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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/

#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/

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/

What to Do If You Are Stopped by #ICE In order to “amplify” the President’s tough-on-immigrants campaign message, the Tr...
10/07/2020

What to Do If You Are Stopped by #ICE

In order to “amplify” the President’s tough-on-immigrants campaign message, the Trump Administration is planning on conducting a series of ICE #raids in #sanctuary jurisdictions, such as California, Denver, and Philadelphia. What should you do if ICE comes looking for you? http://www.asylumist.com/2020/10/07/what-to-do-if-you-are-stopped-by-ice/

10/02/2020

Below is some info from USCIS about the Preliminary Injunction blocking the fee increase from USCIS--

On Sept. 29, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in Immigration Legal Resource Center et al., v. Wolf, et al., 20-cv-05883-JWS, preliminarily enjoined DHS from implementing or enforcing any part of the USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements rule.

While the rule is preliminarily enjoined, we will continue to:

Accept USCIS forms with the current editions and current fees; and

Use the regulations and guidance currently in place to adjudicate applications and petitions. This includes accepting and adjudicating fee waiver requests as provided under Adjudicator's Field Manual (AFM) Chapters 10.9 and 10.10.

A New Rule for #Interpreters at the #Asylum Office (+ an Update on the #Backlog)Last week, #USCIS announced a new rule f...
09/30/2020

A New Rule for #Interpreters at the #Asylum Office (+ an Update on the #Backlog)

Last week, #USCIS announced a new rule for interpreters at Asylum Office interviews. USCIS will now provide an interpreter by telephone for most languages. Here, I want to discuss some statistics mentioned in the new rule, as well as the effect of the rule. Also, we have some tips on working with telephonic interpreters: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/30/a-new-rule-for-interpreters-at-the-asylum-office-an-update-on-the-backlog/

A federal court has just blocked the USCIS fee increase, which had been scheduled for October 2, 2020. Great work #AILA!...
09/30/2020
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A federal court has just blocked the USCIS fee increase, which had been scheduled for October 2, 2020. Great work #AILA! Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/ilrc-et-al-v-wolf-et-al-9-29-20

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Former Immigration Judge Paul Grussendorf is raising money to publish his memoir. Books like this are very helpful for t...
09/29/2020
Help Paul self-publish his Immigration Book, organized by Paul Grussendorf

Former Immigration Judge Paul Grussendorf is raising money to publish his memoir. Books like this are very helpful for the public to understand the Immigration Court system. J. Grussendorf is terrific, and I look forward to reading his book. Below is a statement from him, and a link to his Go Fund Me page to help him get the book published (if you donate $25 or more, you get a copy of the book!).

I am a lawyer specializing in asylum and refugee law. I have taught refugee law at George Washington University, University of San Francisco and Howard University. I have worked with the U.S. government and the UN Refugee Agency in refugee resettlement all over the world, most recently in Rwanda until COVID shut down our interviews.
In 2011 I self-published my legal memoir, My Trials: Inside America's Deportation Factories, focusing upon the deportation system and my time as an immigration judge. It is time to update the book, given all the changes and destructive policies that have occured in recent years to our asylum system. The book received great reviews: "My Trials is both a scathing indictment of a broken immigration system that sends vulnerable immigrants back to perilous situations from which they fled, and a heartfelt call for a return to the values upon which our nation was founded." American Immigration Lawyers Association. It was endorsed by renowned criminal defense attorney Gerry Spence.
The budget will include $2000 for editing and formatting, and $3000 for a limited publicity campaign. I am currently working with an editor to make the book available on Amazon by first week of October, so funds are essential now. It will be available on all other platforms mid-October.
This book has been a labor of love and education, and I have not profited from it. I will be tremendously grateful for assistance to make this updated book available at this critical junction in our nation's history. Each donation of $25 or more will receive a signed copy of the paperback book.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-paul-selfpublish-his-immigration-book?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

I am a lawyer specializing in asylum and refugee law. I have taught refug… Paul Grussendorf needs your support for Help Paul self-publish his Immigration Book

The War Over Work PermitsThe Trump Administration recently implemented new rules making it more difficult for asylum see...
09/23/2020

The War Over Work Permits

The Trump Administration recently implemented new rules making it more difficult for asylum seekers to get a work permit. But those rules have been challenged in court. Let’s take a look at the law, the old rules, the new rules, where things stand now, and–most importantly–how asylum seekers might still qualify for a work permit: http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/23/the-war-over-work-permits/

The #Republican Party “Platform” on #AsylumAs you’ve probably heard, the Republican Party has not adopted a new platform...
09/09/2020

The #Republican Party “Platform” on #Asylum

As you’ve probably heard, the Republican Party has not adopted a new platform for 2020. Instead, they resolved that the “Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President’s America-first agenda.” What does this mean? http://www.asylumist.com/2020/09/09/the-republican-party-platform-on-asylum/

Asylum Seekers Need Pro Bono Lawyers Now More than EverThe #asylum process today is more difficult than ever. Many appli...
08/11/2020

Asylum Seekers Need Pro Bono Lawyers Now More than Ever

The #asylum process today is more difficult than ever. Many applicants with valid claims will be denied and deported unless they have help from an attorney. Equally important, applicants need someone in their corner to answer questions and provide moral support. Representing an asylum seeker pro bono can help change your client’s life. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences of your legal career. Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/08/11/asylum-seekers-need-pro-bono-lawyers-now-more-than-ever/

Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?Due to a budget shortfall at #USCIS, more than 125,000 people have not rec...
07/22/2020
Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?

Where’s My Green Card? Where’s My Work Permit?

Due to a budget shortfall at #USCIS, more than 125,000 people have not received Green Cards or #EADs, even though they paid for, and qualified for those documents. Read more: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/22/wheres-my-green-card-wheres-my-work-permit/

What do you think would happen if a client came to my office (virtually), hired me, paid me money to file a case, and then I did not file the case and refused to return the client’s money? He…

The Unbearable Lightness of BIA-ing, Ten Year Anniversary EditionWay back in 2010, I did a blog post about the Board of ...
07/15/2020

The Unbearable Lightness of BIA-ing, Ten Year Anniversary Edition

Way back in 2010, I did a blog post about the Board of Immigration Appeals, where I complained that the Board issues too few decision and does not provide enough guidance to Immigration Judges. Ten years later, things are no better. In fact, based on the available data, the Board is publishing even fewer decisions these days than it did back in the late aughts. Here, we’ll take a look at the situation in 2010, and then review where things stand now: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/15/the-unbearable-lightness-of-bia-ing-ten-year-anniversary-edition/

Let’s Deny #Asylum to Sick People!Under a new proposed rule, if a person was imprisoned, beaten and raped in her country...
07/09/2020

Let’s Deny #Asylum to Sick People!

Under a new proposed rule, if a person was imprisoned, beaten and raped in her country, she will be denied protection in the United States and sent home simply because she traveled through an area that is experiencing an epidemic. Even if she herself is not sick! Read more here: https://www.asylumist.com/2020/07/09/lets-deny-asylum-to-sick-people/

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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.
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