AILA Releases New Edition of Immigration Law and the Family

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

August 24, 2020

Washington, DC – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is proud to release the sixth edition of Immigration Law and the Family, edited by Charles Wheeler, an expert on family immigration issues and issues relating to immigrants’ eligibility for public benefits, among other topics. The book addresses issues faced by anyone trying to navigate the complexities of U.S. immigration law as it relates to securing legal status for a family member of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

This unique resource includes the tools that lawyers need to tackle issues such as:

  • Eligibility for a family-based visa;
  • Eligibility for adjustment of status;
  • Consular processing;
  • Grounds of inadmissibility and waivers; and
  • The public charge rule and completing the affidavit of support;

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson stated, “This new edition of Immigration Law and the Family is being released at a time when family immigration is under fire. The Trump administration has repeatedly tried to undermine and derail our country’s commitment to family reunification. The sample materials included in this edition, as well as useful recommendations for problem solving, are critical tools to help practitioners succeed.”

Charles Wheeler is an attorney with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) in Oakland, CA, and directs its Training and Legal Support section. CLINIC provides training, technical support, legislative analysis, and legal reference materials for diocesan immigration programs and other nonprofit agencies throughout the United States. It also advocates on behalf of low-income immigrants at the local and national level.

Prior to joining CLINIC, Mr. Wheeler directed the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles (1985–96) and the Farmworker Program of Colorado Rural Legal Services in Denver (1979–84). He has specialized in immigration law and human rights issues for more than 30 years. Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland School of Law.

Those interested in learning more or purchasing the book can find more information here.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.