For pre-2017 blog posts, please visit the Think Immigration website.

Blog: Think Immigration

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: Climate Refugees Are Here

5/12/2021
AILA member Christine Popp shares a blog post about her recent article in the AILA Law Journal on climate refugees, explaining how she became interested in the intersection of immigration/asylum law with climate change realities and what she hopes her article offers practitioners.
AILA Doc. No. 21051200

Think Immigration: Adjectives Matter: What Does “Exceptional and Extremely Unusual Hardship” Mean?

5/7/2021
AILA Member Eva Loney writes about her essay in AILA Law Journal in which she examines the “exceptional and extremely unusual hardship” standard in removal cases. Her essay suggests how practitioners could work with psychologists to meet the current hardship standard for their clients.
AILA Doc. No. 21050742

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: Stand with Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) Against This Rising Tide of Hate

5/4/2021
AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee Vice Chair Evangeline Chan shares her personal experiences and provides insights into how we can stand together against anti-AANHPI hate, writing, "By standing together, we can root out racial injustice and create a truly inclusive society."
AILA Doc. No. 21050431

Think Immigration: Wanted: A Fierce Advocate for Immigrant Rights!

4/29/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Fiona McEntee shares a "want ad,” modeled after the song in Mary Poppins, for a fierce immigration law advocate in the Biden administration—an ad for the exact right person to fill an extremely important role.
AILA Doc. No. 21042932

Think Immigration: Helping Asylees Find Welcome

4/28/2021
In this blog post, AILA Law Journal authors Ben Levey and Rachel Zoghlin of HIAS share how they came to write about the reasons why asylees aren't accessing benefits they are eligible for, and some of the policy recommendations they have to effect change and help clients.
AILA Doc. No. 21042832

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: The Arab American Struggle for an Inclusive Immigration System

4/20/2021
AILA member and Executive Director of NIPNLG Sirine Shebaya writes about how we must ensure administrations “understand the complexity and diversity of our Arab American community and uphold our values of compassion and respect for everyone’s rights in both word and policy."
AILA Doc. No. 21042033

Think Immigration: Why Are AILA Members “Coming” to Virtual National Day of Action?

4/15/2021
Almost 700 AILA members are prepping for a busy day of online meetings with congressional offices for AILA’s Virtual National Day of Action. Here are some participants’ perspectives about how Congress can step up and effect change through legislation and holding agencies accountable.
AILA Doc. No. 21041535

Think Immigration: One to Two Percent of People Are Autistic - How That Affects Your Practice

4/14/2021
In this piece, part of the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, AILA member Beckie Moriello shares their insights from personal and professional experience about why autism acceptance matters. They write: “We’re used to keeping an open mind. Let’s keep opening it more and more.”
AILA Doc. No. 21041433

Think Immigration: Domestic Terrorism: Revisiting the War on Terror and Its Impact on BIPOC Communities

4/9/2021
In this piece, part of the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, AILA member Leila Sayed-Taha writes about why "one must take a nuanced position when understanding the relationship between the term 'domestic terrorism' and the enactment of oppressive policies against communities of color. . . ."
AILA Doc. No. 21040937

Think Immigration: Rejected Applications and Petitions Leave Lives in Limbo

4/2/2021
Jonathan Valdez, a member of AILA's Government Relations team, highlights how the recent rejections and delays at USCIS have left applicants in limbo and caused real hardship by creating obstacles in what should have been a seamless process. Valdez urges USCIS take action to get things right.
AILA Doc. No. 21040235

Think Immigration: Climbing the Virtual Hill

4/1/2021
AILA Policy Counsel Jen Whitlock explains how AILA members can use opportunities like the upcoming virtual National Day of Action to urge Congress toward curbing and eventually ending inhumane and wasteful immigration detention in favor of proven community-based systems.
AILA Doc. No. 21040134

Think Immigration: Immigration Attorneys on the Front Lines in Defending Democracy: Soul of America Film Screening and Discussion

3/29/2021
Olivia Lee, chair of AILA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, highlights an upcoming opportunity for AILA members to screen the HBO documentary, The Soul of America, and join a panel discussion on "Immigration Attorneys on the Frontlines in Defending Democracy" on April 7.
AILA Doc. No. 21032933

Think Immigration: What If I Told You Immigration Detention Was Unnecessary?

3/22/2021
Deputy Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Jennie Guilfoyle highlights a recent factsheet affirming the effectiveness and efficiency of alternatives to detention and why we need to phase out immigration detention.
AILA Doc. No. 21032236

Think Immigration: Employment Without Authorization — ‘Cause I Don’t Need It

3/19/2021
AILA members Mark Prada and Michelle Canero share their insights into when work authorization isn't actually required and the impact that litigation can have on your client's efforts to adjust their status.
AILA Doc. No. 21031940

Think Immigration: The Xenophobic Irrational Trump Entry Bans Should ALL Be Gone by Now, They Aren’t

3/18/2021
California-based AILA member Alexander Carl highlights how the Biden administration is making it incredibly difficult, if not impossible, for job creators to come to the U.S. by extending bans and making it incredibly difficult to get exceptions, contravening the intent of Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 21031832

Think Immigration: Engaging with Congress (Virtually) Is Vital to Pass Long Overdue Immigration Reform

3/11/2021
AILA Grassroots Advocacy Associate Melina Roche highlights some of AILA's advocacy priorities heading into our first ever all-virtual National Day of Action on April 22 and shows how you can take action as an AILA member or client.
AILA Doc. No. 21031141

Think Immigration: Women and Burnout

3/8/2021
In this piece from the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, Laura F. Kelley shares insights into gender disparities in the legal profession, and the need to come together on International Women's Day, and every day, to address the imbalances and the harm caused by them.
AILA Doc. No. 21030830

Think Immigration: Why We Need to Recognize Black History Every Month

3/4/2021
AILA member Yasmin Blackburn, who chairs the CT chapter's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, shares her life experiences and thoughts on why Black history should be recognized and celebrated year-round, instead of being relegated to one month a year.
AILA Doc. No. 21030402

Think Immigration: The Importance of HBCUs – An Immigration Lawyer’s Perspective

2/23/2021
As part of the Diversity and Inclusion blog post series, Christine Alden shares her personal experience as a student and graduate of an HBCU, along with a little history of her alma mater, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.
AILA Doc. No. 21022342

Think Immigration: Powering Prosperity Under a New Administration, in a Still Distanced World

2/22/2021
AILA member Ruth McChesney offers some useful tips about routine financial practices that help her keep a thumb on her firm’s financial pulse. She also previews the practice management track at the upcoming AILA Midwinter Virtual Conference.
AILA Doc. No. 21022238

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: The ABCs of the APA: A Layperson’s Guide

2/17/2021
Helena Tetzeli, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, shares insights into what the Administrative Procedure Act is and how it impacts implementation or revocation of immigration policy changes.
AILA Doc. No. 21021734

Think Immigration: Productivity and Motivation in a Distanced World

2/12/2021
AILA member Hardeep "Dee" Sull shares insights she has gleaned on productivity, motivation, and innovation during this pandemic and our new remote-work world. Learn more on this issue at AILA's Midwinter Virtual Conference coming up March 2, 2021.
AILA Doc. No. 21021242

Think Immigration: Immigrant Healthcare Workers Are Essential to the U.S. Comeback

2/11/2021
AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer highlights the many contributions of immigrant healthcare workers, made more visible to all of us during the pandemic, and urges support for legislation that offers more of these heroes access to lawful permanent status.
AILA Doc. No. 21021135

Think Immigration: A New Win-Win Model for Access to Counsel on Immigration

2/10/2021
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Tahmina Watson describes an innovative partnership in Washington state that is a win-win model for ensuring that immigrants have access to counsel.
AILA Doc. No. 21021030

Think Immigration: It Should Have Been a Better “Day” on Immigration

2/3/2021
AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless underscores how important it is for President Biden to rescind the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa bans, noting in particular how diversity visa lottery winners are being harmed.
AILA Doc. No. 21020334

Think Immigration: Longtime Military Assistance Program Volunteer Mo Goldman Shared Some Good News

1/28/2021
AILA member and longtime volunteer with the Military Assistance Program (MAP) Mo Goldman shared some good news about an Army reservist he was linked up with who just took the oath and became a citizen! Watch the video, and if you are inspired, get more information about volunteering yourself.
AILA Doc. No. 21012834

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: Prolonged and Indefinite Detention Is Inhumane and Must End

1/11/2021
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Manager Katy Murdza describes how ICE is indefinitely detaining people far past the time allowed by law, and why the Justice Campaign will be advocating for the abolition of immigration detention in 2021.
AILA Doc. No. 21011112

Think Immigration: Shocking, Despicable Injustice on Display

1/7/2021
AILA President Jennifer Minear reflects on the events of January 6, 2021, and the inequality and injustice on full display. She also offers some ideas on what we can and should be doing.
AILA Doc. No. 21010739

Think Immigration: Screaming Into the Void: Five Reasons to Always Comment on Proposed Regulations

1/6/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sarah Pitney shares insights into why they participate in public comment campaigns and why all AILA members should do the same; reasons to do so include benefit to clients, amplifying expertise, and hopefully ensuring better regulations result.
AILA Doc. No. 21010636

Think Immigration: Our Immigration Laws Were Last Updated Before the Internet Was a Thing

1/4/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Tammy Lin of San Diego reflects on the last major reforms made to U.S. immigration laws by Congress and why we "can and should push for updating our immigration system now with this new administration."
AILA Doc. No. 21010438

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: Trump Pardons Border Patrol Agents Bringing a Familiar Pain for Our Border Communities

12/28/2020
Andrew Nietor, chair of AILA's Southern Border Taskforce, shares insights into President Trump's recent pardon of former Border Patrol agents and the harmful impact of this and other actions by his administration on border communities.
AILA Doc. No. 20122806

Think Immigration: Hopes for 2021 and the New Administration

12/22/2020
Members of the AILA Media Advocacy Committee share their hopes for the incoming administration and on what the next year may bring. They reflect on the changes, both large and small, that can make our immigration system more fair and just.
AILA Doc. No. 20122204

Think Immigration: A “Wish List” on Immigration

12/18/2020
The Lady Immigration Lawyers of Minnesota celebrated the season with their own rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You” this year and shared some of their wishes in this blog post for Think Immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 20121890

Think Immigration: Digital Evidence in the Immigration Law Context

12/15/2020
AILA member Gabriela Pinto Vega and Andrew Wellisch share insights in two videos about their article on digital evidence in the fall 2020 edition of the AILA Law Journal. They discuss how members can use the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and similar laws in the immigration context.
AILA Doc. No. 20121538

Think Immigration: Why I Do Federal Court Immigration Litigation: A Short Elegy

12/11/2020
Highlighting the tremendous impact of Judge G. Ross Anderson, who recently passed away, AILA member Brad Banias reflects on why he began focusing on federal court litigation and the case that started him down that path.
AILA Doc. No. 20121134

Think Immigration: An Immigrant’s Reflection on the 2020 Election Results

12/9/2020
AILA member Paschal O. Nwokocha shares his insights as an immigrant and immigration attorney about the work to be done post-election and how we all can work together to ensure that "America is once more open to the world."
AILA Doc. No. 20120931

Think Immigration: The Burden of Proof for Revoking Spousal Petitions

12/7/2020
Nathan Chan shares some insights into his recent article in the AILA Law Journal on marriage bona fides and answers some questions from AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen.
AILA Doc. No. 20120713

Think Immigration: YOU Can Do Something about Trump’s Illegal H-1B Changes

11/24/2020
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, and expert on business immigration, Sandra Feist highlights the problems with the recent H-1B salary level rule and urges attorneys and members of the public to take action and submit a comment before the comment period closes Dec 2.
AILA Doc. No. 20112432

Think Immigration: How You Can Fight the Wrongful Deportation of Cameroonian Asylum Seekers

11/20/2020
In this blog post, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas highlights the harm faced by Cameroonian asylum seekers who are being wrongfully deported by ICE and urges the public to take action to draw attention to this injustice.
AILA Doc. No. 20112090

Think Immigration: Big-Picture, Clean-Slate Immigration Reforms for the Biden-Harris Administration

11/19/2020
AILA members Angelo A. Paparelli and Stephen Yale-Loehr offer some insights and ideas for the incoming Biden-Harris administration on actions that would make the immigration system more transparent, efficient, and welcoming.
AILA Doc. No. 20111930

Think Immigration: Thinking Creatively About Using the Hague Convention to Combat Family Separation

11/18/2020
In a short video, AILA Law Journal author Sarah Diaz discusses the process of writing for the journal, the topic she chose, and how AILA members and others can use the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction to help children separated from their parents.
AILA Doc. No. 20111836

Think Immigration: The Biden Administration Needs to Add Digital Modernization into Its Immigration Plans

11/17/2020
AILA Board of Governors Member Greg Siskind highlights how the Biden-Harris administration should implement digital modernization of immigration filings and urges the incoming administration to ensure that attorneys and stakeholders are part of the testing of any new process.
AILA Doc. No. 20111734

Think Immigration: Resilience Among LGBTQ+ Immigrants

11/13/2020
AILA Editorial Director Danielle Polen interviews AILA Law Journal author Sarah Houston about how she became an advocate for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and how transgender women and men in particular face a hidden epidemic of physical and psychological abuse.
AILA Doc. No. 20111333

Think Immigration: Election Day 2020 Is Here

11/3/2020
In this post, adapted from a message to the AILA Board of Governors on November 3, 2020, AILA President Jennifer Minear reflects on the election means, and noted, "Together, we will get through this day and all the days to come, and I firmly believe that we will emerge stronger than ever."
AILA Doc. No. 20110390

Think Immigration: So, You Have a Law Firm. Here’s What I’ve Learned Seven Months into the Pandemic

11/2/2020
AILA member and practice management expert Ruby Powers highlights seven key tips she has gleaned from running a practice during the pandemic and shares that hard-won wisdom in this blog post to help you make it through.
AILA Doc. No. 20110290

Think Immigration: Remote Pro Bono Work in the Midst of a Pandemic

10/22/2020
Jacqueline Shi, AILA member and member of the AILA National Pro Bono Committee, shares how attorneys continue to provide pro bono services to vulnerable immigrant communities during the pandemic by using technology and innovation.
AILA Doc. No. 20102330

Think Immigration: Voting Feels Different This Year but Is More Important Than Ever

10/13/2020
AILA Board of Governors member Ally Bolour shares his personal story of naturalization and why he feels the obligation to vote and encourage others to vote as well, including his 98-year-old father who will vote for the first time ever!
AILA Doc. No. 20101338

Think Immigration: Bending the Curve – Getting Out the New Citizen Vote

10/6/2020
AILA President Jennifer Minear shares how she is working to ensure her new citizen clients are ready to vote: "I'm not telling my clients how to vote, but I am making darn sure they remember the capacity they have to reshape their future, to decide who will have the power ... to effect change."
AILA Doc. No. 20100636

Think Immigration: Honoring Latinx Heritage and Its Champions

9/17/2020
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, AILA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member Magaly Rojas Cheng shares her family’s story along with key data about the contributions of the Latinx community to our shared prosperity.
AILA Doc. No. 20091705

Think Immigration: The Green Card Process Through the Lens of a DMV Visit

9/8/2020
AILA member Peter Choi shares an analogy that he has found makes explaining the green card process to clients easier by comparing it to a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles with various queues and required paperwork.
AILA Doc. No. 20090890

Think Immigration: Searching for Hope Among the Ruins of Our Asylum System

9/1/2020
Dree Collopy, chair of AILA's Virtual Asylum Conference, highlights some of the changes impacting asylum that have taken place recently and that the conference will cover, noting that while this is a tough fight, "We can lift each other up, help each other succeed, and save our clients' lives.”
AILA Doc. No. 20090138

Think Immigration: Sometimes You Just Have to Take ‘Em to Court

8/6/2020
AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney describes his first foray into litigation, and what tools and resources can help AILA members litigate and win cases, writing that litigation "can benefit your clients, it can benefit the immigration bar, and ultimately, it can benefit everyone.
AILA Doc. No. 20080634

Think Immigration: How To: Take Cases to Immigration Court

8/5/2020
AILA Immigration Courts Conference Chair Michael Vastine shares insights on how AILA members can prepare themselves for immigration court, offering insights into the need to be “uniformly prepared, comprehensively trained, and conditioned to assertively and persuasively defend.”
AILA Doc. No. 20080537

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