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The US Military’s Diversity Is Part of Its Strength

The United States Armed Forces has done some of its greatest work when it has dismantled barriers to service and opened its ranks to Americans of different backgrounds and identities. Inclusivity within the U.S. military has been hard-fought but admittedly slow. Black service members have fought in every single war since America’s founding, but were […]

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Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

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."

Trump’s Illegal Ban on Asylum Seekers Solves Nothing

In response to a much over-hyped caravan of migrants slowly trekking north through Mexico, the Trump administration announced new rules to block people from applying for asylum if they cross between the ports of entry along the Southern border. The rules take effect immediately, setting the stage for an utterly avoidable crisis that will put […]

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Reality vs. Rhetoric – Why Are People Fleeing to the United States?

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.

A Look Back at Immigration Under Sessions’ Justice Department

Jeff Sessions resigned as Attorney General yesterday, less than two years after the Senate narrowly confirmed him to the post. Sessions’ tenure as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, while relatively short-lived, was a boon to anti-immigrant groups and Trump’s hardline approach to immigration. Sessions has a troubling history when it comes to immigration, one […]

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Latinos can be an electoral force in 2020

Leer en español. Latino turnout surged in the midterms, early signs show. There are 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center – 12 percent of the electorate.

2018 Midterms and Immigration: What Will Congress Do Next?

While the pundits digest the lessons to be learned from the 2018 midterm elections, one takeaway is immediately clear: many Americans want Congress to resume its critical role of checks and balances on the Trump administration and its overzealous immigration agenda. Democrats’ control of the House of Representatives offers significant opportunity for the 116th Congress […]

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Representing the Separated

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.

What’s Next on Flores After Today’s Deadline for Comments

As Americans go to the polls, many will also be taking part in another form of government participation—submitting comments on the Trump administration’s proposal to expand family detention for asylum seekers. The proposed regulations seek to end the decades-old Flores settlement, permitting the government to detain parents and children in family detention centers for indefinite […]

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On Election Day…Vote for All of Us

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.”

Latino Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterm Elections Not New

Latino voters are more engaged in the 2018 midterm elections than in years past. Enthusiasm towards voting is higher and Latinos have already contributed to record turnout in some states. Yet this interest and excitement towards voting has the potential to be hampered in some areas facing voter suppression. These difficulties in voting are not […]

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President Trump Lies to the American Public About Asylum Seekers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump declared his administration would be taking drastic steps to prevent asylum seekers from coming to the United States. In a rambling speech filled with false and unverifiable claims, the president declared that he intended to detain thousands of asylum seekers—including families and children—in tent cities built by the military. Trump, […]

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Trump’s Midterm Promise: Migrant Children in Tent Cities and No Asylum

Five days before the midterm elections, President Trump vowed to build “massive tent cities” for families and restrict access to the asylum process. During Thursday’s announcement, Trump outlined his plans to expand the use of detention in order to hold children and mothers and to turn away all asylum seekers arriving between ports of entry. […]

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The number of U.S.-born babies with unauthorized immigrant parents has fallen since 2007

The Pew Research Center - November 1, 2018 - 16:30

About 250,000 babies were born to unauthorized immigrant parents in the United States in 2016, the latest year for which information is available, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data. This represents a 36% decrease from a peak of about 390,000 in 2007.

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We All Have a #MyImmigrantHistory Story to Share!

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 urges everyone to share their own #MyImmigrantHistory story on social media and with AILA.

Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy

On Monday night, President Trump told reporters that he intended to end birthright citizenship and claimed that he could do so with an executive order. Birthright citizenship comes from the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that “Any person born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a […]

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The President Does Not Have the Power to End Birthright Citizenship

October 31, 2018  Earlier this week, President Donald Trump declared that either he or the Congress could end birthright citizenship in the United States: "You can definitely do it with an Act of Congress.

The US Economy Is Strengthened by Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

Many of the billion-dollar startup companies in the United States, such as Uber and SpaceX, would not exist—or would have been created in another country—if U.S. immigration policies had not given the immigrant entrepreneurs the chance to succeed here. Whether immigrant or native-born, entrepreneurs are vital for economic growth and job creation. Many of history’s […]

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Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

In a world of instantaneous news, the nation learned of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh almost in real time. As the details emerged, we discovered that 11 Jewish worshippers had been murdered by Robert Bowers, a self-described anti-Semite with a hatred for Jews, refugees, and immigrants. Shortly before […]

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Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues

The Pew Research Center - October 29, 2018 - 11:12

The Iron Curtain that once divided Europe may be long gone, but the continent today is split by stark differences in public attitudes toward religion, minorities and social issues such as gay marriage and legal abortion.

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