Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
Tahirih Statement on Threat to Suspend Immigration to the U.S.
Yesterday, the administration announced a proposed executive order that would temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States. The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by this news and continues to monitor for policy updates.
Tahirih Files Lawsuit Challenging the Use of CBP to Conduct Credible Fear Interviews
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.
Tahirih Statement on the Impact of COVID-19 on Immigrant Survivors
As daily activities have ground to a halt in the United States to slow the spread of COVID-19, Americans have been pushed into an unprecedented state of isolation, unemployment, and stress. For immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, many of whom are living with the effects of trauma or coping with ongoing abuse, this is an especially difficult time.
Tahirih Statement on Supreme Court Decision on ‘Remain in Mexico’
The Supreme Court ruled to allow ‘Remain in Mexico’ to remain in effect along the entire border as legal challenges against the policy continue. This ruling comes after two weeks full of whiplash decisions on the policy, as the Ninth Circuit decided to reinstate a block on ‘Remain in Mexico’, only to suspend it that same day to give the government time to seek a stay.
Houston Children’s Advocates Call for Immediate Suspension of Remote Video Hearings for Immigrant Children
Tahirih Houston, Catholic Charities, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), YMCA Houston, and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights call for the immediate suspension of plans to subject unaccompanied immigrant children to remote video hearings.
Tahirih Statement on Ninth Circuit Stay on ‘Remain in Mexico’
Last night, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the injunction to block the harmful ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy will take effect on March 12, applying only to the border of the Ninth Circuit. This ruling comes after a series of whiplash decisions on ‘Remain in Mexico’ last Friday, in which the Ninth Circuit originally reinstated a nationwide injunction on the policy, only to suspend it that same day to give the government time to seek a stay.
Tahirih Statement on Unlawful Appointment of USCIS Head
On March 1, 2020, Judge Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was unlawfully appointed to lead the agency. As a result, the court found that several policies aimed to limit asylum protections must be “set aside”, and potentially all directives implemented at USCIS during his tenure. Among these policies include an order to shorten the amount of time asylum seekers have to prepare for credible-fear interviews, while another policy prohibited asylum officers from granting extensions to asylum seekers.