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The big exodus of Ukrainian refugees isn’t an accident – it’s part of Putin’s plan to destabilize Europe

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»

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Analysis

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the U.S.

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»

U.S. to accept 100,000 Ukrainian refugees, levy more sanctions on Russia

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»

Guest opinion

Goldman: Freedom's beacon dims: A guide to being a refugee in 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»

Ukrainian refugees welcomed with open arms, unlike people fleeing other war-torn countries

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

After scrambling to resettle nearly 1,900 Afghans, Arizona agencies await more

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»

White House allows Ukrainian nationals to stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation

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»

Guest opinion

Goldman: Ukraine refugees prompt question: Who is a 'deserving migrant'?

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»

Guest opinion

Kozachik: U.S. dedication to 'protocols' is risking lives of Afghan refugees

"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»

Pima County libraries accepting donations for Afghan refugees

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»

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»

Congress avoids government shutdown with passage of short-term funding plan

After hours of uncertainty and an unsuccessful bid by some Republicans to defund federal vaccine mandates, the Senate passed a short-term funding plan that staved off a government shutdown and gives lawmakers two more months to pass a long-term plan. ... Read more»

Immigration court backlog reached nearly 1.5 million in October

The backlog of cases in the nation’s immigration courts has risen to nearly 1.5 million in the last nine months, continuing a growth spiral that has been largely unchecked through two presidential administrations.... Read more»

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months.... Read more»

'Living in the hell': Interpreter is one of 300+ Afghan refugees resettled in Arizona

For more than a decade, Zabi had tried to leave his native Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. military - and two weeks ago, Zabi and his fiance touched down in Tucson, where they will make their new home.... Read more»

Kozachik partners with Habitat for Humanity to aid Afghan refugees

City Councilman Steve Kozachik's Ward 6 office and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to manage furniture donations for Afghan refugees, after the office was overwhelmed by items earlier this fall. ... Read more»

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