Asylumist

Asylumist The Asylumist is about political asylum in the United States -- a forum for discussion about the law, policy, and politics of asylum.

The #Asylumist Panel DiscussionEarlier this month, I participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. asylum system and...
09/22/2021
"The Asylumist" Panel Discussion

The #Asylumist Panel Discussion

Earlier this month, I participated in a panel discussion about the U.S. asylum system and my new book, The Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/09/22/the-asylumist-panel-discussion/
https://youtu.be/pGr-ohoRD_I

Seeking asylum in the United States can be a long, difficult, and confusing process. Even if you have a lawyer to represent you, navigating the asylum system...

Congress Addresses the Asylum Office BacklogIn April, I wrote about our efforts to lobby Congress for help with the affi...
09/15/2021
Congress Addresses the Asylum Office Backlog - The Asylumist

Congress Addresses the Asylum Office Backlog

In April, I wrote about our efforts to lobby Congress for help with the affirmative #asylum #backlog. Those efforts have finally born some fruit. Last week, forty Democratic members of #Congress wrote a letter to Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Ur Jaddou, the Director of USCIS. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/09/15/congress-addresses-the-asylum-office-backlog/

In April, I wrote about our efforts to lobby Congress for help with the affirmative asylum backlog. Those efforts have […]

Reflections and Advice from a Recently-Retired Asylum OfficerAllen Schwartz retired after 23 years at the #Asylum Office...
09/08/2021
Reflections and Advice from a Recently-Retired Asylum Officer - The Asylumist

Reflections and Advice from a Recently-Retired Asylum Officer

Allen Schwartz retired after 23 years at the #Asylum Office. Here, he offers some advice and observations for asylum seekers: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/09/08/reflections-and-advice-from-a-recently-retired-asylum-officer/

This article is by Allen Schwartz, a former Asylum Officer who now offers consulting services to asylum seekers and attorneys. […]

Join me on September 9, 2021 in Washington, DC for a panel discussion and fundraiser for my new book, The Asylumist: How...
09/02/2021
Asylumist Panel Discussion on September 9, 2021 - The Asylumist

Join me on September 9, 2021 in Washington, DC for a panel discussion and fundraiser for my new book, The Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity. All profits will benefit Ayuda, a DC-area non-profit that assists asylum seekers and immigrants. This event will also be live-steamed. Learn more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/08/30/asylumist-panel-discussion-on-september-9-2021/

Please join me for a live event and fund raiser at Immigrant Food on September 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM […]

Asylumist Panel Discussion on September 9, 2021Please join me for a live event and fund raiser at Immigrant Food on Sept...
08/30/2021
Asylumist Panel Discussion on September 9, 2021 - The Asylumist

Asylumist Panel Discussion on September 9, 2021

Please join me for a live event and fund raiser at Immigrant Food on September 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM in Washington, DC. The event is sponsored by #Ayuda, a DC-area non-profit that assists immigrants and asylum seekers. Aside from yours truly, speakers will include Immigration Judge (retired) Lisa Dornell, Ayuda Legal Director Laurie Ball Cooper, and torture survivor and advocate Tensay Kalile. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/08/30/asylumist-panel-discussion-on-september-9-2021/

Please join me for a live event and fund raiser at Immigrant Food on September 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM […]

“Expedited Removal” and “Fair Processing of Asylum Applications” Cannot CoexistEither we have a system to remove new arr...
08/04/2021

“Expedited Removal” and “Fair Processing of Asylum Applications” Cannot Coexist

Either we have a system to remove new arrivals expeditiously or we have a system to fairly adjudicate #asylum applications at the border. We cannot have both. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/08/04/expedited-removal-and-fair-processing-of-asylum-applications-cannot-coexist/

“Expedited Removal” and “Fair Processing of Asylum Applications” Cannot Coexist

Either we have a system to remove new arrivals expeditiously or we have a system to fairly adjudicate #asylum applications at the border. We cannot have both. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/08/04/expedited-removal-and-fair-processing-of-asylum-applications-cannot-coexist/

Chaos in CourtA few months ago, I wrote that what applicants and lawyers need from the #Biden Administration is predicta...
07/14/2021
Chaos in Court - The Asylumist

Chaos in Court

A few months ago, I wrote that what applicants and lawyers need from the #Biden Administration is predictability. Unless we know what to expect from “the system” and when to expect it, people cannot properly prepare their cases or have them fairly adjudicated. Unfortunately, what we have been seeing recently is the opposite of predictability–it is chaos: https://www.asylumist.com/2021/07/14/chaos-in-court/

A few months ago, I wrote that what applicants and lawyers need from the Biden Administration is predictability. Unless we […]

The Art of Denying AsylumPreparing an #asylum case is a bit like building a fortress. You make the walls as strong as yo...
07/07/2021
The Art of Denying Asylum - The Asylumist

The Art of Denying Asylum

Preparing an #asylum case is a bit like building a fortress. You make the walls as strong as you can, re-enforce weak points, and hope for the best. Here’s my theory: An adjudicator who wants to deny asylum can deny asylum. Some cases may be harder to deny than others, but a smart decision-maker can punch holes in even the strongest and most well-prepared asylum case. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/07/07/the-art-of-denying-asylum/

Preparing an asylum case is a bit like building a fortress. You make the walls as strong as you can, […]

Back to Bad Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued two decisions reversing Trump-era cases that limited #asy...
06/23/2021
Back to Bad - The Asylumist

Back to Bad

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued two decisions reversing Trump-era cases that limited #asylum eligibility. Here, we’ll discuss those cases and how the AG’s decision will affect asylum seekers. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/06/23/back-to-bad/

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued two decisions reversing Trump-era cases that limited asylum eligibility. Here, we’ll discuss those […]

Join Me for an Online Conference about the U.S. Asylum Crisis and What You Can Do About ItThe Torture Abolition and Surv...
06/16/2021
Join Me for an Online Conference about the U.S. Asylum Crisis and What You Can Do About It - The Asylumist

Join Me for an Online Conference about the U.S. Asylum Crisis and What You Can Do About It

The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (#TASSC) International will hold its annual conference and advocacy days from June 23 to 26, 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Asylum Crisis in the USA.” Please join me for this important event. Also, in support of the conference, all proceeds from the sale of my book, The Asylumist: How to Seek Asylum in the United States and Keep Your Sanity, will be donated to TASSC: #JuneSurvivorsWeek #JSW2021 #JSW https://www.asylumist.com/2021/06/16/join-me-for-an-online-conference-about-the-u-s-asylum-crisis-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International will hold its annual conference and advocacy days from June 23 […]

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/

Address

1900 L St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20036

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Asylumist posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Asylumist:

Videos

Nearby government services


Other Public & Government Services in Washington D.C.

Show All

Comments

Want to learn more about Asylum? FREE: Asylum & Withholding of Removal Q&A with attorney Dhenu Maru of SwagatUSA. Schedule: Friday, May 1st /12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern, and 10 am Pacific time Kindly click the link TO JOIN: https://bit.ly/2x878VC Only who have filled up the complete online form will gain access to the scheduled Q & A online session. Only who have fill up the complete online form will gain access to the scheduled Q & A online session. Save your seat! Then pass along to anyone else who may be interested. ====================SWAGATUSA============= We turn immigration dreams to immigration reality. CALL: 312-854-7065 for answers to immigration questions. ===========================================
My first (and probably last) annual predictions for immigration and asylum in the new year...
ICYMI,..........
"Whoever heard of a system where you need Judges? https://www.facebook.com/vicbergeriv/videos/1516679561791521/
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,.....................