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The Mandatory Detention of Unlawful Entrants Seeking Asylum in the United States and the Due Process Protection

AILA Law Journal author Jim Nzoguma Mayua shares more about his article in the Fall 2023 edition of the journal, in which he discusses the legal uncertainty stemming from Supreme Court rulings denying asylum seekers due process protection.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Responds to New Biden Administration Rules on Fees and H-1B Registration Process

AILA responded to the advance copies shared publicly by the Biden Administration regarding U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees and a revised H-1B visa registration process with insights from President Farshad Owji and Dir of Gov’t Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Ninth Edition of AILA’s Invaluable Asylum Primer Released

Ben Johnson on the 9th edition of AILA’s Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure by Dree K. Collopy: “This book will help practitioners, those new to the area of practice as well as long-time asylum attorneys, do the best job possible for their vulnerable clients.”

1/29/24 AILA Doc. No. 24012903. Asylum

Is Chevron Dead? Thoughts after Oral Arguments in Relentless, Inc. and Loper Bright Enterprises

Brian Green and Stephen Yale-Loehr describe the recent oral arguments in two SCOTUS cases which could dramatically affect federal agency review; it is yet unclear whether the decisions will hurt or help immigrants when challenging ambiguous agency decisions or interpretations.


A Bridge We Can All Cross

AILA members César Magaña Linares and Raquel Fernández—a Salvadoran Dreamer with TPS and a second generation Venezuelan American—call for intra-immigrant solidarity.


SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments on Notice Requirements (Again)

In this blog post, AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Manolasya Perepa describes the recent SCOTUS consolidated oral arguments in Campos-Chavez v. Garland and Garland v. Singh and notes that “issues of improper notice pervade multiple aspects of the immigration system.“


How the “Internal Enemy” Label Forces Venezuelans to Flee Their Country

AILA Law Journal authors Emercio José Aponte and Andrea Paola Aponte share more about their article in which they discuss how the current authoritarian regime in Venezuela has been violating citizens' human rights and what that means for claims of asylum.

1/19/24 Asylum
AILA Announcements, AILA Blog

Take the First Step and Just Apply for the Maggio Fellowship!

Alejandra Arrieta, the 2023 Maggio Fellowship winner, describes how the fellowship offered opportunities to network and train in immigration law. 2024 fellowship applications are due by February 16.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Visalaw.Ai Launches GEN 1.0: A Revolutionary AI-Powered Legal Research Tool for Immigration Law Firms

Visalaw.Ai and AILA announce the launch of GEN 1.0, the only GPT designed for immigration lawyers powered by AILA resources; Gen’s initial release is exclusively available to AILA members.

1/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24011600.

No Fault/Technical Reasons: A Chronicle of Misfeasance Exposed

AILA Law Journal author Martin Robles-Avila highlights how a flawed rulemaking process has affected Nonimmigrant Status breaches and a quandary business immigration practitioners often find themselves in determining whether a client is eligible for adjustment of status.


FOIA Behind the Scenes – How USCIS and DOS Process Immigration-Related Requests

AILA member Alexandra Zaretsky describes how the International Refugee Assistance Project decided to find out how USCIS and the State Department process FOIA requests by filing a “meta-FOIA“ which unearthed some questionable agency policies of potential interest to others.


New England AILA Members Joined Community and Government in Helping Newcomers

AILA New England Chapter Chair Robin Nice describes the recent successful set of EAD clinics hosted in Massachusetts, where state and federal agencies worked together with local partners and volunteers “to address immigration issues in a cooperative, common sense, humane manner.“

1/8/24 Asylum

Digging Into One Key Aspect of Refugee Designations

AILA Law Journal author Betsy Fisher shares more about her recent article published in the journal which reflects on the disappointing results she has seen in one kind of humanitarian program: Priority-2 (or P-2) refugee resettlement, and seeks to identify ways to best leverage P-2 resettlement.

1/4/24 Asylum

Advancing Gender and Sex Equality in Asylum Protections 

AILA Law Journal Author Elaine Wood shares a bit about her article entitled “Persecution Taxonomy: Adding Sex and Gender as Protected Grounds for Asylum“ in which she argues persuasively that revising the applicable language is now imperative to address contemporary concerns.

12/21/23 Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Welcomes Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Program

AILA welcomes the news from the Department of State that a Stateside Renewal Visa Pilot Program will be launched, initially limited to approximately 20,000 H-1B holders who meet specific eligibility requirements.

12/20/23 AILA Doc. No. 23122034.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA ED: Harmful Texas Legislation Will Damage the State and Infringe on Federal Authority

As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs anti-immigrant bills into law this week, AILA ED Ben Johnson responded stating, “Once again, the Texas governor has signed legislation that attempts to transform how immigration laws and policy are enforced and stands in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.”

12/20/23 AILA Doc. No. 23122036.
Immigration News

GMS Monthly E-Bulletin, November 2023

The November 2023 GMS E-Bulletin highlights student visa options globally.

12/15/23 AILA Doc. No. 23121502. Global Migration, Students & Schools

An Article I Immigration Court

Mimi Tsankov, President of the NAIJ, shares brief highlights of her article on the need for an independent Article I immigration court, featured in the Fall 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal.

12/14/23 Asylum
Press Releases

AILA Urges Focus on Actual Solutions for Border Security and Management

As negotiators reportedly consider significant changes to America’s asylum system as well as a nationwide expansion of expedited removal, AILA urges the Biden Administration to turn away from destructive proposals and stand by its original funding request.

12/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23120835. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Expedited Removal, Removal & Relief
Immigration News

AILA Law Journal, Vol. 5, Number 2, October 2023

The October 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal is now available.

12/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23120700. Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
Immigration News

AILA Law Journal: An Article I Immigration Court

AILA shares an article by Mimi Tsankov from the fall 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal, which discusses how an Article I court would help fix the broken and ineffective immigration court system.

12/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23121200. Removal & Relief

What’s Inside the Fall 2023 Edition of the AILA Law Journal?

Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta describes the topics and issues covered in the Fall 2023 edition of the AILA Law Journal, highlighting the set of timely and important articles; the digital edition is available free to AILA members.


End-of-Year Reflection on the State Department’s FY23 Visa Processing Achievements and What Needs to Be Done Next

AILA Senior Policy Associate Paul Stern shares an end-of-year reflection on how the State Department's visa processing went in Fiscal Year 2023, and lays out the work that remains, including how Congress can help address the delays and backlogs permanently.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Congress Should Focus Supplemental Funding Bill on Real Border Solutions

AILA and the Council share a statement urging Congress to focus supplemental funding discussions on solutions that would improve border processing as well as reduce backlogs elsewhere in the immigration system.

12/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23120406. Admissions & Border, Asylum

Let’s Put the H-2B Visa Category to Work!

Ally Bolour describes the H-2B visa program, which Congress enacted to meet the demand of U.S. businesses for temporary workers in non-agricultural occupations, and urges specific changes to make the program more effective and responsive to American employers' needs.