The Leadership Conference is working diligently to see that Tom Perez is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Labor. Perez is an eminently qualified public servant and consensus builder who has dedicated his career to ensuring that all individuals are treated fairly and have the opportunity to succeed. He has served with integrity and distinction at the local, state and national level, compiling an outstanding record of achievement.
Refugees & Asylum
A refugee is a person outside the U.S. who seeks protection on the grounds that he or she fears persecution. To obtain refugee status, the person has to prove that he or she has a "well-founded fear of persecution" on the basis of the person's race, religion, membership in a social group, political opinion, or national origin.
A person who has already entered the U.S. and who fears persecution if sent back to his or her home country can apply for asylum in the U.S. To obtain asylum, the individual has to prove that he or she has a "well-founded fear of persecution" on the basis of the person's race, religion, membership in a social group, political opinion, or national origin.
As a result of the 1996 immigration laws, refugees fleeing persecution are now much more likely to be sent back by low-level immigration officials.
- Lost in the Labyrinth: Detention of Asylum Seekers in the USA - Report - Amnesty International - 8/31/09
- In Liberty's Shadow - U.S. Detention of Asylum Seekers in the Era of Homeland Security - Report - Human Rights First - 1/15/04
- LCCR Letter to Atty. General Ashcroft on Women Asylum-Seekers - Advocacy Letter - 02/26/03
- New Report Says U.S. Turns Its Back on Female Refugees - Feature Story - 1/22/03
- Testing the Faithful: Religion and Asylum Summary Results of Survey (pdf) - Report - Human Rights First - November 2002
- LCCR Letter to President Bush re: Haitian Refugees - Advocacy Letter - 11/04/02
- Is This America? The Denial of Due Process to Asylum Seekers in the United States - Report - Human Rights First - October 2000
- Refugees Behind Bars: The Imprisonment Of Asylum Seekers In The Wake of the 1996 Immigration Act - Report - Human Rights First - 7/20/99