Racism in U.S. Immigration

On-Going

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

“I’m a Prisoner Here”: Biden Administration Policies Lock Up Asylum Seekers

Reports

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

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

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…

Letter

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

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

Fact Sheets

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…

Letter

Systemic Injustice

Amicus brief: Lousiana v. CDC

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

Dear President Biden: 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…

Letter