AILA in the News

Article: Asylum-seekers face delays on recent work permit applications

8/10/2022
Roll Call reports that the vast majority of work permit applications for asylum seekers processed recently had been pending for more than 120 days. AILA's Amy R. Grenier discusses these delays, stating “It just compounds the stress and trauma of an already stressful situation.”

Article: Lack of immigration guidance set to ripple through enforcement

8/4/2022
Roll Call reports that even though the courts have halted the Biden administration's nationwide policy for ICE agents, AILA's Policy Counsel Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock said that she has also heard more “troubling reports” from AILA members of prosecutorial discretion requests being denied.
AILA Doc. No. 22080598

Article: US to issue ID to migrants awaiting deportation proceedings

8/4/2022
The Public’s Radio reports on plans to issue ID cards, quoting Greg Chen, "said migrants have mistakenly gone to ICE offices instead of court for scheduled hearings that they then missed as a result. He said so long as immigrants' privacy is protected, the card could be helpful."
AILA Doc. No. 22080599

Article: Biden Officials Planning New ID for Migrants

7/28/2022
VOA reports on plans to issue a Secure Docket Card to immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to allow quicker access to their files. AILA President Jeremy McKinney expects the card to demonstrate "what we knew all along": if noncitizens facing removal have the tools to comply, they comply.
AILA Doc. No. 22072951

Article: Republican States' Lawsuits Derail Biden's Major Immigration Policy Changes

7/22/2022
CBS News reports on Republican-led states' efforts to derail the President's immigration agenda. Angela Kelley, AILA Chief Advisor and former DHS Senior Counselor on Immigration, said the Republican officials' litigation campaign often influenced the Administration's policy-making calculus.
AILA Doc. No. 22052752

Article: ICE Is Developing New ID Card for Migrants amid Growing Arrivals at the Border

7/22/2022
CNN reports on development of a new ID card for migrants to allow them to access immigration files. AILA President Jeremy McKinney said AILA would welcome an approach that allows eligible noncitizens to report their status and manage their cases without using electronic surveillance or jail cells.
AILA Doc. No. 22072751

Article: Immigrants Take to Court in Record Numbers as Backlogs Pile UP

7/19/2022
Bloomberg Law reports AILA has encouraged members to bring mandamus actions when cases face excessive delays while pressing USCIS to improve customer service. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini says currently, you must "jump through lots of hoops" to get help from USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 22072551

Article (Subscription Req'd): Feds Streamline Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Allies

7/18/2022
Law360 reports that Afghan allies seeking special immigrant visas will need to apply only with DOS and no longer with DOS and USCIS. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini welcomed the change but expressed concern that those who applied before it was made won't benefit.
AILA Doc. No. 22071951

Article: Immigration Agency Backlog Weighs on Congressional Offices

7/18/2022
Roll Call reports that USCIS backlogs have led to members of Congress receiving more requests for help speeding up immigration cases. Diana Bauerle of AILA's Case Assistance Committee says the committee is increasingly advising immigration lawyers to turn to Congress as a last resort.
AILA Doc. No. 22071851

Article: U.S. Restores Path to Green Card for Some TPS Holders

7/14/2022
VOA reports USCIS restored a previously available option for TPS recipients to adjust to permanent residence status. AILA Supervisory Policy and Practice Counsel Michael Turansick called the policy update a return to the "common sense, plain meaning definition" of inspection and admission.
AILA Doc. No. 22071852

Article: Immigration Judge Hired during Trump Era Accuses Biden Admin of Ousting Conservative Appointees

6/25/2022
Fox News reports a recently dismissed immigration judge believes AILA aided efforts to oust him. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said it was "absurd" to suggest AILA has the power to oust judges but noted AILA members often report judges' bad behavior or misconduct to EOIR.
AILA Doc. No. 22062751

Article: 'Unprecedented' Upheaval in Immigration Courts From Biden's Bid to Reshape the Agency

6/20/2022
The Washington Times featured an article on EOIR. AILA Director of Government Relations Gregory Chen said, “Immigration court proceedings involve life and death decisions; AILA has worked toward a just immigration court system. The system and its stewards need to be held accountable.”
AILA Doc. No. 22062270

Article: This Political Dissident Faces Death Threats if He Goes Back to Nicaragua. Why Was His Asylum Claim Denied?

6/20/2022
Reason featured an article on a court ruling in which a Nicaraguan man was denied asylum. AILA Director of Government Relations Gregory Chen noted that "...six immigration judges whom Attorney General William Barr elevated to serve as Board members had abysmal asylum grant rates."
AILA Doc. No. 22062170

Article: Advocates blast Supreme Court rulings denying bond hearings to migrants

6/13/2022
Cronkite News featured an article on Monday's Supreme Court decision on bond hearings. AILA President Allen Orr said Monday’s rulings could lead to long-term detention that could see noncitizens held for years without a bond hearing, even when they have not committed serious crimes.
AILA Doc. No. 22061670

Article: Can a Felon Get a Passport? It Depends.

6/9/2022
USA Today provided an article on whether people with a felony on their record can obtain a passport. AILA President Allen Orr said it can be difficult, but that the process is "a protection to the US and diplomatic realities. Because a passport is a luxury to have, not a right."
AILA Doc. No. 22061071

Article: Amazon, Google, and Other Tech Giants Urge Biden Administration to Allow 'Documented Dreamers' to Stay as US Labor Shortage Bites

6/8/2022
Business Insider featured an article on the letter that AILA and others submitted to DHS asking that the Biden administration prevent children of H-1B visa holders from being deported after they turn 21.
AILA Doc. No. 22061070

Article: Immigration Red Tape Imperils This Girl’s Transplant Chances

6/5/2022
The Daily Beast featured an article on medical deferred action, and its potentially life-threatening consequence for one family. AILA board member Mahsa Khanbabai called the system broken, stating, "There’s just a lot of heartbreak that could easily be fixed with immigration reform.”
AILA Doc. No. 22060672

Article: Title 42's Long Tail of Pain

6/1/2022
The Texas Observer covered the decision to permit USCIS officers to determine whether migrants qualify for asylum. AILA policy counsel Jennifer Whitlock said this decision emphasizes speed over due process and right to council; migrants may have difficulties getting necessary evidence.
AILA Doc. No. 22060671

Article: Biden Pressed to Take Unusual Strategy on Title 42 Court Fight

5/30/2022
The Hill featured an article on the legal battle over the rulemaking of Title 42. AILA President Allen Orr said, “The Biden administration, by the time it actually gets to the Supreme Court, could go through the proposed rulemaking just to meet the requirements of the court.”
AILA Doc. No. 22060670

Article: Another Viewpoint: Title 42 Not Real Solution to Border Crisis

5/24/2022
San Antonio Express News featured an article on Title 42, the repeal of which was recently blocked. AILA Member Maurice Goldman said, “Title 42 has pushed people into making that perilous journey through either the desert or across the Rio Grande."
AILA Doc. No. 22052670

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