Immigrants Today

Total Asylum Grants by Country of Nationality, Fiscal Year 2022. Office of Immigration Statistics, 2022 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics (Washington, D.C.: US Department of Homeland Security, 2023. *includes the Palestinian Territories and countries with less than 10 individuals granted asylum in FY 2022.

Immigrants: Refugees and Asylum Seekers 

Court of Appeal Reverses Supreme Court Ruling Re: Texas Immigration Law  SB4

Forbes 03/20/2024 by A. J. Semotiuk: Recently the Supreme Court of the U.S. temporarily allowed a Texas immigration law to stand. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling; putting the law on hold until the full court could decide the  case. Click HERE  

American Immigration Council 03/19/2024: Texas SB4 Law sets damaging precedent for similar bills that endanger Immigrant Families. Click HERE 

Vitality that Immigration brings 

Foreign Policy in Focus o2/27/2024: Immigration is Good. Our Immigration Policy should reflect that. Click HERE 

Economical Impact of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

American Immigration Council 02/22/2024: Refugees and Asylum Seekers Generate Billions of Dollars More Than They Cost the U.S. Government.  Click HERE 

Asylum in the United States 

American Immigration Council 01/15/2024: Fact Sheet. This fact sheet provides an overview of the asylum system in the United States, including how asylum is defined, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Click HERE 

Seeking Protection: The Right to Apply for Asylum 

Anyone fleeing violence, persecution, or torture has a legal right to seek asylum. That right is anchored in the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The right to apply for asylum: the protection granted to migrants fleeing persecution in their home countries, is enshrined in U.S. Immigration Law and International Law

10 things to know about the end of Title 42.  WOLA commentary: Click HERE 

Humanitarian Protection for Asylum Seekers

After three long years, Title 42 is set to end on May 11, raising significant questions about how asylum seekers arriving at the southern border will be treated. The Biden administration has announced several policies in advance, with more policy changes expected by May 11.

May 11, 2023. How to seek Asylum (under Biden's asylum transit ban), in 15 Not-At-All-Easy Steps Click HERE 

National Immigration Forum, May 11, 2023:Q&A: What to know about the Biden Administration's New Asylum restrictions, Click HERE. The new federal regulations are being challenged in Federal Court, Click HERE  

What about US and International Law

Domestic law says that any non-citizen arriving in the US or already there – regardless of immigration status or how they entered – has a right to seek asylum. The recent federal  Asylum restrictions, known as the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways rule, have brought a protest from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Click HERE  

Dispelling Myths about Immigrants 

From Michael Light: University of Wisconsin using Texas data collected as record-keeping system of crime offenders as well as  data from the Congressional Budget Office and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Click HERE  

Defund Hate: Invest in People their needs, and dreams 

Report: A vision for a transformative budget for U.S. Immigration. Click HERE  

On El Paso Anniversary 

National Coalition urges Congressional Leadership to denounce white supremacy, anti-immigrant rhetoric and its use by members of the Congress. Click HERE 

Efforts to stop inhumane and anti-immigrant policies 

Letter to the White House, signed by 87 Congressmen, calling  for the Administration to prioritize people's civil rights and anti-immigrant policies such as Operation Lonestar. Click HERE  

Migration: Human Rights-Based Approach

Human Rights Research Center, 07/25/2023. Migration and Transnational Repression: why a Rights-based approach is good for National Security.  Click HERE  

Congress Rejects Xenophobic Policies in Continuing Resolution 

10/02/2023 The Defund Hate Campaign issued this statement "“We are thrilled that members of Congress listened to our movement and passed a continuing resolution without additional amendments or funding that would further harm immigrant and border communities. Over the last several months, supporters of the Defund Hate campaign made hundreds of calls and sent hundreds of emails to ensure a DHS supplemental funding request for immigrant detention, deportation, and border militarization would not see the light of day. We are thankful for our community’s commitment and are inspired by their vision for responsible government spending. ..." Click HERE  

Impending Mexican Supreme Court Ruling 

Human Rights First, 10/05/2923: With Mexican NGO Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho (FJEDD) bringing to the Mexican Supreme Court a constitutional challenge to the country’s role in the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico” policy, Human Rights First and other U.S.-based human rights groups today announced that they submitted amicus curiae letters in support of the case. Click HERE 

The True number of undocumented immigrants in the Country 

MSNBC  11/16/2023 The GOP and to lesser extend Democrats have given American the impression that we've been experiencing an "invasion" at our border. A new Pew Research Center report not only shatters that myth but also reveals that the opposite is true.  Click HERE 

American Immigration Council : Latest Analysis Nov. 2023. Immigrants make up over 18% of the total US population growth.; foreign-born residents continue to make significant contributions to the American Economy. Click HERE  

Human Rights First decries political dealing on refugee and migrant lives 

Human Rights First issued recommendations for how the Biden Administration could upgrade and uphold our asylum system. Click HERE  

Humanitarian crisis at the border, east of Sasabe, AZ 

No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes reports seeing a dramatically increased number of asylum seekers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not mirrored that with an appropriate level of response; consequently,  Human Rights organization has written a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Click HERE  

From Hope to Heartbreak: The Disturbing Reality of Border Patrol's Confiscating of Migrants' Belongings 

This report highlights how Immigration officials confiscate and fail to return the belongings of migrants when they are apprehended. Click HERE  

An Analysis of the Senator Border Bill. Provisions to overhaul asylum claim in the U.S. , a new bar. The  Internationally Accepted Rights to seek asylum 

American Immigration Council, 02/2024: If passed in its current form, it would be the most sweeping immigration bill of the twenty-first century. It would overhaul the process for seeking asylum in the United States—and impose an “emergency authority” that would leave asylum fully out of reach for those crossing between ports of entry for much of the next three years. It would attempt to address issues like work permits and years-long waits for asylum seekers, and also raise the initial standard a person must pass in order to access our asylum system. Click HERE