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Automatic Extension of Work Permits Will Help American Economy, Workers, and Families
AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini welcomed the news that USCIS will modify the period of automatic extensions of work permits for up to 540 days; this change was one of the ten policy recommendations AILA recently made to the Biden Administration.
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SCOTUS Wrong to Allow TX SB4 Implementation
AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Texas to implement SB.4, saying it "threatens to create chaos."

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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to SCOTUS Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

AILA President Allen Orr welcomed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, noting she has “legal knowledge of immense depth and breadth” and is someone “who embodies the strength that comes through diversity and inclusion.”

2/25/22 AILA Doc. No. 22022502.
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AILA Calls on Biden Administration to Help Ukrainian Nationals as Russia Invades

AILA calls on the Biden administration to move immediately to help Ukrainian nationals as Russia invades Ukraine, including expeditious processing and humanitarian relief such as Temporary Protected Status and a moratorium on removals.

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Eighty-Five Immigrant and Human Rights Groups Call for Investigation and Demand Private Prison Ban Extend to ICE Detention

AILA and our partners requested the DHS and DOJ OIGs review the implementation of President Biden’s EO phasing out DOJ’s use of private prisons; the request was supported by 85 immigrant and human rights groups that delivered a complementary letter demanding the findings be made public.

2/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020903. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA: USCIS Needs to Give Meaning to the Words of Its New Mission Statement

AILA applauded the Biden administration’s rewrite of the USCIS mission statement which clearly signals a more welcoming and respectful attitude towards immigrants and recognition of the importance of immigration to America’s success.

2/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020906.
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AILA, NALEO Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for New Americans Team Up for Virtual and In-Person Citizenship Events

AILA is proud to join NALEO Educational Fund and NPNA for AILA’s 16th Citizenship Day, taking place virtually and in-person at 20+ events across the country on or around Saturday, February 12, 2022, to help lawful permanent residents take the final steps toward U.S. citizenship.

2/3/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020255. Naturalization & Citizenship
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AILA Welcomes Legislation to Create Independent Immigration Court

AILA welcomed newly introduced legislation that would create an independent immigration court system. The “Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022” was introduced by Representatives Lofgren (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), and Johnson (D-GA), following two hearings on this issue over the past few years.

2/3/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020351. Removal & Relief
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Capital Good Fund and AILA Partnership Brings Financial Support to Immigrant Communities

Capital Good Fund and AILA have launched a national program to give AILA members the benefit of offering an affordable financing option to their clients, allowing more people to access legal representation.

2/1/22 AILA Doc. No. 22013109. Practice Management
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AILA Welcomes Administration’s Changes to Attract and Retain STEM Talent

AILA welcomed policy changes that will help America attract and retain individuals with STEM expertise. President Allen Orr noted, “These changes are in line with several recommendations AILA has urged the Biden administration to consider as part of our Vision for a Welcoming America.”

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One Year Later, Promises on Immigration Have Fallen Short

AILA reviewed and analyzed the Biden administration’s promises on immigration and the actions taken, or not taken, in our new report. “Still Striving – The First Year of the Biden Administration” covers promises kept and those left unfulfilled in the year since President Biden’s inauguration.

1/19/22 AILA Doc. No. 22011852.
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Announced Measures to Strengthen Central America Through Public-Private Partnerships

AILA President Allen Orr welcomed news from Vice President Kamala Harris about planned measures to strengthen Central America through public-private partnerships, noting that such measures must be managed with transparency and the input of civil society.

12/15/21 AILA Doc. No. 21121507.
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Biden Administration Recognition of Immigration Judges’ Labor Union

AILA President Allen Orr welcomed news that the Biden administration reversed the position taken by the previous administration and has once again recognized the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) as the labor union for immigration judges.

12/8/21 AILA Doc. No. 21120806.
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AILA Welcomes Merger of American Immigration Council and New American Economy

AILA welcomes the merger of the American Immigration Council and the New American Economy into a unified American Immigration Council which “will have a dramatic impact on the lives of immigrants, the lawyers and organizations who represent them, and communities all over the country.”

12/6/21 AILA Doc. No. 21120681.
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AILA Deeply Disappointed in Even Temporary Resurrection of MPP

AILA is deeply disappointed that politically motivated Attorneys General of Missouri and Texas have managed to temporarily resurrect the inhumane “Migrant Protection Protocols” known as Remain in Mexico, noting the result will be to undermine U.S. asylum laws and traumatize vulnerable immigrants.

12/2/21 AILA Doc. No. 2112281. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA President Allen Orr Responds to Latest Travel Bans

AILA President Allen Orr urged the Biden administration to implement common-sense reforms that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while reopening America, instead of travel bans that only serve to validate xenophobic and racist attitudes.

12/1/21 AILA Doc. No. 21120181. Admissions & Border
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House Passes Immigration Measures as Part of Build Back Better Act

AILA welcomed the House passage of the Build Back Better Act which contains several immigration provisions, noting “While this is a critical first step, we still need real, lasting reform to our immigration laws to build out an immigration system that will actually work for America.”

11/19/21 AILA Doc. No. 21111961.
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More than 40 Human and Civil Rights Leaders: Ongoing Mistreatment and Expulsions of Haitians and Asylum Seekers Will Stain Biden’s Legacy

AILA President Allen Orr and 42 other organizational leaders urge the Biden administration to change course, as it fails “to do the right thing at our Southern border and is causing harms to thousands of Black and Brown asylum seekers, families and individuals seeking protection.”

11/17/21 AILA Doc. No. 21111700. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Major Settlement Changes How USCIS Adjudicates Work Permits for Nonimmigrant Spouses

AILA and litigation partners Wasden Banias and Steven Brown celebrate the historic settlement with DHS in Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas, which provides structural changes for nonimmigrant H-4 and L-2 spouses suffering from long-delayed processing times for EAD applications.

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AILA and Members File Class Action Challenging Huge USCIS Processing Delays on Work Permits

49 plaintiffs represented by AILA, Farshad Owji, Aaron Hall, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind filed a class action lawsuit against DHS and USCIS over the extreme processing delays on applications for EADs for noncitizens who are seeking Adjustment of Status (AOS) and E-2 nonimmigrant spouses.

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AILA Welcomes Termination Memo Intended to End the “Migrant Protection Protocols” Permanently

AILA welcomed the Biden administration’s memo to terminate the “Migrant Protection Protocols”, with AILA President Allen Orr noting, “May this be the beginning of the final end to this despicable program undermining U.S. asylum law.”

10/29/21 AILA Doc. No. 21102909. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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U.S. Employers Settle Lawsuit Challenging USCIS’ Unlawful Denial of H-1B Petitions Filed by American Businesses

AILA and our litigation partners announced the approved settlement in a class action lawsuit challenging USCIS’s pattern and practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petitions for market research analyst positions.

10/28/21 AILA Doc. No. 21102864.
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AILA President Allen Orr Celebrates National Pro Bono Week with RFK Human Rights Award Winner Guerline Jozef and Urges Continued Efforts to Help Haiti

AILA President Allen Orr shared insights as he celebrates National Pro Bono Week with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Winner Guerline Jozef and urges continued efforts to help Haitians in need of protection.

10/27/21 AILA Doc. No. 21102712.
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DHS Secretary Strengthens Protections from Enforcement Actions for Sensitive Locations

AILA President Allen Orr welcomed the new sensitive locations memo from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas but noted, “Without accountability, ICE and other DHS agents will have the leeway to continue as they have under the previous administration. That would be disastrous and unacceptable.”

10/27/21 AILA Doc. No. 21102781. Removal & Relief
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Biden Administration Rightly Removes Artificial Quotas for Immigration Judges

AILA welcomed news that the Biden administration has removed the artificial quotas imposed on immigration judges but urged further action to rescind other Trump-era policies which continue to undercut the integrity and independence of our immigration courts.

10/21/21 AILA Doc. No. 21102105. Removal & Relief
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Statement from AILA President Allen Orr Regarding National Efforts to Assist Black Migrants

AILA President Allen Orr recognized National Day of Action and National Week of Action for Black Migrants, noting “We will work with our partners to…ensure that those who come to our shores have the meaningful chance to seek protection that our laws, and our integrity, require.”

10/15/21 AILA Doc. No. 21101503.
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AILA Welcomes Planned Lift of Travel Restrictions at Land Border Points of Entry

AILA welcomed the announcement that U.S. land border and ferry crossing points of entry would reopen to travelers who are fully vaccinated, in addition to all air travelers, next month and continues to urge the White House to lift the “Title 42” order.

10/13/21 AILA Doc. No. 21101309. Admissions & Border