COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound impacts on the immigration detention system and the immigration courts. On this page you will find updates related to detention, release from detention, the operation of the immigration courts, and legal arguments related to COVID-19.


Release from Detention


Webinar

Recorded Webinar: Parole From Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Immigration Justice Campaign
ICE continues to hold tens of thousands of non-citizens in immigration prisons across the country -- in crowded conditions with no protection from COVID-19. In this webinar, attorneys from the Immigration Justice Campaign explain how to seek release from immigration detention via parole, with a specific focus on seeking parole during the pandemic.

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Slides: Parole from Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Immigration Justice Campaign
Slides from the webinar "Parole from Detention During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

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Template COVID-19 Parole Request

Immigration Justice Campaign
Template for a parole request under COVID-19 where the client does not have an underlying medical condition.

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Template Parole Request in Light of COVID-19 for People with Medical Vulnerabilities

Immigration Justice Campaign
This template, which is based on a template prepared by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, is a request parole for clients who have medical conditions or are otherwise medically vulnerable to COVID-19. This can be used even if you have previously requested parole or bond.

Webinar

Recorded Webinar: Detention During COVID-19: What is Happening and How You Can Help

Immigration Justice Campaign
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.

Supporting Documents

Preliminary Injunction: District Court Central District of California

Immigration Justice Campaign
On April 20, 2020, the Central District of California District Court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction ordering ICE to make timely reviews of custody for anyone who has a risk factor for coronavirus. The order lays out what those risk factors are (pg. 21 footnote) and instructs ICE to review the custody of anyone with a risk factor.

ICE April 4, 2020 COVID-19 Guidance Update

This is ICE's guidance to Field Offices directing them to review all parole requests for people who have a risk factor identified by the CDC.

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C.V. for Infectious Disease Specialist

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
C.V. for Dr. Carlos Franco-Paredes, infectious disease specialist and author of preceding letter on risks of detention for people at high risk of COVID-19, to be used in release requests for people at high medical risk during the pandemic.

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Letter from Infectious Disease Specialist About Risks of Detention for People at High Risk of COVID-19

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
This letter lays out who is considered at high risk in the COVID-19 pandemic, and the risks of detention during the pandemic especially for those at high risk. This letter, along with Dr. Franco-Paredes' c.v., may be used to accompany release requests for anyone in the high risk categories he outlines.

Immigration Court Proceedings


Webinar

Remote Lawyering in Immigration Court

Immigration Justice Campaign
In this video roundtable, four expert practitioners (including a former immigration judge) discuss tips and strategies for representing clients remotely in their immigration court proceedings.

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EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic

Executive Office for Immigration Review
EOIR page with the current operating status of every immigration court during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sample Motion to Continue Based on COVID-19

Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
A sample motion to continue an individual hearing due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Standing Orders of Immigration Courts re: Continuances and Telephonic Appearances Due to COVID-19

Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration courts around the country have been issuing standing orders around telephonic appearances and requests for continuances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. EOIR is adding these orders to the Immigration Court Practice Manual, Appendix R.

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AILA Practice Alert: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements for Attorneys in Detained Courts

American Immigration Lawyers Association
AILA provides a practice alert on ICE's personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for attorneys in detained courts.

Legal Arguments Related to COVID-19


Practice
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Practice Alert: Coronavirus Asylum Claims Based on "Other Serious Harm"

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
A practice alert on arguing for "humanitarian asylum" in cases with past persecution and the potential in the future for "other serious harm" related to coronavirus.

Advocacy Resources

Take Action Today: Urge ICE to Do the Right Thing

Ask your member of Congress to deliver this message to ICE: Immediately release vulnerable individuals and dramatically reduce the number of people in detention.

El Paso Immigration Collaborative (EPIC) Statement Regarding COVID-19

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.

Letter to ICE and EOIR Regarding Remote Legal Access and Representation During COVID-19 Pandemic

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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