Royce Murray

Royce Bernstein Murray is the Policy Director at the American Immigration Council where she oversees the Council’s administrative and legislative advocacy. Prior to joining the Council, Royce served as the Director of Policy at the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center where she worked on issues impacting the due process rights, detention, and treatment of vulnerable immigrants. She previously worked as an immigration and human rights law consultant for organizations including the National Immigration Forum, Center for Global Development, and the World Bank’s Nordic Trust Fund. Royce was also an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. She began her career working for the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and Asylum Officer for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and later at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office of the Chief Counsel. She was introduced to immigration and asylum issues as an intern for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now “Human Rights First”), the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, and Ayuda. She holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in political science from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the New York Bar.

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It Is Legal to Seek Asylum

It Is Legal to Seek Asylum

As thousands of asylum-seeking parents were separated from their children in recent months, the Trump administration actively portrayed them as law breakers who must be prosecuted and punished for coming to the United States. Left out of the narrative is one well-established fact: it is legal to seek asylum. The Immigration and Nationality Act, which […]

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Homeland Security Extends TPS for Yemen for 18 Months

Written by on July 5, 2018 in Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Extends TPS for Yemen for 18 Months

The Yemeni community in the United States received word today that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemen will be extended through March 3, 2020.  Approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS will now be able to renew their status to avoid being returned to what the United Nations Secretary-General has labeled “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

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Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection

Written by on June 13, 2018 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection

In the latest attack on asylum seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions single-handedly overturned years of immigration precedent to find that many victims of violence will not qualify for asylum. His strongly-worded opinion strikes an especially devastating blow to Central American asylum seekers, the vast majority of whom seek protection in the United States after fleeing […]

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US Embassy Cables Reveal How Trump Officials Ignored Warnings About Ending Temporary Protected Status

US Embassy Cables Reveal How Trump Officials Ignored Warnings About Ending Temporary Protected Status

In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has methodically ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six countries, including over 300,000 people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. Newly revealed State Department cables now confirm that the Trump administration’s interest in ending these designations superseded stark warnings from U.S. embassies on the ground about […]

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After Almost 20 Years, Honduran Temporary Protected Status Holders Lose Permission to Stay

Written by on May 4, 2018 in Waivers and Relief from Deportation with 0 Comments
After Almost 20 Years, Honduran Temporary Protected Status Holders Lose Permission to Stay

Nearly 60,000 Hondurans learned today that they will no longer be able to remain in the United States with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), placing them at risk of deportation when termination takes effect in 18 months. Having lawfully resided in the United States for many years, Honduran TPS holders now face the impossible choice of […]

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Homeland Security Ends Temporary Protected Status for Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal

Homeland Security Ends Temporary Protected Status for Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal. Designated in 2015 based on a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Nielsen found that conditions in Nepal “have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial.” Thursday’s announcement delayed the effective date by 12 […]

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Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws

Written by on April 3, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Migrant Caravan Making Its Way North to Be Greeted By a Complex Web of Immigration Laws

Slowing making their way north through Mexico is a large caravan of migrants searching for safe haven, an opportunity to work, or the chance to reunite with family. Some will remain in Mexico, while others hope to reach the U.S.-Mexico border. But what will they face when they arrive? The caravan caught the attention of […]

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Long-Residing Liberians Are at Risk of Losing Protection from Deportation by the End of March

Long-Residing Liberians Are at Risk of Losing Protection from Deportation by the End of March

While much of the national immigration conversation has focused on the fate of Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status, a little-known protection provided to Liberians is on the brink of expiration. This rarely-applied protection is known as Deferred Enforced Departure, a designation made by the president to provide temporary relief from deportation and work […]

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USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made abrupt and sweeping changes to how the agency will schedule interviews for affirmative asylum applications. Rather than interviewing those who have been waiting months or years for their interview, asylum offices will now prioritize brand new filings ahead of all others waiting in the queue. While scheduling asylum […]

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DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians, but Leaves Some Without Protections

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians, but Leaves Some Without Protections

For the first time in many months, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) decided to extend a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation – this time for Syria.  With civil war continuing to rage, the Secretary of Homeland Security is permitting Syrians another 18 months to be safe from deportation. But for the first time since […]

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