American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

National association of more than 13,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Based in Washington, DC.
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Primary geographic focus: NATIONAL
Organization type(s): National Association
Acronym or short name: AILA
Tags: Immigration Process

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 13,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis.


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Facing High Legal Fees, Immigrants Are Using Web Tools to Apply for Green Cards

Madeleine Wattenbarger
October 23, 2017
Tech services are promising to help undocumented people apply for legal status, but can they deliver?

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A Growing Lawyer ‘Army’ Is Banding Together to Protect Immigrants

Tania Karas
Nation, The
November 23, 2017
Immigrants with attorneys are four times more likely to be released from detention.


How an Army of Women Lawyers Formed to Protect Immigrants in the Trump Era

Mattie Kahn
Elle Magazine
January 26, 2018
This weekend marks 12 months since the first Trump travel ban, an executive order that incited nationwide protests, spurred lawsuits, and drove hundreds of immigration attorneys to set up shop in airport terminals from New York to Los Angeles.

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DOJ tinkers with immigration courts to speed deportations

Caitlin Dickson
Yahoo! News
April 13, 2018
There are limited avenues for appeal and no constitutional right to a lawyer for anyone caught up in it.

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Should America Give Refuge to Abused Women?

Julia Preston
Marshall Project
April 17, 2018
Trump seems to say, not anymore.

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Immigrant toddlers appear in court alone

Christina Jewett, Shefali Luthra
Kaiser Health News (KHN)
June 28, 2018
Children as young as 3 are appearing in court without their parents to plead their case to stay in the country.

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ICE is ordering immigrants to appear in court, but the judges aren’t expecting them

Dianne Solis
Dallas Morning News
September 16, 2018
They’d been ordered to be in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But their official notices to appear on Sept. 13 were greeted by court staffers who matter-of-factly called them “fake dates.”

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ICE told hundreds of immigrants to show up to court Thursday — for many, those hearings are fake

Kate Smith
CBS News
January 31, 2019
Immigration attorneys in Chicago, Miami, Texas, and Virginia told CBS News their clients or their colleagues' clients were issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) for hearings scheduled Jan. 31. The attorneys learned the dates weren't real when they called the courts to confirm.

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