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Aug 4, 2022
Press Call Offers Reminder of Continued U.S. Obligations to Afghans, One Year After Start of Withdrawal and Evacuation
On a press call, advocates and experts reflected on the one year anniversary of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation process that accompanied it. The speakers detailed the continued need for the United States to fulfill its moral, congressional, and court-ordered obligations to protect tens of thousands of Afghans at risk, including Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program applicants, human rights defenders, and women and children at risk.
Aug 2, 2022
FOIA: State Department Processing of Afghan Refugee, SIV, and Humanitarian Parole Applications
One year after the State Department created a new refugee program for U.S.-affiliated Afghans, IRAP, represented by Hogan Lovells, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit seeking records from the State Department about processing of Afghan refugee, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV), and humanitarian parole applications.
Jul 20, 2022
FOIA: USCIS Processing of Afghan Humanitarian Cases
IRAP in partnership with the American Immigration Council and Winston & Strawn, filed FOIA litigation challenging USCIS' failure to respond to two FOIA requests seeking information about USCIS's processing of Afghan humanitarian cases.
Jul 12, 2022
Veterans and Afghan-American Groups Express Outrage at U.S. Government Attempt to Avoid Accountability for SIV Delays
In court filings this month, Afghan-Americans and U.S. veterans expressed support for the plight of Afghan and Iraqi nationals who worked with the United States and outrage at the U.S. government's ineptitude in administering the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.
May 10, 2022
Advocacy Groups Celebrate State Department’s Steps to Launch Private Sponsorship of Refugees Later This Year
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), the Niskanen Center, and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration laud DOS’s steps to launch a private sponsorship program that will add much-needed capacity to existing U.S. refugee resettlement infrastructure.
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 14, 2022
One Year After Afghanistan Withdrawal Announcement: IRAP Reflects on Continued U.S. Obligation to Protect At-Risk Afghans
On a press call today, advocates from the Evacuate Our Allies coalition discussed the latest in ongoing efforts to support recent Afghan arrivals in the United States and to protect Afghans still in danger in Afghanistan and in third countries. Speakers included affected Afghans, veterans, policy experts, faith leaders, and members of the Afghan-American community.
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.”