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Think Immigration: The Healthcare Crisis and Smart Immigration Solution that Congress Needed to Hear About

9/27/2022
AILA member Sarah Peterson testified before Congress recently about the need for immigration reform that would benefit U.S. communities in desperate need of trained doctors and nurses; in this blog post, she describes two pieces of bipartisan legislation that could make a real difference.
AILA Doc. No. 22092701

Think Immigration: Opening a Wider World on Citizenship Day

9/13/2022
AILA Senior Pro Bono Associate Erin Lynum writes about the upcoming 17th AILA Citizenship Day and how naturalization opens a wider world. AILA is proud to partner with NALEO Educational Fund and NPNA again for this inspiring effort.
AILA Doc. No. 22091352

Think Immigration: New Documentary Exposes the Realities of Life in Afghanistan for Women

8/31/2022
Inspired by a new documentary about the issue, AILA member Mona Shah and co-authors Sarah Salarano and Shaun Chaudhry describe the terrible situation facing women and girls in Afghanistan and urge all of us to become informed and to take action.

Think Immigration: Cascading Errors of a Wrong Address

8/24/2022
AILA Practice and Policy Counsel Amy Grenier highlights the due process concerns that arise when CBP enters incorrect addresses for vulnerable migrants, sending vital paperwork astray and undermining the migrants' chances to successfully request asylum and protection.
AILA Doc. No. 22082400

Think Immigration: Afghan Allies Still Waiting for America’s Help One Year Later

8/15/2022
As we recognize the one-year anniversary of Kabul's fall, Mahsa Khanbabai, Parastoo Zahedi, and Spojmie Nasiri highlight efforts of the AILA Afghan Taskforce and why the Afghan Adjustment Act is so important for the U.S. to live up to its promises to protect our allies.
AILA Doc. No. 22081504

Think Immigration: Why We’re Celebrating the Senate’s Passage of Legislation Without Immigration

8/8/2022
AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen describes why the Senate passage of the budget reconciliation bill with no immigration-related provisions in it is a huge accomplishment, when so many anti-immigrant amendments were offered, including those that would have extended Title 42.
AILA Doc. No. 22080810

Think Immigration: You’d Think the Threat of Death Would Be Enough

8/5/2022
In this blog post, AILA President Jeremy McKinney describes a recent win for his client in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that will help protect asylum seekers and how this case only emphasizes why we need an independent immigration court, free from politicization.
AILA Doc. No. 22080500

Think Immigration: Abuse in ICE Detention Continues and So Does the Funding for It

7/19/2022
AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock describes the government reports and personal testimony showing how harmful, unnecessary, and wasteful ICE detention is. She urges readers to take action and tell Congress to reduce ICE detention bed funding for FY2023.
AILA Doc. No. 22071903

Think Immigration: Why Supporting "Documented Dreamers" Is A Good Idea

7/12/2022
AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer explains the plight of "Documented Dreamers" who are children of employment-based visa holders waiting for permanent residency and urges support of the America's Children Act of 2021 to help them and their families feel secure.
AILA Doc. No. 22071204

Think Immigration: Immigration and the Power of Storytelling

7/7/2022
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 Doc. No. 22070701

Think Immigration: SCOTUS Gets it Right: The Biden Administration Can End the Inhumane Remain in Mexico Program

7/6/2022
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 also previews what may come next.
AILA Doc. No. 22070601

Think Immigration: Ten Years Later, DREAMers and So Many Others Still Need Permanent Protection

6/15/2022
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 are in legal limbo.

Think Immigration: U.S. Immigration Law – Looking Back 30+ Years

6/13/2022
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 Doc. No. 22061307

Think Immigration: AILA Members Share Dramatic and Complex 245(i) Stories, Part 1

6/7/2022
For our final blog post prompt 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 how this law is still having an impact today.
AILA Doc. No. 22060700

Think Immigration: Efforts to Restore Asylum at the Border Hobbled by the Courts and Congress

6/3/2022
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."

Think Immigration: AILA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at Work

5/31/2022
AILA 2021-22 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 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.

Think Immigration: Detention Ombudsman Reports 52% of Complaints Were about Living Conditions

5/25/2022
AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock writes about the Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman (OIDO) including the office's history, the data it has shared so far, and some key questions that remain; she urges everyone to use AILA's advocacy tool to tell Congress immigration detention is inhumane.
AILA Doc. No. 22052501

Think Immigration: With a Gun to Their Head

5/24/2022
In this video blog post, AILA Law Student Member Nathan Hall explains why he decided to dig into the issue of the “serious nonpolitical crime” bar and its impact on asylum seekers when he wrote his piece for the April 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal.
AILA Doc. No. 22052402

Think Immigration: Fast Tracking Asylum at the Border Will Undermine Due Process

5/23/2022
In this blog post, AILA's Amy Grenier walks through the significant due process concerns that have been expressed about the Interim Final Rule on asylum processing from the Biden administration and why having sufficient time, to seek counsel and pull together a substantive claim, is so important.
AILA Doc. No. 22052302

Think Immigration: Tackling Jurisdictional Questions

5/17/2022
AILA member Geoffrey A. Hoffman shares insights on the article he wrote for the Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal focused on the issue of jurisdiction and how the defective NTA-jurisdictional question could play a crucial part in resolving and reducing the 1.6 million case backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 22051700

Think Immigration: Broadening the Reach of Pro Bono Through Virtual Clinics

5/12/2022
In this blog post, AILA Pro Bono Committee Chair Adonia Simpson and Sarah Burrows, Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships at HIAS, share insights into how AILA South Florida successfully pivoted to virtual pro bono events and how you can replicate this effort.
AILA Doc. No. 22051204

Think Immigration: Fan Letters to AILA Members’ Favorite Resources

5/11/2022
As we continue to celebrate AILA's 75th anniversary year, we asked members to share a fan letter to their favorite AILA resource, in two or three sentences, or haiku form. Read about five favorites in this blog post on Think Immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 22051100

Think Immigration: The “SS EOIR” is Changing Course; Encouraging Winds Ahead

5/10/2022
In this blogpost, AILA member Stacy Caplow reflects on her Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal article entitled “The Sinking Immigration Court: Change Course, Save the Ship” and why readers should take heart given a recent shift in EOIR hiring.
AILA Doc. No. 22051002

Think Immigration: How Legal Ethics Has Evolved in Immigration Practice

5/5/2022
In this blog post, AILA members Michele Carney and Beth Persky reflect on the changes to legal ethics over the last 75 years and encourage colleagues to learn more about those changes as a way to look down the road to more changes that may come.
AILA Doc. No. 22050502

Think Immigration: Knowing the History of “The Huddled Masses”

5/3/2022
In this blog post, AILA member and Law Journal author John Medeiros introduces his piece featured in the recent special edition of the AILA Law Journal celebrating AILA’s 75 years; his piece “Huddled Masses” chronicles the history of U.S. immigration and the development of U.S. immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 22050301

Think Immigration: A Special Edition of the AILA Law Journal Celebrates #AILA75Years

4/26/2022
In this blog post, we walk through the Spring 2022 edition of the AILA Law Journal, which features an interview between Editor-in-Chief Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and AILA President Allen Orr, along with special and substantive pieces from AILA members as we celebrate AILA’s 75 Years.
AILA Doc. No. 22042600

Think Immigration: Reopening America’s Doors to Immigration Requires Addressing the Visa Backlog

4/12/2022
AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci shares insights into the backlogs facing businesses trying to bring foreign talent to the U.S. and families trying to reunite due to Department of State backlogs, and highlights AILA's recommendations for reopening America's doors.
AILA Doc. No. 22041206

Think Immigration: AILA Members’ Favorite AC Memories – Part 2

4/1/2022
As we continue to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, and look forward to the Annual Conference in June, we asked members to share their favorite memories from Annual Conferences in the past. Today we share memories from three members in the second part of this blog post series.
AILA Doc. No. 22040152

Think Immigration: Fulfilling America’s Promise: Helping Immigrant Service Members Naturalize

3/30/2022
Margaret Stock shares insights into challenges facing military service members seeking to naturalize and offers information about key resources, including an upcoming webinar designed to ensure AILA members have the tools they need to help these heroes become citizens.
AILA Doc. No. 22033007

Think Immigration: Collateral Damage: The Consequences of Delays in Immigration

3/29/2022
AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into what backlogs and delays at USCIS mean for clients, communities, and our economy, while highlighting the recent AILA policy brief which has concrete recommendations for USCIS to right the ship.
AILA Doc. No. 22032902

Think Immigration: AILA Members’ Favorite AC Memories – Part 1

3/23/2022
As we continue to celebrate our 75th anniversary year, and look forward to the Annual Conference in June, we asked members to share their favorite memories from Annual Conferences in the past. Here are three memorable moments to start us off.
AILA Doc. No. 22032301

Think Immigration: Highlighting Inequities: How the U.S. Treats Refugees Varies Widely

3/15/2022
AILA Board of Governors member Ally Bolour calls our attention to the disparate treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, comparing the recent experiences of Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Haiti and urging us all to "end the discriminatory treatment of refugees."
AILA Doc. No. 22031505

Think Immigration: AILA's Most Popular Practice Success Tip

3/10/2022
In this video blog post, AILA PPC leaders Reid Trautz and Charity Anastasio share the most popular practice success tip as a way to celebrate the myriad resources developed to help members run a practice during AILA’s 75 years.
AILA Doc. No. 22031003

Think Immigration: Raising the Bar: Reflections on International Women’s Day

3/8/2022
As we celebrate this International Women’s Day, AILA Immediate Past President Jennifer Minear shares her gratitude for "the women of AILA and for the role they play in our lives and our community."
AILA Doc. No. 22030800

Think Immigration: Let’s Give a Hand to AILA Members Doing Amazing Pro Bono Work!

3/3/2022
AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center works with AILA members to help them engage in pro bono activities; this Think Immigration post is an opportunity to learn and get inspired by three of our recent Pro Bono High Five videos.
AILA Doc. No. 22030301

Think Immigration: Generations Later, Another Evacuation Effort Stalls

3/2/2022
AILA member and volunteer Spojmie Nasiri shares a recent experience when she met a Vietnamese refugee whose story strengthened her resolve to help Afghan evacuees and reminded her of the interconnectedness of all our lives.
AILA Doc. No. 22030207

Think Immigration: Immigrant Women Are Entrepreneurs

2/28/2022
In this blog post, part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) series, AILA South Florida DEI chair Tarsila Talarico describes the resilience and strength immigrant women entrepreneurs bring to bear as they start businesses and benefit the U.S. economy.
AILA Doc. No. 22022809

Think Immigration: “Wait, But Isn’t Pot Legal?” – Immigration Law and Cannabis Present Traps for the Unwary

2/25/2022
AILA 2022 Border Issues Conference Co-Chair Scott Railton describes the current landscape where cannabis legalization and immigration law collide, highlighting how complicated it is and the need for Congress to act.
AILA Doc. No. 22022571

Think Immigration: Favorite Success Tips of AILA Members

2/23/2022
As AILA celebrates its 75th year, we invited members to “Share Your Favorite Success Tip Gleaned from AILA,” and we are delighted to share this blog post featuring those tips.
AILA Doc. No. 22022307

Think Immigration: "Remember Who You Are!" A Nation in Need of Knowing Its History

2/17/2022
In this blog post, AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares insights into the new USCIS mission statement and how it recognizes and honors our nation's diversity; he also highlights the important work of the American Immigration Council's Center for Inclusions and Belonging.
AILA Doc. No. 22021751

Think Immigration: Did the National Interest Waiver Just Get Easier?

2/16/2022
AILA member Peter Rees explains a recent update to the National Interest Waiver (NIW) determination guidance, which could allow for more NIW grants particularly for advanced STEM degree holders and entrepreneurs.
AILA Doc. No. 22021651

Think Immigration: U.S. Asylum Laws and the People of Haiti

2/11/2022
AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee member Jamel Connor describes the profoundly unjust situation Haiti and its people face and why, this Black History Month, she reflects on the country’s history and urges the United States to stop turning its back on Haitian immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 22021151

Think Immigration: Biden Is Failing on His Campaign Promise to End Private Immigration Detention

2/9/2022
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock describes how President Biden has failed to fulfill his campaign promise to end the use of private prisons and why AILA and our partners will continue to push for these inhumane practices to end.
AILA Doc. No. 22020904

Think Immigration: My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 3

2/4/2022
As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” and we are delighted to share the third blog post featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories.
AILA Doc. No. 22020403

Think Immigration: Let’s Make International Entrepreneur Parole Great (or Even Feasible): An Open Letter to the Biden Administration

2/2/2022
AILA Media Advocacy Committee chair Fiona McEntee and member Tahmina Watson explain why the Biden administration needs to make changes to the International Entrepreneur Parole program in order to ensure our country has a workable immigration option for startup entrepreneurs.
AILA Doc. No. 22020254

Think Immigration: My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 2

1/28/2022
As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You,” and we are delighted to share the second blog posts featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories.
AILA Doc. No. 22012851

Think Immigration: Making the Case for Nurse H-1Bs

1/25/2022
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Adam Cohen highlights why the Biden administration "must do more to allow foreign nurses to bring their desperately needed skills to the U.S." He calls for the rescission of a 2015 memo that puts H-1B nonimmigrant visas out of reach for most foreign-born nurses.
AILA Doc. No. 22012551

Think Immigration: My Moment – When Immigration Law Became My Path, Part 1

1/21/2022
As AILA celebrates our 75th year, we invited members to “Share the Moment You Realized Immigration Law Was for You” and we are delighted to share the first of several blog posts featuring those moments; this post includes four members’ stories.
AILA Doc. No. 22012107

Think Immigration: This Should Be Written by Someone Else

1/18/2022
AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee member Lindsay Harris shares the plight of her Afghan clients and discusses solutions that Congress and USCIS need to enact and implement as so many families face unnecessary trauma and hardship.
AILA Doc. No. 22011851

Think Immigration: Removal Proceedings in the Time of COVID

1/13/2022
Jonathan Willmoth reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on court proceedings and the Biden administration's efforts to expand prosecutorial discretion, two areas he looks forward to learning more about at the upcoming AILA Virtual Midwinter Conference, taking place on February 3.
AILA Doc. No. 22201135

Think Immigration: This Is the Year of the Tiger; Let’s Start 2022 with Courage and Compassion

1/12/2022
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Vice Chair Evangeline Chan reflects on the meaning of the Lunar New Year, which will usher in the Year of the Tiger on February 1, 2022, urging all of us to be courageous and compassionate and fight injustice this year.
AILA Doc. No. 22011251

Think Immigration: How About the Immigration Agency Does Its Job?

1/5/2022
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matt Maiona describes what is happening due to extreme USCIS delays on employment authorization documents and the impact backlogs and inefficiencies are having on the economy and communities across the nation.
AILA Doc. No. 22010501

Think Immigration: Custody Redetermination Hearings and Material Change in Circumstances

12/30/2021
AILA Law Journal author Matthew Boles shares some insights about researching and writing about custody redetermination and why he hopes his AILA Law Journal article on the subject can help other practitioners across the country advocate in front of immigration judges.
AILA Doc. No. 21123032

Think Immigration: Top Five AILA Video Topics and Think Immigration Posts in 2021

12/28/2021
In this blog post, the AILA Comms Team takes a look back at the most popular video topics of 2021 as well as the most popular blog posts, ranging from immigration reform in the reconciliation bill to litigation updates, to backlogs and needed policy changes as we head into 2022.
AILA Doc. No. 21122835

Think Immigration: The Civil Penalty of Deportation

12/23/2021
In this video blog post, AILA law student member and AILA Law Journal author Angela Landa describes her interest and research into how the supposedly "civil" penalty of deportation has been applied in the criminal context and how changes could be made to ensure due process.
AILA Doc. No. 21122336

Think Immigration: Self-care: The Ultimate Advocacy Tool

12/22/2021
In this blog post, AILA Media and Advocacy Committee member Tahmina Watson emphasizes the importance of self-care as we prepare to advocate in 2022 for the immigration reform our country and clients need.
AILA Doc. No. 21122239

Think Immigration: The Costanza High Note Walk Off and a Happy Festivus!

12/17/2021
In this blog post, AILA's first director of federal litigation, Jesse Bless, reflects on the battles fought and partnerships forged during his service at AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 21121732

Think Immigration: Legislation to Protect Dreamers Is Vital

12/16/2021
AILA member Paúl A. Pirela shares insights after writing his AILA Law Journal article on the history of DACA and DREAM litigation as well as the legislation that has sadly languished for decades now and means young people brought to the United States as children can still face deportation.
AILA Doc. No. 21121604

Think Immigration: Tackling Inequality – a Human Rights Day Reflection

12/10/2021
In this blog post, part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee's blog post series, AILA member Roland Luo shares insights about the importance of International Human Rights Day and what we can each do to give meaning to the universality of human rights.
AILA Doc. No. 21121004

Think Immigration: The Plight of International Adoptees

12/9/2021
The plight of international adoptees, many of whom can still face deportation, led AILA member Mara Weisman to write a piece for the AILA Law Journal; in this video blog post, she shares insights about why this issue is important and how readers can help fight this injustice.
AILA Doc. No. 21120907

Think Immigration: Writing about That Department of State Automatic Revalidation Process

12/3/2021
AILA member Peter Choi shares insights after writing an article for the Fall 2021 edition of the AILA Law Journal entitled Examining Automatic Revalidation; in this video blog post he explains a bit more about how he used aila.org's trove of documents to research his piece.
AILA Doc. No. 21120300

Think Immigration: Family Separations that First Occurred Under the Trump Muslim and Africa Bans Continue

12/1/2021
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee members Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Ally Bolour share insights about the lack of action to reunite families since the Muslim ban was rescinded nearly a year ago and the continued damage caused by discriminatory bans.
AILA Doc. No. 21120116

Think Immigration: Four Members' Reflections on AILA's 75 Years

11/30/2021
In this blog post, part of a months-long series leading up to the formal celebration of AILA’s 75th year at the upcoming Annual Conference in June 2022, four AILA members reflect on what they see as AILA’s greatest strengths and the relationships they’ve built during their membership of AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 21113010

Think Immigration: A Little about that “Einstein” Visa

11/24/2021
In this blog post, AILA Law Journal author Sasha Kaskel shares some insights about the "Einstein" visa and how immigration attorneys might approach client cases; AILA members can read her full article and other pieces in their free digital copy of the journal.
AILA Doc. No. 21112402

Think Immigration: Our Nation’s First People

11/12/2021
AILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee member Christine Alden reflects on the meaning of Native American Heritage month and urges readers to learn more in order to "help protect and preserve this important culture."
AILA Doc. No. 21111291

Think Immigration: No More Sleeps ‘til the End of the Travel Ban

11/8/2021
As many fully vaccinated grandparents finally get to travel to see grandkids this week after months-long separations, AILA member Fiona McEntee welcomes the reunions while also urging continued advocacy to help other families reunite.
AILA Doc. No. 21110801

Think Immigration: Breaking Down the Invisible Wall: It’s Past Due!

11/2/2021
AILA member Mo Goldman shares a recent example of how the antiquated systems at USCIS Customer Service caused concern and wasted time as he sought to help a client and offers ideas of how to increase efficiency.
AILA Doc. No. 21110201

Think Immigration: Leading AILA: Beyond our 75th Year

10/27/2021
AILA President Allen Orr reflects on what it means to be AILA's president in this 75th year and highlights some fun ways to remember some key milestones and share your own fond memories of AILA this year.
AILA Doc. No. 21102905

Think Immigration: The Fruits of Our Afghan Labor Have Arrived

10/27/2021
Author Joyce Brake shares insights from her recent pro bono work with Afghan evacuees and helping them find their footing in the new situation they are in; she urges readers to reach out and do the same.
AILA Doc. No. 21102703

Think Immigration: Process Work Authorizations If You Want More Workers!

10/21/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Emily Haverkamp highlights the huge obstacles facing asylum seekers seeking work permits while their asylum request is being processed, noting the impact of bad policies on the asylum seekers but also employers seeking workers.
AILA Doc. No. 21102182

Think Immigration: Afghanistan and the United States’ Responsibilities

10/6/2021
AILA member Manish Daftari shares insights into the situation facing those fleeing from Afghanistan and the urgent need to simplify processing of vulnerable Afghan evacuees, similar to the treatment of Vietnamese evacuees in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
AILA Doc. No. 21100603

Think Immigration: “Thank You, Next”: What the State Department Needs to Do Since Travel Bans Are Being Rescinded

9/30/2021
AILA Policy Associate Paul Stern welcomes the rescission of the regional travel bans that will take effect in November but urges additional changes recommended by AILA because "The Department of State faces an uphill battle to overcome the significant delays and backlog created by the pandemic."
AILA Doc. No. 21093009

Think Immigration: Curbing Entropy in My Practice – Life Lessons About Matters Pending Before USCIS

9/29/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares common concerns immigration attorneys and their clients deal with as they wait because of USCIS processing delays and highlights some of the AILA-recommended solutions that could effect change.
AILA Doc. No. 21092933