June 8, 2023

Law360: Immigration Board Must Mend Choice Of Law Post-Garcia

The Board of Immigration Appeals recently held in Matter of Garcia that choice of law should be determined by the location of the immigration court in which a charging document is filed and where jurisdiction vests, except in instances where a charging document is filed at an administrative control court, or when the immigration judge grants a change of venue.

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June 6, 2023

The New York Times Letter to the Editor: “Who Gets In? A Guide to America’s Chaotic Border Rules”

The end of Title 42 and the new asylum restrictions create a second-class status in the U.S. Although the Biden administration offers a “humanitarian parole” option for asylum seekers from select countries, that is merely permission to work for two years, with no pathway to permanent legal status. Like DACA, it creates indefinite uncertainty.

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May 17, 2023

Statement about the recent passing of two unaccompanied children

CAIR Coalition is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of two unaccompanied children, both from Honduras, while under the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This is a tragic loss, and our hearts go out to their families and communities.

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May 9, 2023

Deterrence, Detention, and Deportation: New Immigration “Reforms” Break International Laws and Devastate the U.S. Asylum System

This week may be the most critical for immigrants since the start of the Biden administration. New “reforms” will come into effect at the Southern border on Thursday, May 11, replacing the entry ban enacted under Title 42. 

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April 24, 2023

Friend-of-the-court brief for immigrants impacted by ICE data breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition filed a friend-of-the-court brief, also known as an Amicus brief, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to support asylum seekers in detention who were impacted by a data breach of their personal information by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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April 1, 2023

Testimony for the Budget Oversight Committee

In the U.S. immigration system, people are forced to face detention and deportation in civil immigration court with no right to counsel in their immigration hearings. Those without lawyers face enormous odds in fighting their cases.

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March 29, 2023

Tragic Fire at Migrant Detention Facility

As Congress and the Biden administration bicker over which side can do less to help the broken immigration system, 38 men lost their lives this week when a migrant detention facility caught fire. Another 29 are severely injured. This tragedy has broken the hearts of families and communities across both sides of the border.

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March 9, 2023

Immigrant families face devastating consequences because of Biden’s empty promises.

President Biden’s broken promises on immigrant rights continue to pile up. During his 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden said he would “end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies” and “the mismanagement of the asylum system, which fuels violence and chaos at the border.” In addition, he vowed that “children should be released from ICE detention with their parents immediately.”

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February 24, 2023

CAIR Coalition Condemns the Biden Administration's Proposed Asylum Ban

CAIR Coalition denounces the Biden Administration’s new proposed asylum rule, which will severely limit access to asylum for those arriving at the Southern border.

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January 30, 2023

BREAKING: Asylum seekers impacted by the ICE data breach are still waiting for answers

This week, almost two months after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) committed a serious data security breach, asylum seekers in detention are still waiting for answers.

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October 5, 2022

STATEMENT: Bill to Grant Afghan Evacuees a Path to Residency

Without the Afghan Adjustment Act, many Afghan evacuees who risked their lives for the United States will never access permanent protection or be reunited with their family members who are still stranded and in danger in Afghanistan.

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October 4, 2022

Statement on Immigration Removal Proceedings and Migrant Services Bill

On September 20, the D.C. council approved the "Migrant Services and Support Emergency Amendment Act," which provides temporary support and services to immigrants arriving in D.C. The DC Council is voting today on an interim version of the bill, followed by a permanent version later this year. 

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September 29, 2022

BREAKING: Lawsuit that secured release of immigrants detained in Maryland during the pandemic ends as detention centers are shut down

Immigrants’ rights groups play a crucial part in the national effort to protect detained individuals from COVID-19. The primary case seeking the release of immigrants detained in Maryland during the COVID-19 pandemic, Coreas v. Bounds, was dismissed without prejudice.

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September 26, 2022

In Solidarity with Asylum Seekers

CAIR Coalition stands in solidarity with the 10,000 asylum seekers and other immigrants that have been bussed and flown, some under false pretenses, to unfamiliar locations throughout the country. We support the local humanitarian and legal organizations in DC, New York, Chicago, and now Massachusetts, that have stepped up to coordinate and deliver essential services with the compassion that all human beings deserve.

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April 8, 2022

DC Values Coalition Statement in Response to Governor Abbott's Announcement

On Wednesday, April 6, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced he will start busing immigrants to Washington, DC in response to the decision by the government to end Title 42. Title 42 is a cruel policy, which used the pandemic as an excuse to expel families and individuals from the United States under the guise of public health.

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March 29, 2022

BREAKING: Immigration Court System Makes Necessary Court Records Available Nationwide Following Letter By 35 Advocacy Organizations

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has issued a new, nationwide policy expanding access to legal records after 35 legal service providers, led by CAIR Coalition, petitioned for greater access to records for their clients and pro se individuals.

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December 9, 2021


The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition stands in solidarity and celebration with each and every person who has fought for the passage of the Dignity Not Detention Act.

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September 22, 2021

CAIR Coalition Statement Condeming Deportation Flights to Haiti and Horrific Violence by Border Patrol

We at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition condemn the Biden-Harris Administration’s deportation flights to Haiti and the horrific violence by Border Patrol agents on horseback against Haitian asylum seekers who come in search of safety at the United States’ Southern border.

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March 17, 2021

NEWS: CAIR Coalition Hosts “Eyes on ICE” Truth & Accountability Forum

Washington, D.C. – As the Biden administration embarks on its audit of the Department of Homeland Security, including a full-scale study on current practices at ICE and CBP, civil and immigrant rights organizations across the country will conduct their own, independent Truth and Accountability Forums on the country’s immigration enforcement arm.

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