Publications ArchivePublication Category: Statements
Tahirih Statement on Mass Shootings and Hate Crime in El Paso
The Tahirih Justice Center stands in solidarity with the communities of Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas that were impacted by the weekend’s heinous acts of violence. In response, Archi Pyati, Tahirih Chief of Policy, issued the following statement.
Tahirih Statement on Preliminary Injunction on Asylum Ban
The Tahirih Justice Center is relieved that a judge from the San Francisco District Court has issued a preliminary injunction on the asylum ban, forcing the policy to grind to a halt. The decision in San Francisco follows an earlier ruling in the D.C. District Court that allowed the ban to continue. However, today’s ruling in California applies across the country, meaning that the asylum ban must end nationwide, preserving the right of individuals fleeing persecution to seek asylum at our borders.
Tahirih Statement on Temporary Restraining Order Ruling on Asylum Ban
The Tahirih Justice Center is disappointed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision to keep the new asylum ban in effect, which bars anyone approaching the U.S. southern border from applying for asylum, with limited exceptions. The rule was initially rolled out by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on July 16, 2019 and is being applied at the screening stage at the border as well as in immigration courts.
Tahirih Statement on Expansion of Expedited Removal
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by the administration’s expansion of expedited removal, which 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.
Tahirih Statement on New Rule Barring Immigrants from Applying for Asylum at the Southern U.S. Border
The Tahirih Justice Center strongly opposes an interim final rule being issued by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, which will bar asylum for everyone approaching the southern border, with few exceptions. The rule will be applied at the screening stage at the border as well as in immigration courts. Families, unaccompanied children, survivors of violence – all will be prohibited from obtaining asylum.
Tahirih Statement on Mass ICE Arrests
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by ICE raids targeting individuals with final deportation orders, including survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and related trauma. The impact of these actions is detrimental to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence, who may be deported before their humanitarian claims are resolved.
Tahirih Statement on Georgia Child Marriage Law
The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates the passage of a new law in Georgia limiting marriage to adults age 18 or older, with a narrow exception only for 17-year-old minors that have been emancipated after a special proceeding before a juvenile court. The legislation also contains other key measures to prevent abuse and exploitation in the guise of marriage.