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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 […]

Factsheet: Implementation of the New Asylum Processing Rule

On August 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) amending the procedures and processes of protection claims and parole for individuals subject to expedited removal. Then, responding to and incorporating changes from comments received in response to the NPRM, DHS and […]

Summit of the Americas: U.S. Commitments Fall Flat Amid Continuation of Title 42

With the conclusion of the Ninth Summit of the Americas, the Biden administration issued the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection. This declaration includes commitments to protect and respect the safety, dignity, human rights, and fundamental freedoms of all migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons, regardless of migratory status. These commitments center around […]

Fact Sheet – Documentation and Benefit Eligibility for Ukrainians

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the number of Ukrainians seeking safety in the United States has rapidly risen. This fact sheet outlines the three main legal pathways and their corresponding benefit eligibility, that Ukrainians are utilizing in the United States. These include 1) Temporary Protected Status (TPS); 2) Humanitarian Parole and […]

USCRI Denounces Continuation of Title 42 after Judge’s Ruling

On Friday, a Louisiana federal district judge ruled to continue the use of Title 42, an obscure provision of public health law that allows border officials to rapidly expel asylum seekers and migrants to Mexico or their home countries without due process. This comes ahead of the Biden administration’s May 23 deadline to end the […]

USCRI Statement on Authorization of Refugee Benefits for Ukrainians

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) welcomes the recent passage by the U.S. Congress of a supplemental spending bill that, among other things, authorizes refugee benefits for Ukrainian parolees. Ukrainians who were paroled into the country between February 24, 2022, and September 30, 2023, will generally be eligible for benefits to the same […]

Webinar: Former Unaccompanied Children and Their Stories of Resilience

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) and The Children’s Village hosted a virtual panel on April 19, 2022 as part of the Where We Stand: A 20-Year Retrospective of the Unaccompanied Children’s Program in the United States. Moderated by USCRI Vice President AnnaMarie Bena and Policy Analyst Jenny Rodriguez, the panel featured three […]

Mitigating Mental Health Impacts of Climate-Related Migration

As the changing climate continues to become an omnipresent element of life on earth, root causes of human migration will increasingly be attributable to climate-related disaster, climate-related land inhabitability, or climate-related conflict. This inevitability is accompanied by mental health consequences for affected individuals as a result of both forced migration and climate change. Forced migration […]

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 […]

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 […]