AILA in the News

Article (Subscription Req'd): Biden Administration to Allow Work-Visa Ban to Expire

3/31/2021
The Wall Street Journal reports the White House won't renew a ban on certain work-based visas that is set to expire today. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini noted, "Visa processing won't pick up as quickly as everyone will want."
AILA Doc. No. 21033160

Video: Fox NewsNOW Interview with Ben Johnson

3/25/2021
Fox NewsNow features an interview with AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson, in which he discusses the possibilities of immigration reform and the situation at the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 21032560

Article: Immigration Was a Scorching Topic at the Supreme Court Last Year. With Trump Gone, That's Changed.

3/12/2021
USA Today reports that less than two months after President Trump left office, immigration has fizzled as an issue at the Supreme Court. AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "I would refer to it, for the moment, as a return to normalcy."
AILA Doc. No. 21031264

Video: Interview with Greg Chen Regarding the Border

3/10/2021
Fox News Now features an interview with AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mr. Chen discusses what is driving people to migrate to the United States and what the administration is doing and should do to address the situation.
AILA Doc. No. 21031263

Article: 'Dreamer,' Farmworker Bills to Test Senate Waters on Immigration

3/10/2021
Roll Call reports the House will take up two immigration reform bills next week. While they are expected to easily pass in the House, they face more challenges in the Senate. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted the lack of moderates among Senate Republicans.
AILA Doc. No. 21031262

Article: Biden Yet to Act on Overturning Some Trump Immigration Policies

3/9/2021
Politico reports the president is staring down a lengthy immigration to-do list, including items related to the pandemic. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the administration deserves credit for pursuing many of the reforms it pledged to do during the campaign.
AILA Doc. No. 21031261

Article: ICE Is Adding a New Appeals Process for Immigrants Who've Been Detained

3/5/2021
BuzzFeed News reports on the new ICE Case Review Process. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted this process would likely remain inaccessible for unrepresented people in immigration detention, making it "more urgent for ICE to review detained cases."
AILA Doc. No. 21031260

Video: Alarming Increase in Violence Toward Asian Americans

3/3/2021
Good Morning America features an interview with AILA's Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the rise in violence against Asian Americans. He discusses how the Trump administration stoked animosity toward immigrants and efforts to change public attitudes about immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 21030460

Article: H-1B Visa Ban Not Sustainable amid Low Computer Unemployment Rate

3/2/2021
Forbes reports on the ban on entry of individuals with H-1B and other nonimmigrant visas. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless discusses litigation filed by AILA and other groups to challenge a similar ban on entry of individuals with immigrant visas.
AILA Doc. No. 21030361

Article: Trump's Influence on Immigration Policy to Last

2/26/2021
Courthouse News Service reports on how the Trump administration enacted its agenda through the immigration court system. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt discusses the immigration courts and why AILA has pushed for them to be made independent from DOJ.
AILA Doc. No. 21030360

Article: Experts Urge Immigration Reform — Even If Congress Has to Do It Bit by Bit

2/23/2021
American Independent reports on immigration reform efforts. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said President Biden knows "when to push for a comprehensive package or for separate components," and that a piecemeal approach "won't necessarily hurt chances of future reform."
AILA Doc. No. 21022461

Article: The Five Biggest Omissions in Massive Biden Immigration Bill

2/23/2021
The Washington Examiner reports on the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The bill calls for increasing the number of immigration judges, but AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen points out that adding judges won't "address what are deep problems with the court system."
AILA Doc. No. 21022360

Article: Local Partnership Helping Arizona Green Card Holders Apply for Citizenship

2/20/2021
AZ Family reports on a citizenship application workshop held by the AILA Arizona Chapter and Promise Arizona as part of AILA's 15th Annual Citizenship Day.
AILA Doc. No. 21022262

Article: Biden Is Trying to Rein in ICE with New Immigration Enforcement Priorities

2/19/2021
Vox reports on a new memo requiring ICE to prioritize certain individuals for deportation. AILA President Jennifer Minear said the memo "makes very clear that ICE officers retain discretion and that no one is completely off limits from apprehension, detention, or removal."
AILA Doc. No. 21022261

Article: Biden Is Still Blocking People Like Me, with Visas, from Entering the U.S.

2/17/2021
The Washington Post features an op-ed by a diversity visa recipient who has been unable to enter the United States due to President Trump's suspension of entry of certain immigrants. As AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab outlined, the suspension is “unprecedented in scope."
AILA Doc. No. 21021762

Article: Immigration Lawyers, Business Groups Push for Biden Administration to Help Young Entrepreneurs

2/12/2021
The Chicago Sun-Times reports on calls for the International Entrepreneur Rule to be restored. AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Fiona McEntee said she has about a dozen clients who would benefit from the rule, which she feels would also be "a great opportunity for the U.S."
AILA Doc. No. 21021662

Article: White House Didn’t Say Immigrants Convicted of Rape Would Not Be Deported

2/11/2021
The Associated Press debunks the claim that immigrants convicted of rape won't be deported. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, in many cases, rape convictions would be considered a public safety threat and an aggravated felony, making someone a priority for deportation.
AILA Doc. No. 21021661

Article: Trump Appointees Make Up 28 Percent of Active Judiciary, but Not for Long

2/12/2021
Courthouse News Service reports on judicial branch vacancies. President Trump was known for court-packing, including in the immigration courts. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted that Trump-appointed immigration judges have "abysmal" grant rates for asylum seekers.
AILA Doc. No. 21021660

Article (Subscription Req'd): Businesses Worry About Biden's Silence on Work-Visa Ban

2/10/2021
The Wall Street Journal reports on a ban imposed last year on most forms of legal immigration. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini says, while a partial exemption exists for some businesses, "the government hasn't prioritized processing these visas."
AILA Doc. No. 21021261

Article (Subscription Req'd): Joe Biden's Immigration Orders Leave Skilled Workers Guessing

2/8/2021
Financial Times reports that certain Trump administration limits on foreign workers remain in place. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said it was “imperative” for the Biden administration to rescind the Trump administration's visa bans immediately.
AILA Doc. No. 21020961

Article: DHS Delays Rule That Would Have Effectively Eliminated H-1B Visa Lottery

2/4/2021
The Wall Street Journal reports USCIS won't apply a rule creating a wage-based selection process for H-1Bs for the coming H-1B cap season. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said the lack of guidance on how the new system was going to work "caused a lot of anxiety."
AILA Doc. No. 21020563

Article: Immigration Attorneys, Houston Mother Hopeful for More Policy Changes from Biden Administration

2/4/2021
Fox26 Houston reports that AILA feels hopeful as the Biden administration signed new executive orders on immigration; however, along with other immigration advocates, AILA feels President Biden needs to address visa bans imposed by the Trump administration last April, June, and December.
AILA Doc. No. 21020562

Article: Biden Orders Call for Sweeping Review of Immigration System

2/2/2021
Roll Call reports on recent immigration-related executive orders signed by President Biden. President Biden hasn't yet rescinded two proclamations issued by President Trump limiting immigration from abroad. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson called this omission a "glaring missing piece."
AILA Doc. No. 21020561

Article: Biden Signs Immigration Orders as Congress Awaits More

2/2/2021
The Associated Press reports on the president's latest executive orders on immigration. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said it's a "pretty big gap for [the administration] to not take action" on visa bans issued under Trump to supposedly protect the economy amid COVID-19.
AILA Doc. No. 21020361

Article (Opinion): Unclogging the Nation's Immigration Court System

2/1/2021
The Hill features an op-ed by AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen and Peter Markowitz, Director of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, about how President Biden can address the massive immigration court backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 21020263

Article (Editorial): Biden's Humane Immigration Plan Worthy of Support

1/29/2021
The Express-News Editorial Board writes that President Biden has offered a comprehensive immigration plan worthy of bipartisan support, noting that AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said the bill, "combined with longer-term changes, will ensure a brighter and better future for America."
AILA Doc. No. 21020262

Article (Subscription Req'd): The Story of How Trump Officials Tried to End H-1B Visas

2/1/2021
Forbes reports that, behind the scenes, the Trump administration waged a war against the immigration of high-skilled workers on H-1B visas. A USCIS memo that sought to deny H-1B petitions for many occupations was hidden from the public until a FOIA lawsuit filed by AILA forced its disclosure.
AILA Doc. No. 21020261

Article: Despite Travel Ban Repeal, Trump Orders Still Keep Immigrants Out

1/28/2021
Roll Call reports that while, last week, President Biden repealed the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries, immigration advocates are calling on him to rescind two more Trump proclamations. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said, "You've got to rip the entire Band-Aid off."
AILA Doc. No. 21012962

Article: Biden’s Plan for a Deportation Moratorium Hits a Texas Roadblock

1/28/2021
Bloomberg reports on a Texas court ruling blocking President Biden's moratorium on deportations. AILA President-Elect Allen Orr notes that the court order applies only to the moratorium. Broader directives on new deportation priorities and reviewing enforcement policies remain in place.
AILA Doc. No. 21012961

Video: Examining President Biden's Immigration Plans

1/28/2021
Fox News Now features an interview with AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen in which he discusses President Biden's executive actions on immigration, as well as a federal judge's decision to temporarily block the president's 100-day pause on deportations.
AILA Doc. No. 21012863

Article: Biden Admin. Takes 'Essential Step' in Altering Trump-Era Immigration Policy

1/27/2021
Newsweek reports that EOIR Director McHenry is being replaced on an acting basis by Jean King. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen says, "This is an essential step that President Biden has taken to remove McHenry from leadership of the immigration courts."
AILA Doc. No. 21012862

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Courts Director Transferred — Oversaw Judges on Bench Despite Misconduct

1/27/2021
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, following its reporting on misconduct among immigration judges overseen by EOIR Director McHenry, the new administration announced he will leave his post. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen says McHenry has politicized EOIR.
AILA Doc. No. 21012861

Article: Biden Administration Replaces Top Immigration Court Official

1/27/2021
Politico reports on the Biden administration's plans to replace the head of EOIR. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations called the move necessary, noting, "AILA has deep concerns about the current director and other appointees currently leading EOIR."
AILA Doc. No. 21012860

Article: Judge Temporarily Blocks Biden's Plan to Halt Deportations

1/26/2021
CNN reports that yesterday, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration's pause on deportations. AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "Despite the limited nature of the [temporary restraining order] grant … the decision is breathtakingly wrong."
AILA Doc. No. 21012761

Article (Subscription Required): Pardons May Have Revealed Insincerity of Trump Immigration Policies

1/25/2021
Forbes juxtaposes the Trump administration's pardons for perpetrators of fraud with its claim that its immigration policies would prevent fraud. Dagmar Butte, Chair of AILA's FOIA Committee, said that employment-based immigration programs were never shown to have significant levels of fraud.
AILA Doc. No. 21012563

Article: Biden Freezes Trump's Last-Minute Visa Rules

1/22/2021
MarketWatch reports that President Biden has frozen for 60 days last-minute rules from the Trump administration that would allow only higher-wage foreign workers to be employed in the United States on H-1B visas. AILA and the American Immigration Council oppose the now-frozen rules.
AILA Doc. No. 21012562

Article: How Will Joe Biden Handle Trump's War on International Higher Education Collaboration?

1/20/2021
The Harvard Crimson reports on Trump administration policies that must be reversed to foster international academic collaboration. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said that the Biden administration will also need to make structural changes to USCIS operations.
AILA Doc. No. 21012561

Article: Biden Is Starting to Roll Back Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Program

1/20/2021
Vox reports the Biden administration will no longer send asylum seekers arriving at the border to Mexico to wait for hearings. It remains unclear what will happen to those already in the MPP program. AILA has proposed granting temporary humanitarian parole to those currently subject to MPP.

Article: DHS and DOL Team Up on H-1B Visas Against IT Services Company

1/18/2021
Forbes reports on a DHS regulation changing the definition of an employer for the H-1B program. In comments on the rule, AILA and the American Immigration Council said DHS has created an impossibly complex rubric of factors to consider when determining the employer-employee relationship.
AILA Doc. No. 21011960

Article: Former DHS Head Seizes New Powers to Cement Contested Rules

1/14/2021
Bloomberg Government reports that, despite resigning as DHS acting secretary, Chad Wolf continues at DHS as a political appointee, using newly delegated authorities to make legal actions he took while he was chief. Per AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless, "It really smells bad."
AILA Doc. No. 21011561

Article: The U.S. Asylum System Is Broken. How Could It Be Reimagined?

12/27/2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on how the incoming Biden administration can break with the past and reimagine the U.S. asylum system. AILA First Vice President Jeremy McKinney explains, "It's time for the Department of Justice and the immigration court system to get a divorce."
AILA Doc. No. 20122861

Article: How the Trump Administration's 'Midnight Rulemaking' Could Leave a Big Mark on Government

11/16/2020
NBC News reports that the Trump administration is pressing forward to cement new regulations the end of his term. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini explains, "Even if it hasn't taken effect, it becomes a lot harder to overturn a regulation once it's been published."
AILA Doc. No. 20111661

Article: 19 Women Allege Medical Abuse in Georgia Immigration Detention

10/22/2020
The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to medical experts, at least 19 women at Georgia's Irwin County Detention Center were pressured into overly aggressive or medically unnecessary surgery. The medical team conducted its review in tandem with a coalition of advocates including AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 20102300

Article: Lawsuit over H-1B Specialty Occupation Denials Moves Forward

9/15/2020
Bloomberg Law reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners challenging denials of H-1B petitions for market research analysts. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said, "USCIS approved our first two plaintiffs in an attempt to pick them off … [but] there's more left to be done."
AILA Doc. No. 20091663

Article: Whistleblower Alleges 'Medical Neglect,' Questionable Hysterectomies of ICE Detainees

9/16/2020
NPR reports on allegations of detainees being subjected to questionable hysterectomies at an ICE detention center. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, if the allegations prove true, "all measures must be taken to seek justice for the victims and hold DHS leadership fully accountable."
AILA Doc. No. 20091662

Article: Biden Pledges to Dismantle Trump's Sweeping Immigration Changes — But Can He Do That?

9/14/2020
NPR reports that Joe Biden is pledging to dismantle President Trump's sweeping immigration changes if he wins the election in November. Angela Kelley, Senior Adviser to AILA, said "You can't change culture within an organization that vast overnight … it's going to be a long, long road."
AILA Doc. No. 20091661

Article (Subscription Req'd): Feds Says Immigration Application Fee Hikes Are Lawful

9/10/2020
Law360 reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP in a California federal court to stop USCIS from increasing immigration application fees. Nineteen states and 10 immigration nonprofit organizations expressed support for the plaintiffs' request to block the fee increases.
AILA Doc. No. 20091160

Article: Immigration Agency Cuts of 800 Kansas City Jobs Expected to Trigger Backlogs, Delays Nationwide

9/10/2020
The Kansas Reflector reports that USCIS intends to furlough 800 of its Kansas City private contractors. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said furloughing private contractors will only make things worse for a system experiencing longer and longer processing delays.
AILA Doc. No. 20091062

Article: Pandemic May Disrupt Compliance with Diversity Visa Order

9/9/2020
Law360 reports on the district court ruling shielding thousands of diversity visa (DV) winners from the Trump administration's visa ban. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless warned that the approximately 45,000 DV applicants will need to navigate "a lot of moving parts."
AILA Doc. No. 20091061

Opinion: We Are Repeating History by Preventing Asylum Seekers from Pleading Their Cases Inside the U.S.

9/3/2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune features an op-ed by AILA member Tammy Lin about "the Trump administration's concerted efforts to chip away at the long-held legal precedent of allowing asylum seekers to enter our nation." She calls for Americans to "push against the weaponization of asylum law."
AILA Doc. No. 20091060

Article: NJ Lawyers Sue over In-Person Immigration Court Hearings in Newark

9/3/2020
WNYC reports that the AILA New Jersey chapter sued the federal government, arguing that Newark's immigration court is putting lives at risk by forcing hearings to take place in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The judge asked EOIR to explain why videoconferencing isn't an option.
AILA Doc. No. 20090466

Article: NJ Immigration Attys Can't Stop In-Person Hearings for Now

9/3/2020
Law360 reports that a federal judge was sympathetic to the concerns expressed by AILA's New Jersey chapter in a lawsuit it filed challenging mandated in-person hearings in Newark Immigration Court during the pandemic, but said he needed more information from the government before ruling.
AILA Doc. No. 20090465

Article: How Trump Made It That Much Harder to Become a U.S. Citizen

9/3/2020
Vox reports on how President Trump's policies created a naturalization backlog. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini told Congress in July that USCIS had mismanaged a budgetary surplus it inherited at the beginning of the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 20090464

Article (Subscription Req'd): Biden Immigration Plan Focuses on Undoing Trump Actions

9/2/2020
Law360 reports on Joe Biden's immigration plan. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen also sees Biden's running mate Kamala Harris as a voice for change, noting that as a senator, she has introduced bills to correct problems implemented by the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 20090463

Article: Ex-Immigration Judges Say NJ Court Risking Public Health

9/2/2020
Law360 reports that more than 30 former immigration judges voiced support for a lawsuit filed by the AILA New Jersey Chapter that seeks to stop in-person hearings at Newark Immigration Court during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20090462

Article: A Year After Admitting He Smoked Pot, Green Card Applicant Still Stuck in Mexico

8/28/2020
The OC Register shares the story of Jose, who has been in Mexico separated from his family for over a year. His consular processing appointment in June was canceled due to COVID-19. AILA Southern California Chapter Chair Scott Emerick explained that DOS "closed everything in March."
AILA Doc. No. 20090461

Article: ICE Can't Move Detainees in or out of Coronavirus Hot Spot

8/12/2020
Law360 reports that a judge forbid ICE from transferring anyone in or out of its Farmville, VA, detention center, where more than 80 percent of the population has tested positive for COVID-19. According to AILA, the decision follows the death of 72-year-old Canadian citizen at the facility.
AILA Doc. No. 20081261

Article: D.C. Court Orders Feds to Turn Over Diversity Visa Ban Docs

8/12/2020
Law360 reports that as part of four consolidated lawsuits, the government was ordered to hand over documents concerning the COVID-19 travel ban. AILA, Justice Action Center, Innovation Law Lab, the Law Office of Laboni A. Hoq, and Mayer Brown LLP represent plaintiffs in one of the suits.
AILA Doc. No. 20081360

Article (Subscription Req'd): Three Immigration Judges Picked to Top Off Expanded BIA

8/10/2020
Law360 reports DOJ appointed three immigration judges to the BIA. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the appointments reflect a pattern of promoting judges with high asylum denial rates to "set precedent-setting decisions that will negatively impact asylum seekers for many years."
AILA Doc. No. 20081163

Article: Restrictive Immigration Policy Hurts Michigan's Economy

8/9/2020
Crain's Detroit Business reports on the economic impacts of the administrations restrictions on immigrants coming to the United States, noting that AILA, Justice Action Center, and the Innovation Law Lab have sued to challenge the entirety of the president's immigration bans.
AILA Doc. No. 20081161

Article: Court Case Against Trump Immigration and Visa Ban Moves Forward

8/10/2020
Forbes reports on AILA and partners' lawsuit seeking to enjoin the president's immigration and visa ban. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said this includes "enforcement and implementation" by DOS, "which has interpreted the suspension of entry as precluding the issuance of visas."
AILA Doc. No. 20081160

Article: ‘A Naturalization Crisis’: 10,000 Would-Be Voters in Mass. Might Miss Out in November

8/6/2020
WBUR reports on increasing naturalization wait times in Mass., a crisis driven by USCIS policies, which, said AILA’s Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, “deliberately decrease USCIS efficiency, drive up the cost of adjudication, slow down case processing and discourage individuals from applying.”
AILA Doc. No. 20080601

Article: Why Is Immigration Court Still Being Held in Person as Pandemic Continues, Lawyers Ask in Lawsuit

8/4/2020
NJ.com reports on AILA New Jersey Chapter’s lawsuit “seeking to prevent Newark’s immigration court from holding in-person hearings” during the pandemic. “You are forcing a group of organizations to go back to work without proper protocols,” said Cesar Estela, a member of NJ-AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 20080433

Article: Immigration Attys Sue to Stop NJ Court’s In-Person Hearings

8/3/2020
Law360 reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA’s New Jersey Chapter “seeking to halt in-person, nondetention hearings in the Newark Immigration Court” alleging that DOJ “is unnecessarily forcing them to go to court amid the coronavirus pandemic.” The Chapter is bringing its suit under the APA.
AILA Doc. No. 20080432

Article (Opinion): New USCIS Immigration Fees Hit Businesses, Citizens and Students

8/3/2020
Forbes provides an analysis of the new USCIS fee rule and USCIS’s projected budget shortfall, citing both AILA’s submitted comments to the proposed rule and the testimony of AILA’s Director of Government Relations, Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, at a congressional hearing on USCIS oversight.
AILA Doc. No. 20080337

Article: Immigration Lawyers Seek Video Court Appearances Amid Virus

7/31/2020
AP News reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA’s New Jersey Chapter seeking to stop in-person appearances at the Newark Immigration Court and to allow the use of videoconferencing until the pandemic “no longer poses ‘an unreasonable risk’ for the health of those who appear at hearings.”
AILA Doc. No. 20080335

Article: USCIS Pleads for Money to Avoid Furloughs, Democrats Float Making he Funds Contingent on Policy Changes

7/29/2020
Government Executive reports on a House hearing on oversight of USCIS. Regarding USCIS's plan to furlough 70 percent of its workforce, AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said, "These are real people with real financial and family responsibilities ... They're not pawns."
AILA Doc. No. 20073061

Article: Trump Restricts Immigration amid the Pandemic. Critics See It as an Excuse to Push His Own Agenda

7/28/2020
PBS News Hour reports on policies implemented by the administration during the pandemic that block many legal pathways to enter the country. AILA President Jennifer Minear says the actions have created hurdles for many noncitizens and confusion for those who don't know if they'll be affected.
AILA Doc. No. 20073060

Article: Potential USCIS Furloughs Will Make Immigration Come to a Grinding Halt

7/22/2020
Documented NY reports on USCIS's plan to furlough staff unless Congress sends a $1.2 billion bailout. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini says it's within USCIS's own power to fix its deficit, but the agency is trying to "pass off its own inefficiencies to its customers."
AILA Doc. No. 20072360

Article: International College Freshmen May Be Barred After All

7/21/2020
Commonwealth Magazine reports that Harvard notified students that incoming international freshmen can't come to campus this fall due to visa restrictions. AILA New England Chapter Chair Eliana Nader said she is "cautiously optimistic" the issue will be successfully challenged in court.
AILA Doc. No. 20072262

Article: Business Sector Joins Fight Against Trump's Work Visa Ban

7/21/2020
Law360 reports on "a pile-on of litigation challenging" the Trump administration's ban on work visas, including a legal challenge filed by AILA and partners on behalf of visa hopefuls, their relatives, and several businesses, targeting both the suspension of green cards and work visas.
AILA Doc. No. 20072261

Article: Budget Shortfall Could Mean a Longer Wait for Immigrants

7/21/2020
Marketplace Radio reports on USCIS's plans to furlough two-thirds of its staff unless Congress sends a $1.2 billion bailout by August 3. AILA President-Elect Allen Orr said the budget shortfall "is from mismanagement of the government by imposing new regulations that weren’t needed."
AILA Doc. No. 20072260

Article: Trump Cuts Legal Immigrants by Half and He's Not Done Yet

7/21/2020
Forbes reports that by next year, President Trump will have reduced legal immigration by 49 percent since becoming president, noting that AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab recently filed suit over his proclamation banning entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 20072161

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Admin. Risks Penalties for Inaction on DACA

7/20/2020
Law360 reports that the USCIS's failure to fully restart the DACA program could result in court penalties. Past AILA President Charles Kuck has filed new DACA requests since SCOTUS's June ruling and says USCIS hasn't cashed checks sent with the requests but hasn't yet rejected any requests.
AILA Doc. No. 20072160

Article: Revamped Suit Challenges Presidential Power to Bar Entry to U.S.

7/17/2020
Bloomberg Law reports on an amended complaint filed by AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, on behalf of 23 individuals and businesses who claim the president has attempted to “unilaterally rewrite the federal immigration laws.”
AILA Doc. No. 20072061

Article: Despite ICE Retreat, Threat to Foreign Students Remains

7/15/2020
Law360 reports that travel restrictions and consular closures pose uncertainty for international students, even after ICE rescinded controversial guidance directed at them. Past AILA President Charles Kuck noted that cutting off international students affects many universities' bottom line.
AILA Doc. No. 20071661

Article: Immigration Courts Reopen Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases

7/13/2020
The Associated Press reports that the government continues its push to restart the immigration court system despite rising COVID-19 cases in states where many of the small courtrooms are located. AILA has urged EOIR to postpone the majority of non-detained cases until the health crisis has subsided.
AILA Doc. No. 20071561

Article (Subscription Req'd): 'Public Charge' Guidance More Severe than Policy, Suit Says

7/13/2020
Law360 reports on AILA and partners' lawsuit alleging that implementation of the public charge rule is more burdensome than the rule itself. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless called the implementation a "fishing expedition" that is "freezing out the filing of bona fide applications."
AILA Doc. No. 20071560

Article: Trump's COVID-19 Visa Bans May Alter the Face of American Immigration Beyond the Pandemic

7/8/2020
The Chicago Reporter features an article on the presidential proclamations banning entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants, noting that AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said AILA's litigation team will continue its efforts to challenge the bans.
AILA Doc. No. 20071064

Article: 'Very Upsetting': ICE Deportation Policy Upends Students' Plans

7/8/2020
W7 News reports on ICE's announcement that it would deport international students who don't take in-person classes this fall, despite many universities only offering online courses due to COVID-19. AILA member Mahsa Khanbabai said the government is "weaponizing the immigration laws."
AILA Doc. No. 20071063

Audio: The Cultural Mosaic: COVID-19 in Detention Centers and Immigration Court Issues

7/9/2020
KUCI's radio talk show The Cultural Mosaic features an interview with AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch about the spread of COVID-19 in ICE detention centers and the pandemic's impact on the immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 20071062

Article: Trump Admin. Looks to Deny Asylum over Health Fears

7/8/2020
Law360 reports on the administration's proposed rule to allow officials to quickly turn away asylum seekers deemed a health risk based on their potential to spread pandemics. AILA President Jennifer Minear called the proposal "an unconscionable attempt to scapegoat vulnerable people."
AILA Doc. No. 20071061

Article: Trump Admin Plans to Block Asylum Seekers from U.S. by Citing Public Health Risk of COVID-19

7/8/2020
NBC News reports on DOJ and DHS's plan to make public health risk due to pandemics a reason to deny asylum and withholding of removal. AILA President Jennifer Minear called the proposal a "backstop" in case courts strike down other immigration limitations put in place by the administration.
AILA Doc. No. 20071060

Article: ICE: International Students Must Leave U.S. If Universities Only Offer Online Classes This Fall

7/6/2020
Arizona Central reports that a new ICE policy will force international students to leave the country if their colleges switch to online-only instruction in the fall. Past AILA President Charles Kuck said the move was "clearly designed to chase foreign students out of the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 20070762

Article: International Student Banned from Online-Only Instruction

7/7/2020
Inside Higher Ed reports ICE won't allow international students to return to or remain in the United States if their colleges adopt online-only instruction this fall. AILA President-Elect Allen Orr said the move is "just mean-spirited" and poses many logistical challenges for these students.
AILA Doc. No. 20070761

Article (Subscription Req'd): Border Search of Cellphones May Need Justices' Input

7/2/2020
Law360 reports that SCOTUS may have to rule on what rights travelers have when CBP agents ask to search their cellphones. AILA member Danielle Rizzo says you can ask a CBP officer not to search privileged materials on a device, but what happens next depends on the individual officer.
AILA Doc. No. 20070661

Article: Immigration Judges Sue Trump Administration over Alleged Free-Speech Violation

7/1/2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the immigration judges' union suing DOJ over a policy blocking judges from speaking to the public. Past AILA Philadelphia Chapter Chair Brennan Gian-Grasso said that under this administration, "EOIR has tried to wall off the judges from the community."
AILA Doc. No. 20070261

Article: A Story in the Oregonian Changed His Family's Life Forever, and Set His Career Choice

6/30/2020
The Oregonian shares the story of 2020 AILA Media Leadership Award recipient Hamed Aleaziz. In 1998, the newspaper profiled his parents' immigration saga, leading senators to get involved. His parents are now U.S. citizens, and Mr. Aleaziz went on to become a journalist covering immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 20070164

Article: U.S. Immigration Agency to Furlough Workers

6/30/2020
Commonwealth Magazine reports that USCIS notified more than two-thirds of its employees that they are likely to be furloughed starting on August 3. AILA New England Chapter Chair Eliana Nader expressed concern that the furloughs could bring the U.S. immigration system to a "total halt."
AILA Doc. No. 20070163

Article: Unclear Scope of Trump's Work Visa Ban Makes Travel Iffy

6/30/2020
Law360 reports that the White House's ban on work visas for applicants abroad contains confusing language that is causing visa holders to worry that future travel may jeopardize their immigration status. AILA staff and attorneys have attempted to clarify these issues with DOS.
AILA Doc. No. 20070162

Article: The Shadow Court Cementing Trump's Immigration Policy

6/30/2020
The Nation reports that the Trump administration has stacked the BIA with members who have consistently ruled against immigrants. Memos obtained by AILA and the American Immigration Council show that EOIR used shorter hiring timelines to bring on judges with more restrictionist records.
AILA Doc. No. 20070161

Article: The Immigration System Is Set to Come to a Near Halt, and No One Is Paying Attention

6/30/2020
BuzzFeed News reports that USCIS is preparing to dramatically roll back its capabilities by furloughing 60 percent of its staff. According to AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini, "It essentially will shut down the immigration system — sort of the final nail in the coffin."
AILA Doc. No. 20070160

Article (Subscription Req'd): Visa Seekers Rip Trump's Bid to Duck Insurance Rule Row

6/29/2020
Law360 reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners challenging the president's proclamation targeting uninsured green card seekers. In a filing made Friday, plaintiffs said that the White House's motion to nix their case "recycle[s] arguments this court has repeatedly rejected."
AILA Doc. No. 20063061

Article: Immigration Budget Crisis Reflects Change in Policy

6/25/2020
World Magazine reports on USCIS's request for a $1.2 billion bailout. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said, "We recognize that there are problems, many of which were created by USCIS ... But we also recognize that [USCIS has] a very important mission to serve."
AILA Doc. No. 20062962

Article (Subscription Req'd): As Pandemic Keeps Borders Shut, Closed Consulates Are Biggest Barrier for Many

6/27/2020
The Wall Street Journal reports that nearly every foreigner wishing to travel to the U.S. faces an impassable hurdle with most U.S. embassies and consulates closed. Past AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, "Even before this latest order, no one was getting in. No one was getting visas."
AILA Doc. No. 20062961

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump's Judicial Picks to Sway Immigration Law for Years

6/24/2020
Law360 reports that President Trump's confirmations to the federal courts could rattle the immigration system for years to come. Recently, a Trump appointee in Washington D.C., Carl Nichols, rejected a request from AILA to halt immigration court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20062564

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Court Fee Hikes Sent to White House for Review

6/24/2020
Law360 reports that DOJ will soon hike fees on immigration court filings. AILA and the American Immigration Council submitted a joint comment in response to the fee increase proposal, noting that the increase would put the impacted filings "out of reach for many individuals."
AILA Doc. No. 20062563

Article: Not So Fast: Dem Ask EOIR to Prove It's Ready for Hearings

6/23/2020
Law360 reports that Democratic senators questioned EOIR's plans to restart hearings despite upticks in COVID-19 cases across the country. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "The overall lack of transparency about the piecemeal immigration court operations has led to mass confusion."
AILA Doc. No. 20062562

Article: USCIS Informs 13,000 Federal Employees of Potential Furloughs Without Emergency Funding

6/24/2020
Roll Call reports that 70 percent of USCIS employees will be furloughed if Congress doesn't approve emergency funding for the agency. Past AILA President Marketa Lindt said any emergency funding for the agency must include "safeguards related to transparency, accountability, and efficiency."
AILA Doc. No. 20062561

Article: Immigration Advocates Criticize Trump's New Visa Restrictions

6/24/2020
Cronkite News reports on President Trump's nonimmigrant visa ban. AILA Arizona Chapter Chair Ruben Reyes said he doesn't think that the administration understands that international businesses and American businesses rely on "looking for the best and the brightest, no matter where they are."
AILA Doc. No. 20062465

Audio: H-1B Visa Freeze Might Hurt Rural Areas in Need of Doctors

6/23/2020
Marketplace Radio reports on how the nonimmigrant visa ban could impact medical access in rural areas. AILA Board member Mahsa Khanbabai said the ban sends a message to H-1B physicians who are needed to work in rural areas lacking doctors that "we don't want you to work in the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 20062464

Article: Ban on Work Visas Could Draw International Blowback

6/23/2020
Law360 reports that the nonimmigrant visa ban may deter multinational companies from setting up shop in the United States. AILA member Greg Siskind called it "absolutely unbelievable" that senior executives of major companies aren't "welcome in the United States to monitor their investments."
AILA Doc. No. 20062463

Article: Judge Rejects Green Card Ban Challenge and Class Cert. Bid

6/23/2020
Law360 reports that a judge denied a request to halt President Trump's April immigration ban. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said, "We stand ready to continue to the fight to show that the president does not have a blank check to rewrite the nation's immigration law."
AILA Doc. No. 20062462

Article: Companies Criticize Visa Suspension, but Impact May Be Muted for Now

6/23/2020
The New York Times reports on the nonimmigrant visa ban. Regarding claims that employers would now hire American workers, AILA President Jennifer Minear noted the shortage of STEM workers, adding that unemployed Americans are "not just going to suddenly become qualified to do these jobs."
AILA Doc. No. 20062461

Article: Trump's Incoming Work Visa Freeze Will Be Hit with Lawsuits

6/22/2020
Bloomberg Law reports on President Trump's proclamation suspending certain nonimmigrant workers. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said, "There's certainly going to be litigation [challenging the proclamation], we're going to be part of it."
AILA Doc. No. 20062362

Article: Trump Signs Order Freezing Visas for Foreign Workers Through the End of the Year

6/22/2020
NBC News reports on the proclamation signed by President Trump yesterday. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini said, "The reality is that the jobs that these foreign nationals would have held are ones that U.S. workers can't or won't fill."
AILA Doc. No. 20062361

Article: Trump to Reboot DACA Rescission Process

6/19/2020
Law360 reports that President Trump is renewing efforts to rescind DACA after SCOTUS refused to let the administration terminate it. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said he believes that President Trump "is not going to protect Dreamers and he has no intention of doing so."
AILA Doc. No. 20062266

Audio: Legal Questions Remain for Dreamers After Supreme Court's DACA Decision

6/18/2020
KPCC features an interview with Alma Rosa Nieto of the AILA Media Advocacy Committee in which she addresses the legal questions that remain after the Supreme Court decision temporarily upholding the DACA program.
AILA Doc. No. 20062265

Article: Supreme Court Rules that Trump Could Not End DACA, Delivering Victory to Young Immigrants Who Know America as Home

6/18/2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on SCOTUS rejecting the Trump administration's move to end DACA. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted, "For the sake of not only Dreamers but our nation, this legal limbo must end," and called on Congress to approve permanent protections for Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 20062264

Article (Subscription Req'd): Despite High Court Ruling, DACA Faces Uncertain Future

6/18/2020
Law360 reports that the SCOTUS decision preserving DACA was narrow and left a door open for DHS to attempt to rescind it again. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said that Congress must now "get together and pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers permanently."
AILA Doc. No. 20062262

Article (Subscription Req'd): High Court Won't Let Trump Administration End DACA

6/18/2020
Law360 reports on the SCOTUS decision finding DHS's decision to terminate DACA to be arbitrary and capricious. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "Dreamers across the country, and those who love and depend on them, are breathing a sigh of relief."
AILA Doc. No. 20062261

Article: Businesses Brace for Possible Limits on Foreign Worker Visas

6/19/2020
The New York Times reports that President Trump plans to issue new limits on H-1Bs, L-1s, and other NIVs, as well as on OPT. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini told the Times, "What is being proposed is significant; we just don't know how far it will go."
AILA Doc. No. 20062260

Article: Immigration Attorneys Face Courtroom Challenges Amid Pandemic

6/17/2020
Roll Call reports on how COVID-19 has impacted immigration court hearings. With EOIR alternating between closing and reopening courtrooms, many attorneys say they only learn about court closures when EOIR posts a notice on Twitter, a practice repeatedly criticized by AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 20061860

Article (Subscription Req'd): First Circ. Finds Asylum Seeker Was Denied Counsel Access

6/16/2020
Law360 reports that the First Circuit issued an opinion scolding an immigration judge for giving a Salvadoran asylum seeker two weeks to find an attorney. The case drew the attention of the AILA New England Chapter and other organizations that submitted amicus briefs in the case.
AILA Doc. No. 20061765

Article: Sweeping Asylum Rules Near as Public Feedback Is Sought

6/15/2020
The Associated Press reports on a new proposed rule on asylum, which would allow immigration judges to reject claims without a hearing. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations noted that asylum seekers without attorneys and who don't speak English would be especially disadvantaged.
AILA Doc. No. 20061763

Article: Planned Asylum Overhaul Threatens Migrants' Due Process

6/12/2020
Law360 reports on the Trump administration's proposed overhaul of the U.S. asylum process. AILA Asylum Committee Chair Dree Collopy told Law360 that she thought the pretermission authority for immigration judges was the most striking attack on due process in the proposal.
AILA Doc. No. 20061762

Article: Attys Say U.S. Is Approving Visas to Skirt Green Card Ban Suit

6/11/2020
Law360 reports on the lawsuit filed by AILA and other groups to challenge the president's April immigration ban. Several individual plaintiffs in the suit have now been granted visas. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless called it an effort to "moot out sympathetic plaintiffs."
AILA Doc. No. 20061562

Article: Trump Administration Proposes Toughest Asylum Rules to Date: Why It Matters

6/11/2020
Al Día reports on the Trump administration's newly proposed asylum regulations. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the proposal "cuts out survivors of domestic violence and those targeted by transnational gangs."
AILA Doc. No. 20061561

Article: Trump Wasted So Much Money Harassing Immigrants That His Immigration Agency Needs a Bailout

6/11/2020
The Washington Post features an op-ed about USCIS's request to Congress for an emergency $1.2 billion infusion from taxpayers. Columnist Catherine Rampbell cites AILA and the American Immigration Council's recommendations for how USCIS could address its budget shortfall.
AILA Doc. No. 20061560

Article: New Trump Admin Proposal Would Make It Harder for Immigrants to Claim Asylum in U.S.

6/10/2020
NBC News reports on EOIR and USCIS's new proposed rule amending regulations on asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under CAT. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said it is "the kitchen sink of asylum bans and will end any notion of asylum that still remains."
AILA Doc. No. 20061161

Article: White House Prepares New Immigration Limits, Using Coronavirus as Cover

6/9/2020
CNN reports that the president is preparing more restrictions on legal immigration that may target people on temporary work visas. AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen posed the question: "Why would he want to cut off critical workforce that will help the economy recover?"
AILA Doc. No. 20061160

Article (Subscription Req'd): New Relief Possible as Justices Revisit Deportation Notices

6/8/2020
Law360 reports that SCOTUS will decide whether DHS must include all required information on a single NTA to trigger the stop-time rule. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said a ruling that it must could allow individuals to argue that a deficient NTA robs the court of jurisdiction.
AILA Doc. No. 20060962

Article: Attys Ask USCIS Not to Punish Visa Seekers over Virus Fears

6/5/2020
Law360 reports that as USCIS prepares to reopen its offices to the public, AILA made recommendations to the agency aimed at ensuring the health of those with business before USCIS, including that the agency "allow for appointments to be rescheduled for any reason without consequence."
AILA Doc. No. 20060862

Article: Postgrad Visa Restrictions Likely to Curb Economic Growth

6/4/2020
Law360 reports that restrictions on visa programs for international student graduates may soon be announced, and OPT may be on the chopping block. Past AILA President William Stock said ending OPT would likely hit smaller and state universities with less name recognition the hardest.
AILA Doc. No. 20060562

Article: Immigrant Doctors on the Frontlines of COVID-19 Are Asking America for a Safety Net

6/2/2020
Mother Jones reports on the difficulties faced by doctors on nonimmigrant visas. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai noted that "physicians putting their life on the line" may have to wait up to 20 years for a green card, adding, "There needs to be something to help them out."
AILA Doc. No. 20060460

Article (Subscription Req'd): High Court Ruling Unlikely to Spur 'Sea Change'

6/1/2020
Law360 reports on the recent Supreme Court decision holding that courts can review factual challenges to a CAT order. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said that the ruling expands the kind of issues that can be raised on appeal but doesn't provide a new layer of judicial review.
AILA Doc. No. 20060461

Article: DHS Cites "Internal Disconnect' for Migrant Hearing Mix-Up

5/29/2020
Law360 reports that DHS clarified its conflicting guidance on how migrants stuck in Mexico can get rescheduled immigration court dates. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis lamented that the clarification wasn't issued in an official statement or distributed to migrants in the MPP program.
AILA Doc. No. 20060162

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Block Visas for Chinese Students with Military Ties

5/29/2020
Law360 reports on the presidential proclamation banning the entry of certain Chinese citizens with military ties on student visas. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said the "devil will be in the detail" of how it is determined who has sufficient ties to the military.
AILA Doc. No. 20060161

Article: USCIS Plans to Reopen Office in June After Two-Month Pause

5/27/2020
Law360 reports that USCIS will begin reopening its offices and resume citizenship ceremonies in early June. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai said that she had heard from several attorneys in her region whose clients have started receiving notices for rescheduled oath ceremonies.
AILA Doc. No. 20052861

Article: DOJ Memo Offered to Buy Out Immigration Board Members

5/27/2020
CQ Roll Call reports that DOJ offered BIA members buyouts as part of efforts to restructure the immigration court system with judges who were more likely to restrict asylum. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said the revelation underscores the need for "an independent immigration court."
AILA Doc. No. 20052860

Article: Trump Admin Tries to Clarify Muddled 'Remain in Mexico' Plan

5/15/2020
Law360 reports that migrants waiting in Mexico for now-canceled MPP hearings that were scheduled before June 22 should come to the border one month after their original hearing dates. According to AILA, DHS confirmed these directions after conflicting instructions caused confusion.
AILA Doc. No. 20051860

Article: Asylum Seekers Won't Be Required to Show Up for Delayed Hearings This Month

5/11/2020
Fronteras reports on Migrant Protection Protocols hearings being further delayed and in-person document service being suspended. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "This basically ensures that countless asylum seekers will miss important announcements to the detriment of their cases."
AILA Doc. No. 20051362

Article: 'Remain in Mexico' Changes Spark Confusion at the Border

5/12/2020
Law360 reports on DHS postponing Migrant Protection Protocols hearings and changing procedures for getting new hearing dates. AILA President Marketa Lindt said the move "will only create more confusion" and likely cause people to make "unnecessary and dangerous trips to U.S. ports of entry."
AILA Doc. No. 20051361

Article: They Lost Their Jobs. Now They May Have to Leave the U.S.

5/12/2020
The New York Times reports on the impact of the economic fallout of COVID-19 on H-1B workers. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini explained that for those already rooted in the United States, the consequences of their visas being canceled are "life-altering."
AILA Doc. No. 20051360

Article: Will Filing for Unemployment Hurt My Green Card? Legal Immigrants Are Afraid

5/11/2020
NPR reports that some legal immigrants are hesitant to collect unemployment for which they are eligible out of fears it could jeopardize their immigration case or status. AILA First Vice President Allen Orr said, "The perception is the problem, not the reality."
AILA Doc. No. 20051262

Article: Trump's Immigration Freeze Is Hurting U.S. Citizens Waiting to Reunite with Loved Ones

5/8/2020
Arizona Republic reports on the president's proclamation suspending the entry of certain immigrants. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said that the administration is using COVID-19 as an excuse to carry out its longstanding goals to change the legal immigration system.

Article: Immigration Board Picks Under Trump to Set Lasting Policy

5/8/2020
Law360 reports on the politicization of the BIA under the Trump administration. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch noted that the decisions BIA members make are "life or death decisions for those seeking protection."
AILA Doc. No. 20051161

Article: Trump Introduces New Sponsorship Rules as Part of “Insidious Campaign” to Halt Immigration

5/6/2020
Ms. Magazine features an article about the administration's proposed changes to Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, and related forms, noting that readers can get more information and find tools to express their opposition to the proposed changes on AILA's advocacy page.
AILA Doc. No. 20050761

Article: Senate Bill Seeks More Vias for Foreign Health Workers in U.S.

5/5/2020
Al Jazeera America reports on a bipartisan Senate bill that would allow 40,000 immigrant doctors and nurses to gain visas and work permits and join the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill is supported by AILA, as well as several U.S. medical professional associations.
AILA Doc. No. 20050661

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Pick Slams 9th Circ. OK of Immigration Rule Block

5/4/2020
Law360 reports that a split Ninth Circuit panel refused to pause a block on the president's proclamation on healthcare insurance for immigrants. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless hailed the ruling, saying that families across the country could "breathe a sigh of relief."
AILA Doc. No. 20050562

Article: DOJ Hiring Changes May Help Trump's Plan to Curb Immigration

5/4/2020
CQ Roll Call reports on EOIR documents that AILA and the American Immigration Council recently obtained through FOIA litigation. The documents reveal shortened hiring timelines and suggest preference for judges with records of rulings against immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 20050561

Article: Judge Rejects Request to Suspend Immigration Court Hearings amid Coronavirus Outbreak

4/28/2020
The Hill reports that a federal judge rejected a request to suspend immigration court proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic that was filed by AILA, the NIPNLG, the Immigration Justice Campaign, and five detained individuals.
AILA Doc. No. 20042962

Article: Trump Immigration Suspension Under Fire as Experts Say Economic Benefits Unclear

4/28/2020
ABC News reports on President Trump's proclamation suspending immigration into the United States. Attorneys with AILA requested a hold on the proclamation while the courts continue to decide the fate of previously issued health insurance restrictions.
AILA Doc. No. 20042961

Article: Lawsuit Asks Judge to Stop Trump Immigration Order

4/27/2020
Forbes reports on the motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) filed to halt the president's suspension of immigration. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless explained that "the TRO was filed as part of the ongoing suit against the … Healthcare Insurance Proclamation."
AILA Doc. No. 20042762

Article: Oregon Immigration Advocacy Group, Others Seek Court Order to Halt Part of Trump's Temporary Freeze on Green Cards

4/26/2020
The Oregonian reports on the motion for a temporary restraining order filed by AILA, Innovation Law Lab, and the Justice Action Center to block the president's ban on visa services for visa applicants at risk of aging out of their preferential underage status for the processing of visas.
AILA Doc. No. 20042763

Article: Trump's Green Card Ban May Free Up More Employment Visas

4/24/2020
Law360 reports that the president's proclamation suspending immigration, ostensibly aimed at protecting American jobs, may actually increase the number of employment-based green cards available. Past AILA President William Stock and other AILA members provide insights on the potential impact.
AILA Doc. No. 20042761

Article: What We Know — and Don't Know — About Trump's New Immigration Order

4/23/2020
Talking Points Memo reports on the presidential proclamation suspending entry of certain immigrants into the United States. According to AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini, "If this proclamation isn't lifted in 60 days, the impacts could be dire."
AILA Doc. No. 20042360

Article: Trump's Vow to Suspend Immigration over Coronavirus Has Certain Industries on Edge

4/22/2020
USA Today reports on the president's intention to suspend parts of the U.S. immigration system. "He's doing this at a time when there is nobody traveling," AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson told USA Today, adding, "Everybody needs to understand that this is a political strategy."
AILA Doc. No. 20042261

Article: Trump Orders 60-Day Immigration Halt Due to CV-19

4/21/2020
Tucson Sentinel reports on the president's plan to halt immigration to the United States. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "In the face of growing questions and criticism about his handling of the COVID-19 crisis … President Trump resorted to distraction, blame, and fear-mongering."
AILA Doc. No. 20042262

Article: As Coronavirus Crushes Jobs, Trump Will Sign Order Banning Some Immigrants

4/21/2020
Yahoo News reports on President Trump's plans to "temporarily suspend immigration into the United States." AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, "Of course DHS doesn't have any idea what this is or what it will look like … because this isn't about policy, it's about politics."
AILA Doc. No. 20042260

Article: Otay Mesa Immigration Courts Closed, Hearings Postponed as Detention Facility COVID-19 Cases Grow

4/15/2020
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on the temporary closure of an immigration court at a San Diego detention center. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch called the decision to close in-person hearings at the court for only a few days "disconnected from the advice of medical experts."
AILA Doc. No. 20041661

Article: Cameroonian Asylum Seeker, Detained for Three Years, Released from ICE Custody

4/15/2020
The American Prospect reports on a lawsuit that brought the release of four asylum seekers during the COVID-19 outbreak. AILA and other organizations have also filed lawsuits on behalf of immigrants who are detained in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20041562

Article: H-1B Workers Lose Jobs, Legal Status Amid Pandemic

4/15/2020
Roll Call reports on difficulties faced by H-1B workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AILA sued USCIS in an effort to force it to maintain nonimmigrants' status and extend deadlines. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless noted that many healthcare workers are on nonimmigrant visas.
AILA Doc. No. 20041561

Article: Immigration Attorneys Worry ICE Rules Will Take Away Needed Medical Supplies

3/24/2020
The Texas Tribune reports that ICE is requiring attorneys to wear protective gear at detention facilities. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said the requirement would deny detainees access to counsel "unless [attorneys] rob health care providers" of desperately needed equipment.
AILA Doc. No. 20032460

Article (Subscription Req'd): The Invisible Wall — The Trump Administration Doesn't Like High-Skilled Immigrants Either

2/29/2020
The Economist reports that under the Trump administration, legal migrants are finding themselves shut out of the United States, noting that AILA calls this the president's invisible wall.
AILA Doc. No. 20022862

Article: Deloitte Top Participant in H-1B Foreign Worker Program—By Far

2/4/2020
Bloomberg Law’s analysis of FY2019 DOL data shows that Deloitte LLP was the top H-1B seeker in the United States. AILA’s President Marketa Lindt said, “Big companies, small companies depend on the H-1B visa to help fill critical workforce gaps” both as direct hires or on a contract basis.
AILA Doc. No. 20020439