Refugee Status

Conservative Governors Defy Tradition and Abdicate Responsibility for Resettling Refugees

Written by on October 12, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Conservative Governors Defy Tradition and Abdicate Responsibility for Resettling Refugees

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people and is one of 33 countries that resettles refugees. Our long-held legal and moral obligations to shelter those fleeing insecurity and persecution demand nothing less than a robust refugee resettlement by the United States. However, the Governor of Texas […]

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Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Government Officials Explain Extensive Refugee Vetting Process in Hearing

Following the 15th anniversary of the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress is renewing its efforts to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again on U.S. soil. This was the message many members conveyed at a House Homeland Security hearing yesterday examining “terrorist pathways” to the United States. Committee members, including Chairman Michael […]

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Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

Written by on August 15, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Why 22 Mothers Are On a Hunger Strike at the Berks Family Detention Facility

In protest of their families’ ongoing and prolonged detention in the Berks County Residential Center, a group of mothers began a hunger strike on Monday, August 8. They penned a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explaining why: We left our homes in Central America to escape corruption, threats, and violence. We […]

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Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Written by on August 5, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Meet the First Ever Olympic Refugee Team

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, there are approximately 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide. Among them are world class athletes who dream of competing in the Olympics, but  have been displaced from their homes and had their training  disrupted. Many are unable to obtain citizenship and compete for their […]

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Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Asylum, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

This year, World Refugee Day marks a grim historical milestone: The number of people fleeing their homes to escape war and persecution is now higher than it has ever been since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began keeping records in the 1950s. In the 2015 edition of its annual Global Trends report, […]

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Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Written by on June 17, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Cases Show U.S. Policies Failing Central American Refugee Families

Last month, the Obama Administration doubled down on their Central American refugee deterrence policy by beginning a new round of raids targeting mothers and young people for deportation back to some of the most dangerous and violent places in the world. However, similar to the first time the Administration launched raids on these families in […]

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Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Written by on June 16, 2016 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Six Facts You Should Know About Refugees

Refugees and asylees are a relatively small share of U.S. immigrants – just eight percent of all immigrants living in the U.S. These are individuals who are fleeing persecution, war, conflict, oppression, and human rights violations in their home countries and who have been granted the ability to reside permanently in the U.S. A new […]

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Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Public Radio Report Mischaracterizes U.S. Asylum Process

Media outlets are reporting on the uptick in the number of individuals crossing the southern border into the U.S. This trend is not surprising given the ongoing violence in Central America. The conditions in the region are not significantly improving by any measure, and as a result people continue to flee while the Administration’s refugee […]

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How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

How the Asylum and Immigration Court Backlogs Reached an All-Time High

The current backlogs in the immigration court and asylum systems have long been a problem and the government offices tasked with bringing the backlog down still have much to do. As detailed in the Human Rights First report In the Balance: Backlogs Delay Protection in the U.S. Asylum and Immigration Court Systems, there are four […]

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Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Written by on April 14, 2016 in Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Undocumented Children Face These Challenges in Accessing Public Education

Unaccompanied children arriving from Central America face many challenges – post-traumatic stress, facing a judge without an attorney, separation from their families, and the fear of being returned to their home countries, among others. Receiving the public education to which they are entitled should not be one of those challenges. However, a recent report from the […]

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