In this blog post, AILA past president Kathleen Campbell Walker reflects on her path into immigration law, the complicated nature of the field, and some of the reasons she reads and re-reads the INA/CFR.
AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini shares insights from her time at USCIS related to the agency’s request to Congress for $1.2 billion, and urges Congress to “ensure that the agency is transparent about its spending, accountable for its inefficiencies, and on track towards fiscal responsibility.”
AILA member Aaron Kochenderfer shares the positive impact that immigrants have had on Detroit, Michigan as the city orchestrates a comeback from bankruptcy only a few years ago, writing “Detroit’s history was written by immigrants and I firmly believe they will help author its future as well.”
Alma Rosa Nieto, AILA Media Advo Committee member, offers some details from her day-in-the-life of an immigration attorney amid the COVID19 pandemic, writing: “This too will pass and we will all have learned new ways of doing things, skills we can use later.”
AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson highlights USCIS processing delays, writing, “Even before the COVID-19 virus, backlogs and processing delays were staggering at USCIS. They have continued to grow thanks to burdensome policies and inefficient procedures that needlessly bog down the adjudications process.”
AILA member Kara Hart takes a look at the new I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency required to meet the new “public charge” rule and considers whether she’d be able to meet the requirements herself.
AILA BOG member Ally Bolour describes the impact of the administration’s travel ban, using the example of Iran to show how and why the ban is “cruel and unnecessary.” He urges everyone to “continue to fight against it for all those impacted, their families, American businesses, and our communities.”
Greg Chen and Cara Pavlak highlight the positions of the Democratic presidential candidates on immigration and encourage readers to use the AILA 2020 Election Guide, and the accompanying social media toolkit, to engage on immigration during the debate.
AILA Director of Federal Litigation, Jesse, Bless, offers insight into the recent litigation against the president’s proclamation requiring health insurance and the next steps in the lawsuit, including seeking additional plaintiffs.
In this blog post, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd highlights ten measures undertaken by USCIS’s Acting Director which “constitute an abandonment of USCIS’s duty to fairly and efficiently facilitate legal immigration” and urges Congress to hold the agency fully accountable.