7/4/20, NBC29 (Va): Refugee celebrates July 4th for the first time as a U.S. citizen

7/3/20, Equal Times: The young Sahrawi refugees striving to build a better future

7/3/20, New York Times: Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky

7/3/20, New York Times: Latinos Back Black Lives Matter Protests. They Want Change for Themselves, Too.

7/3/20, New York Times: One Brother Got DACA, One Didn’t. It Made All the Difference.

7/2/20, Guardian: ‘I saw so much killing’: the mental health crisis of South Sudan refugees

7/1/20, ABC News: US signals it will resist freeing detained migrant families

7/1/20, CBS News: Judge blocks Trump’s border asylum restriction, saying it was enacted illegally

7/1/20, Washington Post: New Trump immigration policy would disqualify asylum for people from countries with spreading disease

7/1/20, NPR: ‘You Can Either Be A Survivor Or Die’: COVID-19 Cases Surge In ICE Detention

7/1/20, Reuters: Immigration judges’ union sues to block DOJ speech restrictions

6/30/20, Reuters: First coronavirus cases found in sprawling migrant camp at U.S. border

6/30/20, PRI: These DACA recipients hit a ceiling in the US. So they left.

6/29/20, New York Times: Looking Back on 16 Days That Shaped History

6/27/20, NOLA Times-Picayune: Immigrant who sought sanctuary in a New Orleans church wins his right to stay in the U.S.

6/26/20, ABC News: Visa limits raise concerns for doctors at risk of deportation

6/26/20, CNN: Padma Lakshmi says this ingredient makes American food great


7/5/20, Detroit Free Press: A refugee’s Fourth of July| Opinion

7/1/20, New Humanitarian: The West’s humanitarian reckoning

6/29/20, Houston Business Journal: Op-ed: Houston mayor explains how Dreamers take care of us during a crisis

6/29/20, Fortune: America, you’re making a big mistake on immigration. And Canada thanks you

6/29/20, CNN: A Dreamer hero whose life story tells us a lot

6/28/20, Nation: The Danger of America’s Coronavirus Immigration Bans

6/26/20, Houston Chronicle: Essay: He asked for asylum. We gave him hell in a pandemic ‘petri dish’

Policy Resources

NPNA report: The Power of Newly Naturalized Citizens in the 2020 Election

American Immigration Council fact sheet: Asylum in the United States

International Migration Review: Refugee Admissions and Public Safety: Are Refugee Settlement Areas More Prone to Crime?

Citizens for Public Justice: Continuing Welcome: A Progress Report on a Half Welcome

Opportunities & Resources

Episcopal Church webinarAdvocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor

Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” on Thu, July 9 from 12:30-2 p.m. Eastern is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Rostered ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference. Register.

Immigration Advocates Network webinar: Justice Power: Community-Driven Litigation

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT. Learn how community organizers and attorneys can work together to advance litigation led by the experience and expertise of impacted communities. The panelists will share insights on their work, including strategies and tactics to build strong partnerships rooted in equity and empowerment. They will also reflect on the challenges and opportunities in co-designing grassroots litigation campaigns and cases aimed at building power and advancing justice. Register.

CHREN workshop: Online Workshop: Flight, Governance, Human Rights

As part of the FFVT project, the CHREN is organizing a first workshop on July 9th and 10th. In this workshop, distinguished scientists and politicians will address current challenges at the global, European and national levels of asylum, migration, governance and human rights: “Where do the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees lead to?” “What ought to be done about the Common European Asylum system?” “What can reasonably be expected from the German EU Council Presidency, starting in July, in the area of migration and refugees – and in view of Corona?” Learn more and register.

MPI Webinar: Enhancing the Social and Economic Inclusion of Refugees Through Local Development Strategies

This discussion explores how development and humanitarian actors in low- and middle-income countries can engage with local institutions to promote the social and economic inclusion of refugees and how this inclusion can enhance engagement with other traditionally marginalized groups. This webinar will take place on 10 July 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EEST/EAT (Athens, Nairobi) / 3:00 p.m. CEST (Brussels, Berlin) / 2:00 p.m. BST (London) / 9:00 a.m. ET (NYC, DC). Register.

ILRC webinar: DACA after the Supreme Court Decision

07/15/2020 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT. After a long legal battle, the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has restored the DACA program – allowing for both renewal and first time DACA applications – but uncertainty about the future of the program remains. This webinar will provide a refresher on preparing initial applications, including guidance on gathering evidence in the COVID-19 era, and red flags to watch out for. Special considerations for first-time applicants will also be outlined, so that eligible individuals can benefit from the program while also developing a long-term strategy. Finally, the webinar will place this recent legal victory in the larger context of the movement for immigrant rights and how to support efforts for inclusive immigration reform. Register.