Complaint Challenging the Use of CBP to Conduct Credible Fear Interviews
On March 30, 2020, Tahirih filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the use of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to screen asylum seekers for their ‘credible fear’ of persecution. This policy change violates federal immigration law and was enacted by officials who did not have the authority to do so.
Tahirih and Partner Organizations Submit Amicus Brief Before BIA
Tahirih and partner organizations submitted an amicus brief to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) on why a Notice to Appear from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which does not include any allegation as to admission status for a non-citizen, is legally insufficient and justifies terminating the case to remove the non-citizen.
Analysis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
As daily activities ground to a halt in the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, Americans have been confronted with a range of practical, financial, emotional, and mental health impacts. For immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, many of whom are living with the effects of trauma or coping with ongoing abuse, this is an especially difficult time.
Tahirih Statement on the Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant Survivors
As daily activities have ground to a halt in the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, Americans have been pushed into an unprecedented state of isolation, unemployment, and stress. For immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, many of whom are living with the effects of trauma or coping with ongoing abuse, this is an especially difficult time.
Tahirih Explains “Safe Third Country” Rule
In 2019, the United States signed “safe third country” agreements with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The agreements allow the United States to deny protections to asylum seekers, and remove them to any of these partner countries. A subsequent “safe third country” rule established procedures by which asylum seekers can be removed. In this fact sheet, Tahirih explains this “safe third country” rule, and how its full implementation would effectively end asylum in the United States.
Tahirih Statement on Supreme Court Decision on ‘Remain in Mexico’
The Supreme Court ruled to allow ‘Remain in Mexico’ to remain in effect along the entire border as legal challenges against the policy continue. This ruling comes after two weeks full of whiplash decisions on the policy, as the Ninth Circuit decided to reinstate a block on ‘Remain in Mexico’, only to suspend it that same day to give the government time to seek a stay.
Tahirih Statement on Ninth Circuit Stay on ‘Remain in Mexico’
Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the injunction to block the harmful ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy will take effect on March 12, applying only to the border of the Ninth Circuit. This ruling comes after a series of whiplash decisions on ‘Remain in Mexico’ last Friday, in which the Ninth Circuit originally reinstated a nationwide injunction on the policy, only to suspend it that same day to give the government time to seek a stay.