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Women’s Refugee Commission Joins Ohio Legal and Pediatric Experts to Discuss the Southern Border Refugee Situation

A recording of the call is available here. Cleveland, OH – The Trump Administration’s manufactured “family separation” crisis at our nation’s southern border has captured headlines and outraged Americans in Ohio and nationwide.   On the same day that the government released updated numbers showing that its policies have not had the “deterrence effect” it … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times, “Closed for Business: Trump Administration Moves to Shrink Grounds for Asylum”

In an article for the New York Times, Caitlin Dickerson describes the real consequences of the Trump administration’s recent decision to strong-arm judges and adjudicators tasked with deciding the fate of thousands of asylum seekers. The intended result: deny virtually all asylum claims by women fleeing horrific abuse, kids and others running from ruthless gangs, … Continue reading »

Attorney General Sessions and DHS Secretary Nielsen Join Force Again, This Time to Close the Door on Asylum

USCIS issued a memo on Wednesday that strong-arms adjudicators tasked with deciding the fate of thousands of asylum seekers to deny virtually all cases involving women fleeing horrific abuse, kids and others running from ruthless gangs, and most others claiming fear of persecution, where the persecution is not directly caused by a government.   This … Continue reading »

ICYMI: USA Today, “Trump Administration Restrictions on Asylum are Cruel”

Yesterday, USA Today published an op-ed from DHS Watch Director Ur Jaddou. The piece criticizes the controversial policies adopted by the Trump administration at the border that are resulting in families being separated and refugees being turned away. As Jaddou notes, “The Trump administration, notably Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is implementing a morally bankrupt and … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: “We Once Called Our Nation a ‘Shining City on the Hill.’ No Longer”

The announcement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that most asylum seekers fleeing domestic and gang violence will no longer qualify for asylum protection in the U.S. is another in a string of cruel immigration announcements by the Trump Administration, America’s Voice Education Fund said today. Also yesterday, AG Sessions announced a new push to denaturalize … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Trump keeps making it harder for people to seek asylum legally”

Dara Lind of Vox explains how the Trump Administration is throwing obstacles in the way of those seeking asylum at our southern border.  Read excerpts from Dara Lind’s explainer below and read it in its entirety here: The Trump administration justifies its “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses into the US illegally — … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Buzzfeed Profiles Asylum Seekers Fleeing Horrible Conditions of Countries Previously Granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Including Honduras

Honduras TPS Decision Deadline: 5/4/20178, 4 days Buzzfeed spotlights the stories of asylum seekers seeking refuge from life-threatening violence and turmoil in countries that were previously granted Temporary Protected Status, including Honduras which is the next country up for TPS renewal; the decision by the Department of Homeland Security is due in just four days on May 4th. The piece also includes … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

CBP Illegally Turning Away Asylum Seekers at the Border

Customs and Border Protection officials are reportedly turning away asylum seekers at the southern border — which is a violation of international law. Here’s more from a Dallas Morning News editorial: The U.S. government is illegally turning away asylum seekers at official land crossings all along the southern border. This is the succinct and chilling … Continue reading »

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