An Unexpected and Extraordinarily Harmful Decision: The "Third Country Asylum Ban"

In an unexpected and extraordinarily harmful decision, the Supreme Court granted a stay of, or stopped the, emergency preliminary injunction (the injunction which stopped the “third country asylum ban” from taking effect) put in place by the lower courts. This means that, while the legal underpinning of the Trump administration’s new “third country asylum ban” rule is analyzed by the Courts, the Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go forward with casting out asylum seeking migrants who passed through a third country and did not apply for asylum in that third country.

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Growing Numbers of African Migrants Detained in US and Hundreds More Wait in Mexico

When most Americans think of the migrants waiting to cross the southern border into the United States or who are being detained by ICE—Immigration and Customs Enforcement – they think of Central Americans. While most migrants seeking to enter the US are still from Central America, an increasing number of Africans, including many torture survivors, are entering the United States and requesting asylum. In Spring 2019, Border Control agents in Texas stopped over 500 African migrants who had just crossed the Rio Grande River separating the US from Mexico. This compares to just 211 Africans migrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the entire 2,000 mile US-Mexico border in Fiscal Year 2018. Mexico will process three times as many African immigrants in 2019 as it did in 2017.

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TASSC Statement on the Public Charge Rule

TASSC is deeply disquieted by the expanded scope of the Public Charge final rule because it is purposed to generally reduce the number of immigrants eligible for a greencard.  The United States has a beautiful and rich history of welcoming immigrants.  That our current President and his administration continue to make decisions that seek to drastically limit immigration overall is extremely dismaying and starkly misaligned with TASSC’s appreciation of the invaluable contribution immigrants make to our country.

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A Silent Majority: Internally Displaced People in Ethiopia

To be an IDP is to be among some of the most unsafe populations worldwide. Not only do these individuals suffer higher rates of mortality, abduction, and sexual harassment, but they also must survive travelling long distances, without homes, and often without a source of income. Moreover, a large group of people displaced from their communities can result in overcrowding of new “host” communities. It is no surprise then that the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), a research organization under the Norwegian Refugee Council, reported in 2018 that high levels of displacement correlate with low rates of socioeconomic development. This fact, as well as the tragic personal effects of displacement, are well on display in Ethiopia today.   

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Pompeo's Commission on Unalienable Rights Further Isolates US from Human Rights Community

The Commission on Unalienable Rights, introduced by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in an article for the Wall Street Journal, takes its name from the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The goal of the article, as described briefly by Pompeo, is to reduce the overall definition of human rights to what he believes the Founding Fathers saw as necessary to human existence.

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President’s Attacks on Immigrants Divide America

Ramifications of the Executive's Vocabulary

“Send them back.” After being repeatedly shouted at a recent Trump rally in North Carolina, critics lambasted the President for not opposing the racist and xenophobic phrase turned chant. Members of Congress and the media condemned the actions and the pressure forced President Trump to dissuade future crowds from continuing the slogan. Yet, even as the President backpedaled from his statements, his supporters and critics used them to more firmly root their own opinions on the value of such words.

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Repetitions of the Past: Analyzing the Horrors in Burundi

Due to the similar cultures, ethnic groups, and on-going conflicts, the Rwandan Genocide represents a great comparison for the ultimate danger Burundi faces if their human rights abuses continue. The repressive state continues many of the same practices that befell Rwanda, and the international community can use comparative methods to recognize how these issues may affect a nation like Burundi. Similarities and differences only show a possibility of what may occur, and the international community’s mistakes with the Rwandan Genocide should act as a lesson for future nations in danger of falling prey to genocidal regimes.

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Letter to the Assistant Secretary Tibor Nagy About Sudan

TASSC and the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations committed to a free, civilian-led Sudan, are encouraged that the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of State, Tibor Nagy has met with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and opposition forces to seek a peaceful solution to the Sudanese crisis and that Ambassador Donald Booth has been appointed as a senior advisor on Sudan. We believe that the goals for American diplomacy should be to:

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