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AILA Correspondence

AILA and IMGT Send Letter to DOS Recommending Actions to Facilitate the Services of International Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 Outbreak

4/3/2020
AILA and the International Medical Graduate Taskforce (IMGT) have sent a letter to the DOS Waiver Review Division providing recommendations for DOS actions that would allow international medical graduates to provide, or continue providing, much needed services during the COVID-19 outbreak.
AILA Doc. No. 20040334

More than 70 Organizations Call on DOJ to Immediately Close All Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

3/26/2020
On March 26, 2020, more than 70 organizations joined AILA, the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), and the ICE Professionals Union, to call on the Department of Justice to immediately close all immigration courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20032630

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Demanding Immediate Suspension of All Deadlines

3/23/2020
AILA sent a letter to USCIS demanding suspension of all deadlines by 3/27/20 and implementation of other measures outlined in AILA’s previous letters, including extension of statutory or regulatory deadlines and extension of nonimmigrant status until 90 days after the end of the national emergency.
AILA Doc. No. 20032531

AILA Requests Additional Accommodations from USCIS to Facilitate Filings During National Emergency

3/23/2020
AILA sent a letter to USCIS following up on earlier letters dated 3/16 and 3/20 to request additional reasonable accommodations to enable petitioners, applicants, and representatives, who are now required to work from home or shelter in place, to continue filing benefit requests with USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 20032341

AILA and Partners Send Letter to EOIR and ICE on Legal Access in Immigration Detention and Immigration Courts During COVID-19 Pandemic

3/23/2020
AILA, the Council, and more than 100 other organizations sent a letter urging EOIR and ICE to immediately authorize robust and automatic use of remote options for immigration court appearances and attorney-client meetings.
AILA Doc. No. 20032332

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Regarding California’s “Stay at Home” Order

3/20/2020
On 3/20/20, AILA sent a letter to USCIS Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli to seek immediate information related to the impact of COVID-19 and the California “stay at home” order on California Service Center (CSC) Operations.
AILA Doc. No. 20032090

AILA Sends Letter to CBP Regarding Its Response to COVID-19

3/17/2020
AILA sent a letter to CBP concerning the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on CBP activities throughout ports of entry and CBP holding facilities.
AILA Doc. No. 20031716

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Requesting Guidance on Its Response to COVID-19

3/16/2020
AILA sent a letter to USCIS expressing deep concerns regarding the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on USCIS operations and to respectfully request that the agency take immediate steps to mitigate its spread.
AILA Doc. No. 20031750

AILA Sends Letter to DOJ, EOIR, and ICE Regarding Urgent COVID-19 Measures

3/16/2020
On 3/16/20, AILA sent a letter to DOJ, EOIR, and ICE with urgent measures that should be taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20031666

AILA Sends Letter to DHS Requesting Guidance Concerning Form I-9 Compliance and COVID-19

3/16/2020
AILA sent a letter to DHS on the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic and public health emergency on U.S. businesses. AILA requests DHS immediately issue guidance providing flexibility in the Form I-9 verification, E-Verify and compliance process in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.
AILA Doc. No. 20031605

Immigration Judges, Prosecutors, and Attorneys Call for the Nationwide Closure of All Immigration Courts

3/15/2020
The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the ICE Professionals Union, and AILA call for the emergency closure of the nation’s Immigration Courts in adherence with current public health protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus and recognizing the urgency of this public health crisis.
AILA Doc. No. 20031590

AILA Sends Letter to ICE Regarding ICE Facilities and COVID-19

3/12/2020
On 3/12/20, AILA sent a letter to ICE requesting that ICE immediately implement procedures for the prevention and management of COVID-19 at all ICE facilities, including all detention centers and ICE locations where individuals must report for ICE supervision.
AILA Doc. No. 20031234

Letter to DHS Requesting MPP Be Stopped Immediately in Accordance with U.S. Law

3/6/2020
One hundred and fifty three organizations, including AILA, sent a letter to DHS urging it to uphold U.S. asylum law and to allow asylum seekers currently subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) into the United States so they may seek refuge and protection from within the country.
AILA Doc. No. 20030603

Advocates Express Concerns and Request Written Response to Unanswered Questions After Laredo Tent Court Tour

2/21/2020
On 2/21/20, AILA and other advocates sent a letter following up on a 1/24/20 trip to the Laredo tent court. In this letter, the organizations expressed concerns regarding the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and requested written confirmation of DHS’ policy for the program.
AILA Doc. No. 20022130

Advocates Call on Congress to Establish an Independent Immigration Court

2/18/2020
On 2/18/20, 54 immigration, civil rights, faith-based, government accountability, and labor organizations, including AILA, call on Congress to establish an immigration court system that is independent of DOJ so that it can guarantee due process and a fair hearing for immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 20021838

AILA Urges House Judiciary Committee to Pass the NO BAN Act and the Access to Counsel Act of 2020

2/12/2020
AILA submitted a statement urging the House Judiciary Committee to pass H.R. 2214, NO BAN Act, and H.R. 5581, Access to Counsel Act of 2020. These bills will limit executive authority to restrict the entry of persons into the U.S. and grant access to counsel if a person is detained an hour or more.
AILA Doc. No. 20021131

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Raising Questions and Concerns About the H-1B Registration Tool

1/17/2020
On January 17, 2020, AILA sent a letter to USCIS sharing questions and concerns raised by AILA members and coalition partners on how the H-1B registration tool will work.
AILA Doc. No. 20012336

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Requesting a Change to the USCIS Policy Manual

1/14/2020
On January 14, 2020, AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting a change to the USCIS Policy Manual: Volume 7, Part A, Ch. 8, Section D, entitled “Portability Provisions” that suggests that all physicians with approved NIW petitions are subject to the two-year home residence requirement of INA §212(e).
AILA Doc. No. 20012330

Sign-on Letter Requesting an Extension of the 30-Day Comment Period for Proposed Rule Regarding Asylum Eligibility

1/2/2020
On 1/2/20, AILA and other organizations signed onto a letter requesting USCIS extend the comment period from 30 days to 60 days for the recent rulemaking issued with regards to asylum eligibility.
AILA Doc. No. 20010834