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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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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.

Representing the Separated

November 7, 2018 - 12:16
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.

On Election Day…Vote for All of Us

November 5, 2018 - 17:19
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.”

We All Have a #MyImmigrantHistory Story to Share!

November 1, 2018 - 10:07
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.

A Second Chance at Asylum for Indonesian Families

October 29, 2018 - 09:54
In this blog post, AILA member and Immigration Justice Campaign volunteer Lisa Modecker shares how she was able to successfully reopen the case of Mr. and Mrs. Sombah, Indonesian Christians at risk of deportation back to danger in their home country after years of refuge in the United States.

Inclusion Requires Us to Be Proactive

October 23, 2018 - 10:39
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."

The Detective Work of Asylum Cases: How Surgeons Can Help

October 19, 2018 - 12:48
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.

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

October 18, 2018 - 14:45
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.

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

October 11, 2018 - 12:57
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.

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

October 8, 2018 - 13:03
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!

A Resurgence of Hope for Many TPS Holders

October 4, 2018 - 14:00
Jason Boyd, AILA Policy Counsel, offers insights into the preliminary injunction granted in Ramos v. Nielsen, offering TPS holders, from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, and their families, hope in a very uncertain time.

Justice Cannot Be Carried Out on an Assembly Line

October 1, 2018 - 09:00
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson issues a call to action, sharing comments from NAIJ president Ashley Tabaddor and advocating for an independent immigration court system, free from political pressure by any administration.

How to Manage Your Practice in the Shifting Employment-Based Landscape

September 25, 2018 - 15:04
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist shares how she has handled the growing uncertainty in employment-based immigration law practice and offers some useful advice for other practitioners.