AILA Correspondence with the Government

Read letters that AILA has sent to government officials about pressing immigration -related issues, as well as coalition letters to government officials that AILA has signed.

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AILA Sends Recommendations to Biden Administration on TPS for Haiti

AILA sent a letter to the Biden Administration urging protection for Haitian nationals impacted by the instability and violence in Haiti, recommending among other immigration actions, that TPS for Haitians be extended and redesignated. The current designation is set to expire on August 4.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Joins Letter Urging USCIS to Provide a Minimum of 60-Day Comment Period on NPRM on Mandatory Bars in Fear Screening

AILA joins other advocacy organizations in requesting a minimum of 60 days for public comment after DHS proposed a new rule governing fear screenings by asylum officers and establishing an atypical, abbreviated thirty-day comment period.

5/21/24 AILA Doc. No. 24060609. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Request USCIS to Accept Prior Edition of I-914 Forms Through March 31, 2025

AILA, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom Network USA sent a letter urging USCIS to accept the prior edition of the I-914 form through March 31, 2025, after it indicated that starting June 3 it would only accept the April 1, edition.

5/16/24 AILA Doc. No. 24053003. T & U Status
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Submitted a Statement to the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 7909

AILA submitted a statement for the record in opposition to the proposed H.R. 7909, the “Violence Against Women By Illegal Aliens Act.” H.R. 7909 will do nothing to protect people from experiencing domestic violence (DV) and will cause actual harm to DV survivors.

5/15/24 AILA Doc. No. 24051504. VAWA
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Writes to USCIS Requesting Data and Statistics

AILA's Asylum and Refugee National Committee wrote a letter to USCIS with suggested data and statistics for publication on its website.

5/7/24 AILA Doc. No. 24051043. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Signs Letter Urging Congress to Fund Legal Representation and Due Process Protections

AILA and over 100 immigrant rights groups have signed a letter urging congressional appropriators to allocate funds in the FY2025 appropriations funding bill to address the critical gaps in legal representation and due process protections for noncitizens in removal proceedings.

4/22/24 AILA Doc. No. 24051408. Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

Request for USCIS to Accept Prior Edition of I-918 Forms Through March 31, 2025

AILA joined other immigration groups in sending a letter to USCIS requesting that the agency accept the prior edition of I-918 forms through March 31, 2025.

4/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 24042301. T & U Status
Correspondence

AILA Receives Response from USCIS Regarding Letter on Biometrics for U and T Visa Applicants Abroad

Response from USCIS regarding AILA and partners' letter advocating for the agency to immediately implement biometrics policies that would allow for continued adjudication of U and T petitions for applicants abroad.

4/12/24 AILA Doc. No. 24043000. T & U Status, VAWA
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter on Social Security Process for Asylees

AILA's Asylum and Refugee National Committee sent suggestions to the Social Security Administration for improvements to the Social Security Number application process for asylum seekers and asylees.

4/3/24 AILA Doc. No. 24040574. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to Congress with Recommendations on FY2025 Appropriations

AILA sent a letter to Congressional leadership recommending that they prioritize adequate funding for the immigration system in the FY2025 appropriations necessary for establishing a more efficient system.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Joins Sign-on Letter Urging Extension and Redesignation of TPS for Haiti

AILA joined the Haitian Bridge Alliance and 480 other organizations in a letter to the White House, DHS, and DOS requesting an extension and redesignation of the Republic of Haiti for TPS and a moratorium on deportations to the Republic of Haiti.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to White House with Recommendations for Executive Action and Regulations

AILA sent a letter to the White House with ten recommendations it could take immediately via executive action and regulations on immigration.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging End to Solitary Confinement in ICE Detention

AILA and partners sent a letter to the White House and DHS urging an immediate and public commitment to ending solitary confinement in ICE detention.

2/29/24 AILA Doc. No. 24030502. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to White House Urging Action to Manage Migration at the U.S. Southern Border

AILA sent a letter to the White House urging action to manage migration at the U.S. southern border, but also expressing concern by reports indicating the administration plans to implement a national border expulsion authority and raise the legal standard for credible fear interviews.

2/23/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022331. Admissions & Border
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS and ICE Regarding Forms I-9

AILA sent a letter requesting that USCIS and ICE develop and publish joint guidance on the use and acceptance of Forms I-9 created using the fillable .pdf hosted on USCIS's website.

1/29/24 AILA Doc. No. 24031202. Employer Compliance
Agency Memos & Announcements, Correspondence

Correspondence Between AILA and USCIS Regarding Long-Pending EB-5 Forms I-829

USCIS sent a letter in response to AILA’s request to update USCIS policies affecting EB-5 Investors with long-pending Forms I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on permanent residence and it’s plans to publish a copy of the letter on the USCIS Electronic Reading Room.

1/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24021403. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to DOL on LCA Posting Notice Issue

AILA sent a letter to DOL seeking an opinion from the WHD on the Labor Condition Application (LCA) posting issue and encourages DOL to issue interpretative guidance that employers are not required to post either a physical hardcopy notice at the H-1B worker’s private residence or electronic notice.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Submits Statement to Congress Opposes Proposals Restricting Asylum and Parole in the Supplemental

With federal funding discussions underway on a supplemental budget deal, AILA calls upon lawmakers to reject dangerous immigration proposals that would do grave, irreparable harm to the U.S. asylum system while creating chaos in efforts to manage the border.

11/30/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112900. Asylum, Humanitarian Parole
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA, AIC, and ACLU Lead Sign-On Letter Detailing Continued Barriers to Attorney Access in ICE Immigration Detention Facilities

AILA, AIC, and the ACLU lead over 80 organizations in a letter to ICE detailing continued barriers to attorney access in immigration detention facilities and provide recommendations on how to better facilitate critical communications between counsel and detained individuals.

11/21/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112102. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and the Council Seek Information on the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) Program

AILA and the American Immigration Council filed a FOIA request to obtain documents related to ICE and CBP’s implementation of the Family Expedited Removal Management Program (FERM).

11/21/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112106. Asylum, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Coalition Partners Urge Agencies to Extend Visa Interview Waiver Authorities

AILA and partner groups urged DOS and DHS to extend the interview waiver authorities set to expire on December 31, 2023, which allows consular officers to waive in-person interviews for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants and decreased wait times for nearly all visa applicants.

11/17/23 AILA Doc. No. 23112005. Consular Processing
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

Recommendations on Protecting Individuals Impacted by the Middle East Conflict

AILA urged the Administration to take immediate comprehensive action to ensure the safety and security of all people impacted by the conflict in the Middle East and must take affirmative steps to ensure that individuals are not forced to return to danger in the middle of the conflict.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Requesting Clarification for Pre-RIA Regional Centers

AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting urgent clarification on the October 2023 policy guidance specifically relating to pre-RIA regional center terminations. The need for clarification is urgent given that the Form I-956G filing deadline and payment of the Annual Integrity Fee are due in December.

10/27/23 AILA Doc. No. 23110809. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to Congress on Stronger Whistleblower Protections for Government Contractors

AILA and partners requests stronger protection for whistleblowers who expose fraud, waste of funds, or abuse of authority in federal spending by addressing existing loopholes, providing effective safeguards, and ensuring that those who protect the public can also defend themselves.

9/28/23 AILA Doc. No. 24011708.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Joins Sign-on Letter Urging Expansion of Automatic Extension of Work Authorization

AILA joined other organizations in urging DHS to take immediate action to expand the automatic extension of work authorization for immigrants with pending work permit renewal applications.

9/26/23 AILA Doc. No. 23100306.