Announcements

AILA SoCal members rallied together at the “Families Belong Together” protest in downtown Los Angeles!

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Over 30 members came out on Saturday, June 30th, along with their families and friends, to rally together at the “Families Belong Together” protest in downtown Los Angeles. It was an incredible event that not only motivated the members, but also brought solidarity across different practice and age groups. Our members are ready to volunteer and fight for the children and our immigrant community, and the chapter is ready to support them.  

5th Grade Creative Writing Contest

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This year, more than 200 students from three schools in the Southern California area participated in the annual 5th Grade Creative Writing Contest sponsored by AILA and the American Immigration Council. The students penned inspiring and creative poems and essays about why they are glad that America is a nation of immigrants. After undergoing several rounds of screening by generous attorney volunteers, we narrowed down the entries to the top 10, which were sent to a panel of esteemed judges including Fabricio Lopez, Principal Counsel of Immigration/Minors for the Walt Disney Company; Sarah Brunet, Co-Chair of the Immigration and Nationality…

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SoCal AILA National Day of Action Recap

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On April 12, more than 500 AILA Members and advocates descended on Capitol Hill to meet with their local representatives and advocate for immigration reform as part of AILA’s annual National Day of Action.  AILA Southern California’s contingent, which included over 20 attorneys, DACA recipients, and law students collectively met with 18 Congressional representatives from all over Southern California. While establishing a lasting form of relief for the millions of DACA-eligible youth was at the forefront of the discussions, these meetings allowed practitioners to voice concerns on a variety of issues including: practical changes to improve efficiency in the immigration…

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AILA SoCal’s Winter/Spring CLE – April 19-21st – Lake Las Vegas!

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Please join us for this year’s “Winter/Spring” CLE in conjunction with the Las Vegas, NV AILA Chapter at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, April 19 -21st!  See the Events page for more details! The program includes business and family/removal tracks, ethics, elimination of bias, and all the fun Vegas has to offer!  

AILA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA (June 13-16, 2018)

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Please join us in San Francisco, CA, for the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law. The conference had been set for Grapevine, TX, but in June 2016, AILA’s Board of Governors voted to move the conference after weighing the potential impact of SB 4. The AILA Annual Conference takes place over the course of three and a half days and is the largest annual gathering of immigration lawyers and legal professionals in the United States. Looking for the 2017 AILA Annual Conference recordings? You can purchase them on AILA Agora. Choose from select sessions, topical tracks, or the entire conference. The full…

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State and National Advocacy

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AILA Southern California has weighed in on several proposed bills both on the State and Federal level.  Please click on the links below to see our advocacy efforts and to see the most up to date legislative information relating to newly proposed immigration bills ICE Enforcement Notice  1.8.16 (Spanish) ICE Enforcement Notice 1.8.16 (English)

Family Detention Pro Bono Project

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AILA National is calling for volunteers attorneys and Spanish-speaking interpreters to donate their time in Dilley, Texas to represent undocumented women and children who are being housed in family detention. Each individual who is willing to volunteer will make an immense change in the lives of the people they are helping. The greatest need for volunteers are for the weeks of July 5th, July 19th, July 26th and August 2nd. If you are able to volunteer, please visit www.aila.org/caraprobonoproject. Please contact Chair@aila.org or Maheen Taqui mtaqui@aila.org, or Susan Timmons Marks stimmons@aila.org at AILA National.

Immigration Lawyers Protect Vulnerable Immigrants by Opposing AB60 in California Legislature

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LOS ANGELES, CA- The Southern California chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed a formal opposition to AB60, the amendment to AB1159, a measure that would bar immigration lawyers from performing any background and preparation work for immigrants seeking advice on whether they qualify for President Obama’s executive actions of DAPA and DACA. This legislation, which has the intent of protecting immigrants, does the exact opposite. It is overly broad and ties immigration attorneys’ hands from being able to charge for even standard support services connected with reform measures including background checks, analyzing filings, requesting copies of files…

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Immigration Lawyers Welcome President’s Action, Caution Community Against Scammers

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LOS ANGELES, CA- The Southern California chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed President Obama’s executive action which will offer some protections for vulnerable members of the community. “This plan is a long time in coming,” said AILA Chapter Chair Heather L. Poole. She continued, “As immigration attorneys, we see the results of our broken system every day and in the absence of Congressional action, the President had to act. While a lot of the details are still waiting to be filled in, we know that many of these changes will make a real impact.” . . ….

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