Benjamin Johnson

Executive Director at American Immigration Lawyers Association

Benjamin Johnson

Benjamin Johnson

Executive Director at American Immigration Lawyers Association

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Benjamin Johnson is the Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC. AILA is the national association of more than 15,000 immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Mr. Johnson has studied and worked in the immigration field for more than 20 years. A former immigration attorney, Mr. Johnson joined the American Immigration Council (The Council) in Washington, DC in 2003, eventually serving as its Executive Director. The Council is one of the nation's leading non-profit, educational organizations in the field of immigration dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy and the role of immigration in American society. Prior to that, Mr. Johnson served as the Associate Director of Advocacy for AILA in Washington, DC from 1999 to 2003, working directly with members of Congress and the Administration on legislation to reform immigration laws. He has written extensively on immigration law and policy and has been invited to present testimony on immigration issues before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio, with appearances on programs including CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, BBC World News, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN. He has been quoted by print outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg.

A native of Arizona, Mr. Johnson was the co-founder and legal Director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix. Prior to becoming involved in immigration issues he was a public defender and civil litigation attorney in San Diego, CA. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and studied International and Comparative Law at Kings College in London.

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American Immigration Council

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Partner Emeritus at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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President at American Immigration Lawyers Association

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Executive Director at American Immigration Council

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Former AILA Treasurer at American Immigration Lawyers Association

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President at American Immigration Council

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Founder at David Wolfe Leopold & Associates Co. LPA

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General Counsel at The Supreme Court Historical Society

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President-Elect at American Immigration Lawyers Association

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Former Executive Director at American Immigration Lawyers Association

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The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. AILA Member attorneys represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. AILA Members also represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis. Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, professional services, and expertise through its 38 chapters and over 50 national committees.

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THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL IS TO STRENGTHEN AMERICA BY HONORING OUR IMMIGRANT HISTORY AND SHAPING HOW AMERICANS THINK ABOUT AND ACT TOWARDS IMMIGRATION NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.

Political Donations
$375
2011

Former President of United States

$500
2008

Former President of United States

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