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AILA to Obama: Be More Generous to ALL Refugees

This past month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) asked President Obama to increase the United States’ current commitment to help resettle only 10,000 Syrian Refugees. AILA went further, declaring the Obama Administration should expand its protection of asylum seekers in general; Syrian or otherwise. AILA’s Recommendations to Help Syrian Refugee Crisis AILA and other


Exorbitant Wait Times for Hearing Dates in Overworked Immigration Courts

According to a September 21, 2015 TRAC report, immigration courts throughout the nation continue to experience severe backlogs and delays. In January 2015, thousands of individuals in immigration proceedings were issued hearing notices dates in 2019, approximately five years from now: on November 29th, 2019. The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) stressed that the


DHS Issues New STEM OPT Proposed Regulations

On October 19, 2015 DHS published a proposed regulation that will significantly change the F-1 Optional Practice Training program if the rule becomes final. The proposed rule expands STEM OPT benefis, but also responds directly to an August 12, 2015 decision from the US District Court for the District of Columbia which vacated the 2008