Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Ruling by the Supreme Court
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration’s public charge rule to remain in effect while the ultimate fate of the rule is still being decided. The rule makes it harder for certain immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they have used a range of public benefits, like food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.
Amicus Brief Filed in United States v. Sineneng-Smith
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in United States v. Sineneng-Smith. The case centers on the validity of a statute prohibiting any speech that “encourages or induces” a noncitizen to “come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard” that the noncitizen’s presence here “is or will be in violation of law.” The brief emphasizes that the statute violates the First Amendment because it purports to criminalize accurate and ethical advice given to survivors and other immigrants by lawyers, social workers, and other advisers.
Amicus Brief Filed in Make the Road NY v. Wolf
The Tahirih Justice Center filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Make the Road NY v. Wolf, No. 19-5298, which challenges 2019 regulations that seek, for the first time, to apply expedited-removal procedures to any person who cannot prove to an immigration officer’s satisfaction that she has been in the United States continuously for at least two years. The brief, filed on behalf of Tahirih and six partner organizations, illustrates the ways in which the expansion of expedited removal would disproportionately harm survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence and frustrate Congress’s efforts to protect those survivors.
Making Progress, But Still Falling Short: A Report on the Movement to End Child Marriage in America
Making Progress, But Still Falling Short outlines what more needs to be done to end child marriage in America both at the state and federal level. It contains the latest analysis on all twenty-one states that have recently enacted laws to end or limit child marriage, calling out features that make them strong or weak.
The report serves as a complement to our Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation that was released in January 2020, in which 20 survivor voices are featured to provide a window into the many ways that children can be forced and coerced into marriage in modern-day America.
Tahirih Comments on Proposed Bars to Asylum Eligibility
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments in opposition to proposed rules that would add additional mandatory bars to eligibility for asylum, harming survivors of gender-based violence.
Amicus Brief Filed in NWIRP v. USCIS
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organization filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in NWIRP v. USCIS, No. 19-cv-3283, which challenges new restrictions on the ability of immigrants to obtain fee waivers from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. The brief demonstrates that the restrictions will unnecessarily burden survivors of abuse, trafficking, and violence—and that those restrictions violate Congress’s intent of ensuring that all survivors have the ability to access necessary relief from the agency.
Complaint Challenging “Safe Third Country” Rule
On January 15, 2020, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a lawsuit challenging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security’s “safe third country” rule. Issued on November 18, 2019, without prior notice and comment from the public, the rule allows the government to remove almost everyone seeking asylum in the U.S. to Guatemala, even if they have no ties to the country.