Publications ArchivePublication Category: Complaint
Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit on USCIS’ “Last-in, First-out” System
On June 9, 2021, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in federal court to compel the government to release records about the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) troubling transition to a “last-in, first-out” system to schedule interviews for affirmative asylum cases.
Complaint Challenging Regulations to Change Immigration Court Procedures
The Tahirih Justice Center filed a lawsuit challenging the outgoing administration’s wide-ranging regulations to change procedures in immigration court, which make it even more difficult for immigrant survivors of violence to seek protection in the United States.
Complaint Challenging Sweeping Regulations That Would End Asylum
Tahirih Justice Center and Ayuda filed a lawsuit challenging the outgoing administration’s sweeping regulations that will overturn U.S. asylum law.
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.
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.
Complaint Challenging the Use of Border Patrol to Conduct Asylum Interviews
On October 2, the Tahirih Justice Center and the American Immigration Council filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Freedom of Information Act. The suit challenges the government’s failure to disclose that Border Patrol officers— law enforcement officials— rather than asylum officers, will be used to conduct the credible-fear interviews that determine whether an immigrant survivor can continue with their asylum case.
Class Action Complaint on Behalf of U-Visa Applicants
The Tahirih Justice Center, working with a pro bono team from Arnold & Porter, has brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of U-visa applicants who have not timely been provided with employment authorization determinations by USCIS. The complaint in the suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that USCIS has acted in violation of both relevant statutory provisions and its own regulations by failing to timely determine whether U-visa applicants are authorized to work pending a final decision on their applications.