Acacia Welcomes Deferred Enforced Departure for Palestinians, Urges More Protections


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[WASHINGTON] – Shaina Aber, executive director of the Acacia Center for Justice, issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s announcement that certain Palestinians in the U.S. would be protected from removal: 

“The staggering humanitarian toll of Israel’s continued assault on Palestinians in Gaza has shocked our collective conscience. The war has displaced more than a million Palestinians and resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people, and the Biden administration’s announcement could not come soon enough. Palestinians in the U.S. deserve protection from deportation and the ability to apply for vital work permits that will allow them to support themselves and provide for their loved ones.

“These temporary measures, however welcome, are not enough. The Biden administration must take concrete steps, such as safeguarding our asylum system, to protect people fleeing targeted violence, daily bombardment, mass expulsions, and forced displacement. Expediting Humanitarian Parole and other protections for Palestinian civilians subjected to this conflict are necessary steps in supporting the legal needs of displaced people seeking safety.”

Acacia was proud to join a coalition of more than 100 civil and human rights organizations led by the ADC to obtain this protection.




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Acacia Center for Justice delivers and advocates for meaningful and effective access to justice and freedom for immigrants at risk of detention or deportation in partnership with an accountable, independent nationwide network of immigrant legal service providers and community partners. Acacia Center for Justice’s reach and impact are unparalleled. The national nonprofit currently operates seven federally funded programs and one state funded program through a network of nearly 60 legal service providers located in over 80 offices across the country.