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Dec 2, 2021
“There is no way to make an inherently inhumane program humane”: IRAP Strongly Opposes Re-Implementation of Remain in Mexico Program
Today, the Biden administration announced its intention to imminently restart the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico program, despite stating in an October 2021 memo terminating the program that there are “inherent problems with the program that no amount of resources can sufficiently fix.”
Nov 18, 2021
U.S. to Reopen Refugee Applications of Iranian Religious Minorities Mass Denied Under Unfair “Extreme Vetting”
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Latham & Watkins LLP announced a settlement in Doe v. Mayorkas, a 2018 class action lawsuit challenging the mass denial of the refugee applications of dozens of Iranians of persecuted minority faiths in the Lautenberg-Specter Program.
Nov 17, 2021
Learning How to Ask: Why immigration advocates should care about the FOIA’s Infosystems Requirement
Today, IRAP filed a lawsuit against DHS, USCIS, and DoS under the Freedom of Information Act. Our quarrel began when IRAP asked these agencies to produce documents and the agencies did not respond. This time, however, IRAP is after more than just documents.
Nov 15, 2021
Call to Action Following White House Report on Climate Change and Migration
On the last day of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), IRAP and 12 partner organizations sent a letter to the White House to demand concrete action to address climate displacement. The full letter, including our requests and recommendations, is available here.
Nov 9, 2021
Evacuate Our Allies Coalition Advocates Assess Latest Efforts to Protect and Welcome Afghans
On a press call today, advocates from the Evacuate Our Allies coalition discussed the latest in ongoing efforts to support recent Afghan arrivals in the United States and to protect Afghans still in danger in Afghanistan and in third countries. Speakers included affected Afghans, veterans, policy experts, faith leaders, and members of the Afghan-American community.
Nov 8, 2021
Fulfilling America’s Promise: Options to make U.S. humanitarian protection pathways viable for at-risk Afghans
In a new report, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), InterAction, and Human Rights First lay out several options available to the Biden Administration to provide these Afghans viable humanitarian pathways out of Afghanistan and third countries and into the U.S.
Nov 3, 2021
FOIA: Refugee Adjudication Policies and Procedures
In September 2019, IRAP filed a lawsuit seeking records withheld by the agencies that explain the current state of refugee processing, including training materials, manuals, and policies that govern officers’ evaluations of refugee applications.
Oct 25, 2021
IRAP Celebrates Creation of Sponsor Circle Program for Afghans
Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the Sponsor Circle Program, a partnership with the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH) allowing individuals and community groups to directly support recently-arrived Afghans.
Oct 21, 2021
IRAP Responds to White House Report on Climate Change and Migration
Today, the White House National Security Council (NSC) issued a report on climate change and migration, the first time multiple U.S. agencies have worked together to comprehensively assess the impact of climate-fueled displacement. In the report, the Biden administration announced the creation of an interagency policy process to “coordinate U.S. government efforts to mitigate and respond to migration resulting from the impacts of climate change.”