Trump Administration Reduces Refugee Cap to 30,000, a Record Low

Dear Friends: Today, the White House announced a sharp reduction in the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States. The Trump Administration has set a cap of 30,000 refugee admissions for FY19, a 33% reduction from last year when the cap was set at 45,000 individuals. Of the 45.000 cap set … More Trump Administration Reduces Refugee Cap to 30,000, a Record Low

Why is the Presidential Determination Number so Important?

Author: Harley Dority, Guest Blogger Refugee Council USA releases a report to breakdown the number of refugees admitted to the United States every month. While the number of refugees permitted to enter the US this year is 45,000, we have resettled far fewer. According to the report, we should have resettled at least 37,500 refugees by … More Why is the Presidential Determination Number so Important?

Special Immigrant Visa: Employment Based

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Special Immigrant Visa: Employment Based

Special Immigrant Visa: Religious Worker

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Special Immigrant Visa: Religious Worker

Explanation of Military Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)

By, Kristin Nolan, Guest Blogger An SIV Visa, or a Special Immigrant Visa, is a special category of immigration visa that applies to three categories of persons: 1) Afghans and Iraqis who have served overseas alongside American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq; 2) religious workers; and 3) those seeking employment-based visas with special circumstances. Current … More Explanation of Military Special Immigrant Visa (SIV)

The Power of a Positive Spirit: Mewael’s Journey

When Mewael was 19 years old, he was in a car accident with some of his college friends. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Then, he was called into Ethiopia’s mandatory draft. He fled for his survival. This spring, 23-year-old Mewael was accepted as a refugee to the United States of America. … More The Power of a Positive Spirit: Mewael’s Journey

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

By: Shelby Kruczek, Guest Blogger Do you know your neighbor? At first, this might seem like a pointless question. But I implore you to genuinely consider it. With high-speed internet, instantaneous global news, and social media galore, our so-called “connected age” ironically can make us feel disconnected from our most immediate surroundings. My husband and … More “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

Supreme Court Decision Stays Travel Ban

Since early December, the US has blocked an unknown number of people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela from entering the US. Individuals from banned countries are theoretically eligible for waivers, but in practice, waivers are few and far between. After one month, 8,400 people had applied for waivers; and … More Supreme Court Decision Stays Travel Ban

Investing in Refugees Pays Dividends for Our Economy

Author: Vanessa Brown, LSS/NCA Board Member Recognizing refugee’s contributions to our economy is an important part of reframing the dehumanizing narrative that refugees are a financial drain on more productive members of U.S. society. Many hold misconceptions on how much assistance the U.S. government provides to refugees relative to what they give back; unaware that … More Investing in Refugees Pays Dividends for Our Economy