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Deportations from the U.S. are driving up COVID-19 cases in Guatemala.

According to Guatemala’s health minister, flights arriving with deportees from the U.S. have increased the amount of confirmed cases of COVID-19. In one flight, 50-75% of deportees tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, the U.S. has allegedly been noncompliant with a request to have only 25 passengers per plane. As a result, Guatemala has expanded COVID-19 testing of those deportee arrivals.

NAIJ Submits Motion to File Amicus Brief in Lawsuit Against ICE and EOIR for Handling of Immigration Cases During COVID-19 Crisis

The National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ) submitted a motion to file an amicus brief in NIPNLG, et. al. v. EOIR, et. al., a case filed by AILA, the Immigration Justice Campaign, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG), and several detained individuals challenging EOIR’s operation of in-person immigration court hearings and ICE’s conditions of confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Law360 reports that, according to the NAIJ, more than half of the immigration courts nationwide have so far reported contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients or contact with individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Plaintiffs also submitted a supplemental brief in support of their emergency motion for a temporary restraining order in the case.

USCIS has extended its office closures through May 3.

On April 1, USCIS announced that the temporary office closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended to May 3. USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency services, including processing employment authorization extensions.

The mayor of Chicago has signed an order ensuring that all immigrants and refugees will have access to COVID-19 relief.

Chicago is providing COVID-19 relief in the form of housing assistance, online educational resources, and a small business fund. On April 7, Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed an executive order establishing that all Chicago residents, regardless of immigration status, will have equal access to relief.

Covid 19 and PERM

The DOL OFLC announced that tomorrow, the Atlanta National Processing Center will begin issuing PERM labor certification documents electronically. AILA’s PPC has gathered a variety of practice management resources to assist members with firm continuity, remote working, and more. AILA’s CBP Liaison Committee issued a practice alert about the closing of the northern and southern borders. AILA requested that USCIS provide additional accommodations to facilitate filings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Covid 19 Status at Facilities

The DOL OFLC announced that tomorrow, the Atlanta National Processing Center will begin issuing PERM labor certification documents electronically. AILA’s PPC has gathered a variety of practice management resources to assist members with firm continuity, remote working, and more. AILA’s CBP Liaison Committee issued a practice alert about the closing of the northern and southern borders. AILA requested that USCIS provide additional accommodations to facilitate filings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

USCIS and Covid 19 and RFE’s

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020.
For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.
USCIS is adopting several measures to protect our workforce and community, and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time.

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