For the past two years, the Trump administration has focused on slashing the number of refugees entering the United States, dropping the cap from 85,000 in 2016 to just 30,000 for 2019. These efforts have singled out top-sending—and predominantly Muslim—countries including Syria and Iraq. Yet, in the past two years, new refugee crises have popped up throughout the world; one of the most quickly unraveling of which is just across the Caribbean Sea in Venezuela.
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Lawfare Brief Reviews is pleased to note Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World (Oxford UP, forthcoming September 2017), by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts. Paul Collier is professor of economics at St.
Among the many legal issues raised by the President’s January 27, 2017 executive order (EO) temporarily halting entry into the United States of citizens from seven primarily Muslim countries, including war-torn Syria, was the status of individuals claiming refugee status. Ostensibly to protect the United States from terrorists posing as refugees, the EO suspended the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for a period of 120 days. Then, on March 6, 2017, the president revoked the original EO, replacing it with a document of narrower scope.
The Middle East has been engulfed in chaos. Longstanding authoritarian regimes have been toppled; still other dictators have killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions in an effort to retain power. Iran’s Shiite proxy militias have spread throughout the region, fueling sectarianism and broadening the appeal of nihilistic Sunni Islamist jihadist groups. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Egypt—two longstanding pillars of Washington’s strategic architecture in the Middle East—have been shaken by economic troubles.
I wrote this extended primer on refugee law back in November 2015. For obvious reasons, it is of even greater relevance today. Seemed appropriate to bring it back to the top of the blog.
On Friday, President Donald Trump set into motion the fulfillment of one of his cornerstone campaign promises—restricting the entry of refugees and immigrants for the purposes of national security. Advocates for immigrant and refugee rights (and immigrants and refugees themselves) have taken to the streets and to the media, expressing their disappointment and fear, and they have also gone to court.
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order restricting the entry of refugees and immigrants into the United States. The document is also available here, though as of yet it has not been posted on WhiteHouse.gov.
In a recent Brookings Institution report entitled “Cities and refugees: The German experience,” Bruce Katz, Luise Noring, and Nantke Garrelts warn that, in response to the refugee crisis,
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Markaz.
Editor's Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz.