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Factsheet: Implementation of the New Asylum Processing Rule

On August 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) amending the procedures and processes of protection claims and parole for individuals subject to expedited removal. Then, responding to and incorporating changes from comments received in response to the NPRM, DHS and […]

As A Former Refugee, I am Part of America’s Story

By Eskinder Negash As a former refugee, World Refugee Day has a special significance for me.  Over forty years ago, I left behind everything I knew to begin my life in a country that opened its doors to people like me. Like many African refugees, I was forced out of my country to reimagine my […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building Bridges Through Art

A new USCRI art class is building community connections and nurturing creativity. The eight student artists range in age from 13 to 70 years old and come from all over the globe, including Syria, Turkey, Congo, and Burundi. Emma Caterinicchio volunteered to lead the class. Emma is a local musician and works as a grants […]

USCRI Statement on the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden

by Eskinder Negash The solemn pageantry of America’s presidential inaugurations celebrates our long history of democratic transitions following elections. Despite the events of January 6th, the will of the people through a free and fair election has been honored, and we will once again witness the peaceful transfer of power. Democracy is not an easy […]

The Scope of Displacement: Reading the Watson Institute Working Paper

Last week, a working paper from the Watson Institute at Brown University made a small stir in the immigration advocacy community. The paper’s hook is that U.S. military interventions are responsible for huge numbers of displacements: “at least 37 million people have fled their homes in the eight most violent wars the U.S. military has […]