Racism in U.S. Immigration

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Crisis

Past Work

What's Going On

U.S. immigration policies disproportionately impact people of color seeking protection in the United States at all stages of the asylum process.

Where It's Happening

United States

What We're Doing

HRF is leveraging our long history of research and expertise on the U.S. asylum and immigration systems to document and expose the racist impacts of policy and advocate for equitable treatment of all migrants and asylum seekers regardless of their race, ethnicity, Indigenous identity, or country of origin.

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Racism in U.S. Immigration

Systemic Injustice

Biden Administration’s Dangerous Haitian Expulsion Strategy Escalates the U.S. History of Illegal and Discriminatory Mistreatment of Haitians Seeking Safety in the United States

On September 18, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a “comprehensive strategy” to expel thousands of Haitian and other asylum-seeking families and adults who had crossed into the…

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

USCIS Records Reveal Systemic Disparities in Asylum Decisions

Government records received by Human Rights First from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asylum office through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show years-long, systemic disparities in…

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

Black immigrants face unique challenges

Black Immigrant and Refugee Equity (BIRE) Project Fellow Over the past twenty years, the Black immigrant population in the United States has more than tripled from 600,000 immigrants to 2…

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Systemic Injustice

Human Rights First Expresses Concern on Trump Administration’s Strike Against Soleimani

WASHINGTON - In the wake of a strike killing Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general responsible for killing civilians and numerous other crimes, Human Rights First expressed serious concerns regarding several…

Press

Systemic Injustice

“We Need Someone to See Us”: To Save Lives, the Biden Administration Should Quickly Restore Refugee Protection

Ana and Jorge, an Afro-Cuban couple, were kidnapped soon after U.S. border officers expelled them to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 2020. They’d crossed the border to seek protection in the…

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Systemic Injustice

CERD: US Discrimination Against Black Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers at the Border and Beyond

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

CERD: Anti-Black Discrimination within US Immigration, Detention, and Enforcement Systems

Fact Sheets

Systemic Injustice

Amicus brief: Lousiana v. CDC

To support the Biden administration’s appeal of the district court’s permanent injunction preventing the termination of Title 42, Human Rights First joined the Tulane Immigrant Rights Clinic and forty other…

Amicus Briefs

Systemic Injustice

NGO Shadow Report on anti-Black US Immigration Practices Submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Reports

Systemic Injustice

Urging the Administration to Oppose Legislation to Delay Ending Title 42

As leaders of immigrant, civil rights, humanitarian, human rights, and labor organizations, our missions include the goal of safeguarding asylum access in the United States. It pains us to watch…

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Systemic Injustice

U.S. v. Carrillo-Lopez Amicus Brief

Human Rights First joined with Asian-Americans Advancing Justice and sister organizations in submitting an amicus brief in U.S. v. Carrillo-Lopez, a case challenging the legality of the federal unlawful reentry…

Amicus Briefs

Authoritarianism

Civil and Human Rights Leaders Letter to President Biden on Haitian Expulsions

As leaders of civil rights and human rights organizations, we write at an inflection point for your Administration’s commitment to a humane and just immigration policy. In recent weeks your…

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