AILA Correspondence

Sign-On Letter to USCIS on H-1B Electronic Registration Tool

On 8/16/19, AILA joined others in sending a letter to USCIS urging it to confirm whether it intends to mandate use of the electronic registration system for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season and requesting USCIS to solicit stakeholder feedback on the electronic tool prior to its implementation.
AILA Doc. No. 19081617

Sign-On Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee on the Secure and Protect Act of 2019

On 7/31/19, AILA and other organizations signed on to a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Committee to vote no to the harmful measures of S. 1494, the Secure and Protect Act of 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19080134

Sign-On Letter to DHS, USCIS, and DOD Requesting the Continuation of Military Parole in Place

On 7/30/19, 27 organizations joined AILA to send a letter to Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan, Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli, and DOD Secretary Esper requesting that the administration continue parole in place (PIP) for military families.
AILA Doc. No. 19073110

Legal Associations Call for Independent Immigration Court System

On 7/11/19, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Immigration Judges, and the Federal Bar Association sent a letter to Congress calling for an immigration court system independent of the DOJ.
AILA Doc. No. 19070802

Sign-On Letter to House Judiciary Committee on Permanent Protection for Dreamers, TPS, and DED

On 5/21/19, AILA and 400 organizations signed on in support of a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging Congress to ensure passage of permanent protections for Dreamers, as well as TPS and DED holders, without further delays.
AILA Doc. No. 19060702

AILA Issues Vote Recommendation on H.R. 6

AILA urges members of Congress to vote YES on Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s (D-CA) American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which would offer Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients protection from deportation and allow contribution to economic growth.
AILA Doc. No. 19060431

AILA and ASISTA Send Letter to USCIS Requesting an Extension of Grace Period for New Edition of Form I-918

On 5/29/19, AILA and ASISTA sent a letter to USCIS expressing concern that the two-month grace period spanning the current and future editions of Form I-918 is insufficient and urging an extension of that period. On 7/5/19, USCIS responded to this letter.
AILA Doc. No. 19052943

AILA Issues Statement to House Judiciary Committee on Markup of H.R. 2820 and H.R. 2821

AILA submitted a statement urging the House Judiciary Committee to pass H.R. 2820, Dream Act of 2019, and H.R. 2821, American Promise Act of 2019. These bills would provide Dreamers and TPS recipients with permanent legal status and a path to citizenship.
AILA Doc. No. 19052237

Sign-On Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Reforming and Reauthorizing the EB-5 Visa Program

On 5/17/19, AILA joined other EB-5 stakeholder groups in sending a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee members in support of reforming and reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program, which is set to expire on 9/30/19.
AILA Doc. No. 19052033

Sign-on Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Closure of the USCIS International Operations Division

On 3/29/19, AILA and other organizations signed onto a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee members urging the use of oversight authority to prohibit the closure of the USCIS International Operations Division.
AILA Doc. No. 19060700

Sign-On Letter to DHS and DOS Requesting Venezuela Be Designated for TPS

On 3/13/19, AILA and over 200 other organizations signed on in support of a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State requesting that Venezuela be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country.
AILA Doc. No. 19031337

AILA Issues Statement for House Judiciary Hearing on Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

AILA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration for the March 6, 2019, hearing on “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030603

Sign-On Letter Urges DHS and DOL to Urgently Provide H-2B Cap Relief

On 2/22/19, the H-2B Workforce Coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen and DOL Secretary Acosta requesting that their agencies make available the full number of H-2B visas authorized by the FY2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
AILA Doc. No. 19022533

AILA Sends Response Letter to EOIR on Discipline Policy Memo

On 2/15/19, AILA sent a letter to EOIR Director McHenry to express concern with the continued imbalance in the treatment of counsel appearing before EOIR components perpetuated by the 12/18/18 memo, “Internal Reporting of Suspected Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Professional Misconduct.”
AILA Doc. No. 19021549

AILA Issues Statement on the Border Security Spending Deal

On 2/14/19, AILA issued a statement expressing concern about the enormous increases the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 provides for border security enforcement. Citing, among other things, that the bill would increase funding for immigration detention by at least 12 percent.
AILA Doc. No. 19012960

AILA and Advocates Send Letter Urging Secretary Nielsen to End the Migrant Protection Protocols Policy

On 2/6/19, the American Immigration Council, AILA, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. sent a letter to DHS documenting harm that families served by the Dilley Pro Bono Project faced on the other side of the southern border and demands a reversal of the Migrant Protection Protocols.
AILA Doc. No. 19020631

AILA Sends Oversight Letter to House Judiciary Committee

On 1/24/19, AILA sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging the committee to conduct hearings to hold USCIS accountable to its mission, halt the administration’s interference with immigration judges’ independence, and stop the violations of due process happening at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 19012533

AILA and Other Advocates Reject the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act”

On 1/23/19, AILA and a wide coalition of advocacy partners sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer urging them to reopen the federal government without “poison pill policy proposals.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012336