Refugee Status

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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Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges – post-traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others. Receiving the public education to which they are entitled should not be one of those challenges. However, a recent report from the […]

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Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Written by on April 6, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Human Rights Commission Holds Hearing on Refugee Children and Families Seeking Protection

Earlier this week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held a thematic hearing on the “Human Rights Situation of Migrant and Refugee Children and Families in the United States.” A broad national coalition of advocacy groups and legal service providers, led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Transnational Law Clinic, prepared and presented testimony and recommendations to […]

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New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

Written by on March 23, 2016 in Integration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
New Studies Show Refugees are Integrating

At a time when politicians and others are expressing concern about the U.S.’s refugee resettlement process, two new studies show that refugees want to integrate and are indeed integrating into the fabric of our country. However, there is much variation depending on the refugees’ country of origin, and there remains room for improved policies aimed […]

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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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Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

Written by on February 18, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 2 Comments
Breaking Down the Central American Refugee Crisis and the U.S. Response

When tens of thousands of women and unaccompanied children from Central America journeyed to the United States seeking asylum in 2014, President Obama’s administration concentrated its efforts and poured resources into an aggressive strategy of deterrence that is still in place today. The multi-prong approach, including a media campaign launched in Central America highlighting the […]

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Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

Written by on February 5, 2016 in Refugee Status, State and Local with 0 Comments
Florida House Punishes Sanctuary Cities, Bill Authorizing Military Force Against Refugees Passes Committee

The Florida House of Representatives passed a sweeping “anti-sanctuary city” bill this week that would penalize Florida counties who do not aggressively target undocumented immigrants or who fail to honor every federal request to detain immigrants, regardless of the requests’ constitutionality. A House committee also passed a bill that targets non-Western Hemisphere refugees who are […]

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DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

Written by on February 4, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

There are two competing narratives being spun about the Obama Administration’s response to the “surge” of refugees from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and each of these narratives is as fanciful as the other. According to one story, there has been a near-instantaneous deterrent effect as a result of the raids […]

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How Welcoming Immigrants Gave Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville a Boost

How Welcoming Immigrants Gave Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville a Boost

Three geographically diverse cities have created more welcoming environments for immigrants and each has implemented initiatives that promote immigrant entrepreneurship and innovation in their communities, to the benefit of all residents. Their efforts are detailed in the report “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville.” The report highlights the fact […]

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Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

Written by on January 26, 2016 in Refugee Status, Temporary Protected Status with 0 Comments
Senators and Rights Groups Call on White House to Protect, Not Deport Central Americans

A growing number of policy-players and makers are calling on the U.S. government to protect, rather than deport, Central American migrants and asylum-seekers. As rampant violence and organized crime continues to destabilize the Northern Triangle countries—evidenced not only by numerous reports but, by the thousands fleeing this region in the past several years—many are questioning […]

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