Tahirih Condemns the Administration’s Latest Proposed Asylum Regulations
Today, the administration proposed new regulations that attempt to use public health as a pretext to deny asylum claims. The rule would give the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice the authority to bar asylum protections to anyone who is from, or passes through, an area where the U.S. government has determined that COVID-19 is “prevalent.”
Tahirih Statement on DC Federal Court Ruling on Asylum Ban Lawsuit
The Tahirih Justice Center is relieved at the decision in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on our lawsuit challenging the third country transit asylum ban, forcing the policy to stop. The asylum ban was issued on July 16, 2019 and barred anyone approaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum, with limited exceptions. It was put into effect with no opportunity for comment from the public. The lawsuit was filed on August 21, 2019, and Tahirih was represented in the action by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tahirih Statement on Expansion of Expedited Removal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a preliminary injunction that halted the expansion of expedited removal—a policy that will begin to quickly deport people all over the U.S. before they have had a chance to see a judge. The expansion of expedited removal was first announced in July 2019 but had been blocked since September 27, 2019.
You can see Tahirih’s comments in opposition to the rule here.
Request for an Extension on the Asylum Rule Comment Period
Tahirih and more than 500 organizations signed on to a letter to urge the government to extend the comment period for the newest proposed asylum regulations.
Tahirih Explains Gender-Based Asylum
On June 10, 2020, the administration proposed new regulations that aim to end asylum. Within the regulations is an attempt to end gender-based asylum, which endangers the survivors we work with, and so many others who need legal protection in the U.S. In this explainer, we review the development of gender-based asylum and the uphill battle to secure protections for individuals fleeing gender-based harms.
Tahirih Condemns New Proposed Regulations That Aim to End Asylum
Today, the administration proposed regulations that aim to overturn U.S. asylum law, making it effectively impossible for people fleeing persecution to obtain protection in the United States. If implemented, the rule would eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent. Women fleeing rape and severe domestic violence, LGBTQ+ individuals facing deadly attacks, and those escaping other fatal gender-based harms will no longer be allowed to seek safety within our borders if the regulations take effect.
Tahirih Condemns Ongoing Family Separation During COVID-19 Pandemic
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in detention centers climbs, Tahirih condemns the administration’s ongoing attempts to separate families. One way the administration has done this is through “binary choice”—after families are detained together for 20 days, parents must either stay in detention indefinitely with their children until their immigration case is closed, or send their child to a government shelter and wait until someone else seeks custody of them.