In this blog post, AILA staff members Reid Trautz, Erin Lynum, and former AILA intern Jiedine I. A. Phanbuh highlight the importance of engaging community to support immigrants and work towards fair immigration policy.
In this blog post, AILA member Sarah Pitney shares the importance of diversity and inclusion in the immigration bar by describing how one panelist in particular at the 2017 AILA Conference in New Orleans showed how her “professional community valued the presence of its LGBT+ members.”
AILA member Margaret O'Donnell describes changes being made to immigration policy that negatively impact American families, offering a real client example to highlight how uncertain the future has become.
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh highlights AILA's August Campaign and urges members to help AILA's efforts "to realign USCIS with its congressional mandate and ensure judicial independence in our immigration courts."
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd describes the government’s use of coercion on separated parents and the complaint AILA and the Council filed with DHS to draw attention to this illegal and unconstitutional practice.
AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear explains what the newly finalized unlawful presence changes will mean for students and exchange visitors and urges AILA members and the public to not allow this policy, and its inevitable consequences, if implemented, to go unnoticed.
AILA Member Matthew Archambeault who served as Friend of the Court in the Matter of Castro-Tum describes the case and its repercussions, and offers suggestions for how to advocate and urge Congress to act on the immense and obvious need for an independent immigration court.
Karen Lucas, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign in which AILA and the Council are partnered, describes new ways the campaign is meeting the needs of detained immigrants, including a recent partnership with Save the Children.
In this blog post, AILA member Ally Bolour highlights how the use of Ryan White Care Act (RWCA) funds for the family separation policy could have an impact on low-income families seeking treatment for HIV.
Jennifer Burk, an AILA member from the Northern California Chapter, shares highlights from the recent pro bono clinic at the AILA Annual Conference, urging AILA members to get involved and leverage their expertise to help change lives.
Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign, describes the meetings she had with detained parents who had been traumatically separated from their children and needlessly incarcerated in West Texas, highlighting the urgent need for volunteer attorneys.
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights recent tweets from the president that attack due process for asylum seekers and explains how and why, if implemented, such changes would violate U.S. asylum laws.
In this blog post, AILA member Sima Alizadeh highlights the recent SCOTUS decision in Trump v. Hawaii and what it will mean for individuals and families, urging readers to keep up the fight, contact Congress, and keep attention on the hardship the ban continues to cause.
AILA President Anastasia Tonello shares information about the harm ICE officers caused Andrea Martinez, an AILA member from the MO-KS Chapter, and advises members to be vigilant in this toxic environment.
This blog post is adapted from the president's installation speech given by Anastasia Tonello, June 14, 2018, in San Francisco in which she shares her message to AILA members and goals for her presidential year.
AILA member Jillian Blake shares what the decision in Matter of A- B- will mean for victims of domestic and gang violence and their claims to asylum, writing, "there may be no repair for the damage [Sessions’] decisions will have on countless persecuted women."
As she shares details about the complaint filed demanding the government address the inhumane conditions and inadequate medical assistance at the Aurora facility, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd urges readers to take action and help vulnerable detainees.
On the blog, past AILA National President Kathleen Campbell Walker digs into some details about how TN visas authorized in NAFTA actually work, the process for both Canadian and Mexican visa holders, and the benefits of those talent flows to American companies and the economy.
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson writes about unaccompanied children and family separation, urging readers to fight against the administration’s “callous, systematic disregard for those seeking asylum at our southern border” and “disdain for the principles of due process...”
AILA member Matthew Weisner describes the impact that ending Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans will have on those with TPS as well as the families, businesses, and communities that rely on them; he urges Congress to pass legislation to give long-term TPS holders a path to permanent residency.
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen highlights the efforts on Capitol Hill to force a vote in the House of Representatives on a bill to protect Dreamers, urging readers to take action and reach out to Congress on this important issue.
Karen Lucas, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, reflects on the challenges faced by mothers in detention and how the actions of volunteers can lift their spirits from despair to hope with something as simple as a card like those written by Columbia University students recently.
AILA Board of Governors member Stephen Manning shares a preview of a case he is arguing before the Board of Immigration Appeals today, writing that “The BIA can and must get this right. My client’s fate, and the fate of his family, hinges on the decision.”
In this blog post, Jack Pinnix reflects on his experiences at the AILA Annual Conference (AC) including his very first AC in 1981, which immigration law pioneer Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen convinced him to attend.
Jennie Guilfoyle describes the experience of traveling to Stewart Detention Center and the harsh conditions there, as well as the inspiration she gathered from the volunteers and staff of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, the Immigration Justice Campaign project partner on the ground.
In this blog post, AILA Inspires Series Speaker Tom Steyer answers a few questions from AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson in advance of his presentation at the AILA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 14, 2018.
In this blog post, AILA member Amy Novak from Colorado highlights the extreme and urgent need for additional H-2B visas and urges permanent cap relief, writing, “Uncertainty about visa numbers running year to year does not help employers make productive, proactive business decisions.”
AILA member Betsy Fisher and Amira Mikhail share information about the mass denials of refugee applications for people fleeing Iran due to religious persecution and the lawsuit filed to ensure the government offers, at the very least, more information about the reasons for denial as required by law.
In this blog post, AILA member Andrew Nietor highlights the Sessions v. Dimaya decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, writing that the decision "offers a welcome return to the rule of law and its consistent application nationwide."
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish reflects on AILA's National Day of Action and shares how AILA members and the public can continue making their voices heard on important immigration law and policy issues that matter to them.
AILA member Christopher Kerosky shares an update on the MyAmericanDreams Film Project and asks for help reaching out to stations who can show the documentary which informs viewers about the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its impact on people's lives.
In this blog post, AILA member Sweta Khandelwal addresses and dispels four myths about the H-1B visa program, writing "We need a better system, one that responds to actual supply and demand and acknowledges the fierce global competition for talent."
As the Trump administration claims an urgent need to deploy the National Guard to the southern border, AILA Southern California Chapter Media Liaison John Manley digs into the statistics used as a basis of those claims and raises some important questions.
Tracie L. Klinke, chair of the GA/AL AILA Chapter lifts up the concerted and coordinated community effort that led to blocking SB. 452 in Georgia, writing that immigration lawyers must "stand together and stand up for smart, fair, and just immigration law and policy."
Ally Bolour, AILA’s 2018 Annual Conference Committee Chair, reflects on his first AILA AC and what it means to him to come full circle 18 years later to chair this year’s conference in CA; he also previews the conference and some of the unique features of this year’s AC.
Dagmar Butte, member of AILA's Board of Governors, shares insights into the family immigration system from her personal experience reuniting with family as a child and highlighting why family reunification benefits us all as an integral part of America's past, present, and future.
AILA member Sima Alizadeh shares her experience with the lack of clarity around the waiver process for “Travel Ban 3.0,” writing that “the majority of individuals who may be eligible for a waiver have been denied one, and in fact, have not been able to properly submit a waiver request” at all.
In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish shares information about AILA's new report documenting the Trump administration's "Invisible Wall" of policies against legal immigration and how AILA members and the public can work together to tear the wall down.
AILA member Ruben Reyes shares how the AILA community came together to try and determine if specific inquiries from USCIS were local or national in scope, writing, “National trends are often revealed when local experts start talking and comparing notes. These days, doing so is even more important.”
Kate Voigt, chief editor of AILA’s new report Cogs in the Deportation Machine, highlights how “the administration has gone to great lengths to deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, with little regard for the financial cost or the impact upon American communities.”
In this blog post, Sheila Starkey Hahn, Chair of AILA's National Pro Bono Committee, highlights how helping with DACA renewal clinics and advocating for the Dream Act can change lives, writing, "Let's show everyone again that #AILAStandsWithDreamers."
AILA member Larry Sandigo shares his experience volunteering in Greece with Syrian refugees and some of the stories of the terror and violence that forced them to flee their homeland for the possibility of security in a new country.
AILA President Annaluisa Padilla shares how the Immigration Justice Campaign is marshalling new resources to increase the representation of detained immigrants, including the recently launched interactive website with information about successes, trainings, and pro bono opportunities.
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Doug Penn shares insights from his immigration practice, explaining why, despite what probably seems reasonable, there is no such thing as a “good guy visa” in the context of immigration law.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist compares the stated mission of USCIS with what immigrants are experiencing, warning that "Huge damage has been done. Individuals who have faced...the unpredictability of our current system will urge the next generation of immigrants to stay away."
In this blog post, Mo Goldman, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the current debate in the Senate on immigration and urges AILA members and the public to get involved and engage on this issue by making their voices heard as the debate ramps up.
In this blog post, AILA member Alexander Carl highlights a clearly outrageous "example of how our immigration laws have not kept up with the times" when it comes to how LGBT parents are treated differently when it comes to determining the citizenship of their children.
Sandra Feist, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the challenges facing H-4 spouses as the administration threatens to take away their work permits and urges Congress to "provide a path for H-4 spouses to fully participate in and contribute to their communities."
AILA National Treasurer Allen Orr describes the current efforts to protect Dreamers and urges the administration to get behind legislation with bipartisan support that makes sense both fiscally and morally, rather than forcing a stalemate that could result in the deportation of Dreamers.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matt Maiona takes a look at the already marked demand for H-2B visas and the potential impact on American employers and local economies when these key seasonal positions go unfilled.
In this blog post, AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence breaks down the provisions of the Immigration Innovation or I-Squared Act introduced by Senators Hatch and Flake and describes what the bill's provisions would do to boost U.S. businesses and the American economy.
In this blog post, AILA member Kara Lynum shares how the public is supporting DACA recipients by covering the filing fee for renewal applications, highlighting the recent example of an impromptu campaign that has brought in more than $23,000 thus far to hep Dreamers in Minnesota.
In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish describes the family-based immigration system, writing that “as a cornerstone of American history and American values, family-based immigration can and must be protected, not derided with lies.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear reflects on the “vital and sustained contributions that immigrants are making to our society on a daily basis” in the healthcare field, and the potential impact of anti-immigrant policies on medically underserved populations in the United States.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matthew Maiona analyzes a questionable government report intended to incite fear of immigrants, writing "Now more than ever, we must stand-up for our core American values which are under attack. That’s what you, and all of us, should really be afraid of."
Alma Rosa Nieto, vice chair of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, reflects on the current status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and highlights two DACA recipients in particular who exemplify why these young people should be permanently protected by Congress.
In this blog post, Reid Trautz, Director of AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center, highlights some key ways to reduce the risk of burnout in an incredibly busy “new normal” that immigration attorneys and their firms are facing.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman highlights the recent lawsuit by Washington AG Ferguson against Motel 6 for violating state consumer protection laws by sharing guest data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when ICE had no warrant to gather the information.
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas interviews recent family detention volunteer McKayla Eskilson about her experience, the work the project is doing, and the impact she had during her week at Dilley helping asylum seeking moms and kids incarcerated in the facility.
A quick recap of the most viewed videos and most read blog posts this year, covering a variety of topics from H-1Bs to MAVNI to the latest travel ban updates, and more. There is truly something for everyone; take a look at these resources as you reflect on 2017.
AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney writes about how sharing client stories with the press and public can make a difference and highlights one recent example when a profile of a Dreamer unexpectedly sparked the generosity of a donor.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson reflects on 2017, highlighting the courage of Dreamers and the work of AILA members as inspirations for 2018 when he’ll “be looking to all of you to be fearless, steadfast, and courageous. Because next year and every year, #AILAStandsWithImmigrants.”
AILA member Rebecca Minahan shares how she helped one young family at the Dilley detention facility through the credible fear process, writing that while she “would most likely never learn of their fate,” she “felt honored to have been a part of their lives if only for a very short time.”
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman writes about President Trump’s effort to “bring Christmas back,” asking “Is this the true spirit of Christmas? Scapegoating? Xenophobia? Blocking refugees from seeking safety? An inability to absolve someone, forgive them, for their actions?”
AILA Board of Governors member Gayle Oshrin reflects on the ever-changing landscape of both business and family immigration law and encourages AILA members to take opportunities to network and learn new tactics from each other, like the upcoming NYC conference.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh shares insights into so-called “sanctuary cities” writing that “distortion of terminology such as ‘sanctuary cities’ only deteriorates the public’s ability to understand and discuss immigration policy in an informed and meaningful manner.”
Kevin Miner, one of the authors of Business Immigration: Law and Practice, highlights how “those who oppose immigration fully intend to make the process harder, more time consuming, and more expensive with the hope that employers will either give up or simply won’t bother at all.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear rebuts a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, highlighting four of the piece’s most egregious false assumptions about the immigration bar and calling on all of us to work toward a “system that provides due process and equality before the law.”
Michael Turansick and Rebecca van Uitert share their experience with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, writing “Volunteering at Dilley changes lives. It saves lives. You can save lives. Even lawyers like ourselves, who practice primarily business immigration law, can have a profound impact.”
Matt Maiona, member of the Media Advocacy Committee, urges readers to not forget our history and to be grateful for “the intangibles” — community, freedom, and liberties — that come from being in the United States, and the profound benefits that immigrants have brought this nation.
Stephen Pattison, an AILA member with firsthand experience as a consular officer himself, expresses alarm at the slow evisceration of the Department of State (DOS) given its crucial role, writing “Make no mistake about it, our clients will suffer from a diminished DOS.”
Robert Pauw, author of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, describes how the government has mistakenly reinstated removal orders and urged that such cases be challenged more often, writing that immigration attorneys “are the bulwark against the government’s denial of due process.”
AILA Business Committee member Stephen Yale-Loehr shares a preview of the upcoming AILA EB-5 Investors Summit and reflects on some of the connections he has made and information he has learned at past conferences.
Diane Rish, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, urges AILA members to engage with legislators and highlights several ways to do just that during next week’s “AILA Stands with Dreamers” campaign, including legislative visits, social media advocacy, and working with the media.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares insights about why the issue of immigration is a contentious one for our nation and how listening to each other is a critical piece to finding “common ground on this issue, and real solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.”
Sandra Feist, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, highlights new data released by the Trump administration concerning employment-based immigration and addresses several myths and misconceptions about the H-1B program and its impact on the American economy.
AILA EOIR Liaison Committee Vice Chair Merlyn Hernandez reflects on the proposed quotas for immigration judges writing, “There is no way to impose arbitrary fast-track quotas on immigration judges without damaging the chance a client has to present the applicable law and facts of their cases.”
AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello responds to recent remarks by Attorney General Sessions, writing that attorneys “who know the law, who aggressively defend their clients within the scope of the law and who are ethical and passionate should be celebrated, not disparaged.”
Karen Lucas, director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, shares information about the innovative pro bono mentorship model developed by the campaign and the work being done on behalf of four detained asylum seekers, offering them a fighting chance to claim asylum.
With the decisions made on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan and South Sudan, AILA member Michele McKenzie takes a look at what that decision could mean for the TPS holders and their immigration attorneys who may have to dust off twenty-year-old case files.
Jose Campos recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project and came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of asylum law and that “lawyers can literally save a life by helping women and their children fleeing violence find protection and build a future, safe from harm.”
Jill Marie Bussey shares some good news about the AILA DC Chapter’s Citizenship Day efforts and what they were able to accomplish, writing “there are a number of allies and community partners who are willing and eager to help vulnerable communities alongside us.”
AILA Southern California Chapter Chair Blake Miller highlights how “today’s immigration challenges shouldn’t stop us from working harder, smarter, and strongly advocating for our client’s rights and benefits” as he shares some AILA resources and opportunities that can help members hone their skills.
AILA Puerto Rico Chapter Chair Maria del Rosario Garcia Miranda urges DHS to start responding to post-hurricane questions writing, “A broad policy of leniency for those impacted by Hurricane Maria seems like a relatively small, yet absolutely necessary, action to take.”
In this second segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held Tuesday on Jennings v. Rodriguez, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to prolonged detention.
In this first segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held today on Sessions v. Dimaya, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to the definition of “crime of violence.”
Doug Penn, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, writes about the RAISE Act noting that “Dropping someone anywhere…without any ties to the community or job prospects is not a way to ensure that the person successfully integrates into the United States or contributes to our economy and society.”
AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello highlights AILA’s new interest group for those with clients in athletics, culture, entertainment, and sciences (ACES) “fight back against arbitrary decisions, abuse of discretion, and ever-changing policies and trends that affect our clients and our practices.”
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