Hilda Bonilla

Hilda Bonilla is the Legal Assistant at the American Immigration Council. She works closely with the Legal Department providing litigation, advocacy, and administrative support. Before joining the Council, Hilda interned at various NGOs such as the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and Human Rights First, where she conducted interviews in Spanish with unaccompanied minors and family units in removal proceedings. She also interned at U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s Office in Newark, New Jersey and Peace Boat US in New York. Hilda wrote her undergraduate thesis on the handling of unaccompanied minors in the United States and participated in semester long programs at the United Nations and the Semester in Washington Politics at the George Washington University. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Drew University.

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Sessions Limits Immigration Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

Written by on September 26, 2018 in Due Process & the Courts, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Sessions Limits Immigration Judges’ Ability to Dismiss Deportation Cases

In his latest attempt to micromanage immigration judges and ensure a maximum number of deportations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a decision last week restricting a judge’s ability to terminate cases. He made this decision despite the fact that these cases may be unnecessary to pursue and helpful to clear out as judges manage their […]

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Brief Argues Attorney General Lacks Impartiality Necessary to Decide Immigration Cases

Brief Argues Attorney General Lacks Impartiality Necessary to Decide Immigration Cases

In a rare move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently referred an immigration case to himself, utilizing a regulation that gives attorney generals the power to reconsider cases previously decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals. But Sessions’ hostile anti-immigrant public statements, made over the course of his entire career, make him unfit to rule in […]

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The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Immigration Courts with 5 Comments
The Sad State of Atlanta’s Immigration Court

The Atlanta immigration court is known as one of the worst places to be in deportation proceedings. For years, the judges have been accused of abusive and unprofessional practices and the denial rate of asylum applications alone is 98 percent. The latest effort to document this phenomenon comes from Emory Law School and the Southern […]

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