Publications ArchivePublication Tag: Fair Immigration Laws
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 in the Federal District Court in Maryland
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in a challenge to the public charge rule. This rule makes it more difficult for certain immigrants to obtain legal permanent residence (i.e., a “Green card”) if they have used a range of public benefits, such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.
Tahirih Resubmits Comments on Tip Form
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted previously submitted comments in opposition to the proposed new Form G-1530, as our concerns were not addressed in April. The new proposed “tip” form will allow individuals to report claims of immigration benefit fraud anonymously, which will embolden violence abusers and make it easier for them to carry out their threats.
Amicus Brief Filed in Ninth Circuit for the Case Torres v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of a petitioner seeking to challenge that court’s view concerning when an individual is an applicant for admission to the United States. The brief highlights that the court’s existing interpretation threatens to render many VAWA self-petitioners inadmissible.
Tahirih Comments on Expanded Expedited Removal Policy
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s expansion of expedited removal. The policy will apply to anyone arrested by ICE, anywhere in the United States. Exceptions will be made for immigrants who are able to prove that they have lived in the U.S. continuously for more than two years.
This rule compromises the safety and legal rights of immigrants, including survivors of gender-based violence. It worsens the climate of fear already felt by immigrant survivors and will discourage individuals from seeking help.
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 Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of U Visa Applicants
On September 17, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of applicants for U visas who have been denied their legal rights. Right now, thousands of survivors of violence and other victims of crime are waiting four years or more just to get on a wait list, after which they’ll wait another several years to receive a U visa.