Counter-Terrorism and Refugee Protection

It should be clear simply from the subject of this blog that there are a lot of things on which I disagree with President Trump. However, many refugee advocates have gone so far as to denounce all of his policy ideas outright instead of carefully evaluating ways in which some of them might actually be…

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Preventing Radicalization is as Important as Vetting Refugees

It has been over a year since President Trump and other GOP politicians began to call for more extreme vetting of refugees entering the US, particularly Syrians. I have been wary of these statements from the beginning, not because I think our vetting process could not be improved, but because I think this rhetoric is…

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There Goes the Neighborhood: Book Review

Immigration is one of the hot topics of our time and most people have very strong opinions about it. Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign promised to “Make America Great Again” in response to his supporters who cried “we want our country back!” For many Americans, these feelings of “losing” their country stem in part from…

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Trump’s Executive Order 2.0

On March 16th President Trump’s revised executive order concerning immigration and refugee resettlement will go into effect. When the first executive order was signed I shared three perspectives that we need to keep in mind when considering this issue. Those principles are still applicable. However, this new order does make some changes, so here I…

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Ways to Help Refugees (That Aren’t Resettlement)

Resettlement isn’t the only way to help refugees. In fact, it may not even be the best way to help the more than 20 million refugees that exist in the world today. In this article I’ll explain why resettlement is limited in its ability to help refugees, I’ll outline some alternatives ways to help refugees,…

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FAQs About Refugees in America

Historically, the United States has resettled more refugees per year than any other country. Since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980, millions of refugees from dozens of countries have made their homes in our states, cities, and towns. This article briefly addresses the following frequently asked questions about refugees in America. Where are they?…

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