No More U-Visas for the 2015 Fiscal Year!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has already approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U-1 Nonimmigrant Status (U-Visas) for the 2015 fiscal year that began on October 1, 2014.  The cap was reached almost immediately due to the … Continue reading

Immigration Court Backlogs Reach All-Time High

Due to the recent surge of unaccompanied children migrants the backlog in Immigration Courts has reached an all-time high.  At the end of June the back log totaled 375,503 cases, which is an increase of more than 50,000 since the … Continue reading

Two Years Later: The Impact of DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is an Obama Administration initiative implemented to extend rights and benefits to the growing number of undocumented youths and young adults living in the United States. The program allows youths and young adults … Continue reading

Evolving Trends in Refugee and Asylee Admissions to the US

Every year, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics issues a report analyzing trends in Refugee and Asylum Admissions to the U.S. The 2013 Annual Flow Report on Refugees and Asylees comprehensively compiles data from numerous governmental and … Continue reading

Evolving Trends in New US Legal Permanent Residents

Background: A legal permanent resident (LPR) or “green card” recipient is a person granted lawful permanent residence in the United States, a status conferring certain rights and responsibilities. LPR flow shows an upward trend since 1945, increasing from 250,000 in … Continue reading

Is the U.S. Becoming More Immigrant Friendly?

In her May 19, 2014 article in Politico titled “States Take on Immigration,” Seung Min Kim explains that states are increasingly taking immigration into their own hands.  However, where states used to pass laws focusing on immigration law enforcement such … Continue reading

Discriminatory Practices in the Central American Asylum Credible Fear Process

The American Immigration Council recently issued a special entitled, “Mexican and Central American Asylum and Credible Fear Claims: Background and Context.” This timely report discusses the current rhetoric surrounding the credible fear process and the state of the U.S. asylum … Continue reading

Entry Without Inspection Leads to Citizenship Through TPS

  In Ramirez v. Dougherty, the district court for the Western District of Washington, in the Ninth Circuit, held that there was a path to citizenship for an alien from El Salvador who entered the U.S. without having been inspected … Continue reading

AILA’s 8 Points from the Senate Immigration Bill

On Tuesday, the bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” introduced S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” Earlier today, AILA issued this press release commending the Senators for their work on the … Continue reading