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  • Women’s Refugee Commission Supports American Civil Liberties Union’s Lawsuit Challenging Family Separation

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    Washington, D.C. – On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of Ms. L., an asylum-seeking mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo who was wrongfully separated from her seven-year-old daughter, S.S., at the border by U.S. immigration officials in November 2017.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Statement on DHS’ Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syrians & Decision Not to Extend Status for New Arrivals

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    Washington, DC - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced yesterday that it would grant an 18-month extension to Syrian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in the U.S. but failed to extend TPS to the Syrians who legally traveled to the U.S. after August 1, 2016. TPS is a program designed to protect people from being returned to natural disaster, armed conflict, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Statement in Advance of State of the Union

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    Washington, DC – As President Donald Trump prepares to give his first State of the Union address this evening, families seeking asylum in the United States are being forcibly separated at the border; women, men, and children are languishing in ICE detention centers hoping for fair resolutions of their immigration cases; and many other asylum seekers are getting swept up by traffickers or sent back to the countries they fled without due process. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Proposal on Immigration Deal That Would Gut Crucial Protections That Save Lives

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    Washington, DC – Last night, the Trump administration sent a proposal to Congress laying out a framework for a deal on immigration reform. The proposal would permit a path to legal status for DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, while at the same time likely gutting protections the Trump administration often refers to as legal “loopholes,” that are crucial to saving the lives of children, families, and others seeking protection. The proposal also includes provisions to cut legal immigration by 50%, with a focus on limiting family migration, and provides for $25 billion in support for a border wall and other border security measures.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status for Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans

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    Washington, DC – Today, the Trump administration ended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for El Salvador effective September 9, 2019. TPS provides legal status to individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home due to ongoing armed conflict, disaster, or other exigent and temporary circumstances. TPS holders from El Salvador will have until September 9, 2019 to leave the United States or seek other means to obtain lawful permanent residency. Termination of TPS will affect nearly 200,000 nationals of El Salvador who have complied with the law and built lives, businesses, and families in the U.S. The decision also places more than 192,000 U.S. citizen children of Salvadoran TPS holders at risk of losing a parent or being forced to leave their own country.

    Women's Refugee Commission Condemns Trump Administration for Considering Formalizing Policy of Forcibly Separating Parents and Children at the U.S. Border

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    Washington, D.C. – As reported yesterday by the New York Times and The Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering formalizing a policy of separating parents and children who arrive often seeking protection at the southern border of the United States. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and other organizations have extensively documented the impact of such separations when they occur, in our report, Betraying Family Values.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report on Poor Detention Conditions at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Facilities

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    Washington, DC -- This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released findings based on the investigation of five Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers throughout the United States. The report documents that the OIG inspections “raised concerns about the treatment and care of ICE detainees at four facilities...Overall, the problems we identified undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment.”

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    Civil and Human Rights Organizations File Joint Complaint With DHS on Behalf of Families Forcibly Separated in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Custody

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    Washington, DC - Today, a complaint on behalf of family members who have been forcibly separated while in custody at the southern border of the United States was filed with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) by the American Immigration Council (Council), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS), the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Kids In Need Of Defense (KIND), Al Otro Lado, and the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP).

    Women's Refugee Commission and Immigrant Rights Advocates Demand Civil Rights Investigation into ICE Raids that Targeted Sponsors of Unaccompanied Children

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    On December 6, 2017, the Women’s Refugee Commission and seven other immigrant rights organizations* filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General on behalf of some of the 400 people swept up in a DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “surge initiative” from June to August 2017. The operation sought information about the immigration status of parents and other relatives who came forward to sponsor unaccompanied children. Officers then used that information to locate or lure family members to ICE offices, where they were arrested and detained. The complaint  details how ICE officers misrepresented their objectives and role within the sponsorship process, as well as coerced parents and family members in order to detain them and frustrate the reunification process.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Troubled by U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Allow Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

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    Washington, DC – Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court decided to allow the third and newest version of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, pending appeal. The Trump administration has claimed that the travel ban will help protect national security; however, denying entry to the U.S. to individuals based on nationality will separate vulnerable families, and will not make Americans safer.