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Publications Archive

Publication Tag: Asylum
  • Tahirih Statement on Proposed Application Fees for Affirmative Asylum Seekers

    The Tahirih Justice Center is strongly opposed to the administration’s proposed regulations that create additional, undue barriers for asylum seekers to access justice, including a $50 fee for affirmative asylum applications and a $490 fee for initial Employee Authorization Document (EAD)s. This rule would make the U.S. among the only four countries in the world to charge those seeking asylum.

  • Tahirih Statement on “Safe Third Country” Interim Final Rule

    • Publication Date: November 18, 2019
    • Publication Categories: Statements
    • Publication Tags: Asylum

    The administration announced a new interim final rule to implement “safe third country” agreements with the Northern Triangle countries– to go into effect even before public comments are received.

  • Federal Habeas Petition Filed on Behalf of Tahirih Client Vilma Carrillo Carrillo

    In December 2018, Tahirih filed a federal habeas petition challenging the constitutionality of Vilma Carrillo Carrillo’s detention. Vilma is a Tahirih client who was detained and separated from her U.S. citizen daughter in 2018. Read more about Vilma’s case here.

  • Tahirih and AIC Statement on Lawsuit Challenging Expansion of CBP’s Role in the Screening of Asylum Seekers

    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.

  • 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.

  • Amicus Brief Filed with the Federal Court in DC in the Case Kiakombua v. McAleenan

    The Tahirih Justice Center filed an amicus brief on Thursday supporting plaintiffs who have challenged USCIS’s recently issued “Lesson Plan” which is used to train Asylum Officers about how to conduct a credible fear interview.  Our brief explains the history of how the intentionally low threshold standard of credible fear was developed and details how the new Plan impermissibly raises that standard.  We also highlight how the new Plan deleted guidance relating to the effects of trauma, contrary to long-accepted research about how trauma may affect a victim’s demeanor, memory, and ability to explain her situation.

  • Tahirih Statement on Asylum Ban Ruling by the Supreme Court

    The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration’s asylum ban to resume along the entire southern border as legal challenges continue. The Supreme Court’s ruling is the third decision this week on the asylum ban—a continuous back and forth on policies that have a life-altering impact on individuals fleeing persecution.