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Dec 1, 2023
IRAP Denounces Proposals to Trade Away Asylum Rights
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) condemned efforts by a fringe group of United States Senators to tie funding for Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel to a poison pill which would permanently gut asylum protections. The proposals would create near impossible barriers to apply for asylum and undermine humanitarian and other forms of parole.
Aug 10, 2023
Broken Promises: Assessing the Humanitarian Impact of the Biden Administration’s Asylum Ban
Isabel López, IRAP's 2023 Policy and Communications Intern, highlights the impact of President Biden's cruel asylum ban on people seeking safety at the U.S.-Mexico border — from problematic cell phone apps that restrict asylum access to deadly weapons being deployed across border regions.
May 11, 2023
IRAP Welcomes End of Title 42, Opposes New Restrictions
Tonight at midnight, the use of the arcane public health law known as Title 42 to expel asylum seekers before they get the chance to present their claims in the United States will finally end. IRAP has long opposed the policy, which denied hundreds of thousands of people their right to seek asylum and forced them back into dangerous conditions in northern Mexico.
May 10, 2023
IRAP Denounces Biden Asylum Ban
Today, the Biden administration finalized a rule that will devastate access to the asylum system at the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the expected lifting of Title 42 restrictions on May 11, 2023. The rule will render the majority of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border ineligible for protection by forcing them to first apply in Mexico or other transit countries.
Apr 27, 2023
IRAP: Expanded Humanitarian Pathways Must Not Replace Asylum
Today, the Biden administration announced a set of new measures to address regional migration within the Western Hemisphere, including opening centers in Guatemala and Colombia to process thousands of people through various humanitarian pathways. IRAP welcomes the expansion of family reunification parole programs and refugee processing in the Americas, but strongly opposes doing so as a trade off for limiting the legal rights of people seeking asylum in the United States.
Mar 30, 2023
“They don’t care about the hurricane. [Gangs] collect the payments just the same”: New Report Highlights Impact of Climate Change…
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), and Human Security Initiative (HUMSI) released Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico, a report analyzing the impact of climate change and climate-related disasters on people seeking humanitarian protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Feb 21, 2023
“Shameful Assault on Refugees”: IRAP Condemns Proposed Asylum Ban, Biden’s Embrace of Trump-Era Immigration Policies
Today, the Biden administration proposed banning people from seeking asylum in the United States unless they first sought protection in any other countries they traveled through during their journey to safety.
Jan 5, 2023
IRAP Strongly Denounces Biden Administration Moves to Further Restrict Asylum
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) strongly and unequivocally opposes the actions of the Biden administration to restrict the ability of people seeking safety and freedom in the United States under the guise of public health.
Oct 13, 2022
IRAP Responds to Expansion of Title 42 Expulsions and Creation of Venezuelan Parole Program
Yesterday, the Biden administration announced it will expand Title 42 expulsions to include Venezuelans and create a temporary parole program that will allow up to 24,000 Venezuelans to enter and work in the United States, among other requirements that would render large numbers of Venezuelans ineligible.
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.
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).