadership Blog: Kids These Days

Anastasia Tonello, AILA First Vice President, highlights the newly-reintroduced Fair Day in Court for Kids Act and the importance of ensuring counsel for the most vulnerable: children, those with disabilities, and victims of abuse, torture or violence.
AILA Doc. No. 17041100

AILA Leadership Blog: Block the Money, Block the Wall

AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Matt Maiona explains how AILA members and the public can get involved and tell every “congressional office…why giving money to fund policies like border walls and deportation forces are bad for our country.”
AILA Doc. No. 17032406

AILA Leadership Blog: Staining America’s Image

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Mo Goldman writes about the impact that anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies are having, making immigrants and refugees feel unwelcome in America.
AILA Doc. No. 17031637

AILA Leadership Blog: Why You Need To Be in D.C. Next Month

Rob Cohen, chair of AILA’s 2017 Spring Conference, highlights the importance of AILA members being in D.C. for National Day of Action and the Spring Conference, to both hear from agency leaders about new and updated policies and to share their expertise and insight with congressional offices.
AILA Doc. No. 17031534

AILA Leadership Blog: Reactions to the President’s Joint Address to Congress

Several members of AILA’s Executive Committee share their reactions to President Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants and America’s immigration laws during the president’s Joint Address to Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 17030130