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Dealing with Delayed DecisionsBased on the latest data, there are more than 22,000 #asylum cases that have been intervie...
06/02/2021
Dealing with Delayed Decisions - The Asylumist

Dealing with Delayed Decisions

Based on the latest data, there are more than 22,000 #asylum cases that have been interviewed, but where the Asylum Office has not yet issued a decision. Some of these cases have been pending decisions for months or even years. What’s the reason for this post-interview delay, and what can you do if you were interviewed, but have not received a decision? https://www.asylumist.com/2021/06/02/dealing-with-delayed-decisions/

Based on the latest data (from July 2020), there are more than 22,000 asylum cases that have been interviewed, but […]

Praise for the Asylumist (the Book)We’ll return to our regularly-scheduled content next week, but here, I wanted to shar...
05/26/2021
Praise for the Asylumist (the Book) - The Asylumist

Praise for the Asylumist (the Book)

We’ll return to our regularly-scheduled content next week, but here, I wanted to share some (mostly) positive reviews I’ve received for my new book, The #Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity. Proceeds from the book will benefit asylum-related charities: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/05/26/praise-for-the-asylumist-the-book/

We’ll return to our regularly-scheduled content next week, but here, I wanted to share some (mostly) positive reviews I’ve received […]

My New Book!After more than ten years writing a blog, #Asylumist.com, I would like to introduce my new book - The Asylum...
05/18/2021
Introducing The Asylumist: The Book! - The Asylumist

My New Book!

After more than ten years writing a blog, #Asylumist.com, I would like to introduce my new book - The Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity. The book is designed for #asylum seekers, advocates, and anyone interested in the U.S. asylum system. Learn more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/05/18/introducing-the-asylumist-the-book/

When I started The Asylumist over 11 years ago, I hoped to create a forum for discussing the U.S. asylum […]

PTSD (Post #Trump Stress Disorder)It’s been more than 100 days since President #Biden took office, and I have to say, I ...
05/05/2021
PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder) - The Asylumist

PTSD (Post #Trump Stress Disorder)

It’s been more than 100 days since President #Biden took office, and I have to say, I don’t think my clients or my fellow lawyers are feeling a whole lot better about the U.S. #immigration system. This gut feeling is now backed up by data, thanks to a new report from the American Immigration Council, which shows the slow pace of improvement at #USCIS. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/05/05/ptsd-post-trump-stress-disorder/

It’s been more than 100 days since President Biden took office, and I have to say, I don’t think my […]

An Interview with Harvey Finkle: Documenting the New Sanctuary MovementIn his new book, Faces of Courage: Ten years of B...
04/28/2021
An Interview with Harvey Finkle: Documenting the New Sanctuary Movement - The Asylumist

An Interview with Harvey Finkle: Documenting the New Sanctuary Movement

In his new book, Faces of Courage: Ten years of Building Sanctuary, photographer Harvey Finkle chronicles the first ten years of the New #Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, which works to end injustices against all #immigrants, documented or otherwise. The Asylumist recently caught up with Mr. Finkle, to ask about his career, his book, and the New Sanctuary Movement: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/04/28/an-interview-with-harvey-finkle-documenting-the-new-sanctuary-movement/

Photographer Harvey Finkle has documented immigration to the city of Philadelphia since the 1970s. His work has been hailed as […]

Celebrate Mother’s Day by Helping Asylum-Seeker MomsMother’s Day is coming up – on May 9, 2021. If you need a nice gift ...
04/21/2021
Celebrate Mother's Day by Helping Asylum-Seeker Moms - The Asylumist

Celebrate Mother’s Day by Helping Asylum-Seeker Moms

Mother’s Day is coming up – on May 9, 2021. If you need a nice gift idea for the mother(s) in your life, and you’d like to support a worthy cause at the same time, check out this “gift of goodness” from #AsylumWorks, a Washington, DC-area non-profit that provides support for asylum seekers: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/04/21/celebrate-mothers-day-by-helping-asylum-seeker-moms/

Mother’s Day is coming up – on May 9, 2021. If you need a nice gift idea for the mother(s) […]

FY2022 Budget Wish List Mentions the #Asylum #Backlog!When you were in middle school, did you ever have a crush on a cla...
04/14/2021
FY2022 Budget Wish List Mentions the Asylum Backlog! - The Asylumist

FY2022 Budget Wish List Mentions the #Asylum #Backlog!

When you were in middle school, did you ever have a crush on a classmate? Did you analyze every stray glance and dissect every off-hand comment for signs that your crush liked you too? I feel like that’s what we’ve come to as observers of the asylum system. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/04/14/fy2022-budget-wish-list-mentions-the-asylum-backlog/

When you were in middle school, did you ever have a crush on a classmate? Did you analyze every stray […]

The Other Family Separation CrisisTens of thousands of #asylum seekers who have come to our country for protection have ...
03/17/2021

The Other Family Separation Crisis

Tens of thousands of #asylum seekers who have come to our country for protection have their cases stuck in a never-ending limbo. They deserve timely decisions, so they can reunite with family members and start the process of healing. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/17/the-other-family-separation-crisis/

The Other Family Separation Crisis

Tens of thousands of #asylum seekers who have come to our country for protection have their cases stuck in a never-ending limbo. They deserve timely decisions, so they can reunite with family members and start the process of healing. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/17/the-other-family-separation-crisis/

To Solve the #Border Crises, We Need to Decide Who Qualifies for Asylum We as a nation need to re-visit our #asylum law,...
03/10/2021

To Solve the #Border Crises, We Need to Decide Who Qualifies for Asylum

We as a nation need to re-visit our #asylum law, and make a decision about who qualifies for protection: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/10/to-solve-the-border-crises-we-need-to-decide-who-qualifies-for-asylum/

To Solve the #Border Crises, We Need to Decide Who Qualifies for Asylum

We as a nation need to re-visit our #asylum law, and make a decision about who qualifies for protection: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/10/to-solve-the-border-crises-we-need-to-decide-who-qualifies-for-asylum/

What #Asylum Seekers and Their Lawyers Need from President #Biden: PredictabilityThe Biden Administration has pledged to...
03/03/2021

What #Asylum Seekers and Their Lawyers Need from President #Biden: Predictability

The Biden Administration has pledged to restore integrity to our nation’s immigration system. A big step in that direction will be to restore predictability: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/03/what-asylum-seekers-and-their-lawyers-need-from-president-biden-predictability/

What #Asylum Seekers and Their Lawyers Need from President #Biden: Predictability

The Biden Administration has pledged to restore integrity to our nation’s immigration system. A big step in that direction will be to restore predictability: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/03/03/what-asylum-seekers-and-their-lawyers-need-from-president-biden-predictability/

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and #AsylumThe U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is finally here. In this post, we'll discus...
02/24/2021

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and #Asylum

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is finally here. In this post, we'll discuss the provisions of the bill that will most directly affect asylum seekers. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/24/the-u-s-citizenship-act-of-2021-and-asylum/

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and #Asylum

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is finally here. In this post, we'll discuss the provisions of the bill that will most directly affect asylum seekers. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/24/the-u-s-citizenship-act-of-2021-and-asylum/

Fixing #Asylum Part 5: BenefitsThere are different types of benefits available to people seeking asylum and people who h...
02/17/2021

Fixing #Asylum Part 5: Benefits

There are different types of benefits available to people seeking asylum and people who have been granted asylum. Here we will discuss certain “benefits” – such as work permits, travel documents, and Green Cards – available to asylum seekers and asylees, and how these benefits can be improved. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/17/fixing-asylum-part-5-benefits/

Fixing #Asylum Part 5: Benefits

There are different types of benefits available to people seeking asylum and people who have been granted asylum. Here we will discuss certain “benefits” – such as work permits, travel documents, and Green Cards – available to asylum seekers and asylees, and how these benefits can be improved. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/17/fixing-asylum-part-5-benefits/

President Biden’s Executive Orders on ImmigrationLast week, President #Biden issued several Executive Orders (EOs) relat...
02/10/2021

President Biden’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Last week, President #Biden issued several Executive Orders (EOs) related to immigration. Here, we’ll review the new EOs and discuss how they might affect #asylum seekers. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/10/president-bidens-executive-orders-on-immigration/

President Biden’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Last week, President #Biden issued several Executive Orders (EOs) related to immigration. Here, we’ll review the new EOs and discuss how they might affect #asylum seekers. http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/10/president-bidens-executive-orders-on-immigration/

Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum Must be a Priority in Immigration OverhaulAndrea Barron argues that the #Biden Administ...
02/03/2021

Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum Must be a Priority in Immigration Overhaul

Andrea Barron argues that the #Biden Administration must not forget #torture survivors and other affirmative #asylum seekers as it seeks to reform the immigration system: http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/03/torture-survivors-seeking-asylum-must-be-a-priority-in-immigration-overhaul/

Torture Survivors Seeking Asylum Must be a Priority in Immigration Overhaul

Andrea Barron argues that the #Biden Administration must not forget #torture survivors and other affirmative #asylum seekers as it seeks to reform the immigration system: http://www.asylumist.com/2021/02/03/torture-survivors-seeking-asylum-must-be-a-priority-in-immigration-overhaul/

President Biden’s Immigration BillPresident #Biden has proposed a comprehensive immigration reform #bill, called the U.S...
01/27/2021

President Biden’s Immigration Bill

President #Biden has proposed a comprehensive immigration reform #bill, called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. What does this proposal mean for #asylum seekers? Who is included? When–if ever–will it go into effect? http://www.asylumist.com/2021/01/27/president-bidens-immigration-bill/

President Biden’s Immigration Bill

President #Biden has proposed a comprehensive immigration reform #bill, called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. What does this proposal mean for #asylum seekers? Who is included? When–if ever–will it go into effect? http://www.asylumist.com/2021/01/27/president-bidens-immigration-bill/

#Teshuvah and the New AdministrationThere’s a concept in Judaism known as “teshuvah,” which means “returning.” The term ...
01/20/2021

#Teshuvah and the New Administration

There’s a concept in Judaism known as “teshuvah,” which means “returning.” The term implies a return to righteousness, and repenting for past sins. This is what I am thinking about as we inaugurate the Biden-Harris Administration: http://www.asylumist.com/2021/01/20/teshuvah-and-the-new-administration/

#Teshuvah and the New Administration

There’s a concept in Judaism known as “teshuvah,” which means “returning.” The term implies a return to righteousness, and repenting for past sins. This is what I am thinking about as we inaugurate the Biden-Harris Administration: http://www.asylumist.com/2021/01/20/teshuvah-and-the-new-administration/

Fixing #Asylum Part 4: Immigration CourtThere are currently over 1.2 million cases pending before our nation’s Immigrati...
01/13/2021

Fixing #Asylum Part 4: Immigration Court

There are currently over 1.2 million cases pending before our nation’s Immigration Courts. The average wait time for a case is 849 days. What has caused this large backlog, and what can be done to alleviate the long waits in Immigration Court? http://www.asylumist.com/2021/01/13/fixing-asylum-part-4-immigration-court/

Fixing #Asylum Part 1: PoliticsIn this series of posts, I hope to set forth my ideas for reforming and improving our nat...
12/09/2020

Fixing #Asylum Part 1: Politics

In this series of posts, I hope to set forth my ideas for reforming and improving our nation’s asylum system. But before we get to that, I want to talk politics, since any reform will take place in the context of the current political crisis: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/12/09/fixing-asylum-part-1-politics/

How Much More Damage Can the #Trump Administration Do?Joe Biden has won the popular vote and the majority of the elector...
11/11/2020

How Much More Damage Can the #Trump Administration Do?

Joe Biden has won the popular vote and the majority of the electoral college vote. Whether he will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, however, remains to be seen. Even assuming the Trump Administration leaves peacefully, what can it do during the remaining 70-some days before Mr. Biden takes office? Can it make changes that outlast the Trump Presidency and are difficult for Mr. Biden to reverse? http://www.asylumist.com/2020/11/11/how-much-more-damage-can-the-trump-administration-do/

A Reflection on the #ElectionAs I write, we still have no decision, and the election rests on the edge of knife. Perhaps...
11/04/2020

A Reflection on the #Election

As I write, we still have no decision, and the election rests on the edge of knife. Perhaps Joe Biden will manage to pull out a win, but I am personally feeling deeply pessimistic. There will be time later to analyze what happened. Here I want to reflect on a few more personal notes: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/11/04/a-reflection-on-the-election/

New #Bars to #Asylum for Criminals and Almost CriminalsIn the ongoing saga of the Trump Administration’s efforts to dism...
10/21/2020

New #Bars to #Asylum for Criminals and Almost Criminals

In the ongoing saga of the Trump Administration’s efforts to dismantle our humanitarian immigration law, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security published a new rule imposing mandatory bars that prevent “convicted felons, drunk drivers, gang members, and other criminal aliens from receiving asylum.” Read more: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/10/21/new-bars-to-asylum-for-criminals-and-almost-criminals/

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ICYMI,..........
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Great Job, Great blog! Seems that the new regime is really upset that some people may get an opportunity to qualify for a work permit so as to feed their families while waiting on a final adjudication of their asylum case. The idea is to fast-track these people through the asylum process, giving them perfunctory hearings and orders of deportation, post haste. But this is a policy of willful discrimination and surely will not serve to discourage others from applying in the future. The bottom line is that the people around the world who suffered severe mistreatment in their homelands don't usually make it through our airports. And the so-called economic refugees, who have little trouble getting here on tourist visas will continue to come, file bogus cases, and clog up the system. This makes it almost impossible for real asylees to receive fair and proper hearings and the protection of our humanitarian laws.
The Secret Refugee History of #Casablanca For the 75th anniversary of the classic film Casablanca, I look into the refugee history of some of the actors. This one's for you, Tom McGeehan.
Something for Halloween (even if it is a bit depressing)
The Asylumist has used my photographs of Amerasians without my permission and mentioning my name. Copyright infringe. It makes the quality of this site discutable.
Sometimes people never understand anything, unless or until it happens to them,.....................