Humanitarian Protection

America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

America’s Treatment of Asylum Seekers Reviewed by Regional Human Rights Body

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) heard testimony today about policies that prevent access to the U.S. asylum process for those fleeing grave danger in their home countries. U.S. law guarantees the right to seek asylum to all who flee persecution and arrive at our border looking for protection. And yet, the testimony heard […]

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Travel Ban 2.0 Halted by Two District Judges

Travel Ban 2.0 Halted by Two District Judges

The Trump administration has failed in its attempt to rewrite the executive order banning individuals from targeted Muslim-majority nations in order to pass legal muster. On the eve of the new order taking effect, two district judges have shut it down. The first nationwide order was issued by a district court in Hawaii on Wednesday […]

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Second “Muslim Ban” Meets Renewed Litigation

Written by on March 13, 2017 in Enforcement, Executive Action, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Second “Muslim Ban” Meets Renewed Litigation

In the week following President Trump’s issuance of a second travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries, several states and a number of immigrant rights groups immediately returned to federal courts throughout the country to urge that this ban, like the first, be enjoined. Trump’s initial Muslim travel ban, an Executive Order issued on January 27, […]

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President Trump to Replace Travel Ban Executive Order

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Executive Action, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
President Trump to Replace Travel Ban Executive Order

President Trump re-issued his immigration executive order on Monday that halts all refugee admissions for at least 120 days and bans entry into the United States for nationals of six Muslim-majority countries. Those targeted by the previous version of the executive order are largely unchanged, except that Iraq was removed from the list of banned countries. […]

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These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Written by on February 28, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
These Changes May Keep Asylum Seekers From Getting Their Day in Court

Effective February 27, 2017, new changes to the asylum screening process could lead to an increased number of deportations of asylum-seekers who fear persecution upon return to their home country. On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) revised its Asylum Division Officer Training Course (ADOTC) lesson plans on how to assess an […]

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Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

Five Important Points Made by the Court That Rejected the Muslim Ban

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sent some strong messages to the President: he cannot shield himself from court review by claiming “national security;” he may only set policies that are consistent with our Constitution; and key parts of the Executive Order banning refugees and noncitizens from seven Muslim-majority countries are likely unconstitutional. In its […]

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The Public Responds Loudly to President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban

Written by on January 30, 2017 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection with 1 Comment
The Public Responds Loudly to President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban

In his first week as president, President Donald Trump unleashed a series of executive orders, thereby launching his first strikes against current and future immigrants and refugees. In response, thousands of Americans mobilized over the weekend, demonstrating against the President’s actions. Strong opposition continues to come from foreign leaders, Congressional leaders, government bureaucrats, business leaders, […]

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President Trump Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day by Banning Refugees and Muslims

Written by on January 28, 2017 in Executive Action, Humanitarian Protection with 0 Comments
President Trump Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day by Banning Refugees and Muslims

President Trump marked the end of his first full week in office with another sweeping Executive Order, this one bringing to a screeching halt the United States’ long history of providing refuge for those seeking protection. Today’s order, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, halts all refugee admissions for at least four […]

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President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

President Trump’s First Executive Orders on Immigration

Our American values and laws dictate that everyone receive a just and fair process, whether they have been in in this country for decades or are arriving at our border today in search of safety and protection. Today, President Trump signed two executive orders on immigration that seek to shut America’s doors and label immigrants […]

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President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

President Obama’s Legacy on Immigration

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise to reform America’s immigration system. His urgency ultimately dissipated and reforming America’s immigration system will not be counted among his achievements. Other issues took priority, partisan divides emerged, and an intransigent Congress refused to move legislation across the finish line. Thus, President […]

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