How Haitian Migrants are Treated Shows the Ties Between Racism and Refugee Policy

How Haitian Migrants are Treated Shows the Ties Between Racism and Refugee Policy

Foley Square, New York, NY, USA – September 23, 2021: “National ‘Communities Not Cages’ Day of Action” demonstration to end deportations, close detention centers, and free detainees. (Shutterstock) By Luisa Farah Schwartzman, The Conversation The first protected category of the United Nations refugee convention is race. The 1951 convention defines a refugee as a person […]

Dueling Court Orders May Decide Fate of President Biden’s Title 42 Expulsions

Dueling Court Orders May Decide Fate of President Biden’s Title 42 Expulsions

By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact In just under two years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has carried out over 1.5 million rapid “expulsions” of asylum seekers and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border under Title 42, a controversial public health law invoked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 200,000 parents […]

New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers

New Report Amplifies Concerns About ‘Dedicated Docket’ for Asylum Seekers

A migrant from Colombia in a Border Patrol Inmate Transport van after turning himself over to authorities on May 13, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. (Shutterstock) By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, Immigration Impact When the Biden administration announced a new “dedicated docket” in immigration court for families seeking asylum at the border, many advocates raised concerns that the docket would […]

Haiti Faces Disasters and Chaos. Its People are Most Likely to be Denied U.S. Asylum

Haiti Faces Disasters and Chaos. Its People are Most Likely to be Denied U.S. Asylum

 Haitian migrant families wait in front of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance to request refuge in Mexico. – Mexico City, Mexico – September 23, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Marisa Peñaloza, NPR Like thousands of Haitians, Gibbens Revolus, his wife, Lugrid, and their 2-year-old son, Diego, made the treacherous journey to the U.S.-México border from Chile […]

President’s Murder Shores up Credible Fear Case for Thousands of Haitian Asylum Seekers, Activists Say

Advocates call for Biden to end Title 42, re-open asylum process, as up to 10,000 Haitians remain stuck in Mexico and more may be on the way.

President’s Murder Shores up Credible Fear Case for Thousands of Haitian Asylum Seekers, Activists Say

Demonstrators marching along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House to encourage the Biden administration in ending its support of Haitian dictator Jovenel Moise. – Washington, DC – May 18, 2021 (Shutterstock) By Julian Resendiz, Border Report EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Haitians had been fleeing political violence long before Wednesday’s assassination of President Jovenel […]

It’s Time to End Title 42

It’s Time to End Title 42

Law enforcement check and search migrants from Colombia after turning themselves over to authorities at the United States and Mexico border May 12, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. (Shutterstock) By Rebekah Wolf, Immigration Impact One policy first created by the Trump administration is responsible for the greatest restriction on access to our immigration system for asylum […]

Deportation Of Africans Cancelled After Reports Of Torture By US Immigration Service

Deportation Of Africans Cancelled After Reports Of Torture By US Immigration Service

By Lisa Vives A plane carrying Cameroonian, Angolan and Congolese asylum seekers due to take off from Alexandria, Louisiana, was cancelled with minutes to spare after advocacy groups published affidavits by detainees of torture by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The affidavits listed a host of violent tactics ICE officials had reportedly used to […]

Challenging Customs and Border Protection’s Unlawful Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers

Challenging Customs and Border Protection’s Unlawful Practice of Turning Away Asylum Seekers

By American Immigration Council This case challenges the government’s policy – the Turnback Policy – of turning away asylum seekers at ports of entry (POEs) across the U.S.-Mexico border since 2016. The plaintiffs in the case are Al Otro Lado, a non-profit legal services organization that serves indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Los Angeles […]