Trump Administration

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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Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International Joins More Than 50 Organizations Opposed to Proposed Cuts to Foreign Assistance in Central America

Refugees International and over 50 other organizations issued a statement condemning announced plans by the Trump administration to end foreign assistance programs in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

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Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

Coalition of Humanitarian Leaders Urge Congress to Maintain Critical Funding for Palestinian Civilians

The leaders of 17 international NGOs involved in humanitarian operations and advocacy today appealed to the U.S. Congress to restore the Trump administration’s complete cut-off of assistance to Palestinian civilians in need in the Middle East. The letter urges that Members “ensure that Congress, through the appropriations process, protects humanitarian funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable Palestinians, commensurate with prior years.”

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Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International Statement on Trump Administration's Humanitarian Relief Cuts

Refugees International is concerned by the Trump administration’s budget request for international humanitarian assistance for FY2020.

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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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U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

U.S. Senate Must Pass Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act

Refugees International joined 61 organizations in signing a letter urging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to lead in passing the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, H.R.3030.

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The Supreme Court’s Decision on President’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order

The Supreme Court’s Decision on President’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order

Refugees International is disappointed by the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a broad Presidential ban that was imposed in September 2017 on entry of individuals from eight countries, most of which are have Muslim majorities. We believe the ban was motivated by religious bias, as reflected in repeated statements by the President prior to and subsequent to the presidential election, and that the government has failed to demonstrate that the measure was reasonably grounded in national security concerns.

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Trump Executive Order Fails to End Abuses at U.S. Border

Trump Executive Order Fails to End Abuses at U.S. Border

The Trump administration Executive Order on June 20 did not immediately end the abhorrent practice of family separation and the criminalization of asylum seekers at the U.S. border. RI remains concerned that the president has replaced a family separation policy with a family detention policy.

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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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RI Condemns U.S. Decision to Restrict Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

RI Condemns U.S. Decision to Restrict Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

In this statement, President Eric Schwartz reacts to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to end asylum for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence. The Attorney General’s decision puts thousands of women’s lives at risk in countries where femicide is on the rise.

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RI Urges the Senate to Reject Robert Mortensen's Nomination to PRM

RI Urges the Senate to Reject Robert Mortensen's Nomination to PRM

In the statement, Refugees International makes clear why it urges the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Robert Mortensen as the next Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

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Refugees International Dismayed by U.S. Decision to End TPS Designation for Honduras

Refugees International Dismayed by U.S. Decision to End TPS Designation for Honduras

Refugees International is dismayed by Friday’s decision by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras on July 5, 2018. The fate of some 57,000 Hondurans currently living in the United States, as well as their estimated 53,000 American citizen children, is now in question.

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RI Condemns Assad Regime Violation of UN Ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

RI Condemns Assad Regime Violation of UN Ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta

Refugees International condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack over the weekend on Eastern Ghouta by the Assad regime in direct contravention of Saturday’s unanimous UN Security Council resolution 2401 calling for an immediate nationwide ceasefire. That attack coupled ground forces with air bombardment, reportedly including the use of chemical weapons.

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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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Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Statement on the Urgent Need for Greater U.S. Response to the Yemen Blockade

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz welcomes President Trump’s statement this week on the Yemen blockade, but the President’s words must be turned into immediate action as the blockade continues and millions of Yemeni lives are at stake.

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U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

U.S. Disastrous Decision to End Participation in the Global Compact on Migration

Refugees International President Eric Schwartz issues a statement as the United States announced its decision to end its participation in the effort to develop a Global Compact  on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Schwartz states that the U.S. decision is irresponsible and will limit U.S. capacity to influence a critical international discussion. 

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Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

Plight of Refugees and Migrants in Libya Should be A Key Issue During Libyan Prime Minister’s Visit to the White House

During their White House meeting, President Trump and Libya's Prime Minister al-Sarraj should discuss the plight of refugees and migrants in Libya, especially those housed in government-run detention facilities. Refugees International and other organizations have documented abuses taking place in these facilities. The U.S. president should urge the Libyan government to hold accountable those responsible.

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President Trump Must Prioritize Rohingya Crisis In Southeast Asia Visit

President Trump Must Prioritize Rohingya Crisis In Southeast Asia Visit

As President Trump take parts in meetings and summits in Southeast Asia, he must address the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority population by Myanmar’s security forces.

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RI Statement on the New White House Policy Restricting Refugee Admissions

RI Statement on the New White House Policy Restricting Refugee Admissions

Refugees International issued a statement following the Trump Administration's decision to resume the refugee admissions program with a range of additional security requirements. The Administration is adopting a new and near-total ban on admission of refugees from 11 nationality groups – groups which have in recent years represented a high percentage if not most of the refugees who have arrived in the United States.  RI finds the Administration's action to be a cynical and tragic manipulation of administrative process and an action that conflicts with U.S. values and interests.

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