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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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U.S. Government Records Reveal Expanded Methods to Rush Deportations at Border

AILA, the Council, HRW, and Winston & Strawn LLP obtained documents about the Migrant Protection Protocols which reveal U.S. immigration agencies' efforts in 2019 to rapidly deport thousands of people from the United States through the little-known Electronic Nationality Verification (ENV) program.

1/27/21 AILA Doc. No. 21012700. Admissions & Border, Removal & Relief
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Day One of the Biden Presidency Focuses on Key Immigration Reforms

AILA commended the Day One actions on immigration undertaken by the Biden administration, recognizing that “the Biden team got straight to work fulfilling promises on immigration.”

1/20/21 AILA Doc. No. 21012042.
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AILA Welcomes Biden Plans to Reimagine America's Immigration System

AILA welcomed the planned reimagining of America's immigration laws and policies by the incoming Biden-Harris administration; this reasoned framework lays out the guideposts of smart and necessary immigration reform, something our country has desperately needed for decades.

1/19/21 AILA Doc. No. 21011941.
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AILA Welcomes Biden-Harris Administration Commitment to Fair and Humane Treatment of Migrants in the Americas Region

AILA welcomes reports that President-elect Biden is committed to following through on campaign pledges that will help ensure our immigration system and asylum process become fairer and more just.

12/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20122317.
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Big Win on Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

AILA and our litigation partners celebrate today’s summary judgment in our pro bono lawsuit challenging the Department of Labor’s attempt to change prevailing wage determinations.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

New Rule Spells Death for the Asylum System - AILA and the Council Urge the Biden Administration to Prioritize Its Undoing

AILA and American Immigration Council leadership respond to the latest asylum regulation that would make it nearly impossible for most applicants to successfully claim humanitarian protection in the United States.

12/10/20 AILA Doc. No. 20121034. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA Welcomes Nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to Lead DHS for the Biden Administration

AILA welcomes the news that President-elect Biden will nominate Alejandro Mayorkas to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

11/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20112342.
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Lawsuit Now Covers Hundreds of H-1B Petitions for Market Research Analyst Positions Filed by American Businesses

A federal judge has granted class certification in AILA’s lawsuit, filed with the Council, Van Der Hout LLP, Joseph & Hall P.C., and Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC, challenging USCIS’s practice of arbitrarily denying H-1B nonimmigrant employment-based petitions for market research analyst positions.

11/18/20 AILA Doc. No. 20111800. Business Immigration, H-1B & H-1B1 Specialty Occupation
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AILA Publishes Immigration Road Map for Incoming Biden-Harris Administration

AILA released recommendations on immigration reform and called upon the incoming Biden-Harris administration to take swift action to fix the immigration system because “nothing short of a comprehensive plan is needed to restore American values and our standing in the world.”

11/10/20 AILA Doc. No. 20111000.
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AILA Welcomes the Incoming Biden-Harris Administration and the Opportunities Ahead on Immigration

AILA congratulates the incoming Biden-Harris administration and pledges to offer solutions that will ensure our nation’s immigration policies reflect America’s founding principles and contribute to our shared prosperity.

11/7/20 AILA Doc. No. 20110639.
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Lawsuit Seeks to Uncover Secretive Expansion of Judicial Black Sites for Immigration Cases

AILA joined the American Immigration Council and the National Immigrant Justice Center in litigation against EOIR and GSA. The lawsuit requests information on the expansion and creation of immigration adjudication centers, which were established as part of EOIR’s Strategic Caseload Reduction plan.

10/30/20 AILA Doc. No. 20103038. Removal & Relief
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New H-1B Regulation Defies Congressional Intent and Threatens to Hurt U.S. Economy

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini respond to a new H-1B regulation that will harm U.S. workers and businesses.

10/29/20 AILA Doc. No. 20102900. Business Immigration, H-1B & H-1B1 Specialty Occupation
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AILA and Board of Governors’ Members File Pro Bono Suit Challenging Department of Labor’s Midnight Rule Changing Prevailing Wage Determinations

AILA joins Jeff Joseph, Charles Kuck, and Greg Siskind in suing to enjoin, in its entirety, the Department of Labor Interim Final Rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Sweeping Changes Will Alter H-1B Process and Harm American Businesses

AILA President Jennifer Minear and AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson respond to sweeping rules that will alter the H-1B process.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

House Condemns Atrocities Against Immigrants in Custody

AILA welcomed the passage of the bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 1153 which condemns unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals in immigration detention without their full, informed consent.

10/2/20 AILA Doc. No. 20100202. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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USCIS Fee Rule Halted in Its Entirety in Response to Litigation Filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP

AILA applauds Judge White’s decision to halt USCIS’s Fee Rule in its entirety following litigation filed with Sidley Austin LLP on August 20, 2020.

9/30/20 AILA Doc. No. 20093000.
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Organizations Call for Immediate Investigation into Reports of Unnecessary Procedures and Inadequate Care in ICE Facility

In a joint statement, AILA and the American Immigration Council respond to reports of inadequate medical care and unnecessary hysterectomies in ICE detention.

9/15/20 AILA Doc. No. 20091591. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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Court Orders Trump Administration to Allow Diversity Visa Lottery Winners In

Litigators from AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab respond to the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia's preliminary injunction to stop the Trump administration from denying immigrant visas to 2020 diversity visa winners.

9/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20090496. Admissions & Border, Consular Processing
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AILA Releases New Edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson comments on the release of the 17th edition of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook, authored by Ira J. Kurzban.

8/31/20 AILA Doc. No. 20083100.
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AILA Releases Fifth Edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court

AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson comments on the release of the fifth edition of Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court, authored by Robert Pauw.

8/27/20 AILA Doc. No. 20082730.
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DOJ Proposes Regulation to Turn Immigration Appeals into Tool of the Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda

AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch and AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney respond to a new rule proposed by DOJ that would overhaul Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) processes.

8/26/20 AILA Doc. No. 20082631. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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Rescission of Furlough Threats Is an Important First Step in Holding USCIS Accountable

AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini and AILA President Jennifer Minear respond to USCIS’s announcement that it will cancel its planned furlough of over 13,000 employees.

8/25/20 AILA Doc. No. 20082530.
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AILA and Sidley Austin, LLP Challenge Trump Administration’s Unlawful USCIS Fee Rule on Behalf of Immigrants’ Rights Organizations

On August 20, 2020, AILA and Sidley Austin, LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of the nation’s leading immigrants’ rights organizations challenging the Trump administration’s unlawful USCIS Fee Rule. The law suit seeks to prevent the rule from going into effect on October 2, 2020.

8/21/20 AILA Doc. No. 20082133.
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New FOIA Request Filed to Force Agency to Release Immigration Court Operations Information on COVID-19 Pandemic

AILA, the Council, and NIPNLG filed a FOIA request to obtain documents related to EOIR’s response to COVID-19, noting that EOIR has repeatedly ignored requests for information and seeking expedited release of documents that are integral to understanding EOIR’s operations during the pandemic.

8/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20080434. Removal & Relief
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Civil Rights Coalition Files Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Halt Immigration Ban

AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a preliminary injunction to halt implementation of the Trump Administration’s immigration ban.

8/3/20 AILA Doc. No. 20080307.