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AILA Policy Briefs

AILA Policy Brief: Facts About the State of Our Nation’s Immigration Courts

5/14/2019
AILA issued a policy brief in response to EOIR’s Myths vs. Fact memo that was disseminated on May 8, 2019. AILA explains that EOIR’s skewed portrayal only demonstrates the urgent need for Congress to create an independent court, separate from DOJ.
AILA Doc. No. 19051438

AILA Policy Brief: Seven Ways USCIS Is Defying the Will of Congress

2/25/2019
This policy brief examines seven ways in which USCIS is transforming from the immigration benefits service that Congress intended, into another DHS enforcement arm.
AILA Doc. No. 19022570

AILA’s Policy Brief: FOIA Reveals EOIR’s Failed Plan for Fixing the Immigration Court Backlog

2/21/2019
AILA issued a policy brief analyzing EOIR’s failed plan for reducing the immigration court case backlog. Contrary to EOIR’s stated goals, the agency’s “Strategic Caseload Reduction Plan” exacerbated the due process crisis in the immigration courts and in some instances, contributed to the backlog.
AILA Doc. No. 19021900

Policy Brief: “Remain in Mexico” Plan Sows Chaos, Puts Asylum Seekers at Risk

2/1/2019
This policy brief examines how the administration’s cruel and likely illegal “Remain in Mexico” policy will make it nearly impossible for asylum seekers to access the protections they are entitled to under the law and explores the solutions that the administration should implement instead.
AILA Doc. No. 18122112

AILA Policy Brief: USCIS Processing Delays Have Reached Crisis Levels Under the Trump Administration

1/30/2019
AILA’s analysis of USCIS data reveals crisis-level delays in its processing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits under the Trump administration. This brief examines how current USCIS policies lengthen the delays and what steps USCIS and Congress can take to remedy this crisis.
AILA Doc. No. 19012834

AILA Policy Brief: Trump Shutdown Bill Full of Extreme Restrictionist Provisions

1/24/2019
The “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act” bill should be rejected as representing hardline restrictionist views, rather than a genuine attempt at compromise. It would provide weak DACA and TPS protections, ramp up funding for enforcement, and all but eliminate asylum for certain minors.
AILA Doc. No. 19012241