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Undocumented in the Hudson Valley: The Luis Martinez Story

By neonadmin | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

He’s an employer, father, husband, and community member. Why is ICE threatening to deport this man? Read more here.

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A week with Al Otro Lado

By neonadmin | Mar 19, 2019 | Comments Off on A week with Al Otro Lado

by Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel I just returned from volunteering with the Border Rights Project at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico.  At the end of each day, volunteers often shared their “highs and lows” of what they experienced during the day.  In that spirit, I share my own. Lows: The inhumane, unlawful and shameful treatment…

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New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

By Admin | Mar 8, 2019 | Comments Off on New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

ASISTA drafted a short practice update on the newly published Form I-539 and I-539A. Read more about the grace period and the new biometrics requirements here.

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Fee Waiver Case Collection

By neonadmin | Mar 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Fee Waiver Case Collection

ASISTA is collecting stories where fee waivers for applications related to VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas, SIJS and other humanitarian protections have been denied, including motions to reopen/reconsider and appeals.  This is the first in a series of data collection tools ASISTA is releasing to strengthen our advocacy efforts and to demonstrate the numerous…

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New! Sample Language for Fee Waiver Cover Letters

By Admin | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Read our new publication on fee waiver requests or contesting denials.

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New Amicus Brief: Addressing Sanchez Sosa and Continuances for U applicants

By neonadmin | Feb 21, 2019 | Comments Off on New Amicus Brief: Addressing Sanchez Sosa and Continuances for U applicants

Read new amicus brief on importance of continuances in Immigration Court, submitted in the Seventh Circuit.

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ASISTA Joins Over 150 Organization in Opposition to Harmful Asylum Ban

By Admin | Jan 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

This week ASISTA Immigration Assistance is privileged to join National Immigrant Justice Center, Human Rights First and over 150 organizations in submitting a comment in response to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security adoption of an interim final rule barring access to asylum for those who enter the United States outside…

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Press Statement: ASISTA Response to National Address

By Admin | Jan 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2019 Contact: Ahlam Moussa, ahlam@asistahelp.org   ASISTA Response to President Trump’s National Address Suffield, CT – The following is a statement from Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel at ASISTA Immigration Assistance, regarding President Trump’s National Address: President Trump’s remarks last night again demonstrate his misinformed, divisive, and anti-immigrant agenda and ignore the real…

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Judge strikes down efforts to diminish protections for asylum seekers.

By Admin | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

ASISTA applauds the federal court decision yesterday which restores critical protections for asylum seekers fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.  The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and ACLU challenged the Administration’s harmful expedited removal policies which instructed asylum officers to generally deny domestic violence and gang violence-related claims.  ASISTA is proud to have supported the…

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Challenging USCIS harmful changes to fee waiver policy

By Admin | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

In November 2018,  ASISTA fought back on harmful USCIS changes to fee waiver practices and forms.  USCIS is creating barriers to equal access to survivor protections, especially for survivors who have few financial resources of their own. ASISTA created a template comment for advocates to share how these damaging changes affect survivors, and you can…

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