|Immigration Court: 3/18 - Philadelphia Immigration Court non-detained hearings postponed|
|3/19: "ICE has implemented temporary measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure at ERO Field Offices. Effective immediately, the Philadelphia Field Office will temporarily change in-person reporting requirements to telephonic reporting. Those with upcoming appointments will be notified. The numbers for reporting to Philadelphia,|
PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Charleston, WV, and Dover, DE as follows: Philadelphia Field Office (215) 656-7164; Pittsburgh Office
(412) 485-1037; Charleston Office (304) 308-1491; Dover Office (302) 730-9315
ERO will limit the acceptance of bonds to locations with “bond windows” or other appropriate barriers that will limit exposure between staff and visitors. Only the individual appearing to post the bonds will be permitted to enter the office. Additionally, ERO will temporarily permit the filing of Form I-246, Application for Stay of Deportation or Removal, through the mail accompanied by money orders, certified funds, or request for fee waivers only. Please visit our website for Covid-19 FAQs."
|3/15: ICE has suspended all social visitaiton of those in ICE Detention|
"ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will focus enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.
Homeland Security Investigations will continue to carry out mission critical criminal investigations and enforcement operations as determined necessary to maintain public safety and national security. Examples include investigations into child exploitation, gangs, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, human smuggling, and continued participation on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. This work will be conducted based on ability to coordinate and work with prosecutors from the Department of Justice and intake at both the U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons.
Consistent with its sensitive locations policy, during the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement."
|3/20: All USCIS field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) will not provide in-person services until at least April 1. This includes interviews, naturalization ceremonies and biometric collection appointments. However, we will continue to provide emergency services during this time. If you have an emergency service request for an asylum case, please contact the asylum office. |
All future interviews for pending affirmative asylum applications, NACARA 203 applications, and non-detained credible fear and reasonable fear screenings in asylum offices and on circuit rides have been cancelled.
|USCIS encourages all those, including aliens, with symptoms that resemble Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (fever, cough, shortness of breath) to seek necessary medical treatment or preventive services. Such treatment or preventive services will not negatively affect any alien as part of a future Public Charge analysis.||https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge|
|Comprehensive National Updates from the American Immigration Lawyers Association|
|New York Immigraiotn Coalition Resources|
|The Justice Collaborative Resource & Response Hub||https://thejusticecollaborative.com/covid19/|
|National Bail Fund Network: COVID19 Response Guide for Community Bail and Bond Funds|
|Example of public defender agencies demanding release of immigrants from local jails and a halt in arrests||https://twitter.com/BklynDefender/status/1238553511488622593|
|ACLU-PA collecting information of detained individuals in ICE in PA at a higher risk of contracting this virus||https://tinyurl.com/s8zpf6q|