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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article: DOJ Memo Offered to Buy Out Immigration Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article: Immigration Board Picks Under Trump to Set Lasting Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Article: Appeals Court Rejects Trump Immigration Health Coverage Order

5/4/2020
The Portland Tribune reports the Ninth Circuit left in place a ruling barring the president from requiring immigrants to show proof of health insurance. The challenge was filed by AILA, Innovation Law Lab, Latino Network, and Justice Action Center, with Sidley Austin's pro bono assistance.
AILA Doc. No. 20050563

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

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

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

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

Article: Bipartisan Senate Proposals Would Boost Healthcare Workforce by Recycling Visas

4/30/2020
The Washington Examiner reports that a bipartisan group of senators announced a bill that would reallocate 40,000 unused visas to immigrant healthcare workers to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill has support from AILA, the American Hospitals Association, and Americans for Prosperity.
AILA Doc. No. 20050161

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

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

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

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

Article: Lawsuit Asks Judge to Stop Trump Immigration Order

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

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

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

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

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

Article: Trump Temporarily Halts Some Green Cards. What Does This Mean for Vermont?

4/23/2020
Vermont Public Radio reports on the president's proclamation temporarily suspending the entry of certain immigrants into the United States, with analysis from past AILA President Leslie Holman.
AILA Doc. No. 20042461

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article: Maine Voices: Coronavirus Makes Immigration Courts Unsafe

4/13/2020
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

4/13/2020
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

4/13/2020
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

4/10/2020
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

4/10/2020
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.

4/8/2020
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: Immigration Judges Urge Feds to Close Courts During Pandemic

4/8/2020
Courthouse News Service reports on IJs calling for EOIR to close all immigration courts during the COVID-19 emergency. AILA Senior Policy Counsel called EOIR's lack of transparency in informing the public when someone present in a court tests positive for COVID-19 "deeply disturbing."
AILA Doc. No. 20040962

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

4/9/2020
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

4/7/2020
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

4/8/2020
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

4/7/2020
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

4/6/2020
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

4/6/2020
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

4/3/2020
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.

4/3/2020
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

4/3/2020
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'

4/2/2020
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

4/2/2020
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

4/1/2020
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

3/31/2020
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

3/31/2020
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

3/31/2020
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

3/30/2020
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

3/26/2020
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

3/26/2020
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

3/25/2020
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

3/25/2020
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

3/25/2020
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

3/24/2020
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: Despite National Shortage, Immigration Lawyers Required to Bring Their Own Medical Gear

3/24/2020
The Miami Herald reports on ICE's new requirement that lawyers bring their own protective medical gear to visit clients inside detention centers. Following the announcement, AILA and the unions representing immigration judges and ICE professionals called the new policy "impossible."
AILA Doc. No. 20032461

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: Anger Builds over Virus Dangers in Immigration Courts

3/17/2020
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'

3/20/2020
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

3/19/2020
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

3/19/2020
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

3/15/2020
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

3/12/2020
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

3/8/2020
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

3/8/2020
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’

3/2/2020
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

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

2/28/2020
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

2/28/2020
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

2/25/2020
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?

2/24/2020
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

2/24/2020
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

2/23/2020
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

2/19/2020
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

2/13/2020
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.

2/10/2020
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

2/5/2020
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

2/5/2020
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

2/4/2020
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

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

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

2/3/2020
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

2/1/2020
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

1/30/2020
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: Lawmakers Warned of Widespread Problems in Immigration Courts

1/29/2020
Courthouse News Service reports on a congressional hearing on the immigration courts. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney provided testimony, noting that both President Trump and former President Obama used the “structural infirmity” of immigration courts to further political agendas.
AILA Doc. No. 20013062

Article: Trump's Immigrant Grandfather May Have Failed Administration's Hard-Line 'Wealth Test' When He Came to America

1/29/2020
Newsweek reports on the Supreme Court allowing the DHS public charge final rule to take effect. AILA Director of Federal Litigation Jesse Bless said that if the president's grandfather had immigrated today, "it is far more likely that he would be deemed 'likely to become a public charge.'"
AILA Doc. No. 20013061

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

1/29/2020
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

1/28/2020
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

1/28/2020
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

1/28/2020
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

1/25/2020
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.

1/23/2020
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.

1/18/2020
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

1/16/2020
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

1/15/2020
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.

1/14/2020
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

1/13/2020
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

1/13/2020
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

1/8/2020
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

1/6/2020
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

1/6/2020
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

12/31/2019
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

12/23/2019
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

12/19/2019
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.

12/17/2019
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: International Students Worry as a Popular Work Program Is Questioned

12/18/2019
WGBH reports on recent efforts in Congress, the White House, and the courts to kill the optional practical training program. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini provides insight into the question before the court in a lawsuit challenging the program.
AILA Doc. No. 19121861

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

12/14/2019
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

12/11/2019
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

12/10/2019
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

12/10/2019
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

12/6/2019
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

12/6/2019
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

12/3/2019
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: Ballroom Dancers Say Immigration Clampdown Hurting Business

12/2/2019
The Associated Press reports that a tightening of visa application rules has stymied the ability of dance studio owners to hire foreign talent. In July, AILA President Marketa Lindt testified before Congress that USCIS's overall backlog of delayed cases exceeded 5.69 million this past fiscal year.
AILA Doc. No. 19120663

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

12/2/2019
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'

11/20/2019
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: New Mexico Looks to Philippines Amid Teacher Shortage

11/17/2019
The Farmington Daily Times reports on New Mexico schools hiring teachers from the Philippines to fill vacant positions. In the past, they came on H-1B visas, but with increased H-1B denials, many now use J-1 visas. FOIA litigation by AILA revealed a 32 percent denial rate for H-1Bs in 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19111863

Article: Immigration Courts' Video Evolution Stirs Due Process Fears

11/17/2019
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

11/13/2019
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

11/13/2019
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?

11/12/2019
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: Stakes Are High as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear DACA Arguments

11/11/2019
Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on the Supreme Court hearing arguments about the administration's termination of DACA, with insights from past AILA President William Stock on the legal arguments that will be considered.
AILA Doc. No. 19111262

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

11/7/2019
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

11/5/2019
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

11/4/2019
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

11/3/2019
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

11/3/2019
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

11/2/2019
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

11/3/2019
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

10/30/2019
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

10/31/2019
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

10/30/2019
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

10/30/2019
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

10/30/2019
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

10/29/2019
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

Article: Over 33,000 Immigrants Waiting for Day in Boston’s Immigration Court

10/28/2019
CommonWealth Magazine reports on growing wait times at immigration courts. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai explained that increased waits "create complications for individuals as they renew their work authorizations," which can then cause complications for their employers.

Article: Schools, Students Note Visa Struggles; Little Rock Site Sees Most Rejected by U.S.

10/28/2019
Arkansas Online reports that most of the international students admitted to a Little Rock university were denied visas. Former AILA President Charles Kuck explained, "They're just reinterpreting the rules in a much stricter fashion to find ways to deny the kids entry to the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 19102960

Article: Latest Data Show H-1B Visas Being Denied At High Rates

10/28/2019
Forbes reports that USCIS is denying H-1B petitions at historically high rates after changing its standards for approving them. Documents released as a result of FOIA litigation filed by AILA show that it is unlikely USCIS has adhered to the law.
AILA Doc. No. 19102861

Article: USCIS's Cuccinelli Boasts of Increasing Immigration Bureaucracy

10/21/2019
Forbes reports on USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli boasting that the administration has increased red tape for U.S. companies, citing AILA reports on the increased bureaucracy and added burdens that USCIS has created for companies hiring foreign-born scientists and engineers.
AILA Doc. No. 19102160

Article: She Fled a Violent Honduran Gang to Seek Asylum in Texas. Now She Might Be Deported Because She Didn't File Paperwork in Mexico.

10/18/2019
The Texas Tribune shares the story of a woman who may be denied asylum because of the Asylum Ban 2.0. When the ban was announced, AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "Our laws require we offer a meaningful chance to seek asylum. This rule denies people that chance."
AILA Doc. No. 19101863

Article: House Democrats Say Migrants Aren’t Getting Fair Hearings at Tent Courts on the Border

10/18/2019
Vox reports that Democratic leaders in the House are demanding an investigation of border tent courts. AILA National Staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis share the many due process issues they observed while in Texas observing the proceedings taking place at these facilities.

Article: The Trump Administration Is Denying H-1B Visas at a Dizzying Rate, but It’s Hit a Snag

10/17/2019
Mother Jones reports that the number of H-1B denials overturned on appeal has hit a record high. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explained that USCIS "erroneously denied applications, whether it’s the fault of training or an analysis not properly done."
AILA Doc. No. 19101760

Article: Federal Judges Have Stopped Trump's Scheme to Block Millions of Legal Immigrants

10/15/2019
The American Prospect reports on the public charge rule and litigation against it, citing AILA's lawsuit over the rule’s rollout, which argues that USCIS did not follow normal administrative procedure and that such haste is arbitrary and capricious.
AILA Doc. No. 19101560

Article: Immigrants Went to This California Woman for Green Cards and Work Visas. She Allegedly Scammed Them out of More Than $100K.

10/9/2019
Vice reports that a California woman who pitched herself as an "immigration consultant" was recently indicted for defrauding clients. Reid Trautz, Director of AILA's PPC, explained that notarios and immigration consultants can create new problems for immigrants and put them on ICE’s radar.
AILA Doc. No. 19101060

Article: Trump: No Health Insurance, No Visa

10/7/2019
CommonWealth Magazine reports on the president's recent proclamation requiring that immigrants applying for visas show they can afford health care. According to AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai, it remains unclear how consular officers abroad will execute the new policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19100861

Article: Move to Italy Could Prolong RHONJ Star Joe Giudice's Return, Bring More Legal Challenges

10/5/2019
The North Jersey Herald reports that a federal court approved Real Housewives of New Jersey celebrity Joe Giudice's request to go to Italy to await a ruling on his deportation appeal. AILA Board member Ruben Reyes explained that bringing him back to the United States could "get pretty messy."
AILA Doc. No. 19100762

Article: H-1B: New Registration System for Applications Coming Next Year, or Maybe Not

10/4/2019
The Mercury News reports on USCIS's response to a letter sent by AILA and 14 other business, HR, and higher education associations urging the agency to confirm whether it plans to implement the new H-1B electronic registration system for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season.
AILA Doc. No. 19100761

Article: Is ICE Trying to Deport This U.S. Citizen? Francisco Galicia Remains in Limbo Two Months After Release

10/4/2019
Dallas Morning News reports that ICE is moving forward with deportation proceedings for a U.S. citizen teenager who was released after nearly a month in ICE custody. AILA ICE Liaison Chair Sui Chung said the young man's removal proceedings should probably have already been stopped.
AILA Doc. No. 19100462

Article: A Mexican Citizen Had Court Papers Allowing Him to Be in the U.S. But a Border Patrol Agent Detained Him Anyway.

10/4/2019
The Texas Tribune reports on Border Patrol detaining a man at an interior checkpoint despite paperwork showing his case was administratively closed. AILA board member Michelle Saenz Rodriguez explained that the administration has pushed to "proactively reopen [administratively closed] cases."
AILA Doc. No. 19100461

Article: How Immigration Courts on the Border Could Become (and May Already Be) a 'Deportation Machine'

10/3/2019
The American Prospect reports on calls to reform the immigration court system. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said DHS's newly erected tent courts on the border are a “mechanism simply designed to speed up the deportation of individuals with little regard for due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 19100460

Article: How Authoritarian Governments Are Exploiting Interpol to Harass Political Enemies

10/3/2019
Voice of America reports that Interpol is increasingly being exploited by authoritarian regimes such as Russia and Turkey to harass their political enemies who live in exile. A recent survey by AILA turned up nearly two dozen previously unreported cases of abuse of the Interpol Red Notice.
AILA Doc. No. 19100361

Article: Immigration Judges Put Trump Policies in Hot Seat

9/27/2019
Courthouse News Service reports that the immigration judges' union has filed Federal Labor Relations Authority complaints against the administration. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch tweeted that the union's president said judges "have made decisions out of fear of losing their jobs."
AILA Doc. No. 19093060

Article: Border Patrol Agents Are Writing “Facebook” as a Street Address for Asylum Seekers Forced to Wait in Mexico

9/26/2019
Buzzfeed News reports on how asylum seekers subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols are being notified of hearings. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said, "Facebook is not an adequate way to serve an NTA [Notice to Appear]."
AILA Doc. No. 19092760

Article: Confusion and Frustration in Tent Courts Along the Texas Border

9/21/2019
CNN reports on DHS's new port courts in Laredo and Brownsville, TX. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "The whole process is disorienting," and questioned how "unrepresented individuals fleeing harm, fleeing violence" could be expected to fully understand the process.
AILA Doc. No. 19092360

Article: Administration Reinstates Protections from Deportation for Sick Immigrants After Massive Uproar

9/20/2019
CBS News reports on USCIS's decision to reestablish its previous process for allowing vulnerable individuals to request deferred action when faced with life-changing circumstances. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said USCIS recognized it was heading in the "wrong direction."
AILA Doc. No. 19092061

Article: H-1B Wage Policy Raised Questions Within Agency, Documents Show

9/18/2019
Bloomberg reports on H-1B documents released as part of a FOIA lawsuit filed on AILA's behalf. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said AILA hopes to use the information to help members successfully navigate the H-1B process and bring greater accountability to USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 19091960

Article: Trump Official Urges End to Medical Exemption for Deportations

9/13/2019
Politico reports on an internal USCIS memo recommending the agency be stripped of its authority to adjudicate requests for deferred action. Regarding the suggestion that ICE take over processing of these requests, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said it is "in no way a viable alternative."

Video: Legal Immigration (ADULT CONTENT)

9/15/2019
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured a segment on legal immigration, debunking many misconceptions about legal immigration pathways. The comedian shared his immigration story and cited AILA's work to hold USCIS accountable for the agency's "invisible wall" against legal immigration.

Article: Arizona Advocates, Immigration Lawyers Call SCOTUS Asylum Ruling 'Devastating' and a 'Death Knell'

9/12/2019
The Tucson Sentinel reports on the Supreme Court's decision to allow the administration to deny asylum to individuals who reach the southern border without seeking refuge in another country. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the ruling "puts the lives of asylum seekers at risk."
AILA Doc. No. 19091361

Article: Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border, as Questions Abound

9/9/2019
The Los Angeles Times reports on the tent courts erected by CBP to host hearings for migrants who have been returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said, "There's not a lot of transparency. The confusion is large and wide."
AILA Doc. No. 19091061

Article: Homeland Security Shifts Deportation Decisions on Sick Immigrants to ICE

9/5/2019
Reveal News reports on USCIS eliminating deferred action at its field offices, affecting many severely ill individuals receiving treatment. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai asked, "What kind of stress are you putting on a young person dealing with a life-threatening illness?"
AILA Doc. No. 19090660

Article: Confusion, Delays as Videos Replace Interpreters at Immigrants’ Hearings

9/5/2019
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on EOIR replacing interpreters at initial hearings with prerecorded videos. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the videos use "scare tactics," noting that they warn against filing frivolous asylum claims without explaining what asylum is.
AILA Doc. No. 19090560

Video: Glare of Public Outrage Budges Trump Admin on Medical Deferrals

9/3/2019
MSNBC features an interview with Mahsa Khanbabai, AILA's New England Chapter Chair, about USCIS's recent announcement that it would reopen non-military deferred action requests that were pending on August 7, 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19090461

Audio: Feds to Reconsider Case of Bay Area Woman Getting Lifesaving Treatment Who Faces Deportation

9/3/2019
KQED reports on USCIS's announcement that it will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7, when the agency abruptly ceased processing these cases. According to AILA, some individuals who received denials had submitted their requests months before the change.
AILA Doc. No. 19090364

Article: Hitting a Wall

9/3/2019
Virginia Business reports on how immigration policy changes are creating obstacles for hiring legal foreign workers. According to AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear, “They are overstepping. American companies need to make it plain the impact this is having on the American economy.”
AILA Doc. No. 19090363

Audio: After Public Outcry, Feds Agree to Reopen Certain Medical Deferral Requests

9/3/2019
WBUR reports that USCIS now says it will reopen certain medical deferred action cases. The government never issued any sort of public notification about the end of medical deferred action, but later confirmed in an email to AILA that "the change became effective August 7, 2019."
AILA Doc. No. 19090362

Audio: ICE Ignores State Pardons in Connecticut

8/31/2019
NPR reports ICE won't honor state criminal pardons in Connecticut. AILA Board member Heather Prendergast noted that ICE honors pardons in Georgia and said the only difference she sees is that "one state has policies that are arguably very favorable to ICE's position" and the other doesn't.
AILA Doc. No. 19090360

Article: Immigrants in U.S. Military Face New Citizenship Rule for Kids

8/29/2019
The Associated Press reports on USCIS making it harder for the children of some immigrants serving in the military to obtain citizenship. According to Martin Lester, Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, the change is another roadblock for people to live legally in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 19083065

Audio: Attacks on Legal Immigration

8/29/2019
WSHU discusses DHS's new public charge rule and the Trump administration's attacks on legal immigration, with commentary from AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Sandra Feist, who called the new rule a "huge sea change in immigration law" that will impact all legal immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 19083064

Article: Fear and Distrust: Latest Immigration Changes Under Trump Sparks Confusion

8/29/2019
ABC reports on a change in U.S. policy affecting the children of military and other federal personnel living abroad. Martin Lester, Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program said, "I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone thought this policy was necessary or appropriate."
AILA Doc. No. 19083063

Article: Senator: Trump Policy Is ‘Death Sentence’ for Sick Kids

8/29/2019
The Daily Beast reports on the elimination of non-military deferred action at USCIS field offices. Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of AILA's New England Chapter, said she has clients, including a 14-year-old girl who came on a visitor visa for heart surgery, whose deferred action requests were denied.
AILA Doc. No. 19083062

Article (Subscription Req'd): Citizenship Change Will Affect a Handful, but the Backlash Is Fierce

8/28/2019
The New York Times reports on USCIS making it harder for children of some U.S. service members and government workers stationed abroad to become U.S. citizens. AILA's Military Assistance Program Chair Martin Lester called the move part of an "ongoing policy to restrict legal immigration."
AILA Doc. No. 19083061

Article: Citizenship Will No Longer Be Automatic for Children of Some U.S. Military Members Living Overseas

8/28/2019
CNN reports that USCIS has made it harder for children of some U.S. service members and government employees living abroad to become U.S. citizens. Officials say the impact will be small, but AILA's Military Assistance Program Chair Martin Lester said that "impacting one person is too many."
AILA Doc. No. 19083060

Article: Trump Administration Tightens Citizenship Rules for Children of U.S. Military Abroad

8/28/2019
Reuters reports that some children born to U.S. military and government workers stationed abroad will no longer qualify for automatic American citizenship under new USCIS guidance. Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, Martin Lester, called the move "a solution in search of a problem."
AILA Doc. No. 19082963

Article: Trump Sparks Panic, Chaos Targeting Ailing Immigrant Children

8/28/2019
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow interviews Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of the AILA New England Chapter, about USCIS field offices no longer considering non-military requests for deferred action, and the panic it has caused for vulnerable, medically dependent immigrant children and their families.
AILA Doc. No. 19082961

Article: Trump Administration Ends Automatic Citizenship for Some Children of Military, Federal Workers Born Abroad

8/28/2019
The Washington Post reports USCIS is ending automatic citizenship for children born abroad to certain American parents serving in the military or working for the government. Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, Martin Lester, asked, "Who possibly thought that this was a good idea?"
AILA Doc. No. 19082960

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Administration to Divert Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Detention

8/27/2019
The Wall Street Journal reports on DHS diverting funds to detain and remove immigrants and USCIS transferring authority over non-military requests for deferred action (DA) to ICE. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said the DA policy change will deter children from seeking life-saving protection.
AILA Doc. No. 19082861

Article: Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts from Presidential Control?

8/28/2019
The Marshall Project reports that a string of DOJ directives have reduced immigration judges' authority, giving new urgency to calls for court reform. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "It’s time for the Department of Justice and the immigration courts to get a divorce."
AILA Doc. No. 19082860

Article: Trump Administration Expands Political Power over Career Immigration Judges

8/26/2019
Government Executive reports on a new rule making changes to EOIR, which delegates new authority to EOIR's director. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said the change to the EOIR director's authority is problematic and "far outside the position's current duties."
AILA Doc. No. 19082760

Article: DOJ Making Changes to Agency That Runs Immigration Courts

8/23/2019
The Associated Press reports on a new DOJ interim final rule that delegates new authority to EOIR's director, among other things. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, "I think it's another way to have political decisions imposed on the immigration courts."
AILA Doc. No. 19082660

Article: Asylum Officers in NJ, Massachusetts Diverted to Work on Border Cases, May Increase Backlogs

8/22/2019
NorthJersey.com reports that some staff from asylum offices in New Jersey and Massachusetts were reassigned to work on southern border cases. Helen Ramirez, Asylum Unit Liaison for the AILA New Jersey Chapter said this would mean that "the backlog is going to grow even more, unfortunately."
AILA Doc. No. 19082362

Article: After Asylum Ruling, Migrants in Juárez Face a New Choice: Stay in Line or Try Crossing Elsewhere

8/23/2019
The Texas Tribune reports on a court ruling allowing the U.S. government to implement its Asylum Ban 2.0 in some states but not others. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said the resulting confusion is in line with "the chaos that has been created by this administration on the border."
AILA Doc. No. 19082361

Article: AG William Barr Promotes Immigration Judges with High Asylum Denial Rates

8/23/2019
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Trump administration promoted six judges who all have high asylum denial rates to the BIA. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "the [DOJ] cherry-picked judges from the harshest jurisdictions with the lowest asylum grant rates in the nation."
AILA Doc. No. 19082360

Article: Local Asylum Seekers Face Longer Wait Times as Boston Immigration Officials Head to Border

8/22/2019
WBUR reports that asylum seekers in the Boston area may face longer waits as local resources are sent to the southwest border. AILA's New England Chapter informed its members that a majority of the asylum officers in Boston, along with Newark and New Jersey, are being deployed to the border.
AILA Doc. No. 19082261

Article: Trump Administration Moves to End Rule Limiting Detention of Migrant Children

8/21/2019
Time reports on the administration's move to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. In response to a proposal to withdraw from the agreement last year, then-AILA President Anastasia Tonello said doing so would “only benefit private prisons and waste billions in taxpayer money.”
AILA Doc. No. 19082260

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Attys Seek Answers on New H-1B Registration

8/19/2019
Law360 reports that AILA and others asked USCIS to confirm if a new electronic registration system will be mandated for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini said "open dialogue" with stakeholders would help the system work efficiently.
AILA Doc. No. 19082060

Article: Cases Of Connecticut Detainees Scheduled Hours Away In Boston Immigration Court

8/18/2019
WNPR reports on the scheduling of hearings in Boston immigration court for ICE detainees in Connecticut. Michelle Ross, chair of AILA’s Connecticut chapter says no explanation was offered for the change which would make it harder for attorneys to represent immigrants in detention.
AILA Doc. No. 19081905

Article: USCIS May Court Disaster With Untested H-1B Visa Registration System

8/19/2019
Forbes reports on the letter AILA, along with 14 other organizations, sent to USCIS urging the agency to confirm whether it intends to mandate use of the electronic registration system for the FY2020 H-1B cap filing season.
AILA Doc. No. 19081904

Article: The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

8/14/2019
The New York Review of Books reports on TPS. Tammy Lin of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee talks about her work helping TPS and DED holders renew their work-authorization and devise emergency plans in case of deportation, and the impact of rumors regarding the end of TPS on practitioners.
AILA Doc. No. 19081903

Article: As ICE Raids Ramp Up, These Organizations Provide Crucial Legal Aid for Immigrants

8/16/2019
Allure lists the Immigration Justice Campaign as an organization stepping up to protect immigrant rights. AILA spokesperson Tessa Wiseman said that the Campaign gets on the ground at detention centers to provide legal assistance to families, document conditions, and bring lawsuits.
AILA Doc. No. 19081902

Article: Greyhound Riders Are Being Asked for Immigration Papers at South Florida Bus Terminals

8/16/2019
The Miami Herald reports that CBP officials have been asking people for proof of legal status at Greyhound bus stations in South Florida. AILA Board member Tammy Fox-Isicoff said one of her clients was apprehended at a Greyhound bus stop in Miami while in town for a high school reunion.
AILA Doc. No. 19081661

Article: Rumors of Trump Green Card Rule Impacts Benefits for Immigrant Families

8/16/2019
The Guardian reports on the new public charge rule. According to AILA President Marketa Lindt, “This rule will not only punish individuals for seeking basic needs and put families at risk of separation – it will do irreparable harm to American businesses and communities.”
AILA Doc. No. 19081660

Article: Documents Allege Serious Medical Neglect Inside Otay Mesa Detention Center

8/13/2019
Voice of San Diego reports on alleged medical neglect at an ICE detention center, where it's become harder for detainees with health concerns to get parole. Whether a detainee is granted parole hinges on “what the fad is for that month," said AILA San Diego Chapter President Jonathan Montag.
AILA Doc. No. 19081460

Audio: Immigration Lawyer Discusses Working with Families in Mississippi After ICE Raids

8/8/2019
NPR features an interview with AILA member Marshall Goff, who discusses, among other things, how the AILA MidSouth Chapter has coordinated efforts for pro bono lawyers to do remote consultations and get information to those who need it most following massive ICE raids in Mississippi.
AILA Doc. No. 19080960

Article: Fed Up with Immigration Backlog, Lawyers Head to the Courts

8/8/2019
Bloomberg Law reports that attorneys are turning to the courts to unclog a massive immigration application backlog. Testifying before Congress, AILA President Marketa Lindt said USCIS data reveals that average overall processing times jumped by 91 percent from FY2014 to FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 19080860

Article: GEO-Run Aurora ICE Detention Center Is Isolating Immigrants — Some Mentally Ill — in Prolonged Solitary Confinement

8/6/2019
The Colorado Independent reports on the use of solitary confinement at an ICE detention center in Colorado, citing a complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council about the failure of GEO Group, which runs the ICE facility, “to provide adequate medical and mental health care.”
AILA Doc. No. 19080660

Audio: U.S. Attorney General Issues Opinion on Families as Social Groups in Asylum Cases

7/29/2019
KJZZ reports on the decision in Matter of L-E-A-, noting that AILA issued a statement calling the decision poorly reasoned and another effort to restrict asylum. AILA member Hillary Walsh explained that the courts have always seen families as a "quintessential" social group.

Audio: Across the Country, International Students Face Delays for Critical Work Visas. In Mass., Employers Feel the Loss

7/30/2019
WGBH reports that Boston-area college administrators are sounding the alarm about long processing delays for students' and new graduates' OPT visas. Ron Klasko, Chair of AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force explained, "This is a serious problem all around the country."
AILA Doc. No. 19073161

Article: AG Barr Using Unique Power to Block Migrants from U.S., Reshape Immigration Law

7/31/2019
NBC reports on Attorney General Barr's decision in Matter of L-E-A-. According to AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney, there is a long history of the courts recognizing families as a particular social group, so Barr's latest decision could be overturned in the district courts.
AILA Doc. No. 19073160

Article: How Immigration Attys Are Battling Burnout Under Trump

7/29/2019
Law360 reports on how the immigration bar is coping with increased stress levels. Reid Trautz, Senior Director of AILA's PPC, said that keeping "clients informed and handling those expectations is a lot more time-consuming and stressful these days," and highlighted resources for AILA members.
AILA Doc. No. 19073062

Article: Persecution Based on Family Ties Will No Longer Qualify as Grounds for Asylum, the Attorney General Rules

7/29/2019
Pacific Standard reports on Matter of L-E-A-. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said that this ruling "further attempts to restrict asylum by targeting a new category of asylum seekers: families," adding that families are "some of the most vulnerable of asylum seekers."
AILA Doc. No. 19073061

Article: Immigration Lawyers Say Justice Dept. Ruling Could Undercut Thousands of Asylum Cases

7/29/2019
The Washington Post reports on the attorney general's decision in Matter of L-E-A-. According to AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney, the ruling is “a poorly reasoned decision from an administration that seems intent on ending legal asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 19073060

Article: He Admits He Once Smoked Marijuana, Now U.S. Won’t Let Him Re-Enter Country

7/29/2019
The Orange County Register reports on a southern California resident with DACA status who traveled to Mexico to become a legal permanent resident but was barred from returning home after admitting he previously used marijuana. AILA Board member Ally Bolour said, "It happens all the time."
AILA Doc. No. 19072965

Article: Legal Organization Moves to Juárez, El Paso to Provide Services to Immigrants in Mexico

7/26/2019
The El Paso Times reports that CLINIC is opening new offices at the border to help the growing number of asylum seekers there who need legal aid. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said that it's nearly impossible for asylum seekers who are returned to Mexico to find representation.
AILA Doc. No. 19072964

Article: Immigration Judges Fear Switch to Video Explainers Loses Personal Touch

7/29/2019
The Gothamist reports on EOIR replacing interpreters with prerecorded video advisals at certain immigration courts. Jeremy McKinney, Second Vice President of AILA, pointed out that “You can't ask a video to repeat something. You can't ask a video to rephrase something to make it clear.”
AILA Doc. No. 19072963

Article (Op-Ed): The Trump Administration Is Making Legal Immigration Harder, Too

7/29/2019
The Washington Post features an op-ed by former USCIS Director León Rodríguez that cites AILA President Marketa Lindt's testimony before Congress, in which she observed that the average USCIS case processing time increased 46 percent from FY2016 to FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 19072962

Article: Raided by ICE Three Times, Philly Migrant Works to Help Others Who Could Face Deportation

7/26/2019
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a growing strategy of resistance against Trump administration policies. Brennan Gian-Grasso, former Chair of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter, says, while accompaniment is unlikely to change the outcome of a case, "the effect is important on a larger scale."
AILA Doc. No. 19072667

Article: The New Expedited Removal Rule Gives ICE More Power — Here's How You Can Protect Yourself

7/25/2019
Bustle reports on the Trump administration's expansion of expedited removal. AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear explained to Bustle that this new expedited removal policy essentially means that "anybody can be stopped any time, anywhere and asked to show their papers."
AILA Doc. No. 19072665

Article: Tech Companies Say It's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead

7/25/2019
TIME reports that USCIS backlogs have benefited Canada, which has adopted an open-armed embrace of skilled programmers. AILA President Marketa Lindt recently testified before Congress that, "increasingly, talented international professionals choose destinations other than the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 19072664

Article: The Department of Justice Won't Release Data on Prison Deportations

7/25/2019
Pacific Standard reports that the American Immigration Council, AILA, and the Immigrant Defense Project filed a FOIA lawsuit to obtain records on the Institutional Hearing Program, a multi-agency program that deports immigrants incarcerated in federal, state, and municipal prisons.
AILA Doc. No. 19072563

Article: Why Did Border Patrol Detain an 18-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for Three Weeks?

7/24/2019
MTV News reports that a Dallas-born high school athlete was stopped at a CBP checkpoint and detained for three weeks. Sui Chung, Chair of AILA's ICE Liaison Committee, said that while this case was particularly complex, “there is no justification" for a U.S. citizen to be held for so long.
AILA Doc. No. 19072562

Article (Subscription Req'd): 35 Arrested Nationwide in Last Week’s ICE Raids, but ‘Ongoing’ Campaign Could Create Permanent Culture of Fear in Immigrant Communities

7/23/2019
The Chicago Tribune reports that while threatened mass arrests didn’t materialize, a permanent culture of fear remains in immigrant communities. Erin Cobb, Chair of AILA's Chicago Chapter, said many immigration attorneys spent the past couple of weeks fielding calls from worried clients.
AILA Doc. No. 19072561

Article: Trump Said ICE Raids Would Target Thousands. Officers Arrested 35.

7/23/2019
HuffPost reports that a mere handful of arrests occurred after the president threatened raids targeting roughly 2,000 people. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "This administration is using immigrants as a political tool without any regard for their humanity or due process."
AILA Doc. No. 19072560

Article: Trump Administration to Expand Its Power to Deport Undocumented Immigrants

7/22/2019
The Washington Post reports on the Trump administration's move to significantly expand expedited removal. Former AILA President David Leopold explained that this expansion means many immigrants who might have the right to remain in the country will not be given the opportunity to show it.
AILA Doc. No. 19072364

Audio: With ICE Not Recognizing Conn. Pardons, the State Defends Them in Federal Court

7/23/2019
WBUR reports on a federal court case that will center on whether ICE has the right to deport immigrants for past crimes despite a state pardon. AILA Board member Heather Prendergast said Connecticut is not the only state where a board grants pardons, and in other states, ICE honors them.
AILA Doc. No. 19072363

Article: The Cost of Bail for Immigrants Is Surging

7/21/2019
Axios reports that TRAC data shows immigration judges have been issuing more bail bonds—and more expensive ones—over the past several years. AILA National Secretary Kelli Stump says she has noticed that "whenever [ICE detention] space is full, that's when people start getting bonds."
AILA Doc. No. 19072260

Article: No Sign Yet of Heightened Enforcement Against Unauthorized Immigrants

7/18/2019
The AJC reports on the administration's planned raids. AILA Board member Sarah Owings said she had "not seen a great deal of increased activity." Past AILA President Charles Kuck explained, "From what I understand, the local office simply decided to maintain their normal process."
AILA Doc. No. 19071963

Article: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Pushes Program to Streamline Removal of Migrant Families Without Valid Asylum Claims

7/19/2019
The Arizona Republic reports that Sen. Sinema (D-AZ) is pushing for a pilot program along the border to more quickly remove migrant families without valid asylum claims. AILA Board member Ruben Reyes said he worried about a botched implementation similar to last year's family separations.
AILA Doc. No. 19071962

Article: Congress Asks USCIS to Explain Immigration Delays and Denials

7/17/2019
Forbes reports on the House's hearing on USCIS processing delays and policy changes, during which AILA President Marketa Lindt testified that USCIS data “reveals that the agency’s average case processing time surged by 46 percent from FY2016 to FY2018 and by 91 percent from FY2014 to FY2018.”
AILA Doc. No. 19071763

Article: Companies Seeking H-1B Visas Asked to Prove Future Work Exists

7/17/2019
Bloomberg reports that USCIS is asking companies seeking H-1B workers to prove they'll have definite assignments for the visa's full term. AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear said she couldn't tell if it's a "training issue on the part of the adjudicating officer" or a "calculated decision."
AILA Doc. No. 19071762

Article: Trump's New Asylum Rule Draws Sharp Criticism

7/17/2019
Fortune reports on DHS and DOJ's controversial new asylum rule, noting AILA and others have recommended alternative solutions for the southern border, including hiring more asylum officers and immigration judges, as well as addressing the underlying causes of migration from Central America.
AILA Doc. No. 19071761

Article: Lawmakers Target Rise in Immigration Application Backlog

7/17/2019
Bloomberg reports on yesterday's House hearing on USCIS processing delays, citing a report recently issued by AILA that found the agency's case processing delays had reached “crisis” levels that needed immediate intervention.
AILA Doc. No. 19071760

Article: Independent Immigration Courts Needed, Legal Groups Say

7/15/2019
Associations Now reports that the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the National Association of Immigration Judges reached out to Congress last week calling on the body to create an independent immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 19071661

Article (Subscription Req'd): Green Card Backlog Wouldn't End with Country-Cap Fix

7/15/2019
Law360 reports on the House passing a bill to eliminate per-country caps on employment-based green cards. AILA First Vice President Allen Orr explained that the per-country caps were intended to foster diversity among immigrants, but have "proven in application to be discriminatory."
AILA Doc. No. 19071660

Article: ICE Raids Across Major U.S. Cities Fall Short of Expectations but Fear Remains

7/14/2019
ABC News reports that the president's promised nationwide deportation sweep fell short of expectations yesterday. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, "This is by no means over yet," and that community organizations were expecting the threat of raids to last through Friday.
AILA Doc. No. 19071562

Article: Legal Groups Call for Independent Immigration Courts

7/14/2019
Law 360 reports that AILA, the ABA, the FBA, and the NAIJ sent a letter to Congress that derided the current structure of the immigration courts, noting the attorney general can essentially serve "as both lead prosecutor and lead judge in immigration cases."
AILA Doc. No. 19071561

Video: Rising: July 15, 2019

7/15/2019
The Hill's Rising features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about raids slated to begin July 14. Mr. Chen said, "We think it's possible that in the next several days there will be more enforcement actions," and summarized the resources AILA has available.
AILA Doc. No. 19071560

Article: Warren Proposes Reshaping Immigration Agencies, Decriminalizing Border Crossings

7/12/2019
The Washington Post reports on Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) immigration-related proposals, including establishing independent immigration courts. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted that the idea of creating an independent court system has bipartisan support.
AILA Doc. No. 19071261

Article: Why Trump’s ICE Raids Might Deport People Who Weren’t Given a Chance to Stay Legally

7/11/2019
The Washington Post reports that the administration plans to target some families and individuals for removal for not attending hearings that they might not have known they were supposed to attend. According to past AILA President David Leopold, many of them "did not have their day in court."
AILA Doc. No. 19071260

Article: Why the Migrant Crisis Is Happening Now

7/3/2019
Axios reports on the border crisis and what's driving families to flee Central America. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains that President Trump's threats to "build a wall" and "send the military to the border" are making people feel they must come to the United States now.
AILA Doc. No. 19070895

Article: The Growing Movement to Force Change at Aurora’s Troubled ICE Detention Center

7/3/2019
The Colorado Independent reports that accounts of dehumanizing and dangerous conditions at an ICE detention center in Aurora, CO, including a complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council, have led officials at the municipal, state, and federal level to begin taking action.
AILA Doc. No. 19070595

Article: Trump Administration Threatens Hefty Fines on Immigrants Who Elude Deportation

7/2/2019
The Washington Post reports on ICE's plans to fine immigrants who have taken refuge in churches. A client of AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney was notified that ICE plans to fine her $314,007. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch says these fines were rarely applied in the past.
AILA Doc. No. 19070395

Article: Justices' New Agency Review Rules May Test Immigration Policies

6/27/2019
Bloomberg reports on the Supreme Court's ruling in Kisor v. Wilkie. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney called it "very positive." At AILA's Annual Conference, AILA President Marketa Lindt noted the key role of litigation in challenging the administration's immigration policies.
AILA Doc. No. 19070296

Article: New Rules Will Give AG William Barr More Say Over Immigration Courts

7/1/2019
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on EOIR's recently issued final rule on administrative review procedures. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said that it is a grave mistake to allow the attorney general to expeditiously designate BIA decisions as precedent with the stroke of a pen.
AILA Doc. No. 19070295

Article: What Six AILA Attorneys Are Watching in Immigration Policy (Subscription Required)

6/20/2019
Law360 reports on key issues discussed at the 2019 AILA Annual Conference, with analysis from AILA’s national officers on policy developments related to visa denials, travel ban waivers, the immigration courts, Canadian L-1 visas, worksite enforcement, and H-1B adjudications.
AILA Doc. No. 19062196

Audio: Life Inside U.S. Migrant Detention Centers

6/20/2019
WBUR reports on conditions at migrant detention centers, citing a supplemental complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council, which notes that the “poor medical and mental health care” at a Colorado detention center have only worsened since the original complaint was filed.
AILA Doc. No. 19062195

Article: Trump Says ICE Will Start Removing "Millions of Illegal Aliens." Here's What's Actually Happening.

6/18/2019
Mother Jones reports on the president's tweets about deportations, noting advocates opposed a similar operation under the Obama administration in 2015. At the time, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, "They are treating a refugee crisis as an immigration enforcement issue."
AILA Doc. No. 19061995

Article: Medical Care for Immigrants Is Only Getting Worse at an ICE Detention Center, Advocates Say

6/11/2019
Buzzfeed News reports on the supplemental complaint submitted by AILA and the American Immigration Council about poor medical and mental health care conditions at an immigration detention center in Aurora, CO. Several chickenpox and mumps outbreaks have recently occurred at the facility.
AILA Doc. No. 19061263

Article: Revocations of H-1B Visas Rise in New Front Against Immigration

6/11/2019
Bloomberg reports on H 1B revocations and denials of H-1B extensions. Ron Klasko, Chair of AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force said, "There's no question that there are cases, H 1B petitions, that have been approvable for the last 20 years that aren't approvable today.”
AILA Doc. No. 19061262

Article: Undocumented Immigrants Say a Man Posing as a Lawyer Told Them He Could Help Fix Their Legal Status. Instead, They Say He Took Their Money and Left Some Facing Deportation.

6/10/2019
The Tampa Bay Times reports on an investigation into an alleged notario fraud scam. Ksenia Maiorova, Chair of the AILA Central Florida Chapter's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, said she was surprised — and encouraged — that the local sheriff's office was investigating.
AILA Doc. No. 19061063

Article: Immigrant Advocates Worry as Administration Seeks New Head of Immigration Agency

6/9/2019
NPR reports on concerns over who will replace Francis Cissna as head of USCIS. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said she expects "a lot more of everything that's going on now — a lot more litigation, a lot more backlog, a lot more chaos."
AILA Doc. No. 19061062

Article: An Expanded ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy May Cause More Suffering, Not Curb Migration

6/10/2019
Roll Call reports that the U.S.-Mexico deal announced by President Trump on Friday includes a massive expansion of the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA recently sent a letter to DHS outlining the many odds stacked against migrants affected by this policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19061061

Article: On Their Own

6/4/2019
Searchlight New Mexico reports that processing of U visas has stalled for tens of thousands of immigrant victims of crime. Mary Beth Kaufman, Chair of AILA's VAWAs, Us, and Ts Committee, said, "There are all these invisible ways that the protection afforded to applicants is being eroded."
AILA Doc. No. 19060595

Article: WA at the Center of Standoff Between Asylum Seekers, Trump Administration

4/29/2019
Crosscut reports that an asylum-seeking mother who was reunited with her son in Seattle is now part of a lawsuit challenging Matter of M-S-, a decision AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said demonstrates why immigration courts should be independent, "not puppets of the attorney general."
AILA Doc. No. 19043095

Article: New Wave of ‘Fake Dates’ Cause Chaos in Immigration Courts Thursday

1/31/2019
CNN reports that AILA tracked over 1,000 people who showed up in immigration court on January 31 to find out their hearing notices contained a fake date. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “The immigration courts have reached a new crisis point.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020170