The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) strongly supports the Refugee Protection Act (RPA) of 2016, introduced today in the Senate and House. CGRS applauds Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Zoe Lofgren, together with their co-sponsors, for championing this bill and urges all members of Congress to lend their support.

We are deeply disappointed the Supreme Court erroneously blocked President Obama’s authority to provide protection from deportation for individuals in this country without legal status. The result: millions continuing to live in fear and at risk of separation from their families or return to countries where they fear harm. But this is only a setback and not the end of the story for this Administration.

California state and local governments should provide free lawyers for detained immigrants, a broad coalition of immigration groups said today. A new study by the group, known as the California Coalition for Universal Representation, found that immigrants detained in California who have an attorney succeed in their cases more than five times as often as those who don’t.