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 and Partners Send Letter to DOJ on Access to EOIR Records of Proceedings and Digital Audio Recordings

AILA and partners sent a letter petitioning DOJ to ensure timely and comprehensive access to EOIR records of proceedings and digital audio recordings and requesting a response within 45 days of the letter to schedule a meeting to discuss the issues.

5/20/22 AILA Doc. No. 22052403. Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Asylum & Refugee Committee Requests Guidance from DHS on Asylum Applications Processing after the Doyle Memo

The AILA Asylum & Refugee Committee sent a letter to DHS requesting guidance on how the agency will process affirmative asylum applications where the noncitizen had their immigration court removal case terminated under the Doyle memo.

5/18/22 AILA Doc. No. 22051901. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Requests USCIS Rescind the Adopted AAO Decision of Matter of Z-R-Z-C-

AILA has submitted a request to the AAO that it rescind the adopted decision of Matter of Z-R-Z-C-. Special thanks to AILA members Hudaidah Bhimdi, Cheryl David and Kelli Fennel for their efforts in drafting and reviewing this request.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS on I-9 Flexibilities

AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS requesting guidance for employers on how much time they have to inspect documents in person and update I-9s and how to verify “newly remote” employees. The letter also provides input on remote document inspection.

5/10/22 AILA Doc. No. 22051902. Employer Compliance
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Questions and Comments in Advance of USCIS EB-5 Public Engagement

AILA and AILA’s EB-5 Investor Committee sent a letter to USCIS with questions and comments in advance of the USCIS EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 Listening Session. They also proposed an engagement between AILA, EB-5 trade associations, industry groups, and the IPO in the coming weeks.

4/28/22 AILA Doc. No. 22051251. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Urge President Biden to End Title 42 Border Expulsions

On 4/21/22, leaders of immigrant, civil rights, humanitarian, labor, and human rights organizations sent a letter to President Biden urging him to end border expulsions under Title 42 and to oppose congressional attempts to keep the border expulsion policy in place via legislation.

4/21/22 AILA Doc. No. 22042251. Admissions & Border, Asylum
Federal Agencies, Practice Resources, AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to Congress on Defund Hate’s NGO Cuts for FY2023

AILA and partners sent a letter to Congress urging significant cuts to ICE and CBP funding in the FY2023 Spending Bill and consideration for the dignity and well-being of all people.

4/21/22 AILA Doc. No. 22042202. Admissions & Border
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Makes Suggestions to USCIS to Address I-730 Processing Delays

AILA's Asylum and Refugee National Committee sent a letter to Ted H. Kim, Acting Director of USCIS RAIO Directorate, with suggestions for tackling the delays in processing of I-730 applications.

4/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 23091561. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to DOS on Implementation of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

AILA requested emergency action from DOS to amend the April 2022 Visa Bulletin to comply with the provisions of the EB-5 RIA, which was recently signed into law, and for the NVC and posts to begin processing cases in accordance with the provisions of the new law that have taken immediate effect.

3/24/22 AILA Doc. No. 22032501. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
Federal Agencies, Practice Resources, AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to USCIS on EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022

AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting public engagement as soon as possible on the implementation of the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 that was recently enacted.

3/16/22 AILA Doc. No. 22031707. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging President Biden to End Title 42 Policy

AILA and partners called on President Biden to immediately end the Title 42 policy, stop defending this illegal and inhumane policy in court, restore meaningful access to asylum at U.S. borders, and welcome with dignity the families and individuals seeking protection in the United States.

3/10/22 AILA Doc. No. 22031401. Admissions & Border, Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging DOJ and DHS to Rescind the Pandemic-Related Ban on Asylum

AILA and partners sent a letter urging to DOJ/DHS to rescind the Security Bars and Processing rule, which would ban asylum seekers who have transited through or come from a country with a communicable disease or who exhibit symptoms consistent with such disease.

2/28/22 AILA Doc. No. 22030203. Asylum
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to Biden on New 18-Month Designations of TPS or DED and SSR for Ukraine

AILA and partners sent a letter to Biden requesting an immediate 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) and Special Student Relief (SSR) for Ukraine.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and more than 100 Partners Recommend Priorities for Spending on Immigration in FY2022 Appropriations Bill

On February 24, AILA and more than 100 organizations sent a letter to leaders in Congress setting forth priorities for spending on immigration matters for the FY2022 appropriations bill.

2/24/22 AILA Doc. No. 22022570.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Leads Partners in Calling for Review of DHS’s Reopening of Private Prisons

AILA led partners in calling for an investigation of DOJ and DHS’s implementation of the President’s executive order banning private prisons and reiterating our support for the ban being extended to immigration detention.

2/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020851. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Sends Letter to Immigration Investor Program Office (IPO) Requesting Reestablishment of Stakeholder Engagement

On 2/9/22, the AILA EB-5 Committee sent a letter to Alissa Emmel, Chief of the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) to request the resumption of stakeholder engagements between the IPO and EB-5 stakeholders, including AILA, EB-5 trade associations, and industry groups.

2/9/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020908. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA, the American Immigration Council, and 147 Partners Send Letter to Biden on Funding for Legal Representation Programs

AILA, the American Immigration Council, and 147 partners sent a letter to Biden and Congress requesting an increase in funding to expand legal representation for people in removal proceedings.

2/1/22 AILA Doc. No. 22020104. Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Request USCIS to Accept Prior Edition of I-918 Through December 31, 2022

ASISTA, ILRC, and AILA sent a letter to USCIS requesting that the agency extend the transition period and accept prior editions of Form I-918 through December 31, 2022.

1/27/22 AILA Doc. No. 24041507. T & U Status
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Urge Congress to Extend the LRIF Program

AILA and partners sent a letter to Congress requesting elimination or extension for the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) program’s current deadline of December 20, 2021, for at least two years.

12/17/21 AILA Doc. No. 21122237.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Follow-Up Letter to USCIS Regarding Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act

AILA and coalition partners sent a follow-up letter to USCIS regarding implementation of the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act. The organizations urged USCIS to comply with the agency's reporting requirements and to expand premium processing to additional form types as swiftly as possible.

12/16/21 AILA Doc. No. 21122138.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to USCIS Urging EB-5 Regional Center-Related Applications and Petitions to Continue to be Held in Abeyance

On December 10, 2021, AILA, IIUSA, and the EB-5IC sent a letter to USCIS urging the agency to continue to hold EB-5 Regional Center (RC) program-related petitions and applications beyond the end of calendar year 2021 to allow Congress sufficient time to reauthorize the EB-5 RC program.

12/10/21 AILA Doc. No. 21121302. Business Immigration, EB-5 Investors
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to USCIS and ICE on Access to Client Records

AILA and partners sent a letter requesting that USCIS, ICE, and EOIR revise its regulations, policies, practices, and procedures for providing access to records of proceedings (ROPs) and digital audio recordings (DARs) and Alien Files (“A-Files”) in immigration court and USCIS proceedings.

12/9/21 AILA Doc. No. 21121006. Asylum, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS Encouraging Extension of I-9 Flexibility Policy

AILA and partners sent a letter requesting flexibilities on Form I-9 compliance requirements, permitting remote inspection of employee identity and employment authorization documents and the employment verification process, with the extension lasting through at least 6/30/22.

12/9/21 AILA Doc. No. 21121008. Employer Compliance
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA Recommends NO VOTE on the Daines Amendment 4236 to NDAA

AILA sent recommendations opposing the amendment offered by Senator Steve Daines (MT-R), which would limit the federal government’s ability to provide settlement payments to immigrant families who were victims of the Trump administration’s illegal and inhumane family separation policies.

12/1/21 AILA Doc. No. 21120113. Admissions & Border
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners File Complaint with DHS on Violations and Inhumane Conditions at Torrance Detention Facility

AILA and partners sent a complaint to DHS CRCL requesting an investigation of the violations of due process and inhumane conditions and lack of access to counsel at the Torrance County Detention facility in Estancia, New Mexico.

11/23/21 AILA Doc. No. 21120111. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief