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USCRI Statement on the End of the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols”

Today, the Supreme Court held in Biden v. Texas that the Government’s rescission of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – a policy begun by the Trump administration that requires asylum seekers at the southern border to stay in Mexico while awaiting a hearing in U.S. immigration court – did not violate current immigration law. In […]

USCRI Condemns U.K. Government Plan to Offshore Asylum Seekers

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) strongly condemns the plan by the United Kingdom’s government to relocate asylum seekers from the U.K. to Rwanda. The government recently announced that the first deportation flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda is set for June 14, 2022. While this may be blocked by legal challenges, the […]

USCRI Policy Brief – New Asylum Rule: More Steps and Shorter Timelines

The new asylum rule has made significant changes to one of the two pathways to asylum in the United States. Most significantly, the new rule establishes a positive credible fear determination as the application for asylum, a new asylum merits interview conducted by an asylum officer (AO), and the use of a status conference in […]

Celebrating Jason Lin during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We are excited to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, which was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, given that the majority of the workers who […]

USCRI Welcomes Cameroon TPS Designation

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) welcomes the announcement by the Biden Administration on a new designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Cameroon. The TPS designation will provide needed protection to an estimated 40,000 Cameroonians to remain in the United States and to receive work permits. Due to ongoing armed conflict, over […]

USCRI Commends the Biden Administration for Ending Title 42

Today, the Biden Administration announced the end of the use of Title 42, an obscure provision of public health law that allowed border officials to rapidly expel asylum seekers and migrants to Mexico or their home countries with no due process. The policy was originally implemented in March 2020 under the Trump Administration. The end […]

Policy Brief: Strategic Communications for Unaccompanied Children

The past five years have seen numerous communications challenges for unaccompanied children’s providers and advocates, along with substantial threats to the well-being of unaccompanied children (UC) themselves. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, shelters were targeted as sites of protest during the height of the Family Separation policy. More recently, 2021 and into 2022 have […]

Facebook Live: A 20-Year Retrospective of the Unaccompanied Children’s Program

In partnership with the Children’s Village, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) has begun a one-year project looking back at the Unaccompanied Children’s Program from the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 until today. This project will look at how the care of unaccompanied children has changed since the Homeland Security […]

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants 2021 Welcoming Iowa Benefit

USCRI Des Moines hosted its third annual Welcoming Iowa benefit Thursday, October 14th, 2021, at the Foundry Distilling Company in Historic Valley Junction. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Iowa, USCRI Des Moines expects to welcome 340 refugees and 125 Afghan evacuees over the coming year, helping new Iowans establish homes and livelihoods as […]