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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: FY2021 Visa Bulletins

This featured issue page gathers resources related to FY2021 visa bulletins.
AILA Doc. No. 20101201

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

On 1/14/21, DOL published a final rule that will dramatically change the computation of prevailing wage levels. The rule is scheduled to take effect on 3/15/21. Use this AILA Featured Issue page to track the latest updates and alerts regarding this and other DHS rules altering the H-1B process.
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

Featured Issue: Guidance for Fall 2020 Semester for International Students

In July 2020, ICE announced plans to publish modifications to the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to COVID-19 for the fall 2020 semester. On July 14, 2020, DHS rescinded its proposed modifications. Watch this resource page for more information.
AILA Doc. No. 20070838

** 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: Use of Video Teleconferences During Immigration Hearings

Find resources related to the use of video teleconferencing (VTC) during immigration hearings. AILA believes that the use of this technology undermines the quality of communications during immigration hearings and threatens due process. Learn more now.
AILA Doc. No. 20020602

Featured Issue: EOIR’s Decision to Transfer Mesa Verde Detention Facility Cases to Van Nuys Immigration Court

EOIR announced that as of February 3, 2020, the San Francisco Immigration Courts would stop hearing cases of detainees at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield, California. Instead hundreds of cases will be moved to a new immigration court in Van Nuys that opened in November 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 20012704

Featured Issue: ICE Creates Fake University

In 2015, DHS created a fake university in a Detroit suburb and subsequently arrested close to 250 students who'd enrolled there for immigration violations. This featured issue page tracks developments regarding the creation of this fake university.
AILA Doc. No. 19121308

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: FY2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Season

This featured issue page tracks developments related to the FY2021 H-1B season. On September 15, 2020, AILA updated its FAQs regarding the H-1B cap-filing season. Among other things, AILA notes that USCIS requires that the Form I-129 indicate a start date of October 1, 2020.
AILA Doc. No. 19102407

Featured Issue: Remain in Mexico and Tent Courts

In 2019 DHS announced implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and erected massive temporary tent facilities in Texas to function as virtual immigration courts. Use this Featured Issue page to learn more about MPP and the tent courts, including the effect of COVID-19 on MPP hearings.
AILA Doc. No. 19091660

Featured Issue: USCIS’s Elimination of Non-Military Deferred Action at Local USCIS Offices

Learn more about USCIS's decision to eliminate non-military deferred action and DHS’s reestablishment of these types of requests on a discretionary, case-by-case basis.
AILA Doc. No. 19082737

Featured Issue: The Pereira Ruling and Resulting Fake NTAs

Per the decision in Pereira v. Session, individuals must be served with a notice to appear that specifies the time and place at which removal hearings will be held. This page tracks government efforts to comply with the ruling, court decisions, attorney and media resources, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 19082210

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

At this time, there is no active legislation in Congress seeking to eliminate per country limitations. Although different versions of H.R.1044 and S.386 passed the House and Senate, this legislation has failed because the differences were not reconciled prior to the end of the congressional session.
AILA Doc. No. 19080632

Featured Issue: Expedited Removal

On July 23, 2019, DHS announced that it is significantly expanding expedited removal to apply throughout the United States to individuals who have been in the United States for less than two years. This featured issue page provides resources for attorneys, the press, and others.
AILA Doc. No. 19073000

Featured Issue: 2019 Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids

This page includes a variety of resources to assist in responding to large-scale enforcement actions and raids, including local raids resources such as hotlines and contact information as well as attorney resources. Visit the Immigration Justice Campaign's website to volunteer.
AILA Doc. No. 19062731

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

Resources related to the Trump administration’s public charge changes. In December 2020, DOJ withdrew its public charge rule, “Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds” from OIRA.
AILA Doc. No. 19050634

Featured Issue: Border Processing and Asylum

The Trump Administration has implemented numerous policies aimed at asylum seekers arriving at our southern border. Combined, these policies form an increasing barrier to due process protections for migrants. This featured issue page provides updates, analyses, and other resources on these policies.
AILA Doc. No. 19032731

Featured Issue: Changes in USCIS Policy Under the Trump Administration

Dramatic changes in USCIS policy under the Trump administration have undermined the legal immigration system that the agency was created to facilitate. This page provides analysis, media coverage, and other resources that bring the nature and destructive impacts of these changes into relief.
AILA Doc. No. 19022633

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: Immigration Courts

The Trump administration’s policies, including the imposition of numerical quotas on immigration judges (IJs), continue to undermine the independence of IJs and weaken due process. This featured issue page provides updates, analyses, and other resources on the current state of immigration courts.
AILA Doc. No. 13040204

Featured Issue: Detainers

Updates and resources related to detainers, including AILA press statements, reports, and testimonies.
AILA Doc. No. 11113063

Featured Issue: Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

Resources on legislative efforts to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients.
AILA Doc. No. 17072035

Featured Issue: FY2018 Appropriations

Resources on the House DHS funding bill for FY2018 that seeks to dramatically increase immigration enforcement and border security, including ways you can push back on this bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17071835

White House Principles on Immigration

AILA provides resources on the immigration principles and policies released by the White House on 10/8/17, including information on border security, interior enforcement, and the creation of a "merit-based" immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 17101000

Featured Issue: Texas Senate Bill 4

On 5/7/17, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 4, effective 9/1/17. The bill provides civil and criminal penalties for localities and law enforcement agencies and university police departments in Texas who have or implement new policies that build trust with immigrant communities.
AILA Doc. No. 17050837

Featured Issue: Congressional Efforts to Curb Legal Immigration

Resources on legislative efforts to reduce or eliminate legal immigration levels to the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17080342

Featured Issue: Legislative Efforts to Lower CBP Hiring Standards

Congress is considering two bills that would weaken screening procedures for Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents by waiving the polygraph requirement for certain applicants. Learn more about these bills and join AILA in pushing back on these efforts.
AILA Doc. No. 17060632

Featured Issue: House Immigration “Enforcement-Only” Bills

On 5/18/17, the House Judiciary Committee will consider a series of bills that would implement President’s Trump mass deportation plan. Learn how you can join AILA and its partners to push back on this effort.
AILA Doc. No. 17051737

Featured Issue: Border

In recent years, increasing amounts of money have been poured into the protection of the border region—the necessity of these escalating costs is questionable, especially when considering that apprehensions at the border are at their lowest in 40 years.
AILA Doc. No. 12032166

Featured Issue: Arizona Senate Bill 1070

Resources related to Arizona’s 2010 Senate Bill 1070.
AILA Doc. No. 16092034

Executive Action: Buy American and Hire American

Documents related to H-1Bs and Executive Order 13788, Buy American and Hire American.
AILA Doc. No. 17052537

Resources on the Travel and Refugee Bans

Documents related to the two Executive Orders, as well as the Presidential Proclamation, related to the travel bans.
AILA Doc. No. 17052501

Resources for Responding to Large-Scale Enforcement Actions and Raids

This page includes a variety of resources to assist members in responding to large-scale enforcement actions and raids, and representing individual clients who were subjected to a raid.
AILA Doc. No. 17031533

Executive Actions Issued on Crime and Public Safety

Documents relating to the Executive Order signed on February 9, 2017, relating to crime and public safety.
AILA Doc. No. 17030606