Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
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.
Tahirih Statement on Sweeping Proposal to Expand Biometrics Collection
On September 4, 2020, the administration proposed sweeping regulations that would dramatically expand biometric submission requirements for immigration applications—giving the government maximal information about immigrants and their family members.
Victory in Lawsuit Challenging the Use of Border Patrol to Conduct Credible Fear Interviews
Judge Leon in the District Court of the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the deportation of families and the use of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen asylum seekers for their ‘credible fear’ of persecution while a lawsuit remains pending. Tahirih filed the lawsuit on March 27, 2020 on behalf of women and children currently detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. In partnership with the Constitutional Accountability Center, Tahirih challenged this practice on a variety of grounds. Tahirih has also sought information on this clandestine policy through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to compel the government to release records on this troubling practice.
Tahirih Statement on Sweeping Proposed Changes to Immigration Courts
On August 21, 2020 the administration proposed sweeping regulations to change procedures in immigration court— making it even more difficult for immigrant survivors of violence to seek protection in the United States.