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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USCIS Offices Temporarily Closed to the Public

  • By: USCIS
  • Date: 03/18/20

As of March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has suspended routine in-person services until at least April 1 to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). USCIS staff will continue to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations. To schedule an emergency appointment contact the USCIS Contact Center.

Immigration Courts Operational Status

  • By: Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Date: 03/18/20

The list of which courts are closed entirely, and which are closed for non-detained cases. 

Coronavirus & Detention

  • By: Detention Watch Network
  • Date: 03/18/20

A call-to-action template to advocate the release of all people from custody. 

International Migration and Growth: Charting an Ethical Path to the Future

  • By: Center for Migration Studies - New York
  • Date: 03/18/20

Current trends suggest that the number of international migrants will continue to rise due to job displacement, violence, natural disaster, and states that cannot or will not meet their fundamental responsibilities. If the past is prologue, unscrupulous politicians and media sources will also continue to blame migrants for the economic and cultural displacement of their constituents, xenophobia will increase, and migrants will encounter hostility in host communities. Natives will criticize their governments and institutions for failing to protect their interests and needs, and migrant laborers will be caught in the middle.  How to chart a different path for the future?

#FreeThemAll: Toolkit to Support Local Demands for Mass Release of People in ICE Custody

  • By: Detention Watch Network
  • Date: 03/18/20

Detention Watch Network's toolkit includes:

  • Federal, State, Regional, & Local Strategy Information
  • Templates & Resources for Lawyers
  • Communications Resources, including editable graphics you can adapt to your local fight
  • Tips & Recommendations to Prepare to Welcome those Released

EOIR Memo on Immigration Court Practices During the National Emergency

  • By: EOIR
  • Date: 03/18/20

Office of the Director memo on "Immigration Court Practices During the Declared National Emergency Concerning the Covid-19 Outbreak"

Updated ICE Statement on Covid-19 (3/18/20)

  • By: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Date: 03/18/20

"Consistent with its sensitive locations policy, during the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement."

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Immigration Judges, Prosecutors and Attorneys Call for the Nationwide Closure of All Immigration Courts

  • By: National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 511 (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Professionals Union), American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Date: 03/15/20

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 511 (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Professionals Union), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (collectively, “the Organizations”) call for the emergency closure of the nation’s Immigration Courts in adherence with current public health protocols regarding the COVID-19 virus and recognizing the urgency of this public health crisis.

Remote Legal Support: A Guide for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Innovation

  • By: Pro Bono Net / Immigration Advocates Network
  • Date: 03/10/20

Pro Bono Net, Immigration Advocates Network, and partners created this manual in response to a national survey of immigration legal service providers. We've published 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 program logistics, processes, challenges, tools, checklists, sample documents, and best practices. Finally, it includes projects and models from across the nonprofit sector.

State Driver's License Databases: Breaking Down Data Sharing and Recommendations for Data Privacy

  • By: Just Futures Law
  • Date: 03/05/20

Just Futures Law releases its latest report on state sharing of information in DMV databases as well as recommendations proposing data protection policies in an effort to support organizing groups fighting to make communities safer for all.

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