Amicus Brief Filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Campos Tapia v. Barr. The brief emphasizes that domestic violence is not a purely personal matter beyond the reach of asylum protections and that gender-based violence in Mexico is often inflicted on account of feminist political opinions.
Tahirih Statement on Proposed Application Fees for Affirmative Asylum Seekers
The Tahirih Justice Center is strongly opposed to the administration’s proposed regulations that create additional, undue barriers for asylum seekers to access justice, including a $50 fee for affirmative asylum applications and a $490 fee for initial Employee Authorization Document (EAD)s. This rule would make the U.S. among the only four countries in the world to charge those seeking asylum.
Tahirih Statement on ‘Remain in Mexico’ for the House Committee on Homeland Security
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted a statement to the United States House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, as the Subcommittee examines the human rights and legal implications of the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ‘Remain in Mexico’ (RIM) policy implemented in January 2019.
Tahirih Comments to Proposed Rule on Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments in opposition to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) proposed rule on Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions (76 FR 54978).
Tahirih Comments on Work Authorization Regulations for Asylum Seekers
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule which would eliminate the 30-day deadline to adjudicate an asylum seeker’s work authorization application. Under the proposed rule, asylum seekers, including survivors of gender-based violence, will be forced to wait for Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) indefinitely, with no recourse or end in sight.
Tahirih Comments Opposing Presidential Proclamation on Health Insurance
The Tahirih Justice Center filed comments opposing the implementation of the presidential proclamation making “approved” health insurance a prerequisite to a receipt of an immigrant visa. The proclamation has since been blocked by a temporary restraining order.
Tahirih Comments on EOIR Reorganization
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the recent reorganization of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the agency that houses the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). The reorganization undermines the independence of the BIA, and compromises the due process rights of survivors of gender-based violence and other immigrants, by imposing a uniform, strict timeline on BIA decisions and by giving the EOIR Director, an administrator who need not have judicial experience, the authority to decide individual cases.