Practice Alerts are provided courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), American Immigration Council and other immigrants' rights organizations. An archive of alerts are listed by month in the practice alerts section of the library.

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The Remote Legal Support Best Practices Manual

  • By: Pro Bono Net / Immigration Advocates Network
  • Date: 02/26/20

Coming Soon!

We created a "how to" manual in response to our national survey on remote (off-site) legal support and services. It includes key findings from the national survey results, to share the nonprofit immigration field's experience and interest. The manual features successful Remote Legal Support (RLS) programs, including logistics, process, challenges, tools, checklists, sample documents, and best practices. Finally, it includes projects and models from across the nonprofit sector. We hope this manual helps nonprofit and pro bono advocates reach more people, and improve access to justice.

Download our survey results graphic below.

ICE Ruses Primer

  • By: Immigrant Defense Project
  • Date: 02/20/20

Though ICE’s tactics regularly evolve, ICE’s use of ruses has escalated since 2017. Familiarity with ICE tactics, like ruses, could help prevent an ICE arrest and protect loved ones. Read on to learn more about what kinds of ruses ICE uses, why they use them, and what you can do to protect yourself or loved ones.

Federal Court Finds Conditions in Customs and Border Protection Detention Facilities Unconstitutional

  • By: American Immigration Council
  • Date: 02/19/20

The government can no longer hold people in the Tuscon sector for over 48 hours without providing a bed, blanket, shower, meals that meet acceptable dietary standards, and an assessment from a medical professional.

Jump in Asylum Decisions

  • By: TRAC
  • Date: 02/18/20

"The pace of deciding asylum cases is up sharply so far in FY 2020. A total of 33,194 asylum cases have already been decided on their merits according to the latest case-by-case Immigration Court data covering the first four months of fiscal year 2020 (October 2019 - January 2020). There were 67,520 asylum decisions during all of FY 2019. However, the court's backlog is still climbing as the pace of new receipts continues to exceed case completions."

The Immigration Court Practice Manual and Orders

  • By: Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Date: 02/13/20

Explains the authority and relationship of the ICPM and orders (standing, pre-hearing, local operating). 

Matter of E-R-A-L- 27 IN Dec. 767 (BIA 2020)

  • By: Board of Immigration Appeals
  • Date: 02/10/20

(1) An alien’s status as a landowner does not automatically render that alien a member of a particular social group for purposes of asylum and withholding of removal.

(2)  To establish a particular social group based on landownership, an alien must demonstrate by evidence in the record that members of the proposed group share an immutable characteristic and that the group is defined with particularity and is perceived to be socially distinct in the society in question.

(3)  The respondent’s proposed particular social groups—comprised of landowners and landowners who resist drug cartels in Guatemala—are not valid based on the evidence in the record.

USCIS Policy Alert: Public Charge (Feb 5, 2020)

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 02/05/20

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing guidance in the USCIS Policy
Manual to address the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule

New Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency (Feb, 2020)

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 02/05/20

Form instructions, including links to information about public charge, the effective date, and rules for people in Illinois. 

Webinar Handout: Best Practices for T Visas

  • By: The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Date: 02/04/20

A note-taking PDF of the webinar presentation for February 4, 2020.  Note that the PDF is titled "T Visa Basics"

What the New Public Charge Regulation Means for Providers and Clients

  • By: The Legal Aid Society
  • Date: 01/31/20

A brief description of the new rule, the effective date, and how it impacts clients and applications. While this information is helpful across the country (except Illinois), it may include New York State terminology for benefits and programs.

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