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    PRESIDENT’S PROPOSED BUDGET BETRAYS WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD, PUTS LIVES AT RISK

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    NEW YORK – The White House delivered to Congress today President Donald J. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) budget request. Titled, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the president’s budget request includes drastic cuts to U.S. foreign assistance including a 31 percent cut to the U.S. Department of State and USAID, and significant increases in funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and the militarization of the border in the United States. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Stands for Strong Customs and Border Protection Hiring Standards

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    Washington, DC - Women’s Refugee Commission, today, expressed opposition for proposed legislation that would weaken Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hiring standards by waiving the use of polygraph for certain applicants. The bill was introduced last month by U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02). The use of polygraphs has identified countless cases of criminal activity by applicants that might otherwise have been entrusted with the safety of our nation’s borders. This elimination would leave holes for widespread corruption within the agency and endanger the lives of migrant children and in fact anyone traveling across borders. 

    WOMEN’S REFUGEE COMMISSION CONDEMNS GLOBAL GAG RULE EXPANSION

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    NEW YORK, NY – Continuing its attack on women’s health and rights, the Trump administration today issued – via the United States State Department – full guidance on implementation of the global gag rule, also known as the “Mexico City Policy.”

    MORE THAN 250 IMMIGRANT AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CALL ON DHS TO HALT EXPANSION OF DEADLY DETENTION SYSTEM

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    Following Congress’s Vote to Fund Massive Increase in Deportation Apparatus, Letter Calls for Less Detention, More Accountability

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of Congress’s vote to approve a budget significantly expanding funding for the Trump administration’s federal deportation apparatus, 271 immigrant and civil rights organizations sent a letter today to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly opposing the proposed expansion of the immigration detention system and elimination of minimal detention conditions standards.

    ICYMI: Dora Schriro: Don't make immigration custody part of the criminal justice system

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    Washington, DC - In her Op-Ed published in The Hill today entitled “Don't make immigration custody part of the criminal justice system,” founding director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP) and Commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission Dora Schriro writes a comprehensive critique of the news that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will roll back detention standards and close the Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP)

    Women’s Refugee Commission Stands with Sanctuary Cities

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    Washington, DC - Yesterday, a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that do not comply with U.S. Immigration Officials. The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in support of this ruling and the sanctuary city movement in its attempt to protect vulnerable populations and allow them safe spaces to report crimes without the fear of deportation. We believe that when immigrants and refugees are denied protections from the police, it puts us all in danger.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Stands for Protection of Detained Immigrants

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    Washington, DC - A New York Times articlearticle this morning detailed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is planning to roll back existing detention standards that govern the treatment and conditions of immigrants in ICE custody. Instead, the article reports, ICE plans to use a basic 18-page checklist currently used by the U.S. Marshals Service to evaluate ICE facilities. The article also notes that the agency is planning to eliminate the Office of Detention Policy and Planning, which has served to develop and improve existing standards across the immigration detention system.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Announces Support for We Belong Together Kids Caravan and Week of Action

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    Washington, DC - The Women’s Refugee Commission is proud to stand alongside our partners at National Domestic Workers Alliance, WeCount!, PowerU, the American Friends Service Committee, the Women’s March, #LoveArmy, MomsRising, FLIC, Make it Work and 40 children and youth to launch the We Belong Together Kids Caravan and Week of Action, which will call for an end to the trauma caused by family separation and deportation.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Kelly’s Remarks that DHS Will Not Separate Families at Border

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    Washington, DC - Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirmed in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing that DHS would not separate mothers seeking protection at the southern border from their children except in rare circumstances, such as if the child’s life was endangered. Both Senator Heitkamp and Senator Harris asked about the issue.

    ICYMI: Kelly says DHS won't separate families at the border

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    Washington, DC -- According to a CNN report, US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told Senate Democrats yesterday that he does not intend to separate mothers and children seeking refuge at the border. This comes after previous statements that the agency was considering separation as a deterrent.

    The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is pleased with this development, as it affirms what WRC has long known to be true – that separating asylum seekers' families in an effort to punish them for seeking protection and to deter other families from coming to the U.S. is cruel, un-American, illegal, and ineffective.