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 »

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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 »

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »