November 12, 2013

At Least Let Them Work

The Denial of Work Authorization and Assistance for Asylum Seekers in the United States

Summary
Recommendations
To the President of the United States:
To the Congress of the United States:
Methodology
Background
The Right to Work under International Refugee and Human Rights Law
US Asylum and Work Authorization Law
Benefit Provisions for Asylum Seekers
Stopping the Asylum Clock: Asylum Seekers in Limbo
Consequences of the Bar on Work Authorization  and Lack of Social Support
Physical and Emotional Harm
Housing and Transportation
Food
Vulnerability to Exploitation
Difficulty of Access to Counsel
Treatment of Asylum Seekers Compared to Other Protected Immigrant Groups in the United States
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
“U” visa
Temporary Protected Status
“T” visa
US Treatment of Asylum Seekers Compared to  Other Developed Countries
Canada
Australia
New Zealand
South Africa
The European Union
The United Kingdom
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Appendix:
Human Rights Watch/Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice Proposed Legislative Modifications to INA § 208