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With More Funding Must Come More Accountability

AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern writes why Congress must provide greater funding and accountability for USCIS to continue addressing its backlogs and processing delays.


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 being published on 12/11/20.


We Must Protect Children in Immigration Proceedings

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 focused on how the best interests of the child are routinely ignored.

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AILA and the American Immigration Council Respond to a Bipartisan Framework of Immigration Reform Compromises

AILA and the Council respond to the news that Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have reached an agreement on a draft Border and DREAM Act Deal.

12/5/22 AILA Doc. No. 22120504. DACA, Removal & Relief

RFE – The Acronym that Continues to Confound and Bewilder Practitioners

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.


What’s the Deal with the Unlawful Presence Bars?

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.

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AILA and the American Immigration Council Respond to Supreme Court Oral Arguments in U.S. v. Texas

AILA and the Council respond to oral arguments heard by the Supreme Court in the case U.S. v. Texas, a dispute over the Biden Administration’s authority to set immigration policy.

11/29/22 AILA Doc. No. 22112903. Prosecutorial Discretion, Removal & Relief

Why Everyone Should Care About the “Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability”

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.

11/22/22 Removal & Relief

I Ran the NYC Marathon and This is What I Learned

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 in to that human connection and learn that no matter where you are from, you can find common ground with the person next to you.“

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AILA Welcomes Federal Court Decision to End Title 42; Implementation Will Begin in Five Weeks

AILA welcomes the decision from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan striking down the public health law wielded by the Trump Administration as a weapon against asylum seekers as “arbitrary and capricious.” The decision has been stayed for five weeks.

11/16/22 AILA Doc. No. 22111602. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA Applauds House Access-to-Counsel Legislation

AILA applauds the introduction of the “Funding Attorneys for Indigent Removal (FAIR) Proceedings Act” in the House of Representatives, an effort led by Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Immigration Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA).

11/15/22 AILA Doc. No. 22111531. Removal & Relief
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Why the AILA Law Journal is Important

AILA Law Journal Editor-in-Chief Cyrus Mehta shares insights into the new edition of the AILA Law Journal and why he feels it is so important for AILA members to write, share their expertise, and educate the immigration bar and wider audiences.


The Clearly Uneven Vetting of U.S. Visa Applicants from Iran

AILA members Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour urge the Biden administration to address the clearly uneven vetting of Iranian nationals seeking to immigrate to the U.S. as worldwide attention focuses on the continued protests and upheaval in Iran.


The Fundamentals Matter

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.


Our “Candidate” is Immigration: 2022 Election Results Recap

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, and what opportunities there may be for immigration reform.


IRS Commissioner: Please Grant a Filing Extension for Immigrant Families

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.


Ninth Circuit Decision Expands Due Process for Visa Applicants and Families

AILA member Eric Lee describes the recent win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in which the court 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.“


Anti-Immigrant Sentiment is Threatening to Drown an Initiative in Massachusetts

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.


The New Venezuelan Parole 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.


What Happened When I Actually Helped a Military Service Member

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.


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 the topic and many others, will be covered at the conference.

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The Mosh Pit of Asylum Law, Explained

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.

10/18/22 Asylum

Obtaining a Stay of Removal Through Litigation

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.

10/17/22 Removal & Relief

Refugee Labor Mobility: An Alternative Pathway to Safety

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 Public Statements, Press Releases

Biden Administration Pairs Humanitarian Aid and H-2B Visa Expansion with Trump-Style Border Enforcement in Venezuelan Response Plan

AILA and the Council responded to the Biden Administration’s announcement of a parole program to protect some Venezuelan nationals with ties to the U.S., expansion of Title 42 to expel Venezuelans who cross the border without prior authorization, and nearly 65,000 added visas under the H-2B program.

10/13/22 AILA Doc. No. 22101303. Admissions & Border