Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project Calls on Legislators to Separate Immigration Reform from Budget Negotiations

Amid recent reports of ongoing negotiations to couple international aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan with potentially significant changes to the asylum system, the Florence Project calls on United States Senators, particularly Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who is one of the Senators reportedly negotiating a deal, to immediately reject the premise that these two pieces of legislation can […]

Florence Project Heartbroken by the Death of an Infant in CBP Custody

The Florence Project is utterly heartbroken by the death of a one-month-old baby in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in Nogales, AZ on September 23, 2023. No one should die in pursuit of a better life, especially a child whose life was just beginning.   According to a press release from CBP, the infant and […]

Honoring and Celebrating our 2023 Pro Bono Attorneys and Volunteers!

Next week is Pro Bono Appreciation Week and we are excited to share with you the winners of our 2023 Pro Bono Appreciation Awards! On Thursday, October 19, 2023, we celebrated and honored our generous, dedicated, and talented pro bono attorneys and volunteers at our annual Pro Bono Appreciation Event! Pro Bono attorneys and volunteers […]

Advocating for LGBTQIA+ Asylum Seekers

This Pride Month, I want to tell you about my story and the people I serve.   I came into this work because of my own identity and family history. My mother was born in South Korea and orphaned at a young age in the decade after the Korean War. She was adopted by a white […]

Florence Project and Kino Border Initiative: Biden’s Asylum Ban is Immoral and Illegal

Florence Project and Kino Border Initiative: Biden’s Asylum Ban is Immoral and Illegal The asylum processing rule will block access to protection for most migrants. Nogales, AZ – Today, the Biden administration released its final asylum ban rule, despite comments from thousands of individuals and organizations opposing it, including the Florence Project and the Kino […]

Florence Project Condemns Immigration Bill Proposed by Senators Sinema and Tillis 

For Immediate Release May 8, 2023  Contact Greer Millard gmillard@firrp.org; (602) 795-7407  Florence Project Condemns Immigration Bill Proposed by Senators Sinema and Tillis The bill would codify Title 42-style expulsions and have drastic consequences for asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Phoenix, AZ – The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project condemns in the strongest […]

Our Comment on President Biden’s Asylum Ban

Last month, we submitted an organizational comment to the Federal Register detailing our opposition to and concerns with the Biden administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would severely restrict access to asylum for most people seeking protection in the United States.  If enacted, the rule would render migrants ineligible for asylum unless that they can demonstrate that […]