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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: 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: USCIS’s Blank Space Policy

In October 2019, USCIS began rejecting forms that left questions blank or did not use specific terminology to indicate that a question was inapplicable, upended long-standing practice, without notice. Learn more on this featured issue page.
AILA Doc. No. 20102030

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review of pending regulatory actions, the rule, which has not yet been published in the Federal Register, will be withdrawn.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: Changes to USCIS Fee Schedule

On December 28, 2020, the government filed an unopposed motion for voluntary dismissal of its appeal in ILRC v. Wolf, thus the USCIS fee final rule will remain enjoined in its entirety. This issue page tracks resources related to this fluid situation.
AILA Doc. No. 20073101

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: Healthcare Insurance Proclamation

AILA provides a resource page related to President Trump’s 10/4/19 presidential proclamation suspending entry of immigrants who “will financially burden the U.S. healthcare system.”
AILA Doc. No. 19103100

Featured Issue: FY2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Season

This featured issue page tracks developments related to the FY2022 H-1B season. As of April 1, 2021, petitioners who were selected during the registration period will be able to file Form I-129 for H-1B Cap-Subject consideration.
AILA Doc. No. 19102407

Featured Issue: Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

Two years after the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) first began, new enrollments into this border processing program officially ended on January 20, 2021. Use this featured issue page to learn more about MPP and the process to wind down the program.
AILA Doc. No. 19091660

Featured Issue: FLRA Strips Immigration Judges of Collective Bargaining Rights

In 2019, DOJ petitioned the FLRA in an attempt to strip immigration judges (IJs) of their right to unionize. On November 2, 2020, the FLRA concluded that IJs are management officials and stripped them of their collective bargaining rights. This featured issue page provides additional resources.
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

Resources related to conditions while in CBP custody and recent migrant deaths while in CBP custody. On October 24, 2020, CBP released statements regarding two separate incidents of agent-involved fatal shootings in Laredo, Texas, and San Diego, California.
AILA Doc. No. 18122608

Featured Issue: Denaturalization Efforts by USCIS

The Trump administration and the DOJ has increased its 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 Doc. No. 17072035