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Part 2 of USCRI’s Series: In Search of Safety

This week’s conversation about unaccompanied children is about the essential services provided by USCRI’s Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children (CRIC) following their release to parents and guardians. Vice President AnnaMarie Bena talks to Director Matt Haygood about the post-release needs of unaccompanied children on their immigration journey. In 2005, USCRI began providing services to […]

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 […]

Becoming a Citizen in COVID Times

There were no color guards, singers, judges, or extended family and friends, but USCRI client Fardusa could not have been more proud to have passed the test and become a U.S. citizen! Her journey from war to safety took decades. As a young girl, she and her family had a happy life in Somalia. Then conflict […]

Far from the Winner’s Circle: Recent Developments in the H-2B Visa Program and the Impacts on the Horseracing Industry in the United States

A statue of the famous American racehorse Secretariat stands at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, one of the world’s largest international equestrian competition centers. Led by his longtime groom Eddie Sweat and Canadian jockey Ron Turcotte in the irons, the bronze Secretariat memorializes the historic 1973 Triple Crown win. The sculptor specifically included Sweat […]

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) expresses its solidarity with our global community in their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This kind of pervasive and far-reaching global event reminds us all that we share one planet and our lives are inextricably linked together in an unbroken chain of […]

USCRI Statement on the Decision to Further Restrict Immigration

ARLINGTON, VA – Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a rationale for further eroding legal immigration to the U.S., the Administration has halted issuing green cards to applicants outside of the country until the end of the year. The ban also includes many temporary work visas, including H-1B visas, used by the technology sector, and H-2B […]

Understanding Migration: Mixed Migration

In an earlier brief, we discussed the common pushpull model of migration. To recap, push factors and pull factors are approximations—part of a cognitive model of how migration operates—to describe the reasons that individuals might emigrate (push factors) and the reasons why individuals might settle in a particular location (pull factors). However, the push-pull model […]