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Statement of ABA President Bob Carlson, Re: Improper Detention of Immigrant Children
Posted on 2 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ABA, May 31, 2019 "The American Bar Association is deeply disturbed by reports that hundreds of unaccompanied children seeking refuge in the United States are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol in violation of the law and federal policies. ... Read More

Data Defy Trump's Claim that Refugees and Asylees Burden Taxpayers
Posted on 10 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Madeline Buiano, Susan Ferriss, Center for Public Integrity, May 8, 2019 " Researchers found that between 2005 and 2014, refugees and asylees here from 1980 on contributed $63 billion more to government revenues than they used in public services... Read More

Tags: refugees , asylees

Here’s how to handle Central American migrants — like the Cuban rafters and Soviet Jews before them
Posted on 13 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Roberto Suro, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Feb. 13, 2019 "The United States has a long history of responding to migration emergencies with legislative remedies crafted for specific situations. Sometimes, the intent has been to open doors, at other... Read More

The US Refugee Resettlement Program — A Return to First Principles: How Refugees Help to Define, Strengthen, and Revitalize the United States
Posted on 22 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Donald Kerwin, 2018 - "The US refugee resettlement program should be a source of immense national pride. The program has saved countless lives; put millions of impoverished persons on a path to work, self-sufficiency, and integration; and advanced... Read More

Tags: refugees , kerwin

At Senate Hearing, Feds Double Down on 'Summer Camp' Baby Jails for Refugee Kids
Posted on 19 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tal Kopan, CNN, Sept. 18, 2018 - "A senior Trump administration official on Tuesday stood by his controversial comments comparing the detention centers for immigrant families to "summer camp," but declined to answer whether he'd send... Read More

A Refugee Looks Back: What the 1940s Teach Us About Today's Crisis
Posted on 17 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Milan J. Kubic, The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2016 - "In the late 1940s, an intransigent Congress made it difficult for many post-WWII European refugees to come to the U.S. Among those displaced persons was Milan J. Kubic, the author of this piece... Read More

DHS Statement on Jailing Refugee Moms, Kids
Posted on 25 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"ICE Director Saldaña and I understand the sensitive and unique nature of detaining families, and we are committed to continually evaluating it. We have concluded that we must make substantial changes to our detention practices when it comes... Read More

Wa. Attorney General: Revised Travel Ban Still Subject to Injunction
Posted on 10 Mar 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Mar. 9, 2017 - "In documents filed in federal court Thursday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson contends that the injunction he obtained blocking key sections of President Trump’s... Read More

Why Are Refugee Moms Forced by DHS to Wear Ankle Monitors?
Posted on 5 Nov 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Marlon Bishop, Latino USA, Oct. 23, 2015 - "Over the last 10 years, immigration officials have been the expanding the use of what they call “alternatives to detention” (ATD) for immigrants released from their custody: ankle monitors,... Read More

Dept. of Irony: Refugees Invited By Charity Make Themselves At Home In Trump's Childhood Abode
Posted on 22 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Held, NPR, Sept. 19, 2017 - "A welcome mat was literally rolled out for refugees resettled in the U.S. at a somewhat unexpected locale Saturday: President Trump's childhood home. In a very pointed message, international charity Oxfam invited... Read More

Tags: oxfam , queens , refugees , Trump

U.S. to Offer Refugee Status to Some Central American Children
Posted on 14 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States. U.S. officials say parents can... Read More

Running List of University/College and Higher Education Organization/Association Responses to President Trump's Executive Order
Posted on 1 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Comp, International Higher Education Consulting Blog, Jan. 29, 2017 - "Click on organization/association or institution name to read statement. New organizations/associations and institutions being added as identified." Read More

Snakes and Thorny Brush, and Children at the Border Alone
Posted on 5 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hidalgo, Texas: "Border agents drove their patrol vehicles one recent day at dusk through this spit of land on the bank of the Rio Grande. Here, in a place known as the Devil’s Corner, smugglers on the Mexican side have chosen to bring thousands... Read More

Against Their Will, Refugees Flee Central America
Posted on 12 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kirk Semple, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2016 - "[Interviews with migrants and their advocates suggest that families are fleeing — sometimes in groups of as many as 15 people — because they have no alternative. Gangs in certain communities... Read More

ORR Social Worker at Jail for Refugee Kids: "I Wanted No Part of It Any Longer"
Posted on 10 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"It was the summer of 2014 when I finally realized what I was being asked to do: incarcerate children. I was 22, new to social work, and working in Seattle at a 20-bed facility that houses 12- to 17-year-old immigrant youths. It’s funded by... Read More