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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 »

High Level National Policy Experts, Refugees, and Religious Leaders Call on Trump to Raise Refugee Cap

For a recording of today’s call, click here Washington, D.C. – In light of recent media reports that the U.S. refugee resettlement cap could sink below 50,000, and a Supreme Court ruling allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive ban on refugees, policy experts, refugees, and faith advocates gathered on a press call today to push back … Continue reading »

Syrian Family Settles In NY: “We Heard That We Can’t Go To America And Now We Are Here And We Can’t Believe Our Eyes”

It’s so important to not miss the stories of the real people affected by Donald Trump’s blanket, racist immigration orders targeting Muslims, immigrants, and refugees. Among the many stories emerging from the past few days are that of a family of Kurdish Syrian refugees welcomed home with open arms in New York, and a Cleveland physician who … Continue reading »

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