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June 28, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First expressed serious concern about the Obama Administration's plan to begin detaining and quickly processing families at a 700 bed facility in Artesia, New Mexico...
June 27, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First urges U.S. diplomats to continue to press the Sudanese government to allow Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag to leave the country. Ibrahim, who was recently released...
June 25, 2014
Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. government responds to the influx of families, unaccompanied children, asylum seekers and other migrants at the southern U.S. border, Human Rights First today...
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 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 06, 2014
Washington, D.C.  - Human Rights First today commends the Senate Appropriations Committee for taking a step forward to help address the urgent humanitarian crisis on the southern border of the...

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Opinions | November 21, 2014
This is a cross-post from The Hill Tonight the president is expected to announce executive action to defer deportation and provide work permission for up to 5 million immigrants who are presently...
Letter | November 20, 2014
November 20, 2014 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: We write to ask you to restore American leadership in...
Letter | September 26, 2014
(Excerpt) Dear Mr. Vice President: I write on behalf of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (“APBCo”), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and several leading legal services...
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...

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