• Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to New Memoranda on Border and Immigration Enforcement Executive Orders

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    Washington, DC -- The Trump administration has released new memoranda on the implementation of its January 25 Executive Orders on border and immigration enforcement. These memoranda instruct federal authorities to bypass due process and enforce draconian measures, including expanding the use of a summary deportation process known as expedited removal, the dramatic expansion of immigration detention, the hiring of thousands of additional border and enforcement agents, turning back asylum seekers at our borders, eroding protection for unaccompanied children, and even punishing parents for trying to save their children’s lives.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Report that DHS Considered Use of 100,000 National Guard Troops to Target Immigrants

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    Washington, DC -- According to a report published by the Associated Press this morning, the Department of Homeland Security considered the use of up to 100,000 National Guard troops to round up undocumented immigrants. This follows a week of indiscriminate roundups of innocent immigrants, including a domestic abuse victim most likely reported to officials by her abuser.

    In addition, the draft memo includes instructions in alignment with the President’s Executive Order including expansive use of local law enforcement, extreme and over-expansive use of immigration detention, blanket use of procedures that limit or preclude due process and policies that may endanger the lives of women and children seeking protection at our borders.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to the Arrest of Undocumented Domestic Abuse Victim

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    Washington, DC -- On Wednesday, El Paso Times reported that last week, federal immigration agents went to the El Paso County Courthouse and arrested an undocumented woman who had just received a protective order alleging that she was a victim of domestic abuse. The article states that ICE may have received the tip from her alleged abuser.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Reacts to ICE Raids

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    Washington, DC - The Washington Post reports that last week, immigration authorities arrested 680 individuals who were in the United States without valid documentation in a sweep of raids in over a dozen states. This marks President Trump’s first widespread crackdown on immigrants. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initially claimed that 75% of those arrested were criminals, they admitted when pressed that anyone who was in the U.S. illegally qualified for arrest, a profile that fits over 11 million people in the United States.'

    Women’s Refugee Commission Endorses Senator Leahy’s Resolution in Support of Refugees and Immigrants

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    Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont introduced a Sense of the Senate resolution in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Women’s Refugee Commission, alongside a number of allies, endorsed this motion.

    Court Halts Trump Administration's Executive Order On Immigration

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    On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily blocked President Trump’s immigration order from being enforced nationwide, allowing visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries to enter the U.S.

    Madagascar Reforms Its Nationality Law, Guaranteeing Mothers’ Independent Right to Confer Nationality On Children

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    The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights extends congratulations to the people of Madagascar, who have reached a milestone this week in the fight for gender equality for all citizens. On January 25, the government promulgated a new nationality law that guarantees the equal right of citizens, regardless of their gender, to confer their nationality on their children.

    Women’s Refugee Commission Commends the Unity and Support Shown by Americans in the Midst of Executive Order Chaos

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    Washington, DC--Donald Trump’s Executive Orders late last week blocked refugee admissions from several Muslim countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program from all countries for 120 days, spurring massive protests and hysteria in airports across the nation. This weekend, as a travel ban went into effect, Americans rose up to challenge President Trump’s Executive Orders with cries for justice. The Women’s Refugee Commission stands in solidarity with those affected, and urges the Trump Administration to reverse these policies. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Launches New Child Marriage Project

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    The WRC is thrilled to announce the launch of the research project “Child Marriage in Emergency Contexts”, which is funded by Elrha’s Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Program. 

    Women’s Refugee Commission Responds to Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Muslim Refugees

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    Washington, DC - President Trump has signed an Executive Order that includes, among other provisions, a suspension of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program altogether and a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. for people traveling from a number of predominately Muslim countries.  The Executive Order says that priority will be given in the future to refugees who face religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

    This Executive Order also contains provisions that block refugee admissions from Syria indefinitely, suspend refugee admissions from all countries for 120 days, cap total refugee admissions for fiscal year 2017 at 50,000, suspend visa issuance to countries of “particular concern,” and expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S.