Fact Sheet

Do Expedited Asylum Screenings and Adjudications at the Border Work?

May 6, 2021

Expedited processing of asylum requests at the border hinges on unfair and unrealistic expectations that people seeking asylum, who on arrival at the border are…

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Fully End the Migrant Protection Protocols: Ensure Safety for All Subjected to Horrific Policy

April 29, 2021

As the Biden administration winds down the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), it has not yet included in this process asylum-seeking families and adults whose…

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Swift Action to Improve Fairness and Enable Timely Asylum Hearings in Immigration Courts

April 6, 2021

The United States is capable of welcoming with dignity children, families, and adults seeking protection at the U.S.-Mexico border. The challenges at the border today…

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Human Rights First Accountability Activist Arrested in Moscow

March 13, 2021

Vladimir Kara-Murza arrested Saturday during independent political forum

WASHINGTON – Human Rights First’s President and CEO Michael Breen released this statement after today’s arrest…

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Recommendations for Biden Administration: Welcoming the Persecuted, Restoring Order, and Upholding Asylum Law, Refugee Treaties and Values

January 25, 2021

The Trump administration destroyed the U.S. asylum system, trampled on refugee laws and treaties, and spurred chaos and disorder at the border. Through that administration’s…

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Recommendations to End “Remain in Mexico” and Bring People Seeking Protection Safely into the United States

January 25, 2021

On January 20, 2021, the Biden Administration announced the “suspension of new enrollments ” in the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) also known as…

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Chaos, Cruelty, & Illegality: The Trump Administration’s Record on Asylum

January 12, 2021

The Trump administration’s record on asylum is one of destruction, disorder, and blatant violations of refugee laws enacted by Congress. Its policies punish people seeking…

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Use of Public Health as Pretext to Ban and Block Refugees

December 15, 2020

Over objections of senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts and following instructions by Trump Administration officials, the CDC issued a highly flawed…

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