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 »

On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. thought he was making the most brilliant of points when he shared a white supremacist meme comparing a bowl of Skittles to Syrian refugees. “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first,” Junior added. The Mars Company, which owns Skittles, issued a… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

On World Refugee Day, new figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reveal that the number of displaced people globally has hit a record high: The report, entitled Global Trends, noted that on average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when… Continue »

A federal judge has slapped down — yet again — Texas’s latest attempt to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the state. US District Court Judge David Godbey ruled state officials ultimately failed to prove these families would cause “irreparable injury” to Texas, and that it is the federal government’s job to assess that… Continue »

Frank Sharry: “While most Americans embrace newcomers and policies that welcome them, most Republicans do not.” Amidst ongoing attention to the vile rhetoric and nativist proposals from Donald Trump – and strongly backed by his supporters – new polling from Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) adds a welcome reminder that the majority of Americans are not swayed… Continue »

Following Groundswell of Progressive Activism on Behalf of Refugees, Rep. Jared Polis Spearheads New Effort to Protect American Values Over the weekend, Nahal Toosi of Politico broke the news that Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) is spearheading an effort to keeping anti-refugee measures out of the omnibus appropriations bill expected to pass in Congress this month.  This letter represents the power of… Continue »