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AILA Correspondence

AILA Requests Clarity from USCIS on Afghanistan Evacuation Policies

On 8/20/21, in light of the escalating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, AILA sent a letter to USCIS with recommendations regarding USCIS policy and procedures relating to the Afghanistan evacuation and seeking clarifying information regarding humanitarian parole adjudications.
AILA Doc. No. 21082391

AILA’s Asylum & Refugee Committee Sends Follow-Up Letter to USCIS Requesting Guidance on the Doyle Memo

The AILA Asylum & Refugee Committee submitted a follow-up letter to USCIS regarding the Doyle Memo-related guidance initially requested in May 2022.
AILA Doc. No. 23051106

AILA Signs onto Letter to House Opposing H.R. 2

AILA and other organizations sent a vote recommendation opposing H.R. 2, Secure the Border Act of 2023, stating that the “the bill would dismantle the asylum system and cause immeasurable harm to immigrant communities.”
AILA Doc. No. 23050900

AILA Statement Submitted to the House on the Border Security and Enforcement Act of 2023

AILA submitted a statement to the record in advance of a House Judiciary Committee Markup of the Border Security and Enforcement Act of 2023.
AILA Doc. No. 23041801

AILA Issues Recommendations for FY2024 Federal Budget

AILA sent a letter to Congress with recommendations for the FY2024 federal budget. The letter highlights the need to adequately fund USCIS, humanely and efficiently prepare for migration encounters, reduce detention funding, and provide funding for fair immigration courts and legal representation.
AILA Doc. No. 23031701

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS on Collaboration on Technology Improvements and Data Standardization

AILA sent a letter to USCIS on advancing collaboration between AILA and USCIS in the areas of technology improvements and data standardization, including initiatives related to MyUSCIS and recommendations for future collaboration.
AILA Doc. No. 23031531

AILA Sends Letter to White House Opposing Family Detention

AILA sent a letter to President Biden expressing concern that his administration is considering reinstating family detention. AILA lays out alternative to solutions to addressing the need to process large numbers of individuals and urging the Administration to not reinstate family detention.
AILA Doc. No. 23031400

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging End to the Asylum EAD Clock

AILA and partner organizations urge USCIS and EOIR to eliminate the “asylum clock” for EADs, calling on the agencies to engage in rulemaking and remove the language from 8 CFR § 208.7(a)(2) that established the need to account for applicant-caused delays through an asylum clock.
AILA Doc. No. 23030801

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS on TPS for Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees

AILA and partners sent a letter urging DHS to extend temporary protection and work authorization for Ukrainians paroled into the United States at ports of entry and to consider recommendations to address challenges faced by Ukrainian humanitarian parolees and the providers who serve them.
AILA Doc. No. 23022409

AILA and Partners Advocate for Changes in Biometrics for U and T Visa Applicants Abroad

AILA’s VAWA, T, and U committee and partners advocate for the USCIS immediate implementation of biometrics policies that will allow for continued adjudication of U and T petitions for applicants abroad.
AILA Doc. No. 23021704

AILA Statement for House Oversight Committee Hearing on the Southern Border

AILA submitted a statement for the House Oversight Committee’s February 7, 2023, hearing on the southern border. AILA urges Congress and the Biden Administration to take immediate action to build a fair, humane, and orderly asylum process and to improve the entire immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 23020699

AILA Statement to the House Judiciary Committee on the Southern Border

In advance of a February 1, 2023, hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the border, AILA submitted this statement advising on how to meaningfully manage the southern border through an all-government approach.
AILA Doc. No. 23013131

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging Human Rights, Humanitarian Protection, and Access to Asylum to Be Center of Upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit

AILA and partners sent a letter to U.S., Canadian, and Mexican Administrations urging them to center human rights, humanitarian protection, and access to asylum for individuals fleeing persecution in discussions regarding regional migration at the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit.
AILA Doc. No. 23012503

AILA and Partners Send Letter to USCIS on Stakeholder Engagement with IPO

AILA and partners sent a letter to USCIS requesting that IPO resume regular engagement with critical stakeholders regarding the implementation of the RIA. The past engagements have helped avoid the need to litigate issues that could be easily discussed prior to a policy announcement.
AILA Doc. No. 23012000

AILA and Partners Send Letter to President Biden on Deportations to Haiti

AILA and partners sent a letter to President Biden urging the U.S. to stop all deportations to Haiti due to the deadly conditions in Haiti, particularly impacting those individuals who are ineligible for TPS, including those with past criminal convictions or criminal charges.
AILA Doc. No. 23011905

AILA’s Asylum & Refugee National Committee Requests a Meeting on I-730 Adjudications

The AILA Asylum & Refugee National Committee sent a letter to USCIS requesting a meeting on I-730 adjudications to discuss issues and recommendations and to provide questions.
AILA Doc. No. 23011901

AILA Sends Letter to President Biden Regarding the Proposed New Transit Ban

AILA sent a letter to President Biden expressing concerns in response to an announcement that the Administration would issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that would include a transit ban.
AILA Doc. No. 23011800