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June 20, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – In response to the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will detain more immigrants and expedite cases of those who have crossed the U.S. – Mexican border,...
June 18, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today said legislation introduced by New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte (R) and Jeanne Shaheen (D) to grant legal status to Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag...
June 18, 2014
Protecting the persecuted is a core American value. Yet asylum seekers and other immigrants are often detained in jails and jail-like facilities and those who are released wait years for the...
June 16, 2014
Top News CRISIS IN IRAQ This morning, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama Administration is willing to talk with Iran about ways to address the current crisis in Iraq. Kerry said he would...
June 11, 2014
As Lebanon places new restrictions on Syrian refugees, Secretary Kerry has announced that the United States will provide another $290 million of humanitarian assistance for those affected by the...
June 11, 2014
Washington, D.C. – In a statement today submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Human Rights First urged Congress to address the resource imbalance at the southern border that is undermining the...
June 10, 2014
For a long time, Lebanon commendably refrained from the kind of border “management” that Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq have each engaged in with regard to admitting and hosting Syrian refugees.  Now...

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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.

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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...
Testimony | July 10, 2014
Statement submitted for the Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing On "Review of the President's Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters. Human Rights First...
Letter | July 08, 2014
President Barack H. Obama The White House Washington, DC July 3, 2014 Dear President Obama: We, the undersigned immigration, civil and human rights, faith, labor, anti-violence, and ...

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