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July 18, 2018 By Eleni Bakst and Jake Benhabib Between April and June 2018, Human Rights First researchers conducted three monitoring missions to McAllen, Brownsville, Laredo, and El Paso, Texas to gather...
July 12, 2018 New York City—In response to new guidance put forth by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that aims to block those seeking protection from asylum, Human Rights First’s Eleanor Acer...
July 10, 2018 New York City—In response to reports that the Trump Administration has renewed talks with the Mexican government that would require asylum seekers passing through Mexico to seek protection there...
July 09, 2018 Washington D.C.—Today, leaders of several immigrant and human rights organizations were invited for the first time under the Trump administration to meet with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen...
July 02, 2018 WASHINGTON — A federal court has blocked the arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin. It also ordered a case-by-case review of...
June 29, 2018 New York City—Human Rights First today condemned draft regulations reportedly put forth by the Department of Justice that would bar many refugees with well-founded fears of persecution, including...
June 28, 2018 Attacks on asylum remain at an all-time high—babies have been ripped from their parents’ arms, frightened children sleep in tents, and devastated families’ lives are in limbo as they await their fate...

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August 8, 2018
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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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Letter | September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018   Dear Members of Congress, We represent more than two hundred thousand veterans from every branch of the United States military and every American conflict since...
Factsheet | September 19, 2018
The Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program 2009-2018  What is the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program?  Download In 2009, Congress passed the Afghan Allies Protection Act of...
Blueprint | September 10, 2018
Historically, the United States has been a global leader in protecting vulnerable refugees fleeing persecution. Both Republican and Democratic administrations have recognized the moral and...
Factsheet | September 05, 2018
When a person seeking protection enters the United States, they are often placed in immigration detention—a costly, largely unnecessary move that negatively impacts an individual’s physical and...

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