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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

Think Immigration: Helping Afghan Refugees Brings Me Full Circle

9/27/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Spojmie Nasiri shares insights and information about the situation facing Afghan evacuees and how we can help. She was interviewed by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Ban Al-Wardi.
AILA Doc. No. 21092709

Think Immigration: Somos – Razones Para Celebrar; We are – Reasons to Celebrate

9/24/2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee member Ruben Reyes shares his story and perspective on the discussion around National Hispanic Heritage Month and invites readers to learn from and listen to each other, writing “This is an American story, and it is ours to live.”

Think Immigration: We Know Litigation Works, But How Do You Get Started?

9/14/2021
In this blog post, expert litigator and past AILA president Ron Klasko gives a few examples of cases that could benefit from litigation, and highlights the upcoming Federal Court Conference as a chance to learn skills to help your clients.
AILA Doc. No. 21091403

Think Immigration: Recognizing Dale Schwartz, Rest in Power

9/9/2021
AILA pays tribute to the career and impact of Dale Schwartz, past president of AILA with two videos from Allen Orr and Greg Siskind who share insights as they reflect on his life and legacy.
AILA Doc. No. 21090904

Think Immigration: Beyond Borders: Protecting and Preserving Indigenous Rights

8/9/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Danielle Molliver shares her insights as both a Lumbee tribe member and a practicing immigration attorney as we recognize the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
AILA Doc. No. 21080990

Think Immigration: Trusted Traveler Program Fumbles

8/4/2021
In this blog post, AILA member John Manley describes the benefits of Trusted Traveler programs but also the distress when such status is revoked and the lack of transparency as to how those revocations can be redressed, offering a few ideas of changes CBP could make to improve the programs.
AILA Doc. No. 21080435

Think Immigration: Immigrants are Integral to the Teams We Love

7/28/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Emily Haverkamp highlights how immigrants are integral to teams we love, including two Kansas teams in particular, and how inspiring their stories of sacrifice and success are to so many.
AILA Doc. No. 21072890

Think Immigration: Congress Must Work Together to Pass the New Startup Visa

7/27/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair and business immigration expert Fiona McEntee shares information about the recently introduced LIKE Act and how a startup visa would make a tremendous difference to our economy and the entrepreneurs offered a path to America.
AILA Doc. No. 21072790

Think Immigration: What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do?

7/22/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares some insights into answering the question "What Does an Immigration Lawyer Do" and how to describe your work as an immigration attorney to those not in the field.
AILA Doc. No. 21072236

Think Immigration: Biden Must Quickly Protect Those Who Risked Their Lives for Our Soldiers in Afghanistan

7/20/2021
In this blog post, AILA Board of Governors member Ally Bolour highlights the urgent need for the Biden administration to recognize that those who helped our troops in Afghanistan need to be protected and evacuated to safety immediately.
AILA Doc. No. 21072036

Think Immigration: How the State Department Can Help Businesses Bounce Back from COVID-19

7/15/2021
AILA member Brent Renison shares the example of a business client negatively impacted by State Department policies and regional travel bans and highlights the straightforward solutions recommended by AILA to help businesses bounce back from the pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 21071531

Think Immigration: Takeaways from Johnson v. Guzman Chavez

7/9/2021
AILA President-elect Jeremy McKinney highlights the Supreme Court decision in Johnson v. Guzman Chavez, noting "the takeaway for practitioners is to push back when an agency employs Auer or Chevron deference as a shield protecting its faulty administrative decision making."
AILA Doc. No. 21070936

Think Immigration: Trapped in the U.S. or Trapped Abroad – Havoc Caused by Regional Bans Continues

7/7/2021
Matt Maiona highlights the impact of the existing regional travel bans, using one of his clients' situation as an example, and urges the Biden administration to end the bans, as well as make additional changes to allow the Department of State to address the backlog and delays in processing.
AILA Doc. No. 21070737

Think Immigration: Litigation and Liaison Work Hand in Hand to Good Effect

6/28/2021
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson highlights how litigation with the American Immigration Council combined with liaison efforts led to USCIS accepting FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions rejected or closed solely because the petitioner requested a start date after October 1, 2021.
AILA Doc. No. 21062890

Think Immigration: Immigration Law, Family, and Pride Month

6/25/2021
In this blog post, AILA President Allen Orr posed some questions to Jennifer Yeaw, a member of the Diversity & Inclusion committee, about Pride month and how immigration law and policies have gradually grown more inclusive to LGBTQIA+ families, but there’s still a long way to go.
AILA Doc. No. 21062599

Think Immigration: Welcoming Juneteenth

6/21/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Yasmin Blackburn welcomes the federal recognition of Juneteenth as a holiday and urges us to use the day to reflect, research, and learn about America's history and to take action to ensure a more just future.
AILA Doc. No. 21062199

Think Immigration: Recognizing the Impact of Fathers and Father Figures

6/17/2021
In recognition of Father’s Day, we asked AILA members to share how something their dad did or said helped them choose immigration law as a profession; read these five inspiring and heartfelt examples from Steven Ladik, Emily Haverkamp, Greg Siskind, Ally Bolour, and Eleanor Pelta.
AILA Doc. No. 21061799

Think Immigration: Reflections on the Life and Impact of the Late Judge Robert Katzmann

6/16/2021
In this video blog post, Cyrus Mehta reflects on the life and impact of the late Judge Robert Katzmann, explaining how he was the impetus for projects to help immigrants receive legal representation that affected so many families and individuals.
AILA Doc. No. 21061699

Think Immigration: Nine Years Later…DACA Is Not Enough

6/15/2021
AILA member Mo Goldman shares the example of his client to explain that DACA isn’t enough and Congress needs to act because “A year from now, we should not be celebrating the ten-year anniversary of DACA" but instead "the first months of a path to citizenship for these deserving individuals."
AILA Doc. No. 21061535

Think Immigration: A Transformative Year Ahead

6/11/2021
Allen Orr, newly installed AILA President for the 2021-22 term, shares his story and his vision for a transformative year ahead in this transcript of the installation speech he gave on June 10, 2021, during AILA's Annual Conference.
AILA Doc. No. 21061138

Think Immigration: Negligence and Mayhem – We Need to Phase Out the Use of Migrant Detention

6/8/2021
In this blog post, Sarah Owings shares the realities of what immigration detainees face and why she wants "you to push for fair and humane ways to process people's' immigration paperwork, outside of detention" so the detention machine can be shut down entirely.
AILA Doc. No. 21060833

Think Immigration: The Mixed Messages and Missed Opportunities in Biden’s FY2022 Budget

6/2/2021
In this blog post, AILA Government Relations Directors Gregory Chen and Sharvari Dalal-Dheini highlight the mixed messages and missed opportunities on immigration issues in the FY2022 budget released by President Biden.
AILA Doc. No. 21060299

Think Immigration: When Clients Die – How COVID-19 Has Affected Me and How I Am Learning to Cope

6/1/2021
In this blog post, AILA member Vaman Kidambi shares his experiences learning to cope as clients are taken by COVID-19 and ways he has learned to try and maintain balance in this extremely difficult time.
AILA Doc. No. 21060135

Think Immigration: What President Biden’s Budget Should Say on Immigration

5/27/2021
AILA’s Government Relations directors Greg Chen and Shev Dalal-Dheini lay out what President Biden’s budget for FY2022 should have in it on immigration issues, flagging detention, representation, immigration courts, USCIS, and the State Department as areas ripe for necessary reform.
AILA Doc. No. 21052739

Think Immigration: America Closed for Immigration: The COVID-19 Visa Backlog

5/25/2021
AILA member Dominique Pando Bucci digs into the data to show the massive increase in backlogs for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. She highlights six ways attorneys can help their clients and argues that the Biden administration must step up to implement a solution to clear the visa backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 21052500

Think Immigration: Lingering Trump Policy Changes Continue Harming Trafficking Survivors

5/12/2021
Corie O’Rourke, Cory Sagduyu, and Katherine Soltis reflect on their Spring 2021 AILA Law Journal article focused on USCIS’s misinterpretation of the T visa’s physical presence requirement and why the policy changes must be reversed so trafficking survivors can be protected.
AILA Doc. No. 21051932

Think Immigration: Iranians Forced into Military Service Face Immigration Blockade

5/6/2021
AILA member Scott Emerick details recently filed litigation to ensure Iranian nationals forced to serve in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aren't harmed by the U.S. government's decision to retroactively name it a terrorist organization.
AILA Doc. No. 21050600

Think Immigration: Coercive Population Control and Immigration Law

4/21/2021
AILA member Sylvia Miller shares her hope that the spring 2021 AILA Law Journal article she wrote will help "continue and broaden conversations, both within the legal community and between attorneys and our clients" about coercive population control grounds for asylum.
AILA Doc. No. 21042109

Think Immigration: Trump’s “Midnight Rule” Ties Immigration Judges’ Hands

2/19/2021
In this blog post, AILA members and CLINIC attorneys Vickie Neilson and Jonathan Langer describe how the Trump administration's midnight rulemaking has harmed clients, including one rule that prevents judges from reopening old removal orders.
AILA Doc. No. 21021900

Think Immigration: Taking Pro Bono Virtual

1/15/2021
In this blog post, AILA Pro Bono Committee Chair Adonia Simpson shows how engaging in pro bono activities virtually can be efficient and effective, and highlights some easy opportunities for AILA members to plug into, including Citizenship Day, coming up February 20, 2021.
AILA Doc. No. 21011503

Think Immigration: Farewell (Perhaps?) Mr. Wolf. Hello Secretary Mayorkas!

1/14/2021
In this blog post, AILA SoCal Chapter Media Liaison John Manley takes a stab at breaking down the tenure of Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary of DHS and the back and forth during the end of the Trump administration as we look forward to new leadership at the agency soon.
AILA Doc. No. 21011404

Think Immigration: Top AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2020

12/31/2020
This blog post highlights the most-read blog posts and most-watched videos AILA published and produced in 2020 - take a look, learn something new, and see you in 2021!
AILA Doc. No. 20123101

Think Immigration: The View from the Chair

7/24/2020
In recognition of the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and acknowledgment that there is still much work to be done, AILA republishes, with permission, a piece from Diversity & Inclusion Committee member Caroline Ostrom on avoiding reinforcing the social perceptions around disabilities.
AILA Doc. No. 20072490

Think Immigration: The Administration Is Weaponizing COVID-19 to End Immigration

7/9/2020
AILA Past President Ira Kurzban details how the Trump Administration has weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic to implement long-sought immigration policies, banning immigrants and non-immigrants alike.
AILA Doc. No. 20070903

Think Immigration: Fight Back Against Chevron Deference in Asylum and Withholding Cases

6/18/2020
In this blog post, AILA member Maureen Sweeney previews her AILA Law Journal article and describes how litigators can fight against Chevron deference in asylum and withholding cases and presents factors that can weigh "in favor of robust judicial review of BIA and AG decisions."
AILA Doc. No. 20061800

Think Immigration: Top AILA Videos and Blog Posts of 2019

12/31/2019
This blog post highlights the most-read blog posts and most-watched videos produced and published by AILA in 2019 - take a look, and see you in 2020!
AILA Doc. No. 19123100

Think Immigration: Searching for Fairness and Transparency — A Firsthand Look at the Port Courts in Laredo and Brownsville

9/19/2019
Read today's update from inside the San Antonio, TX, court where IJs are hearing cases of asylum seekers located at DHS's new tent facilities in Brownsville and Laredo, TX, via video teleconference. AILA staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis are on the ground to learn about the new port courts.
AILA Doc. No. 19091603

Think Immigration: The Trump Administration’s Recent Efforts to Undermine Asylum, Explained

8/5/2019
AILA member Catha (Nikki) Lyons describes how the administration's "Asylum Ban 2.0" is contrary to both domestic and international laws and encourages other lawyers to do their best to inform and educate the public about U.S. laws.
AILA Doc. No. 19080503

Think Immigration: A New Resource on Immigration Law: AILA Law Journal Is Live!

4/26/2019
In this blog post, AILA President Anastasia Tonello announces the inaugural edition of the AILA Law Journal, highlighting the articles and themes within the seven pieces and inviting articles for future editions.
AILA Doc. No. 19042671

Think Immigration: Black Immigrant History is Part of Black History Month

2/26/2019
In this blog post, part of the AILA Diversity & Inclusion series, AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr recognizes Black History Month, shares important research and analysis, and writes, "In the drive for immigration reform, black immigrants must not be forgotten or left out of the equation."
AILA Doc. No. 19022695

Think Immigration: End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act: What's Wrong with the Trump-McConnell Bill

1/24/2019
AILA member Sabrina Damast highlights the damaging provisions in the bill supported by the administration to end the shutdown which would negatively impact Dreamers, TPS recipients, and asylum seekers.
AILA Doc. No. 19012470