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Climate Change Will Force Us to Rethink Migration and Asylum

Originally Published in The Nation Zoe Carpenter - April 21, 2021 As climate change accelerates, it will become increasingly untenable to reduce US immigration and asylum policy to a question of border security. Migrants in custody at a US Customs and Border Protection processing area under the Anzalduas International Bridge, in Mission, Tex. (Julio Cortez ...

Why Afghan interpreters must get priority for special immigrant visas

Originally Published in The Hill Greg Fairbank - April 21, 2021 © Getty Images President Biden’s announced withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept 11, 2021, culminates America’s longest conflict in history. Over the course of our nearly 20-year involvement in Afghanistan, countless Afghans have assisted U.S. forces in a myriad of functions, without ...

Why Biden still hasn’t raised the refugee cap

Originally Published in Vox Nicole Narea - April 21, 2021 Conditions at the US-Mexico border have derailed Biden’s refugee agenda. A child stands in front of a UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) tent as Ethiopian refugees who fled fighting in Tigray province camp at the Um Raquba camp in Sudan’s eastern Gedaref state, on ...

Why the White House wanted to avoid the refugee issue

Originally Published in Politico Natasha Korecki, Laura Barrón-López and Nahal Toosi - April 20, 2021 In trying to minimize a political backlash on refugees, the Biden administration triggered an even bigger one. The Biden administration has argued that both the situation at the border and the refugee admissions cap are intertwined because of the federal ...

Unaccompanied migrant children spend weeks in government custody, even when their U.S.-based parents are eager to claim them

Originally Published in The Washington Post Maria Sacchetti and Nick Miroff - April 20, 2021 Juan is held by his mother Andrea after he was released from government custody in Phoenix on April 12. (Courtney Pedroza/For The Washington Post) During the 10 days that Andrea’s 6-year-old son, Juan, was held in government custody after crossing ...

‘The wheels fell off’: How Biden’s misgivings on border surge upended plan on refugees

Originally Published in The Washington Post Tyler Pager, Sean Sullivan and Seung Min Kim - April 20, 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken, seen at the White House as President Biden met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, recommended raising the cap on refugees in early March. (Andrew Harnik/AP) President Biden overruled his ...

Analysis-Bumpy first weeks of Harris’ immigration role show challenges of the job

Originally Published in Reuters Nandita Bose - April 20, 2021 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When President Joe Biden entrusted Vice President Kamala Harris in March with leading U.S. diplomatic efforts to cut immigration from Mexico and Central America's "Northern Triangle," experts described the job as both "perilous" and a "political grenade." The subsequent weeks have shown ...

Immigrant Detention For Profit Faces Resistance After Big Expansion Under Trump

Originally Published in NPR John Burnett - April 20, 2021 Sulma Franco, an organizer with Mujeres Luchadoras and Grassroots Leadership and an LGBT activist from Guatemala, leads protesters on March 24 to the entrance of the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor, Texas, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contracts for the detention of ...

“Unconscionable”: How progressive blowback moved Biden on refugees

Originally Published in Salon Igor Derysh - April 19, 2021 President Joe Biden angered progressives so much when the White House announced week that it would keep former President Donald Trump's historically low cap on refugee admissions despite vowing to increase the number by more than 400% after taking office that he was forced to walk ...
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