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April 19, 2017 Albuquerque, New Mexico—Human Right First today celebrated the launch of the seventh annual Ride for Human Rights—a bicycle fundraising event undertaken by volunteer attorney Jeffrey Heller...
April 17, 2017 New York City — Human Rights First today expressed serious concern that the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of Castro v. U.S. Department of Homeland...
April 14, 2017 Two weeks ago, a federal judge upgraded his temporary restraining order to a preliminary injunction, indefinitely blocking sections two and six of President Trump’s revised executive...
April 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to comments made today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Human Rights First cautioned that efforts to criminally prosecute those who cross the U.S. southern border...
April 10, 2017 President Trump’s so-called Muslim ban, in both iterations, has received widespread attention. Meanwhile, aside from its call for a border wall, his January 25 executive order on Border Security and...
April 05, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today cautiously welcomed statements made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly during Senate hearing confirming that the agency will...
April 05, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In a statement submitted to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Human Rights First today urged senators to question Department of Homeland Security (...

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February 2, 2017

Access to asylum is under threat. Trump’s executive orders on immigration target refugees and asylum seekers, stripping them of access to protections and due process rights. We need Congress to step in and ensure that legitimate asylum seekers are not turned away. You are essential to this effort. Join us for advocacy trainings and meetings on the Hill with members of Congress.

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Amicus Brief | April 24, 2017
As President George Washington wrote to a religious minority community containing many immigrants in 1790, “the Government of the United States . . . gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution...
Amicus Brief | April 11, 2017
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT (excerpt...) As President George Washington wrote to a religious minority community containing many immigrants in 1790, “the Government of the United States . . . gives to...
Testimony | April 05, 2017
The United States has laws and policies designed to protect refugees from return to persecution. In the wake of World War II, the United States helped lead efforts to draft the Convention Relating to...
Amicus Brief | March 15, 2017
Summary of Argument As President George Washington wrote to a religious minority community containing many immigrants in 1790, “the Government of the United States . . . gives to bigotry no...

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