Think Immigration - American Immigration Laywers' Association

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This blog is by the elected leadership of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), to help focus the national debate on the real facts about immigration and the means to achieve a just and rational system.
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Tool Time: What You Need to Sue the Government

February 12, 2019 - 10:56
AILA member Lori Chesser describes how business immigration law experts may want to explore litigation as an option for clients and highlights her recent win along with some useful AILA resources.

AILA Stands with Our Members Against Government Retaliation

February 9, 2019 - 15:56
In this blog post, AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt and AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney describe recent troubling events which could impact access to counsel for asylum seekers at the border and avow "We stand with our members...We stand ready to fight."

Agency Delays Enact the Administration’s Immigration Agenda

February 6, 2019 - 13:46
AILA Member Sandra Feist highlights another brick in the Trump administration's "invisible wall" relating to delays and obstacles to I-751 petitioners and the significant impact those delays can have on immigrants who "got in line" and their families as well.

Matter of A-B-: Case Updates, Current Trends, and Suggested Strategies

January 31, 2019 - 17:00
AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee Chair Dree Collopy describes Matter of A-B- and its potential impact on asylum law and previews an upcoming webinar on the topic that is open to interested practitioners.

AILA Analysis Reveals Crisis-Level Delays in USCIS Case Processing

January 30, 2019 - 12:00
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd shares key points from AILA's recent policy brief and explains how USCIS processing delays have reached crisis levels under the Trump administration.

End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act: What’s Wrong with the Trump-McConnell Bill

January 24, 2019 - 10:42
AILA Member Sabrina Damast highlights the damaging provisions in the bill supported by the administration to end the shutdown which would negatively impact Dreamers, TPS-recipients, and asylum seekers.

Go to Tijuana. Go Now.

January 16, 2019 - 17:38
In this blog post, AILA members Kara Lynum and Christina Brown describe their experience volunteering at the border with asylum seekers and urge other AILA members and the public to take action as well!

Unintended Consequences

January 8, 2019 - 08:25
In this blog post, AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Matthew Maiona highlights the unintended consequences of the shutdown, including a halt to the E-Verify program which allows U.S. employers to check the eligibility of applicants to work.

Serious about Border Security?

January 4, 2019 - 14:44
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson takes a look at the real dangers to U.S. border security, writing "Were the President serious about border security, he would focus his administration's attention and resources on the transnational criminal cartels who deal drugs, run guns, and launder money."

See Your Successes – the Justice Campaign’s Year in Numbers

December 26, 2018 - 13:56
Justice Campaign director Karen Lucas reflects on the difficulties and triumphs of 2018, writing that because of the amazing work of volunteers, the campaign “will enter 2019 with something that cannot and will not be deterred by anti-immigrant executive actions and rhetoric: hope."

Take Action: Comment on the H-1B Proposed Rule

December 21, 2018 - 13:13
AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt urges AILA members to use AILA's Take Action tool to comment on the proposed H-1B rule, writing "this is an issue on which we as AILA members need to be heard."

AILA Teams Up with the ACLU and Others to Tear Down Barriers to Access to Counsel

December 17, 2018 - 12:11
In this blog post, AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson describes the lawsuit AILA joined as plaintiff in response to ICE and Geo Group creating unlawful barriers to attorney-client communications.

Proposed H-1B Policy Creates New Uncertainty for American Employers

December 5, 2018 - 08:48
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.

Protect the American Dream – Comment on the Public Charge Rule

December 4, 2018 - 07:39
In this blog post, AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson lays out what the proposed "public charge" rule would do and how anyone can lift their voice and 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."

USCIS’s New Policy is a Boon to Abusers and Traffickers

November 28, 2018 - 13:35
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.

A Dozen Years of PERM – A Practitioner’s Perspective

November 20, 2018 - 15:44
In this blog post, 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.

Ellis Island – A Window to our Past and Future

November 19, 2018 - 16:48
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."

TPS Holders Impacted by Immigration Scams

November 16, 2018 - 10:58
AILA member Anna Gallagher highlights the importance of avoiding scams and getting qualified counsel in an uncertain immigration environment, particularly those who hold Temporary Protected Status.

Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

November 12, 2018 - 12:57
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."

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

November 9, 2018 - 13:00
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.