Immigration News Resources

Call to Arms: Don’t Let USCIS Get Away with It – Again

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.

Immigration Judges’ Union Fights for Judicial Independence

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the union that represents the nation’s immigration judges, is challenging the government’s decision to remove an immigration judge from a well-known case and replace him with a judge who immediately ordered the immigrant in the case deported. NAIJ’s grievance addresses the treatment of one immigration judge, but its […]

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Detention Is Not the Solution to Family Separation: 15 Years of Government Data Explain Why

In the wake of the government separating thousands of asylum-seeking families, the Trump administration has scrambled to reunite families. In place of family separation, the administration is pursuing the expansion of an equally horrific practice: holding families in detention camps. This practice has sadly persisted in the United States since 2001. Neither option—separation or detention—is […]

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Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised, final policy memorandum on August 9, 2018 that radically changes how the agency will determine when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after […]

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White House Residents Directly Benefit from America’s Generous Immigration System

America’s generosity is reflected in our immigration system. Throughout our nation’s history (with some shameful exceptions), we have allowed individuals to come to the United States to reunite with family members and offered safety and protection to those who need it most. Yet the Trump White House publicly opposes these fundamental American traditions and values. […]

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The Repercussions of How the Administration Has Handled Matter of Castro-Tum

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.

Immigration Raid in Nebraska Devastates Local Agriculture Industry and Families

A small town in Nebraska was rocked last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents raided multiple businesses, arresting 133 undocumented immigrant workers in an operation which has already created upheaval in the community and its local agriculture industry. This raid is the latest amid a series of enforcement […]

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New Partners in the Fight for Due Process

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.

Family Separation, Harsh Enforcement Tactics Do Not Deter Migration

When the Trump administration began prosecuting migrant families and separating thousands of children from their parents, many in the administration predicted this would significantly deter migrants looking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. That has not been the case. A recent study based on new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows this policy […]

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President Trump’s Anti-‘Sanctuary’ City Order Is Unconstitutional

A key part of President Trump’s effort to bar so-called “sanctuary” cities and counties from receiving money from the federal government has been ruled unconstitutional. Last week’s decision by a federal court of appeals is just the latest in a string of defeats for the Trump administration in federal court as it continues to attack […]

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DHS to Restart Deportation Cases for Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants

Recently released internal communications at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reveal a plan to restart the deportation cases of hundreds of thousands of people whose cases are currently administratively closed. This initiative has the potential to swell the immigration court backlog (currently at 730,000 cases) to over one million cases. Administrative closure is a docket-management […]

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Immigration Judges Are Rejecting More Asylum Requests Under the Trump Administration

The Trump administration is working hard to undermine the asylum system through additional and unnecessary barriers, making it more difficult for those seeking refuge in the United States to be granted asylum. This is an ominous trend given that the U.S. government’s decision to either grant or reject an asylum request can be a life-or-death […]

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Momentum in the Movement to Abolish ICE

August 13, 2018 This past Fourth of July, activist Therese Patricia Okumou climbed the Statue of Liberty, refusing to come down until “all the children were released,” referring to the detained and separated migrant families that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency continues to hold.

Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by August 23. This ruling in the D.C. District Court comes just days ahead of another hearing before a hardline conservative federal judge in Texas, where seven states have challenged the constitutionality of DACA. When President […]

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Amendment Blocking the Implementation of Matter of A-B- Puts a Dent in the Deportation Machine

In this blog, Alyson Sincavage, Senior Policy Counsel at AILA, writes about an amendment blocking the implementation of Matter of A-B-, passed in last week's appropriations bill.

Stop DHS from Holding Children Hostage

In this blog, AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson addresses the family separation crisis and calls on DHS to stop holding children hostage.

The travel ban in numbers: Why families and refugees lose big

July 11, 2018 This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.   On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the 9th Circuit’s nationwide injunction against the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Tearing Families Apart in More Ways Than One

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.

Central American Kids are Escaping Violence, Why Won’t the U.S. Protect Them?

August 17, 2018  The separation of Central American families at the border is the latest chapter in the long history of the United States’ refusal to protect those escaping the very conditions caused by its political and economic intervention in the region.

How Do Children Respond When a Parent is Detained or Deported?

August 7, 2018 (This article is available below in English and Spanish.) It began at 6 AM with a knock on the door. An hour later the “Rodriguez[1]” family had lost their father, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who had lived in Southern California for ten years.

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