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U.S. Court of Appeals Damages Lower Courts’ Power to Hold Executive Branch Accountable for Refusing to Issue Diversity Visas

AILA, JAC, and ILL respond to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s reversal of the lower court’s order in Gomez v. Biden (first known as Gomez v. Trump). Class counsel is evaluating possible next steps and will be in touch with class members shortly.

6/26/24 AILA Doc. No. 24062603. Consular Processing
AILA Blog

Think Immigration: For Pride Month, and Every Month of the Year – Gender Affirming Language in Immigration Court

On the AILA Blog: Think Immigration, the authors of a recent practice resource “Gender Affirming Language in Immigration Court” ask, and begin answering, a key question for all of us: how can we build a more gender-affirming courtroom together?

AILA Doc. No. 24062443. LGBTQ, Removal & Relief
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – June 25, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on June 25, 2024.

6/25/24
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – June 24, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on June 24, 2024.

6/24/24
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Daily Immigration News Clips – June 21, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on June 21, 2024.

6/21/24
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA President Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Department of State v. Muñoz

AILA President Kelli Stump responded to the Supreme Court ruling in Department of State v. Muñoz, which held that U.S. citizens do not have a fundamental liberty interest in their noncitizen spouses’ ability to come to the United States.

6/21/24 AILA Doc. No. 24062134. Consular Processing
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Think Immigration: I Wish People Understood that Immigration Court Is an Unlevel Playing Field Where You Face Life and Death Decisions

As part of our “One Thing” series, Evangeline Chan explains that the one thing she wished people understood about immigration is that immigration court is structurally different than other courts and we need an Article 1 independent immigration court to ensure justice.

6/20/24 AILA Doc. No. 24062000. Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Applauds Announcement of Life-Changing Protections for Undocumented Spouses of U.S. Citizens and Dreamers

AILA applauded the Biden Administration’s announcement of executive actions to provide protections and work authorization for some undocumented spouses and children of U.S. citizens and Dreamers with comments from President Kelli Stump and Executive Director Ben Johnson.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA President: Supreme Court Decision in Campos-Chaves Gives Government Free Pass and Undermines Due Process

AILA President Kelli Stump responded to today’s SCOTUS ruling in Campos-Chaves v. Garland, highlighting that “this is yet another example of why we so desperately need an independent immigration court in order to have any chance of fairness and justice.”

6/14/24 AILA Doc. No. 24061408. Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Elects New Officers: Kelli Stump to Serve as President of Association

AILA installed Kelli Stump as the association’s president for the 2024-25 term and elected officers to its Executive Committee.

6/13/24 AILA Doc. No. 24061302.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Stephen Yale-Loehr with the Robert Juceam Founders Award

AILA recognizes Stephen Yale-Loehr with the Robert Juceam Founders Award, which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy.

6/11/24 AILA Doc. No. 24061001.
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Think Immigration: The Next Best Thing to Attending the AILA Law Journal Symposium Is Reading This Issue

AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta runs through the pieces in this special edition of the journal which focuses on the AILA Law Journal’s first-ever symposium held this Spring on “Shaping Immigration Policy Through the Federal Courts.”

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Robert H. Cohen and Leslie A. Holman with the 2024 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA recognizes Robert H. Cohen and Leslie A. Holman with the 2024 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of their outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

6/10/24 AILA Doc. No. 24061000.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Recognizes Gregory Siskind with the Inaugural Technology & Innovation Award

AILA recognizes Gregory Siskind with the inaugural Technology & Innovation Award, in acknowledgment of his pioneering work leveraging technology to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and improve client service.

6/7/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060607.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Legal and Policy Experts Discussed Asylum and Border Changes in Virtual Press Briefing

AILA held a virtual press briefing in which AILA ED Ben Johnson was joined by Greg Chen, Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock, and Angela Kelley to discuss the recently issued Interim Final Rule (IFR) and Presidential Proclamation; an audio recording is available.

6/7/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060762. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: A Small Window Into Immigration Detention: The Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman 2023 Annual Report

AILA’s Supervisory Policy and Practice Counsel Jen Ibañez Whitlock highlights the Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO) 2023 Annual Report noting that OIDO “is in a unique position to step in on behalf of detained individuals who are being overlooked or abused while in custody.”

6/6/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060505. Detention & Bond
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Recognizes Susan G. Roy with the 2024 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA recognizes Susan G. Roy with the 2024 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of her outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

6/6/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060508.
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Audio Recording of Press Briefing Held June 6, 2024, Regarding Implementation of Border IFR

Unofficial transcription and audio recording of AILA's press briefing held on June 6, 2024, regarding the implementation of the recent border IFR.

6/6/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060612. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Tracy Harper and Patrick Taurel with the 2024 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA recognizes Tracy Harper and Patrick Taurel with the 2024 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.

6/5/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060500.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Caitlin Dickson with the 2024 Media Leadership Award

AILA recognizes Caitlin Dickson of Yahoo News with the 2024 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.

6/4/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060400.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Stuck Between Congressional Inaction and Border Realities, President Biden Issues New Proclamation and Rule on Asylum

AILA ED Ben Johnson responded to the Biden Administration’s new proclamation and rule aimed at preventing migrants entering the U.S. between ports of entry from accessing asylum, noting that “the powers of the Executive Branch alone are insufficient to address the challenges at the border.”

6/4/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060406. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Laila Ayub and Maria Aftab Kari with the 2024 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA recognizes Laila Ayub and Maria Aftab Kari with the 2024 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for their outstanding contributions made as young lawyers in the field of immigration and nationality law.

6/3/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060331.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents the Muñoz Litigation Team with the 2024 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA recognizes the Muñoz Litigation Team with the 2024 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.

5/31/24 AILA Doc. No. 24053102. Consular Processing
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director Welcomes Anti-Trafficking Effort, Urges Focus on Real Threats

AILA ED Ben Johnson states DOJ’s anti-trafficking and smuggling plans are exactly where DHS and DOJ “should focus efforts to reduce crime and improve border management” but flags concerns with “the agencies’ plan to increase prosecutions of people for improper entry or re-entry after removal.”

5/31/24 AILA Doc. No. 24053108. Admissions & Border, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Alberto M. Benitez with the 2024 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

AILA recognizes Alberto M. Benitez of George Washington University Law School with the 2024 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

5/30/24 AILA Doc. No. 24052902.