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A bird’s-eye view of the Fort Bliss emergency intake shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in September 2021 shows rows of white, warehouse-size soft-sided tents.

Hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children at an emergency intake shelter at Fort Bliss either faced unnecessary delays in being reunited with their families or were released to family or sponsors who had not had adequate background checks, an internal federal report shows. Read more»

Javid Qaem earned a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University in 2012. After escaping Afghanistan after its collapse in 2021, he’s now a professor of practice at ASU.

Thousands of Afghan refugees who have come to Arizona and the rest of the United States to escape the Taliban over the past two decades struggle with day-to-day tasks like finding jobs, opening bank accounts and getting driver’s licenses. Read more»

Afghan civilians in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as they flee Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 22, 2021.

Refugees are arriving in greater numbers this year after resettlement counts reached a 40-year low under former President Trump, and while their need for mental health services is greater than that of the general population, refugees are much less likely to receive such care. Read more»

Community members gathered at Mt. Lemmon's Mary Undoer of Knots Shrine on June 10 to welcome Ukrainian refugees to Tucson.

The United States has taken in more than 100,000 Ukrainians, but things were messy for local volunteers early on. Without a clear roadmap, Tucson residents organized and figured out how to start assisting the incoming refugees and their sponsors. Read more»

The wait at the border has led some migrants to develop health problems, exacerbated people’s chronic ailments, like hypertension or diabetes; left some in dire conditions without care; and compounded the trauma experienced by those fleeing their homes. Read more»

A sign supporting Ukrainian refugees in London. So far, European politicians have not called the wave of Ukrainian refugees a crisis.

More than 6.3 million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia first invaded in late February 2022 - refugees that are political pawns of Russian President Vladimir Putin, intended to politically destabilize the European Union and NATO. Read more»

Dozens of asylum seekers protested Title 42 during a demonstration in Nogales, Sonora in November 2021, just beyond the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. This included a young boy who carried a sign that read 'Somos Seres,' or 'we are human beings.'

The treatment of Ukrainian versus Central American, African, Haitian and other asylum seekers has prompted criticism that U.S. refugee policy is racially and religiously discriminatory, favoring white, European, mostly Christian refugees over other groups. Read more»

The White House announced a wave of new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while pledging to send more humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcome up to 100,000 refugees. Read more»

People cross into neighboring Moldova, fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine, March 1, 2022.

If you doubt that the U.S. beacon of light needs a fresh bulb, ask any Ukrainian seeking safety from Putin’s tyranny. The immigrant family stares blankly at a wall. A nightmare stands before them. Read more»

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau visit Korczowa Refugee Reception Center in Poland on March 5, 2022.

The European Union’s response to Ukrainian refugees stands in stark contrast with the treatment of the international students, African and Asian migrants and the untold number of refugees and asylum-seekers of color from Syria, Afghanistan and Bangladesh also fleeing Ukraine. Read more» 1

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken tours evacuation operations in September for Afghan refugees at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the first stop for many evacuated from Afghanistan.

Refugee resettlement groups in Arizona found homes for almost 1,900 Afghan refugees from the fall of Kabul in August through February, and DES and its partners are prepared to take any Afghans who will be resettling in Arizona, even though they do not know how many to expect. Read more»

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is granting Temporary Protected Status that will shield Ukrainian nationals living in the United States from deportation as well as apply for work permits - but only applies to those already in the country. Read more»

Ukrainian flags join the American and D.C. flags along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2022.

You cannot pick or choose which immigrant or migrant is more deserving. Every immigrant deserves a fair process and an opportunity to be heard. If you support displaced Ukrainians, you should be supporting a system that provides this opportunity for any immigrant. Read more»

Soldiers from Turkey and the United Kingdom hoist a child to U.S. Marines during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport Friday in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate people in the face of the Taliban retaking control of the country in August 2021.

"I do not for a moment believe we are bound by our 'protocols' and have to simply force people to file the usual paperwork, pay the fees and sit in line. That mentality is killing people." — Councilman Steve Kozachik Read more»

Afghan refugees crammed into a C-17 in August as they flee their country after helping the U.S. conduct Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Pima County Public Library's "Welcome to America" team is partnering with the groupsTucson Afghan Community and the International Rescue Committee to collect items for Afghan refugees making Tucson their new home. Read more»

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