AILA Correspondence with the Government

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AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging DHS and ICE to Expedite Releases of Individuals in Immigration Custody

On May 4, 2020, AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS and ICE requesting a coordinated and timely plan to expedite releases for individuals in immigration custody due to detainees and employees testing positive for the coronavirus.

5/4/20 AILA Doc. No. 20050600. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA and Partners Request Agencies to Extend TPS Re-Registration Period for Yemen and Somalia Due to COVID-19

On 4/22/20, AILA and 68 other organizations sent a letter to DHS and USCIS requesting the agencies to automatically extend work authorization and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for at least 180 days to all current Yemen and Somalia TPS holders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

AILA and Partners Send Letter to DOS and DHS Requesting Relief for Foreign-Born Workers and Their Employers

On April 17, 2020, AILA and partners sent a letter to DOS and DHS requesting relief for foreign-born workers and their families and employers affected by USCIS closures and visa processing limitations in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

4/17/20 AILA Doc. No. 20042835.
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to DHS and CDC Expressing Concern Over Expulsion of Unaccompanied Children

On 4/16/20, AILA and partners sent a letter to DHS and CDC expressing concerns over DHS’s expulsions of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border, stating that these actions run counter to laws ensuring the right to seek asylum and place arriving children at risk for human trafficking.

4/16/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041605. Humanitarian Parole, Unaccompanied Children
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AILA and Partners Send Letter Urging Government Agencies to Address Access to Counsel Concerns in MPP Hearings

On April 15, 2020, AILA and partners sent a letter to CBP, DHS, EOIR, ICE, and USCIS urging the agencies to address access to counsel issues faced by asylum seekers subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols.

4/15/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041535. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to New Mexico Governor Urging Releases from ICE Detention Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 14, 2020, AILA, the American Immigration Council, and the Santa Fe Dreamers Project sent a letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham urging her to take steps to reduce the number of individuals in ICE custody in the state of New Mexico amid the coronavirus outbreak.

4/14/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041400. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to New Jersey Governor Urging Releases from ICE Detention Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 14, 2020, AILA, the American Immigration Council, and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy urging him to take steps to reduce the number of individuals in ICE custody in the state of New Jersey amid the coronavirus outbreak.

4/14/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041430. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA Sends Letter to CBP Requesting It Grant Subsequent Periods of Satisfactory Departure During the COVID-19 Outbreak

AILA sent a letter to CBP requesting that it grant subsequent periods of satisfactory departure for Visa Waiver Program entrants unable to depart the United States due to COVID-19 related issues.

4/14/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041531. Admissions & Border
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to Colorado Governor Urging Releases from ICE Detention Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 13, 2020, AILA, the American Immigration Council, and the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) sent a letter to Governor Jared Polis urging him to take steps to reduce the number of individuals in ICE custody in the state of Colorado amid the coronavirus outbreak.

4/13/20 AILA Doc. No. 20041334. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA and IMGT Send Letter to DOS Recommending Actions to Facilitate the Services of International Medical Graduates During the COVID-19 Outbreak

AILA and the International Medical Graduate Taskforce (IMGT) have sent a letter to the DOS Waiver Review Division providing recommendations for DOS actions that would allow international medical graduates to provide, or continue providing, much needed services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

4/3/20 AILA Doc. No. 20040334. Consular Processing, Physicians & Healthcare
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More than 70 Organizations Call on DOJ to Immediately Close All Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 26, 2020, more than 70 organizations joined AILA, the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), and the ICE Professionals Union, to call on the Department of Justice to immediately close all immigration courts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/26/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032630. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA and Partners Send Letter to EOIR and ICE on Legal Access in Immigration Detention and Immigration Courts During COVID-19 Pandemic

AILA, the Council, and more than 100 other organizations sent a letter urging EOIR and ICE to immediately authorize robust and automatic use of remote options for immigration court appearances and attorney-client meetings.

3/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032332. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA Requests Additional Accommodations from USCIS to Facilitate Filings During National Emergency

AILA sent a letter to USCIS following up on earlier letters dated 3/16 and 3/20 to request additional reasonable accommodations to enable petitioners, applicants, and representatives, who are now required to work from home or shelter in place, to continue filing benefit requests with USCIS.

3/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032341.
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AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Demanding Immediate Suspension of All Deadlines

AILA sent a letter to USCIS demanding suspension of all deadlines by 3/27/20 and implementation of other measures outlined in AILA’s previous letters, including extension of statutory or regulatory deadlines and extension of nonimmigrant status until 90 days after the end of the national emergency.

3/23/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032531.
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AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Regarding California’s “Stay at Home” Order

On 3/20/20, AILA sent a letter to USCIS Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli to seek immediate information related to the impact of COVID-19 and the California “stay at home” order on California Service Center (CSC) Operations.

3/20/20 AILA Doc. No. 20032090.
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Advocates Call on Congress to Establish an Article I Immigration Court System

AILA and advocates sent a letter to the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, supporting the recommendation of the ABA, immigration judges, and immigration lawyers, among others, to establish an Article I Immigration Court system that is independent of DOJ.

3/20/20 AILA Doc. No. 20052836. Asylum, Removal & Relief
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AILA Sends Letter to CBP Regarding Its Response to COVID-19

AILA sent a letter to CBP concerning the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on CBP activities throughout ports of entry and CBP holding facilities.

3/17/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031716. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Business Immigration
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AILA Sends Letter to DHS Requesting Guidance Concerning Form I-9 Compliance and COVID-19

AILA sent a letter to DHS on the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic and public health emergency on U.S. businesses. AILA requests DHS immediately issue guidance providing flexibility in the Form I-9 verification, E-Verify and compliance process in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

3/16/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031605. Employer Compliance
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AILA Sends Letter to DOJ, EOIR, and ICE Regarding Urgent COVID-19 Measures

On 3/16/20, AILA sent a letter to DOJ, EOIR, and ICE with urgent measures that should be taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/16/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031666. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Requesting Guidance on Its Response to COVID-19

AILA sent a letter to USCIS expressing deep concerns regarding the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on USCIS operations and to respectfully request that the agency take immediate steps to mitigate its spread.

3/16/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031750.
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Immigration Judges, Prosecutors, and Attorneys Call for the Nationwide Closure of All Immigration Courts

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the ICE Professionals Union, and AILA call for the emergency closure of the nation’s Immigration Courts in adherence with current public health protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus and recognizing the urgency of this public health crisis.

3/15/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031590.
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AILA Sends Letter to ICE Regarding ICE Facilities and COVID-19

On 3/12/20, AILA sent a letter to ICE requesting that ICE immediately implement procedures for the prevention and management of COVID-19 at all ICE facilities, including all detention centers and ICE locations where individuals must report for ICE supervision.

3/12/20 AILA Doc. No. 20031234. Detention & Bond, Removal & Relief
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Letter to DHS Requesting MPP Be Stopped Immediately in Accordance with U.S. Law

One hundred and fifty three organizations, including AILA, sent a letter to DHS urging it to uphold U.S. asylum law and to allow asylum seekers currently subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) into the United States so they may seek refuge and protection from within the country.

3/6/20 AILA Doc. No. 20030603. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Advocates Express Concerns and Request Written Response to Unanswered Questions After Laredo Tent Court Tour

On 2/21/20, AILA and other advocates sent a letter following up on a 1/24/20 trip to the Laredo tent court. In this letter, the organizations expressed concerns regarding the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and requested written confirmation of DHS’ policy for the program.

2/21/20 AILA Doc. No. 20022130. Admissions & Border, Asylum
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Advocates Call on Congress to Establish an Independent Immigration Court

On 2/18/20, 54 immigration, civil rights, faith-based, government accountability, and labor organizations, including AILA, call on Congress to establish an immigration court system that is independent of DOJ so that it can guarantee due process and a fair hearing for immigrants.

2/18/20 AILA Doc. No. 20021838. Removal & Relief