Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
Tahirih Statement on Ninth Circuit Decision on ‘Remain in Mexico’
The Tahirih Justice Center, a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, applauds the decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate an injunction, forcing the policy to grind to a halt. ‘Remain in Mexico’ was implemented over a year ago and under the policy, asylum seekers are forced to live in dangerous conditions in Mexico while awaiting the rest of their court hearings.
Tahirih Statement on Proposed Fees for Immigration Court
The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced proposed regulations to exponentially raise fees for immigration court filings, including a new $50 fee for asylum applications. If finalized, the regulations would also increase fees for case appeals in immigration court by more than eight times the original cost. The proposed fees create additional, undue barriers for immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence.
Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Implementation
On February 24, 2020, the administration’s public charge rule went into effect. The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by last month’s Supreme Court decision that allows the rule to be implemented as legal challenges continue, making it harder for certain immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they have used a range of public benefits, like food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.
Tahirih Statement on Public Charge Ruling by the Supreme Court
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the administration’s public charge rule to remain in effect while the ultimate fate of the rule is still being decided. The rule makes it harder for certain immigrants to obtain a Green Card if they have used a range of public benefits, like food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies, and housing vouchers.
Tahirih Files Lawsuit Challenging “Safe Third Country” Rule
On January 15, 2020, the Tahirih Justice Center filed a lawsuit challenging the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security’s “safe third country” rule. Issued on November 18, 2019, without prior notice and comment from the public, the rule allows the government to remove almost everyone seeking asylum in the U.S. to Guatemala, even if they have no ties to the country.
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 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.