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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.”
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 15, 2022
Advocacy Groups Release Recommendations for Upcoming Private Sponsorship Program for Refugees
As the U.S. Department of State draws closer to launching a private sponsorship pilot program for refugees, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH), and the Niskanen Center offer recommendations for the program’s design.
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.”
Nov 18, 2021
U.S. to Reopen Refugee Applications of Iranian Religious Minorities Mass Denied Under Unfair “Extreme Vetting”
Today, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Latham & Watkins LLP announced a settlement in Doe v. Mayorkas, a 2018 class action lawsuit challenging the mass denial of the refugee applications of dozens of Iranians of persecuted minority faiths in the Lautenberg-Specter Program.