Publications ArchivePublication Category: Amicus Briefs
Amicus Brief in ILRC v. Wolf
Tahirih Justice Center joined with partner organizations filing amicus briefs in two cases challenging the staggering new fees USCIS is applying to asylum-seekers. The briefs focused on the unique financial challenges faced by survivors of violence, and the harm created by these new fees.
Amicus Brief in M-D-C-V-
Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of an asylum-seeker who was improperly detained in the United States and forcibly returned to Mexico under the MPP program. The brief explains that even if MPP were legal, it is limited by statute to persons arriving at a port of entry. DHS’s actions of applying it to persons who, like Petitioner here, were already in the United States, are illegal and result in substantial harm including physical danger, inability to access counsel, and extreme difficulty just in travelling to immigration court.
‘Remain in Mexico’ Amicus Brief
In response to an invitation from the Board of Immigration Appeals, Tahirih joined other organizations explaining why the notice provided to individuals placed in the Orwellian-named “Migrant Protection Protocols” does not meet either statutory or minimum due process requirements. The brief argues in support of the Immigration Judge’s decision that a tear sheet for a hearing without name or A-number, without any evidence from the government that it was ever served, and without critical information about how the person can cross the border for that hearing, cannot constitute adequate notice.
Amicus Brief Filed in Alvarez‐Espino v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of a U-visa petitioner facing potential deportation. The brief highlights the severe harm that survivors and others will suffer if they are deported while their U-visa petitions remain pending.
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.
Amicus Brief Filed in Torres v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a petitioner seeking to challenge that court’s view concerning when an individual is an applicant for admission to the United States. The brief highlights that the court’s existing interpretation threatens to render many VAWA self-petitioners inadmissible.
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.