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November 25, 2015 - 

International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband discusses the plight of Syrian refugees and some U.S. governors plans to ban them from entering their states. Miliband speaks on "Bloomberg Markets."

November 25, 2015 - 

It arose from images depicting the brutality of the refugee crisis.

About 10 mothers sat in Mary Poole's living room and expressed their concern and horror at the photographs of children washed ashore.

Certainly, Missoula can welcome 10 refugee families into our community, they thought. That was in September.

Two months later, the group has broadened its goals, turning a lofty ideal into a more specific mission. Soft Landing Missoula, as it's now called, wants to bring a resettlement agency here and open the city up to the world.

"Syrians aren't the only refugees – you have to be open to anyone," Poole said. "Everyone agreed that a person in need is a person in need."

November 25, 2015 - 

It’s been five days since the terrorist attacks in Paris. Since then, governors from more than half of the states have said ‘our nation needs to focus on security’, and opted not to accept Syrian refugees.

However, U.S. refugees undergo multiple layers of security checks, making them the most vetted group of people who come to our nation.

“These refugees are actually running away from the very people who committed these attacks in Paris,” said Sandrine Lisk, Managing Attorney Immigration Law Office in Wichita.

November 25, 2015 - 

The 30-year-old Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul is bringing its work to Atlanta with a generous federal grant.

In a new partnership with the International Rescue Committee, the center will provide mental health services to new arrivals, including many refugees from war-torn Iraq and Congo as well as ethnic Karen from Myanmar.

While a lot of the roughly 260 survivors of torture served in the Twin Cities last year found their way to the center after years in the United States, the new project will engage refugees at a prime time — as they begin their transition to life in America.

“Atlanta provides the perfect laboratory for this new kind of partnership,” said Ruth Barrett-Rendler, the center’s deputy director. “Here in St. Paul, we can only help a drop in the bucket of individuals in need of our services.”

November 25, 2015 - 
Friday’s horrific terrorist assault on Paris—a day after an equally depraved double suicide attack in Beirut—has shaken Europe. It comes as the continent struggles to cope with an unprecedented influx of refugees fleeing similar violence across the Middle East, Africa and beyond.
That common suffering makes it all the more important not to fall into the trap of conflating terrorists with refugees. Worse still, it is dangerous. It risks further distracting the E.U. and the rest of the international community from mounting an effective response to the biggest displacement crisis since World War II, with potentially serious consequences for the world’s refugees and global stability.
This is no time to throw away the benefits of U.S. leadership that have helped rebuild lives for millions of people. Refugees are an American success story. Now is not the time to abandon them.