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Think Immigration: Aisle Five and Proud: The Diversity of the United States

AILA DEI Law Student Scholarship winner Maria Montenegro-Bernardo shares some of her experiences as a Venezuelan immigrant and urges all of us to embrace the diversity around us, because by doing so we will encourage innovation and advancement.

5/17/23 AILA Doc. No. 23051701.
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Think Immigration: Here We Go Again! Expedited Roll Out of New PERM Application Could Make Already Complicated Process Worse

AILA member Vaman Kidambi describes the challenges AILA members and others have shared regarding the expedited roll-out of the new PERM application form, and urges DOL to slow the roll-out in order to address valid concerns.

5/12/23 AILA Doc. No. 23051205. Business Immigration, Labor Certification (Permanent)
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Think Immigration: The Bill Left by Title 42 Is Due. With Interest.

Amy Grenier explains how the use of Title 42 to effectively end asylum at the southern border allowed two administrations to essentially put border management on a bureaucratic credit card, allowing Congress to ignore its obligations to pass real, holistic, and meaningful immigration reform.

5/11/23 AILA Doc. No. 23051107. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Think Immigration: Looking into the Crystal Ball: What Do We Expect With the End of Title 42?

Amy Grenier, Jennifer Whitlock, and Taylor Levy share their insights into what the end of Title 42 is expected to bring, urging the Biden administration to protect vulnerable asylum seekers by ensuring meaningful access to asylum and legal counsel under both international and national asylum law.

5/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23050404. Admissions & Border
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Think Immigration: Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on Indigenous Peoples and Tribes

AILA DEI Scholarship winner Alejandro Alvarado describes how U.S. immigration policy affects Indian Tribes and Indigenous Peoples, particularly “indigenous mobility, family separation, and border security.”

5/3/23 AILA Doc. No. 23050305.
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Think Immigration: Celebrating AILA's Volunteers and Their Impact

In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Volunteer Engagement Jerrica Stovall shares why AILA volunteers make such a difference for the organization and shares the appreciation AILA has for the time and energy AILA member volunteers give AILA!

4/21/23 AILA Doc. No. 23041799.
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Think Immigration: The Impact of Immigration Attorneys on the Big Screen: “LAS ABOGADAS”

AILA member Careen Shannon writes about her role as executive producer of the new Las Abogadas documentary, writing that she hopes the film is "a new way to educate people about our country’s fractured immigration system, while simultaneously sharing some stories of hope and redemption.”

4/19/23 AILA Doc. No. 23041900.
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Think Immigration: Finding My Balance During Ramadan

AILA member Hudaidah Bhimdi shares insights into the meaning of the month of Ramadan to her as a busy immigration attorney, and how this month of reflection and joy helps her find balance as she works to help her clients access justice.

4/13/23 AILA Doc. No. 23041301.
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Think Immigration: DACA Recipients Stuck Picking Up Crumbs Left by the DREAM Act’s Failure

AILA DEI Scholarship winner Brenda Quintanilla delineates the history and impact of DACA and efforts to pass the DREAM Act, urging advocates to continue pushing Congress to pass legislation, writing “America has a gambling problem and undocumented/DACAmented people are treated like poker chips.”

4/12/23 AILA Doc. No. 23041202. DACA, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: The Safe Third Country Agreement Should Be Ended, not Expanded

AILA Asylum Committee member Randall Chamberlain highlights the harm the recent renewal of the U.S.-Canada “Safe Third Country Agreement” will cause, writing, “the expanded treaty will force thousands of refugees underground and ... lead to many more deaths of people fleeing from persecution.”

4/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23040600.
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Think Immigration: Protective Standards Aren’t Enough, Congress Needs to Cut Detention Funding

AILA's Jen Whitlock recently visited an immigration detention facility. She left knowing that, despite protective standards, the harm caused is unacceptable and urges everyone to tell Congress to significantly reduce ICE’s detention funding and explicitly prohibit funding for family detention.

4/4/23 AILA Doc. No. 23040400. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: Legal Representation for Immigrants Protects Their Rights

AILA DEI law student scholarship winner Melissa McElroy describes how “immigrants with or without status are at an enormous disadvantage when they face immigration proceedings without an attorney” and how state and federal legislation aims to expand legal representation programs.

3/29/23 AILA Doc. No. 23032901.
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Think Immigration: Why Finding Your Pro Bono Opportunity Can Help YOU

AILA’s Practice & Professionalism Center highlights a few recent “Pro Bono High Fives,” featuring AILA members, to inspire and encourage others to use their legal expertise to change lives, and maybe have some fun too!

3/22/23 AILA Doc. No. 23032200.
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Think Immigration: We Need Humane Solutions, Not Harmful Legislation

AILA DEI Law Student Scholarship winner Woorod Atiyat urges Congress to turn away from harmful legislation and instead "rise to its responsibility and serve as protectors of the immigrant community and our country’s values of fairness and justice."

3/16/23 AILA Doc. No. 23031602.
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Think Immigration: Free and Freeing: AILA’s Law Student Membership

AILA member Marisabel Alonso encourages all current law students interested in immigration law to take advantage of the many benefits of AILA's free law student membership and how those benefits can help them during law school and beyond as they become practitioners.

3/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23031403.
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Think Immigration: A Call to Action on International Women’s Day 2023

Karen Hill, co-leader of AILA's Women in Immigration Law Interest Group (WMIG) shares information about International Women's Day and urges everyone to find ways to #EmbraceEquity today; AILA members can join the WMIG and other listservs through My AILA.

3/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23030800.
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Think Immigration: USCIS’s Updated CSPA Guidance and Transferring Underlying Basis

AILA member Peter Choi urges USCIS to expand on its recent CSPA guidance and similarly update its guidance on transfer-of-underlying-basis requests, which would help many families and serve the goals stated in USCIS’s FY2023-FY2026 Strategic Plan.

3/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23030701. Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
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Think Immigration: 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 March 17, 2023.

3/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23012301.
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Think Immigration: An Under-Resourced Obama-Era Refugee and Parole Program Could Be A Safe and Legal Pathway Too

Linda Evarts and Jen Whitlock urge the Biden Administration to review the Obama-era Central American Minors (CAM) parole program as it expands the use of parole to other populations, noting the lack of resources and attention to the implementation of the program has kept families separated.

3/2/23 AILA Doc. No. 23030202.
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Think Immigration: Facing Challenges: DACAmented and Undocumented Attorneys Practice Immigration Law in Liminality

AILA DEI Law Student Scholarship recipient Gerardo Villegas Juarez knows firsthand the liminality experienced by DACA recipients, writing "DACA remains a temporary solution…DACA opens the door but also tethers you to the prospect of removal."

2/28/23 AILA Doc. No. 23022802. DACA, Removal & Relief
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Think Immigration: America’s Industrial Cities Can Benefit from the Start-Up Visa

AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer highlights the way that a start-up visa might help improve the American economy, particularly in Rust Belt cities and nearby communities, harnessing the power of innovation to increase shared prosperity.

2/22/23 AILA Doc. No. 23022209. Business Immigration
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Think Immigration: 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.

2/16/23 AILA Doc. No. 23032416. Business Immigration, H-2B Temporary Worker
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Think Immigration: 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 a L-1 intracompany transferee petition filed on behalf of a small business led her to file and win her first federal litigation case.

2/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23021401. Business Immigration, L-1 Intracompany Transferee
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Think Immigration: 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.

2/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23020800.
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Think Immigration: 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.

2/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23020700.