CBS News reports on how the shutdown is affecting immigration courts across the country. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, “Every day the shutdown continues, the immigration court backlog gets worse and people’s lives are unfairly held in the balance.”
USA Today reports on how the shutdown is impacting security and immigration controls. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said that one by one, he’s watched as his clients’ long-awaited hearings have been canceled due to the shutdown.
The Washington Post reports on federal courts striking down many Trump administration efforts to remake the immigration system. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “President Trump has rolled out unlawful and unconstitutional policies so frequently that it becomes the norm.”
CNN reports on the shutdown’s impact on the immigration court backlog. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch noted that “as soon as the court reopens,” a case that was cancelled due to the shutdown “won’t be put on the calendar until there’s a date available, likely two to three years.”
CBS News reports that nearly 43,000 immigration court hearings have already been cancelled due to the shutdown. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney, AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Ruby Powers, and former AILA South Florida Chapter Chair Sui Chung explain the impact of these cancellations.
The Miami Herald reports on how the government shutdown is affecting immigration courts. Tammy Fox-Isikoff of AILA’s Board of Governors and AILA South Florida Chapter Secretary Karla Lammers share about the situation on the ground at Miami immigration court and Krome Detention Center.
CBS News reports on how the government shutdown has led to postponed hearings in long-delayed immigration court cases. Sui Chung, former President of AILA’s South Florida Chapter said, “Everyone’s on edge…It’s mentally, emotionally, and financially disruptive to everyone involved.”
The Associated Press reports on the administration’s plans to change the H-1B program. Regarding a proposal to prioritize visas for individuals with advanced degrees, AILA cautioned that using an advanced degree as a sole method of determining the value of a worker could hurt some industries.
Yahoo News reports on the administration’s immigration-related funding requests. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The administration has continued to increase use of detention in thousands of cases, when it has been demonstrated that detention is not necessary.”
WNYC features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the lapse in appropriations is affecting U.S. immigration courts, migrants with cases in the immigration courts, and immigration attorneys.
The ABA Journal interviews immigration law experts on what’s to come in 2019. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish discusses what the Democratic majority in the House will likely prioritize, as well as regulatory and policy changes expected from the Trump administration.
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt told Roll Call that the shutdown “will undoubtedly make the immigration court backlog worse.” AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr said this means the courts “are going to be looking to hit numbers rather than administer justice.”
NPR interviews AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney about how the government shutdown is impacting immigration courts. “The situation was already dire, and now this shutdown is just making it all the worse,” said Mr. McKinney.
CNN reports that the government shutdown is interfering with U.S. immigration enforcement. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said, “It’s a lose-lose for the government and our clients,” who will now face “the anxiety and the uncertainty of potential deportation” for even longer.
CBS News reports on how the government shutdown is impacting the immigration court backlog. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt noted that “holding the government hostage for a border wall” won’t make the country safer, “but it will make the immigration courts worse.”
The Wall Street Journal reports on new National Detention Standards (NDS) proposed by ICE that were made available to AILA and other organizations for feedback, as well as the comments that AILA submitted to ICE in response to the proposed revisions.
Law360 reports on a federal court overturning a policy barring asylum claims based on domestic or gang violence. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the ruling cements that the attorney general doesn’t have the authority “rewrite asylum law.”
The Guardian reports on the impact the proposed public charge rule is having in immigrant communities. Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee said, “The fear is quite great, and I’ve heard of many saying they’re terminating their benefits.”
CBS News reports that a Yemeni woman who was denied entry to the United States under the travel ban has been granted a waiver so she can enter the country to say goodbye to her dying son. According to AILA, the travel ban allows for waiver applications for undue hardship if entry is denied.
CBS News reports that a woman who was teargassed with her children at the border has been allowed into the United States to apply for asylum. AILA confirmed that she and her family as well as eight unaccompanied children were admitted near San Diego.
The Associated Press reports on a suit filed by AILA and others over ICE detainees’ access to counsel at four California detention centers. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said similar problems exist elsewhere, but are “particularly serious” at these facilities.
The LA Times reports on CBP data showing an increase in asylum claims during FY2018. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “We are at an all-time high of resources being devoted to the border…For us not to be able to afford to process people at the border is laughable.”
NBC News reports that many of the members of the migrant caravan who DHS claims are criminals have only ever been charged with illegal entry. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “Many people who cross the border between ports of entry have valid asylum claims.”
The Mercury News reports on the proposed H-1B rule change. In 2011, AILA stated that a similar registration requirement proposal would create “a flood of unnecessary or unqualified registrations, potentially numbering in the thousands, that will ultimately be abandoned or denied.”
CBS reports on Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker certifying Matter of L-E-A-. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, “These types of certifications basically allow the AG or acting AG to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with little to no oversight.”
AZCentral.com reports on prospects for immigration reform in Congress. Past AILA President David Leopold said, “I would be very surprised if there were any positive changes in the asylum law in this lame-duck Congress,” adding that Democrats may take on the issue in the House in January.
AZFamily.com reports on local churches who are supporting asylum-seeking families. Ruben Reyes, of the AILA Board of Governors, explained that many of the families will likely wait years to find out if they will be granted asylum because of the asylum backlog.
The Washington Post reports on Baltimore’s lawsuit challenging changes to public charge provisions in the DOS Foreign Affairs Manual. AILA says it has seen a surge since April in denials of visa applications on public-charge grounds at the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Mexico.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on decisions issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In a filing in a case that Sessions had referred to himself, AILA questioned whether acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has authority to handle the case.
The Tucson Sentinel reports on an injunction blocking the ban on certain individuals applying for asylum. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson stated, “The separation of powers delineated in our Constitution is not an annoyance the Trump administration can push aside when it gets in the way.”
The Dallas Morning News features an editorial on the administration’s attacks on legal immigration, including asylum. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said the Central American gangs asylum seekers are fleeing are “as violent and in control of an area as al-Qaeda is in the Middle East.”
Bloomberg reports that USCIS is denying H-1B visas to former international students. According to AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear, “There’s definitely been a laser-like focus on F-1 students changing status to H-1B” after they graduate.
The Daily Beast reports ICE agents posed as local police to arrest a DACA beneficiary. Heather Prendergast of AILA’s Board said this practice is becoming “more brazen.” ICE has since denied him his medication in detention. Past AILA President David Leopold said this violates ICE’s own policy.
Yahoo News reports on the president’s proclamation on asylum and a lawsuit filed that challenges its legality. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said, “It’s not hyperbole to say that [the proclamation] will put the lives of vulnerable asylum seekers at risk.”
Law360 reports on a proposed rule to allow employers to satisfy the American worker recruitment requirement for H-2A and H-2B visas using online job postings. The notices of the proposed rule cite comments submitted by AILA in 2015 that advocated for a switch to online recruitment.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the 1898 Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark. Past AILA President William Stock explained, “The case set a bright-line rule: When you’re born here, you’re part of us.”
The Nation reports on how Jeff Sessions changed asylum policies by issuing his own decisions. In one case, AILA and others argued that decades of case law affirmed domestic violence victims’ eligibility for asylum; nevertheless, Sessions held that they would generally not qualify.
Buzzfeed News reports on how the former attorney general shaped immigration policy. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said Jeff Sessions oversaw “dramatic changes” that “undermined the integrity of the immigration court system and the independence of judges.”
The Marshall Project reports on how Jeff Sessions changed immigration policy. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The aggressive nature of his actions infringing on the independence of the courts has made the need for a new court system even more urgent.”
The Los Angeles Times reports on President Trump’s plans to stop asylum seekers from entering the country. Lindsay Harris, Vice Chair of the AILA Asylum and Refugee Committee, noted that most families seeking asylum do attend their court hearings, contrary to the president’s claim.
The Associated Press reports on the president’s speech about his plans for responding to migrant caravans. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the president is “trying to scare the American public” in a “classic strategy that goes back to 19th century nativist thinking.”
Newsweek reports on the president’s speech about the border, migrant caravans, and his plans to restrict who can apply for asylum. “The law and our treaties have been very clear,” said AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson, “You don’t send people back to be tortured or killed.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on ICE detaining immigrants in a privately operated prison near Atlanta after the city’s mayor banned ICE from holding detainees in Atlanta’s jail, with insights from AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Chair Eli Echols, who advised the mayor on the issue.
Business Insider reports on the president’s announced plans to end birthright citizenship by executive order. Matthew Kolken of AILA’s Board of Governors said, “there might be nine separate opinions explaining why Trump can’t do that” if such an executive order went before the Supreme Court.
IRIN reports on the Trump administration restricting people’s ability to file asylum claims. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said that “turnbacks” of asylum seekers at the border are part of the policies and practices that appear “aimed at shutting out asylum seekers from the United States.”
The Denver Post reports on a chickenpox outbreak at an Aurora, CO, immigrant detention center. In June 2018, AILA and the American Immigration Council filed a complaint demanding an investigation into “woefully inadequate medical and mental health care,” at the same facility.
The Atlantic reports on attacks on judicial independence at EOIR. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said the Attorney General’s September comments to immigration judges would be normal if made to attorneys to “set prosecutorial policy,” but “that doesn’t translate to immigration judges.”
Fox News reports on the E-Verify system and proposals to mandate its use for all employers. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr said heightened policing of law-abiding immigrants “does not solve the problem.”
Buzzfeed reports on a 2017 ICE OPLA memo. AILA Past President David Leopold explained that it “all but forb[ade] ICE prosecutors from using their commons sense or showing any compassion.” AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said attorneys now rarely see immigrants granted reprieves.
Law360 reports on the new trade deal reached between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Former AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker said the new deal largely represents a continuation of the status quo for TN visas, but noted, “We’re worried what may happen in the future procedurally.”
NBC News reports on nationwide delays in processing times for marriage-based green cards. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the administration’s policy changes are responsible, explaining, “You’ve got hundreds of thousands of more people coming through the immigration offices.”
The New York Times reports on a DHS OIG report that found USCIS failed to effectively screen the civil surgeons who examine immigrants seeking green cards. Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee, called the report’s findings “very troubling and frightening.”
Axios reports on the Trump administration’s proposed rule on inadmissibility for public charge grounds. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd explained that the proposed rule would “endanger the well-being of families throughout the nation while placing all too many of them at risk of separation.”
The Washington Post shares the story of the Reverend David Boase, who likely would not be facing deportation if it weren’t for a new USCIS policy that, in a July 2018 policy brief, AILA warned would “tie the hands of officials and eviscerate the concept of prosecutorial discretion.”
ABA Journal reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) ruling forbidding IJs from dismissing cases as an act of judicial discretion. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the AG’s actions show that “an immigration court system housed under [DOJ] cannot be one that guarantees due process.”
Bloomberg Law reports on the expected release of several regulations affecting businesses that employ foreign workers. AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence called USCIS’s regulatory agenda “very ambitious,” particularly for employment-based immigration programs.
A Las Vegas Sun editorial criticizes recent DOJ actions that undermine immigration judges’ independence. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained the administration’s true goal with these actions is to “transform [EOIR] into a deportation machine.”
A Dallas Morning News editorial calls for due process to not be sacrificed for expediency in immigration court. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson explained that recent DOJ actions will both undermine judicial independence and worsen the immigration courts’ “backlog and dysfunction.”
The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for for taking immigration courts out of the Justice Department, citing AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson, who explained that by undermining judicial independence in immigration courts, “Jeff Sessions gets to be the Supreme Court of immigration.”
HuffPost reports on recent policy changes at EOIR. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said the changes show the immigration court system can be manipulated too easily, adding, “We really can’t have a neutral arbiter until its is taken out of the Department of Justice.”
Bloomberg reports that hundreds of thousands of immigrants may lose their temporary work visas while waiting for green cards. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said, “a whole puzzle with multiple pieces” created the situation, including a decades-long backlog and new USCIS policies.
The Hill reports on the Attorney General placing new limits on immigration judges' ability to dismiss cases. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called the move part of an effort to "undermine judicial independence and minimize the role of judges in immigration court."
The New York Times reports on undocumented immigrants affected by Hurricane Florence who fear seeking help or evacuating to shelters. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney, said last-minute assurances from authorities made little difference because “they’ve already created this climate of distrust.”
BuzzFeed reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the decision was “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
Reuters reports on the Attorney General’s (AG) decision in Matter of S-O-G- & F-D-B-. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt called it part of “a concerted effort by the AG to undermine judicial independence and to minimize the role of judges in immigration court.”
CNN reports on two decisions recently issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson called them “part of a systematic effort to marginalize the role of immigration judges in their own courtrooms.”
Law360 reports on the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “Stripping away these fundamental humanitarian protections will only benefit private prisons and waste billions in taxpayer money.”
Mother Jones reports on actions taken by the Attorney General (AG) that are undermining judicial independence and severely limiting migrants’ due process rights. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the AG is “tak[ing] advantage of the structural flaws in our immigration court system.”
The Nation reports on the 700 families who remain separated despite a court ordering they be reunified and AILA and the American Immigration Council’s complaint regarding DHS’s “pervasive, and illegal, practice” of coercing parents into signing documents they may not have understood.
Forbes interviews former AILA President William Stock about USCIS extending and expanding its suspension of premium processing for certain H-1B petitions. Mr. Stock said, “USCIS just reduced substantially the number of H-1B petitions eligible for premium processing for the next five months.”
Quartz reports on how the administration is changing U.S. immigration policy and the concrete impacts of those changes. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explained that, among other impacts, “there’s not enough workers to fill jobs that desperately need to be filled.”
The Telegraph reports on Britons having difficulty obtaining U.S. visas. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick, the administration is building an invisible wall against legal immigration through a myriad of policies and procedures.”
Yahoo News reports that changes to the public charge rule may especially disadvantage black immigrants. AILA Second Vice President Allen Orr noted, “The U.S. is not welcoming to immigrants in general. So anything that happens to the general population is exacerbated for people of color.”
CNN reports on the slow progress in reunifying families separated at the border and allegations that the government illegally coerced parents into signing away rights. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said children were held “hostage in order to sabotage their right to seek asylum.”
NPR reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. One mother gave testimony that when she asked an official what she was being asked to sign, he hid it and said she wouldn’t speak to her daughters again unless she signed it.
BuzzFeed reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Katie Shepherd of the Immigration Justice Campaign said the “coercive environment created by government officials really started at the moment these families entered U.S. soil.”
Slate reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said DHS’s actions amounted to separating children and “hold[ing] them hostage in order to sabotage their right to apply for asylum.”
Vice News reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council regarding DHS officials coercing separated parents. Many parents interviewed for the complaint said they could not concentrate during credible fear interviews as they were pleading for information on their children.
The Associated Press reports on a complaint filed by AILA and the Council detailing a pervasive practice of DHS officials coercing parents to sign documents they didn’t understand. Attorneys spoke to 76 parents who were asked to sign forms affecting their right to reunify with their children.
The Atlantic reports on the challenges unaccompanied migrant children face in securing a lawyer, with insights from AILA members. The challenges are greater in California’s Central Valley than in the state’s coastal cities, with only 28 AILA members listed within a 50-mile radius of Fresno.
Houston Public Media reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of L-A-B-R-. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The Attorney General has tightened the vise on immigration judges even further by interfering with an important case management tool.”
In an op-ed in The Hill, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd writes about Matter of Castro-Tum and the “8,000 cases this fiscal year that immigration judges had temporarily removed from the court docket” through administrative closure that ICE now seeks to reopen.
The Hill features an op-ed by AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen. He writes, “The Trump administration is closing our nation to asylum seekers, blocking them from humanitarian protection and endangering their lives,” and calls for an independent Article I immigration court.
The Texas Tribune reports on the immigration court system. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “The structural problems with our immigration court system being housed within the DOJ have been longstanding,” but administration policies have made them “all the more stark.”
The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts to reduce legal immigration. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said, “Brick by brick the administration actually is making it more difficult for higher-skilled individuals to come to work in the United States.”
The Washington Post reports on NAIJ’s labor grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “We’re very concerned the immigration judges are simply being turned into law enforcement officers.”
HuffPost reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch expressed concern that the recent removal of a high-profile case from a judge’s docket is “a slippery slope of where the agency’s heading.”
The Hill reports on the National Association of Immigration Judges’ (NAIJ) grievance against EOIR and DOJ. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “The decisions and behavior by the attorney general have shone a spotlight on the fundamental flaws of the system as it exists now.”
The Texas Tribune reports on the Trump administration’s rollback of its zero tolerance policy. According to AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch, “The procedures that we’re seeing at the border are those that were previously conducted, prior to the announcement of zero tolerance.”
Bloomberg Law reports on changes in consular interviews for those seeking L-1 visas. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the increased scrutiny at consular interviews has been a "big shift for a lot of Europeans," who were accustomed to just getting their passports stamped at the consulate.
USA Today reports on Congress’ review of the administration’s family separation policy. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said that Congress needs to put aside its long history of inaction and get to work.
The Washington Times reports on the Trump administration’s claim that it met a court-ordered deadline for reuniting immigrant families. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The government’s conduct calls into question whether any of these parents understood what they were agreeing to.”
Mother Jones reports that the House Appropriations Committee voted across party lines to block DHS from using funds to implement the attorney general’s decision in Matter of A-B-. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called the committee vote “a significant step.”
Daily Mail reports that ICE has tripled its worksite investigations. Allen Orr is quoted, “This is just another political ploy by the administration… at a time when they should be using their resources to reunite these families that were separated at the border.”
NBC News reports on efforts to reunify migrant families, Ben Johnson is quoted, “Under the best of circumstances, the immigration detention system is often rigged against people who face deportation… These are not the best of circumstances."
The Hill reports on USCIS efforts to curb legal immigration, including recent memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The memos are really, layer by layer, going after people who are in line doing the right things.”
CBS News reports on recently released USCIS policy memos on issuance of NTAs and issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “The big picture here is they’re attacking legal immigration.”
Bloomberg reports on how USCIS’s new guidance on issuance of certain RFEs and NOIDs could affect adjudication of H-1B applications. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said the new policy could mean applicants will no longer have a chance to explain minor errors in their applications.
Mother Jones reports on recent policy changes that will push more legal immigrants into deportation proceedings, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen, AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish, and AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear.
CNN reports on USCIS’s recent policy memo that gives adjudicators greater discretion to reject applications without first issuing an RFE or NOID. Former AILA President William Stock noted that the memo returns USCIS to a “culture of ‘no.’”
WGBH tells the story of how the studies and travel of a Northeastern University student from Syria have been affected President Trump’s travel ban. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear described the advise she and other attorneys are offering to individuals affected by the ban.
CNN reports that Matter of A-B- is causing unprecedented numbers of credible fear interview denials. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen and former AILA President David Leopold offer insight on whether USCIS guidance for applying the decision could be challenged in court.
The Texas Tribune reports on new DHS asylum guidance. Laura Lynch, Senior Policy Counsel at AILA, explained how the credible fear screening and asylum process has worked until now, stating that the new guidance “is effectively shutting off access to asylum in the U.S.”
USA Today reports on new DHS guidance on asylum. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said, “the administration has turned U.S. asylum law on its head” and that the guidance “incorrectly instructs asylum officers to deny domestic violence and gang-related claims as a matter of course.”
HuffPost reports on new guidance issued by USCIS on asylum. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said USCIS is “effectively pre-judging domestic violence and gang cases,” adding, “this means a possible death sentence for those who fled from violence and persecution.”
The Texas Tribune reports on Trump administration efforts to narrow who can qualify for asylum. Dree Collopy, Chair of AILA’s Asylum and Refugee Committee, said, “The opportunity to seek protection in this country is becoming less and less realistic.”
Bloomberg Law reports on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, and his positions on immigration, with insight from former AILA President David Leopold on longstanding positions of the Supreme Court that relate to immigration and executive power.
Bloomberg Law reports on USCIS’s update to its Notice to Appear (NTA) policy. AILA President Anastasio Tonello said the new policy could “discourage businesses from sponsoring employees” and Matthew Kolken of AILA’s Board of Governors discussed how the policy could play out.
Slate provides an explainer on the roles that ICE and CBP play in enforcing immigration laws in the United States. Kate Voigt, Associate Director of Government Relations at AILA, contributed to the article.
Time reports that student interest in immigration law has increased at many schools in recent years, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association says its student membership has doubled in the past 18 months.
Newsday reports on the Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s travel ban. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said attorneys must “dig deeper into this waiver process,” since the majority of waiver applications “should be granted because these individuals pose no threat to our country.”
The Wall Street Journal reports on the asylum process in the United States. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the Attorney General’s recent decision in Matter of A-B- may not have an immediate impact on pending asylum cases because it “did not change the test for asylum.”
Huffpost reports on President Trump’s tweets calling for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum seekers without due process of law. AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney said the tweets “further expose this administration’s lack of interest in democratic norms.”
Talking Points Memo reports on President Trump’s call for immediate deportation of immigrants and asylum, “with no Judges or Court Cases.” AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explained that the right to due process “extends to every person in the United States, irrespective of immigration status.”
TIME reports on alternatives to family detention, such as GPS tracking and home visits while a family’s case makes its way through the legal system, and cites an AILA fact sheet about the effectiveness and benefits of alternatives to detention.
The Guardian reports on concerns that Trump’s Executive Order won’t stop family separations. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney explains the Executive Order “provides wiggle room for the administration” to continue separating families.
NBC investigates the veracity of DHS’s claim that traffickers pose as families to avoid arrest. AILA Past President Annaluisa Padilla explained that children apprehended at the border frequently are traveling with a relative who has “been acting as a de-facto parent.”
AILA and its members have been speaking out against the Trump administration’s policy of separating parents and children. Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of AILA and the volunteers from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
San Francisco Chronicle reports on yesterday’s decision issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that narrowed criteria for asylum seekers. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney said Sessions had “inappropriately prejudged probably most of the asylum claims that are pending in our courts.”
NBC interviews AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about the large numbers of children stuck in border stations after being forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. southern border.
NBC reports that migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border are spending extended periods in short-term border facilities as officials run out of space to house them, a situation AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called “highly inappropriate” and “unsafe.”
Los Angeles Times reports on the growing numbers of migrant children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said HHS’s “workload has grown significantly” and criticized plans to house migrant children on military bases.
The Arizona Republic reports on ICE’s plans to increase deportations of family units with final orders of removal, with insight from AILA President Benjamin Johnson about why some of these families facing removal may have never had the “day in court” that ICE claims they have had.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the U.S. immigration court system’s backlog increasing 25 percent since President Trump took office, with insights on the situation from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
HuffPost reports on AG Sessions’ decision holding immigration judges don’t have authority to administratively close cases, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney calling it “the epitome of bad docketing practice” to allow cases that could be resolved other agencies to “sit and linger.”
The New York Times reports on the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of Castro-Tum regarding administrative closures, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson about how the move undermines judicial independence and due process.
Vox reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has referred an unprecedented number of BIA cases to himself for review, with commentary from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt and AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
AZ Republic reports on the Attorney General’s plan to separate family units who cross the border without authorization and prosecute the parents. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson called the plan the administration’s “latest push” to “undermine America’s asylum system.”
Texas Monthly reports on DOJ and DHS’s plans to prosecute all cases of illegal entry and forcibly separate families. Given illegal entries are at a 40-year low, AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney called the policy “yet another solution in search of a problem.”
Government Executive reports on DOJ’s plans to use case completion quotas when evaluating immigration judges’ job performance, which appears to contradict recommendations made in a 2017 report that was commissioned by the Immigration Review office and obtained by AILA through a FOIA request.
Southern California’s KPCC features a segment on DOJ’s failure to implement recommendations to improve the immigration court system that were part of an independent study that the agency commissioned and that AILA and the American Immigration Council obtained through a FOIA request.
Texas Monthly reports on EOIR closing its Legal Orientation Program (LOP) and implementing numeric quotas on immigration judges, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining that the administration’s actions are part of an effort to turn the immigration courts into “a deportation machine.”
The Texas Tribune reports on the president’s plans to send additional officials to the border in response to the arrival of an annual caravan of Central American migrants, with AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson’s providing insight on what kind of impact the extra resources will have.
CNN reports on a study about the immigration courts that was commissioned by EOIR and obtained through a FOIA request made by AILA and the American Immigration Council, noting AILA’s concerns over “recommendations that seemed ignored or on which opposite action was taken” by EOIR.
CNBC reports that Indian IT companies that operate in the U.S. are hiring fewer H-1B workers, a trend AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson says isn’t surprising given that “unpredictable” new policies and regulations have created an “invisible wall” on lawful immigration.
Politico reports on actions taken by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit the ability of victims of domestic abuse to receive asylum or other forms of relief from deportation, with commentary from AILA.
A segment on Atlanta’s WABE discusses DOJ’s new case completion quota for immigration judges, featuring commentary from Tracie Klinke, Chair of AILA’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter, about how the measure will impact due process.
Mother Jones reports on DOJ’s new case quotas for immigration judges and its likely impact, with analysis from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and Immigration Justice Campaign Director Karen Lucas.
In this Bloomberg Politics article, immigration judges and immigration lawyers respond to DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for judges in immigration court, with AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney commenting, “Everything’s about speed. They’re converting the court into a deportation machine.”
The Daily Beast reports on immigrant advocates’ concerns about DOJ’s plan to evaluate immigration judges using case completion quotas, with AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explaining the plan pressures judges to rush cases, undermining due process.
The Associated Press reports on DOJ’s plan to implement case quotas for immigration judges. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch told the AP that numerical goals for judges undermines the core judicial principle of “a fair day in court.”
The Houston Chronicle reports on changes made by the Trump administration to restrict who can qualify for asylum, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney about the Attorney General’s use of his authority to refer BIA cases to himself.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports on ICE’s policy directive ending presumption of release for all pregnant detainees, with commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla, who called the policy “an egregious human rights offense.”
Bloomberg BNA reports on AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Betsy Lawrence, AILA USCIS National Benefits Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen, and AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Sandra Feist.
The Military Times shares the story of Navy Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Juan Quiroz, who is preparing for an at-sea deployment while also worrying that his wife could be deported. Martin Lester of AILA’s Military Assistance Program explains how common this situation is in the U.S. military.
The Washington Times reports on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled by Republican and Democratic leadership and what it does and does not include, with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explaining its biggest problem is that it lacks a solution Dreamers.
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The Washington Post covers AILA’s report Deconstructing the Invisible Wall and the Trump administration policies that have restricted legal immigration to the United States. AILA First Vice President Marketa Lindt discusses the impact these policies are having on employers.
Bloomberg BNA reports on USCIS’s announcement that it will suspend premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions until September 10, 2018, with analysis from AILA Second Vice President Jennifer Minear and AILA USCIS HQ (Benefits Policy) Liaison Committee Chair Robert Cohen.
BuzzFeed News reports on CBP’s arrest of Perla Morales-Luna for alleged involvement in human smuggling, with insight from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney into DHS’s wide use of the smuggler accusation, which can be cause for deportation even in the absence of criminal charges.
Law360 features an article on the release of AILA’s report Cogs in the Deportation Machine, with additional commentary from AILA President Annaluisa Padilla and AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
Governing the States and Localities reports on DOJ’s lawsuit challenging three California laws related to immigration enforcement, with AILA Senior Legislative Associate Alyson Sincavage discussing how the outcome could impact other jurisdictions with similar laws.
HuffPost reports on the Attorney General’s referral of a BIA decision in a domestic violence-related asylum case to himself for review. AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney expresses concern that it’s an attempt to reverse “the hard-fought gains” made to protect domestic violence victims.
NPR reports on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ interventions in two immigration cases and the potential “big implications for people who come to the U.S. and seek asylum,” with AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney explaining what those implications could be.
Bloomberg Law reports on a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling that found a Jamaican national received ineffective counsel when his attorney failed to warn him that a guilty plea for marijuana possession could result in his deportation, with legal analysis from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney.
The Washington Post reports on the Attorney General referring a 2014 BIA decision to himself and vacating the original decision, thus eliminating the requirement that asylum seekers get a full hearing before an immigration judge, and AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney discusses the likely impact.
Vice News reports on the uncertainty facing DACA recipients, Congress’ inaction on the Dream Act, and court decisions that are currently enjoining President Trump’s DACA rescission, with commentary from AILA National Secretary Jeremy McKinney and AILA members Mo Goldman and Sarah Pierce.
Bloomberg Law reports on court decisions that have temporarily allowed the DACA program to continue beyond the March 5 end date set by President Trump and where the Dream Act stands in Congress, with insights from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on how the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari on the DACA case and the pending appeals in lower courts will extend the program beyond the deadline set by President Trump. Former AILA President William Stock warns that this is far from relief for Dreamers.
The Kansas City Star reports on the arrest and potential deportation of Bangladeshi national Syed Ahmed Jamal, who has lived and worked in academia in the Kansas City area for 30 years, with insights from AILA Secretary Jeremy McKinney and other AILA members.
CNN reports on a North Carolina man with significant health problems who is currently in detention facing deportation to the Republic of Congo, where his pastor says, “he will die.” AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen describes changing trends in immigration enforcement.
CNN covers the negotiations for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, reporting on concerns from lawmakers that Dreamers would later sponsor their parents for citizenship. Former AILA President William Stock explains that “nearly all” of Dreamers’ parents would be subject to the 10-year bar.
Ohio PBS features a discussion with Heather Prendergast, Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee, about how immigration enforcement has evolved in the past year, both nationwide and specifically in Northeast Ohio.
The New York Times answers questions about how ICE carries out enforcement actions and what happens after the agency arrests an individual, with comments from Jesse Lloyd, Vice Chair of AILA’s ICE Liaison Committee.
In this opinion piece, which first appeared in the Christian Post, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explains what the Trump administration’s plans for legal immigration would mean for American families and the economy.
The Daily Dot fact checks myths that are currently circulating about the family-based immigration system, with expert insights from AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish about how family immigration actually functions in the United States.
ABC News reports on Ricardo Querales, a Miami-based hairstylist and HIV-positive gay immigrant, who is facing deportation to Venezuela, with AILA Senior Policy Associate Laura Lynch explaining how deportation trends have changed under the Trump administration.
NBC News reports on the detention of a Kansas father of three who was previously protected under prosecutorial discretion, with insights on the complexities of immigration law and changing policy from Alma Rosa Nieto, Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee.
Mother Jones reports on Representative Bob Goodlatte’s Securing America’s Future Act, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the bill’s criminal provisions would affect Dreamers.
The San Antonio Express-News reports on DHS officials calling on Congress to reform the country’s asylum laws to close supposed “loopholes,” with commentary from former AILA President Laura Lichter on the importance of protections for asylum seekers.
The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s decision to prioritize interviews for asylum seekers who entered the United States most recently, with commentary from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen on the impact this will have on asylum seekers in the current interview backlog.
Reuters reports on USCIS’s announcement regarding changes in how affirmative asylum interviews are scheduled, with an explanation from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about how the new policy will leave asylum seekers currently waiting in the backlog “severely disadvantaged.”
The Associated Press reports on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security, noting that AILA and other organizations believe Trump’s proposed path to citizenship for only a portion of Dreamers “is not worth the formidable costs” of other elements of the proposal.
A team of reporters, researchers, and editors from CNN rates key statements from Trump’s first State of the Union Address as either true, true but misleading, or false, citing AILA to debunk the president’s false claims about the U.S. family-based immigration system.
The Washington Post reports on the reactions of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to the president’s latest immigration reform proposal, with analysis on the proposal’s content and prospects in Congress from AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on H-1B filing season and a bill introduced by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Flake (R-AZ) that would increase the number of available H-1B visas, with comments from former AILA President William Stock.
U.S. News reports on ICE’s recent series of raids at 7-Eleven stores across the nation and how employer-focused enforcement has changed over the years, with insight from former AILA President William Stock.
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