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AILA President Jeremy McKinney Responds to Texas Governor’s Reprehensible Border Announcement

In this statement, AILA President Jeremy McKinney responds to the announcement from Texas Governor Greg Abbott calling on Texas law enforcement officials and Texas National Guard members to illegally involve themselves in federal immigration policy.

7/7/22 AILA Doc. No. 22070714.
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Immigration and the Power of Storytelling

In this blog post, AILA member John Wheaton writes on the power of storytelling in bringing people together and creating community, encouraging his fellow attorneys to consider asking clients to share their stories and increase understanding of the immigrant experience.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA's Law Journal Welcomes New Editor-In-Chief Cyrus Mehta

AILA announced the new Editor-in-Chief for the AILA Law Journal will be renowned expert Cyrus D. Mehta of New York, NY. Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia ends her tremendously successful service in the role for the first three years of the law journal’s existence and is passing the torch this month.

7/7/22 AILA Doc. No. 22070703.
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SCOTUS Gets it Right: The Biden Administration Can End the Inhumane Remain in Mexico Program

AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Amy Grenier describes the recent Supreme Court decision, affirming the Biden administration can indeed end the inhumane Remain in Mexico/Migrant Protection Protocols implemented by the Trump administration, and previews what comes next.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms the Biden Administration’s Authority to End MPP

AILA welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Biden v. Texas, which affirmed the Biden Administration’s authority to end the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

6/30/22 AILA Doc. No. 22063006. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA Elects New Officers for 2022-23 Term

Jeremy McKinney was installed as AILA’s President for the 2022-23 term and the following officers were elected today: Farshad Owji as President-Elect, Kelli J. Stump as First Vice President, Jeff Joseph as Second Vice President, Alexis S. Axelrad as Treasurer, and Jacqueline Watson as Secretary.

6/16/22 AILA Doc. No. 22061609.
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Ten Years Later – Where are Permanent Protections for DREAMers?

Today, AILA celebrates 10 years since the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative but calls on Congress to pass permanent protections; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson notes, “Congress’ inaction on this issue is a moral and political failure.”

6/15/22 AILA Doc. No. 22061409. DACA, Removal & Relief
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Ten Years Later, DREAMers and So Many Others Still Need Permanent Protection

Jeremy McKinney reflects on the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative but urges Congress to take long overdue action to permanently protect DREAMers and other immigrants who have uncertainty.

6/15/22
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Charles Oppenheim with the Founders Award

AILA recognizes Charles Oppenheim 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.

6/15/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060256.
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AILA Presents Marc Van Der Hout with the 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award

AILA recognizes Marc Van Der Hout with the 2022 Susan D. Quarles AILA Service Excellence Award, in recognition of his outstanding service, over a period of years, in advancing the mission, development, and value of AILA for its members and the public it serves.

6/14/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060257.
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AILA Recognizes Ian Wagreich with the 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award

AILA recognizes Ian Wagreich with the 2022 Sam Williamson Mentor Award, in acknowledgment of his outstanding efforts and excellent counsel to immigration attorneys by providing mentoring assistance.

6/13/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060255.
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U.S. Immigration Law – Looking Back 30+ Years

Long-time AILA member Michael Davis shares insights from his decades of practice, including the impact of 245(i) and some reflections on processes and procedures from years past, as part of our final blog post series celebrating AILA's 75 years.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents AILA’s Afghan Response Task Force with the 2022 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award

AILA recognizes the AILA Afghan Response Task Force with the 2022 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award for outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field.

6/10/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060254.
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AILA Presents Camilo Montoya-Galvez with the 2022 Media Leadership Award

AILA recognizes Camilo Montoya-Galvez of CBS News with the 2022 Media Leadership Award, given to individuals whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants.

6/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060253.
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AILA Presents Matthew T. Galati with the 2022 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award

AILA recognizes Matthew T. Galati with the 2022 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for his outstanding contributions made as a young lawyer in the field of immigration and nationality law.

6/8/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060252.
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AILA Presents Immigration IMMpact Litigation with the 2022 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award

AILA recognizes Immigration IMMpact Litigation with the 2022 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation in the field of immigration law.

6/7/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060251.
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AILA Members Share Dramatic and Complex 245(i) Stories, Part 1

For our final blog post series to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share their most dramatic or interesting 245(i) story with us on Think Immigration. In this post, read about hidden eligibility, tears, unique circumstances, and cases that are still ongoing today!

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Launches FOIA Toolbox: A Practical Guide to Obtaining Records for Immigration Cases

AILA has a new resource for practitioners seeking to gain access to government records: AILA's FOIA Toolbox: A Practical Guide to Obtaining Records for Immigration Cases through FOIA and Other Document Requests.

6/6/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060640.
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AILA Presents Rebecca Kitson with the 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award

AILA recognizes Rebecca Kitson with the 2022 Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of outstanding teaching in the area of immigration law.

6/6/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060154.
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Efforts to Restore Asylum at the Border Hobbled by the Courts and Congress

AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Amy Grenier shares insights on where things stand with Title 42, and the new interim final rule on asylum and credible fear, noting that “both face challenges before the federal courts and Congress.“

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Presents Sandra A. Grossman with the 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award

AILA recognizes Sandra A. Grossman with the 2022 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.

6/3/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060153.
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AILA Presents Olivia Serene Lee with the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award

AILA recognizes Olivia Serene Lee with the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for outstanding efforts in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence in the immigration legal profession.

6/2/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060152.
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AILA Presents Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

AILA recognizes Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

6/1/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060151.
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AILA and the American Immigration Council Welcome Angela Kelley as Chief Advisor – Policy and Partnerships

AILA and the American Immigration Council welcome Angela Kelley as Chief Advisor – Policy and Partnerships. In her role, Ms. Kelley will be a critical member of the executive management team of both organizations; she most recently served as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

6/1/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060100.
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AILA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Work

AILA 2021-22 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Ban Al-Wardi shares insights into the committee's accomplishments this year and how the AILA community can engage on various DEI Committee efforts, including the 21-Day Invitation starting June 1.

5/31/22