Comment: AILA 2017 Elections
One of the free services that newspapers offer their readership is coverage of governance issues. For newspapers serving the professions in the USA, this frequently means covering not just happenings in government concerning regulation affecting readers (as distinct from readers' clients), but also covering happenings in the professional associations serving a particular profession. In the case of Immigration Daily and the immigration lawyer community, this means covering events of particular note in AILA governance. Consistent with this general tradition, we have invariably offered all candidates to competitive offices in AILA elections access to our readers - to get the word out about matters which they wish to engage the immigration bar on. This is a free service, and we have never charged for it, nor will we ever charge any candidate for distribution of their campaign material.

The 2017 election season for competitive AILA offices has started. Today we are carrying campaign material from 7 out of the 16 candidates for office, we will add more candidates' material as it comes in to us - so readers will have access to statements in order to make an informed decision.

Statements submitted from candidates running for AILA Board of Governors: Diane M. Butler, Neena Dutta, Raquel E. Hecht, Sarah Weston Hayes Owings, Heather Drabek Prendergast and Hardeep Sull

The following candidates for Board of Governors are yet to send in their Statements: Dagmar Butte, Stephanie Theresa DiPetro, Ganesh Kalyanaraman, John Patrick Pratt and Michelle Saenz Rodriguez.

Statements submitted from candidates running for AILA Executive Officers: Anastasia Tonello

The following candidates for Executive Officers are yet to send in their Statements: Marketa Lindt, Jeremy L. McKinney, Jennifer Minear and Allen Orr.

Article: Asylum Officer Training Materials On “Persecution” Released By The USCIS In Response To a Freedom Of Information Lawsuit By David L. Cleveland

Article: EB-5 on The Rocks … With a Kushner Twist By Mona Shah, Esq.

Article: How Do You Define the Economic Zone for A Regional Centers Limited Geographic Area By Joseph P. Whalen

Blogging: Texas Bans Sanctuary Cities But Trump May Be a Step Ahead By Nolan Rappaport

Blogging: June 2017 Visa Bulletin: Analysis And Predictions By Chris Musillo

News: Over 250 Immigrant And Civil Rights Groups Call on DHS to Halt Expansion of Immigration Detention System

Focus: China EB-5 Expos

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Headline: What can (or should) activists learn from the tea party? Click here
Headline: Getting around H1B visa: Now, US firms target Indians with EB5 - the 'Golden Visa' Click here
Headline: DHS catches less than 1 percent of illegal immigrant 'overstays': Audit Click here

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney and Immigration Paralegal
New York City - Yarden Law Group has openings for experienced immigration attorneys and paralegals to join our growing firm and become a part of our team of business immigration professionals. Attorneys must be admitted to practice law in a U.S. state / territory, in good standing and have one year or more of experience. Paralegals must have a bachelor’s degree and experience of two or more years. Experience should include areas such as O and P visas, E visas, L-1, H-1B and TN visas as well as immigrant petitions in the EB-1, 2 and 3 classifications. Good English writing skills, legal research skills and ability to manage cases are necessary. Command of foreign languages is a plus, especially Hebrew, Spanish or other European languages. If you prefer challenging and interesting cases, thrive in environment where quality is paramount and where professional development is a priority, you should apply. Please send cover letter and resume to

Merger Partner Sought
Major immigration boutique is seeking a Merger Partner. Ideal Practice can be located anywhere in the US and must have several attorneys and an adequate support staff. Firm/Practice must have a clean ethics record and must be soundly run as a business. To start a confidential conversation, please email your interest to:

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