Author: Benjamin Johnson

Living Courage

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson reflects on 2017, highlighting the courage of Dreamers and the work of AILA members as inspirations for 2018 when he’ll “be looking to all of you to be fearless, steadfast, and courageous. Because next year and every year, #AILAStandsWithImmigrants.”

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On Immigration, It’s Time to Start Listening to Each Other

When it comes to civil dialogue, we are living in a low moment in our nation’s history. Honest debates that yield real solutions to our common problems seem like a quaint notion—and that disturbs me. As the executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, an organization of 15,000 immigration attorneys, I can tell you that every day, we feel the pressure of serving as advocates that stand between immigrants anxiously waiting to begin a new chapter in their lives and a federal government which can seem indifferent at best and punitive at worst. Nevertheless, we do the work...

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Deal or No Deal: Where Does DACA Stand?

If you’re like me, you may be feeling some whiplash in terms of where things stand regarding a legislative fix for Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Between the multiple bills that have been introduced or are about to be introduced, conflicting statements (and tweets!) from the administration and members of Congress, and news that breaks on the hour, it is only natural to feel overwhelmed and confused. And let’s face it, it’s complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Right now, at this moment, here’s what I believe: Reaching across the aisle to...

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