April 2024

Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Chronic Delays in Responding to FOIA Requests

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr. 24, 2024—Today, three immigration attorneys and two individuals filed a prospective class action lawsuit in federal court, challenging U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for immigration records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Legal Challenge Prompts USCIS to Release Key Immigration Manuals to the Public

PORTLAND, OR – The National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA) and Innovation Law Lab are thrilled to announce that, in response to the lawsuit we filed against the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), USCIS has made two important immigration staff manuals available to the public in its electronic reading room. The release of these documents is a critical step for ensuring transparency for noncitizens in expedited removal and reinstatement proceedings.  

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Over 1,000 Asylum Seekers Benefit from Padilla Settlement Within First 90 Days

Following settlement of the credible fear class claims in Padilla v. ICE — a national class action case litigated by NILA, NWIRP, AIC, and ACLU — the government reports that over 1,000 asylum seekers for whom USCIS failed to provide timely credible fear hearings have been issued Notices to Appear and placed in regular removal

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