In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist explains what the proposed H-1B rule would really mean for American employers and encourages a different path forward, in which "a more flexible, responsive visa program for professionals" is developed.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson describes the proposed "public charge" rule and urges readers to submit a comment about how the rule would negatively impact America, writing "for the health and well-being of our society as a whole, we must resist this rule and all of its implications."
Christie Popp shares her experiences working with immigrant victims and witnesses of crimes and highlights how the new USCIS NTA policy for VAWA, U- and T-visas will hinder law enforcement efforts and cause harm, not only to applicants, but to their families and communities as well.
In this blog post, AILA member and PERM expert Ceridwen Koski offers insights into how the PERM landscape has changed over the past dozen years and what AILA members can do to prepare themselves to meet their clients’ needs.
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Doug Penn visited Ellis Island and the ruins of the country's first public health hospital there; he urges all of us, "as you live and work, try to see your life from the perspective of Ellis Island - and live up to that statue in the harbor."
AILA member Anna Gallagher highlights the importance of avoiding scams and getting qualified counsel in an uncertain immigration environment, particularly those individuals who hold Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
As we reflect on Veterans Day, this blog post offers insights into the impact of immigration law on members of the military and their families and encourages AILA members to "help a service member by bringing immigration legal expertise and a caring heart to bear on these important cases."
In this blog post, AILA Board of Governors member Ally Bolour describes the country conditions in Central America, and involvement therein by the United States government over decades, that have led to refugees seeking protection.
AILA member Teresa Messer shares the story of a father and son separated by the government who she was able to help and the impact taking that case had on her and her client; she also shares links to resources and opportunities to help.
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson urges everyone eligible to vote and to participate in the #MyImmigrantHistory campaign, writing, “Tomorrow is a chance to exercise our rights as Americans, and to vote not just for our issue but for a future that all Americans can see themselves in.”
AILA President Anastasia Tonello shares her #MyImmigrantHistory story as part of AILA's campaign to highlight why the public charge rule is shortsighted and would harm the country and encourages others to share their own #MyImmigrantHistory story on social media and with AILA.
In this blog post, AILA member and Immigration Justice Campaign volunteer Lisa Modecker shares how she was able to successfully reopen the case of Mr. and Mrs. Sombah, Indonesian Christians at risk of deportation back to danger in their home country after years of refuge in the United States.
In the second blog post from the AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AILA member Christian Montesinos shares a discriminatory experience he had with USCIS and urges AILA members and the public to be proactive about "inclusion and thrive in the lush landscape of diversity."
In this blog post, AILA member and Immigration Justice Campaign volunteer Nikki Lyons describes how working with medical experts, particularly surgeons, can offer a way to corroborate details of an asylum seeker's case based on wounds and scars left from persecution.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson highlights the growing number of cases where ICE seizes people during the marriage interview component of their immigration application process, an interview required to pursue the legal status which would protect them.
In this blog post, AILA member Ruby Powers highlights the newly published proposed "public charge" rule and its potential negative impact on clients and communities while describing how the public and AILA members can engage on this important issue by commenting on the proposed rule.
In this blog post, past AILA president and EB-5 expert Bernard Wolfsdorf highlights some of the important information and innovative ideas that will be shared at the upcoming AILA & IIUSA EB-5 Industry Forum and reminds readers that the early-bird registration option ends this Wednesday!
Jason Boyd, AILA Policy Counsel, offers insights into the preliminary injunction granted in Ramos v. Nielsen, offering TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, and their families hope in a very uncertain time.
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson issues a call to action, sharing comments from NAIJ president Ashley Tabaddor and advocating for an independent immigration court system, free from political pressure by any administration.
In this blog post, AILA staff members Reid Trautz, Erin Lynum, and former AILA intern Jiedine I. A. Phanbuh highlight the importance of engaging community to support immigrants and work towards fair immigration policy.
In this blog post, AILA member Sarah Pitney shares the importance of diversity and inclusion in the immigration bar by describing how one panelist in particular at the 2017 AILA Conference in New Orleans showed how her “professional community valued the presence of its LGBT+ members.”
AILA member Margaret O'Donnell describes changes being made to immigration policy that negatively impact American families, offering a real client example to highlight how uncertain the future has become.
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Katie Sarreshteh highlights AILA's August Campaign and urges members to help AILA's efforts "to realign USCIS with its congressional mandate and ensure judicial independence in our immigration courts."
In this blog post, Immigration Justice Campaign National Advocacy Counsel Katie Shepherd describes the government’s use of coercion on separated parents and the complaint AILA and the Council filed with DHS to draw attention to this illegal and unconstitutional practice.
AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear explains what the newly finalized unlawful presence changes will mean for students and exchange visitors and urges AILA members and the public to not allow this policy, and its inevitable consequences, if implemented, to go unnoticed.
AILA Member Matthew Archambeault who served as Friend of the Court in the Matter of Castro-Tum describes the case and its repercussions, and offers suggestions for how to advocate and urge Congress to act on the immense and obvious need for an independent immigration court.
Karen Lucas, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign in which AILA and the Council are partnered, describes new ways the campaign is meeting the needs of detained immigrants, including a recent partnership with Save the Children.
In this blog post, AILA member Ally Bolour highlights how the use of Ryan White Care Act (RWCA) funds for the family separation policy could have an impact on low-income families seeking treatment for HIV.
Jennifer Burk, an AILA member from the Northern California Chapter, shares highlights from the recent pro bono clinic at the AILA Annual Conference, urging AILA members to get involved and leverage their expertise to help change lives.
Katie Shepherd, National Advocacy Counsel for the Immigration Justice Campaign, describes the meetings she had with detained parents who had been traumatically separated from their children and needlessly incarcerated in West Texas, highlighting the urgent need for volunteer attorneys.
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights recent tweets from the president that attack due process for asylum seekers and explains how and why, if implemented, such changes would violate U.S. asylum laws.
In this blog post, AILA member Sima Alizadeh highlights the recent SCOTUS decision in Trump v. Hawaii and what it will mean for individuals and families, urging readers to keep up the fight, contact Congress, and keep attention on the hardship the ban continues to cause.
AILA President Anastasia Tonello shares information about the harm ICE officers caused Andrea Martinez, an AILA member from the MO-KS Chapter, and advises members to be vigilant in this toxic environment.
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?”
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