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GOP grasps in vain for unity on Afghan refugee message

Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here As a pool of potential refugees grows, “there’s always concerns that a terrorist organization can take advantage of a mass movement of people,” Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in a brief interview. “But I don’t know......

Refugee Response’s Annual Benefit on Oct. 2 in Ohio City to Feature Global Food, Culture

click to enlarge Billy Delfs This six-acre urban farm in Ohio City is the site of the annual Refugee Response benefit. “It’s going to be a little different this year,” executive director Patrick Kearns says of the annual Refugee Response benefit on Oct. 2. “This year we’re really excited because......

As Afghan Refugee Crisis Unfolds, Survivors Recall ‘Miracle’ Evacuation

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here SEOUL — When he watched the scenes of desperate refugees trying to escape Afghanistan during the American withdrawal ㅡ mothers clutching babies, men begging to board airplanes in Kabul — Sohn Yang-young, 70, felt tears welling up in......

New Zealand tried to deport attacker for years after he arrived as refugee

Police respond to the scene of an attack carried out by a man shot dead by police after he injured multiple people at a shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, September 3, 2021. Stuff Limited/Ricky Wilson via REUTERS WELLINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – New Zealand had tried for years to......

Biden taps former Delaware Governor Jack Markell to be Afghan refugee resettlement czar

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here President Biden is tapping the former governor of his home state, Jack Markell, to serve temporarily as a White House point person on the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan. A White House official confirms that Markell will work across......

Afghanistan: Leaked document warns of refugee funding shortfall

Funding models for the resettlement schemes are still being developed, but initial proposals suggested the figures would be based on 5,000 Afghans arriving under the ACRS scheme per year (capped at 20,000 people) at a cost of £715m, 5,000 arriving under the UK Resettlement Scheme each year at a cost......

Tokyo 2020’s most unlikely team, the Refugee Paralympians want to make their mark

Two refugee athletes led out the flag parade of the Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Tuesday, emerging from the tunnel into the joy and pandemonium unfolding at the Olympic stadium in Tokyo. The record books will note them as part of the first organised Refugee Paralympic Team, with a total......

Former Pence aide says Trump and Miller stymied Afghan refugee efforts.

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New York Times – For more and to sign up click here A top homeland security adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence accused the Trump administration of distorting the truth about Afghan refugees, writing on Twitter that the former president and Stephen Miller, his top immigration adviser, sought to......

State Department expands eligibility for visa program for Afghans amid rise of Taliban violence

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Washington — The State Department is expanding opportunities for Afghans who are at-risk and their families to resettle in the United States, it announced Monday, amid a rise in violence by the Taliban as the U.S. troop withdrawal nears......

Biden administration expands access to refugee program for Afghans who worked with US

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The new designation creates a pathway to the US for Afghans who do not qualify for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which Congress created to allow Afghans and Iraqis targeted because of their work for the United States......

EXCLUSIVE U.S. to begin new Afghan refugee program – sources

The U.S. flag is reflected on the windows of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will launch a new program to resettle certain Afghans as refugees in the United States, an administration official and two knowledgeable......

Iranian refugee stuns in taekwondo, makes semis

TOKYO — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh is one victory away from winning the Refugee Olympic Team’s first-ever medal after three impressive wins in the Tokyo Games’ taekwondo tournament. Alizadeh shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones in the round of 16, beating the British champion 16-12. She went on to......

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