by Kevin Mercado

Refugee Resettlement

Trump Administration Officials Can’t Block Undocumented Teens from Getting Abortions, Judge Rules
March 30, 2018
Trump administration officials will no longer be able to block undocumented immigrant teens in federal custody from getting abortions. “U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the preliminary injunction against the Office of Refugee Resettlement.” Officials also cannot force minors to tell their parents, or anyone else, about the abortion decision.

Israel Reaches Agreement with U.N. on African Refugees — Then Suspends it in Face of Criticism
April 2, 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an ‘unprecedented agreement’ with the United Nations that, briefly, seemed to provide a solution for tens of thousands of African asylum seekers. “Then, almost as soon as he announced it, he suspended it.” Details of the aborted plan have not been made public and political opposition is widespread.

David Miliband Calls for Leadership on Refugee Resettlement in the EU
April 3, 2018
David Miliband has called on the European Union to bring half a million refugees over to Europe throughout the next five years. This would mean providing homes for almost 10 percent of the world’s most vulnerable refugees each year. “The EU would commit to increasing targets of European resettlement schemes to take in 108,000 refugees every year for five years from refugee camps and communities in countries such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.”

Congolese Family Joins Shrinking Pool of Refugee Arrivals in US
April 3, 2018
Mtabi Ebuela describes his experiences fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo to escape the rebels. He arrived in Lancaster, PA from Tanzania last month, where he and his family lived in a refugee camp. “The State Department informed its resettlement agency partners in December that they needed to shrink their operations.” The CWS office in Lancaster gets $1.2 million from the State Department to run its programs.

Africans in Israel Voice Concern Over New Resettlement Plan
April 3, 2018
African asylum seekers in Israel have some concerns regarding Tel Aviv’s agreement with the Un to resettle half of them in Western countries. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced that Israel had reached an unprecedented understanding with the United Nations to help resettle at least 16,250 African migrants in ‘developed countries like Canada, or Germany and Italy,’ instead of Africa. The plan has since been suspended.

Military Spending

No, Donald Trump Can’t Just Use Pentagon Money for his Border Wall
March 30, 2018
Congress did not give Trump money for his border wall, so now he’s asking his administration to go to ‘legally questionable lengths’ to fund it anyway. “Trump has spoken with Secretary of Defense James Mattis about using Department of Defense money for the border wall.” Trump noted that the Pentagon was getting so much money that it could surely afford the wall.

One of the Beltway’s Biggest Defense Contractors is about to get a Lot Bigger
April 1, 2018
Beltway defense giant, General Dynamics, is flexing its considerable financial muscle as the industry preps for a ton of new defense spending. “Arlington-based defense contractor CACI International said last week that it had withdrawn an earlier $7.2 billion bid for CSRA, a government information technology services conglomerate.” This ends a bidding war and clears the way for General Dynamics to become a market-leading company.

Trump Says He Thinks He Could Have a Good Relationship with Putin
April 3, 2018
Trump, standing alongside the leaders of three Baltic countries most concerned with the potential for aggression from Moscow. He said he could have a good relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump told reporters, “‘Getting along with Russia is a good thing…I think I could have a very good relationship with Russia and with President Putin, and if I did, that would be a great thing.’” Trump also said he prodded NATO members to meet their defense spending commitments.