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Want to Save Democracy? End #Asylum at the Southern #BorderThe border has been a recruiting tool for Republicans and the...
01/11/2022
Want to Save Democracy? End Asylum at the Southern Border - The Asylumist

Want to Save Democracy? End #Asylum at the Southern #Border

The border has been a recruiting tool for Republicans and the far right for too long. We on the Left now have to make a choice–continue banging our heads against the same wall, or accept that we can’t get everything we want and that sacrifices are needed to help defuse the existential threat to our democracy. https://www.asylumist.com/2022/01/11/want-to-save-democracy-end-asylum-at-the-southern-border/

As an attorney who represents asylum seekers, I believe our country has a moral duty to help those coming to […]

Circularity in Particular Social Group DecisionsThis post is by Jim Feroli, an attorney with Immigration Legal Services ...
12/22/2021
Circularity in Particular Social Group Decisions - The Asylumist

Circularity in Particular Social Group Decisions

This post is by Jim Feroli, an attorney with Immigration Legal Services (ILS) of Catholic Charities, Washington, DC.

I’m a movie fan. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend the film #Gladiator. Russell Crowe stars as Maximus, a Roman general who is betrayed, sold into slavery, and forced to fight in gladiator matches. As an immigration lawyer, I wondered would Maximus, as a slave in ancient Rome, qualify for membership in a particular social group? https://www.asylumist.com/2021/12/22/circularity-in-particular-social-group-decisions/

This post is by Jim Feroli, an attorney with Immigration Legal Services (ILS) of Catholic Charities, Washington, DC. He has […]

No One Should Have to Wait Years for the U.S. to Consider Their #Asylum ClaimThis article is by Andrea Barron, the advoc...
12/08/2021
No One Should Have to Wait Years for the U.S. to Consider Their Asylum Claim - The Asylumist

No One Should Have to Wait Years for the U.S. to Consider Their #Asylum Claim

This article is by Andrea Barron, the advocacy program manager at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International (#TASSC), based in Washington, DC. It was originally published in the Washington Post. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/12/08/no-one-should-have-to-wait-years-for-the-u-s-to-consider-their-asylum-claim/

This article is by Andrea Barron, the advocacy program manager at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, based […]

#CancelCulture in Immigration CourtIndividual Hearings in Immigration Court are life-changing events that profoundly eff...
12/01/2021
Cancel Culture in Immigration Court - The Asylumist

#CancelCulture in Immigration Court

Individual Hearings in Immigration Court are life-changing events that profoundly effect respondents and their families. So what happens when the Individual Hearing is canceled? https://www.asylumist.com/2021/12/01/cancel-culture-in-immigration-court/

For “respondents” (non-citizens in removal proceedings) and their lawyers, Individual Hearings in Immigration Court are a big deal. Evidence must […]

11/24/2021

A Tale of the First Thanksgiving – or – The Beginner’s Guide to Immigration Bureaucracy

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first #Thanksgiving, celebrated in Massachusetts in 1621. To commemorate this grand occasion, researchers here at the Asylumist have unearthed the original immigration file of one of the Pilgrim families. Here, for the first time, is that story. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/11/24/a-tale-of-the-first-thanksgiving-or-the-beginners-guide-to-immigration-bureaucracy/

Looking for Fraud in All the Wrong PlacesMaybe you’ve heard this old joke–One night, a policeman sees a drunk man search...
11/02/2021
Looking for Fraud in All the Wrong Places - The Asylumist

Looking for Fraud in All the Wrong Places

Maybe you’ve heard this old joke–

One night, a policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what he has lost. The man says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if the drunk is sure he lost the keys here. The drunk replies, no, he lost them in the park. Surprised, the policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, “This is where the light is.”

#Asylum interviews these days remind me of this joke. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/11/02/looking-for-fraud-in-all-the-wrong-places/

Maybe you’ve heard this old joke– One night, a policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight […]

#Asylum for #Afghan Parolees (and How It Could Affect All Asylum Seekers)How will the system be effected when tens of th...
10/14/2021
Asylum for Afghan Parolees (and How It Could Affect All Asylum Seekers) - The Asylumist

#Asylum for #Afghan Parolees (and How It Could Affect All Asylum Seekers)

How will the system be effected when tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees file for asylum? https://www.asylumist.com/2021/10/14/asylum-for-afghan-parolees-and-how-it-could-affect-all-asylum-seekers/

Even before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, that country was suffering a humanitarian disaster. In 2020, about 2.5 million […]

Trump May Be Gone, but the U.S. Asylum System Is Still BrokenBasileus Zeno, a Syrian asylum seeker and the Karl Loewenst...
10/07/2021
Trump May Be Gone, but the U.S. Asylum System Is Still Broken - The Asylumist

Trump May Be Gone, but the U.S. Asylum System Is Still Broken

Basileus Zeno, a Syrian asylum seeker and the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at Amherst College, writes about his experience as an asylum seeker in the United States. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/10/07/trump-may-be-gone-but-the-u-s-asylum-system-is-still-broken/

This article is by Basileus Zeno, a Syrian asylum seeker and the Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Political […]

The Trumpian Logic of the #Biden #Asylum PolicyGiven all the negative externalities, USCIS should more comprehensively r...
09/29/2021
The Trumpian Logic of the Biden Asylum Policy - The Asylumist

The Trumpian Logic of the #Biden #Asylum Policy

Given all the negative externalities, USCIS should more comprehensively review the effects of #LIFO to determine whether it is accomplishing what they think it is accomplishing. If not, we should return to #FIFO, which was more fair and gave people more predictability and more hope. https://www.asylumist.com/2021/09/29/the-trumpian-logic-of-the-biden-asylum-policy/

This summer, pro-immigrant Representative Gerry Connelly (D-Virginia) wrote to USCIS inquiring about the affirmative asylum backlog. The USCIS response is […]

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/
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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 […]

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On August 25, 2020, the Trump Administration plans to implement a new regulation, which denies work permits for asylum seekers. The given reason is to prevent fraud, but the real reason is "to deter people from seeking asylum," says Asylumist.
The Trump Administration recently proposed regulations to make it much more difficult to obtain asylum in the United States. The good news is that you can do something to reduce the damage: submit a comment opposing the regulation. Asylumist explains how.
1) The Administration proposed sweeping regulations that would dramatically impact asylum seekers. 2) USCIS is set to furlough > 70% of its workforce by July's end. 3) The Executive Office for Immigration Review dramatically mismanaged its budget for FY 2019 And 4 more unfortunate immigration updates from Asylumist.
When the government mistreats one minority group, no minority group is truly safe. Asylumist explains how immigrants and others can support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
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My first (and probably last) annual predictions for immigration and asylum in the new year...
Dr. Kate Sugarman, a clinician working with MCN through Medical Review for Immigrants, writes about assisting detained asylum seekers and her work with Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) in this article from The Asylumist.
We are big fans of the Asylumist, and his latest "Asylum Ban 2.0 won't work—here's why" explains the new ban with his usual clarity and keen insight. "Asylum Ban 2.0 will undoubtedly make it more difficult for certain people to obtain protection in the United States. That is the whole point," he writes. "But I have my doubts about whether the new rule will accomplish what the Trump Administration hopes to accomplish, which is to deter people from coming here to seek asylum." Find out why here: https://www.asylumist.com/2019/09/17/asylum-ban-2-0-wont-work-heres-why/
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.