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 Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to DOS on E-Visa Adjudications and Processing Delays Worldwide

AILA sent a letter to DOS suggesting procedural and policy changes for consideration that may alleviate some of the E-visa case backlogs and provide efficiencies to E-visa processing moving forward.

11/18/22 AILA Doc. No. 22112300. Business Immigration, E Treaty Categories
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to USCIS, EOIR, and OPLA on Biometrics Appointments

AILA and partners sent a letter to USCIS, EOIR, and OPLA addressing the unnecessary hurdles non-detained people in removal proceedings face in securing a biometrics appointment prior to their merits hearing.

11/17/22 AILA Doc. No. 22111703. Removal & Relief
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS on Prosecutorial Discretion for Labor Disputes

AILA and partners sent a letter to Secretary Mayorkas urging DHS to release guidance on prosecutorial discretion for individuals involved in labor disputes.

11/17/22 AILA Doc. No. 22112205. Prosecutorial Discretion, Removal & Relief
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AILA Sends Letter to USCIS with Recommendations on Digital Signature Policy

AILA submitted recommendations to USCIS to expand its acceptance of digital and electronic signatures that meet standard security and verification protocols to all form types, not just those that may be filed electronically.

11/14/22 AILA Doc. No. 22113002.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Urge Review of Country Conditions and Designation of TPS for Pakistan

AILA and partners urged the Administration to immediately designate TPS and special student relief for Pakistan and provide protection for Pakistani immigrants living in the United States who would face unsafe and life-threatening conditions if returned.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Requests Urgent Guidance on Filing of Form I-956/I-956G in Connection with "Retired Regional Centers"

AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting policy guidance related to legal requirements of previously approved regional centers electing to wind-down pursuant to the settlement agreement issued in the Behring Regional Center LLC, et al. v. Mayorkas litigation. USCIS issued a response to AILA.

11/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22111004. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Signs onto Letter Expressing Disappointment on the Explicit Exclusion of Many Immigrants on Criminal Policy Reforms

AILA and partners urged President Biden to extend pardon of federal convictions for marijuana possession to all immigrants, regardless of immigration status, and to take necessary steps to ensure that immigrants do not suffer negative immigration consequences from marijuana convictions.

11/4/22 AILA Doc. No. 22122731. Crimes, Removal & Relief
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AILA Provides Feedback on the H-1B Electronic Registration System

AILA, the USCIS Case Assistance Committee, and the USCIS HQ/Benefits Committee provide feedback and suggestions for USCIS to further enhance the H-1B Electronic Registration System. AILA has requested a meeting with USCIS to discuss our recommendations.

10/28/22 AILA Doc. No. 22111431. Business Immigration, H-1B & H-1B1 Specialty Occupation
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to Congress Urging Creation of Permanent Protections for Dreamers

AILA and partners sent a letter urging congressional leaders to swiftly pass legislative protections for Dreamers.

10/20/22 AILA Doc. No. 22102407. DACA, Removal & Relief
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AILA Sends Letter to DC Council Expressing Grave Concerns About Migrant Services and Supports Act of 2022

AILA sent a letter requesting the Council of the District of Columbia to shift course and not pass any bill that creates a separate residency requirement for migrants or excludes migrants residing in D.C. from accessing homeless services.

10/19/22 AILA Doc. No. 22102401. Asylum
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to Biden Administration on TPS for Pakistan

AILA and partners sent a letter urging the Biden Administration to support a senate request that DHS grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to individuals from Pakistan and ask DHS-SEVP to grant Special Student Relief (SSR) to F-1 students from Pakistan.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Joins Legal Service & Mental Health Providers in Letter to Administration Expressing Grave Concerns over the “Dedicated Docket”

AILA joined legal service providers, mental health providers, and advocacy organizations in sending a letter to the Administration detailing the due process and fairness concerns with the Dedicated Docket, along with recommendations on how to address these concerns.

10/5/22 AILA Doc. No. 22100500. Removal & Relief
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to the OMB on FY2024 Priorities for Immigrants

AILA and partners sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with priority recommendations for immigrant communities and requested bolder steps be taken toward a more humane approach to immigration policy in the proposed FY2024 White House budget.

10/3/22 AILA Doc. No. 22100605.
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to the Administration on TPS for Ethiopia

AILA and partners sent a letter to the Administration requesting the designation of the country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months and Special Student Relief (SSR) and a cease of deportations while TPS and SSR are being implemented for those unable to safely return.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Sends Letter to Biden on Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program

AILA and partners sent a letter to President Biden requesting improvements to the CAM Program so that it can deliver on its promise as a pathway to safety and family reunification and continue to take steps to ensure robust asylum processing at the border for children fleeing violence.

9/21/22 AILA Doc. No. 22092607. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA and Partners Sends Letter Urging Extension and Redesignation of TPS for Burma

AILA and partners sent a letter urging President Biden to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma, expand the protections, provide a 180-day registration period for beneficiaries, and provide educational resources and public engagement for the impacted community.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to Secretary Mayorkas on Unlawful Trashing of Turbans and Religious Freedom Violations

AILA and partners sent a letter urging Secretary Mayorkas to take immediate action regarding CBP’s confiscation and disposal of migrants’ personal belongings, including religious articles of faith, and CBP’s denial of meals to migrants that comply with their religious beliefs.

8/22/22 AILA Doc. No. 22082201. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA and Partners Send Letter on the Asylum Processing Rule

AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS, USCIS, and DOJ with recommendations on the Asylum Processing Rule implementation process and a request for a dedicated meeting to discuss this letter and recommendations with the relevant agencies and officials as soon as possible.

8/12/22 AILA Doc. No. 22081506. Asylum
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AILA and Partners Call on Biden Administration to End MPP Following Supreme Court Decision

In light of the SCOTUS ruling in Biden v. Texas, immigrant and refugee rights organizations and service providers sent a letter urging the Administration to take immediate action to wind down the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and redress the harm suffered by those subjected to it.

7/20/22 AILA Doc. No. 22072004. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA Joins Groups in Urging DHS to Ensure SCOTUS Dobbs Decision Has No Impact on Immigration Enforcement

Immigration, criminal justice, and civil rights organizations urged DHS to immediately issue guidance to prevent the Supreme Court’s rights-stripping decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization from being used against noncitizens seeking reproductive health care in the U.S.

7/19/22 AILA Doc. No. 22071902. Crimes, Removal & Relief
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Civil Society Organizations Urge Congress to Not Codify Title 42 Border Expulsions in Spending Bills

AILA joined civil society organizations in urging House leaders to not include amendments that would legislatively codify and indefinitely prolong Title 42 border expulsions in any FY2023 spending bills that receive a vote on the House floor.

7/15/22 AILA Doc. No. 22071500. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA Requests Clarification from USCIS on Implementation of Temporary Injunction Issued in Behring v. Mayorkas

On 7/28/22, USCIS responded to AILA’s request for clarification on the revised USCIS policies required to implement the preliminary injunction issued on 6/24/22 in Behring Regional Center LLC v. Mayorkas, a lawsuit challenging USCIS’s implementation of EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022.

6/28/22 AILA Doc. No. 22062999. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
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AILA and Partners Send Letter on Immediate Actions to Take on Title 42

AILA and partners sent a letter to the Administration urging immediate action to preserve asylum and refugee law at the U.S. borders to the fullest extent, consistent with current court decisions concerning the use of Title 42.

6/8/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060903. Asylum
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AILA and Partners Send Sign-on Letter to DHS Expressing Concern Over Age-Out Issue

AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS urging the administration to establish more robust aging out policies, to take steps to preserve the ability of children to remain in the U.S. and work while waiting in the green card backlog, and to provide a long-term resolution to this problem.

6/6/22 AILA Doc. No. 22060701. Child Status Protection Act (CSPA)
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to Share Expectations for the Summit of the Americas

AILA and partners sent a letter sharing expectations for the Summit of the Americas and urging the Biden administration to sustain consultation with a wide range of civil society organizations in the U.S., particularly those led by directly impacted refugees and migrants, and in the region.

6/6/22 AILA Doc. No. 22061007. Asylum