AILA in the News

Article: Supreme Court stops judicial review of immigration judgments

5/16/2022
The Cleveland American featured an article on the Supreme Court decision in Patel v. Garland. The article quotes AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney's statement on the decision, which reads, "This decision strips non-citizens of an important avenue for relief."
AILA Doc. No. 22051770

Article: Providing baby formula for babies held at the border is a legal requirement

5/13/2022
Politifact clarified in an article that providing baby formula for babies held at the border is a legal requirement. AILA President Allen Orr said that detention facilities regularly stockpile supplies, referencing the Flores settlement and international human rights commitments.
AILA Doc. No. 22051670

Article: Red States Exploiting Anti-Immigrant Judicial ‘Pipeline,’ Legal Experts Say

5/10/2022
AILA President Allen Orr and past president David Leopold were featured in a Border Report article on the "politico-judicial pipeline." Both stated that the pipeline has resulted in anti-immigrant sentiments within federal courts.
AILA Doc. No. 22051170

Article: Tourism Industry Rebound Hampered by Long Visa Processing Delays

5/9/2022
An article in Bloomberg covered the long visa wait times facing international travelers. The article states that AILA "has pushed for the State Department to boost hiring, expand use of visa interview waivers, adopt virtual interview options, and add stateside processing of visa renewals."
AILA Doc. No. 22050970

Article: 'Replacement Theory' Fuels Extremists and Shooters. Now a Top Border Patrol Agent is Spreading it.

5/6/2022
USA Today reported on border patrol agents perpetuating "replacement theory" and misinformation regarding immigration policy. AILA President Allen Orr said, "Wherever people learn about the theory, its premises are absurd...the idea that immigrants only vote for one party is ridiculous."
AILA Doc. No. 22050670

Article: Many Immigrants Can Now Work Legally in the U.S. for Longer Periods Thanks to This New Rule

5/4/2022
The Miami Herald featured an article on the USCIS temporary rule affecting automatic extensions to EADs. The article states, "According to AILA, the automatic increase from 180 days to up to 540 days will be granted to 'eligible renewal applicants with pending Forms I-765 as of 5/4/22.'"
AILA Doc. No. 22050470

Article: People Camping Outside Orlando Immigration Office as Hundreds Try to Get Appointments

4/29/2022
WESH featured a story on the Orlando immigration office, where hundreds are camping outside in order get appointments. The article quotes AILA members Nayef Mubarak and John Gihon, who describe the fears and frustrations clients face as they navigate processes at the office.
AILA Doc. No. 22042973

Article: Opinion: As Another Migrant Surge Looms, Biden Finally Faces Reality

4/21/2022
The Washington Post covered the Biden administration's plan to dismiss some deportation and asylum cases in the nation’s immigration courts. According to an analysis by AILA, this might amount to 40% of the 1.7 million cases in the backlog, involving roughly 700,000 migrants.
AILA Doc. No. 22042972

Video: Allen Orr Speaks with Jose Diaz-Balart re. Title 42

4/20/2022
AILA President Allen Orr was featured on MSNBC to discuss Title 42. He explained that Title 42 is a healthcare issue and not part of the INA, and that under Title 42, people of different nationalities receive disparate treatment at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 22042971

Article: Third Group of Migrants Arrive in DC From Texas Under Abbott's Plan

4/15/2022
WJLA featured a story on Gov. Abbott's plan to bus migrants to Washington D.C. AILA President Allen Orr said, “You’re busing a young family and kids halfway across the country for a political stunt, not to better those individuals...that’s not a very good humanitarian thing to do.”
AILA Doc. No. 22042970

Video: Allen Orr on Immigration Cases After Title 42 Removal

4/13/2022
As part of a segment on the Washington Journal, AILA President Allen Orr talked about President Biden’s decision to rescind Title 42 and the impact this will have on asylum cases and the immigration process.
AILA Doc. No. 22041370

Article: Biden's Immigration Woes Complicate US Labor Shortages

4/11/2022
Financial Times featured a story on how current immigration policies affect labor shortages. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini explained that labor shortages impact both supply chains and inflation, and should be addressed before the midterms.
AILA Doc. No. 22041170

Podcast: How Ukrainian Refugees at the Southern Border are Shedding Light on the Inequities of US Immigration Policy

4/8/2022
AILA President Allen Orr was featured on AirTalk to explain the distinction between asylum-seekers and refugees. Orr's segment begins around the 27-minute mark.
AILA Doc. No. 22040870

Article: Biden Scraps Pandemic-Based Immigration Restriction

4/1/2022
VOA News covered the termination of Title 42. AILA President Allen Orr said that while AILA is pleased about the termination, "We need to make sure people can't use Title 42 ever again. Title 42 has been part of a racist policy, directed at Black and brown people on the southern border.”
AILA Doc. No. 22040470

Article: Chronic Backlogs Targeted in New Set of Immigration Measures (1)

3/29/2022
Bloomberg featured an article on the DHS rule on reducing immigration court backlogs. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said that having USCIS goals publicly posted would increase transparency and allow advocates to judge whether cases are outside those targets.
AILA Doc. No. 22033070

Article: Biden Budget Accelerates Shift from Trump Policies on Immigration

3/28/2022
The Hill featured a report on President Biden's budget proposal, which includes funding for another 100 immigration judges. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, "Hiring more judges itself is not going to be sufficient to address the court backlog."
AILA Doc. No. 22032970

Video: New Rule Will Allow Asylum Officers, Not Just Judges, to Decide if Immigrants Can Stay in U.S.

3/28/2022
NBC News provided a report on the DHS final rule on asylum, whereby asylum officers can decide if immigrants can stay in the U.S. AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney addressed the immigration court backlog, and explained how the new rule could severely curtail due process.
AILA Doc. No. 22032870

Article: New Process for Asylum Cases at the Border Unveiled by Biden Administration

3/24/2022
The States Newsroom reported on the final rule on asylum processing. AILA policy counsel Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock said that if people are not approved in the first instance, they could have to go through a fast process to appeal, which could in turn affect their ability to get a lawyer.
AILA Doc. No. 22032570

Article: Boston asylum office has second lowest grant rate for asylum seekers in the country

3/23/2022
WBGH reported on the Boston asylum office for USCIS, which granted only about 11% of applications in 2021. AILA New England Chapter Chair Annelise Araujo said that because of the enormous backlog at Boston Immigration Court, asylum seekers could wait years before an individual hearing.
AILA Doc. No. 22032470

Article: Why Cameroonians and advocates want TPS designation, explained

3/17/2022
The Grio featured an article on TPS, especially for Cameroonians, and AILA President Allen Orr was interviewed on the benefits of TPS designation. He explained what TPS provides to individuals, how it benefits America economically, and why the situation in Cameroon warrants it.
AILA Doc. No. 22031871

Article: More than 44,000 Afghans tried for a fast track to the U.S. About 200 have gotten it

3/17/2022
NPR featured a story on Afghan refugees, few of whom have received humanitarian parole. Co-chair of AILA Afghan Task Force Mahsa Khanbabai said humanitarian parole was the go-to because of its accessibility, and that advocates had hoped it would allow people to stay at least temporarily.
AILA Doc. No. 22031870

Article: Visa renewal backlogs leave some Mass. workers torn between work and family

3/11/2022
WBUR featured an article on issues with visa renewal. Annelise Araujo, chair of the AILA New England chapter, said, "“When the pandemic happened, a lot of the U.S. consulates and embassies closed and a backlog was created."
AILA Doc. No. 22031471

Video: Nightly News Broadcast

3/12/2022
As part of the NBC nightly news, AILA President Allen Orr was featured in a story (starts at 14:03) about asylum-seekers. He said, "We call people from Europe that are coming here 'refugees', and the people coming from Central America 'illegal immigrants. That tells you the problem."
AILA Doc. No. 22031470

Video: Interview on Ukraine/ US visa options

3/10/2022
ABC 7 WJLA featured AILA President Allen Orr in an interview on a range of issues regarding Ukrainian refugees, including embassy backlogs, potential for humanitarian parole, use of TPS, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 22031170

Article: Court rulings add pressure on Biden to end Trump-era border policy

3/10/2022
The Hill covered the recent court rulings on the implementation of Title 42, and the push to rescind it entirely. AILA policy counsel Jennifer Ibañez Whitlock said, "This is an opportunity to start doing the hard work of operating our world without Title 42."
AILA Doc. No. 22031071

Article: Backlogs force Ukrainians to face long visa waits

3/9/2022
Roll Call featured an article on wait times and appointment availability for Ukrainians seeking a U.S. visa. AILA DOS Liaison Committee Vice Chair Fuji Whittenburg said that consular posts everywhere are "playing catch-up still from COVID."
AILA Doc. No. 22031070

Video: Title 42, the Ukrainian refugee crisis, and U.S. immigration policy

3/8/2022
AILA President Allen Orr was featured in an MSNBC report on Title 42, the Ukrainian refugee crisis, and U.S. immigration policy. He explained why Title 42 should no longer exist, and the disparities between how refugees from different countries are treated at the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 22030970

Article: The economic and emotional cost, and benefits, of becoming an American

2/22/2022
Agencia EFE featured an article on the costs of becoming a citizen. The article quotes AILA President Allen Orr at length; he said it can cost immigrants more than 20,000 dollars to obtain citizenship, and that there are emotional costs, such as being unable to vote, as well.
AILA Doc. No. 22030172

Article: Ukrainian migration options to U.S. remain unclear as Russian invasion continues

2/26/2022
The Sun Sentinel featured an article on Ukrainian migration options to the U.S., and quoted AILA's statement urging the Biden administration to expedite cases of Ukrainians who are eligible to migrate to the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 22030170

Article: Immigrant advocacy organizations urge Biden administration to extend immigration relief to Ukrainians

2/24/2022
A CNN article about immigration relief for Ukrainians included an excerpt of AILA's statement to the Biden administration: "AILA calls on the Biden administration to designate Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status and implement a temporary moratorium on removals to Ukraine."
AILA Doc. No. 22022572

Article: US immigration courts struggle amid understaffing and backlog of cases

2/21/2022
The Guardian featured an article on the immigration court system and backlogs. AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney said, “There was significant and historic backtracking [during the Trump administration]. All the efforts of the prior administration did was create more litigation.”
AILA Doc. No. 22022270

Article: Limited operations at US consulates keep visa holders on edge

12/22/2021
Roll Call covers consular processing, and the concern that without a current visa, people could be stuck wherever they travel, unable to return to the U.S. AILA Board Member Greg Siskind said, “I'm still advising people: Don’t travel, unless you’re prepared to be working remotely for a year.”
AILA Doc. No. 21122372

Video: Immigration remains a challenge despite Remain in Mexico policy being reinstated: Attorney

12/13/2021
AILA President Allen Orr spoke about the reinstatement of MPP on ABC7, explaining, “We look at it [immigration] as a problem when there are nine million jobs available, and the conditions that these individuals [migrants] are coming from meet the parameters for them to get a visa.”
AILA Doc. No. 21121362

Podcast: Tennessee Voices, Episode 233: Mario Ramos, immigration attorney

11/12/2021
Immigration attorney and AILA member Mario Ramos discussed immigration reform on the Tennessee Voices podcast, stating, “Why not allow people [migrants] who are highly motivated and want to work in our economy to work? That’s what we need. That’s the American dream.”
AILA Doc. No. 21121361

Podcast: America’s Public Health Experiment: The agencies COVID broke

12/10/2021
Vox (The Weeds) features AILA President-Elect Jeremy McKinney; starting at minute 37, he discusses ongoing delays at USCIS, changing legislations that affect USCIS operations, and the work AILA has done to reform immigration systems.
AILA Doc. No. 21121062

Article: (Op-Ed) H-1B Visa Rule About To Die For Good

12/9/2021
Forbes provides reporting on the H-1B Lottery Rule. Director of litigation at AILA Jesse Bless said, "Our plaintiffs are thrilled with the government’s apparent, yet belated, decision to no longer defend the H-1B Lottery Rule."
AILA Doc. No. 21121061

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