What is asylum?
Asylum is a protection granted to foreign nationals who are already in the United States or at its border, who meet the international legal definition of a refugee. The UN Convention of 1951 and Protocol of 1967 defines a refugee as a person who is unable or unwilling to return to their home country, who cannot obtain protection in their home country, due to past persecution or well-founded fear of persecution in the future on the basis of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
What you should know
It is important to note that:
Update: Work Permits and Asylum
Asylum applicants can not apply for work authorization at the same time as they submit their I-589, Application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal. Applicants may apply for Work Authorization after 150 days have passed with no resolution to their case. The delay to the case must not be caused by the applicant i.e. applicant rescheduling interviews, etc. However, as of January 29, 2018, the USCIS has adopted a First in First Out practices in scheduling asylum interviews. This means that the most recent asylum applications will be heard first while, applicants that have filed prior will be scheduled last. This practice aims to deter frivolous asylum applications for the sole purpose of obtaining employment authorization.
Immigrant children placed
in the NYC foster care system.
President Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy has caused the separation of children from their parents, placing them in separate detention centers and foster care placements across the country. After further deliberation and public controversy regarding the separation of children from their parents, as well as the treatment children received in these facilities ensued, the President discontinued their practice of separation. However, despite the reversal thousands of children are separated from their parents and remain in detention or foster care such as in the case of migrant children placed in NYC.
While concrete numbers of the children placed in NYC vary, there are reportedly at least 200 children in New York City separation sites. This may leave parents unaware of how to access information about their children and delay reconnection. If your child has been placed in a NYC foster care system, these are the rights of parents who's children have been separated from them.
Communicate with ACS staff in your preferred language.
Receive child welfare services regardless of your immigration status.
Have any immigration status information that you share with ACS and provider agencies remain confidential, with very few exceptions.
Questions to ask if a loved one calls you from detention or police custody:
If you would like more information about your rights as a parent of a child placed in the NYC foster care system visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/acs/about/immigrant-services.page