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The World Now Has a Record Number of Refugees

Figure is 22.5M; in all, 65M are living displaced from their homes

(Newser) - The world broke a grim record last year, with 65.6 million people living forcibly displaced from their homes, an increase of 300,000 over 2015. Most of those people—40.3 million—were displaced but still living within their own countries, per a new report by the UN refugee... More »

They Say Manus Island Was 'Hell.' Now Australia Will Pay

Country will pay $52M if deal is approved

(Newser) - Australia has agreed to pay $52 million to 1,900 refugees and asylum seekers kept in one of its heavily criticized offshore detention centers, which could lead to more settlements with detainees from other camps , reports CNN . If approved by a court, the settlement will cover $20 million in legal... More »

Trump Admin Makes Big Change on Refugee Quotas

And it's probably not what you'd expect

(Newser) - By next month, the number of refugees allowed into the US could balloon from 830 per week to more than 1,500. The New York Times reports the State Department made the change with zero fanfare this week, sending a private email to agencies helping refugees in other countries. The... More »

Rejected by US, Accepted by Canada: 'I'm Finally Home'

Refugee who lost all his fingers on trek north will be able to stay in Canada

(Newser) - A Ghanaian refugee who lost all his fingers to frostbite after his Christmas Eve journey to Canada wept with joy after learning he would not be sent back to his homeland, where he fears persecution for being bisexual. Canada's refugee board has accepted the asylum claim of Seidu Mohammed,... More »

Activists Give Statue of Liberty Temporary Makeover

'Refugees welcome' banner was up for about an hour

(Newser) - The Statue of Liberty's inscription about "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" and the "homeless, tempest-tossed" was briefly joined by a 20-foot banner with the same sentiment Tuesday. Activists unfurled a "Refugees Welcome" banner from the pedestal's observation deck hours after the Department of Homeland... More »

Trump Says New Version of Travel Ban Coming Next Week

It's unclear whether the administration will continue to defend the old ban in court

(Newser) - In between lashing out at the media, leaks, and more , President Trump said during a Thursday press conference that a new "very comprehensive order" on immigration and refugees would be coming next week "toward the beginning or middle at the latest," NPR reports. While he didn't... More »

Trump Won't Appeal Travel Ban Ruling to Supreme Court

The block on his executive order will remain in place

(Newser) - Despite tweeting "SEE YOU IN COURT" after Thursday's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it now appears President Trump won't appeal the hold on his travel ban to the Supreme Court. A source close to the administration tells CNN they have no plans to appeal... More »

Court Rules Against Reinstating Trump's Immigration Ban

It was a unanimous ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

(Newser) - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration on Thursday, refusing to reinstate the president's executive order restricting immigration and refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations, the Washington Post reports. The decision upholds the ruling of Judge James Robart made last Friday, which first blocked Trump's... More »

'No One Is Above the Law— Not Even the President'

Federal judge halts enforcement of Trump's immigration order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Seattle on Friday evening halted enforcement of major parts of President Trump's executive order on immigration—effective for the entire country—in the "broadest" ruling against the order yet, Reuters reports. According to the Stranger , US District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining... More »

Trump Going to Benefit That Will Raise Cash for Refugees

International Red Cross to support refugees affected by Trump's order

(Newser) - President Trump will attend Saturday's annual International Red Cross Ball at Mar-a-Lago, which is expected to raise nearly $1 million for the charity, the Palm Beach Post reports. Some of that money will, in the words of a Red Cross spokesperson, be used to "provide basic support" for... More »

Jolie: Trump Is 'Playing With Fire'

Travel ban could fuel extremism, dent American ideals, she writes in op-ed

(Newser) - By "writing off citizens of entire countries—even babies—as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion," the US risks abandoning its ideals and fueling extremism abroad, Angelina Jolie writes in an op-ed in the New York Times . While she says it's "... More »

Trump Had Furious Talk With Aussie Leader

He slams 'dumb deal' on refugees

(Newser) - Disputes with Iran and Mexico in the early days of the Trump administration may have been predictable—but not many people predicted a clash with Australia. The disagreement became public Wednesday when the Washington Post reported that President Trump's phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday... More »

1K State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

Spicer says they should 'get with the program' or go

(Newser) - President Trump's refugee and visa ban "runs counter to American values" and "will hurt America economically," according to a dissent memo signed by an unprecedented number of State Department officials. More than 1,000 officials, including American diplomats all over the world, had signed the cable... More »

Results of Poll on Trump's Refugee Ban May Surprise You

Nearly 50% of Americans support it

(Newser) - While President Trump's executive order banning refugees and others from seven Muslim nations had the appearance of being wildly unpopular—massive protests, lawsuits from multiple states, etc.—that's apparently not the case. A Reuters poll released Tuesday found 49% of American adults agree with the ban, while... More »

Trump Had 'Secret Help' From House Aides on Immigration Order

House staffers kept GOP leaders in the dark

(Newser) - President Trump has been accused of signing off on a legally flawed immigration order crafted without congressional input, but according to Politico 's sources, his team did have some help on Capitol Hill—they just couldn't tell their bosses about the order. The sources say aides on the... More »

872 Refugees Get Good News

Those already 'in transit' when Trump's travel ban went down issued waivers

(Newser) - President Trump's travel ban remains in place, but nearly 900 refugees are getting a reprieve. Per a Department of Homeland Security document seen by Reuters , the State Department and DHS have OKed 872 waivers for refugees who were already "in transit" when Trump's order left his desk... More »

6 People Stranded Around the World by Trump's Ban

Including a 12-year-old stuck in Djibouti who will probably be sent back to Yemen

(Newser) - Niki Mossafer Rahmati took a short winter break from her studies at MIT by heading home to Tehran. But as USA Today reports, Rahmati's return trip was dashed by President Trump's executive order banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. Her Facebook post documents her scramble once news of... More »

Official Calls Trump Travel Ban a 'Massive Success'

ACLU smashes fundraising records

(Newser) - President Trump's travel ban on citizens of seven countries continued to cause chaos and protests at airports around the country and around the world Sunday, though an administration official insisted it was a "massive success," Reuters reports. The attorneys general of 15 states denounced the Trump order... More »

Refugees Detained at Airports After Trump Order

Iraqis stopped at JFK had valid visas

(Newser) - President Trump's executive order shutting down the US refugee program and banning entry for citizen of seven Muslim-majority countries is now in effect—and some travelers whose flights took off before the order was signed have found themselves detained at American airports after landing. Lawyers say the detainees include... More »

Zuckerberg Speaks Out Against Trump's Immigration Orders

Helping people who need help is 'who we are'

(Newser) - "We should be proud" that the US is a "nation of immigrants," Mark Zuckerberg writes in a Facebook post criticizing President Trump's executive orders on immigration. Business Insider reports it's the first time Zuckerberg has spoken out about Trump's policies since the latter became... More »

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