Humanitarian Protection

An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

An Update on TPS: A Promising New Bill, More Lawsuits, and an Uncertain Future

More than 300,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose status was due to expire in the coming months have new reasons to be hopeful. On the legislative front, Congress proposed a new bill to provide permanent status in the United States for many TPS holders and Dreamers. Separately, the Trump administration gave TPS holders from […]

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Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families

Federal Judge Rules Government Must Reunite Thousands More Separated Families

In recent weeks, alarming stories have surfaced indicating that thousands more children were forcibly separated from their parents at the southern border than originally thought. In response to this and earlier reports that the government had begun separating parents as early as 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked a federal judge to expand […]

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Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Appeals Court Says Asylum Seekers May Now Challenge Their Deportation in Federal Court

Many asylum seekers who travel to the United States seeking protection often receive something much less—they are arrested by immigration officials and provided no meaningful way to challenge their deportation in federal court. Last week, in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first federal appeals court […]

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America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

America’s Asylum System Must Ensure the Protection of LGBTQ People

A group of drag queens—clad in feathered boas and wigs—gathered at a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas last week to protest construction of President Trump’s border wall. Lip-syncing to the tunes of Lady Gaga, they hoped to raise money in support of LGBTQ asylum seekers. Though the performance was meant to be lighthearted, […]

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DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family Separation, Asks Congress to Limit Asylum Protections

DHS Secretary Denies Responsibility for Family Separation, Asks Congress to Limit Asylum Protections

In a combative hearing before Congress on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified for the first time since Democrats became the majority in the House of Representatives. During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Nielsen refused to admit culpability in family separation, denied reports that asylum seekers are being turned away […]

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ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint

ICE Releases Infants in Its Custody Following Civil Rights Complaint

Nothing is more delicate or worthy of comprehensive care than a newborn. Yet, over the past several weeks, detention watchdogs and public health experts have noticed an alarming uptick in the number of infants—some as young as five months old—being held in prison-like detention facilities run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On-the-ground staff in these facilities report mothers complaining […]

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Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

  Contrary to President Trump’s claim that “large-scale unlawful migration” across the southern border constitutes a “national emergency” that requires building a wall, research suggests that undocumented immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is actually the lowest it’s ever been in the past 25 years. The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has issued a report with […]

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Government Officials Deflect Responsibility for Family Separation at Congressional Hearing

Government Officials Deflect Responsibility for Family Separation at Congressional Hearing

At an oversight hearing on family separation in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, government officials from four different agencies dug in against criticisms and denied any accountability for the Trump administration’s family separation policy. All but one of the officials admitted under questioning that they had not raised any objection to family […]

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Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers

Congress Members and Others Argue Against Turning Back Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration’s policy of turning back asylum seekers has been devastating, as vulnerable people are repeatedly denied access to the asylum process at ports of entry (POEs) along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, Members of Congress, states, organizations, and law professors are standing up to the administration by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the government’s […]

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Risky ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Legal Challenges

Risky ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Faces Legal Challenges

The Department of Homeland Security began implementing a dramatic new policy last month requiring asylum seekers to return to Mexico to await immigration court hearings. Many denounced the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols,” (MPP) highlighting the extreme dangers that migrants in Mexico face when forced to remain on the southern side of the border. Last week, […]

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