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Sep 28, 2022
IRAP Urges Biden Administration to Meet 125,000 Refugee Admissions Target
Yesterday, President Biden signed a new Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions maintaining the refugee admissions target at 125,000 refugees for Fiscal Year 2023. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) urges the Biden administration to commit and prioritize the resources necessary to meet its goal.
Sep 21, 2022
Report: One Year Since Biden Expanded Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program, Delays Keep Families Apart
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) released a new report, “More than Words: Making Good on the Promise of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program,” which highlights the barriers separated families face accessing the Central American Minors (CAM) Program and reuniting in the United States. In addition to the report, IRAP and 100 partner organizations sent the Biden administration a letter outlining steps the government can take to strengthen the Program.
Sep 20, 2022
More than Words: Making Good on the Promise of the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program
A year and a half after restarting processing in the Central American Minors Refugee and Parole Program, the Biden administration has not done nearly enough to fix the CAM Program’s long-standing challenges. This report documents the inadequate status quo of the CAM Program and offers specific recommendations for the Biden administration to improve its speed and scale.
Sep 15, 2022
Months After Court Vacated Trump-Era Restrictions, Biden Administration Has Yet to Restore Access to Work Permits for Asylum Seekers
Last Friday, asylum seekers and advocates in the case CASA de Maryland v. Mayorkas asked a Maryland federal court to order the government to stop implementing Trump-era rules that severely limit asylum seekers’ ability to work while they wait for their asylum cases to be adjudicated.
Sep 8, 2022
Ahead of Refugee Admissions Announcement, State and Local Officials From All 50 States Urge Investment in Refugee Resettlement
Today, 385 state and local elected officials from across the country sent President Biden a letter urging him to meet his administration’s commitment to resettle refugees in Fiscal Year 2023 by restoring the nation’s refugee resettlement infrastructure.
Aug 30, 2022
One Year After U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan, IRAP Reflects on Continued U.S. Obligations to At-Risk Afghans
On August 30, 2021, the final U.S. military flight left Kabul airport, completing a chaotic evacuation process from Afghanistan. One year later, the United States has yet to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect Afghans who remain at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants.
Aug 23, 2022
IRAP Shares an Extensive Collection of Refugee Processing Documents Obtained Through FOIA
Through FOIA, IRAP has obtained an extensive collection of documents related to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. Together, these documents shine a light on the generally opaque U.S. refugee processing system.
Aug 10, 2022
FOIA: The Defense Department’s “Project Rabbit” to Verify the Employment of Afghan SIV Applicants
IRAP filed a lawsuit against the Defense Department to challenge the agency’s failure to release documents about “Project Rabbit,” a little-publicized program to review the employment qualifications of Afghan SIV applicants.
Aug 9, 2022
IRAP Welcomes the Congressional Introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act
Today, members of Congress announced the introduction of the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would provide a pathway to permanent lawful status for tens of thousands of Afghans who were evacuated to the United States during the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) welcomes and endorses the life-altering pathways to citizenship included in this bill and thanks its sponsors for their leadership.
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.