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LIAISON ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY In 2010, AILA Liaison Committees devel- oped detailed agenda and met with govern- ment officials from USCIS Headquarters, CBP, ICE, DOS, DOL, EOIR, as well as with representatives from USCIS SCOPS, CSC, NSC, VSC, TSC, NBC, the CIS Ombuds- man, and the DHS/FOIA Privacy Office. Te Verification and Documentation Com- mittee held a number of focused meetings with the Worksite Division of ICE Investiga- tions and OPLA, DOJ-OCAHO and OSC. In addition, AILA engaged with the White House and high-level administration offi- cials to promote strategies on court reform, access to counsel, detention reform, interior enforcement, employment verification, and various forms of administrative relief. AILA developed detailed briefing documents and legal analysis on these topics. AILA also regularly engages in liaison with government officials on various levels through stake- holder engagement and coalition work. In 2010, AILA participated in monthly USCIS stakeholder engagements, DOL stakeholder meetings, and quarterly meetings with asylum NGOs and the USCIS Asylum Office. [ 10 ] Troughout 2010, AILA published more than 225 practice tips, advisories, and meet- ing minutes on InfoNet: • CBP: 6 documents • CRCL: 2 documents • DHS Privacy Office/FOIA: 2 documents • DOL: 24 documents • DOS: 35 documents • EOIR/DOJ: 11 documents • ICE: 5 documents • Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations: 7 documents • USCIS HQ/AAO: 46 documents • Service Center Operations/ISD: 20 documents • California Service Center: 11 documents • National Benefits Center: 6 documents • Nebraska Service Center: 15 documents • Texas Service Center: 7 documents • Vermont Service Center: 22 documents • Verification and Documentation: 9 documents LIAISON TASK FORCES AILA Liaison formed several topic-specific task forces to tackle current issues: Export Controls Task Force Created to gather information and provide guidance to members on how to handle the export controls questions on revised Form I-129. Te task force completed a practice advisory and held a late-breaking audio seminar on February 1, 2011, “Managing the New I-129 Export Control Certification in Your Practice.” On December 22, 2010, in response to pressure from AILA and other stakeholder organizations, USCIS an- nounced the suspension of the requirement that H-1B, H-1B1, L, and O-1A petitioners complete the export controls/ITAR questions on the I-129 form, until February 20, 2011. Kazarian Task Force Created to identify and resolve issues and problems regarding USCIS implementation of the two-part test for employment-based adjudications set forth in the 9th Circuit case, Kazarian v. USCIS. Te task force collected a large sampling of RFEs and denials and is in the process of developing a letter to USCIS leadership regarding AILA’s concerns.

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