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Daily Immigration News Clips - March 20, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on March 20, 2024.

3/20/24
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – March 19, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on March 19, 2024.

Press Statements, Immigration News, AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director: SCOTUS Wrong to Allow TX SB4 Implementation

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Texas to implement SB.4, saying it "threatens to create chaos."

3/19/24 AILA Doc. No. 24031932.
Immigration News

Daily Immigration News Clips – March 18, 2024

Aggregated local and national media coverage of major immigration law news stories being discussed throughout the U.S. on March 18, 2024.

3/18/24 AILA Doc. No. 24031871.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director Urges Biden Administration to Offer Haitians Safety in this Time of Turmoil

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson urged the Biden Administration to take immediate action as Haiti faces immense challenges and use “all of the tools in the executive branch’s toolbox” to help offer security and safety to those affected, including extending and redesignating TPS for Haitians.

AILA Blog

Think Immigration: A Look Inside DHS’ Family Expedited Removal Management Program

AILA Law Student Member Araceli Garcia describes how University of Texas Law students were able to help families in the expedited removal program and how the expansion of the FERM program has meant the need for counsel has only grown.

3/13/24 AILA Doc. No. 24031300. Asylum, Expedited Removal, Removal & Relief
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director Responds to Release of President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the release of the FY2025 budget from the Biden Administration, noting that in addition to what is included, “more funds could and should also be directed to improve the entire immigration system.”

3/11/24 AILA Doc. No. 24031105.
Immigration News

GMS E-Bulletin, March 2024

The March 2024 GMS E-Bulletin presents a regional spotlight highlighting the East Asia region.

3/6/24 AILA Doc. No. 24041176. Global Migration
AILA Blog

Think Immigration: Customer Service Chronicles: Tracking USCIS’s Implementation of AILA’s 2021 Recommendations

AILA’s Paul Stern and Jonathan Valdez share insights into the new policy brief they developed to track the status of AILA’s 2021 recommendations for the Biden Administration to improve USCIS customer service, the impact on members and their clients, and the work remaining to be done.

3/5/24 AILA Doc. No. 24030504.
AILA Blog

Think Immigration: Magic Mushrooms and Psychedelics are Still a Bad Trip for U.S. Immigration Purposes

AILA member W. Scott Railton discusses the potential consequences of possession or use of “magic mushrooms” for foreign nationals, writing that “Magic mushrooms and psychedelics are moving to the mainstream in some places, but the immigration laws are unlikely to catch up any time soon.”

2/29/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022806.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Releases New Edition of Immigration and Crimes Resource

AILA proudly releases the 10th edition of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity; AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson noted the resource is “packed full of analysis” and is “vital for anyone whose practice touches on the intersection of immigration and criminal law.”

2/27/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022700.
AILA Blog

Think Immigration: Add that to the Tab – Rising Costs to Tour the United States

The new fee schedule, taking effect April 1, 2024, will have an impact on visas and applications, including those for musicians and artists as Anthony Pawelski shares in this blog post for Think Immigration in which he highlights concerns about the chilling effect higher fees may have.

2/27/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022703.
AILA Blog

Think Immigration: The New Beneficiary-Centric H-1B Registration Process – Good News for Employees, Mixed Bag for Employers

AILA Supervisory Policy and Practice Counsel Michael Turansick breaks down the new H-1B visa registration process which has been significantly updated as USCIS tries to ensure the integrity of the system and a level playing field.

2/22/24 AILA Doc. No. 24022203. Business Immigration, H-1B & H-1B1 Specialty Occupation
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

House Republicans Vote to Impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary

AILA’s Ben Johnson and the American Immigration Council’s Jeremy Robbins responded to the vote held February 13, in which House Republicans voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by a vote of 214-213 following a failed attempt last week.

2/13/24 AILA Doc. No. 24021431.
AILA Blog

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

AILA member Maurice “Mo“ Goldman shares insights into why it feels the country is moving away from valuing its history as a “nation of immigrants“ and emphasizes the need for immigration attorneys and their clients to share their stories and shift the narrative.

AILA Blog

25 Years Ago the State Department Recognized How Visa Consul and Immigration Counsel Can Work Together in the Visa Application Process

AILA member Liam Schwartz reflects on Department of State cable 99 State 21138 which was spearheaded by the late Stephen K. Fischel; the cable highlights the importance to the visa application process of the working relationship between consular officers and immigration attorneys.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Committee Shares Open Letter Regarding Efforts to Impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

As the House Republican majority moves forward with their efforts to impeach the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the Executive Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) shared the following open letter.

2/5/24 AILA Doc. No. 24020507.
AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Executive Director Responds to Release of Bipartisan Senate Bill

AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson responded to the newly released bill text from the bipartisan group of Senators negotiating the “Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024.”

AILA Doc. No. 24020432. Admissions & Border, Asylum, Removal & Relief
AILA Announcements, AILA Blog

The Mandatory Detention of Unlawful Entrants Seeking Asylum in the United States and the Due Process Protection

AILA Law Journal author Jim Nzoguma Mayua shares more about his article in the Fall 2023 edition of the journal, in which he discusses the legal uncertainty stemming from Supreme Court rulings denying asylum seekers due process protection.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Responds to New Biden Administration Rules on Fees and H-1B Registration Process

AILA responded to the advance copies shared publicly by the Biden Administration regarding U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees and a revised H-1B visa registration process with insights from President Farshad Owji and Dir of Gov’t Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

Ninth Edition of AILA’s Invaluable Asylum Primer Released

Ben Johnson on the 9th edition of AILA’s Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure by Dree K. Collopy: “This book will help practitioners, those new to the area of practice as well as long-time asylum attorneys, do the best job possible for their vulnerable clients.”

1/29/24 AILA Doc. No. 24012903. Asylum
AILA Blog

Is Chevron Dead? Thoughts after Oral Arguments in Relentless, Inc. and Loper Bright Enterprises

Brian Green and Stephen Yale-Loehr describe the recent oral arguments in two SCOTUS cases which could dramatically affect federal agency review; it is yet unclear whether the decisions will hurt or help immigrants when challenging ambiguous agency decisions or interpretations.

AILA Blog

A Bridge We Can All Cross

AILA members César Magaña Linares and Raquel Fernández—a Salvadoran Dreamer with TPS and a second generation Venezuelan American—call for intra-immigrant solidarity.

AILA Blog

SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments on Notice Requirements (Again)

In this blog post, AILA Policy and Practice Counsel Manolasya Perepa describes the recent SCOTUS consolidated oral arguments in Campos-Chavez v. Garland and Garland v. Singh and notes that “issues of improper notice pervade multiple aspects of the immigration system.“

AILA Blog

How the “Internal Enemy” Label Forces Venezuelans to Flee Their Country

AILA Law Journal authors Emercio José Aponte and Andrea Paola Aponte share more about their article in which they discuss how the current authoritarian regime in Venezuela has been violating citizens' human rights and what that means for claims of asylum.

1/19/24 Asylum