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4th Circuit’s Opinion on International Refugee Assistance Project v. Donald Trump

In a 10-3 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that President Trump’s revised Executive Order, which suspended the entry into the United States of nationals from certain Designated Countries, was unconstitutional. The Court opinion addressed the President’s...

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

Gardiner Harris, New York Times, May 26, 2017 - "Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. The result could be a near...

Make America Great Again: Admit More Refugees to the U.S.

Stephen Yale-Loehr and Aaron El Sabrout, June 20, 2017 - "Today is World Refugee Day , a day to commemorate the strength, perseverance, and courage of displaced people around the world. Over 65 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced from their homes, the highest number since World War II...

Why Central American Asylum-Seekers Are Avoiding the Charlotte Immigration Court

Julia Preston, The Marshall Project, July 30, 2017 - "Migrants running from gangs do not easily fit into the classic categories for asylum, which offers protection to people fearing persecution based on race, religion, nationality or politics. Yet in some courts, artful lawyers have won for people...

Refugees Fill Employment Vacuum in California Poultry Industry

Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2017 - "Refugees have increasingly become vital workers in an industry with high turnover. And the growing unrest and bloodshed in the Middle East and elsewhere have readily supplied them in places like the Central Valley. The refugee and immigrant populations...

Trump's DHS Ends Parole Program for Central American Refugee Kids

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing this notice to notify the public that it will no longer provide special consideration of parole for certain individuals denied refugee status in El Salvador, Guatemala, and...

Dept. of Irony: Refugees Invited By Charity Make Themselves At Home In Trump's Childhood Abode

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 four refugees from three countries to spend...

Trump to Cap Refugee Resettlement At 45,000, Marking All-Time Low

Willa Frej, HuffPo, Sept. 27, 2017 - "President Donald Trump is slashing the refugee admissions quota to 45,000 for the 2018 fiscal year, the latest in a series of moves reducing the number of refugees who can seek safety in the United States. Former President Barack Obama had raised the refugee...

Trump Slashes FY18 Refugee Numbers to 45K, Lowest Since 1980

White House, Sept. 29, 2017 - "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, in accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the "Act") (8 U.S.C. 1157), after appropriate consultations with the Congress, and consistent...

Joint Memo on Refugees, Enhanced Vetting

MEMORANDUM TO THE PRESIDENT, Oct. 23, 2017 RESUMING THE UNITED STATES REFUGEE ADMISSIONS PROGRAM WITH ENHANCED VETTING CAPABILITIES

Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities

Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities White House, Oct. 24, 2017

Status of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program

State Department, Oct. 24, 2017 - "Based on Section 6(a) of Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the U.S. government undertook a 120-day review of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) to identify and implement additional...

Trump, Sessions Prosecute Refugee Parents, Remove Refugee Babies

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 25, 2017 - "Patricia Mejia gathered her three young children and made the arduous journey through Mexico to the U.S. border to escape El Salvador's often deadly violence. When Border Patrol agents found the family near El Paso's international bridge...

Federal Court Enjoins Trump's Refugee Ban: Doe v. Trump

The Hill, Dec. 23, 2017 - "A federal judge in Seattle has partially lifted a ban on certain refugees imposed by the Trump administration. U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a ruling on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Jewish Family Service on Saturday. The groups had...

DHS Makes Extreme Vetting Even More Extreme for Refugees

DHS, Jan. 29, 2018 - "Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced additional security enhancements and recommendations to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. These new measures are part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to intensify screening...

Class Action Challenges Trump, Sessions Attack on Refugee Children

NYCLU, Feb. 20, 2018 - "The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a class action lawsuit against the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for trapping immigrant children in prolonged detention. Though the agency is obligated to promptly reunify children with their families, the release...

Trump Administration Makes Disturbing About-Face on Religious Minority Refugees from Iran

Miriam Jordan, New York Times, Mar. 1, 2018 - "They sold their homes and possessions, quit their jobs, and left their country — they thought for good. The Iranians, mainly members of their nation’s Christian minorities, were bound for a new life in America after what should have been...

USCIS Conducting Re-interviews of Certain Refugees

CLINIC, Mar. 13, 2018 - "We have received reports from across the country that the USCIS is sending interview notices to certain refugees. The following are frequently asked questions and answers to common concerns. This is a developing situation, and we will update these FAQs with new information...

Colo. Gov. Signs Tuition Bill for Foreign Nationals Settled in Colorado

SB 18-087 - In-state Tuition Foreign Nationals Settled In Colorado, signed Apr. 12, 2018 - "...Refugees approved for resettlement by the United States government have been rigorously vetted and lawfully admitted to the United States under the federal "Refugee Act of 1980", and many thousands...

Latest State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Fail Refugee Women

Jason Dzubow, May 2, 2018 - "The 2017 State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices is out, and the news is not good. The Report makes clear that the Department of State (“DOS”) has joined our government’s effort to block asylum seekers by any means necessary–including...

What the Bible Really Says About Immigration Policy

Their feelings hurt because many religious denominations and leaders (Franklin Graham!) have denounced family separations at the border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders are pushing back , citing an infamous Bible passage . In 2010 Bruce and Judy...

Babies Behind Bars: Child Abuse Now Government Policy Under Trump, Sessions, Nielsen

Steve Turnham, ABC News, June 18, 2018 - "There’s a vivid term mental health experts use to describe the destruction of the love of life in another human being, especially in a child: It's called “soul murder.” It can happen as a result of physical abuse, they say, but just...

Who’s Really Crossing the U.S. Border, and Why They’re Coming

Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare, June 23, 2018 - "Over the past week, the separation of 2,000 children from their parents along the U.S. border has forced immigration into the national spotlight. President Trump, who initiated the separations and then sought to quash criticism with a muddled executive...

Vox (Dara Lind) Exclusive: Draft Asylum Regulation Would Block Many Central Americans

Dara Lind, Vox, June 29, 2018 - "The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States. Under the plan, people would be barred from getting asylum if they came into the US between ports of entry and were...

Migrant Child Prisoners Clean Toilets, Can't Hug Siblings

Dan Barry, Miriam Jordan, Annie Correal and Manny Fernandez, New York Times, July 15, 2018 - "Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after...