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Publication Tag: Fair Immigration Laws
  • 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.

  • Tahirih Info Sheet on U Visa Class Action

    On September 17, 2019, the Tahirih Justice Center and Arnold & Porter filed a class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of thousands of U-visa petitioners whose requests for work permits known as Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) have never been adjudicated, and who have been forced to wait unreasonable periods of time for the benefits Congress provided in the U-visa program.

  • Class Action Complaint on Behalf of U-Visa Applicants

    The Tahirih Justice Center, working with a pro bono team from Arnold & Porter, has brought a class-action lawsuit on behalf of U-visa applicants who have not timely been provided with employment authorization determinations by USCIS. The complaint in the suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges that USCIS has acted in violation of both relevant statutory provisions and its own regulations by failing to timely determine whether U-visa applicants are authorized to work pending a final decision on their applications.

  • 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.

  • Tahirih Statement on Asylum Ban Decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

    The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s latest decision on the asylum ban, which lifts a nationwide injunction that the San Francisco District Court issued on Monday, September 9, 2019.

  • Tahirih Statement on Reinstated Preliminary Injunction on Asylum Ban

    The Tahirih Justice Center is relieved that a decision from the San Francisco District Court reinstates a nationwide injunction on the asylum ban, forcing the policy to grind to a halt. The rule was initially rolled out by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on July 16 and barred anyone approaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum, with limited exceptions.