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Article: Warren Seeks Info on DeVos Role in Foreign-Student Sting

Commonwealth Magazine reports that lawmakers requested information on the Education Department's role in ICE's creation of a fake university. Meanwhile, MIT sent a memo to faculty about upcoming ICE visits. An MIT spokeswoman said the school lists AILA's Know Your Rights flyer on its website.
AILA Doc. No. 2001760

Article (Op-Ed): Why We're Challenging Trump's Immigration Proclamation

The Oregonian features an op-ed by staff attorneys with the Innovation Law Lab about the lawsuit they filed with AILA, the Justice Action Center, and Sidley Austin LLP, with Latino Network as organizational plaintiff, to challenge the president's health insurance proclamation.
AILA Doc. No. 20011561

Article: "They Treated Me Like a Terrorist": The Vetted Iranians Deported on Arrival to the U.S.

The Guardian reports that a growing number of Iranians with valid student visas are being detained by CBP upon arrival at U.S. airports and sent back to Iran. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai said what is happening to Iranian students "definitely warrants an investigation."
AILA Doc. No. 20011560

Article: Boston Immigration Court Approved 58 Percent of Asylum Requests

Commonwealth Magazine reports that the asylum approval rate in Boston immigration court is much higher than in other jurisdictions. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai praised judges in Boston for their professionalism and diversity, which she said leads to fair decision-making.
AILA Doc. No. 20011462

Article: Immigration "Tent Courts" Aren't Allowing Full Access to the Public, Attorneys Say

BuzzFeed News reports on concerns about public access at tent courts on the border. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained, "Many immigrants are walking into these tent courts unrepresented … And there's no way to observe them."
AILA Doc. No. 20011461

Article: New Immigration Fees to Hit Businesses Hard

Forbes reports on USCIS's proposed fee increases, noting that they are unlikely to reduce processing times at the agency. AILA's analysis found that USCIS's own data show processing times increased by 91 percent between FY2014 and FY2018, at the same time that its budget rose by 30 percent.
AILA Doc. No. 20010860

Article: Immigrants in Mass. More Likely to Have Attorneys

Commonwealth reports that in Massachusetts, noncitizens in deportation proceedings are more likely to be represented by attorneys. According to AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai, many law clinics at universities in the area also provide access to legal representation.
AILA Doc. No. 20010760

Article: The Northwest Turns Up the Heat on ICE, Making It Harder to Arrest and Deport Immigrants

Herald Mail Media reports on how activists, attorneys, and politicians in the Pacific Northwest are gumming up ICE's enforcement machinery. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis explains that Washington state's local politics are "diametrically opposed to the national policy of enforcement."
AILA Doc. No. 20010660

Article: Five Workplace Immigration Developments to Watch in 2020

Bloomberg reports on upcoming changes to employment-based immigration programs. Regarding the new H-1B electronic registration process, AILA's immediate past president, Anastasia Tonello, said, "It seems that this will encourage the nameless, faceless, applicant getting a better shot."
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Article: Bureaucracy as a Weapon: How the Trump Administration Is Slowing Asylum Cases

The Guardian reports USCIS is returning asylum applications without processing them over very minor issues. According to AILA, such reports have grown more frequent since USCIS modified language on its website to say it wouldn't process asylum applications "if you leave any fields blank."
AILA Doc. No. 19122660

Article: Big Changes Coming to H-1B Visa Lottery

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the new registration process for the FY2021 H-1B cap season. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini explained, "The intent behind the rules is good … but people are rightly concerned that we don't know if it will work as predicted."
AILA Doc. No. 19121961

Article: The Employment Green Card Backlog Tops 800,000, Most of Them Indian. A Solution Is Elusive.

The Washington Post reports on the employment-based green card backlog and the bills in Congress to address it, citing the support of AILA and other organizations for the RELIEF Act.
AILA Doc. No. 19121862

Article: International Students Worry as a Popular Work Program Is Questioned

WGBH reports on recent efforts in Congress, the White House, and the courts to kill the optional practical training program. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini provides insight into the question before the court in a lawsuit challenging the program.
AILA Doc. No. 19121861

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Tent Courts at Border Raise Due-Process Concerns

The Wall Street Journal reports on the border tent courts where migrants subjected to the Remain in Mexico program have their cases heard via videoconferencing. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch explained, "It’s a system that’s designed in its entire structure to turn people away."
AILA Doc. No. 19121660

Article: Immigration Attorneys Urge Caution with New Marijuana Law

The Associated Press reports that as Illinois prepares to legalize recreational marijuana, legal experts are urging immigrants to exercise caution. Kathleen Vannucci of the AILA Chicago Chapter explained, "Unwary immigrants and noncitizens ... can sort of feel like this is a trap."
AILA Doc. No. 19121260

Article: Upcoming H-1B Registration Process Still Fraught with Concerns

Bloomberg Law reports that immigration attorneys continue to have concerns about a new electronic registration process being implemented for the FY2021 H-1B cap season. Past AILA President Anastasia Tonello provides insights into how the process may play out for the average employer.
AILA Doc. No. 19121162

Article: Medical Screenings Are the Latest U.S. Tactic to Discourage Asylum Seekers, Advocates Say

The Los Angeles Times reports that asylum seekers are having their hearings postponed and being sent back to wait longer in Mexico if they fail health screenings at tent courts on the border. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis explained, "The problem is it's all at CBP discretion."
AILA Doc. No. 19121060

Article (Subscription Req'd): U.S. Revamps Process for H-1B Visa Application

The Wall Street Journal reports USCIS announced a new application process for H-1B visas, prompting concerns from stakeholders. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini said, "People don’t have full faith in the government that this will work, until they've seen it work."
AILA Doc. No. 19120961

Article: More Immigration Judges to Be Assigned to Cases at Tent Facilities

CNN reports more immigration judges will begin conducting hearings over video conferencing at border tent courts, including judges assigned to a center that is closed to the public. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch expressed concerns that "hearings will be operating in secret."
AILA Doc. No. 19120662

Article: Undocumented Father of Sick Child Hopes for Deportation Protection

Newsy shares the story of an undocumented father who is seeking Medical Deferred Action. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai discusses the current state of Medical Deferred Action following the USCIS's reversal of its decision to stop processing requests for this form of relief.
AILA Doc. No. 19120660

Article: Ballroom Dancers Say Immigration Clampdown Hurting Business

The Associated Press reports that a tightening of visa application rules has stymied the ability of dance studio owners to hire foreign talent. In July, AILA President Marketa Lindt testified before Congress that USCIS's overall backlog of delayed cases exceeded 5.69 million this past fiscal year.
AILA Doc. No. 19120663

Article: Trump Has Built a Wall of Bureaucracy to Keep Out the Very Immigrants He Says He Wants

Mother Jones found that the administration has been denying H-1B visas at a record rate and that a record number of H-1B-related lawsuits have been filed against USCIS in the past two years. AILA has created a task force to train business-immigration attorneys on how to file H-1B lawsuits.
AILA Doc. No. 19120401

Article: Separated for 16 Months over Immigration Confusion, Geneva Couple Happy to Be Reunited; 'I Feel So, So Alive'

CBS Chicago reports a woman was stranded in Canada for over a year, but has been reunited with her husband in a Chicago suburb after suing the federal government. Administrative processing is an growing problem, prompting AILA to launch an initiative to try to resolve long-delayed cases.
AILA Doc. No. 19112061

Article: New Mexico Looks to Philippines Amid Teacher Shortage

The Farmington Daily Times reports on New Mexico schools hiring teachers from the Philippines to fill vacant positions. In the past, they came on H-1B visas, but with increased H-1B denials, many now use J-1 visas. FOIA litigation by AILA revealed a 32 percent denial rate for H-1Bs in 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19111863

Article: Immigration Courts' Video Evolution Stirs Due Process Fears

Law360 reports on the increased use of video teleconferencing in immigration court. AILA EOIR Committee Vice Chair Sarah Owings said that if the practice isn't reigned in, "I think that we will have people who do not get full and fair hearings in removal proceedings."
AILA Doc. No. 19111861

Article: Homeland Security Proposes Tougher Work Permit Rules for Asylum Seekers

CommonWealth Magazine reports on DHS's proposal to double the time it takes for asylum applicants to acquire employment authorization. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai said, "When we wonder if the administration can go any lower, they prove that there is no bottom to the swamp."
AILA Doc. No. 19111460

Article: Court Spotlights Trump Plans to Stop H-1B Spouses from Working

Forbes features an interview with past AILA President William Stock about a new court decision that has placed a spotlight on Trump administration policies aimed at restricting work authorization for the spouses of H-1B visa holders.
AILA Doc. No. 19111361

Article: Will Neil Young’s Marijuana Use Keep Him From Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

The New York Times reports that Neil Young's use of marijuana may stand in the way of him getting U.S. citizenship. Past AILA President Anastasia Tonello explained that drug use doesn’t automatically disqualify naturalization applicants, but that it can complicate the process.
AILA Doc. No. 19111261

Article: Stakes Are High as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear DACA Arguments

Sinclair Broadcast Group reports on the Supreme Court hearing arguments about the administration's termination of DACA, with insights from past AILA President William Stock on the legal arguments that will be considered.
AILA Doc. No. 19111262

Article: CBP Agents Wrote Fake Court Dates on Paperwork to Send Migrants Back to Mexico, Records Show

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that asylum seekers who have finished their court cases are being sent back to Mexico with documents containing fraudulent future court dates. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch called reports of this practice "really disturbing."
AILA Doc. No. 19110760

Article: All the President's Immigration Lawsuits

Forbes reports that no president has been sued over his immigration policies as much as Donald Trump and provides updates on a number of lawsuits, including one filed by AILA and other groups that has temporarily halted the president's proclamation on health insurance for immigrants.
AILA Doc. No. 19110561

Article: Federal Judge Blocks Trump Order Barring Immigrants Without Health Insurance

The ABA Journal reports the presidential proclamation requiring immigrant visa applicants prove they have health insurance or can pay for medical care was blocked by a federal judge. AILA, the Justice Action Center, and the Innovation Law Lab argued the proclamation was "plainly illegal."
AILA Doc. No. 19110560

Article: Court Blocks Plan to Deny Visas to Would-Be Immigrants Who Can't Afford Health Insurance

CBS News reports on a federal judge blocking the presidential proclamation on health insurance for immigrants as the result of a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said, "Countless thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today."
AILA Doc. No. 19110464

Article: Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Order Requiring Would-Be Immigrants to Prove They Have Health Insurance

The Washington Post reports on the court order halting the president's plan to place health insurance requirements on would-be immigrants. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said, "People are confused and terrified they will lose the ability to live in the U.S. with their loved ones."
AILA Doc. No. 19110463

Article: Judge Blocks Trump's Plan to Bar Immigrants Who Can't Pay for Health Care

The New York Times reports that, in a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a policy that would require immigrants to prove they have insurance or the financial resources for medical costs in order to obtain a visa.
AILA Doc. No. 19110462

Article: U.S. Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

The Associated Press reports on the temporary restraining order issued in litigation filed by AILA and partners to halt implementation of the presidential proclamation on health insurance. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said "Thousands across the country can breathe a sigh of relief today."
AILA Doc. No. 19110460

Article: Class-Action Suit Filed in Portland to Bar President Trump from Restricting Visas for Immigrants Without Health Insurance

The Oregonian reports on a class action suit that AILA and a coalition of civil rights groups filed in federal court in Portland challenging President Donald Trump's recent mandate requiring visa seekers to prove they can get health insurance or have funds to cover medical costs.
AILA Doc. No. 19103165

Article: Trump Rule on Health Insurance Leaves Immigrants, Companies Scrambling for Answers

Reuters reports on the president's sweeping proclamation banning immigrants the government determines won't be able to afford health insurance or cover medical costs. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless said it "overrides about 100 years of law…in a way that Congress didn’t intend"
AILA Doc. No. 19103164

Article: Lawsuit Challenges White House Policy Requiring Migrant Health Insurance

The Hill reports that AILA and partners sued to block the president's healthcare proclamation. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless called the proclamation "the latest attempt to separate families and undermine due process solely on the basis of cultural and national origin-based bias."
AILA Doc. No. 19103163

Article: Groups Sue to Block Administration from Denying Visas to Immigrants Who Can't Afford Healthcare

CBS News reports on a lawsuit that AILA and a coalition of civil rights groups filed to challenge a sweeping presidential proclamation that would allow the government to reject visa applications from immigrants it determines will not be able to pay for health insurance or cover medical costs.
AILA Doc. No. 19103162

Article: U.S. Sued over Health Insurance Rule for Immigrant Families

The Associated Press (AP) reports on a lawsuit filed by AILA and partners challenging the president's healthcare ban. AILA Director of Litigation Jesse Bless told the AP, "Congress makes laws, the president executes them. This is an egregious attempt to supersede and overturn congressional will."
AILA Doc. No. 19103161

Article: DOJ Changed Hiring to Promote Restrictive Immigration Judges

Roll Call reports that DOJ quietly changed hiring procedures to name judges accused of bias to the BIA. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney and AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch discuss concerns over hiring practices at EOIR, from the trial level, to the new members of the BIA.
AILA Doc. No. 19103160

Article: Over 33,000 Immigrants Waiting for Day in Boston’s Immigration Court

CommonWealth Magazine reports on growing wait times at immigration courts. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai explained that increased waits "create complications for individuals as they renew their work authorizations," which can then cause complications for their employers.

Article: Schools, Students Note Visa Struggles; Little Rock Site Sees Most Rejected by U.S.

Arkansas Online reports that most of the international students admitted to a Little Rock university were denied visas. Former AILA President Charles Kuck explained, "They're just reinterpreting the rules in a much stricter fashion to find ways to deny the kids entry to the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 19102960

Article: Latest Data Show H-1B Visas Being Denied At High Rates

Forbes reports that USCIS is denying H-1B petitions at historically high rates after changing its standards for approving them. Documents released as a result of FOIA litigation filed by AILA show that it is unlikely USCIS has adhered to the law.
AILA Doc. No. 19102861

Article: USCIS's Cuccinelli Boasts of Increasing Immigration Bureaucracy

Forbes reports on USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli boasting that the administration has increased red tape for U.S. companies, citing AILA reports on the increased bureaucracy and added burdens that USCIS has created for companies hiring foreign-born scientists and engineers.
AILA Doc. No. 19102160

Article: She Fled a Violent Honduran Gang to Seek Asylum in Texas. Now She Might Be Deported Because She Didn't File Paperwork in Mexico.

The Texas Tribune shares the story of a woman who may be denied asylum because of the Asylum Ban 2.0. When the ban was announced, AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "Our laws require we offer a meaningful chance to seek asylum. This rule denies people that chance."
AILA Doc. No. 19101863

Article: House Democrats Say Migrants Aren’t Getting Fair Hearings at Tent Courts on the Border

Vox reports that Democratic leaders in the House are demanding an investigation of border tent courts. AILA National Staff Laura Lynch and Leidy Perez-Davis share the many due process issues they observed while in Texas observing the proceedings taking place at these facilities.

Article: The Trump Administration Is Denying H-1B Visas at a Dizzying Rate, but It’s Hit a Snag

Mother Jones reports that the number of H-1B denials overturned on appeal has hit a record high. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish explained that USCIS "erroneously denied applications, whether it’s the fault of training or an analysis not properly done."
AILA Doc. No. 19101760

Article: Federal Judges Have Stopped Trump's Scheme to Block Millions of Legal Immigrants

The American Prospect reports on the public charge rule and litigation against it, citing AILA's lawsuit over the rule’s rollout, which argues that USCIS did not follow normal administrative procedure and that such haste is arbitrary and capricious.
AILA Doc. No. 19101560

Article: Immigrants Went to This California Woman for Green Cards and Work Visas. She Allegedly Scammed Them out of More Than $100K.

Vice reports that a California woman who pitched herself as an "immigration consultant" was recently indicted for defrauding clients. Reid Trautz, Director of AILA's PPC, explained that notarios and immigration consultants can create new problems for immigrants and put them on ICE’s radar.
AILA Doc. No. 19101060

Article: Trump: No Health Insurance, No Visa

CommonWealth Magazine reports on the president's recent proclamation requiring that immigrants applying for visas show they can afford health care. According to AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai, it remains unclear how consular officers abroad will execute the new policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19100861

Article: Move to Italy Could Prolong RHONJ Star Joe Giudice's Return, Bring More Legal Challenges

The North Jersey Herald reports that a federal court approved Real Housewives of New Jersey celebrity Joe Giudice's request to go to Italy to await a ruling on his deportation appeal. AILA Board member Ruben Reyes explained that bringing him back to the United States could "get pretty messy."
AILA Doc. No. 19100762

Article: H-1B: New Registration System for Applications Coming Next Year, or Maybe Not

The Mercury News reports on USCIS's response to a letter sent by AILA and 14 other business, HR, and higher education associations urging the agency to confirm whether it plans to implement the new H-1B electronic registration system for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season.
AILA Doc. No. 19100761

Article: Is ICE Trying to Deport This U.S. Citizen? Francisco Galicia Remains in Limbo Two Months After Release

Dallas Morning News reports that ICE is moving forward with deportation proceedings for a U.S. citizen teenager who was released after nearly a month in ICE custody. AILA ICE Liaison Chair Sui Chung said the young man's removal proceedings should probably have already been stopped.
AILA Doc. No. 19100462

Article: A Mexican Citizen Had Court Papers Allowing Him to Be in the U.S. But a Border Patrol Agent Detained Him Anyway.

The Texas Tribune reports on Border Patrol detaining a man at an interior checkpoint despite paperwork showing his case was administratively closed. AILA board member Michelle Saenz Rodriguez explained that the administration has pushed to "proactively reopen [administratively closed] cases."
AILA Doc. No. 19100461

Article: How Immigration Courts on the Border Could Become (and May Already Be) a 'Deportation Machine'

The American Prospect reports on calls to reform the immigration court system. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said DHS's newly erected tent courts on the border are a “mechanism simply designed to speed up the deportation of individuals with little regard for due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 19100460

Article: How Authoritarian Governments Are Exploiting Interpol to Harass Political Enemies

Voice of America reports that Interpol is increasingly being exploited by authoritarian regimes such as Russia and Turkey to harass their political enemies who live in exile. A recent survey by AILA turned up nearly two dozen previously unreported cases of abuse of the Interpol Red Notice.
AILA Doc. No. 19100361

Article: Immigration Judges Put Trump Policies in Hot Seat

Courthouse News Service reports that the immigration judges' union has filed Federal Labor Relations Authority complaints against the administration. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch tweeted that the union's president said judges "have made decisions out of fear of losing their jobs."
AILA Doc. No. 19093060

Article: Border Patrol Agents Are Writing “Facebook” as a Street Address for Asylum Seekers Forced to Wait in Mexico

Buzzfeed News reports on how asylum seekers subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols are being notified of hearings. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said, "Facebook is not an adequate way to serve an NTA [Notice to Appear]."
AILA Doc. No. 19092760

Article: Confusion and Frustration in Tent Courts Along the Texas Border

CNN reports on DHS's new port courts in Laredo and Brownsville, TX. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "The whole process is disorienting," and questioned how "unrepresented individuals fleeing harm, fleeing violence" could be expected to fully understand the process.
AILA Doc. No. 19092360

Article: Administration Reinstates Protections from Deportation for Sick Immigrants After Massive Uproar

CBS News reports on USCIS's decision to reestablish its previous process for allowing vulnerable individuals to request deferred action when faced with life-changing circumstances. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said USCIS recognized it was heading in the "wrong direction."
AILA Doc. No. 19092061

Article: H-1B Wage Policy Raised Questions Within Agency, Documents Show

Bloomberg reports on H-1B documents released as part of a FOIA lawsuit filed on AILA's behalf. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Diane Rish said AILA hopes to use the information to help members successfully navigate the H-1B process and bring greater accountability to USCIS.
AILA Doc. No. 19091960

Article: Trump Official Urges End to Medical Exemption for Deportations

Politico reports on an internal USCIS memo recommending the agency be stripped of its authority to adjudicate requests for deferred action. Regarding the suggestion that ICE take over processing of these requests, AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said it is "in no way a viable alternative."

Video: Legal Immigration (ADULT CONTENT)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver featured a segment on legal immigration, debunking many misconceptions about legal immigration pathways. The comedian shared his immigration story and cited AILA's work to hold USCIS accountable for the agency's "invisible wall" against legal immigration.

Article: Arizona Advocates, Immigration Lawyers Call SCOTUS Asylum Ruling 'Devastating' and a 'Death Knell'

The Tucson Sentinel reports on the Supreme Court's decision to allow the administration to deny asylum to individuals who reach the southern border without seeking refuge in another country. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said the ruling "puts the lives of asylum seekers at risk."
AILA Doc. No. 19091361

Article: Tent Courthouses for Migrants to Open Along Texas Border, as Questions Abound

The Los Angeles Times reports on the tent courts erected by CBP to host hearings for migrants who have been returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said, "There's not a lot of transparency. The confusion is large and wide."
AILA Doc. No. 19091061

Article: Homeland Security Shifts Deportation Decisions on Sick Immigrants to ICE

Reveal News reports on USCIS eliminating deferred action at its field offices, affecting many severely ill individuals receiving treatment. AILA New England Chapter Chair Mahsa Khanbabai asked, "What kind of stress are you putting on a young person dealing with a life-threatening illness?"
AILA Doc. No. 19090660

Article: Confusion, Delays as Videos Replace Interpreters at Immigrants’ Hearings

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on EOIR replacing interpreters at initial hearings with prerecorded videos. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said the videos use "scare tactics," noting that they warn against filing frivolous asylum claims without explaining what asylum is.
AILA Doc. No. 19090560

Video: Glare of Public Outrage Budges Trump Admin on Medical Deferrals

MSNBC features an interview with Mahsa Khanbabai, AILA's New England Chapter Chair, about USCIS's recent announcement that it would reopen non-military deferred action requests that were pending on August 7, 2019.
AILA Doc. No. 19090461

Audio: Feds to Reconsider Case of Bay Area Woman Getting Lifesaving Treatment Who Faces Deportation

KQED reports on USCIS's announcement that it will reopen non-military deferred action cases that were pending on August 7, when the agency abruptly ceased processing these cases. According to AILA, some individuals who received denials had submitted their requests months before the change.
AILA Doc. No. 19090364

Article: Hitting a Wall

Virginia Business reports on how immigration policy changes are creating obstacles for hiring legal foreign workers. According to AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear, “They are overstepping. American companies need to make it plain the impact this is having on the American economy.”
AILA Doc. No. 19090363

Audio: After Public Outcry, Feds Agree to Reopen Certain Medical Deferral Requests

WBUR reports that USCIS now says it will reopen certain medical deferred action cases. The government never issued any sort of public notification about the end of medical deferred action, but later confirmed in an email to AILA that "the change became effective August 7, 2019."
AILA Doc. No. 19090362

Audio: ICE Ignores State Pardons in Connecticut

NPR reports ICE won't honor state criminal pardons in Connecticut. AILA Board member Heather Prendergast noted that ICE honors pardons in Georgia and said the only difference she sees is that "one state has policies that are arguably very favorable to ICE's position" and the other doesn't.
AILA Doc. No. 19090360

Article: Immigrants in U.S. Military Face New Citizenship Rule for Kids

The Associated Press reports on USCIS making it harder for the children of some immigrants serving in the military to obtain citizenship. According to Martin Lester, Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, the change is another roadblock for people to live legally in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 19083065

Audio: Attacks on Legal Immigration

WSHU discusses DHS's new public charge rule and the Trump administration's attacks on legal immigration, with commentary from AILA Media Advocacy Committee Chair Sandra Feist, who called the new rule a "huge sea change in immigration law" that will impact all legal immigration.
AILA Doc. No. 19083064

Article: Fear and Distrust: Latest Immigration Changes Under Trump Sparks Confusion

ABC reports on a change in U.S. policy affecting the children of military and other federal personnel living abroad. Martin Lester, Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program said, "I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone thought this policy was necessary or appropriate."
AILA Doc. No. 19083063

Article: Senator: Trump Policy Is ‘Death Sentence’ for Sick Kids

The Daily Beast reports on the elimination of non-military deferred action at USCIS field offices. Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of AILA's New England Chapter, said she has clients, including a 14-year-old girl who came on a visitor visa for heart surgery, whose deferred action requests were denied.
AILA Doc. No. 19083062

Article (Subscription Req'd): Citizenship Change Will Affect a Handful, but the Backlash Is Fierce

The New York Times reports on USCIS making it harder for children of some U.S. service members and government workers stationed abroad to become U.S. citizens. AILA's Military Assistance Program Chair Martin Lester called the move part of an "ongoing policy to restrict legal immigration."
AILA Doc. No. 19083061

Article: Citizenship Will No Longer Be Automatic for Children of Some U.S. Military Members Living Overseas

CNN reports that USCIS has made it harder for children of some U.S. service members and government employees living abroad to become U.S. citizens. Officials say the impact will be small, but AILA's Military Assistance Program Chair Martin Lester said that "impacting one person is too many."
AILA Doc. No. 19083060

Article: Trump Administration Tightens Citizenship Rules for Children of U.S. Military Abroad

Reuters reports that some children born to U.S. military and government workers stationed abroad will no longer qualify for automatic American citizenship under new USCIS guidance. Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, Martin Lester, called the move "a solution in search of a problem."
AILA Doc. No. 19082963

Article: Trump Sparks Panic, Chaos Targeting Ailing Immigrant Children

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow interviews Mahsa Khanbabai, Chair of the AILA New England Chapter, about USCIS field offices no longer considering non-military requests for deferred action, and the panic it has caused for vulnerable, medically dependent immigrant children and their families.
AILA Doc. No. 19082961

Article: Trump Administration Ends Automatic Citizenship for Some Children of Military, Federal Workers Born Abroad

The Washington Post reports USCIS is ending automatic citizenship for children born abroad to certain American parents serving in the military or working for the government. Chair of AILA's Military Assistance Program, Martin Lester, asked, "Who possibly thought that this was a good idea?"
AILA Doc. No. 19082960

Article (Subscription Req'd): Trump Administration to Divert Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Detention

The Wall Street Journal reports on DHS diverting funds to detain and remove immigrants and USCIS transferring authority over non-military requests for deferred action (DA) to ICE. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said the DA policy change will deter children from seeking life-saving protection.
AILA Doc. No. 19082861

Article: Is It Time to Remove Immigration Courts from Presidential Control?

The Marshall Project reports that a string of DOJ directives have reduced immigration judges' authority, giving new urgency to calls for court reform. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said, "It’s time for the Department of Justice and the immigration courts to get a divorce."
AILA Doc. No. 19082860

Article: Trump Administration Expands Political Power over Career Immigration Judges

Government Executive reports on a new rule making changes to EOIR, which delegates new authority to EOIR's director. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said the change to the EOIR director's authority is problematic and "far outside the position's current duties."
AILA Doc. No. 19082760

Article: DOJ Making Changes to Agency That Runs Immigration Courts

The Associated Press reports on a new DOJ interim final rule that delegates new authority to EOIR's director, among other things. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt said, "I think it's another way to have political decisions imposed on the immigration courts."
AILA Doc. No. 19082660

Article: Asylum Officers in NJ, Massachusetts Diverted to Work on Border Cases, May Increase Backlogs

8/22/2019 reports that some staff from asylum offices in New Jersey and Massachusetts were reassigned to work on southern border cases. Helen Ramirez, Asylum Unit Liaison for the AILA New Jersey Chapter said this would mean that "the backlog is going to grow even more, unfortunately."
AILA Doc. No. 19082362

Article: After Asylum Ruling, Migrants in Juárez Face a New Choice: Stay in Line or Try Crossing Elsewhere

The Texas Tribune reports on a court ruling allowing the U.S. government to implement its Asylum Ban 2.0 in some states but not others. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said the resulting confusion is in line with "the chaos that has been created by this administration on the border."
AILA Doc. No. 19082361

Article: AG William Barr Promotes Immigration Judges with High Asylum Denial Rates

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Trump administration promoted six judges who all have high asylum denial rates to the BIA. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "the [DOJ] cherry-picked judges from the harshest jurisdictions with the lowest asylum grant rates in the nation."
AILA Doc. No. 19082360

Article: Local Asylum Seekers Face Longer Wait Times as Boston Immigration Officials Head to Border

WBUR reports that asylum seekers in the Boston area may face longer waits as local resources are sent to the southwest border. AILA's New England Chapter informed its members that a majority of the asylum officers in Boston, along with Newark and New Jersey, are being deployed to the border.
AILA Doc. No. 19082261

Article: Trump Administration Moves to End Rule Limiting Detention of Migrant Children

Time reports on the administration's move to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement. In response to a proposal to withdraw from the agreement last year, then-AILA President Anastasia Tonello said doing so would “only benefit private prisons and waste billions in taxpayer money.”
AILA Doc. No. 19082260

Article (Subscription Req'd): Immigration Attys Seek Answers on New H-1B Registration

Law360 reports that AILA and others asked USCIS to confirm if a new electronic registration system will be mandated for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season. AILA Director of Government Relations Sharvari Dalal-Dheini said "open dialogue" with stakeholders would help the system work efficiently.
AILA Doc. No. 19082060

Article: Cases Of Connecticut Detainees Scheduled Hours Away In Boston Immigration Court

WNPR reports on the scheduling of hearings in Boston immigration court for ICE detainees in Connecticut. Michelle Ross, chair of AILA’s Connecticut chapter says no explanation was offered for the change which would make it harder for attorneys to represent immigrants in detention.
AILA Doc. No. 19081905

Article: USCIS May Court Disaster With Untested H-1B Visa Registration System

Forbes reports on the letter AILA, along with 14 other organizations, sent to USCIS urging the agency to confirm whether it intends to mandate use of the electronic registration system for the FY2020 H-1B cap filing season.
AILA Doc. No. 19081904

Article: The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

The New York Review of Books reports on TPS. Tammy Lin of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee talks about her work helping TPS and DED holders renew their work-authorization and devise emergency plans in case of deportation, and the impact of rumors regarding the end of TPS on practitioners.
AILA Doc. No. 19081903

Article: As ICE Raids Ramp Up, These Organizations Provide Crucial Legal Aid for Immigrants

Allure lists the Immigration Justice Campaign as an organization stepping up to protect immigrant rights. AILA spokesperson Tessa Wiseman said that the Campaign gets on the ground at detention centers to provide legal assistance to families, document conditions, and bring lawsuits.
AILA Doc. No. 19081902

Article: Greyhound Riders Are Being Asked for Immigration Papers at South Florida Bus Terminals

The Miami Herald reports that CBP officials have been asking people for proof of legal status at Greyhound bus stations in South Florida. AILA Board member Tammy Fox-Isicoff said one of her clients was apprehended at a Greyhound bus stop in Miami while in town for a high school reunion.
AILA Doc. No. 19081661

Article: Rumors of Trump Green Card Rule Impacts Benefits for Immigrant Families

The Guardian reports on the new public charge rule. According to AILA President Marketa Lindt, “This rule will not only punish individuals for seeking basic needs and put families at risk of separation – it will do irreparable harm to American businesses and communities.”
AILA Doc. No. 19081660

Article: Documents Allege Serious Medical Neglect Inside Otay Mesa Detention Center

Voice of San Diego reports on alleged medical neglect at an ICE detention center, where it's become harder for detainees with health concerns to get parole. Whether a detainee is granted parole hinges on “what the fad is for that month," said AILA San Diego Chapter President Jonathan Montag.
AILA Doc. No. 19081460

Audio: Immigration Lawyer Discusses Working with Families in Mississippi After ICE Raids

NPR features an interview with AILA member Marshall Goff, who discusses, among other things, how the AILA MidSouth Chapter has coordinated efforts for pro bono lawyers to do remote consultations and get information to those who need it most following massive ICE raids in Mississippi.
AILA Doc. No. 19080960

Article: Fed Up with Immigration Backlog, Lawyers Head to the Courts

Bloomberg Law reports that attorneys are turning to the courts to unclog a massive immigration application backlog. Testifying before Congress, AILA President Marketa Lindt said USCIS data reveals that average overall processing times jumped by 91 percent from FY2014 to FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 19080860

Article: GEO-Run Aurora ICE Detention Center Is Isolating Immigrants — Some Mentally Ill — in Prolonged Solitary Confinement

The Colorado Independent reports on the use of solitary confinement at an ICE detention center in Colorado, citing a complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council about the failure of GEO Group, which runs the ICE facility, “to provide adequate medical and mental health care.”
AILA Doc. No. 19080660

Audio: U.S. Attorney General Issues Opinion on Families as Social Groups in Asylum Cases

KJZZ reports on the decision in Matter of L-E-A-, noting that AILA issued a statement calling the decision poorly reasoned and another effort to restrict asylum. AILA member Hillary Walsh explained that the courts have always seen families as a "quintessential" social group.

Audio: Across the Country, International Students Face Delays for Critical Work Visas. In Mass., Employers Feel the Loss

WGBH reports that Boston-area college administrators are sounding the alarm about long processing delays for students' and new graduates' OPT visas. Ron Klasko, Chair of AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force explained, "This is a serious problem all around the country."
AILA Doc. No. 19073161

Article: AG Barr Using Unique Power to Block Migrants from U.S., Reshape Immigration Law

NBC reports on Attorney General Barr's decision in Matter of L-E-A-. According to AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney, there is a long history of the courts recognizing families as a particular social group, so Barr's latest decision could be overturned in the district courts.
AILA Doc. No. 19073160

Article: How Immigration Attys Are Battling Burnout Under Trump

Law360 reports on how the immigration bar is coping with increased stress levels. Reid Trautz, Senior Director of AILA's PPC, said that keeping "clients informed and handling those expectations is a lot more time-consuming and stressful these days," and highlighted resources for AILA members.
AILA Doc. No. 19073062

Article: Persecution Based on Family Ties Will No Longer Qualify as Grounds for Asylum, the Attorney General Rules

Pacific Standard reports on Matter of L-E-A-. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney said that this ruling "further attempts to restrict asylum by targeting a new category of asylum seekers: families," adding that families are "some of the most vulnerable of asylum seekers."
AILA Doc. No. 19073061

Article: Immigration Lawyers Say Justice Dept. Ruling Could Undercut Thousands of Asylum Cases

The Washington Post reports on the attorney general's decision in Matter of L-E-A-. According to AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney, the ruling is “a poorly reasoned decision from an administration that seems intent on ending legal asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 19073060

Article: He Admits He Once Smoked Marijuana, Now U.S. Won’t Let Him Re-Enter Country

The Orange County Register reports on a southern California resident with DACA status who traveled to Mexico to become a legal permanent resident but was barred from returning home after admitting he previously used marijuana. AILA Board member Ally Bolour said, "It happens all the time."
AILA Doc. No. 19072965

Article: Legal Organization Moves to Juárez, El Paso to Provide Services to Immigrants in Mexico

The El Paso Times reports that CLINIC is opening new offices at the border to help the growing number of asylum seekers there who need legal aid. AILA Policy Counsel Leidy Perez-Davis said that it's nearly impossible for asylum seekers who are returned to Mexico to find representation.
AILA Doc. No. 19072964

Article: Immigration Judges Fear Switch to Video Explainers Loses Personal Touch

The Gothamist reports on EOIR replacing interpreters with prerecorded video advisals at certain immigration courts. Jeremy McKinney, Second Vice President of AILA, pointed out that “You can't ask a video to repeat something. You can't ask a video to rephrase something to make it clear.”
AILA Doc. No. 19072963

Article (Op-Ed): The Trump Administration Is Making Legal Immigration Harder, Too

The Washington Post features an op-ed by former USCIS Director León Rodríguez that cites AILA President Marketa Lindt's testimony before Congress, in which she observed that the average USCIS case processing time increased 46 percent from FY2016 to FY2018.
AILA Doc. No. 19072962

Article: Raided by ICE Three Times, Philly Migrant Works to Help Others Who Could Face Deportation

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a growing strategy of resistance against Trump administration policies. Brennan Gian-Grasso, former Chair of the AILA Philadelphia Chapter, says, while accompaniment is unlikely to change the outcome of a case, "the effect is important on a larger scale."
AILA Doc. No. 19072667

Article: The New Expedited Removal Rule Gives ICE More Power — Here's How You Can Protect Yourself

Bustle reports on the Trump administration's expansion of expedited removal. AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear explained to Bustle that this new expedited removal policy essentially means that "anybody can be stopped any time, anywhere and asked to show their papers."
AILA Doc. No. 19072665

Article: Tech Companies Say It's Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They're Growing in Canada Instead

TIME reports that USCIS backlogs have benefited Canada, which has adopted an open-armed embrace of skilled programmers. AILA President Marketa Lindt recently testified before Congress that, "increasingly, talented international professionals choose destinations other than the United States."
AILA Doc. No. 19072664

Article: The Department of Justice Won't Release Data on Prison Deportations

Pacific Standard reports that the American Immigration Council, AILA, and the Immigrant Defense Project filed a FOIA lawsuit to obtain records on the Institutional Hearing Program, a multi-agency program that deports immigrants incarcerated in federal, state, and municipal prisons.
AILA Doc. No. 19072563

Article: Why Did Border Patrol Detain an 18-Year-Old U.S. Citizen for Three Weeks?

MTV News reports that a Dallas-born high school athlete was stopped at a CBP checkpoint and detained for three weeks. Sui Chung, Chair of AILA's ICE Liaison Committee, said that while this case was particularly complex, “there is no justification" for a U.S. citizen to be held for so long.
AILA Doc. No. 19072562

Article (Subscription Req'd): 35 Arrested Nationwide in Last Week’s ICE Raids, but ‘Ongoing’ Campaign Could Create Permanent Culture of Fear in Immigrant Communities

The Chicago Tribune reports that while threatened mass arrests didn’t materialize, a permanent culture of fear remains in immigrant communities. Erin Cobb, Chair of AILA's Chicago Chapter, said many immigration attorneys spent the past couple of weeks fielding calls from worried clients.
AILA Doc. No. 19072561

Article: Trump Said ICE Raids Would Target Thousands. Officers Arrested 35.

HuffPost reports that a mere handful of arrests occurred after the president threatened raids targeting roughly 2,000 people. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, "This administration is using immigrants as a political tool without any regard for their humanity or due process."
AILA Doc. No. 19072560

Article: Trump Administration to Expand Its Power to Deport Undocumented Immigrants

The Washington Post reports on the Trump administration's move to significantly expand expedited removal. Former AILA President David Leopold explained that this expansion means many immigrants who might have the right to remain in the country will not be given the opportunity to show it.
AILA Doc. No. 19072364

Audio: With ICE Not Recognizing Conn. Pardons, the State Defends Them in Federal Court

WBUR reports on a federal court case that will center on whether ICE has the right to deport immigrants for past crimes despite a state pardon. AILA Board member Heather Prendergast said Connecticut is not the only state where a board grants pardons, and in other states, ICE honors them.
AILA Doc. No. 19072363

Article: The Cost of Bail for Immigrants Is Surging

Axios reports that TRAC data shows immigration judges have been issuing more bail bonds—and more expensive ones—over the past several years. AILA National Secretary Kelli Stump says she has noticed that "whenever [ICE detention] space is full, that's when people start getting bonds."
AILA Doc. No. 19072260

Article: No Sign Yet of Heightened Enforcement Against Unauthorized Immigrants

The AJC reports on the administration's planned raids. AILA Board member Sarah Owings said she had "not seen a great deal of increased activity." Past AILA President Charles Kuck explained, "From what I understand, the local office simply decided to maintain their normal process."
AILA Doc. No. 19071963

Article: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Pushes Program to Streamline Removal of Migrant Families Without Valid Asylum Claims

The Arizona Republic reports that Sen. Sinema (D-AZ) is pushing for a pilot program along the border to more quickly remove migrant families without valid asylum claims. AILA Board member Ruben Reyes said he worried about a botched implementation similar to last year's family separations.
AILA Doc. No. 19071962

Article: Congress Asks USCIS to Explain Immigration Delays and Denials

Forbes reports on the House's hearing on USCIS processing delays and policy changes, during which AILA President Marketa Lindt testified that USCIS data “reveals that the agency’s average case processing time surged by 46 percent from FY2016 to FY2018 and by 91 percent from FY2014 to FY2018.”
AILA Doc. No. 19071763

Article: Companies Seeking H-1B Visas Asked to Prove Future Work Exists

Bloomberg reports that USCIS is asking companies seeking H-1B workers to prove they'll have definite assignments for the visa's full term. AILA President-Elect Jennifer Minear said she couldn't tell if it's a "training issue on the part of the adjudicating officer" or a "calculated decision."
AILA Doc. No. 19071762

Article: Trump's New Asylum Rule Draws Sharp Criticism

Fortune reports on DHS and DOJ's controversial new asylum rule, noting AILA and others have recommended alternative solutions for the southern border, including hiring more asylum officers and immigration judges, as well as addressing the underlying causes of migration from Central America.
AILA Doc. No. 19071761

Article: Lawmakers Target Rise in Immigration Application Backlog

Bloomberg reports on yesterday's House hearing on USCIS processing delays, citing a report recently issued by AILA that found the agency's case processing delays had reached “crisis” levels that needed immediate intervention.
AILA Doc. No. 19071760

Article: Independent Immigration Courts Needed, Legal Groups Say

Associations Now reports that the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the National Association of Immigration Judges reached out to Congress last week calling on the body to create an independent immigration court system.
AILA Doc. No. 19071661

Article (Subscription Req'd): Green Card Backlog Wouldn't End with Country-Cap Fix

Law360 reports on the House passing a bill to eliminate per-country caps on employment-based green cards. AILA First Vice President Allen Orr explained that the per-country caps were intended to foster diversity among immigrants, but have "proven in application to be discriminatory."
AILA Doc. No. 19071660

Article: ICE Raids Across Major U.S. Cities Fall Short of Expectations but Fear Remains

ABC News reports that the president's promised nationwide deportation sweep fell short of expectations yesterday. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, "This is by no means over yet," and that community organizations were expecting the threat of raids to last through Friday.
AILA Doc. No. 19071562

Article: Legal Groups Call for Independent Immigration Courts

Law 360 reports that AILA, the ABA, the FBA, and the NAIJ sent a letter to Congress that derided the current structure of the immigration courts, noting the attorney general can essentially serve "as both lead prosecutor and lead judge in immigration cases."
AILA Doc. No. 19071561

Video: Rising: July 15, 2019

The Hill's Rising features an interview with AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen about raids slated to begin July 14. Mr. Chen said, "We think it's possible that in the next several days there will be more enforcement actions," and summarized the resources AILA has available.
AILA Doc. No. 19071560

Article: Warren Proposes Reshaping Immigration Agencies, Decriminalizing Border Crossings

The Washington Post reports on Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D-MA) immigration-related proposals, including establishing independent immigration courts. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen noted that the idea of creating an independent court system has bipartisan support.
AILA Doc. No. 19071261

Article: Why Trump’s ICE Raids Might Deport People Who Weren’t Given a Chance to Stay Legally

The Washington Post reports that the administration plans to target some families and individuals for removal for not attending hearings that they might not have known they were supposed to attend. According to past AILA President David Leopold, many of them "did not have their day in court."
AILA Doc. No. 19071260

Article: Why the Migrant Crisis Is Happening Now

Axios reports on the border crisis and what's driving families to flee Central America. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson explains that President Trump's threats to "build a wall" and "send the military to the border" are making people feel they must come to the United States now.
AILA Doc. No. 19070895

Article: The Growing Movement to Force Change at Aurora’s Troubled ICE Detention Center

The Colorado Independent reports that accounts of dehumanizing and dangerous conditions at an ICE detention center in Aurora, CO, including a complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council, have led officials at the municipal, state, and federal level to begin taking action.
AILA Doc. No. 19070595

Article: Trump Administration Threatens Hefty Fines on Immigrants Who Elude Deportation

The Washington Post reports on ICE's plans to fine immigrants who have taken refuge in churches. A client of AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney was notified that ICE plans to fine her $314,007. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch says these fines were rarely applied in the past.
AILA Doc. No. 19070395

Article: Justices' New Agency Review Rules May Test Immigration Policies

Bloomberg reports on the Supreme Court's ruling in Kisor v. Wilkie. AILA Second Vice President Jeremy McKinney called it "very positive." At AILA's Annual Conference, AILA President Marketa Lindt noted the key role of litigation in challenging the administration's immigration policies.
AILA Doc. No. 19070296

Article: New Rules Will Give AG William Barr More Say Over Immigration Courts

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on EOIR's recently issued final rule on administrative review procedures. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said that it is a grave mistake to allow the attorney general to expeditiously designate BIA decisions as precedent with the stroke of a pen.
AILA Doc. No. 19070295

Article: What Six AILA Attorneys Are Watching in Immigration Policy (Subscription Required)

Law360 reports on key issues discussed at the 2019 AILA Annual Conference, with analysis from AILA’s national officers on policy developments related to visa denials, travel ban waivers, the immigration courts, Canadian L-1 visas, worksite enforcement, and H-1B adjudications.
AILA Doc. No. 19062196

Audio: Life Inside U.S. Migrant Detention Centers

WBUR reports on conditions at migrant detention centers, citing a supplemental complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council, which notes that the “poor medical and mental health care” at a Colorado detention center have only worsened since the original complaint was filed.
AILA Doc. No. 19062195

Article: Trump Says ICE Will Start Removing "Millions of Illegal Aliens." Here's What's Actually Happening.

Mother Jones reports on the president's tweets about deportations, noting advocates opposed a similar operation under the Obama administration in 2015. At the time, AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, "They are treating a refugee crisis as an immigration enforcement issue."
AILA Doc. No. 19061995

Article: Medical Care for Immigrants Is Only Getting Worse at an ICE Detention Center, Advocates Say

Buzzfeed News reports on the supplemental complaint submitted by AILA and the American Immigration Council about poor medical and mental health care conditions at an immigration detention center in Aurora, CO. Several chickenpox and mumps outbreaks have recently occurred at the facility.
AILA Doc. No. 19061263

Article: Revocations of H-1B Visas Rise in New Front Against Immigration

Bloomberg reports on H 1B revocations and denials of H-1B extensions. Ron Klasko, Chair of AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force said, "There's no question that there are cases, H 1B petitions, that have been approvable for the last 20 years that aren't approvable today.”
AILA Doc. No. 19061262

Article: Undocumented Immigrants Say a Man Posing as a Lawyer Told Them He Could Help Fix Their Legal Status. Instead, They Say He Took Their Money and Left Some Facing Deportation.

The Tampa Bay Times reports on an investigation into an alleged notario fraud scam. Ksenia Maiorova, Chair of the AILA Central Florida Chapter's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, said she was surprised — and encouraged — that the local sheriff's office was investigating.
AILA Doc. No. 19061063

Article: Immigrant Advocates Worry as Administration Seeks New Head of Immigration Agency

NPR reports on concerns over who will replace Francis Cissna as head of USCIS. AILA Director of Government Relations Shev Dalal-Dheini said she expects "a lot more of everything that's going on now — a lot more litigation, a lot more backlog, a lot more chaos."
AILA Doc. No. 19061062

Article: An Expanded ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy May Cause More Suffering, Not Curb Migration

Roll Call reports that the U.S.-Mexico deal announced by President Trump on Friday includes a massive expansion of the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA recently sent a letter to DHS outlining the many odds stacked against migrants affected by this policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19061061

Article: On Their Own

Searchlight New Mexico reports that processing of U visas has stalled for tens of thousands of immigrant victims of crime. Mary Beth Kaufman, Chair of AILA's VAWAs, Us, and Ts Committee, said, "There are all these invisible ways that the protection afforded to applicants is being eroded."
AILA Doc. No. 19060595

Article: Internal Review of Detainee Death Reveals Medical Neglect at a Denver Immigration Jail

Yahoo News reports an internal ICE review found major deficiencies in the medical care provided to a detainee before he died. Last year, AILA and the American Immigration Council alleged a pattern of “dangerously inadequate medical and mental health care” at the Denver facility where he died.
AILA Doc. No. 19052095

Article: Trump H-1B Visa Policy Info May Be Revealed in Wake of Lawsuits

Bloomberg reports that a district judge is considering ordering discovery in a lawsuit by IT consulting companies. Ron Klasko, Chair of AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force, said ordering discovery could force USCIS "to produce documents that could be valuable to everybody."
AILA Doc. No. 19051798

Article: Crapo Joins Bipartisan Group Calling for Action Against Delayed Immigrant Employment Applications

The Idaho Press Tribune reports that Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) joined other senators to ask USCIS to address extensive processing delays. The letter expressed concern over significant delays in processing and renewing applications for employment authorization documented in a study by AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 19051695

Article: Democrats Ask Federal Watchdog to Examine 'Unprecedented' Immigration Backlog

The Washington Post reports that more than 80 Democratic members of Congress asked the GAO to investigate the "record-breaking" backlog of pending immigration cases. A recent analysis by AILA found the USCIS net backlog exceeded 2.3 million cases by last fall.
AILA Doc. No. 19051395

Article: How Immigration Rules Are Creating Barriers for NJ’s International Students, Faculty

NJTV reports on how immigration policy changes are impacting international students and faculty at New Jersey universities. According to an analysis by AILA, the total time it takes the federal government to process foreign visas has increased by 46 percent over the past two fiscal years.
AILA Doc. No. 19050895

Article: Trump Says the Border Crisis Is About Criminals and Gangs. His Administration Says It Is About Families and Children.

The Washington Post reports on the administration's characterization of migrants arriving at the southern border. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the president's "continued portrayal of the asylum seekers as somehow gaming the system is completely inaccurate."
AILA Doc. No. 19050397

Article: WA at the Center of Standoff Between Asylum Seekers, Trump Administration

Crosscut reports that an asylum-seeking mother who was reunited with her son in Seattle is now part of a lawsuit challenging Matter of M-S-, a decision AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said demonstrates why immigration courts should be independent, "not puppets of the attorney general."
AILA Doc. No. 19043095

Article: State Judge, Court Officer Charged with Helping Undocumented Man Evade ICE

Talking Points Memo reports on a judge charged with helping an immigrant evade arrest by ICE and the uptick in ICE arrests at courthouses. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney explains why "the American courthouse should be considered a sensitive location, like a hospital or a school."
AILA Doc. No. 19042695

Article: Homeland Security Lawyers in Manhattan Are Increasingly Using Video to 'Appear' in Immigration Court 20 Blocks Away

WNYC/The Gothamist reports that in Manhattan, DHS attorneys are appearing in newly opened immigration courtrooms by video instead of in person despite their office being a 30-minute trip away. AILA's New York Chapter Treasurer Cory Forman called the practice "insulting."
AILA Doc. No. 19042295

Article: Barr Makes Major Reversal in Ruling Some Asylum Seekers Could Be Held Indefinitely

CNN reports on the decision in Matter of M-S- issued by Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday. Former AILA President David Leopold said, "It's an extension of the Jeff Sessions campaign to further strip the immigration courts and immigration judges of their authority."
AILA Doc. No. 19041896

Article: Justice Dept. Denies Bond for Tens of Thousands of Asylum Seekers

Politico reports the attorney general issued a decision that will deny a bond hearing to a large class of undocumented immigrants. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen called it “a devastating blow to those seeking protection from persecution.”
AILA Doc. No. 19041796

Article: William Barr Ruling Withholding Bail to Asylum Seekers Branded Fresh ‘Assault’ by ACLU: ‘We’ll See the Administration in Court’

Newsweek reports on Matter of M-S-, a decision issued yesterday by the attorney general. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said it would result in “many, many people who are not going to even have the opportunity to apply for release."
AILA Doc. No. 19041795

Article (Opinion): DOJ Shouldn't Be Overseeing Immigration Courts, No Matter How Backed Up They Are

The San Antonio Express-News features an op-ed on the need for an independent immigration court system. The ABA and AILA have argued that immigration courts should be remade into an independent judiciary so that decisions can be made fairly without undue influence.
AILA Doc. No. 19041596

Article: Justice Department Eyes More Power for Immigration Judges

Courthouse News reports DOJ is considering changes to the authority of appellate immigration judges that would give them power to issue decisions binding on the entire immigration system. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said the move could actually hamper DOJ's goal of speeding up cases.
AILA Doc. No. 19041595

Article: At the Border, Pence Calls on Democrats to Fix ‘Our Broken Asylum System’

Arizona Central reports Vice President Pence is calling on Democrats to loosen restrictions related to detaining children and families. AILA President Anastasia Tonello said this would lead to “more families, including young children, being detained for longer periods of time."
AILA Doc. No. 19041298

Article: Trump’s New Attorney General Launches Fresh Changes to Immigration Courts

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Attorney General William Barr is planning major rule changes for the immigration court system. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said efforts to improve efficiency shouldn’t be “at the expense of fundamental principles of due process and fairness.”
AILA Doc. No. 19041297

Article: ‘They Don’t Like Canadians’: New Border Obstacle for High-Skilled Workers

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that some U.S. border agents are refusing to process petitions for readmission in L-1 status presented by Canadians pursuant to NAFTA. Ron Matten, Chair of AILA’s Canada chapter, said the unannounced change began a couple months ago.
AILA Doc. No. 19041296

Article: McConnell Calls for Bipartisan U.S. Immigration Legislation

Reuters reports the Senate majority leader wants to address immigration problems with bipartisan legislation that would include asylum law changes. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said some of the changes being discussed could put migrant children in danger.
AILA Doc. No. 19041295

Article: U.S. Homeland Security Shake-Up Claims Political Victims

Voice of America reports the president wants to reinstate family separation to deter migrants. Chair of AILA's Asylum and Refugee Committee Dree Collopy suggested that administration policies may in fact be contributing to recent increases in the number of migrants arriving at the border.
AILA Doc. No. 19040995

Article: Lawyers Blast 'Hostility' in Texas Immigration Court

Courthouse News reports on AILA and the American Immigration Council's complaint regarding due process violations at the El Paso immigration court. Some of the court's judges treat immigrants with contempt, the complainants say, alleging a "culture of hostility."
AILA Doc. No. 19040596

Article (Subscription Required): Immigration Authorities Arrest More Than 280 in Texas in Largest Workplace Raid in a Decade

The New York Times reports on a recent worksite raid. Former AILA President Kathleen Campbell Walker explained employers must verify employees' documents are legitimate using the standard: “To a reasonable employer, on their face, do [the documents] appear to be valid?”
AILA Doc. No. 19040595

Article: Complaint Alleges Misconduct by El Paso Immigration Judges, Culture of Hostility

The El Paso Times reports on the complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council on behalf of immigration lawyers and their detained clients regarding the "near-impossible obstacles to accessing a fair day in court" at the El Paso immigration court.
AILA Doc. No. 19040496

Article: Complaint: El Paso Immigration Judges Violate Due Process

Associated Press reports on the complaint filed by AILA and the American Immigration Council about systemic due process violations at the El Paso Service Processing Center immigration court. The allegations come as the number of immigrants crossing the border near El Paso has skyrocketed.
AILA Doc. No. 19040495

Article (Opinion): Trump Has No Interest in Addressing Border Issues or Immigration Reform

The Los Angeles Times features an op-ed in which the author notes that instead of working with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform, the Trump administration has, according to AILA, radically slowed the processing of immigration applications and other forms.
AILA Doc. No. 19040295

Article: What It's Like to Live in the Immigration Limbo of Trump's America

Splinter News reports on the uncertainty faced by immigrants with different statuses at this time. According to AILA, USCIS processing times have reached record-high levels. AILA Media Advocacy Committee member Matt Maiona said the delays aren't linked to more petitions being filed.
AILA Doc. No. 19040196

Article: Whose Court Is This Anyway? Immigration Judges Accuse Executive Branch of Politicizing Their Courts

The ABA Journal reports on the impact of immigration decisions issued by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said, "It's all part of what our association has referred to as 'the deportation machine.'"
AILA Doc. No. 19040195

Article: ICE Detains More Pregnant Women. Immigration Advocates Say It Puts Moms and Babies at Risk

Commercial Appeal reports on pregnant women in ICE detention and the health and safety dangers they face. AILA called ICE's 2018 decision to begin detaining more pregnant women "an egregious human rights offense."
AILA Doc. No. 19032895

Article: The Trump Administration's Policy of Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico Has Come to El Paso

The Texas Tribune reports DHS expanded the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico plan, to the El Paso port of entry. AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson said, “Whether or not a person is forced to remain in Mexico could mean the difference between life and death."
AILA Doc. No. 19032231

Article: Applications for H-1B Visa Comparable to the Size of Marin County, California, Population

Forbes reports on the H-1B visa, recent trends in its use, and upcoming changes to its processing. A recent survey found 47 percent of employers feel the H-1B process has become more difficult. According to AILA, the average case processing time has increased by 91 percent since 2014.
AILA Doc. No. 19032033

Article: Asylum Seekers Returned from Mexico Plead to Stay in U.S.

Reuters reports asylum seekers due to be returned to Mexico after appearing in U.S. immigration court asked permission to stay in the United States, citing safety concerns in Mexico. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said major concerns exist about the Remain in Mexico policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19032030

Article: Concerns Rise over U.S. Plan to Close All Overseas Immigration Offices

NBC News reports on USCIS’s plan to close its international offices and concerns that doing so will further exacerbate the agency’s backlog. AILA analyses show there has been a 91 percent increase in the overall average case processing time at USCIS since FY2014.
AILA Doc. No. 19031535

Article (Subscription Required): U.S. Moves to Close Overseas Immigration Offices

The Wall Street Journal reports on USCIS’s plans to close its international offices. The move comes as policy changes have created “crisis-level delays” at USCIS offices in the U.S., according to a report from AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 19031334

Article (Subscription Required): Trump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad

The New York Times reports USCIS plans to close its international offices. Transferring their workload to already overburdened DOS staff and USCIS domestic offices could lead to longer delays at an agency where, according to a report from AILA, processing times have already recently surged.
AILA Doc. No. 19031307

Article: ICE Supervisors Sometimes Skip Required Review of Detention Warrants Emails Show

CNN reports that ICE officers improperly signed warrants on behalf of their supervisors and supervisors gave officers pre-signed blank warrants. AILA Treasurer Jeremy McKinney said, “If there’s evidence of that, that’s a big deal…that’s the root of an illegal arrest.”
AILA Doc. No. 19031306

Article (Subscription Required): Uptick in Visa Scrutiny Pushing Employers to Move Abroad

Law360 reports on the impact that increased visa denials and Requests for Evidence are having on employers. AILA President-Elect Marketa Lindt explains how she is altering her filing strategies to improve the odds of an approval for her clients.
AILA Doc. No. 19031237

Article: Hirono Unveils Package of Immigration Bills

Maui Now reports on the package of immigration bills introduced yesterday by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and colleagues. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt and representatives of other organizations joined the senators for their public event to introduce the bills.
AILA Doc. No. 19030737

Article: One Detained Baby Remains in ICE Custody in Dilley, Texas

CBS News reports that as of Tuesday, one detained infant remained in ICE custody in Dilley, TX. Fifteen other infants were released from the same detention center soon after AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC filed a complaint calling for all of the infants’ immediate release.
AILA Doc. No. 19030733

Article: Almost One Million Migrants Are in Limbo as Court Backlog Balloons

Bloomberg reports on the immigration court system's backlog of cases. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “For years the immigration courts have been underfunded, and there has been more emphasis on funding the DHS enforcing agencies.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030630

Article: Immigration Detention Center in Aurora Opens to Media Amid Criticism of Mumps, Chicken Pox Quarantines

The Colorado Sun reports 357 individuals in ICE detention in Aurora, CO, are in quarantine due to exposure to contagious illnesses. AILA and the American Immigration Council previously filed a complaint accusing the Aurora center of failing to provide adequate medical and mental health care.
AILA Doc. No. 19030532

Article: U.S. Immigration Is Stuck in the Stone Age—and It’s Putting Lives in Danger

The Nation reports on USCIS’s dysfunction. Former Chair of AILA’s Chicago Chapter Michael Jarecki is unsure USCIS wants to improve based on recent policy changes. He said, “Part of my cynical response…would be an invisible wall type of thing, where the agency wants to slow things down.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030531

Article: At Least Nine Babies Are Being Detained by U.S. Immigration Authorities, a Complaint Says

Buzzfeed News reports that according to a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC, at least nine infants under the age of 1, and some as young as 6 months, have been detained by ICE at a Texas detention center where they lack adequate medical care.
AILA Doc. No. 19030136

Article: ICE Detaining ‘Alarming’ Number of Infants as Young as 5 Months, Immigration Groups Claim

Buzzfeed News reports ICE has been accused of detaining “alarming” number of infants at a rural Texas detention center without providing the legally required level of care. A complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC urged officials to “intervene immediately.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030135

Article: Infants as Young as 5 Months Old Are Being Detained by ICE, Groups Claim

CBS News reports on a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC regarding infants held in ICE detention in Dilley, TX. The complaint states, “We have grave concerns about the lack of specialized medical care available in Dilley for this vulnerable populations.”
AILA Doc. No. 19030134

Article: At Least Nine Babies Held in ICE Detention in Texas

The Guardian reports on a complaint filed by AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC that warns of an “alarming increase” in the numbers of detained infants and requests immediate release of detained infants.
AILA Doc. No. 19030133

Article: 28 Women May Have Miscarried in ICE Custody Over the Past Two Years

USA Today reports on women experiencing miscarriages and stillbirths while in ICE detention. Advocacy groups have long complained about poor medical care in immigration detention, where at least 34 people have died since December 2015, according to AILA.
AILA Doc. No. 19022833

Article: Immigration Courts Recover from Federal Shutdown as Historic Backlog Piles Up

Houston Public Media reports on the case backlog at immigration courts, citing a report by AILA that demonstrates policies implemented to address the ballooning backlog are failing.
AILA Doc. No. 19022660

Article: After Long Wait, U.S. Moves Forward with Proposal to End Work Permits for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

NBC News reports on DHS’s plan to end work permits for H-4 spouses of H-1B visas holders. Past AILA President William Stock said that once OMB reviews the proposed regulation, it could be sent back to DHS or cleared for publication in the Federal Register as a proposed rule.
AILA Doc. No. 19022530

Article: Trump Plan Fails to Cut Immigration Court Backlog, as Caseload Soars More than 26 Percent

The Los Angeles Times reports that EOIR’s backlog reduction plan has failed, with average wait times for a hearing now two years. According to AILA, the administration “has not only failed to reduce the backlog, but has eroded the court’s ability to ensure due process.”
AILA Doc. No. 19022238

Article: Slow Immigration Processing Times Draw Criticism and Questions

The National Law Review reports on AILA’s policy brief about crisis-level case processing delays at USCIS, as well as the letter that more than 80 members of Congress sent to USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna that cited AILA’s policy brief and expressed “grave concerns” about the delays.
AILA Doc. No. 19022030

Article: EOIR Rules Are Biased Against Immigration Attys, AILA Says

Law360 reports on a letter sent by AILA Executive Director Ben Johnson and AILA President Anastasia Tonello to EOIR Director James McHenry expressing concerns that a memo he issued “perpetuated” the “continued imbalance in the treatment of counsel” appearing in immigration courts.
AILA Doc. No. 19022001

Article: Budget Leaves Neither Side in Immigration Debate Satisfied

Law360 reports on the spending bill that Congress passed and President Trump is expected to sign. AILA said the budget needed “critical checks on reprogramming and transfer authority” that would bar ICE from spending more money on detention than authorized by Congress.
AILA Doc. No. 19021572

Article: How Sessions Reshaped the U.S. Immigration Court System

The Regulatory Review reports on former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s lasting impact on immigration courts. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “Congress can delay no longer in conducting rigorous oversight of the courts and establishing an independent immigration court system.”
AILA Doc. No. 19021403

Article: Trump’s Wall ‘Emergency’ Would Be the First to Overrule Congress on Spending

HuffPost reports on the president's warnings that he will declare an emergency to fund the wall. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen commented that the law doesn't give him "authority to throw a tantrum just because Congress chooses not to give him the toys that he likes."
AILA Doc. No. 19021331

Article: ‘My Whole Town Practically Lived There’: From Costa Rica to New Jersey, a Pipeline of Illegal Workers for Trump Goes Back Years

The Washington Post reports on the president’s long history of using lax hiring practices to employ undocumented workers at his businesses. AILA President Anastasia Tonello explains details of an employers’ responsibility to determine employees are eligible to work in the United States.
AILA Doc. No. 19021138

Article: Trump Signals Shift on Legal Immigration

The Wall Street Journal reports on President Trump’s recent expressions of support for legal immigration and employers’ concerns about USCIS’s growing backlog. A recent AILA report states there are “crisis-level delays” in USCIS case processing under the Trump administration.
AILA Doc. No. 19021134

Article: Hispanic Lawmakers Call for Answers on Policy of Keeping Asylum Seekers in Mexico

The Hill reports the Congressional Hispanic Caucus questioned DHS about the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA, the American Immigration Council, and CLINIC recently sent a letter to DHS saying asylum seekers would face “significant harm” if kept in Mexico and calling for a reversal of the policy.
AILA Doc. No. 19020830

Article: Immigrants Are Waiting 46 Percent Longer for Visas and Other Petitions

Houston Public Media reports that USCIS delays have nearly doubled since 2014. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said, “Throughout the nation, these delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses that depend on timely adjudications.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020571

Article: Confidential Documents Show CBP Prepping for Lawsuits over New Asylum Limits

The Tucson Sentinel reports that CBP is prepping for lawsuits over the administration’s new Remain in Mexico policy. According to AILA, the new policy will “prevent most, if not all, returned asylum seekers from receiving a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020433

Article: It Takes Twice as Long to Get a U.S. Visa, Compared with 2014

Quartz India reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS case processing delays have reached crisis levels. According to AILA, “Other agency data lays bare a USCIS ‘net backlog’ exceeding 2.3 million delayed cases at the end of FY2017.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020432

Article: Immigrant Tech Workers Struggle to Get H-1B Visas Under Trump: ‘I’ve Never Felt So Helpless’

The Los Angeles Times reports the process of applying for an H-1B has become murkier and more difficult. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said immigration policy changes are inhibiting efficiency and Past AILA President William Stock said USCIS “is creating more work for themselves.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020430

Article: Delays Reach ‘Crisis Level’ at Citizenship and Immigration Services

Minnesota Public Radio reports on USCIS processing time delays. Tammy Lin and Matthew Maiona of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee share how delays are impacting their clients. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd notes that case processing times increased in FY2018 as case volume receipt decreased.
AILA Doc. No. 19020109

Article: DHS Caused Hundreds of Immigrants to Show Up Thursday for Fake Court Dates

Mother Jones reports that ICE ordered many immigrants to appear in immigration court on January 31, but their hearings weren’t actually scheduled. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said immigration attorneys have been seeing these Notices to Appear with fake dates since the summer.
AILA Doc. No. 19020106

Article: Hundreds Show Up for Immigration-Court Hearings That Turn Out Not to Exist

The Washington Post reports ICE ordered people to appear in immigration court for hearings that weren’t scheduled. AILA received reports of more than 1,000 incorrect court dates issued in Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; Omaha, NE; and San Diego and San Francisco, CA.
AILA Doc. No. 19020105

Article: New Wave of ‘Fake Dates’ Cause Chaos in Immigration Courts Thursday

CNN reports that AILA tracked over 1,000 people who showed up in immigration court on January 31 to find out their hearing notices contained a fake date. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch said, “The immigration courts have reached a new crisis point.”
AILA Doc. No. 19020170

Article: USCIS Immigration Delays Grow Longer and Longer

Forbes reports on USCIS processing time delays. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd’s research found the average case processing time increased by 46 percent the past two fiscal years and employment-based green card delays have undermined U.S. businesses’ ability to “fill critical workforce gaps.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013131

Article: ICE Told Hundreds of Immigrants to Show Up to Court Thursday – for Many, Those Hearings Are Fake

CBS News reports many immigrants received NTAs with a hearing date for Thursday, January 31, that turned out to be fake, leading to chaotic scenes at immigration courts. AILA issued a practice alert warning members “the next upcoming date on NTAs that appears to be fake is this Thursday.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013130

Article: Report: Immigration Applications Are Seeing “Crisis-Level” Delays Under the Trump Administration

Mother Jones reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS processing time delays have reached a crisis level. AILA Policy Counsel Jason Boyd said the impacts are “serious and sweeping…families struggle to make ends meet, survivors of violence and torture face danger, and U.S. companies fall behind.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013106

Article: Lawyer Group Says Trump Policies Have Erected “Invisible Wall” to Slow Legal Immigration

The Texas Tribune reports on AILA’s analysis of USCIS processing time delays. AILA First Vice President Jennifer Minear said various policy changes “inhibit efficiency, and they act as, essentially, bricks in the Trump administration’s invisible wall against legal immigration.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013105

Article: Immigration Lawyers Blast Delays in Citizenship, Green Cards

The Associated Press reports on AILA’s finding that USCIS processing delays have reached crisis levels. According to AILA’s report, “Throughout the nation, these delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses that depend on timely adjudications.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013104

Article: Mexico Takes Stand Against U.S., Refuses to Accept Minors Awaiting U.S. Asylum Claims

Newsweek reports on the Remain in Mexico policy. AILA branded the policy a “due process disaster for asylum seekers” that would “prevent most, if not all, returned asylum seekers from receiving a fair day in court.”
AILA Doc. No. 19013030

Article: Closed Cafeterias, Missed Emails: Government Dusts Off After Shutdown

CNN reports on the government reopening after the partial shutdown. According to AILA, immigration courts were expecting confusion upon reopening.
AILA Doc. No. 19012930

Article: Fast-Track Processing Back On for H-1Bs Submitted in Lottery

Bloomberg Law reports on USCIS reopening premium processing for FY2019 H-1B cap petitions. Past AILA President William Stock said it’s a “helpful sign that further processing improvements are on their way” and would allow some of the “most critical” delayed cases to be decided quickly.
AILA Doc. No. 19012975

Article: USCIS to Bar Attys from Migrants Before Removal to Mexico

Law360 reports asylum seekers will undergo a new screening without the presence of counsel. AILA Executive Director Benjamin Johnson said, “By blocking access to counsel, USCIS will prevent many families and individuals with legitimate claims for asylum from having a fair shot at protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012973

Article: U.S. Immigration Authorities Detail So-Called Return-to-Mexico Guidance for Migrants

CNN reports on the government’s plan to return certain Central American asylum seekers to Mexico. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch raised due process concerns with the plan, explaining, “It would be incredibly difficult to prepare an asylum case when your client is in another country.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012971

Article: The Country’s Busiest Border Crossing Will Allow 20 People to Claim Asylum a Day. They Used to Take up to 100

CBS News reports on the Remain in Mexico policy. Ruby Powers of AILA's Media Advocacy Committee said the "sharp reduction" in the number of asylum seekers accepted at the San Ysidro port of entry would "continue to exacerbate an already intense backlog of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico."
AILA Doc. No. 19012830

Article: U.S. to Begin Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico for Duration of Immigration Proceedings

CNN reports on the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which DHS announced it would begin implementing. AILA Senior Policy Counsel Laura Lynch tweeted that the plan “will make it nearly impossible for #asylum seekers to access the protections they are entitled to.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012532

Article: As Soon as Friday, Asylum Seekers Will Be Forced to Wait in Tijuana for Their Day in Immigration Court

CBS News reports the Trump administration will begin implementing its “Remain in Mexico” policy. AILA called the policy a “due process disaster for asylum seekers,” noting asylum seekers waiting in Mexico “would encounter substantial barriers to accessing U.S. attorneys.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012531

Article: Fact Checker – President Trump Spins Asylum Restrictions as Humanitarian Relief

The Washington Post analyzes the president’s proposed changes to U.S. asylum law. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said, “This is a major change to asylum law that will block tens of thousands of children who are now showing up at our borders from ever getting protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012435

Article: DACA, Asylum Restrictions Would Tighten Under Trump’s Proposal

Bloomberg Government reports on the president’s proposed immigration bill. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the bill “does a bait and switch” and is “actually a strategy to cut out people and deport more individuals.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012434

Article: What’s in the Republican Immigration Bill, and Why Democrats Oppose It

USA Today reports on the GOP immigration bill. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen explained the bill would forbid Central American minors from getting asylum for at least eight months.
AILA Doc. No. 19012433

Article: Revamped DACA Protections and Stripped Safeguards: Details of Trump’s Border Wall ‘Compromise’

ABC reports on the president’s proposal to end the government shutdown. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the proposal “totally changes our concept of asylum protection.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012432

Article: The Border Wall Isn’t the Only Reason Democrats Oppose Plan to End the Shutdown

NPR reports on opposition to the president’s proposal to end the government shutdown. AILA Director of Government Relations Greg Chen said the proposal includes a “historic change in asylum law [that] would categorically block tens of thousands of children from ever applying for asylum.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012431

Article: Government Shutdown Claims Immigration Judge Paychecks as Morale Hits a “Historic Low”

CBS News reports on how the government shutdown is affecting immigration judges. AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt explained that forcing judges to rush through their quotas could have a devastating impact on immigration hearings.
AILA Doc. No. 19012430

Article: G.O.P. Bill to End Shutdown Draws Protests Over Asylum Restrictions

The New York Times reports on a Senate bill promoted as a compromise that is drawing fierce opposition from immigrant rights groups. Greg Chen is quoted, “The effect of the law will be to send people back into harm’s way, which would be a violation of international law.”
AILA Doc. No. 19012343

Article: Republicans Load Spending Bill with Hard-Line Measures Targeting Asylum

Politico discussed the Senate Republican bill with hard-line changes that make it unlikely to generate bipartisan support. “Any senator who is genuinely concerned about maintaining America’s commitment to protecting asylum seekers and refugees cannot support this bill,” said Greg Chen.
AILA Doc. No. 19012301

Article: Mom Who Couldn’t See Dying Son Due to Travel Ban Granted Waiver

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.
AILA Doc. No. 18121903

Article: How E-Verify Works: Immigration Labor Program Draws Scrutiny

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.”
AILA Doc. No. 18101006

Article: Trump Administration, Critics Spar Over Family Reunifications as Deadline Passes

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.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072771

Article: Republicans Voted to Block Jeff Sessions’ Attacks on Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence

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.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072770

Article: Changes to Federal Policies Pave Way for Sudden Visa Denials, Deportation

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.”
AILA Doc. No. 18072005

Selected News Clips on Family Separation

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.
AILA Doc. No. 18062000

Selected News Clips on Family Detention Pro Bono Efforts

Want to see the impact our volunteers have made on families in detention? Check out these selected clips chronicling the work of the volunteers and the plight of the mothers and children detained there, from national outlets to local press. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and donors.
AILA Doc. No. 14120305

Article: The President's Cuts to Legal Immigration Are Dangerous

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.
AILA Doc. No. 18021235