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July 6, 2020

Amicus brief challenges public health asylum limits

Gerald L. Neuman, Co-Director of the Human Rights Program, joined immigration and refugee scholars during June in an amicus brief challenging the Trump Administration’s restriction of asylum procedures during the COVID-19 crisis. The brief supports plaintiffs’ emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to halt the removal of a child fleeing targeted violence in his home country of Honduras.

The Trump administration’s order relies on a broad interpretation of the Public Health Service Act, which allows the CDC to limit the “introduction” of individuals and goods to the U.S. In reality, the CDC order is a thinly-veiled attempt to further curb immigration, only applying to noncitizens (including unaccompanied children) who arrive at the southern and northern borders without documentation. Health experts have decried the order, citing the numerous exemptions as demonstrating that its purpose is to target a disfavored category rather than to protect public health.

“The administration is abusing the CDC to create a shadow deportation system that circumvents all legal limitations on deportation,” said Neuman.

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March 27, 2012

Today: Candy and the Clinical Forum!

Posted by Cara Solomon

We’ve put away the chips and salsa from yesterday’s Open House and we’re moving on to…CANDY for tomorrow’s Clinical Forum!

Please join us for a delicious and non-nutritious assortment of treats from 6:00-8:00 pm in Milstein East BC. This is your chance to:

– Chat with our clinicians about their projects and seminars.

– Grill our students about what it’s like to be a member of the Clinic.

– Learn about the dozens of other clinical programs at HLS , including Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, our neighbor in the clinical wing and, more importantly, our friend!

Formal announcement below. Hope to see you soon.

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