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Visalaw.ai and AILA Unveil Gen, a Groundbreaking AI-Based Solution for Immigration Lawyers

Today, Visalaw.ai and AILA unveiled Gen, a groundbreaking AI-based solution for immigration lawyers; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted the technology’s potential impact to empower AILA members and to “expand their capacity to meet the ever-growing need for legal advice and representation.”

6/21/23 AILA Doc. No. 23062161.
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The PERM Process in the New Age of Remote Work

AILA Law Journal authors Da'Niel Rowan and Eddie Corona share some highlights from their article in the Spring 2023 edition of the journal, noting that outdated regulations aren't meeting the needs of employers and employees given the shift toward remote work.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Ira Kurzban with the Founders Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Ira Kurzban with the 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.

6/19/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061502.
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AILA Presents Palma Yanni with the 2023 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Palma Yanni with the 2023 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of her years of outstanding service in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

6/16/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061501.
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AILA Recognizes Brian S. Green with the 2023 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Brian S. Green with the 2023 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of his outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

6/15/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061401.
AILA Blog

DACA: Failure is Not an Option!

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.

6/15/23 DACA
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Worksite Ambiguity in the Rise of Work from Home

AILA Law Journal author 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“ and urges change; read more about this and other issues in the Spring 2023 editi

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AILA First-Time Survey of Asylum Practitioners Asks and Answers the Question: What Does it Take to Prepare a Migrant for the High-Stakes Asylum Proce

AILA released report on asylum entitled High-Stakes Asylum: How Long an Asylum Case Takes and How We Can Do Better; AILA President Jeremy McKinney noted that the report’s solutions “would go a long way toward ensuring the integrity of a system that is inefficient and often unjust.”

6/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061300. Asylum
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AILA Presents Troutman Pepper with the 2023 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Troutman Pepper with the 2023 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.

6/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061303.
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AILA Presents Priscilla Alvarez with the 2023 Media Leadership Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Priscilla Alvarez of CNN with the 2023 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.

6/13/23 AILA Doc. No. 23061201.
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AILA Presents Sarah Pitney with the 2023 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Sarah Pitney with the 2023 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for their outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.

6/12/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060900.
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AILA Presents the AILA Amicus Committee with the 2023 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes the AILA Amicus Committee with the 2023 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.

6/9/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060801.
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AILA Presents Karla McKanders with the 2023 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Karla McKanders with the 2023 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award.

6/8/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060700.
AILA Blog

The Unchanging H-1B Cap in a Changed Country

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 U.S. economy now, not the market of more than a generation ago.

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A Pragmatic Solution for Climate Refugees

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.“

6/7/23
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AILA Presents Amy Nice with the 2023 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Amy Nice with the 2023 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.

6/7/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060600.
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AILA Presents Ban Al-Wardi and Maria Chavez with the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Ban Al-Wardi and Maria Chavez with the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.

6/6/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060500.
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AILA Presents the UndocuBlack Network with the 2023 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes UndocuBlack Network with the 2023 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

6/5/23 AILA Doc. No. 23060201.
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Public Charge and Political Posturing

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 Announcements, AILA Blog

Help Make a Difference: In-Person and Remote Pro Bono at #AILAAC23

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.

AILA Announcements, AILA Blog

A Peek Inside the Spring 2023 Edition of the AILA Law Journal

AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta gives a look inside the Spring 2023 edition with articles from leading experts and next-generation leaders, writing that “Immigration law's complexities and nuances mean many of us as practitioners feel like we are on the cutting edge every day.“

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director Responds to Introduction of the Dignity Act of 2023

AILA ED Ben Johnson responded to the introduction of the bipartisan Dignity Act of 2023 calling it a “heartening sign in this divided and ultra-partisan era… AILA doesn’t agree with everything in this bill but looks forward to working with these leaders to find a smart workable compromise.”

5/23/23 AILA Doc. No. 23052306.
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Practicing Law in TV Land

AILA member Tony Drago describes the impact of using video rather than in-person hearings, writing that while “In 2022, EOIR issued guidance to immigration judges on the use of virtual hearings, but far more clear guidance and standards are needed to ensure fairness.“

AILA Blog

Aisle Five and Proud: The Diversity of the United States

AILA DEI Law Student Scholarship winner Maria Montenegro-Bernardo shares her story 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
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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 about the expedited roll-out of the new PERM application form, and urges the Department of Labor to slow the roll-out in order to address valid concerns.