AILA in the News

Article: Lawsuit challenges Knox County sheriff's claims that ICE partnership increases safety

12/2/2021
On the 287(g) program, AILA spokesperson Evangeline Chan said, "If the community, which can include noncitizens, feel like local law enforcement are partnering with federal immigration officers, they won’t feel comfortable calling them when they want to report a crime or when they’ve been a victim."
AILA Doc. No. 21120361

Article: The truth about green card recapture

11/19/2021
AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Adam Cohen explains green card recapture in The Hill. He emphasizes that this has previously occurred and has bipartisan support, and that it not only benefits tech employers, but healthcare professionals on the frontlines treating COVID patients.
AILA Doc. No. 21112261

Article: DHS stops releasing some migrants without providing immigration court dates

11/16/2021
CNN reports on use of "notice to report," which concerned many immigrant advocates. AILA president-elect Jeremy McKinney said that mailing these notices was an unreliable practice when many migrants, however close to the border, might not have accurately documented or established addresses.
AILA Doc. No. 21111761

Article: Biden administration settles with spouses of immigrant visa holders, clearing them for work

11/11/2021
The Hill reports on the USCIS settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by AILA on behalf of immigrant spouses in August. The settlement "will help thousands of immigrants in relationships with H-1B and L-1 visa holders" who face delays in receiving EADs due to system backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 21111163

Article: USCIS Settlement Is Good News For L-1 And H-1B Visa Spouses

11/11/2021
Forbes reports on the USCIS settlement affecting spouses of L-1 or H-1B visa holders. AILA director of litigation Jesse Bless said, "Once implemented by the agency, L-2 spouses will no longer have to apply for work authorization and need an EAD as proof in order to work in the U.S."
AILA Doc. No. 21111162

Article: We're still failing Afghan allies. Why no outrage?

11/2/2021
John T. Medeiros reports for the Star Tribune on the processing of humanitarian parole for Afghans. He states, “As chair of the Minnesota-Dakotas chapter of the AILA, my goal was to determine how our chapter could facilitate a coordinated resettlement response.”
AILA Doc. No. 21110461

Article: US limits immigration arrests at schools, ‘protected’ areas

10/28/2021
The Associated Press reports on DHS guidance limiting immigration arrests in designated "protected areas." AILA President Allen Orr said DHS is reaffirming that people should not live in fear of enforcement actions as they access health care, schools, or places of worship.
AILA Doc. No. 21102861

Article: Advocates frustrated by shrinking legal migration under Biden

10/9/2021
The Hill reports on immigration advocates frustrated with the Biden administration’s inefficient handling of immigration opportunities. AILA government relations director Shev Dalal-Dheini says, failure to issue visas leads to people stuck in green card backlogs for decades.
AILA Doc. No. 21101168

Article: The Heartbreaking Work of Resettling Afghan Refugees When You’ve Been an Afghan Refugee

10/7/2021
Mother Jones reports on an immigration attorney who fled Afghanistan as a child and now aids current Afghan refugees arriving in the United States. She explains that AILA is “holding legal orientation at military bases, basically informing people of their different legal options.”
AILA Doc. No. 21100861

Article: United States Cannot Stop Issuing Visas during Travel Bans, Federal Judge Rules

10/6/2021
NorthJersey.com reports on the recent federal ruling that declares it unlawful to stop processing visas for eligible travelers during travel bans. The relevant lawsuit, Kinsley v. Blinken, was filed by private individuals and a coalition of immigration law firms with AILA’s support.
AILA Doc. No. 21100663

Article: Lengthy Processing Times Keep Indian Green Card Seekers Waiting

10/5/2021
Roll Call reports on how delayed green card processing affects Indian immigrants. To process the backlog, AILA government relations director Shev Dalal-Dheini said USCIS needs more staff, streamlined procedures, and statutes that prevent green card slots from being lost.
AILA Doc. No. 21100662

Article: What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

10/4/2021
The New York Times presents an opinion piece on the history of asylum for Haitians in the United States. The author, once an expert witness in litigation, describes asylum in the 1980s, and how he and AILA committed to finding volunteer lawyers for roughly 2,200 Haitian detainees.
AILA Doc. No. 21100561

Article: Border Officials Can Continue to Expel Migrant Families under COVID Restrictions, Court Rules

10/1/2021
The Tucson Sentinel reports on continued use of Title 42 by CBP officials. AILA President Allen Orr said, “Until this policy is terminated, we will continue to see images of families being expelled, without the meaningful chance to claim protection required under our laws.”
AILA Doc. No. 21100461

Article: DeSantis Announces Lawsuit Against Biden Administration Over Immigration Policy

9/28/2021
CNN reports on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lawsuit against the Biden administration over “catch and release.” AILA director of federal litigation Jesse Bless said he sees no evidence attached to the complaint and explained how difficult it is for a state to take on federal government over federal law.
AILA Doc. No. 21092962

Article: The Debate Over Immigration Often Relies on Murky Assumptions about the Law

9/22/2021
The Washington Post reports on the centuries-old immigration debate and the history of immigration law in an effort to contextualize current migration at Del Rio. AILA’s past president David Leopold described how applications for asylum do not require a person to enter the states legally.
AILA Doc. No. 21092362

Article: Biden Channels Stephen Miller to Deport Haitian Asylum Seekers

9/21/2021
Rolling Stone reports on the deportation of Haitian migrants at the border under Title 42. AILA policy council Jennifer Ibanez Whitlock noted that despite initial plans to stop broadly applying Title 42, the Biden administration is now appealing a court order to maintain it.
AILA Doc. No. 21092361

Article: Democrats look for Plan B after blow on immigration

9/21/2021
The Hill reports on the effort by Democrats and immigration advocates to define a pathway to citizenship for millions. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen proposed a change to 245(i) in INA: a much simpler change and smaller impact on what’s already codified in law.
AILA Doc. No. 21092260

Article: DHS chief blames 'sudden' Haitian surge for border chaos, but says it's under control

9/20/2021
The Washington Times reports on migrants from Haiti at Del Rio, where expulsions are occurring under Title 42. AILA President Allen Orr said the expulsion “....not only deprives people of the opportunity to apply for asylum but also endangers their lives.”
AILA Doc. No. 21092080

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