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News and Events2018-10-26T16:59:57-07:00

An Incredible Blow to Asylum

Last week, the outgoing administration issued two final rules in a last-ditch attempt to inflict further harm on asylum seekers and their due process rights. The first policy change, announced on December 10th, will effectively end asylum as we know it in the U.S. We vehemently opposed this rule when [...]

Called to this Work: Kari Hong’s Story

Kari Hong It’s hard to imagine Kari Hong doing anything other than immigration defense. When you hear her family’s story, you can understand why she was called to this work. Kari’s biological grandfather, Juris Aire, was a chemist in Latvia who had advanced knowledge on fingerprint technology. Right [...]

“You are the only ones we have to help us.”

In April, after COVID-19 hit, the Florence Project launched a free telephone hotline for people in immigration detention in Arizona. Our team has been fielding calls on a daily basis from people in immigration detention, making sure that one of us is available to pick up the phone during designated [...]

Celebrating New Opportunities, and the Work Ahead

After several days of counting votes, major media outlets have just announced that the American people have elected Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. We offer our congratulations to President-elect Biden and to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. We will advocate and hope that a Biden Administration [...]

2020 Pro Bono Awards

Special Partnership-Adult Perkins Coie A drawing by a plaintiff's daughter, hoping for his release. “When the people in the immigration detention center saw [news about the lawsuits], they were overjoyed because they knew that other people, the attorneys, were fighting for them. And that there are people who [...]

Statement on New Asylum Eligibility Bars

On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule adding myriad new bars to asylum eligibility, effective November 20, 2020, 30 days after its official publication on October 21, 2020. It is the final version of a proposed rule that [...]

I Had COVID-19 in ICE Detention. This Is What It Was Like.

Eloy Detention Center, where Sofia is detained. Below is a first-person account from our client, Sofia*, an asylum seeker from Cuba, who contracted COVID-19 while detained in Eloy Detention Center. For months, ICE told us that everything was under control. We signed up for appointments to speak with [...]

233 New Cases of COVID-19 Reported at La Palma Correctional Center

On Friday, August 28, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced 233 new cases of COVID-19 at La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, AZ, signaling that the outbreak in ICE detention centers is far from controlled. This news underscores that the only way to ensure that detained immigrants are protected from [...]

Statement on the Final Rule on Fee Increases by USCIS

The Florence Project unequivocally condemns the Final Rule announced by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increasing the fees charged by the agency. When this rule was proposed, the Florence Project submitted a comment urging USCIS to rescind the rule in its entirety, as it unduly burdens low income [...]

Statement on the Trump Administration’s Renewed Effort to Decimate DACA

On July 28th, the Trump administration announced that it will conduct a “comprehensive review” of the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This review will occur over the next 100 days and during that time the administration will reject all pending and new DACA applications; shorten the [...]

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