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Mexico's "Narco-Refugees": The Looming Challenge for U.S. National Security

"Given the ever-increasing brutality of the cartels, the question is whether and how the United States Government should begin to prepare for what could be a new wave of migrants coming from Mexico. ... This monograph focuses on the asylum claims of Mexicans who unwillingly leave Mexico, rather...

AILA: U.S. Shamefully Detaining Families Seeking Asylum with "Bond" Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 31, 2014 CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Ellie Rutledge 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7611 gtzamaras@aila.org - erutledge@aila.org Washington, DC - "According to documents obtained at the remote family...

A Life-Or-Death Struggle for Asylum in America

"While other kids enjoyed summer break, a teenager with more on her mind slipped into her only dressy jacket and traveled south to Anaheim, to a nondescript building housing the local office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lithe and athletic, the girl knew she’d be less than...

Virginia Raymond - Pro Bono Champion

"Five years ago, Virginia Raymond was teaching Mexican-American studies at the University of Texas at Austin while also directing an oral history project on the death penalty. Although she was a licensed attorney, she was not actively practicing law. That all changed in 2012, when she offered to...

Inside the Administration's $1 Billion Deal to Detain Central American Asylum Seekers

Chico Harlan & Priscila Mosqueda, Washington Post, Aug. 14, 2016 - "As Central Americans surged across the U.S. border two years ago, the Obama administration skipped the standard public bidding process and agreed to a deal that offered generous terms to Corrections Corporation of America, the...

Against the Odds, Members of a Refugee Caravan Are Let Into the US

Bryan Schatz, Mother Jones, May 12, 2017 - "Last weekend, dozens of refugees who participated in a caravan that traversed Mexico to seek asylum in the United States, presented themselves at the San Ysidro port of entry in Tijuana and were admitted into the United States. Planned by a coalition of...