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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On 9/12/19, AILA and other organizations signed on to a letter urging cuts to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s budget for detention, enforcement, and border militarization and to terminate DHS’s authority to transfer and reprogram funds.
AILA submitted a statement to the House Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties for the September 11, 2019, hearing on the administration’s apparent revocation of medical deferred action for critically ill children.
On September 4, 2019, over 150 organizations, including AILA, sent a letter to USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli calling for the agency to fully restore its acceptance and adjudication of deferred action requests.
On 8/19/19, AILA and others signed on to a letter urging the U.S. government to set a minimum Presidential Determination of 95,000 refugee admissions for FY2020, and to continue its commitment to the U.S. Resettlement Program.
On 8/16/19, AILA joined others in sending a letter to USCIS urging it to confirm whether it intends to mandate use of the electronic registration system for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season and requesting USCIS to solicit stakeholder feedback on the electronic tool prior to its implementation.
On 7/31/19, AILA and other organizations signed on to a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Committee to vote no to the harmful measures of S. 1494, the Secure and Protect Act of 2019.
On 7/30/19, 27 organizations joined AILA to send a letter to Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan, Acting USCIS Director Cuccinelli, and DOD Secretary Esper requesting that the administration continue parole in place (PIP) for military families.
On 7/11/19, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Immigration Judges, and the Federal Bar Association sent a letter to Congress calling for an immigration court system independent of the DOJ.
AILA urges members of Congress to vote YES on Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard’s (D-CA) American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which would offer Dreamers and TPS/DED recipients protection from deportation and allow contribution to economic growth.
AILA and ASISTA Send Letter to USCIS Requesting an Extension of Grace Period for New Edition of Form I-918
On 5/29/19, AILA and ASISTA sent a letter to USCIS expressing concern that the two-month grace period spanning the current and future editions of Form I-918 is insufficient and urging an extension of that period. On 7/5/19, USCIS responded to this letter.
AILA submitted a statement urging the House Judiciary Committee to pass H.R. 2820, Dream Act of 2019, and H.R. 2821, American Promise Act of 2019. These bills would provide Dreamers and TPS recipients with permanent legal status and a path to citizenship.
On 5/21/19, AILA and 400 organizations signed on in support of a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging Congress to ensure passage of permanent protections for Dreamers, as well as TPS and DED holders, without further delays.
Sign-On Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Reforming and Reauthorizing the EB-5 Visa Program
On 5/17/19, AILA joined other EB-5 stakeholder groups in sending a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee members in support of reforming and reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program, which is set to expire on 9/30/19.
Sign-on Letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committees on Closure of the USCIS International Operations Division
On 3/29/19, AILA and other organizations signed onto a letter to Senate and House Judiciary Committee members urging the use of oversight authority to prohibit the closure of the USCIS International Operations Division.
On 3/13/19, AILA and over 200 other organizations signed on in support of a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State requesting that Venezuela be designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country.
AILA submitted a statement to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration for the March 6, 2019, hearing on “Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients.”
On 2/22/19, the H-2B Workforce Coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen and DOL Secretary Acosta requesting that their agencies make available the full number of H-2B visas authorized by the FY2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
On 2/15/19, AILA sent a letter to EOIR Director McHenry to express concern with the continued imbalance in the treatment of counsel appearing before EOIR components perpetuated by the 12/18/18 memo, “Internal Reporting of Suspected Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Professional Misconduct.”
On 2/14/19, AILA issued a statement expressing concern about the enormous increases the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 provides for border security enforcement. Citing, among other things, that the bill would increase funding for immigration detention by at least 12 percent.
AILA and Advocates Send Letter Urging Secretary Nielsen to End the Migrant Protection Protocols Policy
On 2/6/19, the American Immigration Council, AILA, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. sent a letter to DHS documenting harm that families served by the Dilley Pro Bono Project faced on the other side of the southern border and demands a reversal of the Migrant Protection Protocols.
On 1/24/19, AILA sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee urging the committee to conduct hearings to hold USCIS accountable to its mission, halt the administration’s interference with immigration judges’ independence, and stop the violations of due process happening at the border.
On 1/23/19, AILA and a wide coalition of advocacy partners sent a letter to Majority Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer urging them to reopen the federal government without “poison pill policy proposals.”
AILA Calls on Leader Nancy Pelosi to Protect Dreamers and TPS Recipients within First 100 Days of the 116th Congress
On 11/27/18, AILA sent a letter to Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the need to pass legislation to protect Dreamers and recipients of TPS within the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. AILA also urged opposing funds to build a border wall, increase detention beds and additional CBP agents.
On 11/21/18, the Compete America coalition, of which AILA is a member, sent a letter to USCIS and OIRA expressing concerns regarding the proposed H-1B pre-registration rule, which is currently pending review with the OMB, but has not yet been published in the Federal Register.
AILA Joins Over 200 Organizations in Urging Congress to Reject Funding Increases for Border Enforcement
On 11/13/18, AILA joined over 200 organization in urging Congress to decrease enforcement funding in FY2019 DHS Appropriations bill. Citing that increase funding will facilitate family separations, cause irreparable harm to the border region, and incentivize mass detention and deportation.