The news that U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte has issued a preliminary injunction blocking President Trump’s executive order that allowed states and localities to reject refugee resettlement is a welcome development – a view shared by a host of leading refugee resettlement organizations and allies. In a joint statement, HIAS, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP),… Continue »

“Abbott is a coward and diminishes Texas’ history and tradition as big, proud and confident enough to welcome refugees” Leading observers are blasting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for siding with nationalist White House advisor Stephen Miller and turning his back on refugees and the state’s best interests and traditions. Among the litany of voices criticizing… Continue »

Nationwide, students and their allies have been mobilizing to make their college and university campuses safe for undocumented and DACAmented students, following the election of Donald Trump. But in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to financially starve any college and university that tries to join their effort. “Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities,”… Continue »

US officials and leaders welcomed Pope Francis’s historic visit to the US/Mexico border yesterday, where he laid a bouquet of flowers for the thousands who have perished attempting to make a better life for themselves in the north. The messages from officials and leaders welcoming the Pope’s historic return to the Americas were gracious and… Continue »

Earlier this week, Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie took a break from yelling at schoolteachers to examine “what options his administration has to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state and receiving financial aid,” the Wall Street Journal said. Christie’s double-down comes in response to the federal government resettling a Syrian family of seven… Continue »

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott just let the cat out of the bag. Abbott has led the charge against President Obama’s 2014 immigration actions, with both DAPA and expanded DACA now on hold as the courts decide to whether or not let the programs go forward. Up until now, Abbott has been insisting that his… Continue »