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Use AILA’s Tools of Engagement

AILA's Tools of Engagement has a lot of great information for AILA members who want to work with the media to make the case for new immigration laws and policy.

Opinion Pieces and Resources

Opinion Pieces
One of the best ways to educate and inform members of your community about aspects of immigration law they might not be aware of is through opinion pieces. They can be short Letters to the Editor about a specific article you've read recently, or longer "Op-Eds" that you submit to papers for consideration. Many outlets also have blogs where they can post pieces beyond those published in the paper itself.

As an AILA member, you have expertise in immigration law and you see firsthand how policies affect real people in your community. As the discussion of how to achieve meaningful immigration reform heats up in Washington, DC and around the nation, sharing your insights will be invaluable.

The AILA Communications team is happy to help by offering editing and reviewing advice, as well as assistance reaching out to local media. Below are some additional tools and examples that might be of use.

Selected Recent Opinion Pieces by AILA Members

Writing an Op-Ed:
Named for its position in a newspaper - opposite the editorial page- the Op-Ed is a great opportunity for you to offer expert opinion and insight on a current immigration issue.

Writing Letters to the Editor (LTE):
LTEs are an effective tool for raising public awareness on an issue.

  • Please Use: AILA Members’ LTE Template on Admin Relief and Family Detention (12/10/2014)
    AILA members are urged to personalize and submit this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning the President’s recent executive action on immigration to draw attention to the need to end family detention. Please contact AILA staff (newsroom@aila.org) with questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121000.
  • AILA Members’ LTE Template on Administration’s Delay and Family Detention (9/9/2014)
    AILA members are urged to personalize and submit this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning the President’s recent decision to delay executive action on immigration, family detention, UACs. Please contact AILA staff (newsroom@aila.org) with questions.
    AILA Doc. No. 14090942.
  • AILA Members’ LTE Template on Unaccompanied Children (7/3/2014)
    AILA members are urged to personalize and use this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning the surge of unaccompanied children seeking refuge from violence and turmoil.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070343.
  • AILA Members’ LTE Template on Artesia and Family Detention (8/19/2014)
    AILA members are urged to personalize and submit this template Letter to the Editor (LTE) in response to articles mentioning family detention, Artesia, or unaccompanied children. If you have any questions about how to submit an LTE, please contact AILA Communications staff (newsroom@aila.org).
    AILA Doc. No. 14081943.
  • Selected Recent Opinion Pieces by AILA Members (Updated 12/10/14) (12/10/2014)
    Selected opinion pieces by AILA members on immigration issues including border enforcement, business immigration, and the need for comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 13021144.
  • For AILA Members: Op-ed Template on Detainers and the Constitution (6/2/2014)
    AILA members are encouraged to submit this op-ed template to their local paper after updating it to reflect their locality’s position on honoring ICE detainers.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060240.
  • Sample Media Alert – Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth (6/19/2012)
    Use this English (also in Spanish) sample media alert as a template from which to work when notifying your community about the Administration’s offer of Deferred Action for eligible younger immigrants, as well as a renewable work authorization.
    AILA Doc. No. 12061944.
  • Sample Op-Ed on the DREAM Act(50 KB - 1/24/2012)
    Sample Op-Ed on the DREAM Act to reach out to your local media on the benefits of good immigration-related legislation.
    AILA Doc. No. 12012477.
  • For AILA Members: LTE Template on the Need for Reform (3/14/2014)
    AILA members can respond to immigration-related articles in their local paper using this Letter to the Editor (LTE) template that underscores the need for reform and highlights the detention bed quota as bad policy.
    AILA Doc. No. 14031442.
  • For AILA Members: Op-Ed Template - Detention Bed Quota: Bad Policy (2/3/2014)
    AILA believes that the 34,000 detention bed quota is bad policy. We encourage AILA members to take the template opinion piece here, personalize it, and submit it to their local news outlets.
    AILA Doc. No. 14020306.
  • For AILA Members: Letter to the Editor Template – Against the SAFE Act (7/25/2013)
    As the House determines what immigration legislation they may take up, we encourage AILA members to use this Letter to the Editor template and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to point out the troubling flaws in the SAFE Act.
    AILA Doc. No. 13072560.
  • For AILA Members: Letter to the Editor Template – House Action Needed on Immigration Reform (7/17/2013)
    AILA members can personalize and localize this Letter to the Editor template and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to encourage their Representative to support bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 13071747.
  • Opinion Piece Framework on SAFE Act (6/18/2013)
    AILA members are encouraged to personalize and localize this opinion piece framework and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to highlight the damage that enforcement-only legislation such as the SAFE Act could do.
    AILA Doc. No. 13061840.
  • For AILA Members: Letter to the Editor Template - Support S.744 (5/22/2013)
    AILA members can personalize and localize this Letter to the Editor template and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to encourage their Senators to support bipartisan immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 13052243.
  • Letter to the Editor State-Focused Template for Senate CIR Bill S.744 (4/30/2013)
    AILA members can personalize and localize this Letter to the Editor template and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to highlight the ways immigration affects their state and encourage their Senators to support bipartisan immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 13043044.
  • Opinion Piece Framework on Family Immigration (4/5/2013)
    AILA members are encouraged to personalize and localize this opinion piece framework and submit it to their local media outlets as a way to highlight the importance of family immigration within the broader discussion of comprehensive immigration reform.
    AILA Doc. No. 13040546.
 
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