Asylum

Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Asylum, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

For two years, women and children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been fleeing to the United States to escape the extreme violence of gangs which control large swaths of territory within their home countries. And for two years the Obama Administration has responded to this humanitarian crisis by locking up the women and […]

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Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Written by on August 10, 2016 in Asylum, Detention with 0 Comments
Government’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Falling Short

Human Rights First (HRF) and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) each released reports this month detailing the flawed treatment of asylum seekers in the United States. The USCIRF report, Barriers to Protection: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Expedited Removal, looks at the Department of Homeland Security’s overall process for asylum seekers, […]

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DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Written by on July 6, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
DHS and Immigration Courts Sued Over One-Year Asylum Deadline

Immigration law imposes a one-year deadline, beginning upon arrival in the United States, within which an asylum seeker must apply for asylum. With very limited exceptions, an individual who misses this deadline becomes ineligible for asylum. Even though the clock is ticking for these asylum seekers, DHS agents and officers do not notify them of […]

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Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Asylum, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

This year, World Refugee Day marks a grim historical milestone: The number of people fleeing their homes to escape war and persecution is now higher than it has ever been since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began keeping records in the 1950s. In the 2015 edition of its annual Global Trends report, […]

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Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Media outlets are reporting on the uptick in the number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. This trend is not surprising given the ongoing violence in Central America. The conditions in the region are not significantly improving by any measure, and as a result people continue to flee while the Administration’s refugee […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

Deterrence Strategy Targeting Central American Asylum Seekers Comes at a High Human Cost

The Obama Administration has recently announced plans to double down on its strategy of rounding up and deporting Central American asylum seekers to some of the most dangerous countries in the world. This is part of the Administration’s deterrence strategy, which is specifically designed to curtail the flow of asylum-seeking women and children migrating from […]

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Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Written by on May 17, 2016 in Asylum, Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Despite Obstacles, A Majority of Child Migrants Appear in Immigration Court

Reuters reported last week that the Obama Administration would begin to round up Central American women and children, including “minors who have entered the country without a guardian and since turned 18 years of age” and begin deporting them. The news report goes on to say that “many of those apprehended for unlawful entry are […]

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Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Judge Who Believes Toddlers Can Represent Themselves, Only Part of the Problem in the Battle over Representation for Kids

Over the past week, several media outlets reported that Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (ACIJ) Jack Weil claimed that he could teach immigration law to three- and four-year-old children such that the children could represent themselves in immigration court. Now, Attorney General Loretta Lynch claims that the U.S. Department of Justice is “looking at various ways […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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