Advocacy Briefs, Borders

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Family Separation Sign On Letter

Letter to Secretary Kelly Opposing Plan to Separate Migrant Families at the Border

On March 22, 2017, nearly 200 national, state and local organizations sent this letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly expressing opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed plan to separate migrant families at the border. Secretary Kelly has now twice remarked that he is considering such a move in order to deter families from seeking protection at our borders. The letter calls on Secretary Kelly to “reverse course on any policy proposal that would seek to tear apart families or otherwise inflict trauma and harm.” It also notes that separating families undermines their ability to seek asylum, a right protected by both U.S. and international law.
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Letter to DHS and ICE To Recognize Immigrant Communities Deserve Safety and Justice

On March 8, 2017, 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.
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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds hearing on access to asylum in the United States

Letter to Secretary of State Tillerson Urging US to Reaffirm Commitment to Protect and Defend Human Rights

WRC requested and participated in a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the autonomous human rights body of the Organization of American States (OAS), during its 161 Period of Sessions (Mar. 15-22, 2017) on measures taken by or at the request of the United States that impede access to asylum in the United States and interfere with the right to family life and other core human rights protections.
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Separation of Immigrant Families in U.S. Immigration Custody

As the numbers of family units migrating together rises, so have the instances of arbitrary and harmful family separation, both before and upon reaching the U.S. border. Family unity must also be a respected principle in enforcement and removal operations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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One Year Later: Where are the refugee mothers and children?

In June 2014, President Obama referred to the unprecedented numbers of children and families fleeing violence in Central America as an “urgent humanitarian situation.” Since then, these asylum-seekers have been detained in prison-like detention facilities.
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Recommendations to DHS to Improve Complaint Processing

Consistent, documented – yet avoidable - deficiencies within the DHS complaint systems have inhibited the Department’s ability to identify internal civil rights concerns and take appropriate action. Here are specific problems and concrete recommendations to improve the handling of complaints and ensure that migrants' human rights are respected.