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Daily Immigration News Clips – November 9, 2023

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 9, 2023.

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Daily Immigration News Clips – November 8, 2023

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 8, 2023.

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Think Immigration: Welcome to Your Guide to PERM

Alexander Dgebuadze, longtime editor and author for AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification, offers insights into how things have changed over the years and what the latest PERM updates mean for you and your clients.

11/1/23 AILA Doc. No. 23110100. Labor Certification (Permanent)
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Think Immigration: Celebrating All of Our Members This Pro Bono Week!

AILA Pro Bono Committee Member Jena Decker-Xu reflects on the importance of pro bono, and how "By using your legal expertise, and giving of your time, you can literally save lives, keep families together, help someone become eligible to vote, and so much more."

AILA Doc. No. 23102300.
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Think Immigration: Decoding Administrative Processing Delays

Dominique Pando Bucci gives some insights into what the "administrative processing" term means for those in the queue at the Department of State; a webinar on October 12, 2023, will dive into the issue further for interested AILA members.

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Think Immigration: The Mysteries of PERM, Explained

AILA member Vincent Lau describes the importance of knowing the history and context of the PERM process as practitioners become familiar with using the new ETA Form 9089.

10/5/23 AILA Doc. No. 23100502. Business Immigration, Labor Certification (Permanent)
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Think Immigration: Information Overload: A Ride Aboard the USCIS Processing Times Roller Coaster

AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern describes the rollercoaster clients and attorneys find themselves on as they try to determine where their application stands given crisis-level delays and backlogs at USCIS.

10/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23100400.
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Think Immigration: The Welcoming Spirit

AILA invited members to share welcome stories as the past two years have brought opportunities to help people, as they come to the United States in various ways. AILA members and their communities have opened their arms and hearts to people; this blog post includes several short examples.

9/28/23 AILA Doc. No. 23092800.
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Think Immigration: Citizenship Matters

AILA New England Chapter Community Based Organizations Committee member Lara Wagner explains the importance, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and describes a recent Citizenship Day event where chapter members offered legal expertise to help people take the final steps to citizenship.

9/20/23 AILA Doc. No. 23092002. Naturalization & Citizenship
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Think Immigration: Priority Dates, Dates for Filing, and Final Action Dates: An Intro to the Visa Bulletin for Adjustment of Status Applicants

In this blog post, AILA member Peter Choi offers a helpful primer for adjustment of status applicants as they attempt to decipher the Visa Bulletin.

9/15/23 AILA Doc. No. 23091501. Adjustment of Status, Consular Processing
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Think Immigration: And the DREAMers Dream On

AILA member Vaman Kidambi highlights the limbo that DREAMers are still stuck in and urges immigration attorneys to advocate for fairer and more humane immigration laws and policies, writing that immigrants bring "a rich diversity of culture, identity and togetherness" that benefits us all.

9/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23090603. DACA, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: Find a Unicorn, Slay a Dragon: The Categorical Approach, Circa 2023

Michael Vastine describes how he has deployed the "'categorical approach' challenging many settled notions about what crimes should have immigration consequences" and previews the upcoming Fall Conference track where "experts will summarize the dominant lines of cases from each Court of Appeal."

8/30/23 AILA Doc. No. 23083000. Crimes, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: Quick Member Survey Aims to Highlight Some Key Issues Hampering Immigration Courts

AILA Policy and Practice Counsel ManoLasya Perepa urges AILA members to fill out a quick survey to help us better understand EOIR's specialized dockets; the information will help determine whether policies are helping address the backlog while upholding due process.

8/3/23 AILA Doc. No. 23080300. Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: Immigration Reform Can Protect Our “Golden Years” from the “Silver Tsunami”

As America's population ages and the economy faces the "Silver Tsunami," AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer reflects on immigration reform that could help offset coming workforce challenges and help ensure our "Golden Years" are prosperous.

7/27/23 AILA Doc. No. 23072743.
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Think Immigration: How I Spent My Summer Vacation (or the Economic Impact of Immigrants)

AILA Media Advo Committee Member Anthony Pawelski shares some key insights into the economic benefits of immigrants in New England states, emphasizing how our nation benefits from our immigrant population using data from the American Immigration Council's Map the Impact tool.

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Think Immigration: A New Way to Offer Immigration Law Expertise to Service Members

Margaret Stock describes the immigration concerns facing many service members and how the new Morgan Lewis Military Immigration Fellow Joanna Kloet will be able to offer help hand in hand with volunteer attorneys assisting via the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) effort.

7/18/23 AILA Doc. No. 23071800.
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Think Immigration: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Digging into the Ombudsman’s Take on the USCIS Backlog

AILA's Paul Stern digs into the recently released USCIS Ombudsman's Report which highlights continued backlogs and processing delays, urging readers to take action to help "ensure the agency has the resources needed to chart a course forward where progress is not just a promise, but a reality."

7/12/23 AILA Doc. No. 23071204.
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Think Immigration: The Immigration and Nationality Act’s Lost Appellate Rights Warnings

AILA Law Journal author Christopher Boom shares some insights into his recent article, noting that "Taking away appellate rights from noncitizens for not going to their hearings without warning them of this possibility first" is unjust and contrary to the will of Congress.

7/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23070601. Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: State Courts Affect Applications for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

AILA Law Journal author Madelyn Cox-Guerra shares a bit about her recent article which focused on state court treatment of families as it relates to children seeking special immigrant juvenile status; she hopes the article will spur more research and advocacy.

6/28/23 AILA Doc. No. 23062805. Special Immigrant Juveniles
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Think Immigration: DACA: Failure Is Not an Option!

AILA Past President Victor Nieblas Pradis highlights the contributions DACA recipients have made over the last 11 years since the program's inception and why Congress cannot and must not fail to take action and protect them permanently.

6/15/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061500. DACA, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: Worksite Ambiguity in the Rise of Work from Home

Bill Stock describes the rise in work-from-home arrangements which has "exposed the shortcomings of existing immigration regulations and the lack of specific guidance from federal agencies;" you can read more about this and other issues in the Spring 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal.

6/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061400. Employer Compliance
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Think Immigration: The Unchanging H-1B Cap in a Changed Country

Adam Cohen delves into the H-1B visa program, from its inception to the latest registration process debacle, and calls on Congress and the Biden Administration to improve the program and adapt it to meet the needs of the current and future U.S. economy, not the market of more than a generation ago.

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Think Immigration: A Pragmatic Solution for Climate Refugees

AILA Law Journal author Evan Patton shared some insights from his recent article published in the May 2023 edition, titled “Towards a Pragmatic Solution for Climate Refugees Under Environmental, Human Rights, and Immigration regimes."

6/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060702. Asylum
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Think Immigration: Public Charge and Political Posturing

AILA member Jeremy Weber describes the harmful effect of the Senate-passed resolution aiming to rescind the 2022 public charge rule, noting that AILA will urge President Biden to follow through on his promise to veto the measure if it passes the House.

6/5/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060507.
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Think Immigration: Help Make a Difference: In-Person and Remote Pro Bono at #AILAAC23

AILA's Senior Pro Bono Associate Erin Lynum describes the pro bono opportunities at AILA's upcoming Annual Conference, which includes both in-person and virtual pro bono clinics; everyone is encouraged to sign up and make a difference during #AILAAC23.

6/1/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060103.