Immigration

Refugees International President: 'Trump using evidence-free rhetoric to attack asylum seekers'

Refugees International President: 'Trump using evidence-free rhetoric to attack asylum seekers'

Although the president’s comments on refugees and asylum were short on details, they foreshadow a parade of horribles that will perpetuate his administration’s unmitigated hostility toward asylum seekers.

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Oppose Anti-Immigrant State Department Nominee to Protect U.S. Refugee Program

Oppose Anti-Immigrant State Department Nominee to Protect U.S. Refugee Program

We joined a letter calling for the Trump Administration to withdraw Ronald Mortensen’s nomination to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, whose nomination was resubmitted on January 16, 2019. 

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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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Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

Separation of Families at the U.S. Southern Border

In the wake of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, Refugees International condemns the separation of children of from parents seeking protection in the United States. These measures are nowhere mandated in U.S. law, are inhumane, and risk creating psychological and emotional damage to the children and their families.

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We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

We Must Reject the President's Recent Comments on Immigration and Nationality

Refugees International President Eric Schwarz reacts to recent comments reliably attributed to the President of the United States, in which the President suggested that country of nationality, in and of itself, should impact eligibility for immigration to the United States. Schwartz underlines that this would depart from long-held U.S. policy and core values of the United States.

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The Trump Administration Decision to End El Salvador's TPS Designation

The Trump Administration Decision to End El Salvador's TPS Designation

The Trump Administration has decided to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador.  As a result, the fate of some 200,000 Salvadorans currently living in the United States is now in question, as is the status of nearly 200,000 of their American citizen children. The Salvadorans now have just 18 months to leave the United States, unless Congress takes action.

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Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

Secretary of State Tillerson Should Avoid "Meaningless and Misleading" Conclusions in Refugee Admissions Reports

A bipartisan group of former senior U.S. officials today urged Secretary of State Tillerson to ensure that two State Department reports on the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, where were mandated by President Trump, contain key elements to ensure the reports contribute to responsible policy making. The President’s directive requires that Secretary Tillerson prepare two reports within 180 days – an estimate of the long-term costs of the United States Refugee Admissions Program and an estimate of the number of refugees being supported in countries of first asylum for the same long-term cost as supporting refugees resettled in the United States.   

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