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RCUSA Statement in Response to Executive Order of Refugee Admissions

By Sarah Seniuk

Washington, DC – The Trump Administration issued an executive order that potentially gives states and municipalities the authority to disallow refugees entry into their communities. Our current resettlement policies ensure strong, active partnerships between state and local communities and resettlement agencies, making this executive order unnecessary.

RCUSA Chair Bill Canny issued the following response:

“We call on all states and communities, and on our elected officials, to uphold the US value of welcoming refugees, standing as a beacon of protection for the world’s most vulnerable. We oppose this executive order as contrary to those values. It will create great operational uncertainty and confusion. It will also be a potential catalyst for unfair and discriminatory actions against refugee families. Let our unified message and practice as a nation be that America welcomes refugees.”

Media Contact: Sarah Seniuk [email protected]

September 27, 2019

Graphic Image of Drowned Father and Daughter Emerges

By Christina Maxouris, Steve Almasy and Natalie Gallón, CNN

A graphic image of a drowned father and daughter in the Rio Grande has been circulating the internet since June 25th. The photo, which depicts the pair facedown in a shallow riverbank, calls to memory the iconic 2015 image of a drowned Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, taken when the boy washed ashore in Turkey. Activists are using the photo as a call to action on immigrant rights.

June 26, 2019

$4.5 Billion Aid Package Passes in House

By Scott Neuman, NPR

The House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency aid package for the “thousands of migrants packed into overcrowded facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border, but it’s unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate,” reports NPR. The Senate has a similar, but not identical, plan put forth by the GOP, which is expected to be voted on this week.

June 26, 2019

Bangladeshi Migrants Forced Home

By The Guardian

More than 30 Bangladeshi migrants were forced back in Tunisia after being intercepted by a Bangladeshi envoy, which told the group they had to return to Bangladesh or lose their food, water, and medical care. One relative told the Guardian: “When all the people were on the boat, they were told by the Bangladeshi embassy that if they didn’t agree to sign, they would not get any food or water any more. The people were afraid to die on the boat. The Bangladeshi embassy forced them to sign.”

June 25, 2019

ICE Arrests 75 Undocumented Migrants

By Scott Gordon, NBCDFW

ICE arrested 75 undocumented migrants in Oklahoma and northern Texas this week, citing the need to clear criminal offenders from the area. Critics, however, claim that none of those arrested were violent criminals, and that some have no criminal record at all. “They’re using that excuse of going after criminals, arresting people who come here to work or live a better life,” said Dallas activist Carlos Quintanilla.

June 25, 2019

Ugandan Migrant Camps Face Overcrowding


As thousands of Congolese flee violence at home, Ugandan refugee camps are becoming dangerously overcrowded. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, reports that one average, midsize camp is currently home to some 4,600 new arrivals, 1,600 more than its maximum intended capacity. Two thirds of those crossing into Uganda are children.

June 25, 2019

Major ICE Raids Postponed

By Ephrat Linvi, Quartz

President Trump announced on Saturday that major ICE raids have been postponed by two weeks, during which, he says, “Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!” Many cities, including Boston and Chicago, have vowed refusal to comply when these raids occur.

June 23, 2019

Inhumane Conditions Along U.S.-Mexico Border

By PBS News Hour

PBS reported on Friday the increasingly inhumane conditions children are facing at detention camps near the U.S.-Mexico border. Professor Warren Binford of Willamette University, who received a firsthand look at a camp in Clint, Texas, says children are being “warehoused” at up to 300 per cell, where they care for one another, sleep on the floor, and have been subject to outbreaks of influenza and lice.

June 21, 2019

NY Government Hotline To Serve As Tip-collector

By Sandra Tan, Buffalo News

The Republican comptroller of Erie County, New York, Stefan Mychajliw, has called for his county’s resource abuses hotline to be used as a statewide tip-collector to report undocumented immigrants who apply for a driver’s license, per the Buffalo News on Friday. Under a new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo last week, undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for licenses using a foreign passport, but are not protected from federal law enforcement, such as ICE. 

June 21, 2019
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