The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound impacts on the immigration detention system and the immigration courts. On this page you will find relevant advocacy work. For more resources, including sample filings and templates, please visit our COVID-19 Updates Training Page.
June 1, 2020
We've heard from our partners on the ground with Proyecto Dilley, formerly the Dilley Pro Bono Project, that ICE is forcing detained families to make an impossible choice: remain detained indefinitely along with their children during a pandemic, or release their children to a sponsor while the parents remain in detention, threatening widespread family separation. Take a stand against this practice today.
May 15, 2020
We are joining forces with Amnesty International, Families Belong Together, and other organizations to call on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to use his public health authority to pressure ICE to substantially reduce the number of those detained, mitigate the otherwise inevitable spread of COVID-19, and protect immigrants and asylum-seekers. Join our call today!
May 7, 2020
Immigration Justice Campaign Director, Karen Lucas, and National Advocacy Counsel, Katie Shepherd, detail why ICE’s failure to protect those in its custody during the COVID-19 pandemic demands immediate oversight by the Department of Homeland Security in order to prevent further spread of the virus in ICE facilities.
May 7, 2020
On May 7, 2020, the Immigration Justice Campaign and local partners filed an oversight complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the Office of the Inspector General highlighting the experiences of those detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ICE’s failure to protect those in its custody.
April 28, 2020
Justice Campaign volunteers are fiercely advocating for the release of vulnerable individuals from the unsafe conditions of ICE detention – where social distancing is impossible and medical care woefully inadequate. Read the personal accounts from individuals who are fighting for release and the volunteers who are helping them.
Temporary Restraining Order Requested to Stop Dangerous EOIR and ICE Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
April 8, 2020
AILA, the Immigration Justice Campaign, the NIPNLG, and several detained individuals filed an emergency TRO challenging EOIR’s operation of in-person immigration court hearings and ICE’s conditions of confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawsuit Seeks Halt to Dangerous and Unconstitutional Policies Endangering Immigration Attorneys, Clients, and the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 30, 2020
AILA, the Immigration Justice Campaign, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and several detained individuals filed suit to demand EOIR and ICE take actions to prioritize health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letters to Colorado, New Jersey, and New Mexico Governors Call for Releases from Detention Amid COVID-19
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council) and local legal service provider partners sent letters to Governors Jared Polis, Phil Murphy, and Michelle Lujan Grisham urging them to take steps to reduce the number of individuals in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in their states amid the coronavirus outbreak. The letters describe well-documented issues within ICE facilities that make inaction incredibly harmful, and possibly deadly.
Watch our webinar recording to learn about what is happening in immigration detention centers and immigration courts around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what you can do to help.
@AILANational and @immcouncil hosted a Twitterstorm on Wednesday, April 1 at 12pm ET to urge EOIR and ICE to immediately authorize the robust and automatic use of remote options for immigration court appearances and attorney-client meetings in ICE detention centers, and to release vulnerable individuals from detention. Advocates used this Twitterstorm toolkit to participate!
March 17, 2020
On March 17, 2020, the El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC) sent a letter to the ICE Field Office Director highlighting public health concerns related to COVID-19 for individuals in ICE Custody in El Paso, the need for the immediate release of individuals who are at high risk, and recommending steps to mitigate the crisis for this population.
More than 100 organizations urged EOIR and ICE to immediately authorize the robust and automatic use of remote options for immigration court appearances and attorney-client meetings.
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The American Immigration Council warns non-citizens to guard against spoofing phone calls from ill-intended individuals seeking to create panic among our immigrant community. To learn more, please go to scam.immigrationcouncil.org.