RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

RI Deeply Alarmed Over U.S. National Emergency Declaration

The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States does not constitute a national security crisis. In manufacturing this so-called crisis, the administration seeks to justify its efforts to close off asylum in violation of American law and tradition.

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President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

President Trump’s State of the Union Address Disregards U.S. Legal Obligations Toward Refugees and Asylum Seekers

What the president cast as a national security crisis at the U.S. southern border is instead a humanitarian crisis exacerbated by his administration’s own policies. 

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Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Trinidad and Tobago to Take Steps to Increase Protections for Displaced Venezuelans

Refugees International welcomes the comments by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago this week that his government is working to grant Venezuelans on the islands the right to work and to an education.

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U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

 U.S. “Return to Mexico” Policy Inhumane and Illegal

Refugees International is deeply alarmed by a new policy from the Trump administration that prevents Central Americans from seeking asylum along the U.S. southern border. Under the policy, asylum seekers will now be forced to wait in Mexico while their cases are processed. This is a stark violation of U.S. and international law.

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"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

"End the Shutdown" Legislation Riddled With Violations of U.S. Commitments to Refugee Protection

Refugees International today strongly urges the Congress to reject the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act of 2019 in its current form due to measures it would impose that violate U.S. commitments to refugee protection and abuse human rights.

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Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Letter Opposing Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to Waive Environmental Regulations for Disaster Recovery Funding

Refugees International joins 23 other organizations in signing on to a letter opposing the Rice Amendment to H.R. 268 to waive environmental statutes and regulations for disaster recovery funding.

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With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

With U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Humanitarian Crisis Looms

Refugees International warns that an abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria will create a power vacuum that will likely lead to a new round of conflict. Renewed fighting will disrupt communities, displace additional populations, and could trigger another humanitarian crisis.

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UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

UN Agrees to Historic Global Compact on Refugees

Refugees International applauds today’s broad endorsement of the Global Compact on Refugees by the UN General Assembly. This represents a critical step toward improving the lives of some 25 million refugees around the world who have fled their home countries in search of safety.

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Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International Congratulates Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on 10th Anniversary

Refugees International congratulates the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on its 10th anniversary of standing up for those whose human rights are under threat.

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Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

Joint Civil Society Message to UN Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration

The adoption of the Compact is a historic achievement, as it represents a comprehensive framework for multilateral cooperation on international migration. It has the real potential to make a positive impact on the lives of millions of our fellow human beings who move in search of a life of dignity and security for themselves and their families.

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Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Former U.S. Officials Urge U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

Letter Urges U.S. Vice President Pence and Mexican President-Elect López Obrador to Protect Asylum Seekers

In a letter addressed to Mexican President-Elect López Obrador and U.S. Vice President Pence, 19 former senior U.S. officials involved in national security, refugees and asylum, and Western hemispheric affairs urged the governments of Mexico and the United States to emphasize that the issue of migration from Central America is primarily a humanitarian issue.

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Mexico and the United States Must Suspend Talks on Barring Asylum Seekers

Mexico and the United States Must Suspend Talks on Barring Asylum Seekers

Refugees International urges the governments of Mexico and the United States to suspend any discussion of an agreement that would force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico pending a determination of their U.S. asylum claims.

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Impending Plans to Return Rohingya Refugees to Imperil Thousands

Impending Plans to Return Rohingya Refugees to Imperil Thousands

Refugees International is gravely concerned about announced plans to begin returning Rohingya refugees to an unacceptably dangerous situation in Myanmar.

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RI Statement on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum

RI Statement on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memorandum on limiting access to asylum is appalling, and Refugees International is deeply alarmed about any presidential proclamation that would bar access to asylum to those entering the United States between U.S. ports of entry.

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RI Response to President Trump’s Remarks on Immigration

RI Response to President Trump’s Remarks on Immigration

The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States represent a policy challenge but not a national security crisis. The president has willfully and cynically vilified an asylum seeker population composed of vulnerable children, women, and men.

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RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

RI Joins U.S. Humanitarian and Development Organizations in Denouncing Discrimination and Intolerance

As American faith-based and secular organizations working to end poverty, hunger, disease, and injustice in every part of the world, we unequivocally condemn the recent horrendous attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

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Vice President’s Conference on Central America and Administration’s Failure to Address Life and Death Protection Issues

Vice President’s Conference on Central America and Administration’s Failure to Address Life and Death Protection Issues

Refugees International welcomes the co-hosting of the second Conference for Prosperity and Security in Central America. But in the context of a conference addressing security, it is appalling that the Administration’s public statements about the conference have not specifically addressed the critical need to protect the lives of women, men, and children being returned to Central America.

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Refugees International Raises Alarm on New UN Climate Change Report

Refugees International Raises Alarm on New UN Climate Change Report

Refugees International is deeply alarmed by the findings of a new scientific report concluding that absent immediate and ambitious action by governments climate change will have severe and irreversible real life impacts on hundreds of millions of people, especially those living in the poorest regions of the globe.

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At UNGA, President Trump Fails to Demonstrate U.S. Leadership on Global Humanitarian Assistance

At UNGA, President Trump Fails to Demonstrate U.S. Leadership on Global Humanitarian Assistance

Refugees International is deeply disappointed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s failure to credibly demonstrate U.S. leadership of global humanitarian assistance in his speech to the UN General Assembly. The president’s comments were concerning in at least five key areas. But ultimately, what we heard today was a fundamental misunderstanding of what leadership means.

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