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Article: 19 Women Allege Medical Abuse in Georgia Immigration Detention

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 (Subscription Req'd): Chamber, Universities Challenge 'Assault' on H-1B Visas

Law360 reports on two suits filed to strike down the Trump administration's work visa restrictions, including a lawsuit filed by AILA and AILA BOG members on behalf of universities and trade associations to challenge the DOL interim final rule changing the computation of prevailing wages.
AILA Doc. No. 20102261

Article: Boston Immigration Court Set to Resume Large-Scale Hearings with Little Guidance from Feds

WBUR reports on the resumption of master calendar hearings at the Boston Immigration Court. AILA New England Chapter Chair Eliana Nader said there is no safe way to conduct these hearings in person right now and discussed concerns about how the court is handling telephonic appearances.
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Article: 'Sheer Cruelty, Racism, and Disregard'

The Progressive reports on the far-reaching impacts of President Trump's anti-immigrant policies. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained, "Under this administration, we have seen how easily immigration courts can be manipulated."
AILA Doc. No. 20101460

Article: Dear Sophie: How Can Employers Hire & Comply with All This New H-1B Craziness?

Tech Crunch features a column on the new USCIS rule making changes to the H-1B program and DOL rule changing how prevailing wages are calculated. Columnist Sophie Alcorn notes that AILA is actively seeking plaintiffs who will be harmed by the new rules for litigation to challenge them.
AILA Doc. No. 20101261

Article (Opinion): Trump's War of Attrition on Women Asylum Seekers

Ms. Magazine features an op-ed by Lindsay Harris, Vice Chair of AILA's Asylum & Refugee Committee, about the Trump administration's attacks on women asylum seekers. She calls on American women to "vote like our lives depend on it because those of our immigrant sisters … most certainly do."
AILA Doc. No. 20101260

Article: How the Pandemic Has Complicated These Immigrants' Path to Citizenship

PBS News Hour reports how COVID-19 has disrupted the already challenging path to citizenship. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said the naturalization ceremony aired during the RNC doesn't tell "the story of the hundreds of thousands of people … still waiting in line."
AILA Doc. No. 20100761

Article: The Best Way to Protect Immigrants from the Whims of Politics

The New Republic reports that independent immigration courts could help undo the harm inflicted by the Trump administration. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained that independent courts must "be part of any comprehensive package" to fix the "broken immigration system."
AILA Doc. No. 20100660

Article: Feds Must Save 9K Diversity Visas Despite Expiration

Law360 reports that a judge ordered the Trump administration to preserve 9,095 of the 45,000 unused green cards awarded through the 2020 Diversity Visa Lottery. The decision was in response to three consolidated lawsuits, one of which was filed by AILA, JAC, ILL, and Mayer Brown LLP.
AILA Doc. No. 20100160

Article: Judge Blocks USCIS Fee Increases: Here's Why It Happened

Forbes reports on a federal judge's decision to stay the implementation of USCIS's final fee rule. The litigation was filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a coalition of immigrants' rights organization.
AILA Doc. No. 20093061

Article (Opinion): "The Cruelty Is the Point": U.S. Still Denying Protection to Severely Ill People with No Legal Status—Despite Announcing Otherwise

Ms. Magazine features an op-ed by AILA members Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Audrey Allen, and Mahsa Khanbabai raising concerns about denials of recent medical deferred action cases, despite USCIS's announcement in September 2019 that it had reversed its prior decision to terminate the program.
AILA Doc. No. 20092964

Article: Growing USCIS Backlogs Could Be Worsened by Spending Cuts

Documented New York reports on USCIS's planned spending cuts. According to AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini, the budget cuts will have significant impacts on USCIS case processing and customer service.
AILA Doc. No. 20092961

Article (Opinion): Immigrant Women Face Atrocities at Georgia Detention Center

Ocala StarBanner features an op-ed by AILA member Elizabeth Ricci about allegations of atrocities against immigrant women held at an ICE detention facility in Georgia. A nurse who worked at the facility claims immigrant women are routinely subjected to unnecessary gynecological procedures.
AILA Doc. No. 20092962

Article (Subscription Req'd): Judge on Fence About Immigration Application Fee Hikes

Law360 reports that after a Friday hearing, a California federal judge remained undecided about whether to temporarily block USCIS's planned fee increases. The lawsuit was filed by AILA and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a number of immigrant advocacy groups.
AILA Doc. No. 20092960

Article: Immigrants Rush to Submit Citizenship Applications Days Before Fee Is Set to Soar

The Chicago Sun Times reports on immigrants scrambling to submit applications before USCIS fee changes go into effect on 10/2/20. Kathleen Vannucci, vice chair of AILA’s Chicago chapter, said the changes probably won’t “change the processing times and how quickly cases are adjudicated.”
AILA Doc. No. 20092534

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."
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Article: International Student Banned from Online-Only Instruction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Maine Voices: Coronavirus Makes Immigration Courts Unsafe

Press Herald reports on how EOIR's refusal to close all immigration courts during the COVID-19 emergency is impacting immigrants and their attorneys in Maine, noting that immigration judges, ICE professionals, and AILA are calling for the emergency closure of all U.S. immigration courts.
AILA Doc. No. 20041460

Article: Tensions Skyrocket as Covid-19 Fears Grip Arizona Detention Center

Arizona CIR reports on complaints over how ICE detention centers are handling the COVID-19 outbreak. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said AILA is receiving numerous reports from attorneys with concerns about clients who are ill or are being exposed to others with COVID-19 symptoms.
AILA Doc. No. 20041365

Article: USCIS Disputes Improperly Denying 900 H-1B Visa Registrations

Forbes reports that USCIS disputes that it denied numerous H-1B registrations as duplicates due to flaws in its new registration system. AILA has received reports of this issue from at least 61 immigration attorneys, according to AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish.
AILA Doc. No. 20041364

Article: Migrant Children Still Face Speedy Deportation Hearings in COVID-19 Hotspots

The Marshall Project reports that the Trump administration is pressing ahead with the deportation cases of unaccompanied migrant children who were sent to shelters in New York. AILA and other groups asked a federal court to force DOJ to suspend in-person hearings during the pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20041363

Article: Immigrant Doctors Face Challenges to Work, Even in Coronavirus Pandemic

The Hill reports on the immigration challenges faced by foreign-born medical professionals in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear said doctors trained abroad who have been accepted into U.S. residency programs are struggling to get their visas processed.
AILA Doc. No. 20041361

Article (Subscription Req'd): Challengers to Trump's Uninsured Immigrant Ban Win Cert.

Law360 reports that a federal judge granted class certification in the lawsuit filed by AILA and partners challenging the president's healthcare proclamation. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless called it an "important step towards making sure the proclamation never becomes effective."
AILA Doc. No. 20040961

Article: Chinese Workers in the U.S. Are Losing Their Visas with Their Jobs. But Flying Home to China Is Too Expensive

CNN reports on Chinese workers in the United States losing their H-1B visas following lay-offs. AILA member Ying Cao said, "I've never seen so many visa holders losing their jobs." AILA sued USCIS, asking a judge to allow nonimmigrants to maintain legal status amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20040960

Article: Coronavirus Fueling 'Total Chaos' and Tough Decisions for Minnesota's Immigrant Workers

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the transition to working remotely has caused chaos for immigrant workers and their employers. AILA sued USCIS, asking a judge to pause visa deadlines and protect the status of foreign nationals legally living, working, or studying in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 20040863

Article: Judges Slap Down USCIS Again on H-1B Visas

Forbes reports on three new court decisions finding that USCIS unlawfully denied H-1B petitions for foreign-born professionals. Documents obtained by AILA as the result of FOIA litigation demonstrate that USCIS narrowed its interpretation of what qualifies as an H-1B specialty occupation.
AILA Doc. No. 20040862

Article: Trump Administration Relaxes Regulations to Fight Coronavirus and Also Loosens Environmental Rules

NBC News reports that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration is altering regulations—but not just to address the pandemic. Regarding a new DOJ rule expanding the BIA, AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "The fact that it goes into effect overnight is deeply problematic."
AILA Doc. No. 20040861

Article: Judges Call for All Immigration Courts to Close in Wake of Coronavirus

Cronkite News reports on calls for EOIR to close all immigration courts. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said that leading public health experts warn that not only are the judges, the attorneys, and the court staff being put at risk, but so is everyone they come into contact with.
AILA Doc. No. 20040761

Article: Immigration Can Save Lives During America's COVID-19 Crisis

Forbes features an interview with past AILA President William Stock on the current shortcomings in possible solutions that would bring more healthcare professionals to the front lines of the U.S. fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic.
AILA Doc. No. 20040664

Article: Immigration Lawyers Sue to Keep Foreign Nationals in Lawful Status

Inside Higher Ed reports on AILA's lawsuit against USCIS seeking the immediate suspension of immigration benefit deadlines and maintenance of status for individuals on nonimmigrant visas, a group that includes students and exchange scholars and foreign healthcare workers with temporary visas.
AILA Doc. No. 20040663

Article: As Coronavirus Spreads, So Does Panic and Confusion at Immigration Courts Across the U.S.

The Appeal reports that immigration courts continue to operate as the novel coronavirus races across the country. AILA has called for in-person hearings to end and urged for improved access for essential hearings for people who are detained.
AILA Doc. No. 20040662

Article: Faced with 'Legal Peril,' Attys Seek to Pause Visa Deadlines

Law360 reports that AILA filed suit against DHS and USCIS, saying a federal judge must step in to extend immigration visas and toll filing deadlines that attorneys cannot meet as states enact shelter-in-place orders and nonessential businesses shut down.
AILA Doc. No. 20040661

Article: Trump Administration Has Turned Immigration Court into 'Public Health Hazard'

The Daily Beast reports that the administration refuses to postpone all immigration court hearings or extend visa deadlines amid the COVID-19 crisis. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless says, “Every federal agency is stopping time, and yet USCIS ... [has] said it’s business as usual.”

Article: USCIS Mistakenly Denied Over 100 H-1B Visa Registrations

Forbes reports that USCIS mistakenly denied more than 100 H-1B registrations filed for new H-1B petitions. According to AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish, AILA received reports from attorneys that at least 103 H-1B registrations were mistakenly rejected as duplicates.
AILA Doc. No. 20040262

Article: H-1B Worker Pay Options During Pandemic Limited by Visa Rules

Bloomberg Law reports that as companies pare down business and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, those that employ H-1B workers have fewer options. AILA President Marketa Lindt explains that H-1B workers must be paid "the wage offered on the LCA," including during "nonproductive periods."
AILA Doc. No. 20040261

Article: Immigration Attys Sue to Halt In-Person Detention Hearings

Law360 reports that DOJ has refused to pause in-person detention hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing attorneys to choose between prioritizing their health or their clients' right to counsel, according to a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners.
AILA Doc. No. 20040163

Article: Immigration Groups Sue Trump Administration for Keeping Courts Open Amid Coronavirus

The Hill reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners against the Trump administration over EOIR's refusal to close immigration courts during the coronavirus public health crisis.
AILA Doc. No. 20040162

Article: Immigration Lawyers Sue Feds over Risks of In-Person Coronavirus Hearings

CBS News reports on the lawsuit that AILA and partners filed against the federal government to stop in-person immigration hearings and ensure other measures are taken to protect attorneys and their clients and guarantee due process for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
AILA Doc. No. 20033161

Audio: The Coronavirus and the Legal System

Ohio Public Radio reports on how the COVID-19 global pandemic is affecting the U.S. legal system, with analysis about the impact on the immigration system from AILA DOS Liaison Committee member Heather Prendergast.
AILA Doc. No. 20033162

Article: Arizona Lawyers Turned Away from Immigration Detention Centers

The Arizona Mirror reports that, according to the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, ICE is turning away Arizona lawyers from immigration detention centers if they don't bring their own nitrile gloves, surgical mask or N95 respirator, and eye protection.
AILA Doc. No. 20033061

Article: Legal Immigrants at Risk of Losing Status During Coronavirus Pandemic

The Hill reports that thousands of people with legal status could inadvertently violate immigration laws over the next few months, as USCIS remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said people are being put "into a catch-22."
AILA Doc. No. 20032660

Article: Varick St. Immigration Court Reopened Despite Court Staffer Testing Positive for COVID-19

Documented NY reports that a Manhattan immigration court reopened after closing for one day due to a court staffer testing positive for COVID-19. AILA and the unions representing ICE attorneys and immigration judges have formed an unprecedented alliance to push for the closure of the courts.
AILA Doc. No. 20032661

Article: Immigration Attorneys Required to Wear Masks, Gloves to Represent Clients in Aurora Detention Center

The Denver Post reports that a new ICE mandate forces attorneys to procure protective gear desperately needed by medical professionals or risk their client's case. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "All live in-person hearings need to be immediately suspended."
AILA Doc. No. 20032662

Article: Immigrants, Refugees in Georgia Vulnerable Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Georgia's immigrants and refugees. Past AILA President Charles Kuck said, "If they are afraid to get tested and it starts running rampant in their communities, it is only going to make it worse for us."
AILA Doc. No. 20032663

Article: Coronavirus Cases Prompt DOJ to Close More Immigration Courts

Roll Call reports DOJ closed two more immigration courts after announcing someone in each court system had tested positive for coronavirus. But more than 40 other immigration courts remained open despite pleas from AILA and the unions representing immigration judges and ICE professionals.
AILA Doc. No. 20032561

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

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: Anger Builds over Virus Dangers in Immigration Courts

Politico reports that the immigration courts' response to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted outrage from judges, immigrants' lawyers, and even the attorneys who serve as prosecutors. According to AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney, "The immigration courts need to close. Period."
AILA Doc. No. 20032362

Article: Coronavirus Could Hit Immigrant Detainees Hard in Places that Are Already 'a Petri Dish'

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on concerns that COVID-19 could spread in immigration detention centers, affecting migrants and staff, as well as the wider community. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "The risk of this spreading in the detained population remains high."
AILA Doc. No. 20032361

Article: Immigration Courts Are Still Open as Coronavirus Cases Grow

PBS Newshour reports that immigration hearings continue as much of the nation has hunkered down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney called for immigration courts to close, noting that "the status quo presents a grave danger to public health."
AILA Doc. No. 20032360

Article: Immigration Attorneys Ask Agencies for No-Contact Solutions

Bloomberg Law reports on AILA's letter to USCIS seeking changes to employment eligibility verification practices to allow for initial virtual verification. “This isn’t just an immigration issue, this affects everybody,” said Sharvari Dalal-Dheini, AILA's Director of Government Relations.

Article: An Unprecedented Group of Immigration Prosecutors, Lawyers, and Judges Are Calling for Courts to Be Closed

BuzzFeed News reports on a unified statement released by the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the ICE Professionals Union, and AILA calling for the immediate shutdown and closure of immigration courts for 2-4 weeks across the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
AILA Doc. No. 20031602

Article: H-1B Work Visa Ruling Comes Down to Conjunctions

Tech Target reports that a district court ruled in favor of IT contractors in a lawsuit challenging H-1B denials. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said the case combined 33 lawsuits by contractors, making it harder for the government to ignore the decision.
AILA Doc. No. 20031361

Article: Broken Promise: Visa Program Leaves Crime Victims in Limbo

Law 360 reports that backlogs and processing delays are leaving U visa applicants, mostly women who have suffered domestic violence or sexual abuse, vulnerable. AILA has collected more than 140 examples of a new hurdle: applications being rejected because an irrelevant field was left blank.
AILA Doc. No. 20031160

Article: Trump's Immigration Policies May Put People at Risk of Coronavirus — Experts

The Guardian reports that, amid the global health emergency caused by the coronavirus, experts worry that the administration's immigration policies may put everyone at risk. AILA Board member Ally Bolour expressed concern that some immigrants may avoid medical care due to fear of deportation.
AILA Doc. No. 20030960

Article: A Philly Immigration Judge Retired Because Trump Turned Appeals Courts into ‘a Politburo-Like Rubber Stamp’

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles an immigration judge who retired early due to the Trump administration's pressures on the courts. Judge Charles Honeyman is looking forward to speaking more freely about immigration and recently addressed the AILA Philadelphia Chapter's CLE conference.
AILA Doc. No. 20030260

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

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 (Subscription Req'd): New Border Program Puts Asylum Seekers on Fast Track to Deportation

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) program. According to AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis, "The program completely curtails any access to counsel—lawyers have been completely cut off from having meaningful access to their clients."
AILA Doc. No. 20022861

Article: The Trump Administration Is Gagging America’s Immigration Judges

The Atlantic reports on efforts to restrict immigration judges (IJs) from speaking publicly about their work. Before 2017, IJs often spoke at educational seminars, but AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch says AILA and other groups now must rely on retired IJs for these types of events.
AILA Doc. No. 20022860

Article: Health Insurance Mandate: The Next Hammer to Fall on Immigrants

Forbes reports on President Trump's health insurance proclamation, with analysis from AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless on whether the Supreme Court will overturn the injunction currently blocking the proclamation, thus allowing the administration to implement it.
AILA Doc. No. 20022563

Article: Will Trump's New Public Charge Rule Close Door on Immigrants' Hope of the American Dream?

The Dallas Morning News reports on implementation of the public charge rule. Jason Mills, a member of AILA's DOS Liaison Committee, said new forms related to the rule would create more work for the government, noting that the additional work would add to the already existing case backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 20022562

Article: Presidential Proclamation Sows Confusion Within the State Department

Documented reports on the president's health insurance proclamation and the lawsuit filed by AILA, Justice Action Center, and Innovation Law Lab that led to a nationwide preliminary injunction that is currently blocking implementation of the proclamation.
AILA Doc. No. 20022561

Article: The Real Impact of Trump's "Public Charge" Immigration Rule

Axios reports on the implementation of the new public charge rule. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said the rule was part of the administration's "invisible wall" against legal immigration, noting that many attorneys are concerned it could violate state or local privacy laws.
AILA Doc. No. 20022460

Article: Online System for High-Skilled Visa Lottery Gets First Big Test

Bloomberg Law reports on changes to the H-1B lottery process. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini explained that attorneys and the general public are concerned about a flood of registrations for individuals who aren't qualified or from employers trying to game the system.
AILA Doc. No. 20022161

Article (Opinion): This Latest Trick from the Trump Administration Is One of the Most Despicable Yet

The Washington Post shares the story of a sexual assault survivor whose U visa application was rejected because irrelevant form fields were left blank. AILA has collected 140 other examples of allegedly “incomplete” forms leading to rejections.
AILA Doc. No. 20021460

Article: International Students Could Face New Restrictions in U.S.

Voice of America reports that the administration plans to require foreign students to seek new visa approvals at each stage of their academic life. Critics have questioned the government's capacity to process more applications. AILA has noted that USCIS is adjudicating cases at a slow pace.
AILA Doc. No. 20021160

Article: Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of New Green Card Rule

KNPR reports on the Supreme Court's decision on the public charge rule, with insights into the factors that may now be considered in determining if an applicant for residency is likely to become a public charge from Ayensa Millan, a member of AILA, which has opposed the public charge rule.
AILA Doc. No. 20020662

Article: Attorneys Worry over Increased Secrecy for Customs and Border Protection Officers

NBC News reports on a new policy allowing CBP to withhold certain agency-related information from the public. AILA CBP Liaison Committee Chair Danielle Rizzo said the new policy will likely make it harder to pinpoint "where [internal CBP] guidance is coming from."
AILA Doc. No. 20020660

Article: As Coronavirus Epidemic Spreads, Trump Administration’s New Travel Ban Hits China and Beyond, Prompting Worries

Yahoo News reports on travel restrictions related to the coronavirus. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini expressed concern that cancellations of visa interviews in China could present additional barriers for individuals who are technically exempt from the restrictions.
AILA Doc. No. 20020560

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

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

Article: Niger: Trump's Extended Ban on Muslims Causes a Stir

All Africa reports on reactions to the Trump administration's expansion of the travel ban. Marketa Lindt, AILA President, said previous bans have had devastating impacts, including unnecessary family separations, unfounded visa denials, and lost career and educational opportunities.
AILA Doc. No. 20020362

Audio: Lawyer for Iranian Students Deported from U.S. Describes Their Plight

National Public Radio features an interview with Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of the AILA New England Chapter, about the increasing difficulties faced by individuals of Iranian descent at U.S. ports of entry.
AILA Doc. No. 20020363

Article: Problems at Tent Courts and a Growing Tent Encampment; One Year into Remain in Mexico

Texas Public Radio reports on the tent courts where asylum seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols have their cases heard via video teleconference, citing AILA Senior Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, who recently visited the tent courts to observe hearings.
AILA Doc. No. 20020360

Article: Immigration Judges Not Meeting DOJ Production Goals, House Told

Bloomberg Law reports on a congressional hearing that was held about the immigration court system. AILA, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Immigration Judges all believe the nation would be better served by making the immigration courts independent of DOJ.
AILA Doc. No. 20013060

Article (Subscription Req'd): Public Charge Order Sparks Confusion for Immigration Attys

Law360 reports on the Supreme Court allowing the public charge rule to take effect. Regarding whether the rule took effect immediately or if USCIS will give attorneys time to prepare, AILA Board member Mike Jarecki said, "A lot of people are asking questions, but no one is giving us answers."
AILA Doc. No. 20012963

Article: How Increased Citizenship Fees Could Make Life Harder for Immigrants and Their Communities

Marketplace Radio reports on the impact USCIS's proposed fee hikes will have on those eligible to apply for citizenship. According to AILA, USCIS processing times rose by 46 percent between 2016 and 2018 and by 94 percent since 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 20012962

Article: 'I Don't Want to Be Deported': Inside the Tent Courts on the U.S.-Mexico Border

CNN observed hearings at a border tent court for asylum seekers subject to Remain in Mexico. The judge and ICE trial attorney participated via video teleconference. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "It's very confusing as to who's prosecuting the respondent."
AILA Doc. No. 20012861

Article: Ohio Judge Says He Relies on a Hunch to Call ICE When He Suspects Defendants Are Undocumented

The Washington Post reports that an Ohio trial court judge says he calls ICE when he suspects a defendant is undocumented. Former Chair of AILA's ICE Liaison Committee Heather Prendergast described the judge's actions as "shocking and not typical" of a judge.
AILA Doc. No. 20012860

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Administration to Crack Down on 'Birth Tourism' in U.S.

The Financial Times reports on changes to B visa regulations to exclude applicants who consular officers believe will give birth while in the United States. AILA member and former DOS official Jeffrey Gorsky said he thought the rule extends “beyond a reasonable interpretation of the statute.”
AILA Doc. No. 20012760

Article (Op-Ed): Trump Has Attacked Federal Unions. Now, for the First Time, He’s Trying to Bust One.

The Washington Post features an op-ed on DOJ efforts to decertify the immigration judges' union. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the move goes against "the deeply [held] American principle that courts must be balanced and neutral in order to administer justice."

Article: Warren Seeks Info on DeVos Role in Foreign-Student Sting

Commonwealth Magazine reports that lawmakers requested information on the Education Department's role in ICE's creation of a fake university. Meanwhile, MIT sent a memo to faculty about upcoming ICE visits. An MIT spokeswoman said the school lists AILA's Know Your Rights flyer on its website.
AILA Doc. No. 2001760

Article (Op-Ed): Why We're Challenging Trump's Immigration Proclamation

The Oregonian features an op-ed by staff attorneys with the Innovation Law Lab about the lawsuit they filed with AILA, the Justice Action Center, and Sidley Austin LLP, with Latino Network as organizational plaintiff, to challenge the president's health insurance proclamation.
AILA Doc. No. 20011561

Article: "They Treated Me Like a Terrorist": The Vetted Iranians Deported on Arrival to the U.S.

The Guardian reports that a growing number of Iranians with valid student visas are being detained by CBP upon arrival at U.S. airports and sent back to Iran. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai said what is happening to Iranian students "definitely warrants an investigation."
AILA Doc. No. 20011560

Article: Boston Immigration Court Approved 58 Percent of Asylum Requests

Commonwealth Magazine reports that the asylum approval rate in Boston immigration court is much higher than in other jurisdictions. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai praised judges in Boston for their professionalism and diversity, which she said leads to fair decision-making.
AILA Doc. No. 20011462

Article: Immigration "Tent Courts" Aren't Allowing Full Access to the Public, Attorneys Say

BuzzFeed News reports on concerns about public access at tent courts on the border. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained, "Many immigrants are walking into these tent courts unrepresented … And there's no way to observe them."
AILA Doc. No. 20011461

Article: New Immigration Fees to Hit Businesses Hard

Forbes reports on USCIS's proposed fee increases, noting that they are unlikely to reduce processing times at the agency. AILA's analysis found that USCIS's own data show processing times increased by 91 percent between FY2014 and FY2018, at the same time that its budget rose by 30 percent.
AILA Doc. No. 20010860

Article: Immigrants in Mass. More Likely to Have Attorneys

Commonwealth reports that in Massachusetts, noncitizens in deportation proceedings are more likely to be represented by attorneys. According to AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai, many law clinics at universities in the area also provide access to legal representation.
AILA Doc. No. 20010760

Article: The Northwest Turns Up the Heat on ICE, Making It Harder to Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Herald Mail Media reports on how activists, attorneys, and politicians in the Pacific Northwest are gumming up ICE's enforcement machinery. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis explains that Washington state's local politics are "diametrically opposed to the national policy of enforcement."
AILA Doc. No. 20010660

Article: Five Workplace Immigration Developments to Watch in 2020

Bloomberg reports on upcoming changes to employment-based immigration programs. Regarding the new H-1B electronic registration process, AILA's immediate past president, Anastasia Tonello, said, "It seems that this will encourage the nameless, faceless, applicant getting a better shot."
AILA Doc. No. 19123161

Article: Bureaucracy as a Weapon: How the Trump Administration Is Slowing Asylum Cases

The Guardian reports USCIS is returning asylum applications without processing them over very minor issues. According to AILA, such reports have grown more frequent since USCIS modified language on its website to say it wouldn't process asylum applications "if you leave any fields blank."
AILA Doc. No. 19122660

Article: Big Changes Coming to H-1B Visa Lottery

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the new registration process for the FY2021 H-1B cap season. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini explained, "The intent behind the rules is good … but people are rightly concerned that we don't know if it will work as predicted."
AILA Doc. No. 19121961

Article: The Employment Green Card Backlog Tops 800,000, Most of Them Indian. A Solution Is Elusive.

The Washington Post reports on the employment-based green card backlog and the bills in Congress to address it, citing the support of AILA and other organizations for the RELIEF Act.
AILA Doc. No. 19121862

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Tent Courts at Border Raise Due-Process Concerns

The Wall Street Journal reports on the border tent courts where migrants subjected to the Remain in Mexico program have their cases heard via videoconferencing. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained, "It’s a system that’s designed in its entire structure to turn people away."
AILA Doc. No. 19121660

Article: Immigration Attorneys Urge Caution with New Marijuana Law

The Associated Press reports that as Illinois prepares to legalize recreational marijuana, legal experts are urging immigrants to exercise caution. Kathleen Vannucci of the AILA Chicago Chapter explained, "Unwary immigrants and noncitizens ... can sort of feel like this is a trap."
AILA Doc. No. 19121260

Article: Upcoming H-1B Registration Process Still Fraught with Concerns

Bloomberg Law reports that immigration attorneys continue to have concerns about a new electronic registration process being implemented for the FY2021 H-1B cap season. Past AILA President Anastasia Tonello provides insights into how the process may play out for the average employer.
AILA Doc. No. 19121162

Article: Medical Screenings Are the Latest U.S. Tactic to Discourage Asylum Seekers, Advocates Say

The Los Angeles Times reports that asylum seekers are having their hearings postponed and being sent back to wait longer in Mexico if they fail health screenings at tent courts on the border. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis explained, "The problem is it's all at CBP discretion."
AILA Doc. No. 19121060

Article (Subscription Req'd): U.S. Revamps Process for H-1B Visa Application

The Wall Street Journal reports USCIS announced a new application process for H-1B visas, prompting concerns from stakeholders. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini said, "People don’t have full faith in the government that this will work, until they've seen it work."
AILA Doc. No. 19120961

Article: More Immigration Judges to Be Assigned to Cases at Tent Facilities

CNN reports more immigration judges will begin conducting hearings over video conferencing at border tent courts, including judges assigned to a center that is closed to the public. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch expressed concerns that "hearings will be operating in secret."
AILA Doc. No. 19120662

Article: Undocumented Father of Sick Child Hopes for Deportation Protection

Newsy shares the story of an undocumented father who is seeking Medical Deferred Action. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai discusses the current state of Medical Deferred Action following the USCIS's reversal of its decision to stop processing requests for this form of relief.
AILA Doc. No. 19120660

Article: Trump Has Built a Wall of Bureaucracy to Keep Out the Very Immigrants He Says He Wants

Mother Jones found that the administration has been denying H-1B visas at a record rate and that a record number of H-1B-related lawsuits have been filed against USCIS in the past two years. AILA has created a task force to train business-immigration attorneys on how to file H-1B lawsuits.
AILA Doc. No. 19120401

Article: Separated for 16 Months over Immigration Confusion, Geneva Couple Happy to Be Reunited; 'I Feel So, So Alive'

CBS Chicago reports a woman was stranded in Canada for over a year, but has been reunited with her husband in a Chicago suburb after suing the federal government. Administrative processing is an growing problem, prompting AILA to launch an initiative to try to resolve long-delayed cases.
AILA Doc. No. 19112061

Article: Immigration Courts' Video Evolution Stirs Due Process Fears

Law360 reports on the increased use of video teleconferencing in immigration court. AILA EOIR Committee Vice Chair Sarah Owings said that if the practice isn't reigned in, "I think that we will have people who do not get full and fair hearings in removal proceedings."
AILA Doc. No. 19111861

Article: Homeland Security Proposes Tougher Work Permit Rules for Asylum Seekers

CommonWealth Magazine reports on DHS's proposal to double the time it takes for asylum applicants to acquire employment authorization. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai said, "When we wonder if the administration can go any lower, they prove that there is no bottom to the swamp."
AILA Doc. No. 19111460

Article: Court Spotlights Trump Plans to Stop H-1B Spouses from Working

Forbes features an interview with past AILA President William Stock about a new court decision that has placed a spotlight on Trump administration policies aimed at restricting work authorization for the spouses of H-1B visa holders.
AILA Doc. No. 19111361

Article: Will Neil Young’s Marijuana Use Keep Him From Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

The New York Times reports that Neil Young's use of marijuana may stand in the way of him getting U.S. citizenship. Past AILA President Anastasia Tonello explained that drug use doesn’t automatically disqualify naturalization applicants, but that it can complicate the process.
AILA Doc. No. 19111261

Article: CBP Agents Wrote Fake Court Dates on Paperwork to Send Migrants Back to Mexico, Records Show

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that asylum seekers who have finished their court cases are being sent back to Mexico with documents containing fraudulent future court dates. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch called reports of this practice "really disturbing."
AILA Doc. No. 19110760

Article: All the President's Immigration Lawsuits

Forbes reports that no president has been sued over his immigration policies as much as Donald Trump and provides updates on a number of lawsuits, including one filed by AILA and other groups that has temporarily halted the president's proclamation on health insurance for immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 19110561

Article: Federal Judge Blocks Trump Order Barring Immigrants Without Health Insurance

The ABA Journal reports the presidential proclamation requiring immigrant visa applicants prove they have health insurance or can pay for medical care was blocked by a federal judge. AILA, the Justice Action Center, and the Innovation Law Lab argued the proclamation was "plainly illegal."
AILA Doc. No. 19110560

Article: Court Blocks Plan to Deny Visas to Would-Be Immigrants Who Can't Afford Health Insurance

CBS News reports on a federal judge blocking the presidential proclamation on health insurance for immigrants as the result of a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said, "Countless thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today."
AILA Doc. No. 19110464

Article: Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Order Requiring Would-Be Immigrants to Prove They Have Health Insurance

The Washington Post reports on the court order halting the president's plan to place health insurance requirements on would-be immigrants. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said, "People are confused and terrified they will lose the ability to live in the U.S. with their loved ones."
AILA Doc. No. 19110463

Article: Judge Blocks Trump's Plan to Bar Immigrants Who Can't Pay for Health Care

The New York Times reports that, in a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would require immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa.
AILA Doc. No. 19110462

Article: U.S. Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

The Associated Press reports on the temporary restraining order issued in litigation filed by AILA and partners to halt implementation of the presidential proclamation on health insurance. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said "Thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today."
AILA Doc. No. 19110460

Article: Class-Action Suit Filed in Portland to Bar President Trump from Restricting Visas for Immigrants Without Health Insurance

The Oregonian reports on a class action suit that AILA and a coalition of civil rights groups filed in federal court in Portland challenging President Donald Trump's recent mandate requiring visa seekers to prove they can get health insurance or have funds to cover medical costs.
AILA Doc. No. 19103165

Article: Trump Rule on Health Insurance Leaves Immigrants, Companies Scrambling for Answers

Reuters reports on the president's sweeping proclamation banning immigrants the government determines won't be able to afford health insurance or cover medical costs. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said it "overrides about 100 years of law…in a way that Congress didn’t intend"
AILA Doc. No. 19103164

Article: Lawsuit Challenges White House Policy Requiring Migrant Health Insurance

The Hill reports that AILA and partners sued to block the president's healthcare proclamation. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless called the proclamation "the latest attempt to separate families and undermine due process solely on the basis of cultural and national origin-based bias."
AILA Doc. No. 19103163

Article: Groups Sue to Block Administration from Denying Visas to Immigrants Who Can't Afford Healthcare

CBS News reports on a lawsuit that AILA and a coalition of civil rights groups filed to challenge a sweeping presidential proclamation that would allow the government to reject visa applications from immigrants it determines will not be able to pay for health insurance or cover medical costs.
AILA Doc. No. 19103162

Article: U.S. Sued over Health Insurance Rule for Immigrant Families

The Associated Press (AP) reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners challenging the president's healthcare ban. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless told the AP, "Congress makes laws, the president executes them. This is an egregious attempt to supersede and overturn congressional will."
AILA Doc. No. 19103161

Article: DOJ Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges

Roll Call reports that DOJ quietly changed hiring procedures to name judges accused of bias to the BIA. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney and AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch discuss concerns over hiring practices at EOIR, from the trial level, to the new members of the BIA.
AILA Doc. No. 19103160