Refugee ban could result in increased illegal immigration

By Rafael Bernal President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees could create a new wave of illegal border crossings, experts warn. The latest iteration of Trump’s travel ban includes a provision that halts entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days. That could...

Gang Wars, Poverty Driving Central Americans Over U.S. Border

SAN SALVADOR — Last spring, Maria del Transito had five adult sons. Four have since been killed. They died two at a time, three days apart, shot execution style in this small Central American nation that has been plunged into bloody chaos by warring gangs. Gustavo is the only one...

President Obama to Increase Refugees Admitted to U.S. by 30%

By Miriam Jordan The Obama administration plans to raise the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 110,000 in the 2017 fiscal year starting Oct. 1, from 85,000 this fiscal year, according to an annual refugee report to Congress obtained by The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday....

DHS grants 8K Syrians temporary amnesty

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is granting new, temporary amnesty to more than 8,000 Syrians currently residing in the U.S., according to reports. DHS’s decision lets affected Syrians remain on American soil for up to 18 months longer regardless of their legal status,...

A Paradoxical Position on Youths Fleeing Violence

When the Obama administration announced an expanded immigration initiative this week to address an escalating humanitarian crisis in Central America, it seemed almost paradoxical. On one hand, the government was broadening a program for children fleeing three violence-racked...

U.S. to Expand Central American Refugee Program

By Miriam Jordan The Obama Administration announced Tuesday the expansion of programs that enable Central Americans fleeing violence to apply for refugee status, and said that Costa Rica has agreed to temporarily host some of the more vulnerable individuals before they are...

More and more Syrians are settling in the U.S. — despite governors’ angst

By Fenit Nirappil Dozens of Syrian refugees were settled in Maryland and Virginia in June, part of a sharp nationwide increase as the U.S. government scrambles to meet its goal of admitting 10,000 refugees in fiscal 2016. The surge has come despite opposition from more than half...

Federal judge dismisses Texas’ lawsuit over Syrian refugees

By Paul J. Weber | AP June 16 AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can’t keep out Syrian refugees, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing concerns state Republican leaders’ sounded over hidden extremists following the Paris attacks and revived this week by Donald Trump following the nightclub...

In Montana, Neighbor vs Neighbor Over Welcoming Refugees

MISSOULA, Mont. — For the world, the photograph of a Syrian 3-year-old in a red T-shirt and black sneakers, his lifeless body washed up on a Turkish beach, was a horrific symbol of the desperation of hundreds of thousands of refugees. For Mary Poole, a young mother haunted by...

U.S. Pledge To Resettle 10,000 Syrian Refugees Falls Short

by Justin Salhani A Syrian woman cries inside a bus as a group of 40 refugees and migrants is transferred to the camp of Oreokastro, at a makeshift camp of the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The Obama administration outlined a plan to...
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