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Unsafe Third Countries

The Trump administration won’t let asylum seekers into the United States. Tens of thousands wait for their next U.S. immigration court dates in danger and squalor in Mexico. Under the Remain in Mexico (Migrant Protection Protocol) policy, they are allowed … Continue reading

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Refugee Resettlement: Who Gets to Say Yes or No?

In September, President Trump ordered that states and counties opt in if they want to allow refugees to be resettled in their counties. If they do not act affirmatively to opt in, they will be treated as refusing refugee resettlement. … Continue reading

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Suicide on the Border

We do not know what drove him from his home to the border, seeking asylum and safety in the United States. We do not know if he was pursued by gangs or drug cartels. We do not know whether he … Continue reading

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DHS Secretly Changes Asylum Rules

Through two new policies—Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP)—the Trump administration is circumventing normal process in order to speedily deny and deport asylum seekers. Both new policies were secretly piloted in El Paso beginning in … Continue reading

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Trump Administration’s Continuing Attack on Refugees and Asylum

In the past few weeks, the Trump administration has moved to bar refugees and asylum seekers, closing the door on people whose lives depend on finding safe haven. In a cascade of awful, the administration: Said it will accept a … Continue reading

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Yes, You Can (Make a Difference)

I read a lot of awful news every day, which sometimes leaves me feeling hopeless and powerless. That doesn’t help me or anyone. So I trot out all the old-but-true cliches: Better to light one candle than to curse the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Immigration News: December 15, 2019

“The inn is not full in Minnesota,” wrote Governor Tim Walz last week. Affirming Minnesota’s long tradition of welcoming refugees, he told Homeland Security Secretary Mike Pompeo that Minnesota will continue to accept refugee resettlement:  “Refugees strengthen our communities. Bringing … Continue reading

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