By Melanie Nathan, March 01, 2023. nathan@AfricanHRC.org
The Biden administration recently proposed a new rule that will drastically limit access to asylum for people arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and yet, is only allowing the public a mere 30 days to provide comments.
In response, 172 national, state, and local organizations, including african Human Rights Coalition, wrote to the Biden administration urging it to allow at least 60 days for public comment on the rule.
The proposed asylum ban has vast implications on all stages of asylum processing, imposing new and complex requirements on asylum seekers before they reach the border, during their initial fear screening, as well as during immigration court review.
In the letter, we assert: "The human cost [of this rule] is beyond measure and demands the most careful research, analysis, and public consultation. It is highly inappropriate to afford the public a mere 30 days to comment on a proposal that violates domestic laws and international obligations on its face."
Read the full letter from 172 organizations calling for an extension to the public comment period.
National The Advocates for Human Rights African Communities Together (ACT) African Human Rights Coalition Alianza Americas America's Voice American Immigration Lawyers Association Americans for Immigrant Justice Amnesty International USA Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence ASISTA Immigration Assistance Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Border Kindness Boston University School of Law, Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program Bridges Faith Initiative Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition CASA Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Center for Gender & Refugee Studies Center for Law and Social Policy Center for Popular Democracy Center for Victims of Torture Children's HealthWatch The Children's Partnership Church World Service Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center Communities United for Status & Protection (CUSP) Community Change Action Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Disciples Immigration Legal Counsel Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Esperanza United Fight for the Future FIRM Action First Focus on Children Franciscan Action Network Freedom Network USA Friends Committee on National Legislation Futures Without Violence Government Information Watch Haitian Bridge Alliance Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program HIAS Hope Border Institute Human Rights First Immigration Center for Women and Children Immigration Equality The Immigration Hub Immigration Law & Justice Network Immigrant Legal Resource Center Innovation Law Lab Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Japanese American Citizens League Justice Action Center Justice for Migrant Women Justice in Motion Kids in Need of Defense Kino Border Initiative Latin America Working Group (LAWG) Lawyers for Good Government MPower Change Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns Mennonite Central Committee U.S. MomsRising/MamásConPoder Muslim Advocates NAKASEC National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Coalition Against Domestic Violence The National Domestic Violence Hotline National Education Association National Immigrant Justice Center National Immigration Law Center The National Immigration Project (NIPNLG) National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights National Network to End Domestic Violence National Partnership for New Americans NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Never Again Action Oxfam America Refugees International Sakhi For South Asian Women Save the Children Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Southern Border Communities Coalition Southern Poverty Law Center Sunita Jain Anti-Trafficking Policy Initiative , Loyola Law School Tahirih Justice Center Taylor Levy Law T'ruah UndocuBlack Network Unitarian Universalist Association Unitarian Universalist Service Committee USAHello U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) VECINA Washington Office on Latin America We Are All America #WelcomeWithDignity campaign for asylum rights Welcoming America Witness at the Border Women's Refugee Commission Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
State Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice Aldea - The People's Justice Center Al Otro Lado Catholic Charities Community Services, Immigrant & Refugee Services, NY Center for Safety & Change Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors The Children's Partnership Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Colorado Children's Campaign Daya Inc. Fellowship Southwest Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Honest Law Group Hope Border Institute Immigrant ARC Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project Immigrant Legal Center Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice Just Neighbors Legal Aid Justice Center Make the Road Nevada Make the Road New York Mariposa Legal, Program of COMMON Foundation Michigan Immigrant Rights Center Mobilization for Justice, Inc. New York Immigration Coalition Oasis Legal Services OneAmerica Our Children Oregon Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Safe Passage Project Sanctuary for Families Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors Texas Civil Rights Project Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
Local American Gateways Arizona Justice for Our Neighbors Ayuda Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh (BCAP) Central American Minors Working Group Central American Legal Assistance Central American Resource Center of Northern CA - CARECEN SF Cleveland Jobs with Justice DC Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House Galveston-Houston Immigrant Representation Project (GHIRP) The Healing Trust Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative Human Rights Initiative Of North Texas Immigrant Defenders Law Center Indivisible Brooklyn Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western MA Jewish Family Service of San Diego Justice for Our Neighbors El Paso Justice For Our Neighbors North Central Texas The Legal Aid Society (New York) The Legal Project New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia New York Justice for Our Neighbors Queens Defenders Rockland Immigration Coalition Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration Womankind