Category: Asylum News

New HHS Study Finds Nearly $124 Billion Positive Fiscal Impact of Refugees and Asylees on the American Economy in a 15-Year Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 15, 2024 Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) published a groundbreaking report, The Fiscal Impact of Refugees and Asylees at The Federal, State and Local Levels From 2005-2019. This in-depth analysis examines the fiscal impact of refugees and asylees […]

From Mali, Congo, Colombia, Honduras and farther, asylum-seekers risk a sawed-off border gap near Lukeville

The controversial monthlong closure of the Lukeville-Sonoyta port in Arizona by the federal government and recent failed bipartisan legislation, complicate an already chaotic immigration system by John Washington March 12, 2024 (Administrator’s Note: While the reporting in this article is excellent, APA disagrees with the expert quoted as saying that the fact of having entered the […]

In Nogales, an asylum bottleneck forces a choice: Monthslong wait or dangerous desert crossing

by John Washington March 7, 2024 More migrants are crossing in the Tucson sector than anywhere else along the U.S.-México border, but there is only one port-of-entry to schedule appointments for an asylum claim through the CBP One app Idalia has been waiting in Nogales, Sonora since last May. She left her hometown, near Sahuayo, Michoacán, […]

Los Angeles Times — Opinion: Is Biden about to close the border in the name of election year politics?

It would be an extreme move, and a violation of the Refugee Act of 1980 BY KAREN MUSALO FEB. 29, 2024 Multiple news sources report that President Biden is considering implementing executive action to try to close the U.S.-Mexico border, including to asylum seekers. It would be an extreme move, and a violation of the Refugee Act of […]

Aljazeera: Indigenous groups say they are left out of US immigration debate

Indigenous asylum seekers from Latin America often face language barriers and discrimination on their journey to the US. By Brian Osgood Published On 24 Jul 202324 Jul 2023 As the United States enacts numerous policies that critics say restrict access to asylum, rights groups have expressed concern that such policies could have especially severe impacts on Indigenous […]

Lawyers Say Helping Asylum Seekers in Border Custody Is Nearly Impossible –The New York Times

The Biden administration changed the way “credible fear” interviews are conducted and raised the bar for who is eligible to seek asylum. By Eileen Sullivan Reporting from Washington July 22, 2023 In the first weeks after President Biden’s new border policies were put in place, his administration recorded a sharp drop in the number of people […]

Press Release: ASISTA Condemns Horrific, Inhumane Treatment of Migrants in Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2023 Contact: Kirsten Rambo, kirsten@asistahelp.org As documented by the Houston Chronicle and other outlets such as The Guardian and CNN, a trooper-medic with the Texas Department of Public Safety expressed concern to his supervisor earlier this month about the inhumane ways that staff there are being ordered to treat migrants, including pushing people back into the river and refusing […]

Biden’s asylum changes reduced border crossings. But are the rules legal?

The Washington Post, By Maria Sacchetti July 18, 2023  The Biden administration has declared that migrants are automatically ineligible for asylum if they enter the United States illegally or fail to seek asylum in another country on their route, according to a temporary rule imposed in mid-May. Asylum seekers who cross the borderillegally are being treated […]