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November 09, 2018 New York City—In response to President Trump’s proclamation that seeks to block refugees from asylum if they cross between official border points, Eleanor Acer issued the following statement:...
November 08, 2018 New York City—In response to the Trump Administration’s new rule that would limit access to asylum to those who cross the southern border at official border points, Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer...
November 07, 2018 Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s firing of Attorney Jeff Sessions, Human Rights First’s Sharon Kelly McBride issued the following statement:  The United States is a nation of laws,...
November 07, 2018 Yesterday, millions of voters made their voices heard in support of American ideals. They stood together despite President Trump’s closing bid to Americans: "be afraid." Be afraid of refugees...
November 01, 2018 New York City—Today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement on access to protection at the southern border and increased detention for refugees, Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer...
October 30, 2018 Washington, D.C.—In response to President Trump’s comments that he is considering signing an executive order that would eliminate the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States...
October 29, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Following today’s announcement that 5,000 active duty military personnel will be sent to the border as refugees approach, Human Rights First President and CEO Mike Breen issued the...

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U.S. Leadership and the Global Refugee Crisis

The United States has historically been a global leader in protecting refugees and promoting their rights. As the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, it is critical that the United States lead in addressing this issue by protecting and supporting refugees abroad and at home, and encouraging and persuading other nations to do so as well.

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Factsheet | November 09, 2018
The Trump Administration’s November 9, 2018 order bars refugees who have not entered the United States at an official border crossing point from receiving asylum in the United States. This move...
Blueprint | November 09, 2018
As men, women and children flee violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the Trump Administration has launched a barrage of punitive and threatening actions aimed at those seeking protection...
Factsheet | November 01, 2018
President Trump has repeatedly falsely asserted that the United States can turn away asylum seekers who have crossed through Mexico without seeking asylum there first—even though there is no legal...
Factsheet | October 30, 2018
The Flores Settlement Agreement is a court settlement, in place for over two decades, that has set limits on the length of time and conditions under which children can be incarcerated in immigration...

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