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Sen. Minority Leader Schumer, Sen. Cortez Masto, Immigrants, Refugees, and Advocates Analyze Trump’s Potential Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

A video recording of today’s event is available here. Washington, DC – As rumors swirl that President Donald Trump may undo several immigration policies created by the Obama Administration this week, Sen. Cortez Masto (D-NV); Greisa Martinez of United We Dream; Rev. Jennifer Butler of Faith in Public Life;  Angela Maria Kelley of Center for … Continue reading »

One Of The Judges Who Just Blocked Pence’s Attempt To Ban Syrian Refugees Is On Trump’s SCOTUS Shortlist

On the eve of his Vice-Presidential debate, an all-conservative federal appeals court panel ruled against Gov. Mike Pence and his attempt to ban Syrians’ resettlement in his state. The court noted that Pence has no authority to withhold funding from refugee resettlement organizations based on fear and “nightmare speculation.” From NPR: The court upheld a lower … Continue reading »

Six-Year-Old Writes Letter To President Obama Asking To Adopt Syrian Boy Injured In Bombing

During his speech at the UN earlier this week, President Obama read aloud a letter he received from a six-year-old boy in New York offering to adopt Omran, the child who was injured when his home in Aleppo, Syria was bombed and destroyed. The image of five-year-old Omran, covered in blood and sitting in stunned silence … Continue reading »

President Obama At The UN: Global Refugee Crisis “A Test Of Our Common Humanity”

In an impassioned speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday, President Obama called the global refugee crisis “a test of our common humanity” and pledged on nations to step up on their efforts to aid those fleeing violence and death. “Obama delivered a stinging rebuke of those who would build walls, a message aimed at … Continue reading »

“What They Took With Them”: The One Video You Have To Watch Today

Have you ever thought about the things you’d take with you if you had to immediately flee your home and country? Think of the countless things you pick up or put aside daily, all with the confidence that they’ll still be there tomorrow.  A new UN Refugee Agency video places us in the shoes of the refugees who … Continue reading »

Obama’s Legacy on Central American Refugees

On an early morning in late January of this year, a young man named Pedro Salmeron was riding in the passenger seat of his father’s truck in Charlotte, NC when ICE agents stopped the truck and detained Pedro. His crime: fleeing gang members in El Salvador that had just brutally murdered his cousin. This may … Continue reading »

Refugees Were Greeted With Cheers At The Olympics. But What Happens To Them After The Games Are Over?

While the first-ever refugee team was greeted by a standing ovation at the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Vox’s Dara Lind writes that nations must do more to fix their crisis. “The Refugee Olympic Team is also a symbol of the failure of the international community,” Lind writes. “In 2012, the year … Continue reading »

First-Ever Team Of Refugees Opens 2016 Rio Olympics To A Standing Ovation

Ten refugees were among the thousands of athletes kicking off the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio last weekend — an historic first. The team of ten refugees — selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 athletes from Syria, South Sudan, and other troubled regions of the world — marched into Maracanã Stadium following host nation Brazil to … Continue reading »

If You Care About Immigrants in America Watch These Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

During the last two weeks, two starkly different visions of America were on display at the Republican and Democratic conventions. While Donald Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot continued to attack and demean Latinos and immigrants, immigration policy reforms were featured as a top priority for Democrats. These are our favorite speeches from … Continue reading »

North Carolina Teen Pedro Salmeron Faces Imminent Deportation

Earlier this year we learned that the Obama administration, in an attempt to deter illegal border crossings, had started to target recently arrived Central American teenagers for deportation. Despite outcry from the community and increasing reports of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, these cruel enforcement actions have not stopped. Since … Continue reading »