AILA Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to AG Garland Urging Reform of America's Immigration Enforcement and Judicial Systems

3/16/2021
On March 16, 2021, AILA and coalition partners sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting action on various priorities, including the reprioritization of 700,000 cases in the immigration court backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 21050300

AILA and Partners Urge the Attorney General and DHS Secretary to Create a Welcoming, Effective, and Timely Asylum System

4/15/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas and AG Garland with recommendations on how to receive and screen migrants seeking safety in the United States in a humane and orderly fashion, including expanding legal counsel programs and using initial asylum interviews at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 21042031

AILA Submits Statement to House Judiciary Committee for Markup of NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act of 2021

4/14/2021
AILA’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Gregory Chen, submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Committee for its April 14, 2021, markup of the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act of 2021. AILA urges passage of both bills.
AILA Doc. No. 21041430

AILA Sends Letter to DHS Urging Modernization of the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Process

4/13/2021
AILA sent a letter to DHS urging modernization of the Form I-9 employment eligibility verification process, including permanent virtual review of the Form I-9 employment eligibility documentation. Special thanks to the AILA Verification Committee for their contributions to this letter.
AILA Doc. No. 21041330

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Urging Equitable Relief for Stakeholders Impacted by Delayed Rejections

4/7/2021
On April 7, 2021, AILA sent a letter to USCIS expressing concerns about USCIS’s untimely rejection of applications and petitions, and urging equitable relief for all stakeholders affected by such delayed rejections.
AILA Doc. No. 21040935

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS on Concerns Regarding the ICE Detention System

3/29/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS on urgent, unaddressed concerns regarding the ICE detention system and requesting that ICE meaningfully consider all people in custody for release as the first step toward a longer term dismantling of the harmful ICE detention system.
AILA Doc. No. 21033032

AILA and the Council Urge DHS and ICE to Create Functioning System of Discretionary Release from ICE Detention

3/25/2021
AILA and the Council sent a letter to DHS Secretary Mayorkas and Acting ICE Director Johnson urging DHS to establish a functioning system of discretionary release from ICE custody, arguing that all detained individuals must have a meaningful opportunity to have their custody evaluated.
AILA Doc. No. 21033031

AILA and Partners Send Letter to USCIS on Status Extension and EAD Processing Delays

3/22/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter to USCIS requesting prompt action on H-4, L-2, and F-1 nonimmigrant EAD delays and status extensions to ensure that individuals currently employed do not lose their employment authorization and that business disruption in a rebounding economy is kept to a minimum.
AILA Doc. No. 21032300

AILA and Partners Send Letter Recommending Additional Actions on the Wind Down of MPP

3/12/2021
On 3/12/21, AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS and DOS with recommendations on additional actions the administration could take to end the Migrant Protections Protocols (MPP).
AILA Doc. No. 21031242

AILA and Partners Send Letter on the NO BAN ACT

3/11/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter urging Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to move the NO BAN ACT to a floor vote before April 1, 2021, rather than unnecessarily repeating the markup process.
AILA Doc. No. 21031238

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS on the H-2B Visa Program

2/11/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter requesting DHS to promptly make all authorized additional H-2B visas available for FY2021 and to encourage President Biden to rescind Presidential Proclamation 10052, which restricts the entry of H-2B visa holders into the United States through March 31, 2021.
AILA Doc. No. 21030840

AILA and Coalition Partners Send Letter to USCIS Urging Implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act

3/1/2021
AILA and 16 coalition partners sent a letter urging USCIS to implement the provisions of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act which were included in H.R. 8337. These provisions authorize USCIS to expand premium processing to additional form types.
AILA Doc. No. 21030443

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS About the Impact of Receipt Notice Delays on the Form I-9 Employment Verification Process

3/3/2021
AILA sent a letter to USCIS expressing concern about receipt notice delays, which have impacted stakeholders’ ability to demonstrate employment eligibility for Form I-9 purposes. AILA urged USCIS to implement flexibilities related to the verification process for applicants impacted by the delays.
AILA Doc. No. 21030338

AILA and Partners Urge President Biden to Rescind the Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Bans

2/5/2021
AILA and partners sent a letter urging President Biden to rescind, without delay, Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which have suspended the entry of many people seeking to enter as immigrants and nonimmigrants, and which continue to cause harm to families, businesses, and communities in the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 21020536

AILA and Partners Send Letter to President Biden on DOJ Reform of Immigration Courts and Enforcement Priorities

2/1/2021
On February 1, 2021, AILA, along with 164 immigration, civil rights, and human rights organizations, sent a letter to President Biden urging reforms to ensure that the Department of Justice (DOJ) establishes fairness and integrity in the immigration courts and the immigration enforcement system.
AILA Doc. No. 21020137