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Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

Originally published April 4, 2018; last updated February 10, 2020 For the last several decades, our asylum laws have helped America remain a beacon for refugees and peoples in need from all over the world. However, the Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to close all options for obtaining asylum in the U.S., leaving refugees mired … Continue reading »

The Trump Administration’s Big Lie: “Catch and Release” is the Falsehood Used to Justify Cruel Policies on the Border

Asylum seekers don’t abscond; 99% show up for court hearings Yesterday, we highlighted how the independent and highly-reputable TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) released a new report based on the government’s own data that finds that 99% of asylum-seekers who were released into America to pursue their cases attended all of their immigration court hearings. … Continue reading »

“Catch and Release” Exposed as the GOP’s Big Lie on Asylum: 99% of Asylum-Seekers Show Up for Hearings

The independent and highly-reputable TRAC (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse) just released a new report — based on the government’s own data — that finds  99% of asylum-seekers who were released into America to pursue their cases attended all of their immigration court hearings. The finding eviscerates the GOP’s Big Lie. They call it “catch and … Continue reading »

No Break for Growing Humanitarian Crisis and Violence Against Asylum Seekers at Southern Border Due to Trump Policies

What You May Have Missed Over the Holidays Regarding the Trump Administration’s Assault on U.S. Asylum Policy There was no break over the holidays for the growing humanitarian crisis and violence against asylum seekers at the southern border due to the Trump administration’s asylum policies, according to multiple media reports over the last few weeks. … Continue reading »

Why Denying Due Process and Endangering Asylum Seekers’ Lives Threatens to Destabilize Central America Even Further

Reminders of the many ways the Trump administration is making a mockery of due process  The Trump administration’s multi-pronged effort to deny asylum seekers access to a fair hearing and meaningful due process is endangering lives. Sending asylum seekers back to dangerous conditions – whether to dangerous cities in northern Mexico or to  Northern Triangle … Continue reading »

ICE Negligence Regarding Medical Care is Killing People

“There must be oversight and accountability for a department that is mercilessly killing immigrants in its own facilities and actively blocking medical care” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have once again proven  that inside the walls of detention centers, their capacity for cruelty and inhumanity knows no bounds.  BuzzFeed recently obtained a Department of … Continue reading »

Report Reveals Forcing Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico is a Humanitarian Catastrophe Created by the Trump Administration

A recording of the call is available here. To read the report, click here Earlier today, refugee protection experts from Human Rights First (HRF), joined a call moderated by Ur Jaddou, Director of America’s Voice’s DHS Watch project and former Chief Counsel of USCIS, to discuss Human Rights First’s new report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco: … Continue reading »

The Death of a 16-year old in CBP Custody Was No Accident

Deterrence-Only Policy to Blame Yesterday, ProPublica released a deeply disturbing video documenting that the death of 16-year old Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vazquez while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody last May was a preventable tragedy.  The horrifying details reveal that CBP lied about what happened and covered up their actions. This brazen attempt … Continue reading »

Two Reports – by Human Rights First and by a DHS “Red Team” – Show the Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Mexico is Fundamentally Flawed

Today, Human Rights First (HRF) issued a report entitled, “Human Rights Fiasco:  The Trump Administration’s Dangerous Asylum Returns Continue,” that compiles “overwhelming evidence that this illegal policy [Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy] is a human rights catastrophe.” Yet, almost a year into this problematic program, the Trump administration “continue[s] to implement, defend, and expand … Continue reading »

Asylum Rejection Rate in NYC Has Exploded — One Example of Larger Trump/Miller Strategy at Work, Daily Beast Reports

As NBC News previously reported, leading white nationalist advisor Stephen Miller has long pushed for restricting access to a fair asylum hearing and pressuring judges and other government personnel to deny more asylum-seekers’ claims. The same NBC piece also quoted from a National Security Council official and Miller ally summing up the Trump administration’s philosophy: … Continue reading »