In the News / March 2016

This New Bill Could Make Trump and Cruz’s Anti-Refugee Dreams a Reality

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In advance of the House Judiciary Committee vote last week, 234 organizations—including the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and the American Immigration Lawyers Association—sent a letter to Congress opposing the legislation. They noted “the current vetting process for refugees is incredibly rigorous and includes screening by U.S. federal law enforcement and national security agencies.” Giving state and local governments a veto on refugee resettlement, they wrote, wouldn’t enhance security and would instead “codify discrimination against refugees.” They concluded: “It is simply un-American to treat persecuted individuals, who want nothing more than to start a new life in safe and welcoming communities, as criminals.” Read the full article in Mother Jones.

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