Featured Issue: Assist Individuals Impacted by the Conflict in the Middle East

11/14/23 AILA Doc. No. 23111304. Admissions & Border, Consular Processing

As the conflict in the Middle East continues, AILA provides these resources for practitioners and urges immediate action by the Biden Administration and Congress to protect people impacted by the conflict, including those living in the affected regions and people in the United States.

  • Action Alert – share AILA’s alert urging Biden to act with your networks.
  • AILA Letter to President Biden with actions DHS, DOS, and other agencies should take now.
  • Practice Pointer from AILA’s DOS Liaison Committee on assisting clients and others impacted.
  • AILA Statements on hate violence, discrimination, and the need to protect those in harm’s way.
  • AILA endorsed a bicameral Congressional letter urging TPS and DED for Palestinian Territories.

Take Action: Urge the Biden Administration to Ensure Safety and Protection for People Impacted by the Middle East Conflict

Urge President Biden to extend protection and designate TPS and DED for the Palestinian territories and other affected regions and ensure that individuals impacted by the conflict can avail themselves of every legal pathway and protection as expeditiously as possible. Take action today!
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FR Regulations & Notices

USCIS Issues Notice of Implementation of Employment Authorization for Individuals Covered by DED for Certain Palestinians

USCIS issued a notice of employment authorization for individuals covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for certain Palestinians, with this notice beginning on February 14, 2024, and ending on August 13, 2025. (89 FR 26167, 4/15/24)

AILA Public Statements

AILA President Welcomes Announcement of Deferred Enforced Departure for Palestinians

AILA President Farshad Owji responded to the Biden Administration’s announcement of the implementation of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinians, and relief for Palestinian students, in the U.S. for an 18-month period.

Agency Memos & Announcements, FR Regulations & Notices

White House Issues Memo on Deferred Enforced Departure for Certain Palestinians

President Biden issued a determination on 2/14/24 announcing that the United States will defer for 18 months the removal of any Palestinian subject to the conditions and exceptions provided. (89 FR 12743, 2/20/24)

Practice Resources

Practice Alert: Notes from USCIS Listening Sessions on Issues Relating to Israel and Palestine

AILA summary of key takeaways from two listening sessions USCIS conducted on January 17, 2024, on a range of issues relating to the Middle East conflict.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Deeply Troubled by Hate and Violence, Calls for Protections and Positive Change

AILA issued a statement regarding its deep concern at the rise in hate and violence, urging immediate action to ensure the protection and safety of those who are impacted by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and calling on Americans to “focus on our common humanity, not our differences.”

11/10/23 AILA Doc. No. 23111035.
AILA Public Statements, Correspondence

Recommendations on Protecting Individuals Impacted by the Middle East Conflict

AILA urged the Administration to take immediate comprehensive action to ensure the safety and security of all people impacted by the conflict in the Middle East and must take affirmative steps to ensure that individuals are not forced to return to danger in the middle of the conflict.

Practice Resources

Practice Pointer: Resources for U.S. Citizens and Consular Updates for NIV/IV Processing Impacted by the Conflict in the Middle East

AILA’s Department of State (DOS) Liaison Committee provides a resource to help understand the current state of consular operations and U.S. Citizen Services for individuals impacted by the current crisis in the Middle East.

11/9/23 AILA Doc. No. 23101700. Consular Processing
Congressional Updates

Congressional Leaders Urge Designation of Palestinian Territories for TPS and/or DED

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 105 colleagues sent a letter to the Biden Administration to designate the Palestinian territories for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and/or authorize Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinians present in the United States.

AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

AILA Calls on Biden Administration to Help Those Displaced By Recent Violence in Middle East

AILA calls on the Biden Administration to move immediately to support the safety of all people affected by the recent violence in the Middle East, urging among other things, “deferred action, humanitarian parole, or Temporary Protected Status for those already in the United States.”

10/10/23 AILA Doc. No. 23110703.