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Aug 4, 2022
Press Call Offers Reminder of Continued U.S. Obligations to Afghans, One Year After Start of Withdrawal and Evacuation
On a press call, advocates and experts reflected on the one year anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation process that accompanied it. The speakers detailed the continued need for the United States to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants, human rights defenders, and women and children at risk.
Aug 2, 2022
FOIA: State Department Processing of Afghan Refugee, SIV, and Humanitarian Parole Applications
One year after the State Department created a new refugee program for U.S.-affiliated Afghans, IRAP, represented by Hogan Lovells, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking records from the State Department about processing of Afghan refugee, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), and humanitarian parole applications.
Jul 20, 2022
FOIA: USCIS Processing of Afghan Humanitarian Cases
IRAP in partnership with the American Immigration Council and Winston & Strawn, filed FOIA litigation challenging USCIS' failure to respond to two FOIA requests seeking information about USCIS's processing of Afghan humanitarian cases.
Jul 13, 2022
Creating Method from Madness: How Law Students Tracked Pandemic-Related Court Disruptions
The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on cracks within a system fraught with foundational defects. Recognizing a need for data collection and observation in this moment, IRAP, consulting with members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), mobilized nearly 100 law students at fifteen of its law school chapters to track and keep record of EOIR’s actions.
Jul 12, 2022
Veterans and Afghan-American Groups Express Outrage at U.S. Government Attempt to Avoid Accountability for SIV Delays
In court filings this month, Afghan-Americans and U.S. veterans expressed support for the plight of Afghan and Iraqi nationals who worked with the United States and outrage at the U.S. government's ineptitude in administering the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
Jun 30, 2022
IRAP Responds to Supreme Court Decision Ruling Biden Administration Can End Remain in Mexico Policy
Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” a policy which requires asylum seekers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico while their asylum claims are adjudicated. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration’s decision to rescind the Trump-era program does not violate the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).