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Trump’s new refugee policy could pit cities against states

When President Donald Trump dramatically slashed the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., he also gave state and local governments the authority to refuse to accept them for the …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019

Pope decries world’s indifference to migrants and refugees

Pope Francis is decrying “the culture of comfort,” which leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

World Relief Spokane troubled by lowered refugee cap

The Trump administration proposed Thursday capping the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 18,000, a 40% decline from 2019, the Washington Post reported. This is terrible news …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Trump administration officials discuss slashing refugee cap

Trump administration officials will meet next week to discuss whether to further restrict the number of refugees accepted to into the U.S, official says


‘We do the best we can’: Refugee in Spokane hopes for husband’s arrival as U.S. immigration policies tighten

“I have a strong faith in God, and believe one day he will make a miracle for us to get back together,” Arooj Nirmal said from the offices of World …


Faith and Values: Bike ride for refugees inspires commitment

A 425-mile bike ride across Washington raised money for – and important perspectives on – refugee resettlement.


House Democrats unveil $4.5B border measure

House Democrats unveiled a $4.5 billion measure Friday to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis at the southern border and the government’s responsibility to care for tens of thousands of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Senate panel approves emergency aid for migrant refugees

A key Senate panel has given bipartisan approval to a modified version of President Donald Trump’s $4 billion-plus request to care for tens of thousands of migrant refuges massing at …


Saw Gary: I’m a refugee and I’m proud to be American

During June, which is World Refugee Month, I challenge you to listen in order to understand, no matter what you might already think about refugees. They are just like you, …


Anna Waltar: Spokane foster families provide hope and new homes for unaccompanied refugee minors

May is National Foster Care Month, and we at Lutheran Community Services Northwest want to give a special shout-out to all our foster parents who have stepped up to welcome …


The refugees Merkel welcomed to Germany are starting to help its economy

After spending billions of euros to accommodate approximately 1.5 million asylum seekers, Germany is beginning to reap some gains.


Youth Spotlight: Community School students teach English to refugees

Tasked in a school project with studying the worldwide refugee crisis, Cierra Morris, Ashlin O’Kelly, Shea Handelman and Katelyn Devine went beyond the script by engaging refugees who work at …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Trial for Idaho birthday party stabbing pushed back to 2020

The trial for an Idaho man accused of stabbing nine people, including a 3-year-old girl celebrating her birthday who later died, has been pushed back by a year after defense …


Russian army: Nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees returned home

The Russian military said nearly 270,000 Syrian refugees have returned home in recent months, a fraction of the estimated 5.6 million Syrians who have fanned out across the world fleeing …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks Kavanaugh, refugees and human trafficking during stop at Lutheran Community Services

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with the director of Lutheran Community Services, the Spokane-based nonprofit providing support for refugees and victims of sexual assault, on Friday morning, as the Trump …


Fewer arriving refugees means fewer workers in Magic Valley

Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but local businesses are scrambling to find workers.


Mark Finney: Welcoming refugees is what made America great

Stories like Elise’s remind us that we must continue to stand for and with refugees and immigrants in our community, advocating for compassionate, common-sense policies.


Mass stabbing suspect summoned Boise police to jail before his attorneys intervened

The man accused of murdering a 3-year-old child and wounding eight others in a stabbing attack at a Boise apartment complex asked police to come to the Ada County Jail …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbor.


A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise’s mass stabbing

Shortly before 9 p.m., an attacker ran through a child’s birthday party at the Boise apartment complex just off State Street, stabbing six children and three adults. Part of the …


Shocked Boise refugees, sympathizers come together fast after mass stabbing

Refugees and other Boiseans shocked by Saturday’s knife


San Francisco restaurants open kitchens to refugee chefs

At San Francisco’s Tawla restaurant, Muna Anaee was preparing more than 100 loaves for diners Wednesday night as part of a program that lets refugees aspiring to be chefs work …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018

Community celebrates children at Spokane’s World Refugee Day

A crowd of expectant family, friends and volunteers held back cheers as 26 immigrants from 11 countries raised their right hands to begin an oath renouncing foreign powers and pledging …


Mandy Manning: What we are as a nation: welcoming

Every day we see stories of families, individuals and groups of refugees fleeing to save their lives. Some find help and a welcome in a new country, and others are …


Shawn Vestal: Treatment of SeaTac asylum-seekers shows how far we still have to go

If you’re having trouble imagining just what kind of country we are becoming, vis-a-vis that whole “tired, poor and huddled masses” thing, think of SeaTac.


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018

Ferris High’s Mandy Manning, the National Teacher of the Year, prepares to deliver her message

Three weeks after being named the National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning finally has a chance to reflect.


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018

Refugees, students and Marshallese health all make Inslee’s Spokane agenda

In a series of stops throughout the city Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee heard from refugees, the local Marshallese community, students concerned with gun violence in schools and students with a …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018

First time on snow: high school immigrant and refugee students head to Mount Spokane

Michelle Townshend teaches immigrant and refugee students at Mount Spokane high school. On March 15, her class ventured into the woods to go snowshoeing as part of the Lands Councils …


New data show Trump’s restrictive refugee policies are reshaping who is coming to Washington — and who isn’t

Refugees entering Washington from Iraq and Iran, numbering in the hundreds last year, totaled just 15 combined over the past six months. The number of Syrian refugees during that period: …


Still a trickle, but refugees sick of exile return to Syria

A small number of refugees have come back to Syria from among the more than 5.4 million who fled their homeland since the civil war erupted in 2011. So far, …