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Congressional Updates

ICE Issues Statement to Senate Committee on Flores Settlement

9/18/2018
ICE Executive Associate Director Matthew T. Albence issued a statement to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on reinterpretation of Flores settlement and its impact on family separation and “catch and release.”
AILA Doc. No. 18092138

Congressional Letter Requesting Information Regarding Initiative to Recalendar Administratively Closed Cases

9/13/2018
A 9/13/18 letter from Senator Cortez Masto and others expressing concerns about ICE plans to recalendar potentially hundreds of thousands of administratively closed cases following the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum, and requesting information on the initiative.
AILA Doc. No. 18091404

U.S. Representatives Demand DHS Reunify All Separated Families

8/29/2018
On 8/29/18, sixty-seven democratic U.S. representatives signed a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding the reunification of nearly 500 children that remain separated from their parents at the southern border because of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
AILA Doc. No. 18083130

Bipartisan Senate Report on UACs Finds Agencies Haven’t Taken Sufficient Responsibility

8/15/2018
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations issued a report, finding that HHS and DHS have taken steps towards improving the care of UACs, but that they “still do not take sufficient responsibility for guarding their safety and ensuring they appear at their immigration court proceedings.”
AILA Doc. No. 18081771

U.S. Senators Demand DHS Reunify All Separated Families

8/14/2018
On 8/14/18, seventeen democratic U.S. senators led by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) signed a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding the reunification of all families separated at the southern border because of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
AILA Doc. No. 18083131

DOS Responds Regarding Impact of Travel Ban 3.0 on Visa Processing

6/22/2018
A 6/22/18 letter from DOS to Senator Van Hollen on the impact of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0) on the processing of U.S. visas. Letter includes information about the number of applicants from impacted countries who have applied for visas and those who have been cleared for waivers.
AILA Doc. No. 18080900

Written Statement from ICE Associate Director on Immigration Enforcement and Family Reunification

7/31/2018
Written statement from Matthew T. Albence, executive associate director of the ERO division of ICE, for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Oversight of Immigration Enforcement and Family Reunification.”
AILA Doc. No. 18073130

Senators Request Hearing on Criteria for Deeming Separated Families “Ineligible for Reunification”

7/30/2018
On 7/30/18, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent HHS a letter to express concern regarding the procedures and standards HHS is employing to make reunification eligibility decisions and request a briefing focused on this concern.
AILA Doc. No. 18073101

Bicameral Letter to ICE on Telephone Access Policies in Detention

7/20/2018
On 7/20/18, over 150 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sent a letter to ICE expressing concern that detained parents who had been separated from their children have limited telephone access and were being forced to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket fees to contact their children.
AILA Doc. No. 18073082

USCIS Sent Letter to Congress on B-1/B-2 Proposed Regulation

5/30/2018
USCIS sent a letter to Congress on proposed regulations related to B-1/B-2 visas, stating that the proposed revisions will clarify the criteria for according B-1 or B-2 nonimmigrant classification as well as a review of existing policies related to “B-1 in lieu of H-1/H-3.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072305

Bipartisan Group of House Members Questions DHS and DOS Regarding Refugee Admissions

7/17/2018
On 7/17/18, a bipartisan group of 63 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and DOS Secretary Mike Pompeo in support of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) and requesting an explanation for the decline in refugee admissions during FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 18072075

Senator Feinstein Statement: Trump Administration Unilateral Rewrite of Asylum Law

7/12/2018
On 7/12/18, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a statement in respond to the administration issuing a 7/11/18 policy memorandum that impacts U.S. asylum law.
AILA Doc. No. 18071333

USCIS Letter to Senator Grassley on H-2B Visas for Seasonal, Temporary Foreign Workers

7/6/2018
On 7/6/18, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna provided an update to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on USCIS opinion that members of Congress have the best information to know the “right “number of H-2B visas needed to support American businesses without harming American workers.
AILA Doc. No. 18071330

House Judiciary Democrats Request Answers to Family Separation Policy

6/28/2018
On 6/28/18, Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee requested that the administration respond to questions about the inception and implantation of family separation policy, as well as the level of coordination between relevant agencies.
AILA Doc. No. 18071204

Bipartisan Group of House Representatives Urge DHS and DOL To Allocate Additional H-2B Visas for FY2018

6/26/2018
On 6/26/18, a bipartisan group of House Representatives sent a letter to DHS and DOL urging to allocate additional H-2B visas pursuant to the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 115-141), noting that the 15,000 H-2B visas released in May did not meet the labor needs of seasonal employers.
AILA Doc. No. 18062808

House Democrats Request Investigation to Reunite Children and Families

6/22/2018
On 6/22/18, Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) led 122 members of Congress in urging the Inspectors General of DHS and HHS to investigate whether the departments have records capable of reuniting families.
AILA Doc. No. 18062544

Senators Urge the President to End Family Separation at the Border

6/7/2018
On 6/7/18, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Patty Murray (D-WA) led 38 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in demanding that the President end its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border.
AILA Doc. No. 18060831

Members of Congress Condemn Worksite Immigration Raids in Letter to Secretary Nielsen and Commissioner Kautter

6/5/2018
On 6/5/18, several members of Congress sent a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and IRS Acting Commissioner David Kautter condemning the recent worksite immigration enforcement operation conducted in Bean Station, Tennessee.
AILA Doc. No. 18061197

Democratic Leaders Demand DHS and DOJ End Cruel Practice of Separating Families At The Border

5/31/2018
On 5/31/18, House Democratic Leaders sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding that the Trump administration immediately cease its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
AILA Doc. No. 18060131

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Call on Sessions to Uphold Protections for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Fleeing Persecution

5/23/2018
On 5/23/18, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) led a group of their Senate colleagues in a letter to the Attorney General urging the DOJ to uphold Matter of A-B-, which provides protections for LGBTQ asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.
AILA Doc. No. 18052347

Bipartisan House Letter to DHS to Maintain Rule to Allow Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders

5/16/2018
On 5/16/18, Congresswomen Mia Love (R-UT) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) led a bipartisan group of 130 members of Congress in urging Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers.
AILA Doc. No. 18051640

Senate Democrats Urge Appropriators to Reject the FY2019 DHS Funding Request

4/27/2018
On 4/27/18, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) led an effort to urge Senate Appropriators to reduce funding for the Administration’s “reckless immigration enforcement operations” for FY2019. Twenty-one Senators signed the letter.
AILA Doc. No. 18051633

Senate Democrats Urge Appropriators to Protect Pregnant Women from ICE Detention

4/27/2018
On 4/27/18, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) led an effort to increase oversight of ICE’s detention practices and policies, including language that would require the release of pregnant women apprehended by or transferred to ICE. Sixteen senators signed the letter.
AILA Doc. No. 18051634

Senate and House Democrats Request IG Investigation of Illegal Hiring Allegations at DOJ

5/8/2018
On 5/8/18, top Senate and House Democrats wrote a letter to the Inspector General requesting an investigation into the allegations that DOJ has targeted candidates and withdrawn or delayed offers for immigration judge and BIA positions based on their perceived political or ideological views.
AILA Doc. No. 18050960

CHC Urges DOJ to Reverse Decision to Impose Case Completion Quotas on IJs

4/26/2018
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) asks the DOJ to reverse its decision to impose production quotas and case completion deadlines on immigration judges.
AILA Doc. No. 18042730

Opening Statement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing on April 25, 2018

4/25/2018
The written remarks of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a 4/25/18 hearing before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee where he states that, out of deference to the Committee, he has ordered that there be no pause to the Legal Orientation Program while a review is being conducted.
AILA Doc. No. 18042632

Senators Seek Further Information from DOS and DHS on the Travel Ban Waiver Process

4/19/2018
On 4/19/18, Senators Van Hollen (D-MD), Murphy (D-CT), and Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a letter to Acting DOS Secretary John Sullivan and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting further information regarding the processing of waivers for individuals impacted by Travel Ban 3.0.
AILA Doc. No. 18080831

Senate Democrats Demand that the DOJ Reinstate the LOP and ICH Programs

4/18/2018
On 4/18/18, 22 Senate Democrats wrote a letter to Attorney General Sessions regarding the termination of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and the Immigration Help Desk Program (ICH). They note that the decision undermines due process protections for immigrants who cannot afford an attorney.
AILA Doc. No. 18042008

House Democrats Demand that the DOJ Reinstate the LOP and ICH Programs

4/19/2018
On 4/19/18, 105 House Democrats wrote a letter to Attorney General Sessions regarding the termination of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and the Immigration Help Desk Program (ICH). They note that the DOJ has contradicted the express direction of Congress and undermined due process.
AILA Doc. No. 18042006

GAO Issued Testimony for Senate Subcommittee on Immigration Courts

4/18/2018
The GAO issued testimony for the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on immigration courts with scenarios for restructuring EOIR’s immigration court system and how EOIR manages and oversees the immigration courts, including hiring and performance assessment.
AILA Doc. No. 18042000

House Democrats Demand DOJ Respond to Allegations of Politicization in the EOIR Hiring Process

4/17/2018
On 4/17/18, four House Democrats wrote a letter to Attorney General Sessions regarding allegations that the DOJ may be violating federal law by blocking the hiring of much needed immigration judges based on ideological and political considerations.
AILA Doc. No. 18041932

Senate and House Judiciary Democrats Condemn DOJ for Undermining Due Process

4/17/2018
On 4/17/18, all Democratic members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees wrote a letter to the Attorney General expressing their opposition to DOJ’s recent termination of the Legal Orientation Program and the imposition of numeric case quotas for immigration judges.
AILA Doc. No. 18041737

Senate Democrats Urge ICE to Reinstate Presumptive Release for Pregnant Women

4/5/2018
On 4/5/18, eight Senate Democrats wrote a letter to Thomas Homan, ICE Acting Director, opposing the policy that ended presumptive release for pregnant women in immigration detention. The letter mentions the demonstrated lack of capacity to provide sufficient support for pregnant detainees.
AILA Doc. No. 18040539

Bipartisan Group of Representatives Urge DHS and DOL Secretaries to Provide Immediate H-2B Cap Relief

3/30/2018
On 3/30/18, a bipartisan group of congressional representatives sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielson and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, requesting immediate action on providing H-2B cap relief in light of provisions included in the FY2018 omnibus spending bill.
AILA Doc. No. 18040442

Senate Democrats Urge Appropriations Committee to Maintain Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees in FY2019

3/26/2018
On March 26, 2018, 25 Senate Democrats signed a letter to Chairman Cochran and Vice Chairman Leahy of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to include robust funding for programs that support refugees and other vulnerable migrant populations in FY2019 appropriations.
AILA Doc. No. 18032935

House Democrats Urge Appropriation Subcommittees to Maintain International Humanitarian Assistance for Refugees in FY2019

3/16/2018
On March 16, 2018, 118 House Democrats wrote chairs and ranking members of three different appropriations subcommittees explaining the need to maintain robust funding for programs that support refugees for FY2019.
AILA Doc. No. 18032332

United States Commission on Civil Rights Sends Letter to ICE Regarding Immigration Enforcement Actions Inside Courthouses

3/16/2018
On March 16, 2018, the United States Commission on Civil Rights wrote a letter to Thomas Homan, Deputy Director of ICE, regarding recent immigration enforcement actions inside of courthouses. The commission urged ICE to stop these practices and classify courthouses as sensitive locations.
AILA Doc. No. 18032163

Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Senate Leadership to Approve H-2B Cap Relief

3/13/2018
On March 13, 2018, a bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) requesting that H-2B cap relief be included in the FY2018 omnibus package.
AILA Doc. No. 18031631

Members of Congress Urge DHS to Not Revoke EADs for Certain H-4 Spouses of H-1B Workers

3/5/2018
On March 5, 2018, 15 members of Congress sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen urging her to reconsider the agency’s proposal to revoke eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers.
AILA Doc. No. 18031630

Tri-Caucus Letter Urges Congressional Leaders to Reject Increased Funding for Deportation

3/13/2018
On 3/13/18, Chairs of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter urging the House and Senate Leaders to reject funding increases for Trump’s mass deportation agenda in the 2018 omnibus appropriations bill.
AILA Doc. No. 18031439

House Republicans Sign Letter in Response to Lawsuits Regarding Voluntary Institutional Work at Detention Center Facilities

3/7/2018
On March 7, 2018, 18 House Republicans signed a letter to the DOJ, the DOL, and ICE urging them to participate in pending litigation or issue guidance to oppose the claims of several lawsuits. The lawsuits were filed against Contract Detention Facilities for paying detainees $1 per day for labor.
AILA Doc. No. 18032200

Members of Congress Express Concern Over USCIS’s New Mission Statement

3/12/2018
On March 12, 2018, Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA) led a letter urging USCIS Director Francis Cissna to reverse the change to the USCIS mission statement that removed the phrase “the promise of the United States as a nation of immigrants.” The letter was signed by 19 members of Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 18031433

Senators Seek Clarity from DOS and DHS on the Travel Ban Waiver Process

1/31/2018
On 1/31/18, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) sent a letter to DOS Secretary Rex Tillerson and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen demanding clarity regarding the processing of waivers for individuals impacted by Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0).
AILA Doc. No. 18030733

11 House Republicans Call on Speaker Ryan to Protect TPS Beneficiaries

1/12/2018
On 1/12/18, 11 House Republicans signed a letter asking Speaker Ryan to bring legislation to the floor to protect Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries. The letter references the important contribution of TPS holders on the nation’s economy and especially the construction industry.
AILA Doc. No. 18030202

Congressional Report: Economic Impact of DACA – Spotlight on Small Business

2/21/2018
On 2/21/18, the Democrats of the Committee on Small Business Committee published a report on the economic impact of DACA. The report demonstrates the important role that DACA recipients play in macroeconomic contributions, tax contributions, consumer spending power, and entrepreneurship.
AILA Doc. No. 18022133

Senators Call For End To Family Separation at Southern Border

2/12/2018
On 2/12/18, 33 U.S. senators sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen, calling for an end to family separation and the reversal of policies that obstruct the ability of those seeking humanitarian relief to pursue protection or result in the needless separation of parents and children.
AILA Doc. No. 18021638

Congressional Black Caucus Rejects the President’s Immigration Proposal

2/12/2018
On 2/12/18, the Congressional Black Caucus wrote a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the President’s immigration proposal. They specifically rejected the proposed elimination of the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
AILA Doc. No. 18021339

House Minority Leaders Request Speaker Ryan Schedule a Vote to Protect Dreamers

2/8/2018
On 2/8/18, House minority leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and James Clyburn (D-SC) wrote a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) requesting he assure the scheduling of a vote on a DACA bill. They mentioned that Democrats have supported a budget agreement to keep the government open.
AILA Doc. No. 18020938

Democratic Members Tell DHS Separating Immigrant Families Is Wrong and Unlawful

2/8/2018
On 2/8/18, 75 members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary Neilson to express their concern for the Department of Homeland Security’s involvement in the separation of immigrant families. The letter requests for an immediate clarification of policies and practices relating to family separation.
AILA Doc. No. 18020841

34 House Republicans Urge DACA Fix Before End of Year

12/5/2017
On 12/5/17, Representatives Scott Taylor (R-VA) and Dan Newhouse (R-W) issued a press statement on the letter 34 Republicans sent to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the urgency of putting a permanent solution for DACA on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the end of 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17120535

Republican Members of Congress Call on Speaker Ryan to Protect Dreamers

12/5/2017
On 12/5/17, Representatives Scott Taylor (R-VA) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) were joined by 30 Republican members of Congress in calling on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to pass a permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the end of the year.
AILA Doc. No. 17120500

Senators Urge Senate Majority Leader to Bring Dream Act to the Senate Floor

11/21/2017
On 11/21/17, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) along with ten senators urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the bipartisan Dream Act (S. 1615) to the Senate floor for consideration before the holidays.
AILA Doc. No. 17112736

Senators Push for Answers on Travel Ban Impact on Refugees

11/16/2017
On 11/16/17, 20 senators requested that DHS, DOS and the HHS answer questions about the effects that the president’s Executive Order issued on 10/24/17 is having on the refugee program, including the prevention of refugees from being reunited with their families in the U.S.
AILA Doc. No. 17112735

Senators Urge DHS to Allow Resubmission of DACA Renewal Applications Received Past Deadline

11/15/2017
On 11/15/17, 24 Senators wrote to Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke to express their concern that DHS had rejected DACA renewal applications received after the deadline due to USPS processing delays. The Senators urged that DHS reverse its decision and allow individuals to resubmit applications.
AILA Doc. No. 17112730

GAO Testimony to House Subcommittee on Refugees

10/26/2017
The GAO released testimony to the House Subcommittee stating that federal agencies and their partners have implemented certain measures designed to ensure integrity in the refugee resettlement referral process but need to further strengthen applicant screening and assess fraud risks.
AILA Doc. No. 17110110

Senators Seek Clarity from DHS on Sharing DACA Information with ICE

10/25/2017
On 10/25/17, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 39 other senators sent a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, demanding clarity on the use of DACA recipients personal information for enforcement purposes. The senators requested a response by 11/8/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17102530

House Members Ask White House to Increase Refugee Admission for FY2018

10/18/2017
On 10/18/17, over 100 House members urged the president to reconsider his determination and establish a minimum refugee admission level of 110,000 from 45,000 for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17112737

Senators Graham and Harris Urge the President to Extend DACA Deadline

10/4/2017
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) wrote a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to extend the DACA renewal application deadline to 1/4/18. The Senators cited concerns with applicants ability to seek legal counsel, pay the fee before the 10/5/17 deadline, and more.
AILA Doc. No. 17100968

CHC Letter to DHS Secretary Elaine Duke on DACA Renewal Deadline

10/3/2017
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) urged DHS to extend the DACA renewal deadline to 1/5/18 due to nearly a third of those eligible to renew having not submitted their renewals as of 9/27/17. They also requested DHS to provide guidance to ICE and CBP to ensure DACA recipients are not targeted.
AILA Doc. No. 17100500

Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for FY2018

9/29/2017
The White House submitted a report to Congress on proposed refugee admissions for FY2018, including a proposed FY2018 ceiling of 45,000. Report also included overviews of U.S. refugee policy and affirmative asylum processing, and information on the refugee admissions program for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17100260

Bipartisan Senators Urge President Trump to Set Robust Refugee Admission Goals for FY2018

9/25/2017
On 9/25/17, a group of 34 bipartisan senators urged President Trump to increase the refugee admissions goal above the proposed 50,000 for FY2018, stating that “welcoming properly vetted refugees is both a moral imperative and enhances America’s leadership and credibility abroad.
AILA Doc. No. 17092640

Democratic Senators’ Request for Extension of DACA Renewal Deadline

9/25/2017
On 9/25/17, 38 Democratic senators sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke requesting an extension of the 10/5/17 deadline for DACA renewals due to several major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17092510

Representatives Coffman and Gutierrez Request Technical Fixes for DACA Participants

9/18/2017
On 9/18/17, Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) sent a letter to DHS and USCIS requesting a series of technical fixes to the process of ending the DACA program.
AILA Doc. No. 17091930

House Members Call on Acting DHS Secretary to Extend TPS for Honduras and El Salvador

9/11/2017
On 9/11/17, a bipartisan group of 116 House members called on Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke to renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras and El Salvador. There are approximately 200,000 Salvadorans and approximately 61,000 Hondurans who currently hold TPS.
AILA Doc. No. 17091861

Senator Lamar Alexander Pushes for Immigration Reform

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued a statement following President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. The Senator voted for the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744), and is willing to work with Trump to pass similar legislation.
AILA Doc. No. 17091334

Representative Carlos Curbelo Urges Floor Vote on RAC Act

9/5/2017
Following the rescission of DACA, Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) called on the President to focus on deporting criminals, not separating families. He went on to urge his colleagues to support the RAC Act (H.R. 1468), which he introduced earlier this year, and bring it to a floor vote.
AILA Doc. No. 17092000

Senator Ernst Calls on Congress to Defend Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released a statement following President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. She called on Congress to pursue a measured approach that addresses the situation of Dreamers, secure the border, and modernize our legal immigration system.
AILA Doc. No. 17091333

Representative Adam Kinzinger Calls on Congress to Defend Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released a statement on President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. He called on Congress to pursue immigration reform as a permanent, legislative solution that will allow Dreamers to stay legally. Kinzinger is a co-sponsor of the RAC Act (H.R. 1468).
AILA Doc. No. 17091330

Representative Upton Encourages Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) called on Congress to work together on fair, rigorous, and bipartisan legislation that addresses the uncertainty facing Dreamers. Representative Upton is a co-sponsor of the BRIDGE Act (S.128) and the RAC Act (H.R. 1468).
AILA Doc. No. 17091361

Senator Flake States Congress Must Take Action to Protect Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called on Congress to pass permanent, stand-alone legislation that ensures Dreamers are able to stay, finish their education and continue to contributing to society. Flake is a co-sponsor of the Dream Act (S.1615), BRIDGE Act (S. 128), and the SAFE Act (S.127).
AILA Doc. No. 17091360

Representative Reichert Urges Protection of DACA Program

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) condemned the repeal of DACA, stating, “Punishing these individuals for a crime they didn’t commit is not in the American DNA…. Congress must work towards a long-term immigration solution that… allows all individuals to pursue the American Dream.”
AILA Doc. No. 17091203

Representative Marshall Calls on Congress to Defend Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS) released a statement following President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. He called on Congress to use legal, legislative avenues to assist Dreamers, secure the border, and develop a workable visa program for America’s farmers.
AILA Doc. No. 17091134

Democratic Leader Pelosi Encourages Speaker Ryan To Discuss Comprehensive Legislative Solution

9/1/2017
On 9/1/17, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), agreeing that Congress should act and urging him to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 17090634

Senator McCain Responds to Trump Administration’s Decision to End DACA

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released a statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. Senator McCain condemned the administration’s decision to end DACA, and called on his colleagues to devise and pass comprehensive immigration reform, including the DREAM Act.
AILA Doc. No. 17090579

Representative Issa Responds to Trump Administration Decision to End DACA

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Darrell Issa (R- CA) responded to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. The Representative called on Congress to “immediately put political posturing aside and let this be a catalyst to achieve long-overdue reforms in this important area of concern.”
AILA Doc. No. 17090577

Senator Feinstein Urges Congress to Vote on Dream Act of 2017

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. The Senator called on her colleagues to protect DACA recipients by voting on the DREAM Act “as soon as possible.”
AILA Doc. No. 17090576

Representative Ros-Lehtinen Urges Congress to Vote on Dream Act of 2017

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) released a statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. The Representative called on members of Congress to debate and vote on the DREAM Act, which was introduced by Ros-Lehtinen and Roybal-Allard on 7/26/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17090575

After DACA Rescission, House Speaker Paul Ryan Supports a Permanent Legislative Solution

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) responded to President Trump’s announcement to end DACA, stating he hopes Congress will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers.
AILA Doc. No. 17090670

Senator Tillis to Introduce Legislation to Protect Dreamers

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. The Senator will introduce legislation to provide a fair path for Dreamers to earn legal status and called on Congress to work across the aisle to protect DACA recipients.
AILA Doc. No. 17090538

Senator James Lankford Calls on Trump to Protect DACA

9/5/2017
On 9/5/17, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) responded to President Trump’s announcement to end DACA, stating, “We as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parent. In the coming months, Congress must address this issue."
AILA Doc. No. 17090537

Republican House Members Call on Speaker Ryan to Find a Solution for Dreamers

9/1/2017
On 9/1/17, ten Republicans House members sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) encouraged him to find a legislative solution to protect DACA recipients.
AILA Doc. No. 17090671

Senator Hatch Calls on Trump to Protect DACA

9/1/2017
On 9/1/17, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a press statement urging President Trump to protect DACA. The Senator also urged Congress to come together and pursue a meaningful immigration reform that will secure our borders, provide a workable path forward for Dreamers, more.
AILA Doc. No. 17090668

Representatives Espaillat and Kilhuen Urge President Trump to Reconsider DACA Decision

8/31/2017
On 8/31/17, Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Ruben J. Kihuen (D-NV) wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to reconsider his decision to end DACA.
AILA Doc. No. 17090660

Republican Members of Congress Call on the President To Protect Dreamers

8/22/2017
On 8/22/17, six Republican members of Congress called on President Trump to maintain the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for the current recipients. They also called on the President to support the Recognizing America’s Children Act (H.R. 1468).
AILA Doc. No. 17082534

Democratic House Members Call on the President to Protect Dreamers

8/1/2017
On 8/1/17, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) along with a group of 154 House Democrats called on President Trump to maintain and legally defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
AILA Doc. No. 17080204

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urges House Rules Committee To Not Add Border Wall Funding in Minibus Package

7/25/2017
On 7/25/17, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus sent the House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) a letter urging him to not approve a rule that would add $1.6 billion for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall in the “minibus” defense spending bill.
AILA Doc. No. 17080134

Democratic Senators Call on President Trump to Protect Dreamers

7/27/2017
On 7/27/17, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (NY) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (IL) along with 40 Democratic senators called on President Trump to protect Dreamers by using his executive authority to the greatest extent possible to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
AILA Doc. No. 17072701

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Opposes Border Wall Funding in Minibus Package

7/24/2017
On 7/24/17, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) issued a statement opposing funding for the border wall in “minibus” appropriations package.
AILA Doc. No. 17072500

Senator Feinstein Seeks Information from DHS on Asylum Process at the Border

7/24/2017
On 7/24/17, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) requested that DHS Secretary John Kelly detail the agency’s efforts to follow federal law requiring that those seeking asylum be given the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.
AILA Doc. No. 17072570

Congressional Border Caucus Urges House Appropriators Not to Fund Trump’s Wall

7/21/2017
On 7/21/17, members of the Congressional Border Caucus sent a letter to House Appropriators expressing their opposition to the FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which funds the construction of a wall along the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17072108

Senators Urge DOS and DHS to Extend TPS Designations

7/18/2017
On 7/18/17, a group of 26 senators sent a letter urging Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to the approximately 320,000 recipients from ten designated countries.
AILA Doc. No. 17072041

Representative Roybal-Allard's Statement Opposing FY2018 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

7/12/2017
On 7/12/17, Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), issued a statement opposing the committee’s markup of the House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 17071960

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urges Appropriators to Reject Increasing DHS Funding

7/17/2017
On 7/17/17, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) urged House Appropriators to reject increased funding for ICE and CBP, in particular increased funding for immigration detention and ICE and Border Patrol agents.
AILA Doc. No. 17071834

CAPAC Chair Condemns Proposal to Fund Border Wall and Mass Deportation Force

7/17/2017
On 7/17/17, Chair Judy Chu (D-CA) of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) urged her colleagues to reject the House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY2018, which would create a mass deportation force, build a border wall, and tear families apart.
AILA Doc. No. 17071832

Congressional Quad-Caucus Letter Urging to ICE to Publish Data on Detainees and Facilities

7/10/2017
On 7/10/17, leaders of the of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged ICE to collect and publish data on its facilities and detainee populations in an accessible and public way.
AILA Doc. No. 17071206

Statement from DHS to Senate Judiciary on “the MS-13 Problem”

6/21/2017
Statement from DHS for a hearing investigating gang membership as well as its nexus to illegal immigration, before the Senate Judiciary committee, including information on the treatment of unaccompanied children. Between FY2012 and FY2016, ICE removed a total of 10,188 UACs from the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 17062903

Senators Letter to Appropriations Committee on DHS’s FY2018 Appropriations Bill

6/22/2017
On 6/22/17, nineteen senators sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations requesting a reduction in funding for President Trump's detention beds and deportation force, and asked that no funding be made available for a wall along the southern border.
AILA Doc. No. 17062235

Letter from Senator Grassley to DHS and SEC Regarding EB-5 Investor

5/24/2017
A 5/24/17 letter from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to DHS and the Securities and Exchange Commission requesting a review of “potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations” by Qiaowai Group and the U.S. Immigration Fund and their involvement with the EB-5 investor visa program.
AILA Doc. No. 17060931

Congressional Letter to Secretary Kelly Regarding the Treatment of Asylum Seekers at the Border

5/25/2017
On 5/25/17, 40 members of Congress sent a letter to DHS requesting an immediate investigation into claims that individuals fleeing violence and persecution have been denied the opportunity to apply for asylum or other forms of humanitarian protection at ports of entry along the border.
AILA Doc. No. 17052540

OIG Testimony Before House Subcommittee on Visa Overstays

5/23/2017
Written testimony of Inspector General John Roth before a House subcommittee hearing on visa overstays, stating that the results of the OIG audit revealed that DHS’ information technology (IT) systems do not effectively support ICE visa tracking operations.
AILA Doc. No. 17052404

Congressional Black Caucus Submits Letter to DHS Secretary on Extending Haiti TPS

5/2/2017
On 5/2/17, the Congressional Black Caucus sent a letter urging the DHS Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nations by 18 months.
AILA Doc. No. 17051933

Massachusetts Members of Congress Call on DHS Secretary to Extend TPS for Haiti

5/4/2017
On 5/4/17, a group of 11 members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation sent a letter urging DHS Secretary Kelly to extend TPS to Haitian nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 17051932

Senators Feinstein and Durbin’s Statement on Drastic, Unilateral Changes to Private Bills

5/8/2017
On 5/8/17, the Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and Senate Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued a statement in response to ICE’s decision to discontinue a bipartisan policy of issuing stays of removal for private immigration bills.
AILA Doc. No. 17051838

U.S. Senators Urge DOS and DHS to Extend TPS for Haiti

4/26/2017
On 4/26/17, a bipartisan group of 16 senators sent a letter urging DOS Secretary Rex Tillerson and DHS Secretary John Kelly to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals, which is set to expire on 7/22/17.
AILA Doc. No. 17051137

DOL Letter to Congress Regarding Enforcement Actions Taken on the H-1B Program

4/27/2017
The Department of Labor responds to a letter from Senator Grassley and colleagues regarding H-1B workers and their potential impact on American workers. DOL notes that the OIG is creating a MOU to share data between OFLC and OIG via DHS VIBE and OFLC will provide DOS with access to iCERT.
AILA Doc. No. 17050832

Senators Request DHS and DOL To Take Actions on H-1B Visa Abuse

3/29/2017
In response to the 3/19/17 “60 Minutes” episode “You’re Fired,” seven congressmen requested DHS and DOL respond to several questions outlining what actions the agencies are taking to address the issue of H-1B visa abuse after the episode investigated businesses that laid off American workers.
AILA Doc. No. 17050806

Senators Request Information on the Administration of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

5/4/2017
On 5/4/17, a bipartisan group of 17 members of Congress, led by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Lankford (R-OK), sent a letter to DOS and DHS, regarding the current administration of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
AILA Doc. No. 17050800

Written Testimony of DHS Secretary to House Committee on Homeland Security

2/7/2017
DHS Secretary John F. Kelly provided written testimony for a 2/7/17 House Committee on Homeland Security hearing entitled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security,” discussing the Executive Orders, border security and enforcement, and interagency and international cooperation.
AILA Doc. No. 17050505

Members of Congress Call on DHS to Extend TPS to Haitian Nationals

3/24/2017
On 3/24/17, a bipartisan group of 10 members of the Florida congressional delegation, including Senators Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D), sent a letter urging DHS Secretary Kelly to extend TPS to Haitian nationals.
AILA Doc. No. 17042701

House Members Call for Thorough Investigation of Muslim Ban Executive Order Implementation

2/8/2017
On 2/8/17, Representative José Serrano (D-NY) and 38 other House members sent DHS Inspector General and CRCL a letter, urging them to investigate the enactment of Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” at ports of entry.
AILA Doc. No. 17032036

House Members Urge the Trump Administration to Stop Targeting Sanctuary Cities

3/15/2017
On 3/15/17, Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and 32 other House members sent President Trump a letter requesting he rescind the section of EO Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which directs the federal government to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
AILA Doc. No. 17032000

Written Testimony Before House Subcommittee: Immigration Benefits Vetting

3/16/2017
DHS Inspector General John Roth provided written testimony before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, highlighting a number of recent reviews related to USCIS systems for processing immigration benefits and ELIS. USCIS concurred with most recommendations.
AILA Doc. No. 17031707

GAO Testimony On Immigration Benefits System

3/16/2017
Written statement from Carol C. Harris, Director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues before a House Subcommittee on the USCIS Transformation Program cost increases and schedule delays and program management challenges that have contributed to increasing risks to the new system.
AILA Doc. No. 17031631

Senators Urge President Trump to Rescind Travel Ban

3/10/2017
On 3/10/17, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with eight other senators, signed a letter calling for President Trump to rescind his Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”
AILA Doc. No. 17031334

Written Testimony from GAO on the Immigrant Investor Program

3/8/2017
Written testimony from the GAO before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, which provides information regarding its work reviewing proposed project investments in Targeted Employment Areas (TEA) and the proportion of petitioners who invested in a rural or high unemployment TEA.
AILA Doc. No. 17030930

Senator Durbin Calls for Hearing on the President’s Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

2/8/2017
On 2/8/17, Senator Dick Durbin (D-NV) called on Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, to hold a series of hearings on President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive orders that were signed in January 2017.
AILA Doc. No. 17030308