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Editorial boards and experts: slashing of refugee admissions “gives the world one more reason to lose faith in America”

Leading editorial boards and expert observers are condemning the Trump administration’s announcement that it would slash the annual refugee resettlement ceiling to just 30,000. Below are excerpts from pieces penned by the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and the International Crisis Group. The Washington Post editorial board: “The Trump administration gives … Continue reading »

As Trump Administration Slashes Refugee Admissions, Advocates Blast Move as Contrary to American Values and National Security

Experts and advocates are denouncing yesterday’s decision by the Trump administration to slash the refugee admissions ceiling to an abysmal 30,000 per year – much lower than the 95,000 per year average since the enactment of the Refugee Act of 1980. Vox’s Dara Lind illustrates the record lows with must-see charts; below is an excerpt … Continue reading »

Stephen Miller Has Usurped Unprecedented Power From Congress Over the U.S. Refugee Program And Is Systematically Eliminating It

Why It Matters and Why It’s Time For Congress To Exercise Its Broad Oversight Authority A recent Vanity Fair article describes the destructive power that one man — Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller — has over long-standing U.S. refugee policy and the law.   For almost 40 years, the law has clearly authorized a … Continue reading »

The Atlantic Cover Story, “How Trump Radicalized ICE,” Highlights Plight of Mauritanians in Columbus

“I came to America to be free.  This is not freedom.” The new cover story of The Atlantic is a must-read piece by Frank Foer,  “How Trump Radicalized ICE.” Making several trips to Columbus, Foer uses the example of Mauritanians, who fled ethnic cleansing for safety in the United States—and now face deportation under Trump—to … Continue reading »

ICYMI: New York Times: “White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.”

White House Advisor Stephen Miller Has Consolidated His Control of the Refugee, Asylum and Immigration Agenda Today, Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the New York Times reports that Stephen Miller is in the driver’s seat, as the White House prepares to sharply reduce the number of refugees resettled in America — to the lowest levels in … Continue reading »

“Counter to Everything America Stands For” — Trump Administration Separating Hundreds of Young Children from Their Parents to Deter Refugees

On Friday evening, Caitlin Dickerson of the New York Times reported on disturbing new details of how the Trump Administration separated hundreds of children from their parents as part of an effort to deter those fleeing violence from seeking asylum in the U.S. Confirming the worst fears of advocates and observers, the article reports that “more than 700 children have … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is Asylum?

American values and tradition, especially since the Holocaust, was founded on welcoming people fleeing war, violence, and persecution. But in recent years, the U.S. has strayed away from these values. Currently, the United States only accepts fewer than one percent of worldwide refugees, and many other countries take in far more refugees than we do.. … Continue reading »

In Cleveland, Congolese Refugees Find “Freedom to Live”

With Support From U.S.-Born Americans, Newcomers Thrive In and Give Back to Their Adopted Home Cleveland, OH  –  On Easter Sunday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer published a poignant piece about the new lives Congolese refugees are making for themselves in Cleveland, and the ways that they are giving back to their adopted home. “This is a truly American … Continue reading »

Under Trump, U.S. Admits Lowest Level of Refugees in Decades

Since taking office, Donald Trump and his Administration have implemented a sweeping anti-immigrant agenda that has involved multiple Muslim bans, mass deportations, the termination of DACA, the cancellation of temporary protected status (TPS) for multiple groups — and a dramatic reduction of the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. So far this year, only … Continue reading »

HHS and DHS Reports: Trump White House Wants to Slash Refugee Numbers and Further Militarize the Border Despite Findings of the Administration’s Own Experts

Washington, DC – As the Trump Administration calls for slashing the numbers of refugees admitted to America and making huge new investments in border security, new reports on the subjects from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undercut the rationale for the Administration’s hardline push. … Continue reading »

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