Practicing Law in TV Land
AILA member Tony Drago describes the impact of using video rather than in-person hearings, writing that while “In 2022, EOIR issued guidance to immigration judges on the use of virtual hearings, but far more clear guidance and standards are needed to ensure fairness.”
The Bill Left by Title 42 is Due. With Interest.
Amy Grenier explains how the use of Title 42 to effectively end asylum at the southern border allowed two administrations to essentially put border management on a bureaucratic credit card, allowing Congress to ignore its obligations to pass real, holistic and meaningful reform.
Looking into the Crystal Ball: What Do We Expect With the End of Title 42?
Amy Grenier, Jennifer Whitlock, and Taylor Levy share their insights into what the end of Title 42 is expected to bring, urging the Biden administration to protect vulnerable asylum seekers by ensuring meaningful access to asylum and legal counsel under both international and national asylum law.
Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on Indigenous Peoples and Tribes
AILA DEI Scholarship winner Alejandro Alvarado describes how U.S. immigration policy affects Indian Tribes and Indigenous Peoples, particularly “indigenous mobility, family separation, and border security.”
The Impact of Immigration Attorneys on the Big Screen: “LAS ABOGADAS”
AILA member Careen Shannon writes about her role as executive producer of the new Las Abogadas documentary, writing that she hopes the film is “a new way to educate people about our country’s fractured immigration system, while simultaneously sharing some stories of hope and redemption.”
The Safe Third Country Agreement Should Be Ended, not Expanded
AILA Asylum and Protection Committee member Randall Chamberlain highlights the harm the recent renewal of the U.S – Canada “Safe Third Country Agreement” will cause, writing “the expanded treaty will force thousands of refugees underground and…lead to many more deaths of people fleeing from persecution.”
Protective Standards Aren’t Enough, Congress Needs to Cut Detention Funding
AILA’s Jen Whitlock recently visited an immigration detention facility and left knowing that the harm caused, despite protective standards, is unacceptable. She urges everyone to tell Congress to significantly reduce detention funding for ICE and explicitly prohibit funding for family detention.
Legal Representation for Immigrants Protects Their Rights
AILA DEI Law Student Scholarship winner Melissa McElroy describes how “immigrants with or without status are at an enormous disadvantage when they face immigration proceedings without an attorney” and how state and federal legislation aims to expand legal representation programs.
Why Finding Your Pro Bono Opportunity Can Help YOU
AILA’s Practice and Professionalism Center highlights a few recent “Pro Bono High Fives,” featuring AILA members, to inspire and encourage others to use their legal expertise to change lives, and maybe have some fun too!
Free and Freeing: AILA’s Law Student Membership
AILA member Marisabel Alonso encourages all current law students interested in immigration law to take advantage of the many benefits of AILA’s free law student membership and how those benefits can help them during law school and beyond as they become practitioners.