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AILA member Stanislav Shamayev walks through some of the basics of business immigration to the United States, writing that "American immigration law is complex, to put it mildly, but a good immigration attorney can talk through your options and set you up for success."
Think Immigration: New Policy Aims to Expand Noncitizen Worker Protections after Historical Discrimination
In this blog post, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Law Student Scholarship recipient Taylor Flores describes the historical discrimination faced by immigrant workers and the new policy from the Biden Administration that aims to expand noncitizen worker protections.
Think Immigration: The Toll of Delays – USCIS Allows Nearly 600% Increase in I-601A Waiver Processing Times
Using data from AILA member case examples, AILA's Jonathan Valdez describes the ripple effect of USCIS’ excessive delay in I-601A processing, noting that the impact "is as profound as it is immeasurable," and urging the implementation of reforms that improve processing times overall.
AILA members Helen Tarokic and Jesse Bless describe the current status of the T nonimmigrant visa, created by Congress to protect trafficking victims, noting that given recent updates to the USCIS Policy Manual more asylum and U-visa applicants may be eligible for this often-overlooked visa.
In a video blog post, AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee explain what the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability” is, why it is important to immigration lawyers, and the current state of the doctrine in federal court litigation.
Think Immigration: U.S. Government Detention of Asylum Seekers Flouts International Human Rights Law
AILA Law Journal authors Curtis F.J. Doebbler and Elisa Fornalé shared some insights from their recent article, “International Human Rights Law and the Detention of Asylum Seekers” which focused on the U.S. practice of detaining asylum seekers and relevant international human rights obligations.
AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern writes why Congress must provide greater funding and accountability for USCIS to continue addressing its backlogs and processing delays.
Think Immigration: The Death to Asylum Regulations Continue to Harm Asylum Seekers Even Though They Are Enjoined
AILA member Victoria Neilson writes about the “Death to Asylum” regulations and their continued impact on practitioners and asylum seekers ahead of the two-year anniversary of these Trump-era regulations that were published on 12/11/20.
AILA Law Journal authors Lory D. Rosenberg, Susan G. Roy, Paul Schmidt, and Rekha Sharma-Crawford share some insights about their article, “Time for a Child Welfare Approach to Cancellation of Removal,” in which they discuss how the best interests of the child are routinely ignored.
AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into the confusion surrounding "Requests for Evidence" (RFEs) and how seemingly extremely similar, if not identical, cases result in different outcomes, urging USCIS to reengage with stakeholders on this issue.
AILA Law Journal author Martin Robles-Avila shared some insights from his recent article, “At Long Last, USCIS Meets the Moment: A Brief History of the Unlawful Presence Bars” in which he dives into where things stand on these bars which impact so many individuals.
AILA Law Journal authors Sabrina Damast and Eric Lee shared some insights from their recent article on “Consular Nonreviewability: Fifty Years Since Kleindienst v. Mandel” in which they focused on this important concept and its implications for many families trying to reunite.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Evangeline Chan shares her recent experience running the NYC marathon and how it brought hope, that "we can all lean into that human connection and learn that no matter where you are from, you can find common ground with the person next to you."
AILA Fundamentals Conference co-chair Anthony Drago shares his immigration law journey and why making sure you have the fundamentals down is so important; he highlights the upcoming conference as a great opportunity to learn.
In this blog post, AILA's Greg Chen and Sofia Rosales-Zeledon walk us through a recap of the 2022 midterm election results as they stand on November 9, 2022, with a focus on immigration as a campaign issue. They also discuss what opportunities there may be for immigration reform.
In this blog post, AILA member Angela Divaris explains why many immigrant-led households haven't been able to file to receive the expanded Child Tax Credit and why she and other advocates are requesting the IRS Commissioner extend the deadline.
AILA member Eric Lee describes the recent win in Sandra Muñoz v. State Department in which the Ninth Circuit found the "State Department violated due process and the fundamental right to marriage by denying a visa without providing any reason for the denial for three years."
AILA member Anthony Pawelski describes the ways in which a change to Massachusetts law will benefit public safety, create efficiency, and increase state revenue, and why he is supporting the effort to take immigration status out of the driver's license application process.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Gina Polo describes the new Venezuelan parole process and its potential impact, also highlighting AILA resources for practitioners, including the free AILA Roundtable on the topic to be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
AILA Pro Bono Committee member Samantha Jiménez shares two inspiring examples of cases she was able to resolve for Military Service members through AILA's Military Assistance Program, using her immigration law expertise to give families much needed safety and security as their loved ones deploy.
Think Immigration: What Happens When the Agency Mistakenly Denies An Application for Naturalization?
AILA member and CA Chapters Conference chair Sabrina Damast discusses some recent denials of naturalization cases she has dealt with and gives a taste of what the next step would be for clients in that situation as well as how this topic and many others will be covered at the conference.
AILA Asylum Online Course leader Tammy Lin highlights the community of asylum practitioners and encourages those who might be hesitant to jump in to take a look at AILA's new online course and get familiar with asylum law, get in the mosh pit, and potentially save a life.
AILA author Robert Pauw explains how he determines whether a potential client might be well-served by pursuing federal litigation, including a situation where a removal order is final and unappealable but the person is eligible for some type of collateral relief.
AILA member and U.S. Director of Talent Beyond Boundaries Betsy Fisher describes changes USCIS and DOS could make that could help refugees immigrate more easily and meet the workforce needs of employers.
AILA member Amanda Brill describes her journey from associate attorney to entrepreneur, including the challenges of learning business skills while continuing to practice immigration law, and how the AILA Business School conference will offer the training she wished had been accessible years ago.