by Kevin Mercado

Refugee Resettlement

Resettlement Program Applies to Bring 100 More Refugees
September 21, 2017
Vermont’s Refugee Resettlement Program has recently sent an application to the federal government to resettle 100 more Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Rutland. While not on a major national front, this town in Vermont makes the necessary steps to welcome refugees. While officials planned on bringing 100 people, only 14, as of September 21, have arrived. “Former Mayor Christopher Louras first introduced the resettlement plan last spring. His announcement split the Rutland community, and he says it eventually cost him re-election.”

President Trump’s Claim that 10 Refugees Overseas Cost as Much as One in the U.S.
September 22, 2017
While speaking on the notion of keeping refugees close to their home nations, Trump offered an odd statistic. Trump said, “For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region.” This very specific figure provided by Trump is said to have come from a 2015 report by the Center for the Immigration Studies. The report concluded that “in the first five years in the United States, each refugee costs taxpayers $64,370, or 12 times what the United Nations estimated it needed to care for refugees over five years.” The article goes on to fact-check this statistic detailing the validity of the statement and, in such, realizing that there is not much evidence proving it to be true.

Trump Plans 45,000 Limit on Refugees Admitted to U.S.
September 26, 2017
With refugee admittance a heavily talked about subject for Trump, he has recently come out saying he plans to cap refugee admissions at 45,000 over the next year. This sets a historically low limit on the number of people who are to be resettled in the United States. This is the lowest that any White House has sought since 1980, which was coincidentally the year that legislation was enacted giving the president the position to determine a refugee cap.

European Commission Seeks to Resettle 50,000 Refugees
September 27, 2017
The European Commission has revealed a new plan allowing 50,000 refugees from mostly African countries to be resettled in Europe over the next two years. The European Union set aside $587 million for this plan that is focused on resettling refugees from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad, and Ethiopia. The proposal involves admitting asylum seekers under the bloc’s resettlement program introduced in 2015 after the major refugee crisis.

Military Spending

Sanders: Diplomacy, Human Rights Must Drive US World Affairs
September 21, 2017
Former presidential candidate and current Senator, Bernie Sanders, said recently “that President Donald Trump accentuates the worst aspects of generations of U.S. foreign policy, arguing that diplomacy and human rights must drive the U.S. approach to the world.” According the article, Sanders mentioned that there has been an “undue focus” on growing the American military long before Trump’s election. “The goal is not for the United States to dominate the world. Nor on the other hand is our goal to withdraw from the international community and shirk our responsibilities under the banner of ‘America First,’” Sanders said.

US-Made Bomb Killed Civilians in Yemen Residential Building, says Amnesty
September 22, 2017
A bomb has destroyed a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, which killed 16 civilians and injured 17 more. “The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition admitted to carrying out the attack, blaming civilian casualties on a ‘technical error.’” Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director said, “We can now conclusively say that the bomb that killed Buthaina’s parents and siblings, and other civilians, was made in the USA.”