AILA Doc. No. 20071530 Dated July 14, 2020
In recent weeks, AILA has received member reports of delays in issuing ADDs and green cards for some immigration applications based on employment, family and asylum.
On July 9, the Washington Post reported that the USCIS has closed the printing of documents showing the legal status and work authorization for immigrants and non-immigrants, including green cards and employment authorization documents (EAD), in Corbin, KY, weeks ago, and the USCIS has escalated subsequent printing at the second facility at Lee’s Summit , MO, resulting in massive delays. USCIS blames “financial concerns” for not renewing the contract with the printing press despite never alerting Congress. According to a USCIS, approximately 50,000 green cards and 75,000 other employment authorization documents promised to immigrants and non-immigrants have not been printed.
If your client has been affected by USCIS’s failure to provide evidence of legal status and work authorization for his client, AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force (ALTF) provides a sample complaint for a mandamus brief to compel USCIS to issue the plaintiff’s EAD after USCIS failed to issue the EAD within a reasonable time after the agency’s approval of the claim claimant’s employment authorization. In light of USCIS’s $1.2 billion funding crisis, AILA encourages its members to take action by contacting their members of Congress and urging them to ensure that USCIS is funded, but that such funds must be conditional on key changes focused on transparency, fiscal responsibility, and efficiency. . Also request that its members of Congress support the Transparency and Delay of Bipartisan Cases Act of 2020 (HR 5971) to address crisis-level delays that are crippling the agency’s case processing.