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We believe that immigration law is an integral part of America’s past, present and future. We also know that immigration law is complicated. Here you’ll find experts writing in an accessible way about immigration issues, from big, broad ideas down to specific cases. Our members bring knowledge they’ve gleaned from the daily practice of immigration law to this space and offer their expertise to readers.

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Immigrants Can Get the Job Done, If America Lets Them

AILA members Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour urge the Biden administration and Congress to recognize the cumbersome, arbitrary, and uncertain context in which employers try to access H-2B visas and some clear ways the process could be improved to address workforce needs.


Federal Litigation as a Tool to Fight Unjust L-1 Denials

AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci describes unreasonable denials of L-1s and why one denial of an L-1 intracompany transferee petition filed on behalf of a small business led her to file and win her first federal litigation case. I recently took on, and won, a federal court case challenging an unjus


Resiliency in the Face of Hostile Immigration Policies

AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Law Student Scholarship recipient Anthony Wong urges fellow AILA members to develop resiliency in order to face future challenges to the immigration law community.


The Importance of Filing Proper Tax Returns for Immigration Purposes

AILA member Kara Hart shares why she advises people seeking immigration benefits to seek qualified help to ensure they file taxes correctly, noting that when immigration officials review tax returns, they may be asking several key questions.


Some Basics of Business Immigration to the U.S. in 2023

AILA member Stanislav Shamayev walks through some of the basics of business immigration to the U.S., writing that “American immigration law is complex, to put it mildly, but a good immigration attorney can talk through your options and set you up for success.“


New Policy Aims to Expand Noncitizen Worker Protections After Historical Discrimination

In this blog post, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Law Student Scholarship recipient Taylor Flores describes the historical discrimination faced by immigrant workers and the new policy from the Biden administration which aims to expand noncitizen worker protections.

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The Maggio Law Student Fellowship Can Open Up a New World for You

AILA President Jeremy McKinney urges law students interested in immigration law practice to apply for the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program and highlights six examples of recent fellows as a way to inspire the next generation of law students. Deadline is Feb 10, 2023.


The Toll of Delays – USCIS Allows Nearly 600% Increase in I-601A Waiver Processing Times

Using data from AILA member case examples, AILA Liaison Coordinator Jonathan Valdez describes the ripple effect of USCIS' excessive delay in I-601A processing, noting that the impact “is as profound as it is immeasurable,“ and urging the implementation of reforms that improve processing times


T Nonimmigrant Visas: An Opportunity to Provide a Path Forward

AILA members Helen Tarokic and Jesse Bless describe the current status of the T nonimmigrant visa, created by Congress to protect trafficking victims, noting that given recent updates to the USCIS Policy Manual more asylum and U-visa applicants may be eligible for this often-overlooked visa.


The “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” Explained

In a video blog post, AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee explain what the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability“ is, why it is important to immigration lawyers, and the current state of the doctrine in federal court litigation.

12/20/22 Removal & Relief

U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law

AILA Law Journal authors Curtis F.J. Doebbler and Elisa Fornalé shared some insights from their recent article, “International Human Rights Law and the Detention of Asylum Seekers“ which focused on the U.S. practice of detaining asylum seekers and relevant international human rights obligation

12/13/22 Asylum

With More Funding Must Come More Accountability

AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern writes why Congress must provide greater funding and accountability for USCIS to continue addressing its backlogs and processing delays.


The Death to Asylum Regulations Continue to Harm Asylum Seekers Even Though They Are Enjoined

AILA member Victoria Neilson writes about the “Death to Asylum“ regulations and their continued impact on practitioners and asylum seekers ahead of the two-year anniversary of these Trump-era regulations being published on 12/11/20.


We Must Protect Children in Immigration Proceedings

AILA Law Journal authors Lory D. Rosenberg, Susan G. Roy, Paul Schmidt, and Rekha Sharma-Crawford share some insights about their article, “Time for a Child Welfare Approach to Cancellation of Removal“ in which they focused on how the best interests of the child are routinely ignored.


RFE – The Acronym that Continues to Confound and Bewilder Practitioners

AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into the confusion surrounding “Requests for Evidence“ (RFEs) and how seemingly extremely similar, if not identical, cases result in different outcomes, urging USCIS to reengage with stakeholders on this issue.


What’s the Deal with the Unlawful Presence Bars?

AILA Law Journal author Martin Robles-Avila shared some insights from his recent article, “At Long Last, USCIS Meets the Moment: A Brief History of the Unlawful Presence Bars“ in which he dives into where things stand on these bars which impact so many individuals.


Why Everyone Should Care About the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability”

AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee shared some insights from their recent article on “Consular Nonreviewability: Fifty Years Since Kleindienst v. Mandel“ in which they focused on this important concept and its implications for many families trying to reunite.

11/22/22 Removal & Relief

I Ran the NYC Marathon and This is What I Learned

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Evangeline Chan shares her recent experience running the NYC marathon and how it brought hope, that “we can all lean in to that human connection and learn that no matter where you are from, you can find common ground with the person next to you.“

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Why the AILA Law Journal is Important

AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta shares insights into the new edition of the AILA Law Journal and why he feels it is so important for AILA members to write, share their expertise, and educate the immigration bar and wider audiences.


The Clearly Uneven Vetting of U.S. Visa Applicants from Iran

AILA members Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour urge the Biden administration to address the clearly uneven vetting of Iranian nationals seeking to immigrate to the U.S. as worldwide attention focuses on the continued protests and upheaval in Iran.


The Fundamentals Matter

AILA Fundamentals Conference co-chair Anthony Drago shares his immigration law journey and why making sure you have the fundamentals down is so important; he highlights the upcoming conference as a great opportunity to learn.


Our “Candidate” is Immigration: 2022 Election Results Recap

In this blog post, AILA's Greg Chen and Sofia Rosales-Zeledon walk us through a recap of the 2022 midterm election results as they stand on November 9, 2022 with a focus on immigration as a campaign issue, and what opportunities there may be for immigration reform.


IRS Commissioner: Please Grant a Filing Extension for Immigrant Families

In this blog post, AILA member Angela Divaris explains why many immigrant-led households haven't been able to file to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit and why she and other advocates are requesting the IRS Commissioner extend the deadline.


Ninth Circuit Decision Expands Due Process for Visa Applicants and Families

AILA member Eric Lee describes the recent win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court found the “State Department violated due process and the fundamental right to marriage by denying a visa without providing any reason for the denial for three years.“


Anti-Immigrant Sentiment is Threatening to Drown an Initiative in Massachusetts

AILA member Anthony Pawelski describes the ways in which a change to Massachusetts law will benefit public safety, create efficiency, and increase state revenue, and why he is supporting the effort to take immigration status out of the driver's license application process.