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Supreme Court Blocks Ruling That Eased Refugee Ban

Order will affect 24K people

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the... More »

SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions

Supreme Court overturns appellate court's ruling from last week, at least temporarily

(Newser) - The Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. The Justice Department's high court filing Monday followed an appeals court ruling last week that would allow up to 24,... More »

Sweden Rejects Asylum of 106-Year-Old Afghan Woman

Family says she suffered a stroke when she learned of decision

(Newser) - A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts, and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum application was rejected. Bibihal Uzbeki is severely disabled and can barely speak. Her family has appealed the rejection, the AP... More »

US Passes Trump's 50K Refugee Limit

New arrivals must prove 'bona fide' US relationships

(Newser) - The US has reached the Trump administration's limit of 50,000 refugees for this budget year. That won't stop some additional refugees from entering the United States in the next few months, but they will now face tighter standards, the AP reports. A Supreme Court order last month... More »

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 »

Saudi Media Accuses Qatar of Poisoning Iraqi Refugees

Hundreds hit by food poisoning at Iraq camp for the displaced

(Newser) - Food poisoning at a camp for displaced residents of Mosul has made more than 700 people sick, with hundreds hospitalized, Iraqi officials said Tuesday. The incident at the Hassan Sham U2 camp, about 13 miles east of Mosul, has become part of the ongoing dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.... 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 »

Hawaii Judge Rules Again on Trump's New Travel Ban

US District Judge Derrick Watson issues longer-lasting order

(Newser) - A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. US District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold, the AP reports. Several hours... More »

Meet the Refugee Known as 'Little Picasso'

Farhad Nouri has earned the nickname among his fellow migrants

(Newser) - Farhad Nouri is known among migrants as Little Picasso. The 10-year-old from Afghanistan, who is stranded in Serbia together with his parents and two younger brothers, has earned his nickname for two reasons: he knows how to draw and he loves Pablo Picasso, the AP reports. "One day I... 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 »

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