Refugee Resettlement

Evangelical Leaders Join Forces To Urge Protection For Dreamers And Refugees
February 7, 2018
One hundred evangelical leaders have signed a letter urging Trump and members of Congress to protect dreamers, immigrants, and refugees. The letter was printed as a full-page ad in the Washington Post and was supported by leaders from across the nation. An online version of the letter had received more than 1,400 signatures.

It’s Hard to Believe, but Syria’s War Is Getting Even Worse
February 8, 2018
Between bombed apartments, hospitals hit by airstrikes, and chlorine attacks, the war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse. “The Syrian government and its Russian ally stepped up their air war on two of the country’s last major rebel-held areas.” It is a common misperception that the Syrian war is winding down, but instead the carnage is increasing.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement is Pushing an Anti-Abortion Agenda on Undocumented Teens
February 13, 2018
The appointment of E. Scott Lloyd as the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement had a lot of backlash, as he does not seem to have much experience resettling refugees. Now Lloyd “has found a way to use his position at the Office of Refugee Resettlement to prevent abortions among vulnerable populations.” According to the Washington Post, Lloyd has personally intervened to try to persuade unaccompanied minor girls no to have abortion.

Third Group of Manus Refugees Resettled in US
February 13, 2018
A third group of 18 refugees from Manus Island left Papua New Guinea to be resettled in the U.S. “The Afghan, Pakistani and Rohingya men were thought to have departed with another group of 40 refugees.” The U.S. government did not respond to questions regarding the number of men being resettled last month, but refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said this departure brings the total to 85.

Military Spending

Does the US Really Need a Huge Boost in Military Spending?
February 9, 2018
Trump’s new idea for a grand military parade has been met with much backlash from critics. Such critics warn that “in addition to its strong despotic whiff, such a stunt would waste millions of taxpayer dollars.” One critic, Director of Win Without War Stephen Miles, said that the new military spending numbers were a symptom of misplaced national priorities.

White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits
February 12, 2018
Trump sent Congress a $4.4 trillion budget proposal recently that outlines steep cuts to domestic programs, large increases in military spending and an increased federal deficit. “The blueprint has little to no chance of being enacted as written and amounts to a vision statement by Mr. Trump, who as a businessman once called himself the ‘king of debt.’” The proposal illustrates haw far Republicans have strayed from their embrace of balanced budgets.

Pentagon Asks for Major Budget Increase Amid Threats from Russia, China and North Korea
February 13, 2018
The pentagon is now asking for a major boost in military spending for 2019, citing increasing threats from China and Russia as a main influence for this request. Of the proposal, Trump said, “the US military would be the strongest it has ever been, including ‘increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon.’” The Defense Department’s budget is $686 billion, an increase of $80 billion from 2017.