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Former Government Officials Condemn Trump Administration for Slamming Door on Refugees and Damaging America’s Moral Leadership

This week, 18 faith and civic leaders were arrested at the U.S. Capitol protesting to draw attention to the Trump Administration’s plans to slash America’s refugee program. Remarkably, one of those arrested, Anne Richard, ran the refugee resettlement program for the Department of State for many years and left out of disgust at the decimation … Continue reading »

Refugees Beware: Trump Doesn’t Welcome You

Politico’s Ted Hesson’s recent article highlights the disastrous reality that has encompassed the world: America, once known as a safe haven for refugees has shut its doors, knocking the U.S. off its pedestal for being a worldwide leader for asylum seekers and refugees. While effectively ending refugee resettlement, Trump’s deranged asylum process is also leaving … Continue reading »

Trump’s Retreat from American Values with Abhorrent Asylum & Refugee Policies

In hard-hitting pieces for USA Today and TIME Magazine, refugee experts Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea and Barbara Strack highlight the ways in which the Trump administration’s efforts to end refugee resettlement are a retreat from American values. Strack, who recently retired after a long career at USCIS, is one of the most experienced experts on refugees … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dallas Morning News: “In Dallas, Refugees Say Trump’s New Restrictions Will Hurt Desperate Displaced Persons Around the Globe”

Dianne Solis talks to refugees about the impact of the drastic refugee reduction Read piece here The Trump administration yesterday announced a sharp reduction in the total number of refugees who will be allowed to resettle in the U.S.  – 18,000 next year, a historic low. The Dallas Morning News’ Dianne Solis published a piece … Continue reading »

“The Statue of Liberty Weeps”

Trump is Closing America’s Doors on Refugees The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, in response to the confirmation that the Trump administration will slash the number of refugees admitted to America, setting a 18,000 cap for 2020, the lowest-ever ceiling since the program began four decades ago and … Continue reading »

“Trump Is Taking a Wrecking Ball to the Statue of Liberty” 

Trump to Ban Refugees Already Vetted and Approved for Resettlement A week that started with the threat of widespread immigration raids and a nearly complete ban on those seeking asylum at the border — followed by the President’s racist tweets and a racist campaign rally chant — ends with news broken by Politico last night … Continue reading »

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 »