Tag: Human Rights

December 9, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • The Trump administration is proposing a far-reaching overhaul of the asylum system that would make it harder for applicants to win humanitarian protection in the U.S. and would allow the government to quickly deport many more asylum seekers at the border. The proposal, made public Wednesday by the Justice and Homeland Security Departments, would mean most asylum applicants are no longer entitled to a full court proceeding to hear their claims, as they are now.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

December 3, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • An El Paso immigrant detention facility has the largest current detainee COVID-19 outbreak of any Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility in the United States. As of Nov. 30, 44 detainees at El Paso Service Processing Center have COVID-19, according to ICE’s website. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 301 detainees in El Paso have tested positive for the virus. The next largest outbreak is 35 at a detention facility in Pearsall, Texas.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

December 2, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • Legal advocates tasked by a federal judge with helping to find migrant families separated at the U.S. border in 2017 and 2018 say that after months of pleas, the government last week handed over new data that could be critical to helping them find the families.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

November 19, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • The Trump White House blocked the Justice Department from making a deal in October 2019 to pay for mental health services for migrant families who had been separated by the Trump administration, two current and two former senior administration officials told NBC News. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

November 18, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to halt its practice of “expelling” underage migrants who enter the United States without a parent, a ruling that also cast doubt on the broader legality of the emergency public health measures the U.S. government has used since March to impose strict border controls. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s preliminary injunction requires the Trump administration to once more process the humanitarian claims of minors who cross the U.S. border alone, rather than returning them to Mexico or flying them back to their home countries without due process.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

November 18, 2020

December 16, 2020
  • A federal judge blocked President Trump’s policy of turning away migrant children at the border as public health risks, ruling that the expulsion of thousands of children without due process exceeded the authority that public health emergency decrees confer. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

November 10, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • Lawyers working to reunite migrant families separated by the Trump administration before and during its “zero tolerance” policy at the border now believe the number of separated children for whom they have not been able to find parents is 666, higher than they told a federal judge last month, according to an email obtained by NBC News. Nearly 20 percent, or 129, of those children were under 5 at the time of the separation, according to a source familiar with the data.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

November 2, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • Since the introduction of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – also known as “Remain in Mexico” – in 2019, asylum seekers seeking to enter the US via the US-Mexico border must wait in Mexico for the duration of their US immigration court proceedings. As a result of this policy, thousands of migrants and asylum seekers found themselves sleeping on the streets near the border. Gradually, a camp of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 people began to form on the banks of the River Grande that separates the northern Mexican town of Matamoros from the Texan town of Brownsville.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 30, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • Authorities in the United States who turned away asylum-seekers at official border crossings told immigrants they didn’t have space to process them, regardless of whether they actually could, according to an unpublished inspector general’s report obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Tags: Border and Migration Politics, Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 30, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • An immigration detention center in south Texas has been converted into a staging ground to hold migrant families with children who the Trump administration seeks to expel from the U.S. without a court hearing, asylum interview or consultation with lawyers.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, Public Health, U.S. Policy

October 29, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • The House Judiciary Committee released the findings of its 21-month investigation into the development and execution of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, which resulted in more than 2,500 migrant children becoming unnecessarily separated from their parents.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 29, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • The federal agency that cares for migrant children was not told the Trump administration was intentionally separating parents and children at the border, even after an official asked why there was a surge in unaccompanied minors requiring care, says a report released by the House Judiciary Committee.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 28, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California. The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed in the Central District of California.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 27, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday decried what he called “misinformation” surrounding the repercussions of the Trump administration’s discontinued policy of separating migrant families at the southern border, saying some deported parents “have chosen” to remain separated from their children.

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy

October 27, 2020

November 19, 2020
  • A new paper, published on the website of the medical journal “Pediatrics” on Tuesday, calls the federal government’s handling of migrant children at the border “consistent with torture” and recommends that pediatricians and child health care professionals take action. 

Tags: Human Rights, Migration, U.S. Policy