by Kevin Mercado

Refugee Resettlement

Investigation: San Diego Refugees Face Housing Dilemma
July 27, 2017
This article tells a small portion of the struggles inside the home of Mostafa Inezan. The story goes to say that the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, one of the four resettlement agencies in the region, found the family’s apartment last year. The organization, which is an affiliate of the international nonprofit that provides safe harbor for conflict and disaster-displaced immigrants, “uses federal funds to arrange housing and basic needs for refugees during their first three months.” The family was faced with the possibility of leaving their apartment due to overcapacity.

The Americans Waiting to Welcome Refugees Who May Never Come
August 1, 2017
There are several rented storage units in northwestern Arkansas with an apartment full of furniture donated by Americans are waiting for refugees whom may never arrive. “The furniture was collected by teams of volunteers for the local refugee-resettlement nonprofit, Canopy NWA.” With the latest travel bans in effect, it is hard to tell when those refugee families will be arriving, especially due to the back-and-forth of the ban’s ruling in court.

Top 10 Impacts Of The Trump Administration’s Refugee Ban
July 31, 2017
The Trump Administration’s travel ban has come with several consequences and to varying degrees. The Huffington post provided a succinct list of all of the consequences and impacts that has come out of Trump’s travel ban. The list and information is in part compiled from a recent Human Rights First report.

Military Spending

Meggitt Flags Takeover Risks as US Military Spending Drives Stronger Performance
August 1, 2017
The Technology Group, Meggitt’s chief executive has warned the UK that businesses are increasingly in the sights of predatory foreign rivals as the “weak pound makes them cheaper for overseas buyers.” Just last year there was an intense speculation that US hedge fund Elliott was trying to engineer a bid for Meggitt. “Meggitt used the results to welcome Donald Trump’s plans to beef up the US military, saying it is ‘well positioned’ to win work as defense spending rises.”

House of Representatives Boosts Military Spending, Gives Trump Border Wall Money
July 27, 2017
The House of Representatives recently approved a $68 billion increase in military spending next year. On top of that it has included a legislation that provides money to start construction of the Mexican border wall. “The bill increased spending on the U.S. capability to defend itself from foreign missile attacks amid growing concerns about North Korea’s increasing capacity to hit the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile.” The house voted 235-192 for the fiscal 2018 spending bill that would provide $1.6 billion for the initial construction of the wall. Congress has an October 1st deadline after it goes to Senate to make a decision for the 2018 fiscal year.

Trans Healthcare Costs are Actually a Tiny Proportion of the US Military Budget
July 26, 2017
When Trump recently denounced the idea of allowing or accepting transgender people into military service, he argued that the pentagon, “‘cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs’ of covering transgender-related healthcare.” However, when evaluated, the cost of transgender healthcare, including counseling and hormone replacement therapy, seems like very little in the grand scheme. “Transgender-related healthcare for active duty military would cost anywhere between $2.4m to $8.4m – not billions.”