In the News / February 2016

USCRI Explains Importance of Refugees to NPR

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For a century and a half, Illinois has been a leader in welcoming refugees to the U.S. Eskinder Negash, USCRI Senior Vice President, explained to NPR that Illinois has led “the creation and coordination of national partnerships and support and connection of settlement organizations in th[e] state.” Thus, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Illinois represented a significant break with past position. “While the current anti-refugee rhetoric may not be doing much to change policies, it is coloring refugees’ perceptions of the United States and what kind of reception they might get if they come here.” Read more.

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