DHS Extends for Current Syrian TPS Holders; Turns Back on Those Who Have Arrived After August 2016 Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be extended for 18 months for Syrians living in the United States currently protected under the program, but also broke the news that they would not redesignate Syria as… Continue »

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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 »

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 »

On a press call held today, advocates and lawyers for refugees and Muslim immigrants described the immediate chaos already resulting due to Donald Trump’s refugee and Muslim ban and outlined why the ban is unconstitutional and contrary to core American values. On the call, representatives from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) described the emergency… Continue »

A recording of today’s call is available here. As the nation prepares for President Trump’s forthcoming Executive Orders on immigration and refugee policies, leaders from America’s Voice Education Fund, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Women’s Refugee Commission, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC), and United We Dream gathered… Continue »

The following is a statement from Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, reacting to the array of extreme immigration, border, and refugee-focused executive orders set to be announced by President Trump today and tomorrow. “This week Trump begins his planned assault on immigrants, refugees, and religious freedom.  He’ll take steps to launch his mass deportation… Continue »

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry of America’s Voice reacting to the immigration discussion during tonight’s vice presidential debate: “On immigration, Gov. Mike Pence tonight attempted to whitewash the scope and intentions of Donald Trump’s radical immigration stance. While Gov. Pence was either willfully ignorant or purposefully obfuscating the true details of the… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »