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The Journey of Unaccompanied Children through the U.S. Immigration System

In March of this year, 15,918 children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador crossed into the U.S. at our southern border—the highest number of children since we began collecting data in 2010. Although this number has dropped in recent months, the children who have made this long and dangerous crossing without their parents are of […]

USCRI Statement on the Presidential Determination of the Refugee Admissions Ceiling

  For immediate release May 3, 2021 Media contact: Annette Sheckler (571)289-1731 or asheckler@uscrimail.org   Arlington, VA—The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased to note that President Biden has raised the  refugee admissions ceiling to 62,500. This ceiling replaces one set by the previous administration at an historic low of 15,000. With […]

Statement of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants on the Presidential Determination Signed Today for Refugee Admissions Ceiling

  The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is disheartened by President Biden’s decision not to lift former President Trump’s refugee resettlement cap of 15,000 for fiscal year 2021 in the Presidential Determination signed today. Under the previous administration, refugee admissions to the U.S. fell to this historic low of 15,000. In February of […]

Unaccompanied Children’s Arrivals are a Humanitarian Challenge – But a Solvable One

For much of 2020, U.S. authorities turned away all asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border, including both families arriving together and unaccompanied children. The prior Administration attempted to justify the restrictions by a novel invocation of Title 42 of the United States Code, which grants a weak form of quarantine power to the Centers […]

Honoring the Legacy of Barbara Harrell-Bond

My interview with Angelina of Hope Restoration South Sudan was inspired by the work of Barbara Harrell-Bond, a pioneer in refugee rights and an original critic of the work of the United Nations. Barbara’s work with refugees began with the arrival of Hungarian refugees in the United States in the 1950s, and continued with her […]

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021: USCRI Analysis

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) presents the following bill analysis of the U.S. Citizenship Act (USCA) of 2021. The Administration sent the USCA to Congress on January 20, 2021. On February 18, 2021, Representative Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA-38) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the USCA. Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Lucille Roybal-Allard […]

Policy Recommendations to Improve the Protection and Care for Unaccompanied Children

Thousands of refugee and immigrant children come to the United States alone or with their families each year, many having fled life-threatening dangers in their countries of origin. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, more than 69,000 unaccompanied children entered the custody of the U.S. federal government. Unaccompanied children (UCs) are under 18 years old, have […]