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AILA Leadership Blog: MAVNI: A Successful Program Currently SNAFUed

5/19/2017
Bob Lenard, Vice Chair of the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee describes how the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program has stalled and urges AILA members to volunteer to help military service members and their families in immigration proceedings.
AILA Doc. No. 17051904

AILA Leadership Blog: Five Questions and Answers about the EB-5 Program

5/18/2017
In this blog post, AILA First Vice President Anastasia Tonello answers five questions about the EB-5 visa program, explaining how the program works and what it is designed to do.
AILA Doc. No. 17051831

AILA Leadership Blog: Despite the Odds

5/17/2017
In early 2016, the Obama administration swept up Central American families in a series of raids, trying to deport them without due process. In this blog post, AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee member Amalia Wille shares how she helped one family gain asylum despite the odds stacked against them.
AILA Doc. No. 17051701

AILA Leadership Blog: The Courage of Mothers in Family Detention

5/12/2017
In honor of Mother’s Day, several volunteers who helped mothers in family detention describe the mother whose story stayed with them most powerfully. We encourage volunteers to share their own stories on the CARA Facebook page; more details are available at the end of the blog post.
AILA Doc. No. 17051239

AILA Leadership Blog: Standing Up for One Family and Making a Difference

5/10/2017
AILA Asylum and Refugee committee member Lindsay Harris co-authored this blog post with law student Elisa Hawkins, sharing how together they helped prepare a mother and her little boy for a credible fear interview and urge readers to find ways to help as well.
AILA Doc. No. 17051031

AILA Leadership Blog: It’s Time to Tackle the 3/10 Year Bar!

5/1/2017
Tahmina Watson, co-chair, AILA WA Chapter Response Committee, notes that while comprehensive immigration reform would be ideal, ending the 3- and 10-year bar would give immigrants “a chance to return, to rebuild their lives, to care for their children, and contribute to our communities and country.”
AILA Doc. No. 17050100

AILA Leadership Blog: Say It with Me: It Is Not Illegal to Seek Asylum

4/21/2017
Annaluisa Padilla, AILA President-Elect, takes the opportunity to explain the asylum process in an effort to clear up the apparent confusion, common among the press and public, that asylum seekers are somehow “illegal.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042160

AILA Leadership Blog: Our Immigration Laws Are Bad for Small Businesses

4/20/2017
Susan Bond, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the current H-1B visa program and says it “needs to be updated to keep up with the needs of U.S.-based companies, for the benefit of our economy and to ensure the U.S. remains competitive.”
AILA Doc. No. 17042034

AILA Leadership Blog: ICE Enforcement in Courthouses is a Dangerous Mistake

4/14/2017
What impact will ramped up ICE enforcement efforts at courthouses have? In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Evangeline Chan covers why such actions are a dangerous mistake and weaken the safety of us all.
AILA Doc. No. 17041404

AILA Leadership Blog: Our Battles Are Only Beginning

4/11/2017
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh responds to an effort by a restrictionist group “to keep undocumented children out of public schools and to charge undocumented parents of United States citizen children ‘non-resident’ tuition.”
AILA Doc. No. 17041231

AILA Leadership Blog: Kids These Days

4/11/2017
Anastasia Tonello, AILA First Vice President, highlights the newly-reintroduced Fair Day in Court for Kids Act and the importance of ensuring counsel for the most vulnerable: children, those with disabilities, and victims of abuse, torture or violence.
AILA Doc. No. 17041100

AILA Leadership Blog: Block the Money, Block the Wall

3/24/2017
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Matt Maiona explains how AILA members and the public can get involved and tell every “congressional office…why giving money to fund policies like border walls and deportation forces are bad for our country.”
AILA Doc. No. 17032406

AILA Leadership Blog: Staining America’s Image

3/16/2017
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Mo Goldman writes about the impact that anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies are having, making immigrants and refugees feel unwelcome in America.
AILA Doc. No. 17031637

AILA Leadership Blog: Why You Need To Be in D.C. Next Month

3/15/2017
Rob Cohen, chair of AILA’s 2017 Spring Conference, highlights the importance of AILA members being in D.C. for National Day of Action and the Spring Conference, to both hear from agency leaders about new and updated policies and to share their expertise and insight with congressional offices.
AILA Doc. No. 17031534

AILA Leadership Blog: Reactions to the President’s Joint Address to Congress

3/1/2017
Several members of AILA’s Executive Committee share their reactions to President Trump’s rhetoric on immigrants and America’s immigration laws during the president’s Joint Address to Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 17030130

AILA Leadership Blog: Is ICE Making Us Safer or Less Secure?

2/16/2017
Mo Goldman, Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the results of ICE’s recent enforcement actions and urges readers to reach out to “legislators and tell them that the Executive Order isn’t doing what it is intended to do.”
AILA Doc. No. 17021636

AILA Leadership Blog: Standing Firm Against Discrimination

2/1/2017
In this blog post, Matt Maiona, a member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, reflects on the first days after the Muslim and refugee bans went into effect and the outpouring of information and support from AILA, its members, other advocates, and the public in the face of the discriminatory order.
AILA Doc. No. 17020103

AILA Leadership Blog: Running a Marathon Every Day

1/19/2017
AILA member and recent Dilley volunteer Samantha Lloyd offers insights into the vital work she and other volunteers do, in partnership with on-the-ground staff at Dilley, to ensure that mothers and children have access to counsel as they seek asylum and refuge in the United States.

AILA Leadership Blog: Change in Policy for Cuban Immigrants

1/18/2017
Tammy Lin, a member of the AILA Media Advocacy Committee, shares a quick rundown of the change to Cuban immigration policy announced last week by the Obama administration and what she has been telling anxious clients worried about their cases.
AILA Doc. No. 17011806

AILA Leadership Blog: Why All the Worry Over Senator Sessions as Attorney General?

1/13/2017
AILA member Elliott Ozment offers insights into what the Attorney General’s powers are related to immigration and urges AILA members and their networks to take action and share their concerns with senators as the confirmation process is underway.
AILA Doc. No. 17011310