Tag Archives: refugee crisis

Refugee Agencies Ordered To Downsize US Operations

Reuters reports: The U.S. State Department has told refugee agencies it will sharply pare back the number of offices across the country authorized to resettle people in 2018 as President Donald Trump cuts the number of refugees allowed into the United States. The announcement was made at a Dec. 1 meeting in Washington with State Department officials and representatives from ...

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State Department Observes Human Rights Day

The Trump administration last week pulled out of the United Nations Global Compact On Migration, a 2016 193-nation agreement “pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they had access to education and jobs.” And in standard Trumpian hypocrisy, today we get this from the State Department: Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World ...

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US Pulls Out Of UN Global Compact On Migration

The Guardian reports: The Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations’ ambitious plans to create a more humane global strategy on migration, saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty, and runs counter to US immigration policies. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, informed the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, at the weekend that Donald ...

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BREAKING: Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Latest Muslim Travel Ban Hours Before It Was To Go Into Effect

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge in Hawaii has put President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on hold. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued his ruling Wednesday after hearing arguments on Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order involving the ban. His ruling prevents the executive order from going into effect Thursday. More than half a dozen states are ...

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Trump Delays New Muslim Travel Ban So That Positive Response For Speech To Congress Has Its “Moment”

The travel ban needs its own very special moment. It’s all show business, all the time. New York Magazine reports: In his speech to Congress on Tuesday night, President Trump defended his travel ban, and said his administration has been “working on improved vetting procedures, and we will shortly take new steps to keep our nation safe — and to ...

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REPORT: Bannon Purposely Launched Travel Ban On Weekend To Enable Protests That Would Enrage Base

From a Bloomberg report that’s mostly about White House advisor Stephen Miller: Over the last few weeks, Trump’s White House has exploded in chaos and infighting—a situation Miller exacerbated by helping to mastermind the sudden and much-criticized rollout of Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, which federal judges swiftly blocked. In fact, it was no ...

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Stephen Miller: Trump’s Coming Travel Ban Will Be “Fundamentally” The Same As The First One [VIDEO]

The Week reports: Fox News held an immigration town hall event in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday night, and host Martha MacCallum started off by asking White House policy adviser Stephen Miller via satellite about President Trump’s coming replacement executive order limiting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries and refugees. “So how is it going to be different this time?” she asked. ...

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Anti-Trump Immigration Activists Unfurl “Refugees Welcome” Banner On Statue Of Liberty’s Pedestal

ABC New York reports: A banner reading “Refugees Welcome” was unfurled on the Statue of Liberty Tuesday afternoon. The banner, approximately 20 feet by 3 feet, was spotted on the pedestal just before 1 p.m., affixed by nylon rope to the wall of the public observation deck at the base of the statue. Rangers, alerted to its presence, immediately made ...

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Homeland Security Head John Kelly: Trump’s Coming New Travel Ban Will Be “Tighter, More Streamlined”

The Hill reports: President Trump’s revised executive order temporarily barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. will be phased in and will likely exempt green-card holders, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday. “The president is contemplating issuing a tighter, more streamlined version of the first [executive order],” Kelly said at the Munich Security Conference, according to ...

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Trump Administration Drops Travel Ban Appeals Court Battle, Promises New Immigration Order For Next Week

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s administration said in court documents on Thursday it does not want a larger appellate panel to review a ruling keeping its travel ban on hold and will instead replace the ban. “In so doing, the president will clear the way for immediately protecting the country rather than pursuing further, potentially time-consuming litigation,” the ...

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BREAKING: Trump Won’t Appeal Travel Ban TO SCOTUS, New Executive Order On Immigration Likely Coming

The Hill reports: The Trump administration is not currently planning to appeal a temporary hold on his travel ban to the Supreme Court, a White House official said Friday. But the White House said it will forge ahead on the broader battle against a lawsuit challenging the executive order. The administration plans to continue its defense of the order on ...

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Twitter Snickers Over Trump’s Plea For “Easy D”

The Hill reports: President Trump on Wednesday said there has been a large increase of people come into the U.S. from “certain areas” as federal judges are weighing whether a court order blocking the president’s travel ban should be lifted. “Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait ...

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Trump Cries “Politics!” Over Travel Ban Case

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Wednesday took to Twitter to voice his outrage at U.S. federal appeals court judges, who are weighing the temporary suspension of immigration restrictions order. “If the U.S. does not win this case as it so obviously should, we can never have the security and safety to which we are entitled. Politics!” he tweeted. The ...

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Nearly 100 Major Tech Companies File Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban: Google, Apple, Twitter, Facebook

NBC News reports: Twitter, Uber, Google and Apple were among 97 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief early on Monday with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. “The order effects a sudden shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and is inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies,” the amicus ...

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Spicer Slams “Rogue” Travel Ban Judge

The Hill reports: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended President Trump’s executive order on immigration after a federal judge issued a ruling halting the order. “The law is very clear that the president has broad powers to keep this country safe and limit access to people that can come into this country,” Spicer told Fox News. “He ...

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Trump Lashes Out At “So-Called” Federal Judge Who Last Night Temporarily Blocked His Travel Ban

The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Saturday morning ripped into a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block enforcement of his controversial travel ban. “When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security — big trouble!” Trump posted on Twitter. He also appeared to ...

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Over 100,000 Visas Revoked Under Trump’s Ban

The Washington Post reports: Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday. The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. ...

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Trump Contradicts Spicer: Call It A “Ban” If You Want

The Hill reports: President Trump said Wednesday people could call his executive order barring refugees and people from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the U.S. whatever they’d like amid questions over whether the measure is a “ban.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday said the president’s executive order is not a “travel ban.” Spicer blamed the media ...

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Sean Spicer Blows Up At Press Over Using The Term “Ban” (Just Like Trump Has Many, Many Times) [VIDEO]

Politico reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted on Tuesday at his daily briefing that the executive order signed by the president last week does not constitute a “travel ban.” Just over an hour earlier, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the same. Those statements put both men at odds with their boss, President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly ...

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Gingrich: Schumer Cries Fake Tears For Refugees But He Doesn’t Cry For Murdered Americans [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his emotional reaction at a press conference following President Trump’s executive order on immigration. “It really bothered me that Chuck Schumer could bring up a few tears for people that are not being killed, not being shot, not being imprisoned, they are simply ...

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