• MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Call Releasing New Report on Family Separation at the Border

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    12:30 PM TODAY: Press Call Releasing New Report on Family Separation at the Border

    Washington, DC -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly’s recent statements that he is considering separating migrant parents from their children to deter them from coming to the United States to seek safety   is a new low that shows the Trump Administration’s lack of concern for basic child protection and willingness to transform and expand a cruel practice into formal policy.

    Over 560 Organizations Call on DHS and ICE to Ensure Immigrant Survivors of Violence Can Access Safety and Protections

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    Washington, DC--Today, Women's Refugee Commission as well as over 560 other national, state and local organizations sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Thomas Homan calling on DHS to recognize that immigrant communities deserve safety and justice.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Trump’s Latest Refugee Ban

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    Washington, DC -- Donald Trump’s latest Executive Order, a revision of his original refugee ban, blocks refugees from six Muslim countries and suspends the refugee resettlement program from all countries for 120 days. The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in opposition to this order, and urges the Administration to revoke such discriminatory policies.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Proposal for Increased Separation of Families at the Border

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    Washington, DC -- According to a Reuters report on Friday, a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would separate women and children crossing illegally at the border in order to deter mothers from migrating with their children in tow. At present, the majority of families awaiting asylum are detained for a few weeks where they are processed and pass a credible fear interview before being released for the remainder of their legal proceedings. The recent proposal would separate these families, retain parents in custody and move children into separate shelters and detention centers where they would go through proceedings alone.

    ICYMI: Women’s Refugee Commission Quoted in New York Times, Glamour and USA Today

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    Washington, DC -- This month, Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission, made her voice heard on behalf of immigrants and refugees in articles zeroing in on Trump’s newest immigration crackdown and the devastating toll they have already started to take on vulnerable men, women, and children.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Proposal for Increased Separation of Families at the Border

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    Washington, DC -- This month, Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program with the Women’s Refugee Commission, made her voice heard on behalf of immigrants and refugees in articles zeroing in on Trump’s newest immigration crackdown and the devastating toll they have already started to take on vulnerable men, women, and children.

    Advocates Analyze Trump Administration’s Border Security Memo and Sec. Kelly’s and Sec. Tillerson’s trip to Mexico and Central America

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    Washington, DC -- Today, refugee and immigrant advocates gathered on a press call to discuss the Trump Administration’s Border Security Memo and Secretary Kelly’s and Secretary Tillerson’s trip to Mexico and Central America.

    Advocates expressed concern over the Trump Administration’s announcement of increasingly stringent border security policies that will undoubtedly deter Central American refugees from seeking protection as they flee violence and persecution.

    A recording of today’s event is available here

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to New Memoranda on Border and Immigration Enforcement Executive Orders

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    Washington, DC -- The Trump administration has released new memoranda on the implementation of its January 25 Executive Orders on border and immigration enforcement. These memoranda instruct federal authorities to bypass due process and enforce draconian measures, including expanding the use of a summary deportation process known as expedited removal, the dramatic expansion of immigration detention, the hiring of thousands of additional border and enforcement agents, turning back asylum seekers at our borders, eroding protection for unaccompanied children, and even punishing parents for trying to save their children’s lives.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Report that DHS Considered Use of 100,000 National Guard Troops to Target Immigrants

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    Washington, DC -- According to a report published by the Associated Press this morning, the Department of Homeland Security considered the use of up to 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants. This follows a week of indiscriminate roundups of innocent immigrants, including a domestic abuse victim most likely reported to officials by her abuser.

    In addition, the draft memo includes instructions in alignment with the President’s Executive Order including expansive use of local law enforcement, extreme and over-expansive use of immigration detention, blanket use of procedures that limit or preclude due process and policies that may endanger the lives of women and children seeking protection at our borders.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to the Arrest of Undocumented Domestic Abuse Victim

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    Washington, DC -- On Wednesday, El Paso Times reported that last week, federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic abuse. The article states that ICE may have received the tip from her alleged abuser.