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Oct 17, 2023
Central American Families File Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging CAM Program
Last night, six Central American parents represented by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) filed a motion to dismiss Texas v. Biden, a lawsuit attempting to shut down a critical family reunification program. This motion argues that states don’t have legal standing to challenge CAM because they are not harmed by the reunification of immigrant families.
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.
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).
May 27, 2022
U.S. District Court in Texas Allows Affected Families to Defend the Central American Minors (CAM) Program
Yesterday, a federal court in Texas granted, in part, the intervention motion filed in March by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on behalf of several families hoping to reunite via the Central American Minors (CAM) Program. The ruling means that the court will allow two of the families to defend the CAM Program against the legal challenge filed by 15 states attempting to shut down the program.
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.”
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 2, 2022
IRAP and We Are All America Celebrate Restart of Direct Access Program for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis
Last night, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced it will restart the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) Direct Access Program (DAP) for U.S.-Affiliated Iraqis (Iraqi P-2 Program). IRAP welcomes the announcement that DAP processing will resume, and we look forward to receiving more details to ensure the scale and speed of processing matches the need.
Jan 19, 2022
Advocates Call On Biden Administration to Restore the U.S. Refugee Resettlement System and Protect Iraqi and Afghan Allies
On a press call held earlier today, advocates and experts discussed the state of the U.S. refugee resettlement system one year into the Biden administration and called on the U.S. to fulfill its promise to protect Iraqi and Afghan allies.
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.”