Refugee Status

Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

When it comes to U.S. refugee policy, the Trump administration is asking Congress to let the fox guard the hen house. The administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), housed within the U.S. State Department. Mortensen is a retired foreign service officer, […]

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Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Trump Administration Refugee Admissions Fall Drastically Short of Six-Month Benchmark

Six months into fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration has admitted roughly 10,520 refugees, a number so low that it may be impossible to reach the 45,000 target set by the administration last fall. If admissions continue at this slow pace, the United States may barely reach 20,000 refugee admissions by the end of the […]

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The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border

The Trump Administration Is Separating Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents at the Border

An alarming trend along the U.S.-Mexico border has escalated within the last year: the inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents at the hands of U.S. immigration officials. Not only is this practice deeply traumatic for the families involved, it flies in the face of established U.S. and international law. In response to […]

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Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Admissions Resume but Government Will Still Restrict Some Countries

With its current refugee ban formally expiring, this week the Trump administration announced it will resume the U.S. Refugee Admissions program—with one major caveat: refugees from 11 countries are generally barred from the country for an additional 90-day period. Although the administration did not name the 11 countries subject to additional review, they appear to […]

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White House Immigration Principles Are Released as DACA Deal Looms

White House Immigration Principles Are Released as DACA Deal Looms

The White House released its Immigration Principles and Policies late Sunday night, providing an outline of the Trump administration’s proposals on immigration. The principles were sent to Congressional leadership with a cover letter demanding these reforms be included in any legislation that addresses protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The seven-page document […]

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The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows

The White House Has Slashed Refugee Admissions to Record Lows

The White House announced late last week that for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, the United States will only admit a maximum number of 45,000 refugees. This represents the lowest refugee admissions ceiling ever set by the U.S. government, despite record numbers of forced displacement around the world. The UN Refugee Agency […]

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Travel Ban 3.0: What You Need To Know

Travel Ban 3.0: What You Need To Know

Just as the Trump administration’s 90-day ban on travel from six Muslim-majority countries was set to expire, it announced the third version of its travel ban Sunday evening. This latest version expands the list of targeted countries to eight and imposes indefinite and potentially permanent bans on entry for many of the affected nationals. The […]

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Supreme Court Restores a Portion of Trump’s Travel Ban, In Continuous Chess Match

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Family-Based Immigration, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Restores a Portion of Trump’s Travel Ban, In Continuous Chess Match

In a unanimous decision, the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s decision on Friday in Hawaii v. Trump, allowing extended family members as well as certain refugees to enter the United States. In doing so, the court rejected the Trump administration’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s June decision and rebuffed the administration’s ongoing effort to […]

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Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

Hawaii Judge Rules That Grandparents and Other Close Relatives Are Excluded from the Travel Ban

This story was updated on July 19, 2017. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled last week that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States,” as well as refugees connected to resettlement agencies should be exempt from the Trump administration’s travel ban. This ruling came as a […]

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Travel Ban Bars Grandparents, Grandchildren from Entering US – The Lawsuits Practically File Themselves

Written by on June 29, 2017 in Executive Action, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Travel Ban Bars Grandparents, Grandchildren from Entering US – The Lawsuits Practically File Themselves

The Trump administration is set to begin implementing part of its long-touted travel ban on Thursday, which seeks to ban the entry of nationals of six Muslim-majority countries for at least 90 days and suspend the admissions of all refugees for at least 120 days. This implementation was prompted by a Supreme Court decision earlier […]

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