AILA Correspondence

AILA Calls on Leader Nancy Pelosi to Protect Dreamers and TPS Recipients within First 100 Days of the 116th Congress

11/27/2018
On 11/27/18, AILA sent a letter to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the need to pass legislation to protect Dreamers and recipients of TPS within the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. AILA also urged opposing funds to build a border wall, increase detention beds and additional CBP agents.
AILA Doc. No. 18112835

Compete America Coalition Sends Letter to USCIS and OIRA on H-1B Pre-Registration Rule

11/21/2018
On 11/21/18, the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to USCIS and OIRA expressing concerns regarding the proposed H-1B pre-registration rule, which is currently pending review with the OMB, but has not yet been published in the Federal Register.
AILA Doc. No. 18112101

AILA Joins Over 200 Organizations in Urging Congress to Reject Funding Increases for Border Enforcement

11/13/2018
On 11/13/18, AILA joined over 200 organization in urging Congress to decrease enforcement funding in FY2019 DHS Appropriations bill. Citing that increase funding will facilitate family separations, cause irreparable harm to the border region, and incentivize mass detention and deportation.
AILA Doc. No. 18111533

Compete America Coalition Letter to DHS on H-1B Adjudications

11/1/2018
On 11/1/18, the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to DHS expressing concern, stating, “The agency’s current approach to H-1B adjudications cannot be anticipated by either the statutory or regulatory text, leaving employers with a disruptive lack of clarity….”
AILA Doc. No. 18110638

Compete America Coalition Letter to DHS Expressing Concerns Regarding Sub-Regulatory Agency Actions

10/26/2018
On 10/26/18, the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing concerns regarding sub-regulatory agency actions impacting employment-based immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 18110172

AILA and NAFSA Sent Letter to DHS on Relief for FY2019 H-1B Cap Cases

9/21/2018
On 9/21/18, AILA and NAFSA provided a joint statement requesting relief for FY2019 H-1B cap cases, in reference to the ongoing suspension of premium processing service specifically affecting F-1 students in a cap-gap extension period.
AILA Doc. No. 18092574

AILA and Council Issue Statement to Senate HSGAC Committee on Flores Settlement Agreement

9/17/2018
AILA and American Immigration Council statement submitted to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) addressing recently proposed regulations that would undermine the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement.
AILA Doc. No. 18091830

Sign-On Letter Opposing Legislation That Would Expand Family Detention

9/14/2018
On 9/14/18, AILA joined national and state/local organizations to urge the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to reject any legislation that would expand the scale and length of immigrant family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 18092134

AILA Letter to USCIS Requesting Emergency Correction to Form G-28

9/5/2018
On 9/5/18, AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting an emergency correction to the 5/23/18 edition of Form G-28 prior to its mandatory implementation on 9/17/18, or in the alternative, a delay in the mandatory effective date for the new form, until the required correction can be completed.
AILA Doc. No. 18090630

Sign-On Letter on Reduction of Detention and Enforcement Funds in FY2019 Continuing Resolution

9/5/2018
On 9/5/18, AILA joined national, state, and local immigrant rights organizations on calling on congressional leadership and appropriators to reduce ICE’s funds for immigration detention and enforcement due to DHS’s overspending and poor conditions inside ICE’s jails.
AILA Doc. No. 18090531

AILA, CLINIC, and NILC Express Concerns Over Improper Public Charge Determinations and I-601A Revocations

8/28/2018
On 8/28/18, AILA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., and the National Immigration Law Center sent a letter to the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, expressing concerns over consulates’ improper public charge determinations and associated revocations of approved I-601As.
AILA Doc. No. 18082836

Sign-On Letter Urging Senate to Conduct Oversight and Advise USCIS to Withdraw Policy Memos

8/14/2018
On 8/14/18, AILA and nine coalition partners sent a letter to Chairman Charles Grassley and Ranking Dianne Member Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging Senate to conduct oversight and advise USCIS to withdraw policy memos issued on 6/28/18, 7/13/18, and 8/9/18.
AILA Doc. No. 18081600

Sign-On Letter Asking Attorney General Sessions to Revoke Matter of A-B-

6/27/2018
On June 27, 2018, AILA joined approximately 465 other organizations in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressing concern for the lives of immigrant survivors of domestic violence following his wrongful decision in Matter of A-B- and asking him to immediately revoke the decision.
AILA Doc. No. 18062807

Sign-On Letter to Appropriators to Reject Reprogramming Requests Made By DHS

6/27/2018
On 6/27/18, AILA and 11 coalition partners urged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to reject the transfer and/or reprogramming of funds DHS is requesting to construct new detention camps to detain children and families.
AILA Doc. No. 18062736

Sign-On Letter Opposing Speaker Ryan’s “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018” (H.R. 6136)

6/20/2018
On June 20, 2018, AILA joined approximately 350 organizations in a letter to members of Congress expressing grave concerns with Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018” (H.R. 6136), and asking them to vote against the bill.
AILA Doc. No. 18062805

Sign-On Letter Opposing Representative Goodlatte’s “Securing America’s Future Act” (H.R.4760)

6/19/2018
On June 19, 2018, AILA joined approximately 226 organizations in a letter to members of Congress opposing Representative Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) bill, the “Securing America’s Future Act” (H.R.4760).
AILA Doc. No. 18062806

Sign-On Letter Urging the Appropriations Committees to Include H-2B Cap Relief in FY2019 Appropriations Bill

6/12/2018
On 6/12/18, AILA joined members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include H-2B cap relief for FY2019 or any other appropriate legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 18072403

Sign-On Letter to Congressional Leadership on Worksite Raids

6/6/2018
On 6/6/18, AILA joined several other human rights and immigrant rights organizations from across the U.S. in calling on congressional leadership to address the return of mass worksite raids and the increase of rogue worksite enforcement actions taken by ICE and DHS.
AILA Doc. No. 18061196

Sign-On Letter to Special Rapporteur González Morales on Violations of International Law at Immigration Detention Facilities

5/15/2018
On 5/15/18, AILA joined 70 other human rights and immigrant’s rights organizations across the U.S. to address violations of international law at the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia and to call for coordinated site visits and international condemnation.
AILA Doc. No. 18060630

AILA Statement on Strengthening and Reforming America’s Immigration Court System Hearing

4/18/2018
On 4/18/18, AILA submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration urging that Congress create an independent immigration court system in the form of an Article I court and monitor EOIR practices to ensure individuals the right to a full and fair hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 18041646

Sign-On Letter Urging ICE to Discontinue Policy of Detaining Pregnant Individuals

4/11/2018
On 4/11/18, AILA joined over 275 organizations in urging ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan to discontinue its policy of detaining pregnant individuals, who should be able to access the critical healthcare services they need, and instead release them to continue their cases outside of detention.
AILA Doc. No. 18042534

Sign-On Letter Urging DOL and DHS To Immediately Resume Processing H-2Bs

4/11/2018
On 4/11/18, AILA joined members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition urging the DOL and DHS Secretaries to immediately resume processing H-2B visas up to the full number of visas authorized by the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
AILA Doc. No. 18041900

Sign-On Letter Requesting Transparency and Accountability for Immigration Detention

4/5/2018
On 4/5/18, AILA joined nine organizations in a letter to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Thomas Homan, Acting Director of ICE, requesting that they bear accountability for the ongoing mismanagement of the detention system and comply with the limitations on agency spending.
AILA Doc. No. 18040541

AILA Urges Congress to Reject Excessive, Unjustified Spending on Immigration Enforcement in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

3/8/2018
On 3/8/18, AILA released a statement urging Congress to reject excessive, unjustified spending for immigration enforcement in the upcoming omnibus appropriations bill. President Trump has requested large increases in immigration enforcement funding, including $1.6 billion for the border wall.
AILA Doc. No. 18030834

Sign-On Letter Urging Congress to Pass the Dream Act and Reject the White House Proposal

2/13/2018
On 2/13/18, AILA joined 268 other organizations in a letter calling on Congress to enact permanent protections for Dreamers and reject the White House’s immigration proposal. The letter states that “protecting Dreamers cannot come at the cost of harming other immigrants or immigrant communities.”
AILA Doc. No. 18021439

Sign-On Letter to Congress Regarding Unaccompanied Children and Asylum Seekers

2/14/2018
On 2/14/18, AILA joined 99 other organizations in a letter urging Congress to support the Dream Act and vote against proposals that would punish asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrant children. These harmful proposals would violate due process for asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors.
AILA Doc. No. 18021438

Coalition for the American Dream Opposes H.R. 4760

2/8/2018
On 2/8/18, the Coalition for the American Dream, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress declaring opposition to H.R. 4760: Securing America’s Future Act of 2018, which does not provide a permanent workable legislative solution for Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 18021231

Sign-On Letter Urging the Appropriations Committees to Include H-2B Cap Relief

2/2/2018
On 2/2/18, AILA joined members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include H-2B cap relief in any spending measure for the remainder of FY2018 or any other appropriate legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 18020540

Sign-On Letter Urging House and Senate Leadership to Include H-2B Cap Relief in Future Spending Measures

2/2/2018
On 2/2/18, AILA joined members of the H-2B Workforce Coalition urging House and Senate Leadership to include H-2B cap relief in any spending measures for the remainder of FY2018 or any other appropriate legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 18020539

Sign-On Letter to Secretary Nielsen Opposing Family Separation Proposal

1/16/2018
On 1/16/18, AILA joined 129 other organizations in a letter to Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, opposing a recent proposal from the Trump administration to separate immigrant children from their parents when they are apprehended at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 18012942

Sign-On Letter to USCIS Requesting to Maintain the H-4 Rule

1/17/2018
On 1/17/18, eleven organizations including CompeteAmerica, which AILA is a member of, requested that USCIS continue to authorize employment for certain H-4 dependent spouses. The letter cites the instrumental role of these workers in STEM fields and their positive impact on the U.S. economy.
AILA Doc. No. 18012660