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July 28, 2021 • Press Release

#WelcomeWithDignity: Expedited Removal is a Fast Track to Danger

Last evening, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would begin using a process of rapid deportations known as “expedited removal” for certain families arriving at the border. Today, the #WelcomeWithDignity campaign responded with deep concern about the administration’s decision to embrace a deterrence-based policy that frequently leads to the unlawful deportation of people seeking asylum, who are often denied the chance to request protection by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

July 26, 2021 • Press Release

Human rights in Tunisia must be upheld following suspension of parliament

Tunisian President Kais Saied should publicly commit to respecting and protecting human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, after he suspended parliament and assumed …

July 22, 2021 • Press Release

Telling People Seeking Asylum ‘Do Not Come’ is Heartless and it Doesn’t Work

Yesterday, in a CNN town hall President Biden was asked about his administration’s immigration policy with regards to refugees and people seeking asylum and said: “they should not come.” The …

July 19, 2021 • Press Release

Guantánamo Bay Has Been Allowed to Remain Open Too Long

Responding to the Biden administration transferring its first detainee out of Guantánamo Bay, Daphne Eviatar, the director of the Security With Human Rights program said: “The Biden administration’s first transfer …

July 18, 2021 • Press Release

The Pegasus Project: Massive data leak reveals Israeli NSO Group’s spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally

NSO Group’s spyware has been used to facilitate human rights violations around the world on a massive scale, according to a major investigation into the leak of 50,000 phone numbers …

July 14, 2021 • Press Release

Experts Remind DHS Secretary Seeking Asylum is a Human Right — Regardless of How You Arrive

Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Cubans and Haitians will not be allowed to reach the United States to seek asylum if traveling by boat. Secretary Mayorkas’s remarks come despite both Cubans and Haitians facing acute economic, political, and public health crises in their countries. Administrations in the United States have tried to use cruel deterrence-based policies since President Regan, and not only have they never worked, they often result in family separations. Experts also noted that the United States has a troubling history of interdicting people seeking protection at sea and of sending Haitians to Guantanamo Bay. Former asylum-seekers, advocates, and experts responded:

July 13, 2021 • Press Release

After Two Years of ICE Detention, Maura, a Transgender Woman from Nicaragua Regains Her Freedom

After a campaign to free Maura, a 41-year-old transgender woman from Nicaragua, generated over 14,000 emails to the ICE San Diego Field Office, the Department of Homeland Security agency has …

July 13, 2021 • Press Release

Over a Hundred National and International Groups Call on the Biden Administration to Welcome Haitians Seeking Safety in the U.S.

Over 130 human rights, humanitarian, immigration and women’s rights organizations called on President Biden, the Department of Homeland Security, the Domestic Policy Council, the National Security Agency, and the Department …

July 9, 2021 • Press Release

‘Our government should not be in the business of detaining pregnant or nursing individuals’

Today, the #WelcomeWithDignity campaign responded to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s new memo pertaining to pregnant, postpartum, or nursing individuals. The memo limits the detention of nursing, postpartum, or pregnant people, but still allows ICE officials to detain them in exceptional circumstances. #WelcomeWithDignity campaign members--many of whom have previously spoken out against conditions pregnant people face in ICE custody--responded.

July 9, 2021 • Press Release

UN Security Council’s compromise resolution on Syria falls short of humanitarian needs

Responding to the UN Security Council vote passing a resolution renewing authorization of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for the delivery of UN cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey to north-west …

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