Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
Tahirih Condemns Final Transit Asylum Ban
The administration published a final version of the transit asylum ban, after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on June 30, 2020, forcing the policy to stop. The transit asylum ban was initially 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. Tahirih filed a lawsuit challenging the egregious ban on August 21, 2019, represented in the action by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Tahirih Condemns Final Regulations that Will End Asylum
On Human Rights Day, the administration finalized regulations that will overturn U.S. asylum law—making it effectively impossible for people fleeing persecution to obtain protection in the United States. The rule will take effect on January 11, 2021. Once implemented, the rule will eliminate gender-based asylum—shutting the door to anyone fleeing life-threatening persecution due to their gender, while undoing decades of legal precedent.
New Proposed Rules to Limit Due Process for Immigrant Survivors
The outgoing administration proposed two rules that would speed up the deportation machine that immigration courts have become, sending immigrant survivors of gender-based violence back into danger. The first rule would all but end continuances for individuals with pending cases, including survivors who are on the U visa waitlist or applying for other forms of life-saving relief. It would also effectively prevent many asylum seekers from finding legal counsel. For survivors with removal orders, the second rule would severely curtail their ability to reopen cases, even if new evidence is presented.
Tahirih Statement on Incoming Biden-Harris Administration
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.
Tahirih Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Review ‘Remain in Mexico’
On October 19, 2020, the Supreme Court agreed to hear challenges against the administration’s policy ‘Remain in Mexico’, which has forced more than 60,000 asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court allowed ‘Remain in Mexico’ to stay in effect along the entire border as legal challenges against the policy continue. The Tahirih Justice Center is one of the organizational plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the policy, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Federal Brief Filed: Repeal Dangerous Florida Law that Harms Immigrant Survivors
The University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic, with a coalition of organizations including Tahirih, filed an amicus brief on September 25, 2020 in the Southern District of Florida, supporting a lawsuit by the City of South Miami alongside civil and immigrants’ rights groups that seeks the repeal of a draconian state law that harms immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Tahirih Statement on New Proposed EOIR Rule to Restrict Asylum
In yet another attack on asylum, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) proposed new rules on September 21, 2020 that would further increase barriers to asylum—dealing yet another blow to survivors of gender-based violence who are trying to access safety and justice. Among the proposed changes include shortened and stricter deadlines for asylum seekers to submit applications, requiring individuals in deportation proceedings to file within 15 days of their first hearing. Survivors would also face a narrow 180-day adjudication deadline for asylum applications and not be allowed continuances past that deadline, with limited exceptions.