AILA’s Tools of Engagement

Tools of Engagement
AILA’s Tools of Engagement is a new workbook for AILA members who want to work with Congress, the media, and community groups to advance pro-immigration laws and policies.
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  • AIM: The Pro Bono Challenge (7/18/2014)
    In July's Interview of the Month, we're joined by AILA member and 2014 Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award honoree Diane Chappell-Daly to discuss her experience in developing pro bono clinics in her community.
  • AILA Quicktake #90: Legislative Update on Unaccompanied Minors (7/17/2014)
    AILA's Advocacy Director Greg Chen updates on the progress of the President's supplemental in Congress and discusses the proposed bill by Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar that would make it easier to deport unaccompanied migrant children to their home countries.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071746.
  • Video: 4th Annual Pro Bono Clinic (7/15/2014)
    On Saturday, June 21, AILA members volunteered at the 4th Annual Pro Bono Clinic at the Boston Public Library as part of AILA's 2014 Annual Conference in Boston.
    AILA Doc. No. 14071545.
  • AILA Quicktake #89: Senate Hearing on the President's Emergency Supplemental Request (7/11/2014)
    AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen provides an analysis on yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing titled, "Review of the President's Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters."
    AILA Doc. No. 14071142.
  • AILA Quicktake #88: New York Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act (7/3/2014)
    Camille Mackler, co-chair of Media and Advocacy Committee for the New York Chapter of AILA and Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the New York Immigrant Coalition shares information about the passage of the New York Immigrant Assistance Service Enforcement Act (IASEA) in New York.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070350.
  • Video: Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security at AILA's Annual Conference (7/2/2014)
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivers the keynote address and participates in a Q&A session at AILA's 2014 Annual Conference in Boston.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070254.
  • AILA Quicktake #87: President Obama's Announcement on UACs (7/2/2014)
    President Obama announced plans to ask Congress for resources to address the humanitarian crisis involving unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America and his plans for administrative action on deportation policies. AILA President Leslie Holman discusses the announcement via Skype.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070244.
  • AILA Quicktake #86: MIJA's Successful Challenge Against Voter-Approved Law (6/27/2014)
    Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance brought suit against a voter-approved law that required state agencies to determine an applicant's citizenship or immigration status before granting a wide variety of state services. Shahid Haque-Hausrath, lead attorney on the case, discusses the outcome.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062743.
  • AILA Quicktake #85: House Hearings on Unaccompanied Minors (6/26/2014)
    AILA's Second Vice President Annaluisa Padilla joins us via Skype to report on the two recent House Committee hearings regarding unaccompanied children at the border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062642.
  • Video: A Special AILA Q&A with Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas (6/25/2014)
    Jose Antonio Vargas discusses his film DOCUMENTED, presented by CNN Films, in a special Q&A at AILA's Annual Conference in Boston.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062550.
  • AILA Quicktake #84: Announcement on Increased Family Detention Facilities (6/22/2014)
    AILA's Second Vice President Annaluisa Padilla sits down to discuss the Obama administration's announcement to open additional detention facilities to address the humanitarian crisis at the border.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062240.
  • Video: Leslie Holman Installation Speech (6/21/2014)
    President Leslie Holman delivers her installation speech at AILA's Annual Conference in Boston.
    AILA Doc. No. 14062150.
  • AILA Quicktake #83: In-State Tuition for DACA Recipients (6/16/2014)
    AILA member Charles Kuck joins us to explain the results of his recent lawsuit, in which a Georgia judge dismissed his case that sought for in-state college tuition for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipients.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061605.
  • AILA Quicktake #82: Supreme Court Ruling on Aging Out of the Visa Process (6/12/2014)
    The Supreme Court ruled this week that immigrant children who "age-out" while waiting with their parents to obtain visas will lose their original place in line. AILA President Doug Stump discusses the consequences of the Supreme Court's decision.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061247.
  • AILA Quicktake #81: Impact of Rep. Cantor's Primary Loss on Immigration Reform (6/11/2014)
    AILA's Director of Advocacy Greg Chen discusses the future of immigration reform in the House after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary election.
    AILA Doc. No. 14061142.
  • AILA Quicktake #80: New "justice AmeriCorps" Program (6/9/2014)
    AILA’s Advocacy Director Greg Chen discusses the "justice AmeriCorps" program, a Department of Justice and Corporation for National Community Service partnership that creates 100 AmeriCorps slots to provide legal assistance to unaccompanied children in the immigration court system.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060951.
  • Video: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know on DACA Renewals (6/9/2014)
    AILA Immediate Past President Laura Lichter shares insights on the newly released Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060950.
  • Video: Join Us in Boston for the 2014 AILA Annual Conference! (6/6/2014)
    Director of Education at AILA, Grace Woods, shares some exciting information about this year's Annual Conference. Plus, learn more about the AC app! To find out more information or register for the conference, visit
    AILA Doc. No. 14060647.
  • AIM: Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook (6/5/2014)
    In June's Interview of the Month, AILA member and author Ira Kurzban joins us to discuss his experience writing Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook and what he's most looking forward to at AILA's Annual Conference.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060560.
  • AILA Quicktake #79: Unaccompanied Migrant Children (6/4/2014)
    AILA President Doug Stump discusses the latest regarding unaccompanied alien children (UACs) and the government's response to the humanitarian crisis.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060448.
  • Video: Join Jose Vargas for a Special Screening of DOCUMENTED (6/2/2014)
    Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will field questions and screen his film DOCUMENTED on Friday, June 20, 2014, at AILA's Annual Conference. In this video, watch Jose discuss his documentary then join us in Boston for the live Q&A and screening!
    AILA Doc. No. 14060249.
  • AILA Quicktake #78: Immigration Policy Week in Review, May 26-30 (5/30/2014)
    AILA Advocacy Director Greg Chen sits down to discuss the latest updates in immigration policy, including President Obama's announcement to delay the deportation review and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, and shares what to expect next.
    AILA Doc. No. 14053048.
  • AILA Quicktake #77: Notario Fraud Crackdown (5/30/2014)
    AILA Second Vice President Bill Stock joins us to discuss the recent crackdown on notario fraud in Chicago and the importance of combating immigration fraud nationally. For updates and helpful resources on notario fraud, visit
    AILA Doc. No. 14053041.
  • Video: Join Us for AILA's 2014 Pro Bono Clinic (5/28/2014)
    Clinic coordinators Hema Sarang-Sieminski and Emily Leung share all the details on this year's 4th Annual Pro Bono Clinic, which will be held in Boston on Saturday, June 21st. Interested in volunteering? Head to to sign up!
    AILA Doc. No. 14052841.
  • AILA Quicktake #76: Response to CIS Report (5/22/2014)
    Last week, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a report claiming U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is setting free tens of thousands of dangerous criminals. Ben Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council (AIC) explains where the CIS report is in error.
    AILA Doc. No. 14052209.
  • Video: In-Depth Report on AILA's Prolonged Detention Briefs (5/21/2014)
    AILA member Stephen Manning gives an in-depth analysis of prolonged detention in the immigration system. Recently, AILA filed two briefs encouraging Attorney General Eric Holder to adopt a comprehensive, rational immigration detention policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 14052109.
  • AILA Quicktake #75: Federal Immigration Detention Reform (5/21/2014)
    Immigration attorney and member of AILA's Amicus Committee Stephen Manning discusses the importance of immigration detention reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 14052108.
  • Quicktake #74: Military-Focused Immigration Amendments (5/19/2014)
    Greg Chen, Director of Advocacy for AILA, shares a legislative update and discusses the next steps for comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 14051947.
  • AILA Quicktake #73: AILA's Revised Voting Procedures (5/14/2014)
    AILA President Doug Stump discusses AILA's revised voting procedures for the 2014 elections. For more information, go to
    AILA Doc. No. 14051451.
  • AILA Quicktake #72: New MD Law Addressing SIJS Eligibility (5/7/2014)
    Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill that extends jurisdiction for guardianship and custody proceedings to SIJS-eligible individuals over 18 but not yet 21. AILA member Michelle Mendez discusses the importance of this bill as it pertains to for those in the immigration system.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050748.
  • AIM: The DACA Dilemma (5/7/2014)
    For May's Interview of the Month, immigration attorney and AILA member David Asser and DACA recipient Julio Sepulveda join us to discuss the DACA process and life as a DACA recipient. For more information, visit or download the free Pocket DACA app.
    AILA Doc. No. 15050743.
  • Video: AILA's Citizenship Day 2014 (5/1/2014)
    On Saturday, April 26, 2014, AILA sponsored the 8th annual Citizenship Day. This event brings together AILA attorneys and other stakeholders to provide assistance to lawful permanent residents eligible for naturalization.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050142.
  • AILA Quicktake #71: Temporary Protected Status (4/24/2014)
    AILA member and immigration attorney Jim Austin shares advice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
    AILA Doc. No. 14042454.
  • AILA Quicktake #70: DACA Renewals (4/18/2014)
    As many of the first young immigrants who applied for DACA are looking at renewal, AILA Immediate Past President Laura Lichter shares important information about the upcoming process.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041850.
  • Video: AILA's National Day of Action 2014 (4/14/2014)
    Thursday, April 10th, hundreds of AILA members from around the country descended on Washington D.C. for our 2014 National Day of Action. Hear what members have to say as they took on the House to fight for comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041446.
  • AILA Quicktake #69: H-1B Visa Cap (4/11/2014)
    AILA Director of Liaison Betsy Lawrence discusses the H-1B visa cap. Yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that on the first day it can count petitions, USCIS has received more than enough to reach the 85,000 maximum H-1B visas that are available in fiscal year 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041146.
  • Video: Introducing the New and Improved AILALink! (4/11/2014)
    This week, AILA released a revamped version of its online research database. AILA's Executive Director, Crystal Williams, shares the new features.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041145.
  • AIM: Mental Health and Detention (4/11/2014)
    For April's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), immigration attorney and AILA member Rebecca Rojas joins us on Skype from Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss mental health and detention.
    AILA Doc. No. 14041144.
  • Video: Join Us for AILA's National Day of Action (4/3/2014)
    Hear why AILA members from around the country are coming to Washington D.C. for our 2014 National Day of Action. Join us as we call on the House of Representatives to have a vote on immigration reform and work to create a commonsense immigration policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 14040346.
  • AILA Quicktake #68: Answering Questions on Asylum for Venezuelan Nationals (3/11/2014)
    Dree Collopy, AILA member, asylum expert, and author of the upcoming 7th edition of AILA’s Asylum Primer, answers some questions regarding Venezuelan nationals and asylum proceedings.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031140.
  • AILA Quicktake #67: Report on 2/26/14 House Hearings (2/27/2014)
    AILA Director of Advocacy Greg Chen reports back on the immigration issues that came up in two House hearings held February 26, 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14022743.
  • AILA QuickTake #66: House Republican Standards for Immigration Reform (2/3/2014)
    Last week House Republicans released their "Standards for Immigration Reform." We're joined by Greg Chen, AILA Director of Advocacy, who discusses what they are and what next steps might look like.
  • AILA Quicktake #65: Immigration and the State of the Union (1/29/2014)
    AILA Second Vice President Bill Stock discusses what the President said in his State of the Union 2014 address and also previews what might be in the set of principles that will reportedly be discussed by House Republicans later this week.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012908.
  • Take the AILA Pro Bono Pledge! (1/6/2014)
    Listen to AILA members explain why they do pro bono work and learn how to take the pro bono pledge yourself. Resolve to make a difference in your community this year!
    AILA Doc. No. 14010648.
  • AIM: The Family Separation Penalty (1/6/2014)
    For January's AILA Interview of the Month (AIM), immigration attorney and AILA member Brent Renison joins us on Skype from Portland, Oregon, to discuss his New Year's resolution.
    AILA Doc. No. 14010647.
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