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Featured Issues

AILA's Featured Issues pages provide a one-stop shop on current immigration-related issues that AILA is actively tracking. This includes government actions and resources, AILA's policy recommendations, and materials and talking points to engage with Congress and the press.

Featured Issue: Asylum and Credible Fear Interim Final Rule

A new interim final rule on credible fear and asylum took effect May 31, 2022, and changes the way DHS processes asylum cases for individuals in expedited removal. This is a resource page to help immigration attorneys understand the new process for credible fear and asylum.
AILA Doc. No. 22071302

Featured Issue: USCIS Accountability and Oversight

This page will showcase and highlight AILA efforts surrounding USCIS accountability.
AILA Doc. No. 22031106

Featured Issue: America Needs an Independent Immigration Court — AILA Urges Passage of the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022

On February 3, 2022, Representatives Lofgren (D-CA), Nadler (D-NY), and Johnson (D-GA) introduced the Real Courts, Rule of Law Act of 2022. AILA welcomed the bill's introduction and has long advocated for an Article I, independent immigration court system. Learn more on this featured issue page.
AILA Doc. No. 22020256

Featured Issue: Biden Administration Actions to Attract and Retain STEM Talent

In January 2022, DOS and DHS announced new actions related to STEM work authorization, J-1 Researchers, National Interest Waivers, and O-1 Extraordinary Ability Workers. This featured issue page provides information and resources on these initiatives.
AILA Doc. No. 22012151

Featured Issue: E-Filing with EOIR Now Mandatory

Electronic filing (e-filing) with EOIR through the EOIR Courts & Appeals System (ECAS) became mandatory on February 11, 2022. AILA brings together resources from AILA and others to help you understand the new e-filing process.
AILA Doc. No. 22010601

Featured Issue: Assisting Haitian Migrants and Asylum Seekers

With more Haitians arriving at U.S. borders, many seeking asylum and urgently needing protection, AILA provides these resources to assist AILA members and the public in responding to the situation.
AILA Doc. No. 21101500

Featured Issue: Immigration Reforms through Budget Reconciliation

The Senate achieved passage of a landmark climate change and healthcare legislation through a process known as “budget reconciliation.” The passage of this historic bill in the Senate can be celebrated for not including amendments that targeted immigrants, their families, and our communities.
AILA Doc. No. 21091005

Find Resources for Assisting Afghan Clients

AILA has compiled a list of resources from AILA and other organizations to help you assist Afghan clients. The situation is constantly changing and information may become outdated. AILA recommends individuals consult with an attorney.
AILA Doc. No. 21081935

Featured Issue: Ensuring Legal Representation for People Facing Removal

Despite the critical role legal representation plays in ensuring fairness in removal proceedings, the law still does not guarantee the government will pay for counsel if the person is unable to afford one. AILA provides resources on ensuring legal representation for people facing removal.
AILA Doc. No. 21050438

Featured Issue: Immigration Court Backlog and Reprioritization

The immigration courts require urgent attention to address the 1.3 million case backlog. AILA provides a featured issue page with resources explaining how DOJ and EOIR can reprioritize cases on the docket by removing nonpriority matters.
AILA Doc. No. 21050334

Featured Issue: How the Biden Administration Must Reform Immigration Courts

The U.S. immigration court system suffers from profound structural problems that have severely eroded its capacity to deliver just decisions in a timely manner. This featured issue page provides updates, analyses, and other resources on the current state of immigration courts.
AILA Doc. No. 21041931

Featured Issue: Immigration Detention

This featured issue page provides updates on AILA’s efforts to reduce and phase out immigration detention. It also provides analyses, resources, and tools for representing and advocating on behalf of detained individuals.
AILA Doc. No. 21031937

Featured Issue: DHS and DOL Rules Altering the H-1B Process and Prevailing Wage Levels

On 1/15/21, DHS published an advance copy of a final USCIS rule on the H-1B visa program. As a result of a 1/20/21 memo issued by the White House Chief of Staff regarding review of pending regulatory actions, the rule, which has not yet been published in the Federal Register, will be withdrawn.
AILA Doc. No. 20100701

Featured Issue: USCIS Budget Shortfall and Furloughs

This featured issue page tracks the status of USCIS's budget crisis and the need to hold the agency accountable to ensure transparency and fiscal responsibility. On 9/30/20, President Trump signed H.R.8337 which includes the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act.
AILA Doc. No. 20071436

** Resource Center: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) **

This AILA featured issue page continuously gathers resources related to the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the AILA community as well as the immigrant community as a whole.
AILA Doc. No. 20030201

Featured Issue: The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This Featured Issue page compiles resources on how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be used to obtain immigration records as well as information on how to make a FOIA request to various immigration-related agencies. The page also includes noteworthy individual and organizational FOIAs.
AILA Doc. No. 20022703

Featured Issue: FY2023 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Season

This featured issue page tracks developments related to the FY2023 H-1B season. The filing period for H-1B petitions selected for the FY2023 cap opened on April 1, 2022, and will run through June 30, 2022.
AILA Doc. No. 19102407

Featured Issue: Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

Follow this page for more updates on the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). AILA will update this page on the winddown as they become available.
AILA Doc. No. 19091660

Featured Issue: FLRA Refuses to Throw Out Decision Decertifying Immigration Judge Union

On 12/7/21, the Biden administration reversed a Trump-era attempt to strip the immigration judges of their collective bargaining rights and once again recognized the employee union; however, on 1/21/22, the FLRA refused to throw out its controversial 2020 decision decertifying the union.
AILA Doc. No. 19081303

Featured Issue: Legislation Impacting the Per-Country Numerical Limitation

AILA tracks developments around legislation impacting the per-country limitations and provides background materials and practice resources.
AILA Doc. No. 19080632

Featured Issue: Public Charge Changes at USCIS, DOJ, and DOS

Use this AILA Featured Issue page to find resources on the Trump administration’s public charge changes. On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court denied without prejudice states’ attempts to intervene in the Northern District of Illinois case that vacated the DHS public charge final rule.
AILA Doc. No. 19050634

Featured Issue: Border Processing and Asylum

This featured issue page provides updates, analyses, and other resources on border processing and asylum policies, and AILA’s advocacy on the creation of a humane and fair border processing system for all individuals arriving at our southern border seeking safety.
AILA Doc. No. 19032731

Featured Issue: Conditions in CBP Custody

Conditions in CBP custody are notorious for their harshness and inadequacies. Until the U.S. embraces a welcoming and more humane approach to receiving people at our border, suffering and the loss of life will continue. Immediate and significant reform is needed.
AILA Doc. No. 18122608

Featured Issue: Denaturalization Efforts by USCIS

The Trump administration and the DOJ increased prosecution of denaturalization cases. Watch this page for updates and resources from AILA. And don't miss AILA's September 22 web seminar on defenses against denaturalization.
AILA Doc. No. 18072705

Featured Issue: Legalizing and Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

Resources on legislative efforts to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients. AILA welcomes the Senate passing a budget resolution. However, we must keep the pressure on Congress to ensure legalization and other key immigration provisions are included in the budget reconciliation.
AILA Doc. No. 17072035