ASAP in the News
The Texas Observer
August 30, 2023
The Justice Department asked a judge to dismiss Leticia and Yovany’s family separation lawsuit. Mother and son are still suffering from the mental and physical trauma caused by the separation, which lasted over two years.
August 27, 2023
ASAP member Leticia was separated from her son at the Mexico-U.S. border under the Zero Tolerance policy. They are seeking justice by suing the federal government, which is fighting in court to defend family separation.
NPR Weekend Edition
August 26, 2023
Eddie, a Colombian newcomer to NYC, has a year to submit an asylum application. After that, he must wait another 150 days to apply for a work permit - that’s at the very least half a year without permission to work.
Almost There Podcast
August 1, 2023
“Only an organized collective of asylum seekers has the power to re-envision the asylum system and create a more welcoming United States,” said ASAP Co-ED Conchita Cruz. “Their voices and stories must be centered.”
June 26, 2023
“It's important to recognize that Black migrants face additional barriers when seeking asylum both at the Mexico-U.S. border and once in the United States,” ASAP Policy Director Leidy Perez said in the CBC letter to Biden.
U.S. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
June 26, 2023
“As a member-led organization that represents 70,000 Black asylum seekers, ASAP is proud to join Rep. Clarke in urging the Biden administration to address delays impacting Black asylum seekers and broaden TPS,” said Leidy Perez.
June 26, 2023
“My children may be forced to go through daylong questioning by government lawyers and medical examiners who will try to blame me for what happened,” said a mother separated from her kids under the Zero Tolerance policy.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
June 23, 2023
By law, asylum seekers must wait at least 6 months for a work permit. The ASPIRE Act would cut the wait time for asylum seekers to get work permits from 180 days to 30 days after their asylum application is filed.
The Arizona Republic
June 22, 2023
"ASAP and LCCR organized a coalition to create a program to identify families to inform them about their rights to see if they were interested in bringing these claims,” said Litigation Director Zachary Manfredi.
May 24, 2023
“When you arrive in this country, it is very difficult to find a place to live,” said Wendi, an ASAP member from Guatemala featured in the lawsuit. “With two children, you need to work. I had to be able to feed my kids.”
May 20, 2023
“Immigrant detention facilities are not a safe environment for anyone, let alone families and children. People seeking asylum must be met with compassion, not placed in humiliating and dangerous conditions," said ASAP’s Conchita Cruz.
Early Learning Nation
May 10, 2023
“As a child of immigrants and mother of two kids under four, I know how important it is to have access to early childhood resources,” said ASAP’s Co-ED. “Part of welcoming refugee mothers is making sure their children can thrive.”