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. On May 11th we carried campaign material from 7 out of the 16 candidates for office, we now have statements from 12 of the 16 candidates. Please be advised that we have reminded (after the original invitation) each of the remaining candidates to release a statement - however, it is the candidate's choice as to how they want to run their campaign (also please bear in mind that occasionally a candidate does campaign without releasing any material). Below we post again all the campaign statements we've received - 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, Dagmar Butte, Neena Dutta, Raquel E. Hecht, Ganesh Kalyanaraman, Sarah Weston Hayes Owings, John Patrick Pratt, Heather Drabek Prendergast, Michelle Saenz Rodriguez and Hardeep Sull

The following candidates for Board of Governors are yet to send in their Statements: Stephanie Theresa DiPetro

Statements submitted from candidates running for AILA Executive Officers: Jeremy L. McKinney, Anastasia Tonello

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

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Article: Constitutional Problems with Texas SB-4 By Geoffrey A. Hoffman

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Focus: Vietnam Expo July 2017
Saigon, Vietnam - July 28, 2017

ILW offers limited EB-5 exhibition opportunities at the Vietnam Expo

Info on Vietnam:

  • Vietnam is the 2nd largest EB-5 Market after China, 350 investments in 2016, market is growing fast this year.
  • Vietnam is very close geographically to China, so jet lag is minimized and productive time is maximized
  • Vietnam has an agent structure similar to China (but lower cost than China)

Vietnam Expo:

  • You will meet licensed Vietnamese Agents. You will speak on a panel to the assembled Vietnamese agents.
  • Please bring brochures, PowerPoint presentation, table displays and business cards.
  • The Expo hall will include a seminar theater with booths at the back of the room. Vietnamese agents visit booths and attend the seminars.

Regional Centers - $3,999 per city; Law Firms - $499 per city
(Inquire about Discounts and also about Platinum Level)

For more info please call (212)545-0818 or email or click here.

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Headline: Hundreds of West African Immigrants in US to Lose Immigration Status Click here
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Headline: PolitiFact Sheet: Jared Kushner, Kushner Companies, EB-5 visas and Chinese investors Click here

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown Manhattan, NY – Satterlee Stephens LLP ( seeks an associate with at least 3 years of business immigration experience. Ideal candidate will have substantial experience with a wide range of NIV (E, H, L & O) and IV (PERM & EB-1) matters and excellent case management and writing skills. Please send resume and writing sample to

Letters of the Week: Roger Algase

ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Washington, DC – May 19, Friday. Chinese Students in America: Who Returns, Who Remains, Who Benefits?,

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