Posted by Ryan J. Suto on September 24, 2019 in Blog
On January 27, 2017, the Trump presidency had turned one week old. For many Americans, the controversies of the presidential campaign, which had ended months before, were replaced by arguments over crowd size. But for a candidate who sought "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," on that idle Friday, the past had become prologue. Executive Order 13769, the Muslim Ban 1.0, was signed. It was only the twelfth action of the Trump presidency. With hate and with haste, the president embarked on a path that has defined his administration ever...Read more
Posted on August 01, 2019 in Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Tess M. Waggoner
(202) 429-9210 August 1, 2019
Washington, D.C.- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend, but not re-designate, temporary protected status (TPS) for Syria. The failure to re-designate TPS for Syria abandon’s the moral and legal obligation of the United States to protect recently-arrived Syrians in the United States from being forced to return to life-threatening conditions in Syria.
TPS allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Syria has been designated for the TPS program since...Read more
Posted on August 01, 2019 in Action Alerts
The National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (“NO BAN Act”) is a historic civil rights bill that would essentially end the Muslim, Refugee and Asylum Bans and prevent discrimination based on faith or national origin in immigration.
Since this discriminatory policy was announced just over two years ago, the consequences of these Bans have been devastating: families torn apart; children unable to see their parents, to visit their grandparents, people forced to miss the births, deaths, graduations, weddings and funerals of loved ones.
The NO BAN Act will end this discriminatory policy and amend the Immigration...Read more
Posted on July 30, 2019 in Action Alerts
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s temporary protected status (TPS) allows citizens of specified war-torn or disaster-impacted countries to live and work in the U.S. Removing a country from the list requires nationals present in the U.S. to either find another visa program or return to their home country.
Syria has been designated for the TPS program since 2012 due to ongoing armed conflict in that country, and at present there are 7,000 Syrians living in the U.S. under TPS.
By August 1, DHS and the State Department must decide whether conditions in Syria require the U.S. to extend protection for current Syrian TPS holders and whether to allow more Syrians already in the U.S. to also apply for protection.Read more
Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy
Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!
Posted by Ryan J. Suto on July 19, 2019 in Blog
Posted on July 18, 2019 in Countdown Volume 21 No 2: No They Didn’t (Yes, They Did)
This week, the Trump Administration issued a rule which will deny asylum to migrants at the US-Mexico border on the basis that they should have claimed asylum in the first country through which they passed. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed concern, stating that the rule will “...put vulnerable families at risk…. This measure is severe and is not the best way forward.” The UNHCR stated it is “..ready to play a constructive role if needed…” This is where we are, folks: The UN is concerned about human rights in...
Posted on July 11, 2019 in Countdown Vol 21 No 1: Emotional Rollercoaster
Late last month, Trump’s Twitter feed (the gift that keeps on giving) tipped off the country to immigration raids planned for later that week, which prompted us to post resources and analysis for those who might be impacted. This time, it seems the New York Times was the first to sound the alarm. Hopefully these raids don’t become a regular political tactic in the lead-up to the next election as a means to keep xenophobes clutching their pearls. But we cannot allow these raids to pull attention away from the systematic abuse...
Posted by Guest on June 24, 2019 in Blog
Posted by Ryan Suto on June 22, 2019 in Blog
For resources on what to do if you fear being approach by immigration officials, in English and Arabic, please see our posts on Facebook and Twitter.
Beginning early tomorrow morning, federal immigration officials will begin conducting a mass roundup of migrant families in and near ten cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director Mark Morgan, the...Read more