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Sep 21, 2021
State and Local Officials From All 50 States Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Biden Administration to Increase Refugee Admissions
Today, the Refugee Advocacy Lab published a letter signed by more than 300 state and local elected officials from all 50 states and the District of Columbia urging President Biden to resettle at least 125,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2022.
Sep 17, 2021
IRAP Celebrates Court Order Blocking Expulsions of Migrant Families, Calls on Biden Administration to End Its Title 42 Policy
In light of the court’s recognition of the harm caused by Title 42 expulsions, IRAP calls on the Biden administration to immediately rescind the policy and ensure full access to humanitarian protections for those fleeing violence and persecution.
Sep 14, 2021
“More Questions Than Answers”: IRAP Reacts to Secretary Blinken’s Congressional Testimony
For years, IRAP and our partners have been calling for solutions, not excuses. With so much at stake, a clear and coordinated path to safety in the United States is needed immediately. The Afghans whose lives remain on the line deserve answers and action, not more broken promises.
Sep 2, 2021
IRAP Calls on Biden Administration to Continue Evacuation Efforts, Outlines Steps for U.S. Government to Protect At-Risk Afghans
In response to the unconscionable failure to protect Afghan allies, IRAP has released recommendations for the Biden administration and Congress to take continued steps to protect at-risk Afghans.
Aug 31, 2021
Evacuate Our Allies Coalition Members Call for More Support for Afghanistan Evacuation
Today marks President Biden’s deadline for the end of operations in Afghanistan but members of Evacuate Our Allies – a coalition of veterans, human rights, religious, and refugee organizations working on the evacuation of Afghans to safety – said that the mission continues to support those seeking to evacuate and emigrate whether to the United States or a safe third location, preferably a U.S. territory.
Aug 25, 2021
IRAP Shocked by Supreme Court Ruling Reinstating Inhumane Remain in Mexico Policy, Calls on Biden Administration to Terminate Policy and…
Last night, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision effectively reinstating the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as Remain in Mexico. The ruling came despite overwhelming evidence that MPP contradicts international human rights law and puts asylum seekers at heightened risk of violence, extortion, and murder while they are forced to wait in Mexico.
Aug 24, 2021
“The mission is not complete until all Afghan allies are safe”: IRAP Urges Biden to Extend Evacuation
This afternoon, President Biden reaffirmed his administration’s goal of completing the American withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, while repeating his pledge to evacuate Afghan allies and “complete the mission.”
Aug 20, 2021
“‘Contact Us’ is Not a Plan”: IRAP Reacts to President Biden Remarks on Afghan Evacuations
Today, President Biden repeated his pledge to evacuate Afghan allies and other at-risk populations, but provided few details on how Afghans in danger would be able to leave the country or what would happen to them after being evacuated.
Aug 20, 2021
IRAP Urges USCIS to Review Refugee Applications Denied Under Trump-Era Rulings
Last week, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) sent a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging the agency to affirmatively review the cases of all refugees whose applications for status were denied under the now-vacated precedents of Matter of A-B- and Matter of L-E-A-.
Aug 18, 2021
IRAP Files Emergency Legal Petitions for Evacuation for Stranded Afghans Who Supported the U.S. in Wartime
This morning, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed multiple emergency petitions for protection with the U.S. State Department on behalf of all Afghan applicants in the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, demanding the U.S. government fulfill its legal obligation to protect our allies by evacuating them and their families to safety immediately.
Aug 4, 2021
IRAP Denounces Biden Administration Decisions to Extend Title 42 Expulsions, Implement Expedited Removals
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is extremely disappointed by the extension of the harmful and illegal Title 42 policy and urges the Administration to recommit to upholding asylum law.
Aug 2, 2021
New IRAP Report Recommends Action to Tackle Climate Displacement
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) released a new report, “Opportunities to Address Climate Displacement in the U.S.,” which outlines the legal protection gaps that prevent people displaced by climate change from finding safety and what the United States can do to address them.