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

Blog: Think Immigration

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: USCIS to Congress: “Give Us $1.2 Billion,” But Does the Data Pass the Sniff Test?

8/4/2020
In this blog post, members of AILA New England highlight the many questions about how USCIS has engendered a deficit requiring a congressional bailout and raise concerns about the need for data transparency and accountability.
AILA Doc. No. 20080435

Think Immigration: The Year Ahead

7/29/2020
This blog post is an adaptation of AILA President Jennifer Minear’s installation speech in which she calls on all of us to "push ahead, sure in our cause, guided by the strength of our convictions, and buoyed by the support of this AILA community."
AILA Doc. No. 20072931

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: Reflections on a Year to Remember

7/22/2020
This blog post is the published transcript of the year-end speech given by Immediate Past President Marketa Lindt during AILA’s Virtual Annual Conference on July 20, 2020.
AILA Doc. No. 20072240

Think Immigration: An Even Rougher Version of the RAISE Act?

7/21/2020
AILA Member John Manley compares the provisions in the RAISE Act (which Congress failed to pass) and the executive actions being taken by the Trump administration during the COVID-19 pandemic and notices some similarities.
AILA Doc. No. 20072137

Think Immigration: Fighting for Freedom from Detention During COVID-19

7/13/2020
National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd of the Immigration Justice Campaign shares recent work with pro bono partner Gibson Dunn that aims to free immigrants from the appalling conditions at Joe Corley detention facility through habeas petitions.
AILA Doc. No. 20071331

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: During the Pandemic, We Need H-2A Temporary Workers More Than Ever

7/6/2020
In this blog post, AILA law student member Maria Jaramillo highlights the indispensable workers who come to the U.S. on H-2A visas and ensure the U.S. food supply maintains continuity, and how employers need to step up and protect them during the pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20070693

Think Immigration: USCIS Hypocrisy Reaches New Levels

6/30/2020
Asylum experts Dree Collopy and Lindsay Harris highlight the ways in which asylum adjudication inefficiencies have contributed to USCIS's $1.2 billion budget shortfall and urge Congress to hold USCIS accountable, linking to AILA's Take Action on the issue that members of the public can easily use.
AILA Doc. No. 20063004

Think Immigration: Reuniting Mirna’s Family Despite the Immigration Ban

6/26/2020
In this blog post, Michael Eatroff shares Mirna's story; she was one of the plaintiffs in the litigation filed by AILA, Justice Action Center, Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono counsel Mayer Brown to protect children from aging out under the April 22 Proclamation.
AILA Doc. No. 20062607

Think Immigration: Stooping to a New Low – USCIS Statement Throws Constitution Out the Window

6/25/2020
AILA Member Matt Maiona highlights USCIS’s outrageous statement in response to the SCOTUS DACA ruling, showcasing the dire need for agency reform. Maiona writes: "Perhaps now more than ever, government institutions must strive to restore the faith of Americans in the integrity of government."
AILA Doc. No. 20062501

Think Immigration: Tools of the (Immigration Law) Trade

6/23/2020
In this blog post, AILA's past president Kathleen Campbell Walker reflects on her path into immigration law, the complicated nature of the field, and some of the reasons she reads and re-reads the INA/CFR.
AILA Doc. No. 20062306

Think Immigration: How Do We Respond to the George Floyd Tragedy?

6/19/2020
AILA member Paschal O. Nwokocha calls on all immigration attorneys to take concrete steps to address racism and injustice, writing, "We cannot be patient anymore; we cannot wait for racial inequality and injustice to recede. We must be involved actors in the future we seek."
AILA Doc. No. 20061902

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: Recognizing the Commonality of Our Struggles

6/12/2020
AILA Website Editorial Manager Kritika Agarwal shares insights about the civil rights movement's impact on immigrants and how we must "recognize the commonality of our struggles with the struggles of Black Americans and take concrete steps to support their fight against racism and injustice."
AILA Doc. No. 20061200

Think Immigration: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $1 Billion Dollars Without Changes at USCIS

6/9/2020
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini shares insights about USCIS's request to Congress for $1.2 billion, and urges Congress to "ensure that the agency is transparent about its spending, accountable for its inefficiencies, and on track towards fiscal responsibility."
AILA Doc. No. 20060934

Think Immigration: Where We Are and Where We Need to Be: LaJuan’s Story

6/8/2020
In this blog post, AILA Customer Services Manager LaJuan Campbell shares her experiences with racism and injustice and the difficult conversations they’ve forced her to have with her son Dominick about America's societal prejudices and how he could stay as safe as possible.
AILA Doc. No. 20060835

Think Immigration: #BlackLivesMatter – Perspectives from the AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

6/5/2020
The AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee is deeply saddened by the recent unjust and tragic police killings of Black Americans and stands in solidarity for the demands for justice and accountability. This blog post includes perspectives from four members and calls for change.
AILA Doc. No. 20060533

Think Immigration: Are We Still Here?

6/4/2020
As part of AILA’s internal reflection during this time, staff were invited to share perspectives and experiences relating to America’s divisive and unjust past, the current situation, and our commitment to a better future. In this blog post, we welcome these insights from Joy Hardy.
AILA Doc. No. 20060439

Think Immigration: Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 in the International Tax Sphere

6/1/2020
AILA member Patrick McCormick reviews some of the alterations to IRS policies during the COVID-19 pandemic and asks how they could impact multinationals in particular. McCormick notes: “These questions are raised even though we all realize that guidance related to COVID-19 is evolving. . . ."
AILA Doc. No. 20060130

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 13

5/22/2020
AILA Member Kevin Gregg shares his experience during COVID-19 thus far, including on how, with the time freed up from less travel and commuting, he has started a podcast on precedential immigration decisions.
AILA Doc. No. 20052235

Think Immigration: Who Creates American Jobs?

5/19/2020
In response to rumored plans by the administration to tighten nonimmigrant visas, AILA member Doug Penn shares the impact one of his clients has had by creating American jobs while in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa and why the administration should not block these job creators from the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 20051931

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 12

5/15/2020
AILA Member Alex George highlights how the pandemic has impacted her life and practice as a new attorney, writing, “My ‘wins’ used to look like approval notices and green cards . . . [now] success looks like making that person feel seen and heard, even when you have to tell them no.
AILA Doc. No. 20051500

Think Immigration: Litigation Works for Clients

5/14/2020
Chuck Kuck, AILA’s past president, highlights the H-1B class action litigation and renews the call for plaintiffs, noting: "The only way to stop USCIS from continuing to rewrite immigration law through RFE and denial is to challenge them boldly, fiercely, and publicly in the federal courts."
AILA Doc. No. 20051432

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 11

5/12/2020
AILA Member Jennifer Schear offers a glimpse into her work and office situation in Tel Aviv, Israel, and shares how during this time she has gleaned some “valuable insights into law firm management, productivity, efficiency, what and who is truly essential.”
AILA Doc. No. 20051231

Think Immigration: When the World Is on Fire, Exceptions Should Be the Rule

5/7/2020
AILA member Amy Myers shares why USCIS should proactively address nonimmigrants’ (such as students on OPT) concerns about falling out of status, writing: "When we are already in a recognized crisis situation, why should discretionary post-situational relief be the only available remedy?”
AILA Doc. No. 20050735

Think Immigration: Bipartisan Effort Would Help Foreign Doctors, Nurses, and All of Us

5/5/2020
AILA's Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini highlights the bill Congress can and should consider quickly to address the physician and nurse shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the integral role AILA and its members played in urging Congress to take this important issue up.
AILA Doc. No. 20050501

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 10

5/1/2020
AILA Member Sabrina Damast shares lessons learned over the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of practice management, writing "I’ve learned that as prepared as I thought I was for business emergencies, there are still contingencies that I did not think to address."
AILA Doc. No. 20050136

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 9

4/28/2020
AILA BOG member Rekha Sharma-Crawford writes about a silver lining to the lockdown, which "has allowed us to be able to think of ways to use technology to enhance our practices and . . . may have also opened the door . . . to finally contemplate work life balance in a way we have never before."
AILA Doc. No. 20042834

Think Immigration: Latest AILA Law Journal is Live – Take a Look!

4/27/2020
In this blog post, Danielle Polen, AILA’s Director of Publications & Online Resources shares some highlights from the latest edition of the AILA Law Journal, hot off the presses this week with articles by leading experts on a wide array of issues affecting immigration law.
AILA Doc. No. 20042731

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era - Post 8

4/24/2020
AILA Member Hudaidah Bhimdi writes about the whirlwind of home and work responsibilities facing her as an immigration attorney and single mom during the COVID-19 quarantine, and how hope has reentered her life as she finds new perspective on day to day necessities.
AILA Doc. No. 20042434

Think Immigration: The “CARES Act” Is Misnamed for Immigrant Taxpayers and Their Families

4/22/2020
AILA member Jennifer Walker Gates highlights how the CARES Act harms American mixed-status families by denying stimulus funds and the efforts underway to address that negative impact.
AILA Doc. No. 20042235

Think Immigration: “Specialty Occupation” Litigation – A Rundown of the New Lawsuit

4/20/2020
AILA member Jeff Joseph gives a rundown of the recently filed lawsuit challenging USCIS’s pattern and practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petitions for market research analyst positions filed by businesses in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 20042035

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era – Post 7

4/16/2020
Ally Bolour, a member of AILA's Board of Governors, shares his recent difficult client interaction and highlights the need for self-care in an extremely stressful time, writing: "We will survive this together and come out stronger at the other end."
AILA Doc. No. 20041604

Think Immigration: Practicing Immigration Law in the COVID-19 Era – Post 6

4/14/2020
AILA member John Manley offers some practical advice as he shifts from office-based work to home-based work for the foreseeable future and comes to term with the many adaptations he will need to make.
AILA Doc. No. 20041431

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