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    Quotation of the Day: Mexico, Overwhelmed by Surge of Migrants, Is Again in U.S. Cross Hairs

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    “This is a reflection of what happens when you undermine orderly access to asylum.” MICHELLE BRANÉ, a director at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group, on the challenges posed by a large caravan of migrants heading toward Mexico and the United States.

    Migrant Caravan Puts Mexico Back in U.S. Cross Hairs

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    “This is a reflection of what happens when you undermine orderly access to asylum,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group. “You get chaos. And that’s what this administration has done.”

    Start your Monday smart: Midterm fever, Saudi summit, Banksy auction, World Series

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    The Lantern Tour kicks off, with visits this week to five cities for a special concert series in support of migrant families separated at the US border. The all-star lineup includes Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Graham Nash and Emmylou Harris.

    7 days of things to do in Philadelphia from Oct. 21 to 27

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    The country harmony singing queen headlines "The Lantern Tour," which also includes Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, and Lila Downs. It benefits the Women's Refugee Commission, which works on behalf of migrant and refugee families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

    Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, Graham Nash & Special Guests

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    An intimate evening of acoustic music featuring Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Lila Downs, Graham Nash, Jerry Douglas & Special Guests to benefit the Women's Refugee Commission and their advocacy on behalf of migrant and refugee families seeking safety at the U.S. border.

    Concert for Migrant and Refugee Families

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    An intimate evening of acoustic music featuring Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin & Special Guests to benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission and their advocacy on behalf of migrant and refugee families seeking safety at the U.S. border.

    Talks Of Family Separation Spur Following A Migrant Caravan Heading For The U.S. Border

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    MICHELLE BRANE: Let's be clear. The objective of this binary choice policy that the administration is considering is to punish and deter families from seeking protection. This is round two of the administration's family separation policy.

    Talks Of Family Separation Spur Following A Migrant Caravan Heading For The U.S. Border

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    MICHELLE BRANE: Let's be clear. The objective of this binary choice policy that the administration is considering is to punish and deter families from seeking protection. This is round two of the administration's family separation policy.

    Liv Ullmann on Bergman, Hollywood, Working with Refugees

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    As the co-founder of the Women’s Refugee Commission, Ullmann has been an advocate for the rights of women, children and adolescent refugees worldwide for the past 30 years.

     

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    Liv Ullmann on Bergman, Hollywood, Working with Refugees

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    As the co-founder of the Women’s Refugee Commission, Ullmann has been an advocate for the rights of women, children and adolescent refugees worldwide for the past 30 years.

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    4 shows to catch in the Washington area over the next several days

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    Taylor Swift made headlines last week when she unexpectedly revealed her political leanings, spurring thousands of voter registrations with a single Instagram post. But Swift is not the only Nashville star who cares about politics. Some have been outwardly woke for years, like the hall of famers who have come together on the Lantern Tour. On the tour’s stop at D.C.’s Warner Theatre, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Lila Downs, Steve Earle and others will strum and sing acoustic folk and country tunes for a cause: the Women’s Refugee Commission, which advocates for migrant and refugee families at the U.S. border. Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. Sold out.

    Family Separation: By the Numbers

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    Of the 175 children with parents outside the U.S., 125, along with their parents, have made the difficult decision to remain apart. This enables the child to stay in the country and pursue asylum. The child’s main pathway to release at this point is to live with other family or sponsors here in the U.S. The ACLU and a Steering Committee composed of the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Justice in Motion, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Women’s Refugee Commission have been working to locate these parents, document their decisions, and make sure the families are making an informed choice.

     

    7 Real Ways To Help In The Effort To Reunite Immigrant Families

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    There are so many organizations to donate to right now that are doing great work to help get immigrants released from detention and back with their families. 

    Free the Children: Caging Migrant Children is Inhumane and Unjust

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    The Women’s Refugee Commission points out this policy violates “the fundamental principle of child welfare law” to protect children and “exploits the natural desire of children to seek protection with family and the fundamental desire of family to protect their children to elicit information for law enforcement rather than family reunification purposes.”

    Shelters step up to aid more immigrant families brought to their doors by ICE

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    Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission, said advocates were told the releases would be happening and there would be an initial rush to release people in custody. "There was this releasing everybody they had in detention all in one weekend," Brané said.

    ICE Is Sending Separated Children Home With No One To Pick Them Up

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    Michelle Brané, who is part of the steering committee and the director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said the logistical chaos is yet another example of ICE’s indifference towards a mess of the government’s own making.

    Where are the migrant children now?

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    Leah Chavla, a lawyer with the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group in New York City is working to advocate for the rights and protection of women, children and youth fleeing violence and persecution. You can reach its web site at www.womensrefugeecommission.org 

    Merkley bill aims to ‘stop Trump's internment camp agenda'

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    The No Internment Camps Act is endorsed by the Japanese American Citizens League, Human Rights Watch, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Women’s Refugee Commission, Anti-Defamation League, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, American Immigration Lawyers Association – Oregon Chapter, Human Rights First, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Karen Korematsu. Karen Korematsu is the daughter of Fred T. Korematsu, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that challenged Japanese internment during World War II.

    Documents Relating to Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement on Minors in Immigration Custody

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    The Women's Refugee Commission issued a backgrounder of the Flores settlement and family separation at the border.

    DHS was not prepared to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

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    “Even though the administration knows that there are smart, humane, and effective ways to manage those seeking protection at the border, it refused to implement any of those,” said Leah Chavla, policy adviser for the Women’s Refugee Commission.