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5 Ways to Prevent the Next Migrant Caravan

Just two weeks ahead of the midterm elections, much attention is being placed on a migrant caravan of Central Americans making their way north through Mexico. Now reported to include more than 7,000 people, the mostly Honduran group is seeking protection from pervasive violence at home. Even though the southern border is more secure than […]

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Inclusion Requires Us to Be Proactive

In the second blog post from the AILA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AILA member Christian Montesinos shares a discriminatory experience he had with USCIS that left him disheartened and urges AILA members and the public to be proactive about "inclusion and thrive in the lush landscape of diversity."

Will the Trump Administration Begin Family Separations Again?

The horrifying and tragic legacy of the Trump administration’s family separation policy—which allegedly ended by executive order in June this summer—is far from over. Even with many children still waiting to be reunited with their parents, the administration is considering resuming family separations once again. Nearly 250 migrant children reportedly remain separated from their parents. […]

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Immigration concerns fall in Western Europe, but most see need for newcomers to integrate into society

The Pew Research Center - October 22, 2018 - 07:00

A median of 23% in eight key countries in Western Europe name immigration as one of the top two problems facing their country.

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What the Government Considers the US Border May Surprise You

When you think of a national border, you probably think of a defined edge—a place where one country ends and another begins. However, when it comes to federal immigration operations, the border extends many miles into the country. While those whose daily lives are negatively impacted by this overreach of federal immigration authority have denounced […]

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The Detective Work of Asylum Cases: How Surgeons Can Help

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.

A Caravan of Migrants Makes Its Way to the US, as Trump Threatens to Close the Border

Thousands of migrants—many of whom are mothers, fathers, and children fleeing their homes in violence-stricken areas of Central America—are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an impromptu caravan. A majority of the estimated 4,000 migrants left last week from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, which has long ranked as one of the most violent […]

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Terrible and Terrifying: Marriage Interviews Become Another Cog in the Deportation Machine

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.

The US Healthcare System Benefits From Immigrant Contributors

Insurers have always depended on large numbers of participants to pay into a pool so that those with the highest rates of usage are covered by those with lower rates. In other words, everyone in an insurance pool is interdependent on one another. In the case of private health insurance, immigrants are often helping shore […]

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New Court Filing Highlights the Government’s Official “Turnback Policy” for Asylum Seekers

Eight new asylum seekers joined a lawsuit last week that challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials’ widespread and well-documented practice of turning back asylum seekers at U.S. ports of entry (POE) along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plaintiffs also amended the complaint in the lawsuit with new facts documenting an official “Turnback Policy” that […]

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Want to understand U.S. immigration? We’ve got an email course for you

The Pew Research Center - October 16, 2018 - 10:45

Want to learn more about immigration? Our researchers have distilled much of what we know about the topic into a five-part email mini-course.

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Human Rights Groups Finds More Families Separated Than Originally Reported

A new report alleges that the Trump administration (and partially Obama administration) may have separated thousands more families than previously reported and also details how thousands of asylum seekers have been illegally turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border. Amnesty International released the report last Thursday which reveals that upwards of 1,000 more families than originally […]

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Disarray in Baltimore Immigration Court Is Emblematic of Systemic Issues

Overwhelmed immigration courts and massive court backlogs have long been a nation-wide problem. Hearings are regularly scheduled years in advance—in some jurisdictions, judges are scheduling hearings into 2022. This means that many immigrants are held in limbo for years, unable to move forward, while living with the uncertainty of whether or not they will be […]

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DHS Secretary Nielsen Makes Laughable Claim That Agency Does Not Detain Children

Senators grilled Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies, including its practice of detaining migrant children and families, at a hearing on Wednesday. The most jarring moment of the hearing was when Secretary Nielsen repeatedly refused to admit that her agency detains children. During the “Threats to […]

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Proposed Public Charge Rule Spreads Panic, But Would Fail at Cutting Costs

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.

The United States Must Embrace Global Talent, As High-Skilled Foreign Workers Go Elsewhere

If the U.S. government closes the door to highly skilled foreign workers, other countries stand ready to embrace their contributions. For instance, while the Trump administration contemplates an overhaul of the H-1B temporary employment visa, a process that would make it more difficult to obtain them, the Canadian government is offering the opposite. Canada is […]

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Redefining the Immigrant Narrative, Citizenship, and America

  October 9, 2018     “So who’s going to show up to this event and watch two Asians speak?” A striking question Jose Antonio Vargas repeated multiple times throughout a conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen.

The Government Tried to Turn Local Cops Into Immigration Agents – The Result Was Disastrous

For years, the federal government has attempted to partner with local communities on immigration enforcement, raising a host of problems. This form of collaboration steers limited local resources away from community safety and toward punitive federal immigration enforcement goals. The biggest criticism of these partnerships is the chilling effect they have on community members who […]

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Most Americans view openness to foreigners as ‘essential to who we are as a nation’

The Pew Research Center - October 9, 2018 - 14:00

For a large majority of Americans, the country’s openness to people from around the world “is essential to who we are as a nation.” In a new Pew Research Center survey, 68% say America’s openness to foreigners is a defining characteristic of the nation, while just 26% say “if America is too open to people from all over the world, we risk losing our identity as a nation.”

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Exploring All the Options – EB-5 in this Era of Uncertainty

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 conference and reminds readers that the Early Bird option ends Wednesday!

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