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 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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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?”
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 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.”
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 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.
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 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.”
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 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 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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 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 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.”
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.
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.”
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.”
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.”
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.”
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 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.”
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 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.
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 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 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 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.”
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 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 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 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 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.”
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.
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 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.”
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 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.”
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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.
Mo Goldman, Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the results of ICE’s recent enforcement actions and urges readers to reach out to “legislators and tell them that the Executive Order isn’t doing what it is intended to do.”
In this blog post, Matt Maiona, a member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, reflects on the first days after the Muslim and refugee bans went into effect and the outpouring of information and support from AILA, its members, other advocates, and the public in the face of the discriminatory order.
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