Tahirih Comments on Asylum Ban Issued on July 16, 2019
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security’s interim final rule on asylum, which was issued on July 16, 2019. The rule unlawfully bars asylum for highly vulnerable refugees such as our clients whom our asylum system was rightfully designed to protect.
Amicus Brief Filed with the Supreme Court of the United States
The Tahirih Justice Center and partners filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of petitioners who seek to hold a Border Patrol agent accountable for a fatal shooting. The brief draws the Court’s attention to the problem of sexual assaults committed by DHS officials and the need for robust mechanisms to hold those officials accountable for their conduct.
Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Rule
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by the administration’s new rule that makes it harder for certain immigrants to obtain legal permanent residence (i.e., a “Green card”) if they have used a range of public benefits, such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.
Tahirih Statement on Mass Shootings and Hate Crime in El Paso
The Tahirih Justice Center stands in solidarity with the communities of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas that were impacted by the weekend’s heinous acts of violence. In response, Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy, issued the following statement.
Tahirih Statement on Preliminary Injunction on Asylum Ban
The Tahirih Justice Center is relieved that a judge from the San Francisco District Court has issued a preliminary injunction on the asylum ban, forcing the policy to grind to a halt. The decision in San Francisco follows an earlier ruling in the D.C. District Court that allowed the ban to continue. However, today’s ruling in California applies across the country, meaning that the asylum ban must end nationwide, preserving the right of individuals fleeing persecution to seek asylum at our borders.
Tahirih Statement on Temporary Restraining Order Ruling on Asylum Ban
The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision to keep the new asylum ban in effect, which bars anyone approaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum, with limited exceptions. The rule was initially rolled out by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on July 16, 2019 and is being applied at the screening stage at the border as well as in immigration courts.
Civil Society Request for In Loco Visit to the U.S. and Mexico to Address Situation of Migrants
The Tahirih Justice Center joins 95 other civil society organizations and 120 experts in migration, refugee law, and human rights in sending a letter to the Inter-American Commission. We hope that this forceful request will lead the Commission to conduct a comprehensive, initial visit to the U.S.-Mexico border and to use all mechanisms available to protect the human rights of migrants.