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Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 9, 2023.
Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on November 8, 2023.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.