Refugee Resettlement

Exclusive: Trump Officials Discussed “Reversing” Abortion for Undocumented Teen
January 31, 2018
A Trump administration official in charge of the Office of Refugee Resettlement recently discussed trying to use a controversial, scientifically unproven method to reverse an undocumented teen’s abortion. Scott Lloyd, a crusader against abortion “spoke with staffers about trying to reverse the abortion of a pregnant teen in their custody.”

Refugee Birthday Party Provides Respite for Resettled Families in New Home
February 4, 2018
A birthday was held for 65 children and their parents put on by a Jewish Vocational Service for Refugees. “Many refugees come from cultures where birthdays aren’t recorded or celebrated. When they come to the United States, they may not know their real birthdate, but they need one for legal purposes.” Most are assigned January 1st. This event is in its third year.

Refugees Deported by Europe Attacked by Taliban, ISIL
February 4, 2018
Nasir, a 26-year-old shopkeeper from Northern Kunduz province, was injured after returning to Afghanistan after being deported from Finland. The injury stemmed from a Taliban-claimed massacre in Kabul that killed more than 100 people. “He claims immigration officials in Finland pressured him to sign some forms, which he did not fully understand, essentially authorizing his deportation.”

Syrian Refugees ‘at Risk of Being Pushed to Return’
February 5, 2018
Aid agencies have warned that hundreds of thousands of Syrians are at risk of being pushed to return in 2018. ‘The warning was issued by six humanitarian agencies amid what they called a “global anti-refugee backlash.’” Harsher conditions in regional countries that have taken refugees in, as well as a misleading rhetoric that the country is safe, suggests it is ok for refugees to return.

Trump Highlights a North Korean Refugee and His Own Stunning Hypocrisy
February 6, 2018
Trump used his State of the Union Address to highlight Ji Seong Ho, a refugee form North Korea relocated in Seoul, South Korea as an inspiration. Trump was noted for his hypocrisy in terms of the administration’s general cruelty of refugee policies, “cruelty that disgraces us in the eyes of the world and, more significant, in our own eyes.”

US Refugee Resettlement Program Has Been Nearly Dismantled, Advocates Say
February 7, 2018
Leading with a personal account of Sura, a refugee who fled Baghdad to seek refuge in Syria, Turkey, and now the U.S., she and her brother are finding trouble getting into the country due to Trump’s travel ban. “The country’s refugee resettlement program has been all but dismantled in the year since Trump first issued his travel ban.”

Military Spending

Mattis: ‘I Need to Make the Military More Lethal’
February 1, 2018
Defense Secretary James Mattis told House and Senate GOP lawmakers that the Trump administration will request a $716 billion for defense spending for the new fiscal year. “‘I need to make the military more lethal. Some people think I’m supposed to be an equal-opportunity employer,’” Mattis said. This appeared as a veiled shot at Democrats who called for fiscal parity.

House Republicans Eye Defense Spending Boost, Complicating Plan to Avoid Second Shutdown
February 5, 2018
House Republicans leaders are proposing a long-term boost to military funding in a bill that would allow other federal agencies a short-term extension of current spending levels. “The bill…would increase Pentagon funding by about $30 billion, to $584 billion, breaking existing spending caps.” The spending bill would also provide two years of funding for the federal community health center program.

‘Country is Heading for Bankruptcy’: Lawmakers Question Military Spending
February 6, 2018
As U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis made a case for more military funding, some member of the House Armed Services Committee questioned the expense. “By pandering to the demands of the Defense Department, ‘we are degrading diplomacy,’” adds representative Adam Smith, criticizing the claim that U.S. was facing the rise of new global powers.

House Passes Short-term Spending Bill as Congress Nears Budget Deal that Could Break Impasse
February 6, 2018
The House recently passed another stop-gap spending bill that would fund domestic programs through March 23, but also give the pentagon a full-year budget of $659 billion. “The measure, which cleared the House in a 245-to-182 vote that split mostly along party lines, now goes to the Senate, where Democrats are likely to amend the legislation and send it back to the House for another round of voting.”