Category: Asylum

Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program blocks another Trump administration asylum rule

“‘There needs to be a path to citizenship for so many people, including DACA recipients, TPS holders, and undocumented people here in the U.S.,’ [Ardalan] said. ‘We need to rethink our immigration system.’”

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Judge blocks wide-ranging asylum limits, finding DHS chief did not have authority to issue them

“‘This is the most far-reaching of the midnight asylum regulations unveiled in the Trump administration’s final days,’ said Sabrineh Ardalan, the director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical program, one of the groups challenging the policy.”

BREAKING: Court Blocks Illegal “Death to Asylum” Trump Rule

San Francisco, California (January 8, 2021) – The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a preliminary injunction blocking a sweeping Trump administration rule that would gut protections for people fleeing persecution and torture. The injunction halts the new rule’s implementation nationwide ahead of its scheduled effective date of Monday, January 11,…
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Groups Challenge Trump Administration Rule Gutting Asylum

en español abajo Four immigrant rights organizations – Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community Services, Inc., Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition – have requested a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging a sweeping new rule that will eviscerate access to protection for people seeking refuge in the United States.…
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Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program scores a victory for asylum seekers

In recent court ruling, Harvard Law students help prevent more stringent federal immigration rule from going into effect.

Judge Stops Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

For Immediate Release November 19, 2020 Judge Stops Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum Just One Day Before They Were Slated to Go Into Effect, Federal Judge Enjoins Broad Rules That Would Have Vastly Expanded Categorical Bars to Asylum New York/Washington/San Francisco – On Thursday, a federal judge in the Northern District of…
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Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum

For Immediate Release November 2, 2020 Immigration Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Efforts to Bar More from Asylum  Groups Say Broad Rules Could Bar Asylum Seekers Convicted of Low Level Offenses and Even People Who Are Not Convicted of a Crime New York/Washington/San Francisco – Four immigrant rights organizations—Pangea Legal Services, Dolores Street Community…
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Ninth Circuit Court reverses Board in gender-based asylum case

On August 27, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the appeal of Kenia Martinez-Mejia, a woman from El Salvador who came to the United States after fleeing gender-based and gang violence. Clinical students Benjamin Antillon Fernandez ’21 and Madeline Kane ’21 worked on an amicus brief submitted by the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program on October 25, 2019.…
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HIRC files amicus brief on so-called Migrant Protection Protocols

On August 8, our program submitted an amicus brief on behalf of legal service providers, law school clinics, and community organizations regarding the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). This inhumane policy forces asylum seekers to remain in Mexico as they wait to proceed with their asylum claims in the United States. Despite its name, the…
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Urgent: submit your comments on new asylum rule today

The Trump administration has proposed yet another new rule that will be detrimental to the asylum system if it goes into effect. In this rule, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security declare that any individual coming from or passing through countries with COVID-19 cases will be barred from asylum and withholding of removal protection. …
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