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Apr 26, 2022
“The U.S. Can Do So Much More”: IRAP Compares Ukrainian and Afghan Protection Efforts
IRAP commends the Biden administration on its responsiveness to the immense need of displaced Ukrainians. The swiftness with which the administration created the program and its commitment to processing applicants efficiently show that the U.S. can respond effectively and creatively to emerging displacement crises if it chooses to. In contrast, the treatment of Afghans seeking safety does not mirror these same commitments.
Apr 21, 2022
IRAP Responds to Creation of Ukrainian Parole Program
Today, the Biden administration announced the creation of Uniting for Ukraine, a dedicated parole program for people fleeing the war in Ukraine, following a previous commitment to “welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression.”
Apr 1, 2022
IRAP Responds to Title 42 Termination Announcement
Today, the Biden administration announced it will terminate Title 42 on May 23, 2022. Title 42 is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy that for more than two years has been used to expel migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border and deny them their legal right to seek asylum in the United States.
Mar 24, 2022
IRAP Reacts to Biden Administration Announcement That U.S. Intends to Welcome 100,000 Ukrainian Refugees
Today, the Biden administration announced its intention to “welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program… with a focus on welcoming Ukrainians who have family members in the United States.”
Mar 23, 2022
IRAP Seeks to Defend Central American Minors Program Against Texas Legal Challenge
Last night, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a motion on behalf of four families to intervene in the legal challenge filed by 15 states attempting to shut down the Central American Minors (CAM) Program.
Mar 4, 2022
IRAP Responds to Court Ruling Blocking U.S. Government From Expelling Migrant Families to Persecution or Torture
Today, a federal appeals court ruled in Huisha-Huisha v. Mayorkas that the U.S. government must stop using the Title 42 public health authority to summarily expel families to places where they face persecution or torture.
Jan 18, 2022
Asylum Seekers and Advocates Discuss Fight for Work Permits Following Oral Arguments in CASA v. Mayorkas Case
On a press call today, asylum seekers and advocates discussed the importance of work permits for asylum seekers and where efforts stand in the fight to protect the ability of asylum seekers to work legally. The call featured remarks from the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP), the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and an affected ASAP member.
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.”
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.”
Oct 7, 2021
Settlement Will Solidify Right to Parole Process for Asylum Seekers in Immigration Detention in Batavia
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), and Sidley Austin LLP today announced a settlement in Abdi et al. v Mayorkas et al, their 2017 case challenging the blanket denial of parole to asylum seekers screened in at the border and detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia.
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.
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.