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This article was originally published on November 09, 2020.

Over the past four years, policy after policy, fueled by racism and xenophobia, have chipped away at legal protections for immigrant survivors— building an invisible wall that has denied access and safety to asylum seekers and refugees. Tahirih presents the incoming administration with specific steps it can take— even without Congress— to undo numerous harmful immigration policies that have devastated lives and torn apart families.

“There is a long road ahead of us to build an immigration system that will protect access to justice for immigrant survivors,” said Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy and Communications. “The past few years of policies have shattered an already broken immigration system, and we will hold the incoming Biden administration accountable to the promises they made to ensure that survivors are protected. After seeing historic engagement in the fight for justice over the last several years, we cannot stop now. We must continue to press on— first to undo the damage that has been done, and then to fight for a truly just world where all people can enjoy equality and live in safety. We are ready to rebuild, reimagine, and recommit ourselves to the work of creating a more just system for immigrant survivors.”

Archi Pyati is available for comment on this topic. Please contact rachelp@tahirih.org to arrange an interview.

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