Reading the Tea Leaves: What Can We Expect From the Biden Administration Pertaining to Asylum? (Roundtable Recording)

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Can We Expect From the Biden Administration Pertaining to Asylum? (Roundtable Recording)

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Recorded 07/28/2021
CLE Eligible No
Length 60 min.
Format Video Roundtable
SKU RT2021-07-28B-REC

This is a recording of an AILA University Video Roundtable free for members, hosted on Wednesday, July 28 at 2:00 pm Eastern.


This roundtable is presented for free to AILA members by the AILA Asylum Conference Committee. The AILA Asylum Virtual Conference will be held on Thursday, August 19, 2021. The accomplished faculty for this intermediate– to advanced-level conference will provide expert guidance on a wide range of asylum claims and issues, from an overview of the current state of the system, to important procedural updates, to best practices when representing unaccompanied children and LGBTQI+ asylum seekers. You can register for the conference here.


Both Biden and Trump made immigration and border policies a central focus of their presidential campaigns. Many in the immigrants’ rights community had high hopes that the new administration would turn back the anti-immigrant tide and ring in a new era of fairness, transparency, and due process. But how much change can we realistically expect? Our panel of experts will lead a discussion of positions on key immigration issues, steps taken thus far to roll back (or not) the policies of the prior administration, and what we might expect going forward.


AILA University Video Roundtables are free learning opportunities for AILA members provided via a weekly schedule of live video programming for members to come together from across the country and world to discuss hot topics and network with colleagues in the field. Video Roundtables are part of AILA University programming and each session is hosted by faculty selected for their expertise.


Discussion Topics:

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform; If Not Now, When?
  • Substantive Asylum Law: Attorney General Precedent Opinions and Particular Social Group Regulations?
  • Border Practices and Expedited Removal/Credible Fear Proceedings
  • Changing the Agencies’ Cultures from the Top Down

Discussion Leaders:

Michelle Natalia Mendez, AILA Editor, Representing Clients in Immigration Court, 5th Ed., Silver Spring, MD


Breanne Palmer , Silver Spring, MD


Kennji Kizuka, Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First, New York, NY


Jorge Loweree, Policy Director, American Immigration Council, Washington, DC


Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock, AILA Policy Counsel, Washington, DC


The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.