This blog post is adapted from the president's installation speech given by Anastasia Tonello, June 14, 2018, in San Francisco in which she shares her message to AILA members and goals for her presidential year.
AILA member Jillian Blake shares what the decision in Matter of A- B- will mean for victims of domestic and gang violence and their claims to asylum, writing, "there may be no repair for the damage [Sessions’] decisions will have on countless persecuted women."
As she shares details about the complaint filed demanding the government address the inhumane conditions and inadequate medical assistance at the Aurora facility, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd urges readers to take action and help vulnerable detainees.
On the blog, past AILA National President Kathleen Campbell Walker digs into some details about how TN visas authorized in NAFTA actually work, the process for both Canadian and Mexican visa holders, and the benefits of those talent flows to American companies and the economy.
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson writes about unaccompanied children and family separation, urging readers to fight against the administration’s “callous, systematic disregard for those seeking asylum at our southern border” and “disdain for the principles of due process...”
AILA member Matthew Weisner describes the impact that ending Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans will have on those with TPS as well as the families, businesses, and communities that rely on them; he urges Congress to pass legislation to give long-term TPS holders a path to permanent residency.
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen highlights the efforts on Capitol Hill to force a vote in the House of Representatives on a bill to protect Dreamers, urging readers to take action and reach out to Congress on this important issue.
Karen Lucas, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, reflects on the challenges faced by mothers in detention and how the actions of volunteers can lift their spirits from despair to hope with something as simple as a card like those written by Columbia University students recently.
AILA Board of Governors member Stephen Manning shares a preview of a case he is arguing before the Board of Immigration Appeals today, writing that “The BIA can and must get this right. My client’s fate, and the fate of his family, hinges on the decision.”
In this blog post, Jack Pinnix reflects on his experiences at the AILA Annual Conference (AC) including his very first AC in 1981, which immigration law pioneer Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen convinced him to attend.
Jennie Guilfoyle describes the experience of traveling to Stewart Detention Center and the harsh conditions there, as well as the inspiration she gathered from the volunteers and staff of the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, the Immigration Justice Campaign project partner on the ground.
In this blog post, AILA Inspires Series Speaker Tom Steyer answers a few questions from AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson in advance of his presentation at the AILA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 14, 2018.
In this blog post, AILA member Amy Novak from Colorado highlights the extreme and urgent need for additional H-2B visas and urges permanent cap relief, writing, “Uncertainty about visa numbers running year to year does not help employers make productive, proactive business decisions.”
AILA member Betsy Fisher and Amira Mikhail share information about the mass denials of refugee applications for people fleeing Iran due to religious persecution and the lawsuit filed to ensure the government offers, at the very least, more information about the reasons for denial as required by law.
In this blog post, AILA member Andrew Nietor highlights the Sessions v. Dimaya decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, writing that the decision "offers a welcome return to the rule of law and its consistent application nationwide."
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish reflects on AILA's National Day of Action and shares how AILA members and the public can continue making their voices heard on important immigration law and policy issues that matter to them.
AILA member Christopher Kerosky shares an update on the MyAmericanDreams Film Project and asks for help reaching out to stations who can show the documentary which informs viewers about the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its impact on people's lives.
In this blog post, AILA member Sweta Khandelwal addresses and dispels four myths about the H-1B visa program, writing "We need a better system, one that responds to actual supply and demand and acknowledges the fierce global competition for talent."
As the Trump administration claims an urgent need to deploy the National Guard to the southern border, AILA Southern California Chapter Media Liaison John Manley digs into the statistics used as a basis of those claims and raises some important questions.
Tracie L. Klinke, chair of the GA/AL AILA Chapter lifts up the concerted and coordinated community effort that led to blocking SB. 452 in Georgia, writing that immigration lawyers must "stand together and stand up for smart, fair, and just immigration law and policy."
Ally Bolour, AILA’s 2018 Annual Conference Committee Chair, reflects on his first AILA AC and what it means to him to come full circle 18 years later to chair this year’s conference in CA; he also previews the conference and some of the unique features of this year’s AC.
Dagmar Butte, member of AILA's Board of Governors, shares insights into the family immigration system from her personal experience reuniting with family as a child and highlighting why family reunification benefits us all as an integral part of America's past, present, and future.
AILA member Sima Alizadeh shares her experience with the lack of clarity around the waiver process for “Travel Ban 3.0,” writing that “the majority of individuals who may be eligible for a waiver have been denied one, and in fact, have not been able to properly submit a waiver request” at all.
In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish shares information about AILA's new report documenting the Trump administration's "Invisible Wall" of policies against legal immigration and how AILA members and the public can work together to tear the wall down.
AILA member Ruben Reyes shares how the AILA community came together to try and determine if specific inquiries from USCIS were local or national in scope, writing, “National trends are often revealed when local experts start talking and comparing notes. These days, doing so is even more important.”
Kate Voigt, chief editor of AILA’s new report Cogs in the Deportation Machine, highlights how “the administration has gone to great lengths to deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, with little regard for the financial cost or the impact upon American communities.”
In this blog post, Sheila Starkey Hahn, Chair of AILA's National Pro Bono Committee, highlights how helping with DACA renewal clinics and advocating for the Dream Act can change lives, writing, "Let's show everyone again that #AILAStandsWithDreamers."
AILA member Larry Sandigo shares his experience volunteering in Greece with Syrian refugees and some of the stories of the terror and violence that forced them to flee their homeland for the possibility of security in a new country.
AILA President Annaluisa Padilla shares how the Immigration Justice Campaign is marshalling new resources to increase the representation of detained immigrants, including the recently launched interactive website with information about successes, trainings, and pro bono opportunities.
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Doug Penn shares insights from his immigration practice, explaining why, despite what probably seems reasonable, there is no such thing as a “good guy visa” in the context of immigration law.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist compares the stated mission of USCIS with what immigrants are experiencing, warning that "Huge damage has been done. Individuals who have faced...the unpredictability of our current system will urge the next generation of immigrants to stay away."
In this blog post, Mo Goldman, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the current debate in the Senate on immigration and urges AILA members and the public to get involved and engage on this issue by making their voices heard as the debate ramps up.
In this blog post, AILA member Alexander Carl highlights a clearly outrageous "example of how our immigration laws have not kept up with the times" when it comes to how LGBT parents are treated differently when it comes to determining the citizenship of their children.
Sandra Feist, member of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, highlights the challenges facing H-4 spouses as the administration threatens to take away their work permits and urges Congress to "provide a path for H-4 spouses to fully participate in and contribute to their communities."
AILA National Treasurer Allen Orr describes the current efforts to protect Dreamers and urges the administration to get behind legislation with bipartisan support that makes sense both fiscally and morally, rather than forcing a stalemate that could result in the deportation of Dreamers.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matt Maiona takes a look at the already marked demand for H-2B visas and the potential impact on American employers and local economies when these key seasonal positions go unfilled.
In this blog post, AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence breaks down the provisions of the Immigration Innovation or I-Squared Act introduced by Senators Hatch and Flake and describes what the bill's provisions would do to boost U.S. businesses and the American economy.
In this blog post, AILA member Kara Lynum shares how the public is supporting DACA recipients by covering the filing fee for renewal applications, highlighting the recent example of an impromptu campaign that has brought in more than $23,000 thus far to hep Dreamers in Minnesota.
In this blog post, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish describes the family-based immigration system, writing that “as a cornerstone of American history and American values, family-based immigration can and must be protected, not derided with lies.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear reflects on the “vital and sustained contributions that immigrants are making to our society on a daily basis” in the healthcare field, and the potential impact of anti-immigrant policies on medically underserved populations in the United States.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matthew Maiona analyzes a questionable government report intended to incite fear of immigrants, writing "Now more than ever, we must stand-up for our core American values which are under attack. That’s what you, and all of us, should really be afraid of."
Alma Rosa Nieto, vice chair of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee, reflects on the current status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative and highlights two DACA recipients in particular who exemplify why these young people should be permanently protected by Congress.
In this blog post, Reid Trautz, Director of AILA's Practice and Professionalism Center, highlights some key ways to reduce the risk of burnout in an incredibly busy “new normal” that immigration attorneys and their firms are facing.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman highlights the recent lawsuit by Washington AG Ferguson against Motel 6 for violating state consumer protection laws by sharing guest data with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when ICE had no warrant to gather the information.
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas interviews recent family detention volunteer McKayla Eskilson about her experience, the work the project is doing, and the impact she had during her week at Dilley helping asylum seeking moms and kids incarcerated in the facility.
A quick recap of the most viewed videos and most read blog posts this year, covering a variety of topics from H-1Bs to MAVNI to the latest travel ban updates, and more. There is truly something for everyone; take a look at these resources as you reflect on 2017.
AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney writes about how sharing client stories with the press and public can make a difference and highlights one recent example when a profile of a Dreamer unexpectedly sparked the generosity of a donor.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson reflects on 2017, highlighting the courage of Dreamers and the work of AILA members as inspirations for 2018 when he’ll “be looking to all of you to be fearless, steadfast, and courageous. Because next year and every year, #AILAStandsWithImmigrants.”
AILA member Rebecca Minahan shares how she helped one young family at the Dilley detention facility through the credible fear process, writing that while she “would most likely never learn of their fate,” she “felt honored to have been a part of their lives if only for a very short time.”
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Mo Goldman writes about President Trump’s effort to “bring Christmas back,” asking “Is this the true spirit of Christmas? Scapegoating? Xenophobia? Blocking refugees from seeking safety? An inability to absolve someone, forgive them, for their actions?”
AILA Board of Governors member Gayle Oshrin reflects on the ever-changing landscape of both business and family immigration law and encourages AILA members to take opportunities to network and learn new tactics from each other, like the upcoming NYC conference.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Katie Sarreshteh shares insights into so-called “sanctuary cities” writing that “distortion of terminology such as ‘sanctuary cities’ only deteriorates the public’s ability to understand and discuss immigration policy in an informed and meaningful manner.”
Kevin Miner, one of the authors of Business Immigration: Law and Practice, highlights how “those who oppose immigration fully intend to make the process harder, more time consuming, and more expensive with the hope that employers will either give up or simply won’t bother at all.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear rebuts a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, highlighting four of the piece’s most egregious false assumptions about the immigration bar and calling on all of us to work toward a “system that provides due process and equality before the law.”
Michael Turansick and Rebecca van Uitert share their experience with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, writing “Volunteering at Dilley changes lives. It saves lives. You can save lives. Even lawyers like ourselves, who practice primarily business immigration law, can have a profound impact.”
Matt Maiona, member of the Media Advocacy Committee, urges readers to not forget our history and to be grateful for “the intangibles” — community, freedom, and liberties — that come from being in the United States, and the profound benefits that immigrants have brought this nation.
Stephen Pattison, an AILA member with firsthand experience as a consular officer himself, expresses alarm at the slow evisceration of the Department of State (DOS) given its crucial role, writing “Make no mistake about it, our clients will suffer from a diminished DOS.”
Robert Pauw, author of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, describes how the government has mistakenly reinstated removal orders and urged that such cases be challenged more often, writing that immigration attorneys “are the bulwark against the government’s denial of due process.”
AILA Business Committee member Stephen Yale-Loehr shares a preview of the upcoming AILA EB-5 Investors Summit and reflects on some of the connections he has made and information he has learned at past conferences.
Diane Rish, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, urges AILA members to engage with legislators and highlights several ways to do just that during next week’s “AILA Stands with Dreamers” campaign, including legislative visits, social media advocacy, and working with the media.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson shares insights about why the issue of immigration is a contentious one for our nation and how listening to each other is a critical piece to finding “common ground on this issue, and real solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.”
Sandra Feist, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, highlights new data released by the Trump administration concerning employment-based immigration and addresses several myths and misconceptions about the H-1B program and its impact on the American economy.
AILA EOIR Liaison Committee Vice Chair Merlyn Hernandez reflects on the proposed quotas for immigration judges writing, “There is no way to impose arbitrary fast-track quotas on immigration judges without damaging the chance a client has to present the applicable law and facts of their cases.”
AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello responds to recent remarks by Attorney General Sessions, writing that attorneys “who know the law, who aggressively defend their clients within the scope of the law and who are ethical and passionate should be celebrated, not disparaged.”
Karen Lucas, director of the Immigration Justice Campaign, shares information about the innovative pro bono mentorship model developed by the campaign and the work being done on behalf of four detained asylum seekers, offering them a fighting chance to claim asylum.
With the decisions made on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan and South Sudan, AILA member Michele McKenzie takes a look at what that decision could mean for the TPS holders and their immigration attorneys who may have to dust off twenty-year-old case files.
Jose Campos recently volunteered with the Dilley Pro Bono Project and came away from the experience with a deeper understanding of asylum law and that “lawyers can literally save a life by helping women and their children fleeing violence find protection and build a future, safe from harm.”
Jill Marie Bussey shares some good news about the AILA DC Chapter’s Citizenship Day efforts and what they were able to accomplish, writing “there are a number of allies and community partners who are willing and eager to help vulnerable communities alongside us.”
AILA Southern California Chapter Chair Blake Miller highlights how “today’s immigration challenges shouldn’t stop us from working harder, smarter, and strongly advocating for our client’s rights and benefits” as he shares some AILA resources and opportunities that can help members hone their skills.
AILA Puerto Rico Chapter Chair Maria del Rosario Garcia Miranda urges DHS to start responding to post-hurricane questions writing, “A broad policy of leniency for those impacted by Hurricane Maria seems like a relatively small, yet absolutely necessary, action to take.”
In this second segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held Tuesday on Jennings v. Rodriguez, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to prolonged detention.
In this first segment of a special two-part blog post, AILA members Mary Kramer, Michael Vastine, and Sui Chung report back on the Supreme Court oral arguments held today on Sessions v. Dimaya, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to the definition of “crime of violence.”
Doug Penn, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, writes about the RAISE Act noting that “Dropping someone anywhere…without any ties to the community or job prospects is not a way to ensure that the person successfully integrates into the United States or contributes to our economy and society.”
AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello highlights AILA’s new interest group for those with clients in athletics, culture, entertainment, and sciences (ACES) “fight back against arbitrary decisions, abuse of discretion, and ever-changing policies and trends that affect our clients and our practices.”
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations, Diane Rish, takes a hard look at the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order which “has served as the foundation by which this administration is swiftly re-shaping the employment-based immigration landscape.”
AILA CSC Liaison Committee member Diana Bauerle shares some insights into risk and uncertainty and how “Taking on uncertainty means we need to be nimble and creative in our advice. It also means innovating and finding solutions that we have either never considered, or rarely had to use.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear writes about administrative overreach noting that “The last time I checked, federal agencies don’t get to make new law; they are tasked with implementing existing law.”
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responds to the conflicting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) “deal” reports, writing that a “standalone bill focused exclusively on protecting Dreamers is the best solution.”
AILA member Allegra Love shares insights into how planning, and thinking outside the box, can maximize the impact of pro bono efforts in your community, highlighting four important questions to consider in any pro bono planning process.
Jason Mills, Immediate Past Chair of the AILA Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter, shares some of the disaster recovery efforts that local members are engaged in post-Harvey and some resources available to help AILA members rebuild.
AILA member Elissa Taub highlights recent ICE actions in Memphis that stoked the fears of immigrant families and how the community responded, showing that “so many people in Memphis are ready and willing to act when the need arises to ensure that our most vulnerable residents feel protected.”
Ken Schmitt, Advocacy and Media Liaison for the MO-KS Chapter, urges Congress and the American public to stand up and protect Dreamers, writing, “These young people, brought to the United States as children, are true Americans and have proven their value and worth to any who questioned it.”
Anastasia Tonello, AILA President-Elect, highlights the wasteful new USCIS requirement that all employment-based adjustment of status applicants be subject to an in-person interview, noting “Officers will be charged with interviewing thousands of law abiding, qualified people who are already here.”
Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee takes a look at the current state of agency-attorney relations, urging AILA members to take opportunities to share information because “This fight is bigger than one client and one attorney. We can’t do this alone, but we can do this together.”
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains how ICE is jeopardizing the safety of unaccompanied children by going after their sponsors “who have given their names and addresses to the federal government and gone through assessments to ensure they will provide a safe home.”
Olivia Lee, Immediate Past Chair of AILA’s Northern California Chapter, reflects on when she first stepped into the federal litigation arena for an H-1B client and highlights the resources offered by AILA and the American Immigration Council to help practitioners develop those skills.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh offers insights that may be useful as AILA members and clients consider whether to attend planned protests in Arizona and elsewhere, including links to publicly available Know Your Rights resources shareable with the community.
Given the recent tragedy in Texas involving the deaths of ten individuals, and injury of many more, who were being transported into the United States, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Evangeline Chan offers insights into how U.S. immigration law treats victims of trafficking.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh reflects on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urges those who support Dreamers to speak out and advocate for DACA to stay in place until a permanent solution for these young immigrants is enacted.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist highlights a new trend in H-1B petitions which has her concerned that USCIS is “enacting changes that will have widespread economic repercussions” and may deter “U.S. employers who seek to hire the best and the brightest international talent.”
AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence highlights a recent GAO report and recommendations on the DHS SAVE system, writing that the system is “one that AILA members already know is causing unnecessary headaches for immigrants and their families across the nation.”
Loan Huynh, a member of AILA’s DOL Liaison Committee, highlights how the H-2B visa program is currently failing to meet the needs of many American businesses seeking temporary seasonal workers and the reforms necessary to ensure the program helps contribute to our shared prosperity.
AILA NorCal Chapter Chair Tala Hartsough shares how immigration lawyers can save lives, saying the “reality is that the more of us who stand up and take on the representation of low income, detained immigrants, the more likely it will be that we save a life.”
AILA Past President John L. Pinnix encourages members to use the August congressional recess to advocate for immigration with members of Congress and to build relationships with congressional constituent service staff.
AILA President-Elect Anastasia Tonello discusses how the United States’ outdated immigration laws have an impact around the world and urges everyone to “share our experiences and expertise and expose the system,” to move toward immigration reform.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Susan Bond highlights the anti-immigrant rhetoric that is impacting international students, writing “Whether we are driving these innovators and job creators away by making them feel unwelcome, or driving them away by making them feel unsafe, this needs to stop.”
Heather Segal, a member of AILA’s BOG, highlights differences between U.S. and Canadian immigration law and urges the U.S. to both “encourage individuals to bring their skills and talents” while continuing its commitment to family reunification which has long-benefited America’s shared prosperity.
Mo Goldman, member of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, urges readers to take action in support of the Dream Act, writing “It makes zero sense, on an economic or moral level, to suddenly strip hundreds of thousands of individuals of their work permits and make them targets for deportation.”
AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear reflects on how there is always more to learn in immigration law, writing “with more than a decade of experience as an immigration attorney behind me, the universe of what I do not know remains infinitely more vast than the universe of what I do.”
Patrick Taurel, a member of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, draws attention to the impact on American families stemming from new instructions given to Trump administration immigration court prosecutors to “oppose all, or nearly all, requests to close cases for stateside waiver purposes.”
AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney shares his journey into immigration law and the AILA community, writing, “You’ve undoubtedly heard it before and you will certainly hear it again: Immigration law is complicated. But AILA has the resources and tools you need to set you and your clients up for success.”
Betsy Lawrence, AILA Director of Government Relations explains how the dismantling of the International Entrepreneur Rule will harm American competitiveness; she urges the administration to work with Congress to create a start-up visa that would attract innovative job creators to the U.S.
In this blog post, Sandra Feist, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member, writes about her recent outreach to local police in her area which has resulted in a productive dialogue with the police chief about immigration policies; she urges other AILA members to try similar outreach strategies.
Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, describes the current process to procure lawful permanent resident status (a green card), writing that it is in “severe need of revamping to fit the needs of both the country and those who seek to lawfully immigrate to the U.S.”
AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen details immigration-related items in President Trump’s budget and urges readers to tell Congress to “reject the increases that will hurt American families and businesses, and instead protect funding for programs that increase our shared prosperity.”
AILA BOG member Neena Dutta highlights the recent story about the State Department’s denial of visas for a girls robotics team from Afghanistan and underscores the reasons why denying them visas was a missed opportunity.
AILA member Anthony Drago, Jr. wonders whether government officials will find ways to stand up to the anti-immigrant policies espoused by the Trump administration, writing that he hopes decent government employees will join AILA and other stakeholders in the fight.
Anastasia Tonello, AILA President-Elect, shares an update on the Supreme Court’s travel ban decision which she writes, “did little to provide clarity or consistency” and means “that more time will elapse before we have any real understanding of the final fate of this ill-conceived executive order.”
AILA member and AC 2017 Conference Chair Olsi Vrapi urges AILA members to zealously represent their clients writing that “requiring the government to meet its burden should be the rule, not the exception” in immigration court.
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