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Feb 6, 2024
TAKE ACTION TODAY: Urge Your Senators to #SaveAsylum
Asylum is under attack. Ongoing budget negotiations could permanently destroy asylum protections for the people who need it most. Tell your Senators and White House leadership that people seeking safety aren’t bargaining chips.
Feb 5, 2024
IRAP Urges Congress to Reject Anti-Asylum Spending Bill
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) calls on Congress to reject the deal, protect the right to seek asylum, and come together for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that modernizes the U.S. immigration system, creates new and expanded legal pathways, and upholds this country’s international legal obligations and desire for global moral leadership. The current bill does none of this.
Dec 20, 2023
CBP detaining migrants in open-air sites along the border
IRAP and six other organizations filed a formal complaint with the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties asking for it to end Border Patrol's practice of detaining migrants at open-air sites along the U.S.-Mexico border without providing basic necessities for days at a time.
Dec 13, 2023
Immigrant Rights Groups Demand Accountability for ‘Gross Violations of Human Rights’ at Open-Air Detention Sites at U.S.-Mexico Border
Seven immigrant rights organizations lodged an urgent federal complaint this week against the Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) and its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for violating their own custody standards for asylum seekers being held in several open-air detention sites along the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
Dec 8, 2023
IRAP Rings Alarm on “Catastrophic” Push to Permanently Trade Asylum Rights for Short Term Funding Bill
In response to the latest news that the White House is willing to enact draconian Trump-like asylum restrictions to get Republican support for a one-time spending deal, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) calls on President Biden to keep his word and protect rather than dismantle the right to seek asylum in the United States.
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.
Sep 13, 2023
The Continuing Impact of the Muslim Ban: Submission before the United Nations Human Rights Committee for its Review of the…
IRAP submitted a shadow report on the ongoing impact of the Muslim Ban that was joined by other organizations litigating the Muslim Ban. In our report we argue that international human rights law requires the United States to end all remnants of the Muslim Ban and ensure the swift reunification of families that remain separated as a result of the Muslim Ban.
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
Climate of Coercion: Environmental and Other Drivers of Cross-Border Displacement in Central America and Mexico
This report analyzes the intersection of climate change and climate-related disasters with other root causes of movement across borders for people who have traveled to the United States-Mexico border from Central America and other parts of Mexico to seek U.S. humanitarian protection. It is based on 38 interviews in Tijuana shelters with Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, and Salvadoran individuals who intend to seek U.S. asylum, conducted in Spanish in January 2023 by HUMSI and a team of Stanford Law School students.
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.