April 20, 2021
This general insistence on the idea of a “surge” or “crisis” at the border is problematic in and of itself. It is dramatized and feeds into a xenophobic narrative being pushed by people who don’t want to see immigrants of any kind come into the country. – Elizabeth Foydel, IRAP
Violence is rampant. Men, women and children are being kidnapped. Yet we see the United States using Title 42 to deport pregnant women, newborn infants as young as two weeks old, and children in the prime of their development who should be protected. The majority of children being deported to Haiti right now were not born in Haiti. They were born at the U.S.-Mexico border. – Guerline Jozef, Haitian Bridge Alliance
The Biden administration inherited a dismantled system for supporting and welcoming refugees and asylum seekers. Yet, the U.S. has a legal obligation and a historical responsibility to provide protection to people fleeing violence and persecution. The Biden campaign promised it would welcome refugees and asylum seekers with dignity. Three months into a new administration, what has changed?
December 9, 2020
After four years of nearly a complete shutdown of refugee and asylum infrastructure in the U.S., the devastating impact of COVID-19, and ongoing global humanitarian crises affecting 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, we are now going to see a change of leadership in the White House. There is so much work that needs to be done to ensure that the most vulnerable among us — especially refugees — receive the support they need to thrive.
Here are three ways the Biden administration can improve the lives and dignity of refugees in the U.S. and around the world.