Immigration News Resources

U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Total Dips to Lowest Level in a Decade

The Pew Research Center - November 27, 2018 - 17:01

There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2016, down from 12.2 million in 2007. The total is the lowest since 2004 and is tied to a decline in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants.

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Unauthorized immigrant population trends for states, birth countries and regions

The Pew Research Center - November 27, 2018 - 16:45

In 2016, an estimated 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S., down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007. Explore trends in the U.S. unauthorized immigrant population by state of residence in the U.S., as well as by birth countries and regions.

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How States Took Action on Immigration in 2018

States and localities continue exploring policies and positions on immigration to serve the needs of their communities and, at times, respond to the aggressive immigration agenda touted by the Trump administration. In the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, states enacted more laws and resolutions involving immigration than ever before. But was this trend a […]

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The Unexpected Paths to Migrant Women’s Empowerment

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration - November 26, 2018 - 18:48
  November 26, 2018  Since President Trump took office, immigrant women have reported household abuse in far lower numbers than they did under President Obama.

Violence Erupts at the Border as US Continues to Deny Rights to Asylum Seekers

The situation in Tijuana, Mexico reached a boiling point on Sunday, after U.S. authorities fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants—including pregnant women and children—who had peacefully gathered earlier that morning to ask for asylum. Disturbing video footage, pictures, and stories have emerged depicting the mayhem, which came to a head after some migrants in […]

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This Thanksgiving, Resist the Divided America Story

“What if this is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?” asked Valerie Kaur in her famed “Sikh Prayer for America.” In this prayer, she contemplates an America that is not on the verge of demise, but of rebirth. Her prophetic words provide a hopeful framework for reimagining America into […]

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Judge Blocks President Trump’s New Asylum Ban

Ruling in a lawsuit late Monday night, a federal judge in San Francisco put the Trump administration’s asylum ban—an unprecedented move that barred asylum to any individual crossing the Southern border between ports of entry—on hold. Citing the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provides that any person may apply for asylum “whether or not” they […]

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A Dozen Years of PERM – A Practitioner’s Perspective

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.

The Number of Immigrant Children in Detention Just Hit Record Levels – Again

After a summer in which almost 3,000 migrant children were separated from their parents at the border, the Trump administration admitted last week that it was holding a record number of children in government custody. Around 14,000 children classified as “unaccompanied children” are now being held in the custody of the Department of Health and […]

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Ellis Island – A Window to our Past and Future

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."

Nominee for ICE Director Refuses to Back Down on Family Separation

Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), had a nomination hearing in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Thursday. He had previously served as the former deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), so he faced a committee eager to grill him about his […]

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TPS Holders Impacted by Immigration Scams

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.

Changes to USCIS Policy Will Directly Impact Vulnerable Immigrants

The Trump administration’s move to deport more people from the United States has come into sharp focus again as it targets some of the most vulnerable immigrants with its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. The new policy, announced in June 2018, had already dramatically altered the role of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by […]

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When Immigrant Parents Are Deported, The Entire Family Suffers, Survey Shows

Another form of family separation is on the rise—the deportation of relatives with longstanding ties to the United States. Those left behind in the United States often face significant hardships, a new study from the Kino Border Initiative shows. Families can become impoverished, as relatives are unable to meet basic needs such as housing and […]

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DACA Is Still in Effect as It Heads to the Supreme Court

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stinging rebuke to President Trump’s ongoing efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative last week, unanimously upholding a lower court injunction which had blocked the Trump administration from ending the program. Just three days before that hearing, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took […]

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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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