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November 18, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First today said that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to move forward with a new family immigration facility in Dilley, Texas is a continuation of...
October 01, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First today said the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement that it will provide supplemental funding to two nongovernmental organizations to...
September 24, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First said that a decision announced this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to open a new 2,400-bed detention facility for immigrant families and children...
September 19, 2014
New York City - Human Rights First today urges the Obama Administration to stop detaining immigrant mothers and children and to support access to counsel by releasing families from detention, tapping...
September 09, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First said today that, despite the president’s decision not to move forward with executive orders on immigration at this time, there are a number of steps the Obama...
August 22, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First said that today’s lawsuit against the federal government’s policies at the immigrant detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, tackles many of the due process...
August 13, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today expressed serious concern that the steep decline in the “pass” rate for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “credible fear” screening...


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June 6, 2014
A Discussion with Leading Experts

The current surge of migrants crossing the southern U.S. border reflects a sharp increase in the number of unaccompanied minors, children crossing with one or both parents, and adults seeking asylum who are detained in “expedited removal” processing. The overwhelming majority of these people are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, with many fleeing rising violence and instability in their home countries. Please join Human Rights First a for a discussion with leading experts about the current state of the influx at the border, analysis of current proposals in response, and recommendations for more effective policies.


Infographic | September 26, 2014
An overview of the Immigration System in Los Angeles. Download
Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Eleanor Acer. As unaccompanied children from Central America have arrived at the southern border in recent months, the press has extensively documented...
Transcription | July 17, 2014
Below is a shortened transcript of the July 16 media telebriefing featuring former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) under George W. Bush Jim Ziglar; Leslie Vélez...
Opinions | July 11, 2014
An opinion piece by James W. Ziglar former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) under former President George W. Bush and a member of Human Rights...

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