Asylum and Refugee

Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

Written by on June 23, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee with 0 Comments
Measuring Protections for LGBT Immigrants

25 years ago, the Board of Immigration Appeals held that people fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation are eligible for asylum. Just months later, President George H.W. Bush lifted a ban which excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants from entering the country. A recent report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) […]

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Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

Written by on May 8, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention with 0 Comments
Reports: Detention Doesn’t Deter Migrants and Refugees From Coming to United States

In 2009, the Obama Administration ended family detention at the infamous T. Don Hutto jail in Texas and cut the number of immigrants in family detention to less than a hundred. However, after the surge of Central American migrants last summer, the Administration reinstituted the appalling practice of family detention, with plans to detain 2,760 […]

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House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
House Judiciary Considers Same Costly, Enforcement-Only ‘Reform’

The House Judiciary Committee devoted two days this week to the markup of three enforcement-only immigration bills. The legislation would strip much-needed protections from an already vulnerable population–including children and asylum seekers–impact the agriculture industry, place burdensome requirements on small business owners, and cost the American taxpayer a lot of money. The Legal Workforce Act, […]

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State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

Written by on December 9, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Children with 0 Comments
State Department Launches In-Country Refugee Program to Reunite Central American Families

Last week, the U.S. Department of State announced the launch of its in-country refugee processing program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The program is part of the Obama Administration’s response to last summer’s influx of unaccompanied children and families fleeing to the United States from Central America and will work to “to provide a […]

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Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

Civil Rights Complaint Documents Government’s Failure to Properly Screen Asylum Seekers

In a strong condemnation of Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) treatment of refugees, several organizations submitted a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL) detailing the pervasive failure of CBP officers to properly screen individuals who fear persecution. The complaint supplements media accounts, and recent reports by […]

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Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Written by on October 21, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Deportation with 1 Comment
Report Discloses Deportation of Central American Asylum Seekers

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a report last week documenting serious flaws in the procedures used to deport noncitizens apprehended at or near the border—flaws that are resulting in the deportation of Central Americans who face serious harm in their home countries. The report is based on interviews of 35 noncitizens detained in the United […]

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Proposed Refugee Program Limited in Central American Impact

Written by on October 3, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee with 0 Comments
Proposed Refugee Program Limited in Central American Impact

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a memo that set the refugee cap at 70,000 refugees for the 2015 fiscal year. This is the same cap as Fiscal Year 2014, but the 2015 regional allotment for Latin America and the Caribbean decreased to 4,000 from 5,000. This region includes Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the […]

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The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

Written by on October 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Detention, Family with 0 Comments
The Failings of Family Detention at Artesia

By Dree Collopy, partner at Benach Ragland LLP. The inhumanity of family detention and the danger of short-changing basic due process protections are on full display in the detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, where hundreds of women and children are being held by the U.S. government. The Washington Post reports this week on a tour […]

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Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Written by on September 2, 2014 in Asylum and Refugee, Immigration Law with 3 Comments
Landmark Decision on Asylum Claims Recognizes Domestic Violence Victims

Last week, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark decision that recognizes that women who have experienced domestic violence may be deemed a “member of a particular social group” which would help support a potential asylum case. The case, Matter of A-R-C-G-, arrives at a time when many Central American women and children […]

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11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

11-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Held in Immigration Detention at Artesia

One of the hundreds of children being held at an immigration detention facility in, New Mexico, was released last week when officials realized the 11-year-old boy was a U.S. citizen. According to the boy’s attorney, he spent more than a month there before an immigration attorney visiting the facility found out about his status. “I […]

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