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As we welcome Afghan refugees, fear-mongering language instead of policy debate only causes harm. When I left the church, my phone began buzzing: A friend was asking about news reports of police and National Guard from red states being sent to the Texas border. After meeting with El Paso community members after citizens of his state were slaughtered in 2019, Abbott issued a rare admission of guilt. The El Paso shooter was himself directly inspired by the Christchurch, New Zealand terrorist, who shot 51 predominantly Muslim people to death in two mosques. Likewise, when it comes to the border, politicians like Abbott have a right to argue in favor of decreased immigration and increased border enforcement.
Persons: Abbott, Jack Herrera, I'm, I've, Greg Abbott, Doug Doucey, Dan Patrick, Patrick, — Abbott, Renauld Camus, Donald Trump, Stephen Miller, Miller, Tom Cotton, Biden, Cotton Organizations: Texas Gov, Service, San Francisco's Mission, National Guard, Texas, Arizona, El, Walmart, Taliban, Cato Institute Locations: Southern, San Francisco's, El Paso, Texas, El, Europe, Rio Grande, Taliban, Christchurch , New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Afghanistan, United States, Afghan, California
But at the same time, the Biden administration has been quietly engaged in another series of “evacuation” flights, this time at our southern border. Many more Haitians trying to avoid this fate are being detained in Del Rio, Texas. The arrival of Afghan refugees, including some whose status is not materially different from asylum-seekers, proves this. Those seeking security at our southern border should not be treated any differently. If the U.S. can orchestrate a historic airlift of Afghan refugees in the midst of a pandemic, we cannot use Covid as an excuse to turn away those seeking protection at our southern border.
Persons: It’s, that’s, Biden, Trump, Organizations: Del Rio , Texas ., United Nations, Human, Jesuit Refugee Service, U.S Locations: States, Afghanistan, America, United States, U.S, Haiti, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio , Texas . U.S, Covid, Mexico, Jesuit Refugee Service Mexico, Guatemala, California
To overcome them as quickly as possible, one should be in a political party," said the 28-year-old student of political science. Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open the door to hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in 2015 was a defining issue of Germany's last federal election campaign in 2017. The total number of Syrian refugees is estimated to be much higher, at over 700,000, but getting citizenship requires time and effort. "Syrians should be very smart ... What Merkel did was right but what is her successor doing?" An informal poll among members of a Syrian migrants' group on Facebook showed most would now vote for the SPD, followed by the Greens, if they were entitled to vote.
Persons: Zake Khalil, Nagwa, Joan, Ellen, Hevin, Michaela Rehle, Merkel, Tarek Saad, Saad, Chancellor Angela Merkel's, Maher Obaid, Abdulaziz Ramadan, Mahmoud Al Kutaifan, haven't, Riham, Tomasz Janowski, Gareth Jones Organizations: Austrian, REUTERS, Refugees, SPD, BERLIN, Social Democrats, Integration, Facebook, Greens, Thomson Locations: Achleiten, Passau, Germany, Schleswig, Holstein, Baltic, Syria, Singen, Swiss, Europe, Turkey, Leipzig, Freiburg
More than 12,000 migrants have been camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. In all, US authorities moved to expel many of the more 12,000 migrants camped around a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Mexico does not accept expelled Haitians or people of other nationalities outside of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The several hundred who had successfully crossed and were sitting along the river bank on the US side were ordered to the Del Rio camp. A government official said the flights would be from towns near the US border and the border with Guatemala, where the largest group remains.
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Waseem KhanISLAMABAD, Sept 17 (Reuters) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities. With growing reports of human and civil rights violations, various groups and countries have urged international bodies to engage with the Taliban. Since the Taliban took over on Aug. 15, several street protests led by women have been broken up.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Waseem Khan, Grandi, Asif Shahzad, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Nations, Refugees, REUTERS, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, Waseem, Waseem Khan ISLAMABAD, Afghanistan
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany—In between the threat of Taliban violence and the promise of American freedom lies this large military installation, which has become a conduit between two worlds for thousands of Afghans. Many of the Afghans arriving here say they were both hopeful and shellshocked from split-second decisions to leave home, probably forever, and head to the U.S. They are being met by U.S. military personnel, whose missions were transformed overnight from fighting on the front lines to embracing evacuees fleeing the end of nearly 20 years of war.
Organizations: RAMSTEIN AIR, U.S Locations: Germany, U.S
REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Tigrayans, Laetitia Bader, Horn, Getachew Reda, PEOPLE, HRW, Tigrayan, Ziban, Adi Harush, Mai Aini, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: REUTERS, Refugees, Ethiopian, Eritrean, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, International, UNHCR, United Nations, HRW, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, NAIROBI, Ethiopia’s, of Africa, Africa, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hitsats, Hitsats camp’s, Zelasle, Shimelba, Mai
Russia's Central Asian allies say won't host Afghan refugees
  + stars: | 2021-09-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
Afghan families fleeing from the districts of Malistan and Jaghori, because of the conflict between Taliban and Afghan forces, arrive in Ghazni, Afghanistan November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mustafa AndalebMOSCOW, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Members of a Russia-led security bloc that includes some countries adjacent or close to Afghanistan have no plans to host Afghan refugees amid the political and security crisis in the country, bloc member Kazakhstan said on Thursday. The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) includes three Central Asian nations - Tajikistan, which has a lengthy border with Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan - as well as several more remote former Soviet republics. Two more Central Asian nations, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, border Afghanistan but are not CSTO members. However, Uzbekistan has also said it would only allow short-term transit of refugees by planes to third countries.
Persons: Mustafa Andaleb, Kassym, Olzhas Auyezov, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, Security, Organisation, Thomson Locations: Malistan, Ghazni, Afghanistan, Mustafa Andaleb MOSCOW, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Around 37,000 Afghan refugees will arrive in every US state except four in the coming weeks. Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming won't host refugees in the first wave or arrivals. The Biden administration began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators on Wednesday how many refugees their state could expect to see in this first group, the report said. All but four states — Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming — will welcome refugees, the report said. California is expected to host the largest number of incoming refugees at over 5,200, Axios reported Thursday, followed by Texas at over 4,400.
Persons: Biden, Axios, Matt Rosendale, Joe Biden Organizations: Associated Press, Service, Columbia, Biden, CNN Locations: Hawaii , South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, . California, Texas, Hawaii, South Dakota, West Virginia , Wyoming, California, Alabama, Mississippi, Afghanistan, Montana, United States
Activists and migrants from Haiti march to the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (COMAR) to claim for their rights, in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoTAPACHULA, Mexico Sept 15 (Reuters) - Hundreds of migrants stuck in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Wednesday protested against the country's immigration policies that have frustrated their efforts to travel to the United States. "We are not criminals, we are international workers," the migrants shouted. Many of the Haitian migrants had arrived from Brazil and Chile, two nations where they fled to long ago to avoid the poverty back home. Mexican migration officials and military personnel have been criticised by rights groups for using violence to stem the flows of U.S.-bound migrants in the south of the country.
Persons: Edgard Garrido TAPACHULA, Tapachula, Juliana Exime, Exime, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lizbeth Diaz, Drazen Jorgic, Diane Craft Organizations: Mexican Commission, Aid, Refugees, REUTERS, Wednesday, Central, Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance, United, Thomson Locations: Haiti, Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Mexican, United States, Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, U.S, Washington
Fore's remarks come at a pivotal time in the history of international aid to Afghanistan. WASHINGTON — At least 1 million children in Afghanistan will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year and could die without proper treatment, UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore warned Monday. "Nearly 600,000 people, more than half of whom are children, have been displaced by conflict this year" in Afghanistan, Fore said. It remains to be seen whether the newly minted Taliban government will permit international aid groups like UNICEF to operate safely in the country. But Fore insisted that life-saving aid, especially for children, must be viewed outside the political boundaries that divide governments and nation states.
Persons: Fore's, Fore, Henrietta Fore Organizations: U.S, United Nations, WASHINGTON —, UNICEF, United, World Health Organization, Refugees, Taliban Locations: Jalalabad, Afghanistan, WASHINGTON, United States
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi talks during an interview with Reuters in Gaziantep, Turkey September 10, 2021. "In reality we have not seen at this point large movements of Afghan people towards the borders of the country," Grandi told Reuters. If those things collapse then we have a massive humanitarian crisis on our hands and most likely massive displacement as well," Grandi said. Asked how many people may flee in the event of economic collapse, Grandi said it was "anybody's guess at that point". "I told Turkey, as I told everyone else, that I'm not a big fan of walls," Grandi said.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Grandi, Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Turkey, I'm, Dominic Evans, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer, Alistair Bell Organizations: Nations, Refugees, Reuters, REUTERS, Taliban, UNHCR, Union, European Union, Thomson Locations: Gaziantep, Turkey, Mehmet Emin Caliskan GAZIANTEP, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kabul, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Greece, Bulgaria
ROME, Sept 10 (Reuters) - AS Roma players will wear special edition shirts during their Serie A match against Sassuolo on Sunday to show support for the people of Afghanistan, which will then be auctioned off to raise money for refugees. The shirts will feature the logo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the sleeve, a UN Agency focused on aiding and protecting refugees. An auction will then be held for the match-worn shirts, with all proceeds going towards UNHCR initiatives to help the Afghan people. "This year alone we have supplied essential survival items to more than 240,000 people, but the need for such items grows hour by hour and the funds available are woefully insufficient. Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Editing by Christian RadnedgeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Chiara Cardoletti, Alasdair Mackenzie, Christian Radnedge Organizations: AS Roma, Serie, Sassuolo, United Nations, Refugees, UN Agency, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, UNHCR, Italy, San Marino
WASHINGTON—The White House is asking Congress to pass a law providing green cards for the tens of thousands of Afghans the Biden administration evacuated from Kabul and is bringing to the U.S. on temporary humanitarian grounds. The proposal was included in a funding request the White House sent to Congress on Tuesday, asking lawmakers to provide $6.4 billion toward the Afghan refugee resettlement effort. That money would fund operations on U.S. military bases, where refugees are being housed and processed, as well as resettlement benefits for the Afghans once they arrive in the U.S. and speed up the processing of their immigration paperwork.
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: Biden, White Locations: Kabul, U.S
President Biden delivers remarks on Afghanistan during a speech in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, August 31, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos BarriaWASHINGTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden has picked veteran diplomat Lee Wolosky to help coordinate the resettlement of refugees from the war in Afghanistan, an administration official said on Wednesday. Wolosky will serve in the White House Counsel's Office and will work with officials with the National Security Council and other top administration aides to provide legal expertise on resettlement issues, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Wolosky previously served as U.S. special envoy for then-President Barack Obama in his efforts to close the U.S. military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Wolosky served as director of transnational threats on the National Security Council for both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush during their presidencies.
Persons: Biden, Carlos Barria WASHINGTON, Joe Biden, Lee Wolosky, Wolosky, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Obama whittle, Bill Clinton, George W . Bush, Fiona Hill, Trump Organizations: White, REUTERS, Counsel's, National Security Council, United, Democratic, Trump Locations: Afghanistan, Washington, United States, U.S, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Guantanamo, Russia, Ukraine
Amnesty International says Syrian refugees tortured on return
  + stars: | 2021-09-07 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File PhotoBEIRUT, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Tuesday Syrian refugees who returned home were subjected to torture, detention and disappearance by security forces, urging governments to protect them from deportation and forcible return. The report comes as pressure piles on Syrian refugees in some Western countries such as Denmark to go home. Amnesty urged European governments and Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to halt any practice that forces people to return. "Military hostilities may have subsided, but the Syrian government's propensity for egregious human rights violations has not," it said. Both the European Council and the European Parliament have issued declarations saying conditions are not in place for the safe and voluntary return of Syrian refugees.
Persons: Khalil Ashawi, Bashar al, Assad, Maha El, Raissa Organizations: REUTERS, Amnesty, European Council, United Nations, UNHCR, Thomson Locations: Syria, Turkish, Bab, Idlib province, BEIRUT, London, Denmark, European, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon
Some Afghans were separated form the rest of their families in transit, or even before leaving Kabul. Azim Kakaie, 34, arrived in Utah but his wife is still in Germany. Azim Kakaie, 34, was the first Afghan refugee to arrive in Utah. He worked as an air-traffic controller in Kabul before fleeing the country. His wife, who was beaten by the Taliban as she tried to flee, is in Germany now.
Persons: Azim Kakaie, Rick Bowmer Organizations: AP Locations: Kabul, Utah, Germany
In a nation that is polarized on issues from abortion to the coronavirus pandemic, Afghan refugees have cleaved a special place for many Americans, especially those who worked for U.S. forces and NGOs, or who otherwise aided the U.S. effort to free Afghanistan from the Taliban. And with much of the electorate still deeply divided over immigration, the durability of the present welcome mat remains unknown. Influential commentators, like Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host, have said the refugees would dilute American culture and harm the Republican Party. “For a nation that has been so divided, it feels good for people to align on a good cause,” said Mike Sullivan, director of the Welcome to America Project in Phoenix. More than 31,000 Afghans have arrived already, though about half were still being processed on military bases, according to internal government documents.
Persons: Mars, ” Ms, Adema, Tucker Carlson, Biden, , Mike Sullivan Organizations: Fox News, Republican Party, Democratic, America Project, United Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, United States, Phoenix, Vietnam
Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican, August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneVATICAN CITY, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was praying that many countries take Afghan refugees and, in an apparent reference to the Taliban's past restrictions on schooling for women, said it is essential that young Afghans receive an education. "I pray that many countries welcome them and protect those who are seeking a new life." The pope is a strong supporter of the rights of refugees and migrants. May young Afghans receive an education, which is an essential good for human development," Francis said.
Persons: Pope Francis, Paul VI, Guglielmo Mangiapane, Francis, Philip Pullella, David Goodman Organizations: Vatican, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: St, United States, Qatar, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Afghanistan
CNN's Jim Acosta referred to Tucker Carlson as a "human-manure spreader" after the Fox News host fear-mongered about Afghan arrival in the US. Carlson claimed that the US is taking in Afghan refugees to increase the pool of Democratic voters. "It's the far right, not Afghan refugees, posing a threat to democracy," a CNN chyron read as Acosta spoke. In response, CNN put up a chyron as Acosta tore into Carlson, reading, "It's the far right, not Afghan refugees, posing a threat to democracy." Jack Markell to oversee Afghan resettlement in the US.
Persons: CNN's Jim Acosta, Tucker Carlson, Carlson, Acosta, Jim Acosta, spreader Tucker Carlson, Carlson ominously, we're, Axios, Biden, Jack Markell, Insider's Kenneth Niemeyer, Charles Davis, Trump Organizations: Fox News, Democratic, CNN, Service, Fox, Homeland Security, Delaware Gov, State Department, Bloomberg Locations: United States, Afghanistan, United, Kabul
Afghan families continue their lives at the tents they set up at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 29, 2021. The United States has been a massive funder of Afghanistan since its 2001 invasion to topple the Taliban, setting aside roughly $130 billion for security, governance and development and humanitarian needs. A senior Senate Republican aide concurred. Afghans line up outside a bank to take out their money after Taliban takeover in Kabul, Afghanistan September 1, 2021. said the senior Senate Democratic aide.
Persons: Haroon Sabawoon, Hamid Karzai, Stringer Organizations: Anadolu Agency, Getty, Congress, United, Republicans, Reuters, Democratic, Republican, Food Program, Refugees, Support Fund, U.S Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United States
Outrage has spread online that Afghan refugees entering the United States will receive the drug ivermectin although it does not have U.S. approval as a COVID-19 treatment. However, the posts miss the vital context that refugees are given ivermectin for infections unrelated to the novel coronavirus. Misleading theories embracing ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment have spread online throughout the pandemic and often run alongside anti-vaccine narratives (here , here). However, none of the documents states that refugees should be given ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19. The United States recommends certain refugees receive ivermectin to treat parasitic worms, not COVID-19.
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In late August, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized "humanitarian parole" for Afghans. But an official at another resettlement agency told Insider they expect to receive $2,275 per Afghan on humanitarian parole. A helpful thing, but, because of the backlog in asylum cases, the asylum process could take years. This is not a legal status, it's a kind of visa that permits someone to enter the US. Alternatively, they could make humanitarian parole a legal status that comes with all of those things rather than simply an entry visa.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Biden, Cathryn Miller, Wilson, doesn't Organizations: Service, EADs, United States Citizenship, Immigration Services Locations: United States, Afghanistan, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Taliban forces patrol at a runway a day after U.S troops withdrawal from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 31, 2021. The United States has been a massive funder of Afghanistan since its 2001 invasion to topple the Taliban, setting aside roughly $130 billion for security, governance and development and humanitarian needs. The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on whether it would request additional funds for Afghanistan. Taliban sources said the group's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar would lead a new government set to be announced soon. A massive U.S. airlift brought out about 124,000 Americans, other foreigners and Afghans at risk from the militant group's takeover.
Persons: Hamid Karzai, Stringer, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Arshad Mohammed, Patricia Zengerle, Jonathan Landay, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Congress, United, Republicans, Democratic, Republican, Food Program, Refugees, Support Fund, The State Department, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, United States
REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailDUSHANBE, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Tajikistan cannot afford to take in large numbers of refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring Afghanistan as it promised to do in the summer, the police chief of Central Asia's poorest country said on Thursday. "Tajikistan does not have the capacity to accommodate a large number of refugees and asylum seekers," Interior Minister Ramazon Rakhimzoda said in comments circulated by his ministry on Thursday. "Not a single international organisation in 20 years has provided practical help in creating infrastructure to take in refugees and asylum seekers," Rakhimzoda said. Tajikistan shares a border with Afghanistan that stretches 1,344 kilometres (835 miles) and runs through mountain areas that are seen as porous. Moscow has warned that refugees pouring into its Central Asian allies would pose security risks and potentially allow in Islamist militants.
Persons: Mohammad Ismail, Ramazon Rakhimzoda, Rakhimzoda, Nazarali Pirnazarov, Tom Balmforth, Catherine Evans Organizations: REUTERS, Central Asia's, Central, Ministry, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Mohammad Ismail DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, Central, Soviet, Moscow, Russian, U.S, Tajik, Afghan
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