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Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

Closing USCIS International Offices Will Leave US Citizens, Military Members, and Refugees Abroad Without Help

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ international field offices provide critical services to Americans living abroad, as well as refugees and other immigrants. But in a supposed effort to cut costs, the Trump administration plans to close all 23 offices that span 21 countries by the end of 2019. These offices are a lifeline for those […]

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Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

Government Will Help 2,700 Central American Children Reunite With Their Families After Court Settlement

The Trump administration has agreed to reverse course and begin the process of reuniting 2,700 children living in Central America with their parents in the United States. The decision comes as part of a lawsuit that challenged the termination of the Central American Minors (CAM) program. This program allowed parents legally living in the United […]

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Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

Written by on January 29, 2019 in Enforcement, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Thousands of US Citizens Separated from Their Families

It has been two years since the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect. Aside from multiple court challenges, the ban has largely disappeared from American headlines. And yet the ban continues to affect American families every single day. While this policy may be a quieter form of family separation than what has been seen […]

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Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

Massacre at Pittsburgh Synagogue Tied to Anti-Refugee Sentiment

In a world of instantaneous news, the nation learned of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh almost in real time. As the details emerged, we discovered that 11 Jewish worshippers had been murdered by Robert Bowers, a self-described anti-Semite with a hatred for Jews, refugees, and immigrants. Shortly before […]

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The Nobel Prize Winners Show the Power of Welcoming Newcomers

The Nobel Prize Winners Show the Power of Welcoming Newcomers

When people feel welcomed into a community, great things often happen that benefit the receiving community and even the nation. When newcomers feel accepted and included in a society, it provides them the best shot at harnessing talents they may have otherwise been unable to recognize or pursue. This has been the case year after […]

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Trump Administration Justifies Lowest Refugee Admission Target Ever, Arguing That America’s Generosity Remains Boundless

Written by on September 18, 2018 in Asylum, Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Trump Administration Justifies Lowest Refugee Admission Target Ever, Arguing That America’s Generosity Remains Boundless

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday evening that the Trump administration intends to limit refugee admissions to no more than 30,000 people in Fiscal Year 2019. In an effort to soften the blow, Pompeo noted the United States also intends to process 280,000 asylum cases, arguing that refugee admissions and asylum grants must be […]

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On World Refugee Day, a Look at the Trump Administration’s Ugly Track Record on Refugees

On World Refugee Day, a Look at the Trump Administration’s Ugly Track Record on Refugees

Across the globe, people gather together to celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20. Started in 2001, this day not only commends the courage and determination of the currently 25.4 million recognized refugees, but is also a time for countries and institutions to recommit to the principles of the United Nation’s 1951 Refugee Convention and […]

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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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