Benefited Not Burdened: Immigrants’ Impact on the DC-VA-MD Area

Immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized, contribute greatly to the economies of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. With close to 1.8 million immigrants in the DC-VA-MD[1] area, immigrants are helping to revitalize the economy through entrepreneurship, consumer spending, and … 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

Agreement Reached in National Class Action Lawsuit on Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers

April 15, 2013 “Washington D.C. – The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have agreed to settle a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging the denial of work authorization to asylum seekers who have been waiting six months … Continue reading

Same-Sex Spouses’ Right to Equal Protection

By: Maureen Johnson* Recent polls and statements by political leaders including President Obama demonstrate a growing trend in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. As of this writing, same-sex marriages are nationally recognized in 13 countries worldwide. Nine states and the … Continue reading

Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Georgia Company to Resolve Immigration-related Unfair Employment Practices

“The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Poulan Pecan, resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Poulan Pecan is a supplier of pecans located in Poulan, Ga. … Continue reading

New I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form Implemented

Starting March 8, 2013, the new I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form went into effect. We would like to remind all employers that earlier versions of the form are now invalid. As of the 8th of March, employers who fail to … Continue reading


  MAR. 8 – The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), drafted by then Senator Joe Biden with Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) passed last Thursday in Congress following a 2012 stalemate on reauthorization. Although focused on domestic violence, VAWA will … Continue reading

¡Bienvenidos a Colombia! (Welcome to Colombia!)

By: Maureen Johnson* As many BOILA clients know, I recently moved to Colombia, South America, in order to study Spanish. As an immigration attorney in the U.S., I have a great deal of experience with the U.S. immigration system. Moving … Continue reading